Curriculum-based mentoring

for upgrading membership levels


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  1. Mentoring in Teacher Training Courses
  2. Provisional members progressing to full, level 1 membership
  3. Upgrading from Level 1 to Level 2/Level 2 to Level 3

In some circumstances mentoring is required or strongly recommended to help teachers meet external criteria in training or in upgrading their membership level. Here are the three main areas where this ‘curriculum-based mentoring’ is used:

Mentoring in Teacher Training Courses

Yoga Australia recommends mentoring as part of all yoga teacher training courses; however, it is not yet a formal requirement for registration of a teacher training course by Yoga Australia.

Provisional members progressing to full, level 1 membership

Teachers with 200 hours training in the required curriculum areas are able to obtain Provisional membership with Yoga Australia, on condition that they continue their training to reach 350 hours of training (and therefore Full membership of the association) within a period of three years.

For those who have spent less than 12 months training to become a yoga teacher, it is recommended that they enter into a formal mentoring arrangement with a senior teacher to bring the length of time spent under the supervision and in training, up to the minimum of 12 months. A senior teacher is a Level 3 Yoga Australia registered teacher who may or may not be a Yoga Australia registered mentor.

This ‘curriculum-based’ mentoring involves undertaking regular (at least once weekly) supervised teacher training with a mentor. The mentoring can be structured in a way to best suit both the mentee and mentor, e.g. teaching as a trainee teacher under supervision, assisting the teacher in class, or one-to-one professional consultation with your mentor. Yoga Australia strongly recommends that a formal mentoring structure is agreed between the mentor and mentee right from the start of the process, with clear aims, expectations, and responsibilities.

Good records of all mentoring hours must also be kept. At the conclusion of the mentoring period, the mentor will provide documentation confirming the length and nature of the mentoring process.

Flexibility for rural/regional mentoring:

Teachers in rural/regional areas will have a diverse range of potential ‘distance’ mentors to choose from as the Register of Mentors fills. Yoga Australia acknowledges that sometimes face to face mentoring is necessary but not easily accessible in all areas. In such cases, a local level 2 teacher can be engaged as a ‘co-mentor’. This level 2 teacher will secure supervision from a Registered Mentor for a minimum of 1 to 2 hours in the preparation/establishment phase of the relationship and at least 1 to 2 hours every 6 months of the relationship. Yoga Australia encourages the level 2 teacher to check in more frequently as needed.

NB The level 2 teacher does not register as a mentor, but this ‘co-mentoring’ will certainly help them to reach level 3 status and register as a mentor, at some point, in the future.

Evidence of this supervisory/co-mentoring may include email confirmation of the appointment; minutes of the discussion (e.g. dot points outlined in an email); and sighted documents (e.g. session outlines, activities, tasks) including a signature, date of sighting and changes made. Evidence must be kept on file for Yoga Australia to access when required (e.g. During Audit, Grievance or Registration).

Upgrading from Level 1 to Level 2/Level 2 to Level 3

Registered teachers who wish to upgrade their membership from level 1 to 2 and from level 2 to 3 can enlist a mentor to help them achieve the additional competencies and experience as detailed in the Summary of Curriculum Areas and Associated Hours

Download Summary of Curriculum Areas and Associated Hours

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