Mentoring Guidelines

“Mentoring” is a modern word that describes an integral part of the tradition of yoga throughout history.


“Mentoring” is a modern word that describes an integral part of the tradition of yoga throughout history. It includes the guidance given between teacher and trainee or student, as well as the ongoing professional and personal guidance necessary for all yoga teachers, at all levels of seniority and experience, as part of the continuing journey of yoga.

Mentoring Requirements for Provisional Members

For those who have spent less than 12 months training to become a yoga teacher, there is a membership requirement to enter into a formal mentoring arrangement with a senior teacher to bring the length of time spent under supervision, and in training, up to the minimum of 12 months. A more senior teacher refers generally to a Level 3 Yoga Australia registered teacher. However, a Level 1 or 2 registered teacher with an appropriate background may be approved by the Yoga Australia Committee.

This mentoring involves undertaking regular (at least once weekly) supervised teacher training with your mentor.

The mentoring can be structured in a way to best suit both you and your 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. To this end, a sample mentoring agreement is attached which you can modify to suit your situation.

At the conclusion of the mentoring period, your mentor should provide you with a letter or other documentation confirming the length and nature of the mentoring process.


Mentoring for Full Registered Members

Although mentoring is not a requirement of ongoing membership of Yoga Australia, we recognise the importance of mentoring in yoga and encourage members to become involved in mentoring at all levels of membership, seniority, and experience in yoga – both by being a mentor and by being mentored.

Mentoring can be an important part of professional development. For this reason, Yoga Australia allows the time spent being mentored to be counted as Continuing Professional Development (CPD). However, being a mentor does not earn CPD points as this is similar to time spent teaching. Of course, mentoring records must be kept in order to claim hours of being mentored as CPD. For the purposes of CPD, a mentor can be a Yoga Australia registered teacher or another senior teacher who may not be Yoga Australia registered.

More information on mentoring can be found in Yoga Australia’s Mentoring Guidelines

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