Am I the Mentor for You?

Finding and choosing a coach or mentor is an important mission and decision, and I have no doubt you have had several over the course of your life. It is critical to me that I live up to the standards and your expectations. We will be committing a great deal of time and attention together. As your mentor, I will take a very focused interest in YOU.

The process for me begins with a clear-sighted view of what your life’s goals are, both for your career and your personal life.

If you’re just starting out as a yoga teacher in the area, I want to share my network, connections and community with you to help you start teaching. If you’re just starting a relationship, marriage or family, and you’re facing the lifestyle adjustments that these transitions require, I am someone who is reaching the other end of this very exciting, but demanding, process. As your mentor I want to share my experience to serve as a model for reaching your most significant goals in the most important areas of your life.

Selecting a mentor is not just a matter of finding someone you like or feel comfortable identifying with. A mentor should have a genuine history of success. I’m continually amazed by the number of people who look to only superficially successful people as role models for achievement. Many times new teachers can make conspicuous mistakes of judgment in this area. I’ve seen far too many popular yoga teachers, no longer teaching. I don’t bring this up to disparage anyone’s teaching or business expertise, but simply to point out the need for great care in selecting a mentor whose success will stand the test of time.

Having been in the Health & Wellness industry since 1984, I have been the COO of a successful chain of Southern California health clubs, built what was called by Club Business Industry, “The Nations Best Group Fitness & Yoga Program”, hired & trained hundreds of yoga teachers and have maintained a full time, successful Yoga Enterprise since 1999. I am also a green juice and live foods advocate and am an investor and advisory board member of  Live Beaming, . Personally, I just celebrated 23 years of marriage, have two kids – Kylie a junior on a full ride soccer scholarship and National Champion at UCLA and Tommy a Junior basketball stand out in High School.

In my spare time, I enjoy our animals, traveling the world, and giving back to organizations I admire.

I hope your decision to mentor with me is based on my ability to achieve goals similar to your own, and have overcome some of the same obstacles you’re facing. Ideally, I hope I represent both what you want to become in a particular area of life and what you want to do. I hope I have arrived at or been to places similar to where you want to go.

I hope that by being your mentor today it will be a reflection of seeing what you intend to be. One of the most interesting aspects of selecting a mentor is the fact that one can rarely separate people’s tangible achievements from the qualities of their character. More than their bank accounts or the numbers in their classes, role models prove by the conduct of their lives that they’re worth emulating.

—Stacy McCarthy

A Few comments From Past Apprentice:

“I had the distinct privilege of being taught by the best, Stacy McCarthy. Stacy was my teacher in my Yogaworks Teacher Training. In addition, she mentored me for nine months in her Yoga School of Business program. Stacy is the essence of integrity and a gift. Thanks to her, I have created my own successful career in Yoga, Nutrition & Health”. Tammy Moretti, Find Your Sweet Spot

Stacy McCarthy is a true visionary leader in the community who inspires students, teachers and friends through mind, body and spirit. She empowers everyone she meets to live the life of his or her dreams. She truly embodies the spirit of yoga and is an incredible role model for anyone with a passion for health and fitness.
When I made the decision to start my own yoga business, one of the first choices I made was to hire Stacy as my mentor. When I began her training program Believe in She was just an idea. Over the course of her nine month Coaching it grew into a movement.
I truly believe that the impact of her coaching, support and experience played a huge role in Believe in She growing from an idea into a company that Red Tricycle named as the Best Mom Run Business in San Diego”. Jamie Dicken

“ One of the unique advantages of mentoring with Stacy is I’ve been able to travel with her on several occasions and assist her in her workshops and conferences which enabled me to broaden my yoga experience to OUTSIDE the studio and private homes and into the world of fitness, business conferences held at hotels/resorts, Lululemon settings, outdoor charity events, etc. All of these events have helped me to make yoga more accessible to all walks of life and got me questioning myself more as to how I could bring yoga to any setting”

Assisting Stacy’s classes has helped me to hone my assisting skills to those I might have been less comfortable assisting prior to the training (eg. the elderly and overly tight). Stacy provides tips in adjustments and modifications involving anatomy and kinesiology during classes that I’ve learned to pick up for beginning practitioners. I am better able to assess the problem and work with the different ranges of motion across ages.”

Mentoree’s Jessica Lamphere & Mandy Burstein
on set filming with me in LA…
Click on their name to see how they’re “Living Their Dream”


Energy Boosting Yoga Poses

Anytime, Any Place Energy Boosting Yoga Move

As busy moms, we don’t always have time for a full yoga class, but what about a simple move you can do to help pick up your energy at home? I shot a series of short Yoga videos with Lifetime Moms here’s one of my first with Zen Mom Angela Chee. Check out the Busy Mom Yoga DVD for a full yoga practice.

Sticky: Beginners Yoga Tips

Once the kid’s are back at school & the days get shorter, I see a surge of new students asking me advice about yoga & how to get started, so I thought I’d share three quick transformational tips to get your practice off to the right start.

Transformational Tip #1: Get Nich’d ~ There are many styles of yoga & there’s a style that’s perfect for you.  Your personality, your fitness level & your schedule will help determine what style of yoga & what type of teacher is the best fit for your needs. There’s lots of good yoga, but not every teacher or style will be good for you. Explore different styles & philosophies. When you find a teacher with the experience & education that connects with you become a devoted student & learn all you can from your teacher. A good teacher will take a devoted student from where they are to where they need to go.

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Yoga Subs

I love to share success stories about the students who mentor with me &  go on to create thriving, sustainable yoga careers. This is about Tammy Moretti. Tammy graduated from Yogaworks 200 hour Teacher Training & then signed up for the Yoga School of Business Coaching Program with me. She is launching Yogasubs.com a business resource for teachers to sub classes & studio owners to find qualified yoga teachers in San Diego.  She’ll be hosting the  first gathering of Yoga Subs,  Sunday May 2nd, 2010 at HAUTE YOGA.
She will be featuring some local San Diego studios and will have information regarding their  subbing policies and procedures. Below is a partial list of some of the participating studios. Read more

Order ~ Flow ~Heat

During my years as Program Director of a chain of Southern California health clubs, I’d seen literally hundreds of so called stretching programs, exercise devices and slick promises to increase range of motion, strength, flexibility and lung capacity. Yet I have never found any of these to come close to being as effective, thorough or well rounded as Ashtanga-Vinyasa Yoga.

First of all, the sequence of postures in the system is extremely well balanced. Successive postures within the system are uniquely complementary developing strength and flexibility both concurrently and alternatively. Second, the concept of uninterrupted flow (Vinyasa) tied to an empowering breath sets the practice apart from every other form of yoga.

The traditional series of Ashtanga Vinyasa is the most physically challenging of all styles of Hatha Yoga. It’s equal emphasis on strength, balance and stamina can prove to be difficult for many students who do not have the time to keep up with a consistent practice schedule or who have physical challenges.

An experienced teacher in Ashtanga can translate the unseen fundamentals of this system into yoga sequencing that is adaptable to any level. By integrating the Breath(Ujayi), Bandhas (locks), Focus (drishti), proper sequencing, order and flow the power of yoga can be experienced by those who may feel that Ashtanga is too challenging.

Many of the classes seen on yoga schedules across the country today, such as Vinyasa Yoga, Power Yoga, Flow Yoga and more are hybrids of Ashtanga Yoga. It’s nice to see the different styles that have evolved from Ashtanga, however it is important to know & understand the root source before embarking on your own style. An artist who did not study the masters, may not have the same depth of experience of knowing the history of the Masterpieces before them, just as a teacher who does not thoroughly understand the source of their style may miss the most valuable part of the teaching