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”


500 Hour Teacher Training ~ First in San Diego!

After practicing and teaching Yoga in San Diego for over two decades and seeing the local Yoga community grow, I’m excited and honored to announce that the first ever 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training has come to San Diego. Prana Yoga Center is partnering with YOGAWORKS, one of the most comprehensive and respected teacher training programs in the world, to offer an Advanced Teacher Training for the 500-hour certification. This is the first time this advanced training will be offered in San Diego. I am exci

This six-month program provides students with an opportunity to build upon the material introduced in a 200-Hour Teacher Training, integrate what they’ve learned through practical application in the classroom, and support the development of their individual voice and style as a yoga teacher. Through a combination of workshops and six-month apprenticeship with a senior trainer, students will refine their teaching skills, identify areas of expertise, and set the foundation for fully incorporating yoga into their life path.

REQUIREMENTS

6 month apprenticeship with a mentor teacher
14 weekend workshops
Weekly Wednesday night series alternating Philosophy & Practice Teaching
Pranayama Series Wednesday nights before select workshops
Final Project

DATES & TIMES

September – March
2 weekends per month: Saturdays & Sundays,12-4pm
Wednesdays evenings: 7-10pm

See program schedule for topics and dates.

APPRENTICESHIP
Through the apprenticeship program, students will benefit from working more closely with a senior teacher. In this component of the course, participants continue to cultivate their teaching skills by applying them practically, in the class room. Additionally, trainees build upon what they learned in their initial training, solidifying and integrating the information through a consistent, one-on-one relationship and on-going dialogue with their mentor. As assistants in their mentors classes-trainees hone their ability to see bodies and give hands on adjustments. In addition, they have the opportunity to observe a senior teacher instructing, sequencing, adjusting and inspiring their students, and through this process to imprint these crucial elements of superlative teaching. Twice monthly mentor meetings will reinforce this learning process and serve as a forum to address questions and issues related to teaching yoga. Time and location vary by mentor.

Apprenticeship Requirements
Assisting mentor in class once a week
Taking mentor’s class once a week
Taking a class with another approved Senior Teacher once a week
Two meetings per month with mentor teacher

TUITION
$3450 early registration by April 12; $3600 after April 12.
Application deadline: April 12, 2010 (must be paid in full by this date to receive early bird price)

Upcoming Teacher Trainings

Yoga Works Teacher Training 200 & 500 hour Certifications
I am excited to announce what will be the most detailed and comprehensive yoga teacher training program ever to have been offered in San Diego County. I have aligned with Yogaworks, the best of the best when it comes to Yoga Teacher Training, and I’m very proud to be a part of what will be a program with unparalleled guest teacher trainers, lecturers, top- quality materials and ultimate certification which is recognized internationally as being one of, if not the best available. Plus, this certification will be registered with the Yoga Alliance the #1 yoga certification registrars in the world. Along with some of the top Teachers, I will be lending my expertise and experience to these programs for additional depth and local tutorage. Yogaworks is the world’s leading teaching training facilitator. We will be offering not only the 200 hour certification, but for the first time ever in San Diego the more advanced 500 hour professional certification. Teachers must have their 200 hour certification from any recognized Yoga Alliance School to apply for the additional 300 hour advanced certification. For those of you who already have your 200 hr certification and are considering doing a 300 hr program to get your 500 hour certification, I am mentoring for the Yoga Works Professional Program starting this spring. If you are interested in “apprenticing” with me, let me know. For more detailed information regarding pricing and schedule or if you’d like to speak to me about what program will benefit your needs most contact me at stacy@yoganamastacy.com