Who is this for?
- Yoga professionals that are seeking mentorship after Level 1 of the Yoga for Arthritis (YFA) training
- Yoga professionals that want individualized help making their practice safe, adaptive, and therapeutic for joint limiting and pain conditions (like arthritis, injuries, surgeries, MS, Parkinson's, dementia, and stroke recovery.)
We will work together so you can confidently adapt yoga for your student populations with arthritis and related chronic pain conditions. For YFA trainees, we often work through the 8 week protocol used in the research with you so that you can offer evidence-based Yoga for Arthritis classes. We can also work on marketing your skills and making connections with healthcare professionals.
I have received extensive mentoring myself and can't put the value into words.
When I started teaching yoga for arthritis, I learned so much. At first, I had no idea what I was doing and felt lost. With the help of my mentors, I now feel confident working with special populations.
Also, when I first started my business, I never asked for help because I felt like it cost too much and believed very much in DIY. However, in retrospect, I should have reached out to people who had been there way earlier! There were rookie mistakes I made that could have been avoided. The investment actually ended up saving me loads of time and money.
These sessions are 100% individualized for your needs. Our partnership will be valuable.
Just One Session
- 1 hour live video Zoom (or Skype/Facetime) session
- Access to a recording of our session
- A follow-up email with resources we discuss
- (Ideal for teachers needing help with a specific situation.)
- 6.5 hours total of live video sessions
- Access to recordings of our sessions whenever needed
- Email follow-ups
- (This is the track most YFA trainees do. For YFA trainees, there is a video review and more.)
Ann Swanson was my mentor for the Yoga for Arthritis program. It was my first time working with a yoga mentor, not to mention online, but in “meeting” her through Skype and emails throughout the program, she was always professional, yet warm and supportive. She is organized and an excellent communicator, which helped me to stay on top of all the necessary tasks that had to be completed. She is very reassuring and so incredibly knowledgeable, I felt secure and gently guided through this path. Overall, Ann is very generous about sharing her vast knowledge and years of experience, even how to market yoga to potential clients. I feel very fortunate to have worked with Ann. Without a doubt, she is one of the greatest teachers of this generation.
-Naomi Ramirez, Yoga Teacher & Yoga for Arthritis Teacher Trainee
As a physical therapists working with people up to 102 years old, I knew I needed to incorporate mindfulness and tai chi/qi gong into my practice. Getting mentored by Ann seemed meant to be! As she helped me to gain confidence in my teaching, I began to teach more and more. Her practice is serious, but her demeanor is so peaceful, compassionate, and genuine. After each class, she took time to review and reflect on how the class went and where I could make improvements. During the next class, I applied what was learned in the previous week, and kept improving my practice for the benefit of our class participants. Bringing mindful movement into my Physical Therapy practice has had an overwhelmingly positive response. I am so thankful for the mentorship from Ann!
-Liz, Physical Therapist (smiling on far right)
Ann's depth and breadth knowledge and experience made her the perfect mentor for me to grow as a teacher. We did the sessions over Skype and communicated regularly through emails. The tech aspects were challenging and intimidating at times for me, but Ann talked me through the process, and all went smoothly! Centering and closing times with Ann felt as if we were connecting in the same room instead of through high tech, fiber-optic lines. The warmth, love and kindness that she was able to exude through a tiny cell phone screen was profound. She made the process so simple and her instructions were very clear; I knew what was expected of me and what to do each step of the way. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity to share my mentorship experience with this phenomenal yogi.
-Shelly Peller, Physical Therapist, RYT 200, Yoga for Arthritis Teacher Trainee
My time with Ann was extremely beneficial and it really helped me grow as a teacher. I was interested in the mentorship program because I wanted to understand more about the anatomy and therapeutics behind certain yoga poses. I was also interested in learning additional yoga poses and specific modifications that I could incorporate into my classes.
Ann is such a kind, patient, and calm person, which makes her a wonderful mentor to work with. Her knowledge of anatomy and therapeutics is very extensive, and she really understands how the body works. She shared so much information with me, and explained it in a clear and concise way.
I really appreciated how organized everything was. We had a separate document for our notes and each session was recorded, which I found to be one of the most valuable parts of our mentorship. That way if I missed something the first time around, or wanted to review a particular topic again, I could access the video at a later time. I could not have asked for a better mentor, and I highly recommend Ann. I'm so glad I decided to sign up for the mentorship program.
-Rachel, Yoga Teacher