Episode: 11

The Science of a Private Lesson

Welcome to Episode 11 of Let’s Talk Yoga!

Francesca Cervero wears many hats - she's a teacher, podcaster, mentor, and yoga teacher trainer. She talks about the science of yoga private lessons, which is her specialty teacher training. Since the pandemic, yoga teachers are not able to hold classes in yoga studios causing a huge struggle to make both ends meet. Learn as Francesca gets into how even a few private clients can be a viable source of income for yoga teachers even post-pandemic.

Her story starts when she started teaching yoga as a side hustle to pay rent and get experience teaching and eventually switched to being a full-time yoga teacher since 2005. Her love for Buddhist teachings and her curiosity in anatomy and biomechanics also influence her teaching. As well as her dance background. She works as a private yoga teacher full time on a 1:1 basis. Apart from running other branches of her business.

Taking regular private clients is a valuable option for yoga teachers, especially if you’re just starting out in the business of teaching yoga. Find out the other benefits of taking private clients aside from it being a better source of income than holding group classes. If you’re someone who doesn’t have a good number of followers yet, this option is great for you. Listen up, because you don’t want to miss this important episode.

Episode Highlights:

  • Francesca shares the story of how she started practicing yoga and becoming a yoga teacher
  • How Francesca balances and organizes teaching students and mentoring teachers
  • The benefits of teaching private students
  • How to find private clients
  • How much to charge for a private yoga lesson
  • The private yoga lesson set up
  • How many clients to take on
  • The non-negotiables of teaching private lessons
  • Francesca’s advice for yoga teachers

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Francesca Cervero

Francesca Cervero has been a full-time yoga teacher since 2005. Her teaching is inspired by her foundational training at OM Yoga Center, the years she spent as a dancer and the subsequent years she spent in physical therapy. Her teaching is also influenced by her love of Buddhist teachings and a constant curiosity about anatomy and biomechanics. She is in private practice teaching a full schedule of 1x1 clients, mentors yoga teachers in The Science of the Private Lesson™and hosts the podcast, The Mentor Sessions: Support & Strategy for Yoga Teachers.


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