Mentoring Program

Are you a yoga teacher seeking intelligent feedback and guidance as you develop your authentic voice? How about a yoga teacher training graduate, looking for the chance to teach regularly, sharpen your skills, and work towards nailing key auditions?

Would you jump at the chance to receive coaching and personalized, loving guidance from some of the most beloved teachers at Kindness Yoga?

Do you remember the camaraderie of your training, and wish you could return to the magic of deepening and discovering with a small group of peers?

If any or all of these questions move you, the Kindness Yoga Teacher Mentorship Program may be exactly what you need! You’ll join a group of two other aspiring teachers and receive a faculty mentor. Over the course of 12 weeks, you will teach 4 public classes on the Kindness Yoga schedule and assist 8 more. You will meet every week - sometimes in your group and sometimes one-on-one with your mentor - to receive (and learn to offer) personalized, actionable feedback on the art of teaching yoga. You will practice, study, and complete homework assignments to help you cultivate and consistently offer your best, most authentic self. And you’ll learn the skills of collaboration and leadership within your groups and as an honored part of the Kindness Yoga community. You'll receive three months of free yoga for the duration of your mentorship, and all Kindness teachers, Kindness 200-hour YTT graduates, and 300-hour participants receive 20% off the cost of the program. Please note that this program is for registered yoga instructors only. Commit to your teaching and join us today!

What makes this program special?

It’s personal. If you don’t want to step forward and be seen, this program is NOT for you. Our student-to-faculty ratio is 3:1 - that's more personal than most Ivy League graduate programs. Everything you do will be customized to your group by your mentor. You’ll have the opportunity to learn exactly what you need to succeed and develop your own authentic, empowered style.

It’s powerful. Becoming a great teacher requires talent and it requires training. But it also takes dedication, reflection, and lots of experience. Our program focuses directly on these important and oft-neglected elements of learning. Teaching public classes will provide the foundation of your mentorship. Through observation, peer feedback, and personalized coaching you’ll discover your strengths and challenges, develop strategies to evolve your instruction, and take decisive action.

It’s affordable. We believe that spreading high-quality yoga can change the world. That’s why we’re committed to keeping our teacher development offerings as accessible as possible. Your entire 12-week semester costs just $600. That’s only $50 per week for individual and small group coaching; experience teaching public classes at Kindness Yoga; and unlimited yoga for the duration of your Mentorship.

Beginning in September, prices will increase to $650 per person, and $550 for Kindness 200-hour YTT graduates.

Structure

This program consists of three mentees and one mentor. Over the course of 12 weeks, you will:
  • Teach 4 public classes on the Kindness schedule
  • Receive personalized, actionable feedback
  • Hone and refine your teaching skills
  • Attend small group meetings and one-on-one sessions with your mentor
  • Clarify your teaching goals
  • Discover your authentic voice as a teacher

Space in this program is very limited and in high demand.

When you're ready, email Desiree, our Assistant Director of Teacher Training to apply for admission. Desiree will help place you into the mentoring group and schedule that's right for you.

Our Mentors


Alyssa Gunn

Alyssa Gunn, RYT 200

Alyssa found yoga several years ago and instantly fell in love with the practice. She feels blessed to have learned from some of Denver's finest teachers. Through yoga, Alyssa found herself, found her path, and learned what devotion truly means. Alyssa completed her teacher training at Karma Yoga Center in the fall of 2010 and completed a second 200-hour training with Saul David Raye in 2016. She studied prenatal yoga, which led her to become a doula. These trainings were a life-changing experience that helped Alyssa discover how we all truly connect. Alyssa also teaches yoga nidra, a meditative practice that helps one to heal through relaxation. Teaching nidra has guided Alyssa to extensively study shock and trauma in the yogic context. She also teaches a slow vinyasa style flow class, combining deep breathing and longer holds in postures. Alyssa was fortunate enough to discover her potential and true self on her mat, and hopes that she can inspire others along their path.


Brittany Kassel

Brittany Kassel, RYT 200

Britt teaches Slow Flow Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga with an emphasis on meditation to cultivate a clear and inspired mind. Her vinyasa classes promise a balance of steady flow, alignment principles, and breath regulation to strengthen the body and center the mind. Britt's restorative classes call on pranayama and mantra to stimulate the body's inherent intelligence towards relaxation and healing. Britt believes practice, meditation, and stillness help to clarify what matters most to us as individuals, which in turn creates the opportunity for greater contribution both to oneself and one's communities. Britt began practicing in 2009. She completed her first training in May 2014 studying with Beth Sanchez, Jeremy Wolf, Saraphena Mesmer, and Cheryl Deer; the second in January 2016, alongside Buffy Barfoot. Her love of working with kids as well as her background in K-12 education inspired her to complete Radiant Beginning's Children's Yoga Teacher Training in October 2014.


Elle Beau

Elle Beau, RYT-200

Elle began her journey with Yoga in 2013 on a quest for healing. Personal practice cultivated a seed of self-love that ignited a flame in her Soul. Elle believes that Yoga has the inclusive ability to heal hearts fully and give freedom to grow to our fullest potential, walking confidently in the direction of our dreams. Mindful and empowering flows with heartfelt themes and fun tunes will have you embracing the heat and basking in the comfort of our commUNITY. Well thought-out sequences will have you dancing to your peak and exploring your edge. 


Ellen Kaye

Ellen Kaye, ERYT-200

Ellen has created and led countless teacher trainings in Colorado and Mexico. She has led intimate seminars for teachers and festival classes of thousands. Ellen continues to expand her capacity to lead through ongoing study with Noah Maze, Darren Rhodes, and Landmark Education work. She serves as the general manager of Kindness Yoga. What she brings to the table as a mentor is a love and passion for developing new teachers. She will work to cultivate and clarify what makes each teacher unique, authentic and inspiring. Her strengths are sequencing, authentic voice, and theme.


Ginny Biddle

Ginny Biddle, ERYT-500

Ginny began practicing in 1992 at the original Jivamukti studio in New York City. She is Yoga Alliance certified at the E-RYT 500 level and has studied various forms of yoga including Jivamukti, Ashtanga, ISHTA, Anusara and Iyengar. She completed teacher training courses with Alan Finger, Peter Rizzo and Beryl Bender Birch. Ginny teaches challenging vinyasa classes that emphasize freedom of movement with breath, as well as alignment and structural integrity. A long time practitioner of meditation, Ginny teaches that yoga is as much about training the mind as it is the body. She is also an award-winning film producer and is currently the Director of Teacher Training at Kindness Yoga, and a Senior Lead Trainer.


Jen Hicks

Jen Hicks, ERYT-200

Jen Hicks, ERYT is the teacher's teacher. She is in high demand as a mentor and these testimonials, taken directly from her mentorship graduates, explain why. "She pushes me beyond my comfort zone while still making me feel supported. Tough love, sounds cliche, but it's a great way to provide the balance Jen provides." "Every mentee comes in with different goals and Jen adjusts to those goals so you feel like it's a one on one mentorship, even though you're in a group. She inspires me to put in the extra effort and focus, especially knowing that I have her knowledge and experience as a resource. The growth of our group has been a direct reflection of Jen's involvement." "By the end of the program, you are prepared and confident to step into any studio or gym and teach. You will know more about the practice as well as the business of teaching." "Jen will take your teaching abilities to their edge, allow you the space to breathe deeper, improve, and then find a new level you didn't know was possible! More importantly she let's YOU shine!"



Jordan Smiley

Jordan Smiley, RYT-500

Yogic philosophy and meditation found Jordan when he was 13, and he undertook a devoted asana practice a decade later. Embodied meditation has been an integral part of his life and exploration since. He has studies and practiced a spectrum of yogic styles and movement practices, including Anusara, Astanga, Yin, spontaneous dance, hip-hop and break dance, running, and capoeira. Jordan offers yoga as moving meditation. His sequences are challenging, poetic, insightful and playful. Jordan sees yoga as a joyful medicine, and a miraculous way of life, and he is blessed to study and share it with you.


Kiayan Reuter

Kiayan Reuter, ERYT 200, RYT 500

Kiayan has transformed herself through her yoga practice. Dedicated meditation and asana practice with a deep passion for teaching yoga to others is credited to her amazing process. This devotion to her own mental and physical evolution continues every day with an open heart. Kiayan manages Kindness Yoga Capitol Hill. Being a part of the mentor program is an opportunity for her to share her unadulterated enthusiasm, love of yoga posture alignment and unshakable trust in the practice of yoga.



Kristen Boyle

Kristen Boyle, RYT-500

Kristen is a yoga teacher, thai massage practitioner, and lifelong student of the body. Movement is her creative outlet. She likens her yoga mat to a playground, and loves to ponder, “What will my body get to experience today?”

Classes with Kristen emphasize that by working with our bodies – or the outermost layer of our being – we are able to explore and embody new concepts, ideas, and spirituality that transcend the subtle body to the core of our being. Through this process, we can take our yogic education off the mat and into the world. Students can expect an alignment-based Vinyasa flow that is challenging, fun, unpredictable, and creative with a lot of soul!


Lindsay Gonzalez

Lindsay Gonzalez, RYT-500

Lindsay has been with Kindness teacher trainings since the beginning. She leads the 200 and 300 hour trainings with Kindness in Denver, Bali and Costa Rica. Lindsay can be found teaching retreats, workshops and master classes at beautiful locations around the globe. She has been in the extreme sports industry as an athlete and ambassador for over 20 years and has taught yoga for professional athletes from Olympians to national sports teams for over 10 years. Lindsay is coming out with a book about yoga in 2017 and is a contributor to Yoga Journal Magazine. She is a senior E-RYT 500 teacher at Kindness Yoga and continues to develop her teaching skills through her studies with Rod Stryker and Christian de la Huerta. Lindsay brings a taste of entrepreneurship to the mentor program and has been successful in helping new teachers to build their unique brands and workshops. Her strengths are in progressive sequencing, athletic adjustments, hands-on assists, and working with private clients.


Peret Martellini

Peret Martellini, ERYT 200, RYT 500

Peret started practicing yoga in 2006 to regain flexibility after a hip replacement surgery. After her first class, she realized that yoga is about much more than flexibility. She was hooked and found herself on a spiritual journey that brought her to teacher training in 2011. She has studied Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Anusara, Restorative yoga, and Yoga Therapy. She is deeply interested in helping people find balance and strength through yoga and meditation. "I couldn't bend down far enough to tie my own shoes when I started yoga, so I understand both how difficult and how amazingly rewarding this practice is." Peret finds immense joy in teaching people how to reconnect with their bodies and heal themselves.