Metrowest Yoga Classroom Assistant Program
Welcome! Thank you for your interest in joining Metrowest Yoga’s assisting team! Assisting a yoga class is one of the most profound ways to connect with other yoga students, teachers, and best of all, your own practice. Classroom assistants are a kinesthetic link between the teacher’s words and the student’s experience in a pose. Whether it’s a gentle comforting or directional touch or a strong, deepening assist, you will find that through your hands you will be able to deeply move students. Using a combination of hands-on training, mentorship by senior assistants and teachers, and real-time classroom experience you will take your understanding of yoga asana to a new level while contributing greatly to the growth and evolution of your students’ (and your own) yoga practice.
The first step to becoming an assistant is to complete an Assistant Training Workshop.
We hold in-house trainings roughly twice a year. In these intensive one or two weekend workshops you will learn to give (and experience receiving) specific hands-on adjustments and appropriate modifications for poses seen in a standard vinyasa class as well as learn the principles of alignment behind each pose. We also cover different types of assists, when to use them, how to assist “in the flow”, and explore the art of compassionate touch. Once you’ve completed this workshop you will be eligible to apply for our Mentorship program and our classroom assistant team.
If you happen to have missed our recent in-house training and don’t want to wait for the next one, check out the links below or send us an email and we’ll give you some great recommendations. Your eligibility for the mentorship program will subsequently be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 200\500 RYTs with assistant training and experience will also be considered for mentorship and assisting positions on a case-by-case basis.
A few upcoming local workshops to keep an eye on are:
Art of Alignment and Assisting by Chanel Luck
The Art of Physical Adjustments at Kripalu
Assisting & Mentorship Program Overview
Once you’ve completed an Assistant Training Workshop you are welcome to apply for Metrowest Yoga’s Assistant Mentorship Program. This intimate 3 month program combines in-house mini-workshops and intensive mentoring that will take your assisting skills to the next level. As part of the program you will have opportunities to:
- Observe or co-assist with a mentor in a live classroom, learning how to move through space efficiently, time your assists appropriately, read the room, and address limitations of individual practitioners.
- Attend small workshops open only to the assisting team where you will have a chance to ask questions, discuss any issues that arise in the classroom, receive feedback on your assists, hone your existing skills, practice new ones, and increase your confidence, all while being part of a loving community.
- Practice real-time assisting with a dedicated partner in a live yoga class under the guidance of a Metrowest Yoga teacher or senior assistant.
- Ultimately assist your own class in exchange for complementary yoga or other compensation deemed appropriate by the studio owner.
Recent Mentorship Program Workshop Topics:
- Assisting in the Flow
- Assisting Beginners
- Anatomy & Assisting 1 & 2
- Thai Massage & Assisting
- Partner Yoga Practice
What People are Saying:
Pam: “I have learned SO MUCH from Metrowest Yoga’s Assisting Program and from everyone in the group. I look forward to continuing this journey!”
Rebecca: “The Assistant Program has deepened my understanding of the body and yoga postures. Through the program I have also developed my ability to transfer care and love through my touch and breath, cultivating deeper trust, awareness and openness between me and Metrowest Yoga students.”
Tony: “I have learned that to assist one must be even more aware of their own practice, not just form and alignment, but to the energy one embodies both while assisting and when I am on my own mat.”
Ask a Question or Apply
Please send an email with “ASSISTING PROGRAM” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!