At the beginning of this year I spent some time alone setting some pretty strong and (so I thought at the time), unrealistic intentions for the year ahead. It is only just the beginning of June and it has been a little astonishing to reflect and see how much (albeit gradually) my life has shifted in order to align with them. As a result I am finding that I am constantly surprised and in turn excited by life and all of its crazy possibilities. The power of the mind when it recognises and aligns with the force of the spirit never ceases to amaze me and this has become the life blood of my work of late. I am daring myself to step up and into me as fully as possible, the results are scary but truly mind blowing.

As some of you may know, many years ago I hatched a plan to create a mentoring programme for yoga teachers, it was a thought that had sat in my scattered Vata type mind since the last day of my own first teacher training. I remember clearly thinking ‘if only there was someone I could continue to talk with about all of this, a real community to plug into’. I am now in my 5th year of mentoring teachers and I find it truly powerful work and like all things that I think are meant for you, it is something that really found me. It was on the back of finishing another round of ‘The Artist’s Way’ – (a really fantastic practical work book on unblocking creativity that I now encourage my teacher mentees and just about anybody else to read) that I finally hatched the concept for ‘Liberate & Elevate’ – a 6 month mentoring programme for the development and growth of teachers.

We are now nearing the end of the current intake and it has been such a great blessing to guide this particular group of teachers and see them tackle some of their shadows and grow in endless ways as a result of their own commitment to the work. The mentoring programme I run is not an easy one. I believe that mentoring should make teachers accountable whilst providing just the right amount of support for them to do the work themselves, it is about helping people to slowly tease out the raw diamonds from the most often messy dirt, it is about recognising that great fragility and darkness has the potential to transform into great spirit if it is treated with the utmost respect, intelligence and love. My mentoring and to a certain extent my classes are less and less about acquiring new skills, they are about finally owning the ones you have and stepping into them fully.

The world needs teachers like this I believe and further I believe people are looking for this deeper way of connecting through their practice.

It is a little scary because all of a sudden you find your insides on the outside for the world to see, there’s just no hiding. Not everyone welcomes the idea of ‘you being you’, in fact some positively reject it and so as a result I have found myself stepping away from certain situations, limiting my interactions and time on social media, focusing more on the skill of continuing to step up in my own life, becoming me as fully as possible.

It is with great gratitude and excitement that I am now able to offer a second round of this 6 month programme, commencing September 2016. Alongside this programme will sit a further master programme for teachers who have four years of teaching experience or have completed the 6 month programme.

If you are not a teacher there is still so much to update you on, I am teaching a lot of classes and workshops in various places over the coming months – a lot of them are free and you only need to register. Take a look at the details and links below and I hope to see some of you along the way.

Should you be a teacher and interested in any type of mentoring take a moment to have a look at the website via the link above and get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Naomi Absalom