SCOTT HARIG: MENTOR
What is the most fulfilling part of being a Mentor?
The most fulfilling part of being a mentor is seeing my mentees slowly start on their paths to actually becoming better teachers than myself. To me this is the ultimate goal.
How has being a Mentor influenced you and your teaching?
Honestly, as a mentor I’m constantly trying to figure out how to get my mentees to teach themselves. I find myself in the classroom trying to do the same thing with my students. It’s powerful and so amazing.
And the most important lesson I learned, never put yourself above your students. Always stay at the same level.
REBECCA HAJEK: MENTEE
My 100 Hour Mentorship with Scott Harig gave me the tools and experience to feel comfortable teaching in front of a group of people. When I exited Pure’s 200 hr TT I had an abundance of information to start my teaching journey but it was my mentorship that gave me the extra confidence to put it all together in a practical way. I felt that the two went hand in hand.
I decided to take the 100 Hour Mentorship because... i wanted to continue the momentum I had gained from TT as I was serious about turning yoga into a career. I wanted to have a class of my own to practice teaching and a mentor to give me personal attention and feedback so I could grow.
What I loved most about the 100 Hour Mentorship experience was... that i developed an important bond with Scott that went beyond our 100hrs spent. Scott became a source I could go for questions and advice throughout my teaching career. He was and continues to be my biggest advocate as a teacher and I accredit him with opening a lot of doors for me that allowed me to get to where I am today.
What I do know is influenced by the Mentorship because... it allowed me to develop and set my foundations as an instructor. Scott had me learn to teach the Ashtanga primary series and if you are familiar with it you know that it is one of the most difficult sequences to teach. Not only do you need to fundamentally understand the sequence backwards and forwards, but your cueing needs to be precise as you have usually only a breath to transition, your Sanskrit needs to be exact and you learn how to be very comfortable with assists. I’m not going to pretend it wasn’t difficult but looking back on it now I accredit my cueing, Sanskrit and strong assists from the knowledge i gained in the mentorship.
My favorite memory of the 100 Hour Mentorship is.... learning Scott’s assists. We went through each pose in the primary sequence and learned in detail how to assist it over and over again until we got it right. I’m a very tactile teacher so this work allowed me to get comfortable teaching with my hands.