Spring Mentorship Program

Re-Launching This Spring!

March 9-June 12, 2022

After a hiatus, we are excited to relaunch the Yoga Shanti Mentorship Program (YSMP) this Spring — now available fully online with the option of in-person Mentor sessions. The YSMP Program takes place over the course of 12 weeks and is designed to bridge the gap between graduating from a 200HR yoga teacher training program and diving into teaching public classes. You will meet with your fellow mentees for eleven evening workshops focused on topics ranging from philosophy and planning a dharma talk, to functional anatomy, and teaching private clients in person and online. You will spend lots of one-on-one  time with your mentor deepening your knowledge of sequencing and developing teaching skills. At the culmination of the program, you will have accrued 46 (CE) hours, honed your personal teaching style, and developed the confidence to share your love of yoga with the world. Students who complete the program also get access to ongoing benefits at Yoga Shanti. This program will be accepting applications from January 26th!

Program Format

Together with your cohort of aspiring teachers you will explore a range of topics as they relate to yoga and teaching private or group classes in 11 online evening workshops that take place on select Wednesdays and Sundays this Spring (see dates below). A nurturing and supportive atmosphere is encouraged through the duration of the program and through additional regular private one-on-one sessions with your seasoned mentor, you will have the opportunities to ask direct questions for private feedback. Your teaching will be reviewed on a regular basis. There will be homework allocated prior to each module requiring an approximate time investment of 3 hours each.

Meet Your Mentors

Seamus Tyson grew up splitting his time in between New York City and the East End of Long Island. He continues to enjoy this balance between city and costal life today. Prior to teaching yoga, Seamus worked primarily as a Recording Engineer. Starting as a Front of House Sound Mixer for a nationally touring band, then progressing into Studio Recording/ Editing/Mixing, then eventually landing in Television Production. Seamus’s first introduction to yoga was an Ashtanga yoga class in North Carolina in the late 90’s. After his first class he was hooked. He since has spent time in the full spectrum of yoga disciplines, all leading to his primary love for Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Read more…

Sandy Sperou found the importance of maintaining a regular yoga practice as a former Wall Street floor trader on the New York Stock Exchange. She loved the way it brought a sense of peace into her mental space after hectic days on the trading floor. This spiritual component is still is what Sandy values most about her yoga practice today. A graduate of the Yoga Shanti 200 hr Teacher Training, she continues to study under her teachers Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee. Her thoughtful and fun classes feature signature Yoga Shanti sequencing with an emphasis on maintaining a healthy spine and creating spacious joints. Read more…


  • Manual Adjustments: Seamus Tyson & Sandy Sperou
  • Sequencing and Class Planning: Seamus Tyson
  • Philosophy Topic Goes Here: Linda Cassidy
  • Philosophy Topic Goes Here: Linda Cassidy
  • Yama and Niyama in the Modern World: Sandy Sperou
  • Anatomy Topic Goes Here: Joe Miller
  • Anatomy Topic Goes Here: Joe Miller
  • Functional Anatomy in Relation to Asana Postures: Seamus Tyson
  • Teaching Private Clients, In-Person & Online: Seamus Tyson & Sandy Sperou
  • Cultivating, Planning, and Delivering your Dharma Talk: Sandy Sperou
  • Gather and Closing Ceremony: Seamus Tyson & Sandy Sperou

Requirements & Opportunities

All participants are required to:

  • Attend all scheduled online workshops in the program in real-time, with your fellow participants
  • Cultivate a consistent weekly home asana, meditation, and breath awareness practice
  • Attend the monthly Yoga Shanti Gold Sessions with Colleen Saidman Yee & Rodney Yee (the third Sunday of every month @ 5:30pm EST).
  • Take your Mentor’s weekly online Yoga Shanti class, either live or on-demand*
  • Take 8 Yoga Shanti Zoom classes with designated teachers before completion of the program*
  • Take 9 Yoga Shanti classes with Colleen and/or Rodney before completion of the program*
  • Take a minimum of 4 of fellow participant’s online classes before completion of the program
  • Schedule 7 One-on-one 60-minute meetings with your mentor on Zoom or in person.
  • Schedule one 30-minute Philosophy session with Linda Cassidy via Zoom.
  • Independently offer & teach a weekly class (11 weeks in total) and submit recordings of seven (7) of these to your Mentor for review and feedback. (6 of these will be publicized to all Yoga Shanti YTT graduates)
  • Complete 7 homework assignments in a timely manner as they are given throughout the training (@ approx 3-hour time investment each)

* fee waived for these online Yoga Shanti classes

Teaching Yoga Shanti public Community classes: There will also be a set number of opportunities to teach Community classes online for Yoga Shanti. These will be allocated on a rotating roster. If we have more students than there are weeks in the Program (12), this opportunity will be extended beyond the end date for students who did not teach at least one public Community class for Yoga Shanti.

Participants will also have the option of making their weekly class available for past Yoga Shanti YTT graduates to attend. These will be published on a private schedule not accessible to the public.

Program Dates

  • Wednesday, March 9th: 7:00-8:30pm EST
  • Sunday, March 20th:
  • Wednesday, March 23rd: 7:00-8:30pm EST
  • Wednesday, April 6: 7:00-8:30pm EST
  • Sunday, April 17th:
  • Wednesday, April 20th: 7:00-8:30pm EST
  • Wednesday, May 4th: 7:00-8:30pm EST
  • Sunday, May 15th: 5:30-6:30pm EST (Yoga Shanti Gold with Colleen & Rodney)
  • Wednesday, May 18th: 7:00-8:30pm EST
  • Sunday, May 22nd: 7:00-8:30pm EST
  • Wednesday, June 1st: 7:00-8:30pm EST
  • Sunday, June 12th: 7:00-8:30pm EST

Additional Benefits

  • Accrual of 46 (CE) hours (approximate – need to get these hours correct.)
  • Development and honing of your personal teaching style
  • A lifestime discount of 30% for unlimited online yoga with Yoga Shanti. Currently $108  for monthly unlimited online yoga with no minimum commitment (as opposed to $170). SHANTI BENEFIT
  • 12 free weekly online classes with your Mentor S&S BONE
  • 9 free online classes with Colleen and/or Rodney during the Program SHANTI BONE
  • 10 free Zoom classes with Yoga Shanti after completion of the program (nontransferable with strict 6-month expiration) SHANTI BONE
  • Three follow-up 30-minute sessions with your mentor (strict 1-year expiration) S&S BONE
  • 3 in-person class passes with Yoga Shanti (strict 18-month expiration) SHANTI BONE


Applicants must have graduated from an accredited 200Hr Yoga Teacher Training program within the last 3 years and attend a short Zoom meeting with their chosen mentor (Seamus Tyson or Sandy Sperou) prior to acceptance. Spaces are limited and acceptance is decided on a case-by-case basis, depending on the pool of applicants. Preference will be given to recent graduates of Yoga Shanti’s 200Hr YTT program. Applicants must also agree to commit to becoming proficient in hosting and recording their online Zoom classes.


The cost of participating in this program is $1450. A personal Zoom account is also a requirement and costs approximately $15 per month over the course of the program. Contact us to discuss options for monthly payment plans. Payment plans must be established prior to February 15th. A one-time $50 processing fee will apply to all payment plans.

Cancelation & Withdrawal Policy: Space is limited and your payment secures your spot in the Program. The full cost of the Program is non-refundable and non-transferable from February 15th onwards with no exceptions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be certified with the Yoga Alliance? No, but you must have completed a 200Hr Yoga Teacher-Training program that is accredited by Yoga Alliance and show proof of graduation.

I have a 200-hour YTT certificate, but I completed my training more than 3 years ago. Do I qualify to apply? Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. If you have been maintaining your education with CE credits, an Advanced 300hr YTT, or have maintained a regular publicly taught class, there is the possibility you may still be accepted into this program. Contact us to discuss this.

Will I receive free yoga with Yoga Shanti for the duration of this program? Not unlimited classes. The free classes included in the cost of this program are listed in the Additional Benefits section above.

Do the dates from this program overlap with the Yoga Shanti 200Hr Spring/Winter YTT? Answer goes here.

Do the dates from this program overlap with the upcoming Yoga Shanti 300Hr Advanced YTT? Answer goes here.

Do the dates from this program overlap with the upcoming Yoga Shanti Integrative Therapy modules (previously, UZIT)? Answer goes here.

What happens if something comes up that prevents me from completing the program? In such an instance you will lose your investment. We ask all participants to commit for the duration of the program for a cohesive group experience as we progress through the modules. No refunds will be given for students who drop out of the program at any time. Tuition can also not be exchanged for Yoga Shanti services.

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