Review: The Yoga Mentor, by Celest Pereira
Updated: Oct 24, 2020
'In my view, The Yoga Mentor should be on the reading list for everything single yoga teacher training there is, and the go-to publication for anyone starting out in the industry.'
I picked up Celest Pereira's book shortly after I completed my Yoga Teacher Training, and I think that for a few months I literally slept with it under my pillow. Ok, maybe not under my pillow exactly, but it definitely was right there on my bedside table.
The Yoga Mentor does exactly what it says on the cover: it takes newly qualified yoga teachers through everything they need to know to succeed in their teaching careers. And I do mean EVERYTHING. The book is incredibly comprehensive and draws upon Celest Pereira's huge experience as a highly successful yoga teacher. From logistical tips on how to start teaching, to the importance of building your network, to creating a marketing strategy or a retreat and honing your teaching style. The list goes on.
As a yoga teacher myself, I own many, many, many yoga-related books, but I am yet to find a book as useful as The Yoga Mentor. The book is well-structure and easy-to-follow and Celest Pereira's advice is sound and clear. It's also very succinct, with barely two hundred pages of content.
I loved the nuggets of wisdom and anecdotes from Celest Pereira's experience and her early teaching days - moments that most new yoga teachers will undoubtedly relate to! I really enjoyed that she covers important aspects of teaching yoga which go beyond poses and social media logistics, but that are so crucial to a healthy career in the yoga sphere: the value of self-care, self-confidence and kindness.
The interviews she conducted of other super successful yoga teachers (amongst which Chris Chavez, Rachel Brathen or Dylan Werner) in the last section of the book is a great touch, too.
It's a few years old already, but a lot of its content is still valuable - though maybe social media marketing has evolved a bit since then!
Those who follow Celest Pereira on social media will appreciate getting some behind-the-scenes insights into her journey, but even those who haven't come across the great content she creates will pick a lot of valuable advice in how to get started the right way. In my view, The Yoga Mentor should be on the reading list for everything single yoga teacher training there is, and the go-to publication for anyone starting out in the industry.