Around 4 years ago I decided to put together the sort of yoga teacher training programme I was looking for, I wanted to experience a programme and work with a teacher who could guide me on all the areas for yoga teaching, by that what I mean is I wanted to have experience in the actual class, where I could assist the yoga teacher and learn hands on techniques, also training in a very low key environment, so that is exactly what I did.
The very first training course that I ran was out of a studio, this was really great and I had the privilege of training 9 amazing people to become yoga teachers, it has been a pure pleasure to see each and every one of these individuals expand and grow from this time on their own journeys.
For the second training course I decided to take the training to my home, this was a very big decision to make as I wasn't really sure if anyone else was doing this, to me however this totally felt like the right thing to do, so I followed my intuition and did it, it could not have worked out any better, from here the quality the students I am working with are experiencing is beyond anything I could have imagined, I am seeing some really powerful transformation on every level in their lives, at the same time I continue to learn and grow in ways I could never have imagined.
I continue to run these personalised programmes from my home, not just focusing on teaching yoga but on what ever area the individual would like to work on, be it their business lives, relationships, fertility, personal development, it all ties in to the yoga teacher training, I am feeling very excited at this point to see how this training will evolve as now move onto to this next level!
Some really interesting thoughts from this week just gone...I'm sitting here now at home on a Friday as I write this, as I am getting ready to go into the 7th weekend of our yoga teacher training course, this as most of you know is the second year that we are running this course so I am super excited that we have had the great opportunity to be able to run a second one!
The first teacher training course that I ran was in Clapham last year at Synchronicity Studio just off of Landor Rd, this was amazing and we have some fantastic students who decided to take the plunge and join my training course, and what a privilege this was, we now have Elisabeth Baylis one of the students from the first course teaching each and every Thursday evening in Clapham, she is also looking to start some early morning classes at our Clapham studio, we would really love some feed back from you as to what times and mornings you would prefer!. Ciara, another of our students from our first generation MahalaYoga Teacher Trainers has also started to take that step away from "assisting" in the classes to "teaching" the classes, last Wednesday was her debut, and what a fantastic debut it was, I would like to say a massive "well done" Ciara you have broken the ice, I was there the whole way to give her loads of support in the process, not that she really needed it!.
Pictured above from our 2013 yoga teacher training program in Clapham, here you can see our wizard Leo Sharma as he deconstructs the Asanas, you can see Thea (laying down) Elisabeth, Ciara and Marina..
So that takes us back to this years yoga teacher training course that I am currently running, with this course I have not only taken the decision that we will be an Independent yoga teacher training school (this decision was made for the first teacher training course, we are not affiliated with any governing boards of yoga, I am also running this course from my home, so the group is very small, we have 4 students on this course, so as you can imagine they are getting extra special attention!.
To run the teacher training course from my home was a very hard decision to make as once again I couldn't see any other course doing this, and once again all of the other courses and it seems most teachers were now registered with some sort of governing board, but once again I stuck to what I felt was right for me and I took the plunge of taking the teacher training course to my home, and making the learning and the training very small but very focused and very relaxed, this course is very much student led and they are learning in a very relaxed environment so I am finding that the students seem to be picking everything up really quickly, everything they are learning they seem to be remembering a lot easier, and they are also all starting to come along to the classes for that all very important practical experience, where they are learning hands on how to teach a yoga class, with the full assistance and guidance from myself and other teacher trainers past and present, this couldn't be working out any better than I could have imagined!!
This week we have seen Jenny and Daniella assisting in our Monday evening classes, with a fantastic response!. Tara once again one of our current teacher trainers taking part of our Wednesday evening class, and Ciara one of our first gen MahalaYoga Teacher Trainers taking part of our Wednesday evening class, once again with a fantastic response!. Elisabeth Baylis teaching her usual Thursday evening class, she will be teaching this Saturday too in Brixton, once again with amazing feed back!.
Pictured above Elisabeth Baliss with her beloved Boo on the beach at her home town...Happy Days!
I am going to continue my yoga teacher training program in this way as I can see right in front of my eyes some very happy, relaxed, confident yoga teachers emerging that I would love to go along to as a student as their passion and desire for learning, teaching and guiding others continues to inspire me! A massive thank you and well done!!.