YTT (Yoga Teacher Training): My Experience

Hi all!

I just completed my 200-hour YTT. This has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I went to New Zealand with YogaCaraGlobal. In this post I will talk about what we learned, the location, and my overall experience. Hopefully this will help you to decide if this is something you want to do or are interested in learning more about.

The Location: For the YTT I traveled all the way from California, USA to Tairua, New Zealand. I of course took this opportunity to not only travel around, but to become a yoga instructor. Here we stayed at Te Moata. Te Moata is a non-profit location that has over 400 acres of protected forrest. Here we had two rooms for learning, one we practiced meditation in and one we practice asana in. Of course we also had a  place to sleep.

For food we were extremely fortunate and had a French chef cook for us. He also use to be a pastry chef. Coming into this I figured we would only be eating vegetables and thought I would have to go without sweets. I was wrong!  That being said it was all vegetarian and vegan or gluten free if it needed to be. We ate a lot of curry, which I usually hate but was often very delicious. We also had a lot of beet and carrot salads, which I will hopefully be making a copy cat recipe for. Of course by the end of the 2 weeks all of the meat eaters could only think about a burger!

The only downside I could say about Te Moata is that there were a ton of flies! I have to say it’s very difficult to meditate and have flies landing on you at the same time. The only other issue was that I felt uncomfortable if I didn’t eat all my food, which meant I ate way WAY to much every time!

Education: We learned around 50 asanas. By this I mean we talked about what muscles are working, which ones were stretching, modification available, and of course the risks. It was very safety focused, which I loved. All of the students (6 people) found that one time or another they had been misadjusted. This was by far the most important lesson learned. The posture does not need to look like you see in Instagram, but it should feel right to the person in it.

Experience: This teacher training was even better than I expected. There were only 6 students, which was nice because we all got a long. We are all also in a group message and continue to update each other on our lives. It was also nice because we felt comfortable to talk about things we might not of otherwise. Both of my instructors did prefer slower more yin style classes, despite this they still loved my final vinyasa power flow.

In order to pass you had to teach a 1 hour class to all the students and pass a written exam. Both of which I felt fully prepared for thanks to my instructors. Over the 2 weeks we also learned about a lot of the holistic elements of yoga. Such as: pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, chakras, 8 limbs of yoga, and much more. Learning about this really engages the deeper aspects of yoga that I appreciate even more than the asanas.

If you would like to read more about their programs feel free to check out YogaCaraGlobal’s website. The 2 teachers I had were Angela and Ally whom were both amazing. I highly suggest this program because of the safety aspects that were taught. Feel free to contact me with any questions as well through my contact page!

Peach & Love

(note: They did not pay me to write this post, it was something I felt that should be shared to the world.)

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Why Blog?

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to give you all a little excerpt about why I have begun to create this blog. There are many reasons why I wanted to blog in the first place including being a resume booster(LOL!). But, if I was to do it for solely that reason it would just be about me not about yoga.

I have been practicing yoga on and off, a few classes here and there for the last 5 years. Recently, my passion has grown for yoga in a whole new way. Since I started college 3 years ago I found my stress levels were unusually high, and I found myself displacing that energy on those who surrounded me.

With the use of yoga I have now been able to learn to let go instead and live in the moment. Most people do not understand that yoga can bring you this, and I always try to describe it as a “mental state.” The only people who ever understand are the people who are regularly practicing. This isn’t something that happens after practicing once it’s a constant journey on learning more about yourself and becoming one with your true self.

Now I find myself practicing at the studio at least once a week depending on how busy I am with school. During summer break I went 5 days a week and that was the turning point for me. I now am on a hunt to become a yoga teacher. Currently I am signed up for Yoga Cara’s YTT in New Zealand(more on this to come!)

I hope you find all the different aspects of a yogi lifestyle as interesting as I do. I will be posting more on ways to improve your lifestyle with yoga, your practice and my overall journey!

Peace & Love