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.)