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Yoga Teacher Training – What a journey!

A few days ago we celebrated the graduation of 12 incredible women who are now Yoga Teachers.

Together we went on a 24 day journey and it has been an honour to witness each one of them blossom.

This is not our first group and each training has been equally special, but this time I feel called to share a little about this experience that is so profound and about much more than teaching Yoga.

As you may expect, we spend a lot of time practicing – we start every day with meditation, pranayama (breath work) and asana (yoga postures). We also dive deep into ancient scriptures such as The Yoga Sutras by Patanjali, we dedicate a lot of time to learn about the human body, including the systems of the body with extra emphasis on the nervous system and survival responses, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, embodiment, we learn about Chakras, Ayurveda, Mudras (hand gestures), Sanskrit and Mantras (spiritual chants) and many other yoga related topics.

So far no surprises…

What we don’t include in the curriculum is how much happens simultaneously.

Here are some of the elements that make the experience healing and transformational.


The longer practices allow for time to go deeper and these ancient practices are truly powerful.

For those who have practiced yoga before, you may have noticed how you felt at the end of the practice compared to the beginning; for those who have been practicing regularly for some time, you may notice how different you feel if you go a few days or even weeks without practicing; If you haven’t practiced yoga before perhaps this article inspires you to try

Yoga (which also includes breath and meditation) has many scientifically proven physical and mental health benefits, including nervous system regulation – resulting in better sleep and digestion, which are at the core of our overall health. Mentally speaking, yoga can help manage stress and reduce anxiety and studies now show that daily practice can positively affect brain chemistry.

When practiced daily, the benefits are clearly perceptible and although most yogis who join a YTT tend to practice regularly, not many have the experience of a committed Sādhanā (daily spiritual practice).

Practicing daily gives the yogis the lived experience of the benefits of the practice, which enables them to share yoga from a place of authentic understanding.

Reflection on Spiritual Teachings

As mentioned in the introduction, during the programme we dive deep into the philosophy of Yoga. Every day we have spiritual lectures (satsangs) during which we cover the many topics required by the International Yoga Alliance.

However we not only study ancient scriptures, during these lectures we also invite the yogis to reflect on them and how they can apply these teachings in their lives.

Taking the time to reflect on yogic values promotes self-awareness and leads yogis to wonder about their way of life, which can be challenging but is also heartening.

Safe Space

On the first day of the training we create the group ethics together by sharing what we need to feel safe and what we can offer to create a safe space and we all commit to honor these guidelines for the duration of the training.

This fosters a sense of safety and instant closeness which enables participants to relax and open. From this place of openness we cultivate genuine connections.


From early in the programme we invite the yogis to practice teaching each other.

As previously said, YTT is about much more than just teaching yoga, but it is also an important element of course. We ensure that everyone has the opportunity to practice teaching every day so by the end of the training everyone is able to teach a 90min class, in their own way of course.


Ayurveda considers that everything we consume, from the sounds that surround us, the conversations we have and the amount of sunlight we receive daily contribute to our health. With this at heart, we choose unique retreat centres where we know the guests will feel at home.

Food and drink also play an integral part in our health and therefore our practice.

Although most yogis have an idea of 'proper diet' for optimal health, it is considerably easier to eat well when 3 lovingly cooked vegan meals are provided daily.<