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PIONEERING BATCH URBAN ASHRAM MANILA 200-HOUR YOGA ALLIANCE TEACHER TRAINING MARCH 2012


200-Hour Intensive Teacher Training Program in collaboration with YogaPoser USA 5 March 2012 to 30 March 2012

Fact Sheet: 1. Our Teacher Training Program makes great teachers. We believe great teachers start as great practitioners. Therefore, they must understand the practice from a student’s perspective and be great practitioners themselves. 2. The program offers a strong foundation in core yoga principles and teaching skills that are essential to becoming a successful teacher. 3. The foundation of the YogaPoser approach to the concepts of asana-oriented yoga is based on the following mantra: keep it simple, practical, accessible and effective. 4. Graduates of the Teacher Training will know their own voice and how to use it 5. The program offers a broad range of knowledge that provides greater flexibility when seeking teaching opportunities at yoga studios and fitness centers. 6. Our teachers are ready to work as teachers at the end of the program. 7. The program enables teachers to branch out into a more specialized focus, if desired, as their practice and teaching advance. 8. Our Teacher Training Programs are based on Yoga Alliance standards. Graduates of the program may seek affiliation with Yoga Alliances as Registered Yoga Teacher – 200 (RYT 200) and be

qualified to teach yoga in the USA. 9. When you complete the YogaPoser Teacher Training, you will already have found your own teaching voice and you’ll have already had experience using it, enabling you to branch out into a more specialized focus. Instead of being ready to teach your first class when you graduate our program, you will have already done that and much more- you’ll be ready to be a Yoga Teacher.

Course Outline and Description of Modules:

The certification program is comprised of 180 hours of studio and classroom time and 20 hours of homework.

The program will run from March 5 through April 2, 2012 at the Urban Ashram Manila, with weekends off. Classes start at 830am and end at 5:30 pm. The day usually begins with an Asana Practice, followed by a series of lectures and workshops. There will be a forty-minute lunch as well as morning and afternoon breaks.


Techniques of Training and Practice: 95 hours

The majority of the training (95 hours) occurs through asana practice. Over the course of the training students will engage in a combination of three types of asana practice:

Tightly-focused workshop-style practices where the details of each type of asana are studied. We divide these workshops into about a dozen major types of body position so you get a deep and practical understanding of the challenges, benefits and risks of each. Each of these is followed by another lecture-type class in which we discuss in even greater detail the many parts that put asana together, including: how to sequence asana; how to adjust students with different abilities and histories; and how to articulate the important steps to practicing asana in its fullest available expression.

Philosophy and Ethics of Yoga:

30 Hours Yoga practice was developed centuries ago by people who saw the human condition and how to perfect the human experience in a way that is still universally applicable as a science of self-improvement. One way we can ensure that your teaching, no matter what form it takes, is actually about good yoga, is to make sure you see how the physical practice connects to the system that is so clearly laid out in the ancient philosophical texts. Using the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as our primary guide, you’ll explore and learn about the history and philosophy of yoga in a way that is immediately usable to you. We teach you how to apply the simple but indispensable guidelines that are listed in the Sutras. Our belief is that if you can’t use it, its a waste of time. So, we deliver what you need when you need it in lectures with an emphasis on student reflection, discussion and analysis.

Anatomy for Yoga: 20 hours

Before you start asking people to do things with their bodies, you need to know how the body works (and how it doesn’t). Our Teaching Methodology: 25 hours No matter how deep your own practice is or anatomy course has two objectives: that you how much you know about asana, it doesn’t know exactly what you are asking people to do in any asana; and how do your students much good if you can’t to sequence asana so it makes sense. The communicate what they need to hear in an 20-hour anatomy module is a compreheneffective way. That’s what these classes are for. You’ll explore the theory and practice of sive, stand-alone course designed to teach students the anatomy fundamentals espedagogy and andragogy: the art of teachsential for any teacher of body movement, ing people. Through a combination of particularly yoga teachers. Again, we teach lecture, discussion and role-playing, you what you’ll be able to use right away in students explore issues and tools our practice and teaching. When you undercommon to all fundamental teaching stand the practical anatomy of asana, you precepts, as well as those that apply can develop your own style of sequencing specifically to teaching yoga. and teaching in a way that works.


James Brown has traveled the world teaching yoga from beginners to rock stars. Our experience has demonstrated that He is renowned for developing creative and students learn significantly more in a real challenging content for top yoga studios and teaching fitness centers around the globe (including environment and are able to gain more YogaWorks, Equinox Fitness and YogaGlo). applicable teaching experience that better Flea from The Red Hot Chili Peppers calls prepares them for job opportunities after James, “The best yoga teacher in the world”. graduation. So, you’ll HIs impressive list of high profile clients co-teach actual public classes, observed by also includes: Sting, The Go-Go’s, Rachel our faculty and followed with lots of feedWeisz, Gillian Anderson and Ralph Fiennes, back, to gain actual teaching experience by employing the teaching tools learned during plus leaders in business, fashion, politics and philanthropy. He has taught Yoga in the the training. USA, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, London, and Nairobi. Independent Study: 20 hours James began his own yoga practice in 1990 The remainder of the 200 hour program is focused on homework and outside study in and has been mentored both as a teacher and an Ashtanga practitioner since 2001 by all areas of study Maty Ezraty, globally acclaimed senior yoga teacher and founder of the original The Teachers YogaWorks in Santa Monica. James began teaching yoga in Washington D.C. in 1996, and in 1999 became the first Adjunct Professor of Yoga at American University where he remained until 2001, when he relocated to Los Angeles and began teaching at YogaWorks’ Santa Monica flagship studio. From 2003-2007, James served as a senior teacher trainer at YogaWorks where he was a key contributor to the first highly regarded YogaWorks Teacher Trainer’s Guide. During his time at YogaWorks, James led over 4,000 hours of teacher trainings – educating more than 1,000 of the world’s top yoga teachers and helping grow the YogaWorks Teacher Training program from two offerings a year to over fifty by the time he left. In 2007, James founded YogaPoser James Brown and in 2010 opened the YogaPoser Venice

Practicum: 10 hours


Beach Yoga House in iconic Venice Beach, CA. Based on the understanding that each individual’s practice is a personal journey, James created a schedule of classes at YogaPoser that are meant to complement the strengths of each practitioner. He developed two signature YogaPoser Teacher Training programs, the 200hour Foundations of Yoga Teacher Certification program and the 300-hour Master Yoga Teacher Certification program, which are designed to graduate unique and highly skilled teachers. For practitioners who aren’t looking for a career in the yoga industry but want to develop a deeper understanding of the practice, James created the YogaPoser 108-hour Roots of Practice Program James has authored a wide range of television, DVD and digital content, including the YogaPoser iTunes Podcast (ranked as one of the most popular yoga podcasts on iTunes), and YogaWorks Body Slim on DVD and Exercise TV. He has been featured on NPR, in The Washington Post and more.

Maria Villella

Maria was drawn to Yoga after practicing classical ballet for nine years and martial arts for five. Upon completion of her initial teacher training at Downward Dog Yoga Center in Toronto, Maria began teaching there and following workshops with visiting Ashtanga teachers Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty several times, traveled to India to study with Ashtanga’s founder and late guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. After a month of study with him at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, she also

spent time studying at Krishnamacharya’s Yoga Mandiram (KYM), which emphasized a more customized approach to each individual’s practice, in contrast to the systematic approach she’d learned with Jois. Maria inspires students to learn to confront fear and self-acceptance through asana practice. She does so with compassion and friendliness, supported by a vast knowledge and deep, personal understanding of the specific system of Ashtanga and the universal world of asana, yoga practice, and teaching in general. At YogaPoser, she leads American Ashtanga Guided Self-Practice as well as teaching in our advanced studies and level one/two teacher training programs. She is also completing her studies in Traditional Chinese medicine at Emperor’s College in Los Angeles.


200-Hour Intensive Teacher Training Pioneering Batch 5 March 2012 to 30 March 2012


Marie Calica

Maria Marrita Pancho

Menchie Castro

Chris Panis

Tanya dela Cruz

Aika Rodriguez

Nica Hechanova

Glady Rosales

Lloyd Lee

Leah Sanchez

Marc Macadaeg

Tara Santos

Yanti Marduli

Albee Tiu

Jenifer Grace Martinez

Christine Yang


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MARIE CALIcA 1. What’s the one biggest change or realization that you’ll be taking from the teacher training into your life off the mat?

My biggest realization from teacher training is that there are as many yoga poses (or interpretations of poses) as there are bodies. Everybody and everybody is different. I celebrate my own body more now, not for how it should look like in a pose, but by how it just is for that particular practice. 2. What would you say to someone who thinks that they’re just not ready yet for teacher training?

I didn’t think I was strong enough or smart enough or prepared enough to undergo teacher training, and looking back, I really wasn’t. It was the training proper that just made me stronger, smarter, and more prepared to teach.

3. What were the most challenging and most fulfilling things about teacher training?

The most challenging thing about teacher training was understanding anatomy. The jargon and actions were so foreign to me, and I was so stressed while studying for it, but on week 3 when I was reviewing my notes, things simply clicked. Now when I practice, I’m more aware of which muscles are firing and what body part is working. 4. What did you enjoy most about the teacher training program?

I enjoyed learning with a group who was as enthusiastic about yoga as I was. Our shared energy made all the challenges bearable. It made learning fun. It made growing special.


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MENcHIE CASTRO 1. What’s the one biggest change or realization that you’ll be taking from the teacher training into your life off the mat? Before teacher training I was so worried about not being prepared or not being good enough for teacher training. Little did I know that it’s not all about that at all. Teacher training is all about the journey to yoga. Learning more about myself and because no matter what, I am good enough. In fact, the way I am now is pretty marvelous. 2. What would you say to someone who thinks that they’re just not ready yet for teacher training? If you love yoga and you want to learn about asanas then teacher training is for you. It doesn’t matter where you are in your practice, because teacher training will definitely improve your practice as well.

3. What were the most challenging and most fulfilling things about teacher training? Yoga anatomy was very challenging for me. I have not really studied a lot of human anatomy since my educational background is in engineering. Memorizing terms and understanding how they work in asanas was really hard. It is also fulfilling because now I have a name for all of the muscles and bones and everything else in between that moves or stays stable during asana practice. This knowledge has helped improve my own practice and it is something that will help my future yoga students as well. 4. What did you enjoy most about the teacher training program? The practices were so much fun. Being able to practice for long hours on most days of the week for a whole month was a gift. Being able to share that experience with such a wonderful group of people is something that I will cherish.


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TANYA DELA CRUZ 1. What’s the one biggest change or realization that you’ll be taking from the teacher training into your life off the mat? YTT taught me to be kind to myself; I’ve stopped comparing myself to other people and I’ve really started to love myself for what I really am at the moment. I feel more confident than ever and more excited to work on making myself even better each day. The training helped get me to my happiest self and even after the YTT program finished, I’m still smiling non-stop inside and out. 2. What would you say to someone who thinks that they’re just not ready yet for teacher training? Take the plunge. When you allow yourself to say you’re not ready, you’ll never ever be truly ready. YTT is a life changer, wouldn’t you want life to change (for the better) as soon as you can? :) 3. What were the most challenging and most fulfilling things about teacher training?

It was really challenging physically and mentally. It was really tough to find that discipline to stay in poses and to get the efforts into getting into the poses right. That said, it was so fulfilling once I discovered that my will can really take my body places. Finding that focus, clarity of mind, and strength (inside and out) was priceless. Im stronger, better, and smarter in a lot of ways now more than ever - and this was worth all the challenges several times over. :) 4. What did you enjoy most about the teacher training program? My new set of friends. I really cherish the bonds i have formed with my ytt batchmates. I was so pleasantly surprised to get to know and to connect so well with people who are from completely different circles. It was so fun learning from all of them and sharing the experience with them - they are those friends whom you might not see everyday but every chance you get to spend together is like no time has passed. Every moment is delightful and is so positive. They’re family.


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NIcA HEcHANOVA 1. What’s the one biggest change or realization that you’ll be taking from the teacher training into your life off the mat? I enrolled in the yoga teacher training program thinking that this could be another career that could just supplement and complement what I already do as a teaching artist. It didn’t really hit me until a few weeks into it how I’ve made a lifelong commitment to my own well-being and happiness and to other people’s wellness as well. Yoga constantly teaches me to be compassionate of myself! I’m learning to always acknowledge where I am, learn to let go and see where and how I can stretch in so many ways. 2. What would you say to someone who thinks that they’re just not ready yet for teacher training? If finances weren’t an issue, I would say just to jump! It was a leap of faith for me! I don’t regret it at all! I learned so much, made a lot of friends and it has opened up a whole new life path for me!

3. What were the most challenging and most fulfilling things about teacher training? What challenged me the most was learning anatomy! It was new again for me to sit down and learn a whole lot of terms that I know I needed to digest and understand right away and knowing that I would be tested on it! But, once I got into the groove, it was actually very fascinating because it made me understand the human body more and helped me create connections with my own body during asana practice. All the asana workshops, the lectures and friendships I’ve made during training really made my heart much fuller and fatter! 4. What did you enjoy most about the teacher training program? I loved the intensive asana workshops and studying together with my classmates was so fun! I genuinely enjoyed every day! My classmates were very fun to be with and learn with! My teachers were so amazing and they have inspired me to keep learning and practicing!


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LLOYD LEE

1. What’s the one biggest change or realization that you’ll be taking from the teacher training into your life off the mat? To understand the efforts of a pose/asana, we look into its purpose. In life, to better understand the actions of a person. We look into the intention behind the action. 2. What would you say to someone who thinks that they’re just not ready yet for teacher training? As long they have a passion for yoga, and is ready to commit to a regular practice, then they will surely benefit from teacher training.

3. What were the most challenging and most fulfilling things about teacher training? The most challenging thing is to leave my responsibilities at my office for one month. The most fulfilling thing is that the sacrifice is worth it. From all that i have learned and the friends that I have made. 4. What did you enjoy most about the teacher training program? Meeting and gaining new friends who have the same passion for yoga and are into sharing their practice to others. Learning a systematic and intelligent way in practicing Vinyasa Flow.


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MARc MAcADAEG

1. What’s the one biggest change or realization that you’ll be taking from the teacher training into your life off the mat? That life is beautiful and worth living and overflowing with possibilities, even for 32-year olds! 2. What would you say to someone who thinks that they’re just not ready yet for teacher training? I don’t think that one can ever really be “ready” to join teacher training --- and that’s the amazing beauty of it! Yoga is an extremely powerful tool for transformation and every single person gains so much more than what they initially signed up for.

3. What were the most challenging and most fulfilling things about teacher training? One of the more challenging aspects of teacher training is the physicality of asana. It’s so easy to write asana off as merely a physical practice, but the truth is that the practice of asana segues and delves into mental, emotional, spiritual facets. 4. What did you enjoy most about the teacher training program? I love the new friendships forged through through many hours of shared asana practices, meals, studying and just clowning around! It’s also been such a great pleasure to witness my fellow trainees get revitalized over the course of the training.


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YANTI MARDULI

1. What’s the one biggest change or realization that you’ll be taking from the teacher training into your life off the mat? Be at the present moment, do my best at the moment that I am in. Accepting and be grateful for who I am. 2. What would you say to someone who thinks that they’re just not ready yet for teacher training? There will be never a ready moment when we don’t go out there take all the chances and get out of our comfort zone. When you know it’s good for you, take all the opportunities and see what you can do from there.

3. What were the most challenging and most fulfilling things about teacher training? Be at the studio early morning and not be late. Since I live quite far, so It’s quite a challenge for me, to get up earlier, dealing with all the people on the way. But this teaches me to be more patient with people especially strangers and self discipline. Also memorizing all the Latin terms for the anatomy. 4. What did you enjoy most about the teacher training program? The teachers, co-trainees, the Yoga, and the knowledge that is given everyday.


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JENIFER GRAcE MARTINEZ 1. What’s the one biggest change or realization that you’ll be taking from the teacher training into your life off the mat? To always understand that everday on the mat is unique and that real yoga is not we do in class, but what happens off the mat. It is how you carry yourself everyday in your life. In loving with an open heart and in being kind to others. 2. What would you say to someone who thinks that they’re just not ready yet for teacher training? “Leap and the net will appear.” The most important reason to take a YTT course is to learn and grow. So go and have fun. Just as long as you try and do your best, you will never fail.

3. What were the most challenging and most fulfilling things about teacher training? Being away from my husband and my children was the most challenging part of the training,its was not easy to be away from my family for the first time but this experience made me stronger as person. 4. What did you enjoy most about the teacher training program? I really enjoyed spending time with my classmates and teachers especially learning from their experience in the manner of ways to better communicate with your students.


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MARIA MARRITA V. PANcHO 1. What’s the one biggest change or realization that you’ll be taking from the teacher training into your life off the mat? The one biggest realization that I will be taking from the Teacher Training into my life off the mat is that age is not a factor in pursuing one’s dreams. I thought before that at my age that it was too late to be starting a new career or passion after 5 years of getting used to and living a domestic life with my family but now I have realized that when an opportunity knocks on your doors, you just grab it especially if it is something that you love and passionate about. 2. What would you say to someone who thinks that they’re just not ready yet for teacher training? Who decides, how would you know and when will you know when to be ready for Teacher Training if you never take that first step? Most dreams are not realized because fear is what is holding us back. Sometimes jumping into the unknown and getting out of our comfort zones bring us to where we need to be.

3. What were the most challenging and most fulfilling things about teacher training? The most challenging things: -spending less time with my family because I needed to be in school 5 days a week -waking up early at 5:30am because I live far from the studio and sleeping late at around 12-2am depending on the lessons, assignments and exams the next day -the physical and mental demands of the course -giving up family and social life for a month while the most fulfilling things were : -gaining friends that are for keeps -learning a lot from the course : yoga, anatomy, sanskrit and philosophy -knowing now that I CAN DO ANYTHING I SET MY MIND TO -letting go of what ifs and my fears -instilling discipline to myself -eating healthily -being able to share to others what i love doing : YOGA -becoming a BETTER ME inside and out


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CHRIS PANIS 1. What’s the one biggest change or realization that you’ll be taking from the teacher training into your life off the mat? The biggest change or realization that ill be taking off the mat is that yoga is not a competition, different bodies work differently. It doesnt matter how far you go, its not all about the destination its the journey that counts more and as a yogi always remain humble and grounded even if you were able to do the most advanced poses. 2. What would you say to someone who thinks that they’re just not ready yet for teacher training? I personally think before i enrolled in the training is that im really prepared for it and felt that i had an edge because im already teaching. But once youre there youll still feel like an empty pail that needs to be filled. So i think no one cannot be unprepared for it as long as you love yoga everything will follow.

3. What were the most challenging and most fulfilling things about teacher training? The most challenging thing in the training was that grasping and incorporating all of the knowledge (asanas, anatomy, philosophy) in my practice and teaching in the span of 200 hours. The most fulfilling would be gaining new friends along the way. 4. What did you enjoy most about the teacher training program? I enjoyed all of the days in the program because each day we learn different things and each time we learn thing we gain a hint of a smile in our faces because were learning more about something we love - yoga.


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AIKA RODRIGUEZ 1. What’s the one biggest change or realization that you’ll be taking from the teacher training into your life off the mat? The one biggest realization that I got from teacher training is being present in where I am and what I am doing now. In asana, it’s about focusing on the efforts and positions of my body in the pose that I am in. In my life off the mat, it’s about not worrying about the regrets of the past or the what-ifs of the future, and instead just focusing on giving my best in what I am doing and trusting that everything will fall into place. 2. What would you say to someone who thinks that they’re just not ready yet for teacher training? Believe in yourself. You’ll be surprised to find out how strong you really are, physically and mentally.

3. What were the most challenging and most fulfilling things about teacher training? Learning the poses were physically and mentally challenging. I’m not the most athletic person so it took a lot from me to stay in a pose for so long. I could feel my muscles burning (tapas! :P) every time we would do our daily 3 hour practices. But it felt amazing to discover how strong I had become by practicing with the right efforts. I never thought I could do the things I can do now and it makes all of that hard work worth it! 4. What did you enjoy most about the teacher training program? What I enjoyed most about YTT are the new friends I got to meet. We all have different personalities and all came from different backgrounds. Yet, we all clicked, and formed a special bond. It’s so much fun sharing this experience with them and I feel so blessed that I am able to learn from these talented people.


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GLADY ROSALES 1. What’s the one biggest change or realization that you’ll be taking from the teacher training into your life off the mat? The 200 hours have given us important tools by which we can learn and teach, but yoga’s lessons are everywhere - it is really a lifelong learning process. 2. What would you say to someone who thinks that they’re just not ready yet for teacher training? It is different for everyone. Some people know it after 10 years, some people feel ready in less time. I would say that it takes a certain level of understanding of the practice and a certain level of desire to teach, but only they themselves will know it in their hearts when the best time is. If the opportunity is there when that time happens, then they should go for it.

3. What were the most challenging and most fulfilling things about teacher training? It was challenging to create a balance between taking care of your body (what with theintense asana workshops and reading assignments at night) and making the most out of this learning experience. The reflective essays were both challenging and fulfilling in that it lets you confront your innermost self, and it is this self-awareness that helps you take further steps in discovering the best self you can be. 4. What did you enjoy most about the teacher training program? The entire idea of going back to school devoting an entire month for learning and meeting a whole new bunch of good friends along the way.


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1. What’s the one biggest change or realization that you’ll be taking from the teacher training into your life off the mat? I think it would be that it’s possible for me to speak in public. 2. What would you say to someone who thinks that they’re just not ready yet for teacher training? I don’t think anybody is ever really completely ready. You just have to have an open mind. Be open to learning and open to the whole experience.

3. What were the most challenging and most fulfilling things about teacher training? The most challenging for me was really getting up and talking in front of a group of people. I’ve always had problems speaking in public so the practicum teaching was really challenging. The most fulfilling for me was being able to overcome that fear of speaking in public. 4. What did you enjoy most about the teacher training program? I really liked the camaraderie among the trainees. It was such a good group of people, everyone was so willing to share what they knew, a lot of really funny


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TARA SANTOS

1. What’s the one biggest change or realization that you’ll be taking from the teacher training into your life off the mat? The best thing I have learned from the TT was wise use of energy. I learned the value of weighing things first, whether it is worth my time and energy. I also learned that stress, worrying & complaining are a waste of energy. :) 2. What would you say to someone who thinks that they’re just not ready yet for teacher training? The program is so good & solid that no matter what your present (or perceived) skills or considerations are, you will be ready to teach by the end. IF, you do your job as a learner. :)

3. What were the most challenging and most fulfilling things about teacher training? The most challenging were the exams, especially anatomy! But also, it was the most fulfilling. I realized that studying for the exams made me understand the concepts better. In the end, I realized I learned so much and it was really very helpful. 4. What did you enjoy most about the teacher training program? Do the people count? :) The whole program, I felt was very good. The structure, the curriculum, the teachers... everything was great!


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ALBEE TIU

1. What’s the one biggest change or realization that you’ll be taking from the teacher training into your life off the mat? One of the biggest change as a result of TTP for me is being in the now or present. I learned that overthinking stuff that haven’t occurred yet is a waste of energy. 2. What would you say to someone who thinks that they’re just not ready yet for teacher training? Teacher training isn’t about what you can’t do compared to others. As long as you are a regular practitioner and committed to learn...then that is all you need.

3. What were the most challenging and most fulfilling things about teacher training? I entered teacher training in order to deepen my practice. Teaching during the practicum was a challenge for me because initially I had nil intentions of teaching after the program. I, however, realized that sharing the knowledge to people who are willing to learn can be very fulfilling. 4. What did you enjoy most about the teacher training program? Learning from both teachers and classmates. But more importantly, gaining new friends that I consider my second family.


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CHRISTINE YANG

1. What’s the one biggest change or realization that you’ll be taking from the teacher training into your life off the mat? Acceptance of the self & things as is. Faith and optimism that every moment today is perfectly unfolding itself towards a better tomorrow. 2. What would you say to someone who thinks that they’re just not ready yet for teacher training? Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right. (This is supposedly a Henry Ford quote that may also have been accorded to other famous people.) So if you think you can you will succeed, but if you think you can’t then it will prevent you from achieving success.

3. What were the most challenging and most fulfilling things about teacher training? Asanas that I had difficulty with were the most challenging. Most fulfilling was knowing that these difficulties originated mentally rather than physically. 4. What did you enjoy most about the teacher training program? Camaraderie & bonding with classmates/ teachers while at the same time learning a lot about something I love to do. What more could I ask for?



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