If we weren’t jet setters before… we definitely are now! Because of our new yoga teacher training schedule for 2016, we have been flying around the country meeting all of our many new trainees for Part 1 of their training. So far, team M&S have been to Brisbane and Adelaide and it has been such a mind-blowing experience! There’s still Melbourne and Sunshine Coast to go and already we have encountered lots of new people. All of our trainees have their individual stories, experiences and goals, and all of them have one thing in common — they feel it is time to take control of their own life, and to start doing something they truly love — more yoga!!!
“It’s so inspiring to see all these people from different walks of life wanting to make a change in their own life. We feel lucky that we can help them to do this!”
Starting out in Brisbane on the 6th August, our personal group program began with scented candles. This was done to set the mood and teach our trainees how to become present in the moment (crucial when instructing a yoga class, because yoga is about living in the present moment). Our Brisbane trainees were open-minded and willing to learn, which meant the focus and determination levels were high. We then moved onto asking the trainees some very important questions about their journey, and discussing these with them:
What do you do now and why are you doing the PPHY teacher training course?
Where are you at in your life & where do you want to be?
What do you want to achieve in this training and in life?
Our own life experiences and what led us to live a yogic lifestyle were also a topic of discussion — we want to let our teacher trainees know just amazing a yogic career can be!
After getting to know each trainee on a deeper level, it was time to become immersed in some of the major components for Part 1 — yoga philosophy, meditation and anatomy. Each of these topics is so important in becoming a yoga teacher, and the training for each of these components is very thorough in our course. We strive to ensure that our PPHY teacher training is of a high quality, with in-depth teachings — so we like to cover the important subjects straight away! Here’s a breakdown of some of the topics that are covered in the anatomy and philosophy sections of our course:
“Anatomy is my favourite part of the training, and I also think it is one of the most important parts to master. Having a health degree in dental science and being a yoga instructor, I know how the body works and yoga anatomy is my expertise. We teach trainees how to tailor a class to meet specific needs. It’s a lot of information to absorb, but we keep it interesting and our trainees complete the training with an in-depth knowledge of yoga anatomy.”
“Yoga philosophy is something that I am really interested in, and it is what I live by in my day-to-day life. I really love this topic within the training, especially when it comes to the study of how the mind and body are connected through yoga — this is so important as a student and as a teacher.”
In Part 1 of our teacher training, we covered all of the Yoga Anatomy topics of the course (Mike’s favourite part!). Some of these included:
At the end of the first weekend training in Brisbane, we felt confident that our trainees were provided with expert knowledge, plenty of resources and lots of homework to focus on leading up to their next weekend of yoga training.
“I can’t believe everything that has happened in my first week of training. Mike and Suz gave us an in-depth explanation of yoga postures, posture setup techniques, examples of incorrect setups and the importance of feeling our body in each pose. For example, I didn’t realise the importance of technique in Chaturanga and how many people actually do this incorrectly, potentially damaging their wrists!”
— Stuart, PPHY Teacher Trainee
Next, it was onwards to our hometown on the 13th of August. It is always good to be close to family and friends, and this time we had even more reason to love being in Adelaide! Like our Brisbane trainees, our Adelaide trainees were super keen and ready to start making the exciting changes towards becoming a yoga teacher and improving their lives in general. Again, we moved through the many different topics of Part 1, including meditation, anatomy, yoga philosophy and much, much more! We were particularly impressed by the meditation session the trainees went through and felt proud that they had begun to grasp and embrace the concept of mindfulness and being present in the moment. Meditation is a big part of yoga and living a mindful life, so this part of the training is thoroughly explored. Here are some of the points we have been covering, and will continue to study over the rest of the training:
All of our trainees have given us some great testimonials. A common trend so far has been that some of the trainees had decided to do the PPHY teacher training course because of the affordability — they didn’t realise the teacher training was of such a high quality in terms of yoga and content! They were shocked at how in-depth each session was and how much they could learn in a short amount of time (or how much fun they could have while doing it, too!).
This week we are back in Brisbane for the second week of Part 1 training, then it’s back to Adelaide to do the same — we still have a lot of exciting topics to cover! We are also going to do some video chats with our trainees, just so you can hear what they have to say about the training — stay tuned!
Next, it’s off to Melbourne for us, to meet a new bunch of eager trainees. Part 1 of our teacher training is barely half way through and the vibes have already been so positive! It has been rewarding to watch the growth and development of each and every one of our trainees so far, and we know that they are all going to make exceptional yoga instructors.
There is still time to join Part 2 of our yoga teacher training this year in the sunshine coast — Book NOW! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Suzanna on: 0403 468 845
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