I recently undertook the Level 3 Diploma in teaching Yoga
through the YMCA. I had practiced yoga for several years and in the back of my
mind for the last couple of years I knew I wanted to become an instructor. I
had misgivings about not being flexible enough to become a teacher, but I put
this negativity to one side and signed up in February 2014, having just
completed the course I can honestly say it is one of the best decisions I have
The course content was fast paced, but allowed me to understand the traditions of yoga, and various teaching styles encompassed under the banner of Hatha Yoga. The practice element within a group setting allowed you to develop as a teacher and was in bite size chunks gradually building your skills and confidence. The Vinyasa themed classes were amazing, in particular the salute to Lord Shiva and digestive practice. I learned a lot of new techniques but more importantly how to refine and improve my own practice. I now concentrate whole heartedly on my sun salutations rather than just going through the motions. The course has changed my own yoga practice radically and made me more philosophical and a little more spiritual.
The course has given me the base to teach classes and develop as an Instructor. It also showed me this is a journey for life, and I will continue to learn and grow with experience. I have a desire to continue learning and will be back for the two day vinyasa flow course early next year.
"I cannot find find the words which would do justice to how much I enjoyed my first weekend of training and what a profound impact it had on me. The quality of teaching was excellent, second to none. The tutors have a natural gift for communicating and teaching. The time flew by despite the intense nature of the days due to his knowledge, teaching skills, humour and patience.
The content of the course is challenging intellectually, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Yet, I came away from the weekend feeling totally energised and inspired by what I had learnt. I actually practiced mediation! I have been listening to chants! However, the best things for me is how I feel about myself, the world and how positively friends have responded to me.
Finally, the icing on the cake are my fellow students. Everyone of them seems so genuinely friendly and supportive. You always worry about whom we are going to be sharing your learning experience, but I should have had more faith. I am really looking forward to the coming weekend.
Love and respect"