I never thought that the 200 hour yoga teacher training in Berlin with Yogi Sivadas would change my life so drastically as it has done! It was incredibly intense, it was long days and hard work and I got blisters from the asana practice - but I also got deep connections with my fellow yogis, incredible conversations and an enormous amount of knowledge.
During this month I learned that yoga is not about doing the poses perfectly, but doing them perfectly FOR YOU!
The philosophy classes with Sivadas gave me a lot of insights, he has an open and very calm way of listening, and the gentle support in your path has been amazing!
I consider Yoga Sivadas my friend and mentor, I still have discussions and teachings from him as I myself has become not only a teacher, but also a yoga therapist, company owner and yoga nomad, travelling for workshops and classes. I specialise in working with people that have difficulty doing yoga and need individual classes to make sure they get stronger and more flexible without straining the muscles. My point is this course can be exactly what you need it to be; a reboot, a holiday, a change, or a new path to be discovered in your life!! It’s up to you to find the right way for you!
Fleur Adams, Germany and Denmark www.yogahjerte.org
Malena Wiegmann <email@example.com> Berlin, Germany.
Ever since the course has ended, I miss him and his teachings a lot. But I think his impact on me and my yoga practice will stay with me from now on.
Overall, I can highly recommend this school and would not want to continue my future yoga teacher's training with another school.
Ellen Tuohy <firstname.lastname@example.org> USA
But eventually I met Eric, which is the beautiful person organising the TT with Sivadas, and had a great feeling about it all. I assumed that Sivadas had to be a good person too and hopefully a great teacher.
Now the TT is over and I'm so happy to say that all my expectations have been largely overcome. I have learned so much about Yoga, Vedic culture and Philosophy, anatomy and spirituality... and for that I'll be always grateful to Yogi Sivadas which is a true yogi and an amazing teacher. Thus, I take full responsibility in suggesting this TT to all yogis which honestly and truly want to improve themselves as teachers, practitioners, humans. You won't regret it!
Thank you, Yogi Sivadas, I found my guru and am looking forward to expanding my knowledge and diving deeper into the topic with you in the 300h Yoga Teacher Training!
Tatjana Zink <email@example.com> Berlin, Germany.
Merethe Forfang <firstname.lastname@example.org> Norway.
The Kailash Tribal School, it’s location in the hills of Himalayas, to me, made this school extra special. Yogi Sivadas is extremely knowledgeable about yoga, anatomy, philosophy, and India.
In addition, I took the Reiki course as well as The Sound Healing course from Yogi Sivadas. I felt a connectivity and a deeper understanding taking these courses during the yoga certification. I felt all dots were connecting and the school gave me space and light to discover myself through these amazing energy channels. He taught me to look at my life in a new light and offerings. Because of this school, and it’s curriculum, I continue to do my practice daily, I teach my yoga class with strong appreciation for knowledge I gained.
Thank you, Yogi Sivadas. Maryam Hosseinnia from U.S.A, Tehran, Kuwait. <email@example.com>
Elizabeth Varley - UK <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ignaty Dyakov Russia & England <email@example.com>
“I just completed the RYT 200 yoga teacher training with Yogi Sivadas along with a Reiki and Sound healing course. My feeling is that I deeply feel privileged and honored to have had the chance to receive all these knowledge by a true teacher in the person of Yogi Sivadas. This was not the average experience. It was a life-changing awakening, a journey through understandings guided by a master, a time with my self in beautiful and peaceful environment. A big thanks you to Yogi Sivadas for being a true teacher, a good man and a beautiful spirit! Quentin (Yogi Vijay)."
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Maria Prople<email@example.com> Russia & UAE.
«I studied yoga teacher training at Kailash early in the season of 2018 and it was in a more quiet time in Mcleodganj which I appreciated. I recommend staying at the facility as this enables the student to focus on the studies instead of spending time for transport and getting disturbed with the busy town. The rooms are nice and clean with a small-equipped kitchen to make your own food (which I prefer).
The training itself it perfect for anyone at any level. Like other schools Kailash don’t get hung up in a certain style but is more universal, which can translate into learning how to establish your personally fitted foundation and functional yoga practice towards a yogic life. On this foundation you can hereafter build and customize your personal need and preferred style of yoga for you future both in private and as a teacher. Instead of narrowing it down to a certain style and thus excluding the diversity of yoga, this training opens up for all styles and nuances of the yogic life. What I also liked very much was the link to Ayurveda and the understanding of the unique individual every person is, opening a whole new world of understanding myself and future students. This will certainly help me as a teacher to meet every student at their premises and what will be beneficial for their life and health.
Also I like that we’re maximum 12 students giving us more teacher time (we were even fewer giving us even MORE time to question and corrections), and practice and getting feedback from drop-in yoga practitioners putting the aspiring teachers to the task and challenge of handling the widespread differences from total beginners to experienced customers. This is very valuable lessons and confidence builders!
Last but not least I appreciate the way Sivadas encourages each and everyone to fit the yoga to their own personal health. Too often I’ve been comparing my flexibility and myself with others instead of working slowly deeper into what my body serves and deserves. Yoga practice is personal, and not for anyone else. This way, as a teacher, you can teach others to practice yoga for themselves and their own health, and not for pictures and numbers of likes on social media. This is so immensely important to emphasize! Listen to your body and its limitations and team up with your body and the reality of your personal health, and the good results will show with time and practice. Yogi Sivadas succeeds in teaching this, and he succeeds in teaching a gentle and including practice where everyone will find their expression, be able to work within their bodily possibilities and limitations and avoid injuries. Turning life to the better.
All in all i recommend the teacher training at Kailash as it is a very good foundation for your yogic life no matter your age, level of experience or body shape. This is a good start to the rest of your healthy, wholesome and balanced life.
Linn Elise Goos Rølvåg (Yogini Jyoti) <firstname.lastname@example.org> Norway»
Thanks again so much for your enlightened and engaged teaching. I had a wonderful time in your school, learning not only a lot about yoga history, philosophy and teaching but also about myself. I came back healthy, inspired and in tune with myself. In fact, all my senses have intensified during my stay at McLeodganj! I recommend your school to anyone who wants to get immersed in the art and life of yoga – rather focussing on the health aspects than on performance as a goal. Although I only did the 200hrs course so far I do feel that I have already learned what it needs to help anyone – even those who are not fit yet – to get the best out of yoga.
So again: thank you from my whole heart! I do hope to be able to come back some time in the not so far future for the 300hrs course.
Bettina von Kupsch <email@example.com> Switzerland.
And from next year on, there will be 2 teacher trainings in Berlin, which you can also book! Take the chance and get yourself a really good Yoga Teacher Training for a very reasonable price. I couldn't be happier with my choice! Jessica Kasprzak, Berlin Germany <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The yoga centre is set close to town, so shopping is easy for food and there are good restaurants nearby that offer a wide variety of food. The course keeps you busy most of the time, but being so close to town means that you can enjoy the bustle of Indian life as well as the calm of the yoga centre, a perfect combination.
It’s scary to book a long retreat without really knowing much about it, but Yogi Sivadas is a kind and generous man, with a passion for helping us all to become the best we can be. Thank you from England. Lynne Mawby <email@example.com>
To me personally however, Sivadas philosophical teachings were the most valuable part of the course. In the Western context I feel that spirituality, mindfulness and yoga are often understood as ways to optimize the ego, to ever improve it and never grow past it. Sivadas however – in my subjective and humble understanding – told us that, yes, you need to get to know and understand yourself but that actually in the end you need to get over yourself (!) to be able to see the beauty around you and enjoy it! I will cherish this awareness in my personal yoga practice and pass it on to whoever listens. I am very grateful for a challenging yet wonderful time! Maria Linsel <firstname.lastname@example.org> Berlin, Germany YTTC 200 our course January 2018
I am Aniket Pande, 300 Hours Certified Yoga Teacher from Kailash Yoga Tribal School, Mcloedganj, Dharamshala, Himanchal Pradesh, India.
I would begin with thanking Yogi Sivadas for sharing his wisdom and enormous experience with me.
I wanted to adopt Yoga as my lifestyle and go deep into the practise of asana and philosophy. That is the reason I visited Yogi Sivadas for the second time.
I knew that the meaning of the word 'Guru' is "the one who dispels the darkness of ignorance". It was first time that when I met Yogi Sivadas I also understood the meaning of the word 'Guru' in its full essence.
I learnt not only the fundamentals of Yoga poses and practises but also the nuances of Yogic lifestyle. Yogi Sivadas brought into notice my problems and provided me with explanation of the solutions to overcome them. His efforts to make an individual independent is something I admire and respect.
My learnings at Kailash Tribal Yoga School stay with me and guide me in the direction of progress of my individual self and society. My way of thinking towards my body and mind has become better and I thank Yogi Sivadas immensely for this.
My stay at Kailash Tribal Yoga School was very pleasant and rewarding. The valley of Mcloedganj is witness to some wonderful sunrises and sunsets. The weather stays pleasant and the nature is all around you. The town of Mcloedganj is pretty.
I had done very little yoga before I started, and my goal for the course was to build more of my own personal practise as well as learn about the Yoga philosophy and way of life.
I found the entire course very functional, and Yogi Sivadas teaches in such a way that makes it easier to apply to your every day life. As well as being functional it also allowed one to be able grow individually and not become too reliant on Sivadas. I particularly liked that I was never forced into any poses, everything was done at the individuals own pace and comfort, and we were always reminded to take our time. Through this I really felt I had more benefits in the long run.
Now having completed the course a month ago I feel more than ever how it has affected me in such a positive way, both physically and emotionally. There is still so much to learn and Sividas has given me an understanding of Yoga and its philosophy that I can take as far as like.
The accommodation was simple with exactly what I needed, clean sheets and basic kitchen utensils - and Mcleod Ganji is a pretty place where nature is only a 10 minute walk away.
If anyone has any further questions about the course please don't hesitate to contact me via e-mail email@example.com
The school offers a safe and nurturing environment, and the rooms are a nice and comfortable. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is looking to further deepen their own practice. Nadege Soula firstname.lastname@example.org France & England
My name is Emil and I did the 200h and 300h yoga teacher training course with yogi Sivadas. As a novice yoga practitioner my personal goal of the course was not to become a fulltime working yoga teacher but rather to deepen my knowledge and practice
about the subject. I told my self that if I would reach the level of feeling comfortable teaching others, that would be a bonus.
I chose to take the courses with Sivadas through recommendation from a friend who did the same course 2016 but also because of the holistic approach of the
practice and theory.
With a background of doing a variety of sports and having a job which involves me standing all day, stiffness and minor old untreated injuries were brought into light through the practice. 10 weeks later the difference is definitely noticeable. In my left hip an old injury from when I was 15 made the area stiff and locked up. 10 weeks later the mobility is almost equal to the right side. Following the guide lines when it comes to diet and morning routines also have promoted a increased general sense of wellbeing. Tuning the body and also losing 7kg was a bonus but not a goal.
In my opinion the course covered a vide spectrum of of the term "yoga". Philosophical, anatomical, spiritual, holistic, therapeutically, historical are a few. From my previous rather limited knowledge about yoga I can now say I have a deeper understanding about the subject and feel I can promote healthy guidelines weather it comes to diet, practice or practical lifestyle. I really appreciated the smaller group form, max 12 people, which gave us the possibility to communicate with Sivadas about specific thoughts/issues which might be impossible in larger classes.
Sivadas way of first teaching us a stable foundation then promoting us to rely/listen to our selves and deepen our knowledge rather becoming dependent on a external source was great as it promotes confidence and introspection. What I learned through out these 10 weeks is something I will take with me for the rest of my life, a magnifying glass that helps me to look within for balance.
For anyone who is interested in broadening their idea about healthy yogic living, theoretical or practical, I recommend the courses with yogi Sivadas.
Emil Jorming <email@example.com> Sweden & Norway
He is exceptional teacher who shares all his knowledge and at the same time he allows students to have their own opinion and way of thinking. Yogi Sivadas is very professional teacher with many experiences who in my opinion designed the course to fulfill expectations of every student no matter of their previous experiences.
Now one month after I finished the course I have to admit that in the past I was always a little bit sceptic about yoga, it was that weird people thing. But now I am proud to be one of them. I love my morning routine, I love pranayama, meditation... I still have our chanting in my mind but I am still learning. So yoga become a part of my life and I am looking forward to grow with it.
Thank you Sivadas! Ziva Olup <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Slovenia
Here in Kailash Tribal School, I learned the fundamentals of spirituality starting form a balanced lifestyle and conduct, Moving into Asanas which were told and explained to us in the most scientific manner and not just by mere imitation. The philosophy classes quenched my deeper spiritual understanding of my own existence, the world and the cosmos. My stay in the school has been a transforming and an evolving process. Today I feel I have touched and am residing in a domain beyond explanation.
In today's unbalanced world I guess this knowledge of genuine Vedic and Yogic science is instrumental to create an inner harmony that for sure will get reflected on the outer domain too. I bow my head in reverence and thank Yogiji for his humble and enlightening discourses. The benefits are beyond my words, as it has reconstructed my individuality. Siddharth Banerjee <email@example.com> New Delhi, India.
"I had been playing with Tibetan/Himalayan Singing Bowls for about a year before I took Yogisivadas's Sound Healing course. I learned more than just sound healing, I learned about the body and vibrational therapy, how sound impacts the body, the brain, the frequencies and overall physical, emotional, mental and spiritual system. I loved this course and recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their health. I also appreciated that Yogi dispelled all the myths about Singing bowls, he helped everyone in the course understand what to look for when buying a bowl and what not to listen to when someone is trying to sell you a bowl. Thanks Yogi - you helped me start my business as a Sound Healer!Kristen Firpo (USA & Bali) firstname.lastname@example.org
I have waited for quite some time before writing this review. It is simply difficult to put my feelings about Kailash Tribal School into words. My experience learning from Yogi Sivadas was the most amazing experience I've ever had. That is saying a lot. I came to the school after 2 years spent teaching in Ghana. I learned much about myself in that time, but my time spent with Yogi Sivadas not only taught me about myself: it taught me about Yoga: Unity: the Cosmic Consciousness: Love. It changed me. I am not the same person I once was, and I am so grateful for that. My mind has been opened and prodded and found incapable of understanding all things. I find deep peace in accepting my inability to understand all things.
Today I taught my first Yoga class in Pennsylvania. The experience was beautiful. I was given the complement that the class was a "sacred ceremony." This is testament to what I gained from Yogi Sivadas. He is a brilliant yogi, whom I like to call a practical mystic. He takes the mystery of yoga and makes it scientifically understandable. Then he reminds you that science itself is still all a part of this great illusion. And you realize that everything is nothing: infinity is zero: everyone is you: duality is unity.
Do yourself a favor and learn what you can from Yogi Sivadas. I, for one, am not finished learning from him. I will be back, Yogi. That is one of the infinite possibilities that I choose to make a reality. 🙂 Namaste. Kristen Vogel USA <email@example.com>
One of the things I liked very much was the emphasis on the therapeutic and holistic effect of the “basic” asanas. You don’t need to tie yourself into a knot or bend over backwards to be a yogi/yogini. Yoga is for everyone and can be practiced by anyone. As Yogi Sivadas said: “If you cannot appreciate the basic asanas, how can you appreciate the small things in life”. It taught me to be patient, focused and aware. Practicing asanas is just a small part of yoga. I loved our lecture classes about philosophy, the sutra’s, anatomy, diet, Ayurveda, life-style, science, consciousness, the universe and beyond. With only a small group of dedicated people in our class we had the opportunity to discuss and ask as many questions as we wanted. Yogi Sivadas always took the time to answer all of our questions. Sometimes the answers would have a scientific background; sometimes an insightful and meaningful story would provide us with the answer we were looking for.
While doing the 200h YTTC, I took the opportunity to take Reiki classes and a sound-healing course with Yogi Sivadas as well. His guided meditations brought me to an inner place I had never been before and opened new insights about myself. I learned that happiness and knowledge comes from within. “All you ever need to know, is already within you”. Sometimes we just need a person to tell us this.
Regardless of the fact if you are a passionate yoga practitioner, a Reiki-healer, a student of Ayurveda, or none of the above, I would recommend to everybody to visit Mcleodganj and the school. The inner journey you go through is profound and will change you forever. You feel like you see the world for the first time, again. A world where the colours are more colourful, the people more beautiful and where one’s possibilities are infinite.
Namaste, Jeanine Sophie Curvers (Yogini Lalita) <firstname.lastname@example.org> Belgium & Netherlands
I enjoyed it thoroughly and intend to visit the school next year again to complete my 500 hr YTT. Mariuxi Jarrin, Belgium. <email@example.com> Thank you Yogi Sivadas!
To Yogi Sivadas
My Yoga Master
Thank you from all my heart for 2 and half months and 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training, full of learning, experiences and pleasure. It is my luck and honour that I find you as my healing yoga master. I'm exciting for continuing the learning and share this path with the world. Thank you for this gift! Waiting to meet again and to come back in the future for more learning. Namaste
Noa Shihor, Israel Oct 2016 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Yogi Shivadas is teaching classical Hatha Yoga, incorporating all the 8 limbs of yoga with his teachings. Apart from expected asana training you will cover concepts, ideas and practices such as pranayama techniques, meditation, yoga nidra, bandhas, kriyas, nada yoga, bhakti yoga, anatomy and physiology, study of yoga Sutras, yoga philosophy, and introduction to Sanskrit, Ayurveda and much more. It is a holistic training, with theraputic focus which takes you on a journey of self-discovery. This course thought me how to incorporate a yogic lifestyle, into my daily routine. You will learn how to better care for your physical, mental and spiritual health by understanding ayurvedic concepts on body type or constitution, eating the right diet, applying cleansing techniques, learning to listen and interpret your body responses, and finally to reach state of mindfulness and contentment. Yogi Sivadas teachings incorporate wisdom of both East and West, assisting students to evolve and gain better understanding about themselves. At times his teachings may challenge your views, ideals, preconceptions, assumptions that shaped you through years of conditioning. You will learn to view yourself as part of the infinite consciousness and not as stand alone, selfish human being. Yogi Shivadas is helping his students increase awareness and knowledge about themselves and the world around them. He would often say that he wants us to achieve independence, find our own guru inside and not to follow blindly his or anyone else’s teachings.
Worth mentioning is that this training is delivered in one of the most beautiful locations in the world, in the foothills of amazing Himalaya Mountains. The little village of McLeod Ganj is continually bursting with activity, colour and interesting people. It a melting pot of cultures, Indian, Tibetan and Nepalese. There are many beautiful hiking treks that you can explore in your free time. In terms of accommodation you can stay with the school or book your own accommodation in the village. If you stay with the school you will have the most beautiful view, and be able to cook your own food as most rooms have cooking facilities. Alternately there are many delicious vegetarian and vegan restaurants around.
I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to meet and study with Yogi Shivadas. The quality of his teaching has prepared me well and gave me confidence to pass on my knoweladge to others. I will be more than happy to assist you with any further questions.
Biljana - Yogini Rita
I consider myself extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to study for 500 hours with Yogi Sivadas at Kailash Tribal School. This school is a comfortable and compassionate oasis, and feels like home. This is a place where you should come if you want to develop your body, mind, and spirit, all with equal love and attention, without the competition or stress. When you come here, you truly get into harmony with your true nature.
Yogi Sivadas has the kind of innate and indigenous knowledge that is most difficult to find, and his familiarity with the western mindset makes him the perfect person to deliver the knowledge in a way that is understandable, graspable, and inspirational as he leads by his own humble and authentic example. He emphasizes tribal knowledge, as the name of the school suggests, encouraging us to remember and embrace our global tribe. Yogi has the most incredible life story that will make you realize that the world is ours, and will make you want to shine your light on as many others as possible, and dance in the beauty of this existence.
Kailash Tribal School is all about tailoring the yoga program to the person, and helping you discover what you need in order to make your life balanced and harmonized: in Yoga, in your diet, in your relationships with yourself and others, and branching out to every other aspect of your life. Yogi Sivadas makes sure to always remind us that practice with patience leads to perfection, and practice without patience leads to pain and problems. Join this special yoga family for a truly therapeutic journey, and step closer to discovering the highest version of yourself.
I loved the Yoga course so much that I decided to also take the Sound Healing and Reiki Master course that Yogi Sivadas offers, and I would highly recommend them all to anyone with interest in these subjects. I think everyone should take them, as they are like massages for the soul! I felt like my time here at Kailash Tribal School helped me to recharge my batteries and come to a much deeper sense of peace than I have experienced before, for which I will be eternally grateful!
If you have any questions, please contact me and I will be very happy to answer any questions and share my experiences. If you want to learn more about my healing journey, or follow my gypsy life, feel free to check out my blog as well; I am featuring an interview with Yogi Sivadas coming soon! Contact info below 🙂
Love, Peace, and Freedom,
Dia ~ Yogini Deeksha ~ Gypsy Soul
Namaste, Ivanna (Yogini Abhaya)
USA, Argentina, Iran & Kuwait. email@example.com
Small groups, no dogma, excellent teaching. Yogi Sivadas is a very spiritual dude with decades of experience. He is very grounded, and balances academic and scientific aspects with genuine spiritual connection.
He taught me balance, how to calm my mind, reiki, sound healing, chanting on top of the asanas and biological expertise necessary to teach yoga myself.
At one point, seeing I was loving the yogic literature, he brought in hundreds of ancient tomes and surrounded me with them and just let me sink into their pages and wisdom! My point is that he finds your interest and builds around it.
At the end of the course I happened to lose my wallet in town but him and his crew looked after me, got me on the bus and even made sure I had enough to eat etc until I got to my next destination. They really care and I can't imagine a better entry point into the world of being a yoga instructor. Samuel E. Raven, London, England, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kent Halliburton, USA, email@example.com
Mayan Whyte, New York, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am currently in Rishikesh and have seen some other teachers, but for my taste, they have not the same way of passing on knowledge in a way that isn't neither too technical nor too challenging to understand. He never imposes his opinion onto others and always leaves room for discussions. What makes him a great teacher I believe is his humbleness and his open mindedness as he has been travelling the world and his thoughts are therefore not only one sided. He therefore lives what he teaches.
A wonderful environment to practise I've found and although food is not included, it actually encourages you to be more self responsible. I recommend this to everyone without hesitation.
Please contact me also on my personal email address if you have any doubts or further questions under Oliver Brandenburg (Korea-Germany) email@example.com
Thank you Yogi Sivadas for a wonderful time of selfstudy, self discovery and self realizatdion.
Yogi Sivadas is a divine blessing to this world. Sharing his seemingly infinite knowledge in a comfortable environment filled with humor and respectful expectancy of the individual. He patiently encourages his students to become their own gurus, by enlightening us with such valid ancient wisdom to be at peace with ourselves during every moment of our lives.
Come here and you will wake up every morning to a symphony of birds, stepping out onto your personal balcony to the majestic Himalayan Mountains silhouetted by the rising sun, many eagles soaring in celebration of the new day.
I enjoyed practicing asanas in the bright airy classroom, learning to practice with patience and given the proper guidance to self heal the injured back I had arrived with. The uniforms were comfortable, an unexpected welcome change to the western yoga pants I had grown custom to. I will miss being lulled into Shavasana at the end of every class by the transcendent voice of Yogi Sivadas.
The surrounding area has everything a person could need. Although I had my own kitchenette, which was a welcome luxury at times, there are so many cafes around with a variety of cushions at such affordable prices, I ended up only making tea and eating fresh local fruit at home. A reliable fast laundry service is just above the stairs, if you don't feel like hand washing.
I am wishing and encouraging every one of my friends and family to come and have this experience as I have. The world would be a better peaceful place, starting with peace coming internally from each individual.
Namaste - Yogini Tara, Grand Marais, Minnesota, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
The advanced course has allowed me to finally understand the relationships between my body, mind, spirit and breath. I now, more than ever, feel connected to the world around me and my true self. It is thanks to your modern, scientific and spiritual approach that I was able to make sense of Vedic philosophy and integrate it into my practice and teaching.
Just like words cannot describe our connection to greater things, I find myself unable to express how much the Advanced teacher training Course has brought to my life.
I am forever grateful for what you have taught me.
THANK YOU! Om Shanti!
Jean Itier email@example.com
With love, Driva Louise Leyonmarck from Sweeden firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeanne Karle (Yogini Nanda) USA email@example.com
This huge city is almost empty, and even quieter than any other years before, now im sitting down in front of PC and facebooking haha
I have been teaching Yoga for 8 months, over 500 classes(90min/class) + 100 private = almost 600 classes...
Huge city, huge amount of yoga teachers out there, I needed to do my best to survive in this industry, and that made me step up more, started with minimum pay and I needed to handle classes as many as I could handle every day, sometimes 5 classes a day, each class 90min, at the beginning, I just felt my body tired, and as a new teacher, I demonstrated a lot, make people get used to my style of yoga, and some Chinese who don't understand English, and they don't do anything if I don't do anything, they just copy my every moves lol
Now they are getting used to my class and I don't need to do much as before,
Yes, it is like yoga machine, that is how Chinese works,
And I learnt a lot through that period of time, 8 months....
Now I even can read some people's mind little bit, some people come to class and just want to be lazy, practice without intention basically.
I taught so many people, and I really like to have that experience, I have met someone who has lower back problems, and I saw the progress through yoga, and I'm really satisfied with it.
If I talk about all the students i have, and the happenings in last 8 months, it might take a day to write all of it. haha
But now I'm realizing one thing is being Yogini and being Yoga teacher is 2 different things, looking at myself now, do I follow yogini life? Almost, I'm trying but it's little bit hard to follow yogini daily routine, I'm totally living as a yoga teacher, less practicing yoga, more teaching, more talk, (from start class until finish never stop talking lol) I can feel my energy is releasing through talking, anyway, my point is teacher needs to observe student, student's level, and mood, body condition etc, so the teacher can modify or change sequences as they need.
I learnt advanced level of yoga asanas, but barely I teach that now in my class... that means most people are beginners, I think the teacher need to guide them how to let them improve more, figuring out which way, and how to practice more effectively and let them into advanced level without damage their body.
One thing is admiring, keep saying good job, beautiful, cheer them up more, and say "it's ok" even though they couldn't make it.
Many people are afraid of their flexibility, some people think they can't attend class if their bodies are not flexible, especially men lol so I reduce stretching poses in class with male members (one time I had a class only with men, they were almost competing with each other, because I gave them all the hard and strengthen poses lol they loved it!) and the other thing is let them be careful of their body, heal your body through yoga rather than damage yourself through yoga.
More and more thinking about these kinds of stuff and more and more less practice yoga for myself. Now the asanas is not important to me anymore, I was searching for yin yoga, flow yoga, ashtanga yoga, anti aging, back and spine therapy yoga, whole bunch of yogas in this world, but conclusion is, asana is asana, make own program/session of yoga class for specific people, that was it.
And now I am realizing "self awareness, spirituality, discipline mind" those kind of things...
Actually your mind can control your body easily, but your body doesn't control your mind, so my point is how to discipline people's mind more stronger??
When I was having a hard time last year, I was doubting about my job, many people can download yoga videos, and they can practice by themselves, but now I know, they need my energy and my care, they can't have that from videos.
Talking about yoga, I can talk with you whole day haha
Thinking about my last 8 months, it is amazing, I didn't get what my master said last year at my yoga school, www.yogatribe.org now I reveal it myself one by one haha
One of my Chinese yoga teacher friends, asked me, "Aren't you happier than before you become a yoga teacher?" Actually yes!! Yes I'm happier, happy now even though my salary is lower than before, I'm happy from my heart
Jiyoung Alice Lee (Yogini Deepa) Korea & Shanghai China (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Yogi Sivadas has a special talent to guide his students through a discovery of their own path, respecting individual pace and empowering each one of us to find, to develop and be loyal to our independent personal style and beliefs. As he says: “be a practitioner, not a follower”. This course was definitely one of the most amazing experiences I had in my whole life, and I would highly recommend it not only for those wishing to teach, but for anyone who has a genuine interest in learning more about life, meaning and themselves.