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I completed Pacific Yoga Teacher Training in 2008. This course was a huge blessing for me in so many ways, apart from the ?learning proper form? aspect of it. There are intricacies within this practice of yoga that I never knew were there: things to do with the poses themselves, self-study, things having to do with yoga?s place in the entirety of our lives as dedicated Yogis. This course showed me how interconnected all of this is, that the way you practice your asanas says a lot about the way you practice your life?
The teachers are fantastic, each with large bodies of work behind them. The curriculum knits together all their strongest points to create this learning environment where ideas flourish... it was really neat to be a part of that. Over the course of my time studying with Theresa Elliott, Kathryn Payne and Paul Bubak, I learned that a certificate from Pacific Yoga is quite well regarded in the community. At that time I was already excited just to be a part of this, but when I learned that... I knew exactly why. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to the gift of a whole new perspective on the practice, and treat your students to the gift of a top-notch teacher.
A New Level of Understanding & Knowledge. I am so glad I took this particular teacher training program. Not only did I learn how to teach yoga, this was also the place where I finally truly learned how to DO yoga. Yes, I?d been practicing off and on for the last 10 years, and had had a regular home practice for the last two and a half when I started. But when Theresa Elliott began explaining each pose to us, step by step, the principles of movement that were involved, and how to avoid injury, I found the clarity of instruction that, until then, didn?t realize I?d been long craving. The depth and specifics of each pose came to life, and immediately my practice and appreciation of yoga changed and grew more satisfying. I actually began to think about movement and asana in a new, holistic, yet analytical way. As far as learning to teach, well, I began the program mostly to build personal knowledge, feeling fairly uncertain about both my desire and ability to teach. But again, with such clear and compassionate instruction, my abilities and my confidence grew, and by the end, when I gave my teaching presentation, I felt ?delivered? as a yoga teacher.
I have recommended Pacific Yoga Teacher Training to many other interested yogi's - great people and teachers.. Pacific Yoga Teacher Training was my second school and I wish I had gone to it first. The leaders are knowledgeable about their subject of yoga and are able to impart this knowledge. I walked away finally feeling like I was in a good position to start my teaching career in yoga. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in becoming a teacher. I graduated in 2002 and plan on going back as long as I am around.
Excellent Teacher Training.
I recently completed the 200-hour Pacific Yoga Teacher Training course with Theresa Elliott, Kathryn Payne and Paul Bubak, which was held at the Taj Yoga classroom. It was the most solid preparation I could have gotten anywhere. Theresa was extremely well organized, demonstrated poses clearly, had us practice them repeatedly, and then had us practice teaching the individual poses and an entire class, so we would be super-well prepared to teach afterwards. I have been using many of her teaching techniques in the yoga classes I teach, and it has been a delight to introduce them to my students and keep the variety and level of interest high. My students say they appreciate knowing the rationale for doing things a certain way, not just knowing what to do, but why to do it that way, and I thank Theresa for giving me that knowledge! I also thank her for having me work with a partner in her class to do a handstand for the first time in my life--something I never thought I could do! Go to Theresa for the clearest explanation and teaching of mula bandha anywhere. Learn from her how to avoid yoga injuries by going into the poses in the correct sequence, and learn how to do the poses themselves elegantly and powerfully. Above all, learn how to teach the poses clearly, correctly, and effectively. And do be sure to enjoy her humor!
Kathryn Payne taught pranayama, philosophy and Sanskrit by actively involving her students in small group discussions, which kept interest very high and really helped us retain what we learned.
Paul Bubak taught anatomy, and is a rare individual who is intimately familiar with both yoga and the medical world--he is a retired surgeon. His anatomy teaching was both scientifically sound and made sense in the yoga context.
The three Pacific Yoga teachers form an unbeatable combination for teacher training.
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