It’s Graduation Time: 2018 Student Reflections


‘Class of 2018’

As we approach the end of the year, with ‘Class of 2018’ graduating tomorrow, we start to get a little sad to say farewell to our special group. As teachers and facilitators, we have mixed feelings, from sentimental, proud to extremely excited for our new flock of yoga teachers to spread their wings into the yoga world.

It’s at this point in the training course, the group seems to be the most vocal. The constant chatter coming from the lunch room and class room is filled with gratitude, appreciation and stories of reflection.

I asked some of the students to share their reflections and here are just a few that make our hearts sing!

“Gonna miss this crew so much!! When I signed up for yoga teacher training over a year ago, I didn’t realise I’d be signing up for lifelong friends as well.
This year has been transformational for each of us in so many ways. This may be our last week together as yoga teacher trainees but our journey has only just begun.” Natalie H

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“Yoga has help me navigate through the complexities and challenges of everyday life. I’d like to thank The Yoga Institute for my amazing journey this year. I am truly thankful and grateful and am looking forward to an amazing 2019 being a yoga teacher. Thank you for a wonderful year of growth and learning.” Jess C

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“At the beginning of the year I started with a fear of public speaking. I was really nervous about the idea of teaching yoga to a big group of people. The course at the Yoga Institute is intelligently structured in a way that gradually and slowly introduced us to teaching and speaking in front of groups over the year. I felt fully supported in my teaching journey, to the point where I am now teaching yoga classes with a sense of confidence and joy. The Yoga Institute helped me find my voice.” Tanya C

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“Yoga has given me the tools to process stress, build resilience and be able to self regulate my mind and body that is a constant witness to trauma and in a constant state of hyper vigilance due to my line of work.” Anonymous

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“I embarked on my journey to become a Yoga Teacher with The Yoga Institute as new mother of a 3 month old, with the hope it would provide me with some “me-time” to study Yoga as well as a qualification at the end of the year. I didn’t intend to teach Yoga, but as the year unfolded and we transitioned from ‘students of yoga’ into also becoming ‘teachers of yoga’, I felt competent and confident to teach.
This course has helped me learn so much more about yoga, has facilitated strong friendships, supported me during my transition into motherhood and provided me with qualifications to move into a new career as a yoga teacher.
I cannot thank Michael, my mentor Ute, the whole faculty and team at TYI enough for their contribution to bringing Yoga into my life and the world.” Anna P

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This is why we do what we do! Thank you for sharing your kind words….we look forward to watching you spread your wings!

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