Graduate Story: Andrea Hamblin – Graduated 2019
Andrea’s Yoga Journey
My Year of becoming a Yoga Teacher was the most transformative year of my life!
I’ve been a Yoga student for more than 20 years and always thought I would love to become a Yoga teacher, but for various reasons it didn’t happen. Then, I sold a business in 2018 because I needed a change, and I finally decided to do my Yoga Teacher training.
Why The Yoga Institute?
I did my research then went to the information session at The Yoga Institute. I was so impressed that I signed up straight away!
Although I didn’t want to wait until the following year to start the course and there were other Yoga teacher training (YTT) courses that I could start and finish before this one even began, I knew the The Yoga Institute was going to give me the best training to become confident enough to actually teach Yoga. Confidence and anxiety were my biggest challenges.
The most transformative parts of the course for me were the role playing and practicum. The Residential where I taught my first class to my cohort was a massive challenge and the highlight of the course. The many opportunities to observe, assist and actually teach classes before I graduated were invaluable. Additionally, the Communications training we had with Lucy promoted huge personal growth for me.
Other than the knowledge I learned throughout the course, these practical experiences pushed me through my comfort zone to build confidence and become a working Yoga teacher. The cherry on top was the fun and friendships.
After the Yoga Institute
There were many times when I doubted I would have the courage to teach, let alone find a teaching gig, but I was offered a position at the studio I was practicing at in February after I graduated, which I am grateful for every day.
This has given me the opportunity to practice my skills and fine tune them. Now I’m teaching 2 permanent classes a week and doing covers for 3 various studios. I’ve also learned how to teach Yoga online during the Covid Pandemic and continue to develop personally, and as a Yoga Teacher.
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