Graduate Story: Christine Chu – Graduated 2020
Yoga as a microcosm of life and a pathway to conscious living
Written by graduate of the 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training Diploma, Christine Chu
From my first exposure to yoga, I always knew I would be a yoga teacher. It was only a matter of ‘when’.
I was fortunate to discover yoga in my youth at 14. After viewing photos and videos on social media, I was instantly drawn to inversions and the playfulness of the practice, but what captivated me most was an unshakeable sense of liberation and an inclination to share it.
My self-practice developed with great ease and consistency. I practiced unguided daily, until yoga was offered as an extracurricular school activity to which I latched onto quickly. After my first official class, I remember rising up from savasana seated across from the teacher, with a great sense of homecoming and knowing, “This is the role I want”.
There were countless other instances where I had these experiences of knowing, but I blindly assumed yoga had the same effect on others and lightly brushed them off.
Ultimately, I came to realise that not all individuals appreciated yoga to the marked depth as I did. Almost each night after school and still to this day, my head hits the pillow with yoga philosophy and teaching on my mind.
Enter The Yoga Institute at 19! 500hrs and many months later, I am now blessed to be sharing this practice.
What Yoga Means To Me
I believe yoga is a microcosm of Life. What we experience in the world around us – impermanence, fear and obstacles – can be preempted and explored through yoga. The only requirement is an attunement to breath and a willingness to learn.
The beauty of the practice is that it grows as we grow- changes as we change. If we are willing to become quiet, turn inwards and remain consistent, our ability to navigate the world and our mind with ease and resilience grows stronger. Yoga is a physical discipline which, if given time, transforms to a mental discipline. It is a pathway to conscious living.
Creating a Sense of Homecoming for Others
Today I am completing my final year of physiotherapy studies and allowing it to inform my delivery of safe and functional yoga classes and workshops. Although the Western expression of yoga is heavily imbued with asana, I seek to further weave through the gifts of breathwork, meditation and philosophy to the Western understanding of yoga. I hope each practice moves students closer to their own homecoming (in whichever form that may be) and a remembrance of the empowered, creative beings we all are.
“Life is a GPS, you can’t go wrong, but you can prolong”
To any out there who are considering Teacher Training at The Yoga Institute (or any individual considering a new path or life change of any sort)- I look at you, and I see me, living another life.
We are all our greatest obstacles or our greatest launching pad. I firmly believe the resources, support and opportunities leading you to your goals are already here and simply waiting for you to get out of your own way.
Come with ease and a beginner’s mindset – You won’t go wrong and you will not be disappointed.
You can contact Christine via Email: email@example.com or Instagram: http://instagram.com/christinechuyoga
How can we support you?
Our study options aren’t just for aspiring teachers, but for anyone who wants to deepen their personal practice or simply gain a better understanding of the breadth and depth of the life-affirming practice of yoga.
Prefer to start with a smaller commitment?
Get in touch:
Phone: 0477 021 219
Join us, together we will grow, learn and inspire.