What level(s) of teacher training did you complete at Tranquil Space – and in what year(s)?
I completed the 500-hour training in 2012
Did you enter the program with the intention of teaching/deepening your practice/other?
I was teaching classes, but I was not connected to a particular studio or Yoga group in DC… I felt something was missing. When I entered the advanced Yoga program at TS, my intention was to be part of a community of like-minded teachers. Additionally, I wanted to explore Yoga in new ways and grow my personal and teaching practice.
Did you start teaching after completing the program? Where?
I was already teaching. However, since the topic of my ATT final thesis was “Yoga for Veterans Coping with PTS”, I have been involved in different programs focused on teaching veterans. Currently I am part of the faculty for the “Veterans Yoga Program” from the “Give Back Yoga Foundation”
Do you still teach? If so, where?
Yes. I still teach at the Pentagon, and semi-private classes with active adults and seniors. I also teach other teachers interested in working with military veterans and their families.
Have you completed any additional teacher trainings?
Not officially, but I have been collaborating with Suzanne Manafort from the Give Back Yoga Foundation and we are developing a Resilience Yoga program. I have learned a great deal from this experience.
Do you teach any aspect of yoga other than asana?
Absolutely! I incorporate philosophy, prana, pranayama, self-study and meditation. I see Yoga as an integrative approach to life and asana practice is just the tip of the iceberg. I love introducing my students to other aspects of Yoga and see their growth and transformation.
Did your teacher training experience change your life path? If so, how?
Yes! I dove into Yoga studies and I learned so much about myself and became more attuned with my intuition. I am more compassionate and navigate through life’s challenges more gracefully. I became a more confident yogini and a better teacher. When I started the course, Kevin said many shifts would happen in our lives and he was right: I have found I cause for my Yoga teaching, I ended a long-term relationship that was leading nowhere, and now I am engaged to my soul mate. Yes, teacher training has changed my life.
What advice would you give to yogis currently considering pursuing a teacher training program?
Find a course that resonates with your practice, but be curious and open-minded. Stay committed to the program; it is not easy but it is worth it. Absorb as much information as possible, practice what you learn, and nourish what feels right… Most importantly, develop your intuition and authentic teaching voice.
– Guest post from Dui Mora