After graduating from San Diego Culinary Institute, I decided to live my dream! I applied for a position as a chef at a resort In Punta Mita, along the coast of Mexico. I continued my Ashtanga practice — it’s been a part of my life since I was a teen.
Practicing along the beach with the sand under my feet and the waves crashing along the coast, I decided that I wanted to become a yoga teacher. I knew that I was being summoned to this calling to become a yoga teacher by a force larger than myself. I tried to find a local teacher training to attend. There was one studio about forty minutes from me, and they did not offer teacher training.
This started my search for online yoga teacher training to obtain my yoga teacher certification online. After researching about ten programs, I found Online Yoga School at https://courses.onlineyoga.school/courses/200-hour-yoga-teacher-training-certification. Steph Mitchell, the owner of Yoga & Ayurveda Center, founded Online Yoga School to help people exactly like me have the opportunity to become yoga teachers.
This training was such an incredible experience for me. I knew I would learn something new but I did not think I would actually learn all I needed to know to become a yoga teacher. I learned a tremendous amount about the ancient philosophies of yoga, the different lineages and the 8 limb path. I knew nothing about human anatomy prior to taking this training and learned so much about the human body. I watched videos on over 100 yoga poses, how to teach them, the contraindications and benefits of each pose and I learned about sequencing. I learned how to lead chanting and pranayama sessions and how to lead a meditation. I even learned how to write a yoga class and how to teach to students of all backgrounds and levels.
I made many friends in the training and joined the facebook groups. I enjoy the many group discussions on facebook in the groups for all of us trainees. Even though I am in a remote tourist town along the coast of Mexico, I am still able to have connection with other yoga teachers and like-minded people because of Online Yoga School’s training.
I hope to take the Online Restorative Yoga Teacher Training at https://courses.onlineyoga.school/courses/restorative-yoga-teacher-training-immersion soon to add to my portfolio and the Yin Yoga Online Yoga Teacher Training at https://courses.onlineyoga.school/courses/yin-yoga-teacher-training-immersion.
I now love the life I have built for myself. I love being a chef at this beautiful resort along the beach, and I especially love offering yoga classes to all of the amazing students who attend my classes. There is nothing more rewarding than helping people create the space they need in their own bodies to release all that no longer serves them and accept the good things the universe has for them. I will always be grateful that I found Online Yoga School and their 200 Hour Online Yoga Teacher Training.