"I had a revelation the other night while cooking turkey meatballs. The meatballs are not relevant (though they were delicious). For years now I have prided myself on my independence, my “I can do it all and without any help” attitude. And while that may have served me to a point, I realized how it has also caused me to separate myself from others by inadvertently pitting myself against the world.
I’m naturally quiet to a fault, and it takes me a long time to become comfortable with others. So while I’ve been coming to Balanced Yoga for about 5 years, but it wasn’t until the last 3 or so years that I really started to talk to people and feel a sense of community. Nowadays, it’s palpable that the spirit of community is the strongest it’s ever been at the studio, and I find myself comfortably enmeshed in its midst, able to connect with instructors, staff, and my peers in a meaningful way.
My time in the Balanced Yoga Teacher Training program was especially transformative (I have the t-shirt to prove it!) After breaking down the years of walls that I’d built up I allowed myself to support and be supported by the 21 other amazing women in my program. I came to find that it’s OK to be independent, but that there is a different kind of strength in being vulnerable. Through lots of sweat and even more tears our tribe grew together and by learning about ourselves we gained the insight to begin to share that knowledge with others.
To me, the greatest thing about becoming a teacher is that I don’t have to stop being a student. In fact, the best teachers in my opinion are themselves lifelong learners.
It has been an interesting journey going from student to teacher and back again. And believe me, I realize it’s only the beginning. Throughout all of this, yoga has helped me to find my strength, while teacher training has helped me to find my voice, and for that I could not be more grateful." —Toni Kervina
As a life-long learner who has focused on the mind-body connection for years, the Expand Your Power 200 hour YTT program was a perfect fit for me."Learning the processes under the physical practice of yoga and learning the Baptiste methodology expanded my capacity and potential. Both physically and mentally. From meditation practice, learning the asana, breath work, anatomy, body alignment and assisting others in their practice. Possibility was discovered through the series of self-exploration exercises and getting under the layers of resistance that years of living had built up.Being a highly driven and successful person on the outside does not always translate to an authentic person inside. What I uncovered is what I needed to start a new path: a truer path to just be me, authentically me, and more comfortable being with all the imperfections. Digging deeper past the surface, getting raw, and sharing with others on their journey enabled me to drop the masks. Carrying so many masks for so many years was an energy drain that I was not even aware of that limited me from my fullest potential.With a shift in perspective, I have freed up space that allows for a better relationship with myself, creating deeper and more connected relationships with others.I'm soon embarking on Baptiste Yoga's Level 1 training, and I look forward to continue growing with the Baptiste, Balanced Yoga, yoga community and humanity as a whole." —Darin Fulks
Before teacher training, yoga was a physical practice that I left on my mat. After teacher training, yoga became something I practice 24/7—in my relationships with friends and family, in my interactions with strangers, in my daily routine, and most importantly, in my connection with myself.