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 Baptiste methodology expanded my capacity and potential, physically and mentally. From meditation practice, learning the asana, breath work, anatomy, body alignment and assisting others in their practice. I discovered possibility through self-exploration exercises and getting under the layers of resistance that years of living had built up.
Being highly driven and successful on the outside does not always translate to an authentic person inside. I uncovered 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 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."
Meet Darin Fulks on Instagram.
When I decided to sign up for the Balanced Yoga teacher training, I didn't even know what a sun salutation was.
"I practiced at a local gym, I did videos at home and I played around with Instagram yoga challenges, trying to learn postures. But I didn't know any of the nuts and bolts of yoga, and what's funny is that the nuts and bolts don't matter at all.
I knew that yoga made me feel better and to this day, that's still all that matters.
Balanced Yoga taught me how to take the physical experience that I have during yoga off my mat and apply it to my every day life.
I learned to notice the areas in my mind where I am resistant or holding on to unhealthy feelings, thoughts, or habits, and just like a really tight muscle, to notice that resistance, get curious about it and start working through it.
There is so much to say about the books we read or the conversations we had or the friends I made, but overall, the program taught me how to deeply connect with myself.
Before training I struggled with feelings of unworthiness. I didn't have a fancy education or any titles behind my name, just a mother of three from a small town. How boring, right? The program opened my eyes to how much none of that matters. Titles don't define anyone.
I went from living a life feeling totally disconnected to others around me, silently believing they had something figured out that I didn't and constantly criticizing myself for not achieving enough, to realizing my deep connection to all no matter age or gender or job description or financial status.
The Balanced Yoga teacher training program taught me about the deep connections between my mind, body and spirit and the connection between myself and others. Now almost always I see all the ways we are the same before I notice the ways we are different, which no longer allows me to isolate myself in my stories of defeat and depression.
Today, I'm teaching 6 to 7 yoga classes per week in my small town and I'm crying as I write how powerful it is to be able to share with others what I have learned.
I am incredibly thankful for the teachers at Balanced Yoga who are involved in the YTT program — they are amazing and caring and they take a stand for their students' personal growth, mine included. They push you physically and emotionally, but only because they already know how capable you are, we all are. Namaste 🙏🏼
Meet Lindsay Michel on Instagram.
"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."
Meet Toni Kervina on Instagram.
Yoga has always been an important part of my life, but going through teacher training took it to a whole new level.
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.
Going through a teacher training is one of those things you have to experience to believe it. It's hard to articulate how much yoga teacher training impacted my life, in a positive way.
Through teacher training, I was able to accept myself for who I am as well as accept others for who they are. Training exposed me to gratitude, love, and vitality. Furthermore, the sense of community that I have not only at my local studios, but at new studios when I travel, is heightened and inclusive.
My favorite part about training was the opportunity to celebrate my graduation with my Dad, who practices yoga, at the Baptiste Immersion Day in Louisville, KY. To be able to share the experience with my two worlds - my yoga people and my family - is a feeling I'll never forget.
I hope everyone gets the chance to find something they love and do it without judgement or expectation or worry or doubt. That's what yoga is for me, and I wouldn't have been able to feel this sense of love and appreciation for the practice had it not been for my teacher training experience."
Meet Jenna Bailey on Instagram.