I started my teacher training journey in September 2017. I was new to Oxford, was about to
start my PhD, and didn’t know anyone in town. Although I am usually of a very anxious nature, I felt very relaxed about this all because I knew it was the right choice for me at that point in time. I had practiced yoga on and off for years and decided that this was the best time for me to commit to it and to a studio fully because I would be staying put for a few years, which isn’t always a given as a student. And in retrospect I was right to feel at ease. As soon as I met our trainers and the other trainees I knew I had found the environment I wanted to spend my Saturdays in for the months to come. Not only was the content new and engaging, from the philosophy and history of yoga, to anatomy, to learning poses that I never thought I would be able to achieve because I have an upper-body strength similar to that of a kitten, but the atmosphere was also always warm, welcoming, and compassionate, making these Saturdays bliss in the middle of PhD chaos. This gave me the opportunity to learn from the amazing charity Yoga Quota, from the wonderfully-crafted training itself, and from our incredible trainer, Harriet.
Yoga Quota gave me the chance to do my training in a caring environment focused on
spreading the yoga love. Their mission to make yoga accessible to all not only spoke to my
love of giving and sharing with others, but also made me realise that this is what I always
admired about practising yoga, without being able to put it into words. No matter people’s
body shape, physical or psychological past, or reason for practising yoga, I am deeply touched by the fact that we can all come together and share these moments with one another.
The 200-hour teacher training gave me the knowledge and the confidence to take part in Yoga Quota’s mission. I started my teacher training so I could deepen my own practice alongside my studies. Teaching was not necessarily part of the plan because I feared I would not be able to put on classes that others would enjoy or benefit from. But I am coming out of my training a few months later dedicated to sharing everything I have learnt and to helping people feel empowered in their practice.
Harriet gave me the determination to keep going further. Learning from Harriet was undoubtedly one of the best parts of the training, and her passion, knowledge, and drive have positively influenced all of us and given us something to aim for. As a researcher my job is to learn and discover new things, and the same can be said about practising yoga.
This 200-hour training is only the first step in my journey and there are many more things that I hope to discover, from yoga for children, pregnancy, or even injury. I am excited to see what the future holds and thankful for the endless opportunities for personal and professional development that this training has brought me.