How Yoga Teacher Training Transforms Lives

Director Shakti Durgaya sits with students.

On New Year’s Eve, millions of people boast of their resolutions for the upcoming year. The two most common are to lose weight and to transform lives. While the large majority of resolutions are not met, it’s not due to a lack of trying. Most people don’t realize that before you can change your life, you need to connect with your mind, body, and spirit. One of the greatest ways to create an emotional and spiritual connection with yourself and with others is through Yoga Teacher Training (YTT).

It’s important to know that YTT is not only about becoming a yoga instructor. It’s actually more about leading yourself to inner fulfillment, paving the way to achieve your goals and resolutions.

“It was just a few years ago. I had just gone through a tough divorce and was left to raise three boys as a single mom. Soon after, my mother, with whom I was very close to, had passed away,” said Nicole Paulino, a graduate of Kali Natha Yoga Teacher Training. “Additionally, I wasn’t sure of my career path, I didn’t have meaningful relationships, and my relationships with my family members were strained. I knew I needed to make a big change in my life.”

“One day, I was asked if I would like to attend a two-hour workshop on yoga and meditation. I had never practiced yoga before, and I didn’t know what to expect.  What happened next, paved the way for my life transformation.”

Paulino continued, “I was given information on Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) which is given once a year at Kashi Ashram in Sebastian, Florida. I really wasn’t interested in becoming a Yoga instructor, however, it was pointed out that it wasn’t just about becoming a yoga instructor. It was about connecting with myself, and with others, while starting a spiritual and emotional journey that would answer many of my questions, ultimately helping me make much-needed changes in my life.”

“I don’t know what made me say yes, but I am so grateful that I did. Yoga Teacher Training did change my life,” said Paulino. “It wasn’t one thing in particular that was said or done, it was the entire experience. Additionally, during the entire process, I never felt judged or criticized by anyone, and I made bonds and lifelong friendships with my fellow students and teachers who I can always rely on for support.”

Just a little bit after graduating, Paulino was diagnosed with a chronic illness. She attributes Yoga Teacher training as giving her the tools to help cope and get through a very difficult journey which continues today.

Yoga Teacher Training is held at the at the Kashi Ashram in Sebastian, Florida. The director of the Kashi School of Yoga, Shakti Durgaya Kali, has been an instructor for over 20 years. The program runs just seven weekends over a six-month period along with home study that will help you transform your mind, body and spirit. The Yoga instructor training schedule is designed to make it accessible to people with both set and flexible schedules, and since people attend from all over the world, they do have accommodations if needed.

The Yoga Teacher Training class is held just once annually and commences the weekend of Feb. 16. Those interested may also take advantage of Kashi’s one day retreat this Saturday, Jan. 28 which will give a great preview and give a chance to talk to the many students who will attend. Call 800-226-1008 for more information on either of these programs.

The above article was recounted by Nicole Paulino (Nitya Ram Jaya), and written by George Domaceti. Paulino is a graduate of Kashi's Yoga Teacher Instruction, and continues to study yoga at the Kashi Ashram in Sebastian, Florida.

Source: Kashi Ashram


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