I had been practicing yoga for many years prior to teacher training, sometimes, not as often as I would have liked. Jobs, moves, family, at times got in the way. I spent most of my adult life in the banking industry, working long hours and dealing with incredibly stressful and demanding situations. But yoga was always a constant in my life. I knew my practice was always there for me, no matter how hard things got – I could always find peace on my mat.
Becoming a yoga teacher was never a goal, something I never even considered doing – until I became a part of the community at Santosha and met dina Lang. I quickly began experiencing feelings of wanting to become a teacher and pass on the gift of yoga. I was on the fence about attending the training. Dina took the time to meet with me personally and patiently listened to me talk in circles about whether or not teacher training was a good idea for me. I am so happy I made the decision to attend teacher training and haven’t looked back since.
If I only had five words to describe attending dina’s yoga teacher training, they would be: best experience of my life.
I cannot say enough great things about dina’s teacher training – I wish I could do it every year. The minute dina announces a 500 hr yoga teacher training, I will be the first to sign up!
I am teaching several classes a week and am fortunate enough to be a part of the teaching staff at Santosha Yoga. Join me Thursday nights for some Power Vinyasa at 7 p.m. (a guaranteed good time!)
More on Kate at www.santoshaforeverybody.com/kate
I started an aggressive regimen of chemotherapy. Along side that, I did tons of research on alternative therapies. In addition, I radically changed my diet from carnivore to vegetarian, began ingesting Rick Simpson oil (medical grade marijuana), taking supplements prescribed by my naturopath, drinking alkaline water (9.5 PH), praying, meditating, traveling, laughing more, and staying connected with my yoga practice.
After about 5 weeks into treatment, the tumor in my face shrunk in half. And at the end of the 13 weeks, it was completely gone.
On Easter Sunday I got baptized. During the sermon before the baptism, the pastor shared a story of a woman at the church with stage 4 cancer going into "spontaneous remission" after a series of group prayer. I thought, "This is kind of a bizarre message right before my baptism". Two days after my baptism, I went in for my scans.
The next day, my oncologist comes into the room and says, "There is no sign of disease in your body, your cancer has gone into remission. I had to look at your scans at least 5 times-I couldn't believe my eyes."
I couldn't believe it! After only 3 months of treatment? There's no way chemo did this by itself- however, my doctors could argue this (wink, wink).
I believe it is a miracle.
This quick healing seems too good to be true. I still have another round of chemo and radiation- to make sure we get the cells on a microscopic level. I'm still in shock..and can't fully believe my new reality. Of course there is a fear of it returning. But I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing because it seems to be working.
I want to thank you all for your love and support during this challenging time. I truly believe that the ultimate force in healing is Love. The Love that I experienced over the last 4 months has been beyond anything I thought was possible.
I love you all so much, thank you for being a part of the Santosha tribe.
Love & Light,
The 2014 Yoga Teacher Training with Dina Lang was my second 200-hour teacher certification program. I had completed a training in 2013, however, it was a 30 day intensive program. While it met all the 200-hour requirements and I did take away some positive learning experiences, I felt like I wasn’t quite prepared to teach. Due to my experience of practicing at Santosha and taking classes from such fabulous teachers, there seemed to be a gap between what I experienced as a Santosha student and what I took away from the intensive training.
I had even met with Dina seeking input on how to fill the gaps where I felt like I was missing information. She graciously provided guidance. And then came the opportunity to participate in her teacher training program. (Based on all of the knowledge she provided, I am quite certain this program exceeds the 200-hour requirements.:)
The training is structured in such a way that it builds your teaching confidence over time and provides a framework to create a yoga flow for classes. And if you’re not interested in teaching, it provides an opportunity to really immerse yourself in a journey to deepen your own personal practice.
I work for the Beaverton School District as an instructional assistant supporting kids on the autism spectrum. My goal has been to make yoga accessible to the special needs population. I wanted to take my yoga off the mat and with my background as a sign language interpreter and working with kids I established Yoga Visual to serve the special needs community, provide a supportive environment, and support accessibility.
Yoga is a powerful practice that can benefit everyone – and everyone should have access to a yoga practice. The completion of Santosha’s teacher training program and Dina’s guidance has put me on a path of pursuing my goal of teaching yoga to the special needs population.
The practice of yoga is so much more than the asanas and ongoing I will always be a student of yoga. Santosha’s four month program provides the opportunity to thoughtfully explore all eight limbs. While the program provides all the tools to be a successful teacher, I found the most important take-aways are related to service and the other seven limbs of yoga.
DINA & Katy