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.