January marked the start of a new year, and at IYISF it means the beginning of a journey for the new class of Advanced Studies/Teacher Training students. Excitement and curiosity filled the air as the students arrived at the institute eager to learn and ready to take on the commitment that comes with joining the program.

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Orientation and the first AS/TT session took place on January 3rd for 23 students enrolled in the program. “I approached my first weekend of Teaching Training with curiosity, hesitancy (is this the right time for me to start?), and post-holidays exhaustion.  As I left IYISF studio that Sunday night, I felt refreshed, even more curious, and very inspired.” said AS/TT student Boni Cruz.





It is inspiring to go through a program that many of the senior teachers at the Institute went through themselves, and are now teaching. It shows the students that this is just the beginning of their journey, and one day that could be them at the front of the room teaching future students. “I graduated from the Institute’s Teacher Training Program in 1982. It was an extremely demanding program testing us not just on our practice and teaching but also on the sciences of the body and philosophy. At that time it was probably the only one in the city; it is very heartening to me that these days when there are so many teacher training programs out there which require so much less effort that consistently we have 20 plus students who are serious enough about yoga to enroll in our program. I applaud all of you who started this month and wish you all the best as you make your way through this transformative course of study.” Said Senior Teacher, Janet MacLeod.

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