After attending my first few classes at Shanti and noticing their Yoga Teacher Training flyer, I immediately felt compelled to inquire about it. I have visited many different yoga studios and practiced with many different teachers, but there was something different here. The teachers, the teaching styles and sequences, the ambiance, all felt so authentic. There was an intimacy and cohesion unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before, that placed an emphasis on community. The community at Shanti is composed of people from all walks of life, who are all seeking a path of improvement through light, love, and peace. The sense of community completely solidified my desire to embark on the training.Enrolling in the 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training was undoubtedly one of the most rewarding decisions I have ever made. It has taught me so much about the practice that goes way deeper than just the asanas or poses. The poses simply open up a window for growth that allows you to connect, on a much more profound level, with the universe and those around you, but the training takes you on a journey of self-exploration, self-love, and self-healing. It teaches you how to be open to change, and how to practice radical acceptance. It walks you through the history, philosophy, ancient wisdom, and eight limbs of yoga. It offers thorough workshops that breakdown the poses in remarkable detail, visits from incredibly impressive doctors, healers, and teachers, special events such as small concerts, shamanic circles, and journaling sessions, just to name a few. It gives you the tools to learn how to understand the needs of your students by reading their bodies, and how to safely teach them what they need.I have learned so much about myself, my body, and my yoga practice. I have learned how to use my body as a vessel to share this incredible practice with others. The training teaches you how to shift your awareness inward to understand the importance of self-inquiry, and ask the right questions on how to use your experiences, on and off the mat, to teach yoga as efficiently and mindfully as possible, how to make the world you live in a better place, how to honor yourself and those around you, and most importantly – how to make the practice one that invites transformation of the mind, body, and spirit for all.
My experience at Shanti Yoga Shala is very difficult to put into words because it literally changed my life.First of all, the way the opportunity to come train at the Shala was the perfect way to start what would be a beautiful journey.I was looking for teacher trainings in the New Orleans area and I happened to come across a Vinyasa Teacher Training. which was exactly what I was looking for. At the moment I was in Panama (where I am from) and I immediately called Nathalie to book a spot and the training happened to be full. Luckily for me we had an immediate connection (over the phone!!) and she promised that if someone cancelled she would call me right away and because the Universe works in wonderful ways that is exactly what happened next.The day she called to let me know someone had cancelled was probably the happiest day of 2014!!After that things just got better.In a short period of 5 months my life changed. I had turned around the way I practiced, I had learned more than in the past 3 years of college, I was able to begin teaching in the beautiful space, and I became part of an amazing family , the Shanti Yoga Love Warriors.Nathalie and the whole Shanti Yoga Family are definitely a blessing and they were put in my way to help me grow and blossom.The Shala became my second home while I was in New Orleans and I miss it every single day.I recommend coming to practice here and I definitely recommend taking the Teacher Training if you wish to deepen your practice and/or teach.As I said before, my experience at Shanti changed my life and I am infinitely grateful <3Namaste.