I had such a wonderful time at last month’s KYTA Conference! What was especially exciting was seeing so many of you there who had never before attended a KYTA conference—or a yoga teachers’ conference anywhere.
It is so inspiring to see so many of you finding your way to yoga teaching and to this community of support, encouragement, and connection. I hope you met someone at the conference from your city or state who you’ll stay in touch with as you pursue your calling. It brings me great joy to be on this path with all of you!
What we’ve heard most often from participants in this year’s KYTA Conference last month was that it beautifully balanced body, mind, and spirit, offering nourishment for all aspects of our being throughout the weekend.
Participants loved having three hours in the morning and again in the afternoon to dive deep into new experiences and understanding in workshops focusing on specific approaches to asana, pranayama, and the art of teaching.
In our community sessions, we celebrated with dancing (fabulous African-inspired movement to KDZ’s drumming and lyrical Bollywood dance); made harmonious designs in a rice-mandala workshop; laughed and learned during Cyndi Lee’s funny and touching keynote talk; and opened our hearts as we chanted with Shantala, Steve Gorn, and John DeKadt.
We can’t wait to start planning next year’s conference! Save the date: Tuesday, October 4 to Friday, October 7, 2011.
Each quarter, KYTA has a raffle—picking three winners from the pool of KYTA members who have referred someone to Kripalu Center. Below are brief profiles of this quarter’s winners. Each winner has received a $500 credit at Kripalu that is good for three years, transferable, and applicable to housing, tuition, and Healing Arts services.
Want to participate in the next Referral Raffle? Ask the students you refer to Kripalu to mention your yoga teacher ID number or name when making their reservation. Every referral you make increases your chances of winning.
From: Kemptville, Ontario
Number of years as a KYTA member: 7+
I began my yoga practice in 1998 and found that not only did it help with my fatigue, migraines, and lower back pain, it also helped me feel more balanced in my daily life. Yoga continues to give me such inner peace and gratitude. I became a Kripalu-certified teacher in 2002, and my life has been changed in every way by this experience.
I have witnessed firsthand how amazing it feels when you give permission to open and love and be true to yourself. I currently teach 8+ classes a week at various location within my area, ranging from Dynamic Kripalu Yoga to restorative yoga, and will cofacilitate a yoga teacher training course in Ontario this fall. Thank you, Kripalu, for my core training, which will forever be embedded in my being.
From: Wellfleet, Massachusetts
Number of years as a KYTA member: 7+
I am lucky enough to live on Cape Cod, in Wellfleet. I left a career in banking in Boston and moved here full time 11 years ago. I started practicing yoga almost 20 years ago and received my 200-hour Kripalu training in 2001. I teach classes in Provincetown at a yoga studio, a gym, and a senior center, and offer private and semi-private sessions at my small studio in Wellfleet. I love coming to Kripalu, and my KYTA membership helps me stay connected. www.christinefriscoyoga.com
From: Peterborough, Ontario
Number of years as a KYTA member: 15+
When I first came to Kripalu nearly 30 years ago, I learned how important it is to listen to and value my own internal voice. All of the teacher training experiences showed me how to encourage others to do the same. I now teach small classes in my home during the fall to late spring, and also on the dock at the little cabin I retreat to in the summer. Lucky me!