Teacher Training Testimonials

Yes I am a Yoga instructor to be and am so excited to share with you my story of how it started and then almost ended one week before training was to begin. Two years ago I had the possibility of breast cancer thrown at me after my yearly exam.  I immediately did what I always wanted to do, see an alternative medicine doctor (careful what you wish for). Dr. Hohenwarter gave me a long list of things to do and a customized list of supplements to take. One of his recommendations on his list to do was to practice Yoga. I was previously curious about Yoga and knew it may also help my “bad back” which currently had persistent sciatica. While I was always active doing spin classes, step classes or aerobics, my activity had dwindled in the past few years due to the painful sciatica. However, things changed after 6 months of practicing yoga, eating foods from Dr Hohenwarter’s Diet for Life, meditating and using his recommended supplements, my sciatica subsided and I went back in for imaging to see if the three small lumps grew.  They couldn’t find 2 of them and the other shrank!  Inspired by this and the fact that my sciatica for the first time in years was gone, I wanted to know more about this thing called Yoga. I was really curious. I wanted to teach and share the possibilities with others. However, I didn’t act upon that desire right away because my mom was ill and needed my time and attention.  About the same time this was transpiring, my mom signed me up at the Hershey “Senior Center”  to take Yoga with her. I planned on doing Yoga anyway and this would be our special time together. I’m so glad I didn’t resist the temptation to say no I’m too young at 50 to go to the senior center. After enjoying yoga together for many months, she passed away 3/4/16.  Shortly after that day, I opened my favorite publication, “fig Lancaster”. I opened it to the page that said in bold print “Yoga Teacher Training at EPY in Lancaster”. I felt my heart race with excitement. I thought about it, called and signed up about 4 weeks before it started. I joined EPY that month to get a feel for Evolution prior to training.  Exactly one week before it was to start, I broke my leg. I knew it was broken because I heard it loud and clear. My first thought, as I screamed, was oh no I can’t do Yoga. I screamed, cried, pounded the ground with my fist and let it all out. Moments later,  I became grateful for all the people who surrounded me with help. I remember calling Evolution and talking with Julie shortly thereafter. She shared her personal story with me and said that if I can breath I can do yoga. I was so grateful, happy and curious too. How was I going to do this? I missed the first weekend, but I trusted that it would all work out and it did. The power of intention works on the

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mat and off the mat.  My small group supported me with information to help me catch up. Lisa offered to meet with me to review any questions.  We tried SKYPE during the first weekend which helped me feel connected.  I used my daughters automatic car (mine is a stick shift) to drive from Hershey to Lancaster.  I made it to the second weekend of training and each one after that. I was non-weight bearing for 10 weeks after the second surgery.  Nothing appeared in my favor, but everything was in my favor. Everyone at Evolution supported me with help and kindness.  Once I could bear weight, I did yoga with all kinds of modifications. I made the shape of the pose with my cast on.  The cast is off now and I’m doing what is possible for me at this moment.  The left side poses look so different than the right side poses but that’s ok. As I’ve learned recently from Baptiste Methodology: Be a yes for something, let go of what you must and you are ready now. ” – Cindy, ACCESS, Spring 2016 

“Evolution Power Yoga Teacher Training was a worthwhile endeavor. I practiced yoga for fifteen years prior to enrolling in the TT program. My practice involved taking a yoga class once or twice a week, and then running, lifting weights, and golfing the rest of the week. I practiced yoga to stay healthy for my other athletic activities. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of information delivered over the 200 hours of TT. The methodology portion was extremely intensive, coupled with developing a meditation practice. The experience is life-changing. Meditation is now part of my daily routine, and I believe I am a more positive, balanced, and calm person as a result of my daily practice. Yoga is now an ongoing practice, rather than an occasional class to attend. The leadership portion has helped me in my personal life to communicate more effectively with friends and family. It facilitated goal setting to help guide my journey through the next 10, 20, 30, maybe 40 years- if I live to be 100:). It also helped my journey through professional choices as well as navigating the sometimes turbulent voyage of a large family. I have five children who are grown and are now adding spouses and grandchildren into the family circle. In the TT program, we read and incorporated two books: “The Four Agreements” and “The Collaborative Way” into our communication-building skills, as well as our leadership and teaching toolbox! We had opportunities to practice teach, and were actively coached by teachers at this time. Anatomy was taught each weekend during TT, and although I am a nurse, I learned anatomy in a totally different context. How it relates to yoga postures, and how to facilitate postures safely. So important to teaching yoga safely! I am really just skimming the surface of what I gained from the training. However, I do want to mention the bond that is formed among the teacher trainees. I met and developed relationships with people I don’t believe I ever would have crossed paths with if not for the TT. We all learned valuable lessons during our training. I believe we are changed forever and for the good.” – ACCESS, Fall 2015

Evolution Power Yoga Teacher Training has given me the necessary tools to empower myself.  Coming to the program I came with many expectations… this will be tough, I will need to leave my comfort zone, weekend long work sounds rough but none the less I’ll learn more about yoga and anatomy. The anatomy portion and getting to learn how that ties with my yoga practice was the real reason why I wanted to do this. It didn’t take long for me to realize how impactful this journey would be. I have come to learn so much and have a great appreciation for being present no matter where I am or what I am doing. This word was something I only heard during my yoga practice and I never quite understood it. But through the teacher training program I am learning to let go of the uncontrollable, my ego and all the expectations that come with our day to day routine/ relationships. I am learning to be more thoughtful and engaged… but really I am learning to be my true self and to love every part of it. I can’t wait to share what I am learning with family, friends and the community!” – Karla, ACCESS, Fall 2016

“TT has been a great experience…  Other than learning on a deeper level about the mechanics and anatomy of yoga (along with improving my own practice) it has also led me out of my comfort zone in many ways. Realizing that I don’t have to be perfect, and moving on when making mistakes are two that have made a big difference since we started. Learning meditation (which I never did prior to TT) has also been a very important part.  But the most meaningful part of the experience so far would have to be making so many new friends and being part of a special group, and learning to work with them and trust in them.” – Jeff,  ACCESS, Spring 2016

“Teacher training means everything I didn’t sign up for. I signed up to enrich my own yoga practice and to become the best the teacher I could be. Well, that’s not what I got. Not exactly…. So you obviously get those things but so much more comes into being. I have met the most amazing people that I would never have met otherwise. People that I clearly needed to meet to enrich my life. I have learned so much about myself through self-examination in class. Things I would not have thought about on my own. I have lost weight! 7 lbs to be exact! Weight that I’m happy to see go but I wasn’t necessarily trying to lose. I look forward to each full weekend at TT. I never know what I’m going to take away from it.” – ACCESS, Spring 2016