Casey - the journey to becoming a yoga teacher

Casey has been a true gal pal of mine for a long time. Even though we haven't seen each other in ages, I have always loved following Casey's journey and this particular one struck a chord with me. My favourite thing about Miss Casey is her raw, authentic beautiful nature, her transparency and passion to help as many people as possible and I'm so pleased to share her yoga teacher training story which I think many will relate to. Your lotus love earrings look amazing on you XX 


Becoming a yoga teacher – my toughest journey yet.

I was introduced to yoga at a very early age by the most magnificent lady, my grandma. However, my own real yoga journey began much later on, in my early twenty’s. I hit a really terrible time in my life; I was drowning in depression, self-loathing and anxiety. I left my job and my home and set off to South America for a kitesurfing season.  There, I met a friend who let me join his daily morning practise, and I fell in love with yoga all over again as it reconnected me to my body and made me happier than I had been in a very long time. I was practising yoga twice daily and realised it was not only calming my mind and improving my flexibility but it was keeping me strong, while out of my usual gym routine. I practised so much that people started asking for classes. The prospect of sharing  my practise with others got me really excited and nervous all rolled into one! Teaching one lady on the beach, soon turned into teaching 20 people. I got such a high with every class. I was hooked. Hooked to share this beautiful world of yoga with others so they could feel how I felt. Free. At peace. In mind and body.

Taking the next leap (YTT)?
When I returned to England, I began attending a regular yoga class and returned to my job as a primary school teacher. It became so apparent to me that I really did love teaching, but it wasn’t English and Maths anymore, it was yoga. I became so certain that this was the path for me. And I was determined to learn in the home place of yoga, in my grandparent’s favourite place – India.
A month exactly before I was due to fly, my worst nightmare came true. I lost my grandma, and my grandad. This destroyed me. I did not want to go to India anymore. I did not want to leave my family. I didn’t want to be alone and I almost cancelled my flights. With some gentle persuasion from my family and boyfriend, I stuck to plan A. I travelled solo to India, palms sweating, anxiety through the roof. I cried most of the journey there; with sadness and a fear of the unknown (a long 21 hours). I hadn’t travelled solo for years, and I was feeling especially vulnerable, emotionally. This all changed the moment I arrived at Kashish Yoga School! I was greeted by the warmest welcome and I met the smiley faces of the 24 other excited yoga teachers to be!
 For the next 24 days, we experienced long days, a typical day in the life of a trainee teacher was:
 6:30am – Nasal cleaning and self-practice
7:00am – Yoga class (Hatha or Aerial)
8:30am – breakfast (fruits, pancakes, savoury dishes, cereal)
10:00am – Theory lesson (anatomy or philosophy)
11:00am – Asana clinic (learning how to perform postures/ teach)
1:30pm – Lunch (curry, salad, soup, rice, chapatti)
3.20pm – Theory lesson
4:30pm – Practical lesson (vinyassa/ ashtanga/ yin)
6:30pm – meditation 7:30pm Dinner (similar to lunch)
 So an average 13 hours daily, us trainees were to be were together, whether that was practising yoga, meditating, ecstatic dancing or cleaning our noses with a neti pot (an experience I would definitely recommend). I found this tough. I love people and I love yoga. But I also love my own space. Without this, sometimes I lose my calm headspace… The long days and lack of alone time certainly brought times of self-doubt – ‘Am I strong enough? Flexible enough? Spiritual enough for this?’ It was in these moments where I found the most strength. I dug deep. I tried to imagine what my grandma would say. I listened to my family. I soaked up the love and encouragement from my new yogi friends. And I made it through. Every single part of myself and my life was pulled apart as we reconnected to our bodies, minds and souls – the true aim of yoga, NOT doing the most ‘perfect handstand’ (although I got better at those too)!
 Would I recommend YTT?
HELL YES. Even, if you don’t want to teach yoga and you simply want to deepen your own practise and learn the fundamentals of true yoga. I would say, YES. Learning yoga in India has been one of the hardest challenges in my life so far (physically and mentally) but it has also been the most transformative, and has given me confidence in every way, especially now I’m teaching my own classes back in the UK! I couldn’t feel any happier that I chose to do my YTT in India! I believe I would have enjoyed doing a YTT course anywhere in the world, and I truly believe that you will only get out of it what you put in but for me, India was the only real contender. Yoga in it’s birth country does not only mean holding physical postures (asanas) for an extended period of time. It entails the whole package - the philosophy, the history and the spiritual aspects of yoga. I have a whole new appreciation for it and an understanding of how it can truly effect all areas of our lives, if we open our minds enough. So, to sum up - anybody even considering doing a YTT course in India… GET PACKING YOUR BAGS and get ready for your life to change in the best possible way!
You can follow Casey's journey here on her Instagram full of amazing tips & tricks to live your healthiest, happiest you:
IG: @cgyoganutrition 

1 comment

  • Gaynor Newton

    My goodness couldn’t be prouder not of the achievements gained, but finding yourself, appreciating what you are doing for other the calmness and peace yoga has brought you. I have watched your life every step of the way, been there through the highs and very lows . I have never known a transformation into a strong and serene person. Praise the lord you found Yoga . Thank you Yoga, from a deeply devoted family Mamma, Papa and Brother.

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