Yoga Teacher Training, March 2019

March 2019 Yoga Teacher Training was a great success with a fantastic group of Trainees from all around the world!

Happy Yoga Days

“Thanks again Julie, this course has been amazing. A truly life changing three weeks! This is what you are meant to be doing, your passion really shines through the whole course. 
See you soon!” Kate

There was plenty of laughs, times of introversion, silence, meditation, asana practice and a great connection had by all.

I really do love running these immersions as they are truly an opportunity to grow, bringing to life and nourishing the little seed within us all and showing us the way “Home”.

Study session outside under the shade of a beautiful Alcorn tree.

Having a supportive environment and the time to be able to explore and go a lot deeper into self practice is the key to the full immersive experience, something that you don’t get when doing a weekend here and there, plus online study in between!

The curriculum for the 3 week yoga immersion/trainings has been carefully developed to enable a high, professional level of practice and teaching and will continue to evolve and grow. An exciting process to say the least.

Dissecting Asanas

The next training for 2019 will be around 14th of October. Dates will be confirmed in the next few days, so stay close for updates.

Images from our March, 2019 Yoga Teacher Training, NZ
Our morning meditation session

As part of the training, all trainees have the opportunity to teach within the training group and in public classes if happy to do so. Constructive feedback is given at the end of each teaching session to ensure optimum teaching skills at this level.

Trainee teaching a public class (optional)

I recently completed Julie’s 200hr/21 day Yoga Teacher Training program in Nelson and found it to be an incredible experience. Whether you’re considering commencing your journey of becoming a teacher or like myself, to mainly delve deeper into traditional yoga practice & knowledge with the possibility of later becoming a teacher, Julie’s extensive knowledge and worldly experience in Yoga combined with the stunning location of Nelson made it a highly worthwhile experience. Although quite an intense course involving many hours & a lot of content to be covered in a short period, I feel very accomplished, privileged and grateful post completion. Most of all my practice and passion for yoga has grown wonderfully! 🙂 Thank you again, so very much Julie x

About Julie Stephens

I started my yoga journey approximately 30 years ago and after many years of travelling around the world I decided I was ready to commit myself to becoming a yoga teacher.The draw card for me was/is more of the spiritual aspect as I have always been curious about the bigger picture, meditating and finding contentment. The physical side was an added bonus.In the late 90s, I was living on the Gold Coast in Australia and practising regularly at the Gold Coast Yoga Centre. In 2000, I started my yoga teacher training apprenticeship – at that time it didn’t have an end to it. I was basically told that I would be finished my training when they saw that I was ready. This took 18 months of practising six days a week, 30 hours a week. There were no excuses for missing the training and if I didn’t turn up, I would have been expelled from the program. With hindsight, this was one of the most important lessons I learnt, as it gave me the dedication to continue my six-day-a-week practice no matter what the circumstances were and I can tell you, there were many interesting situations where I would be practising amongst the local people in Mongolia, China, The Tibetan plateau, Nepal, India etc, on trains, planes, airport disabled toilets because they were big… anyway, my point being, is that I had to maintain this combination of devotional practice and study which has allowed me to gain a much deeper knowledge and understanding of the amazing art and science of yoga.Since I qualified I have owned a yoga studio on the Gold Coast, taught in Korea, Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Australia, Bali and of course New Zealand, which is where I am now based. For me this has been the perfect balance of doing what I love, teaching yoga and travelling.I am blessed to have trained with a lot of great inspirational teachers along this journey, such as Erich Schiffman, Donna Farhi, Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee, Ana Forest, David and Sharon, the founders of Jivamukti, Andrey Lappa from Universal Yoga, Nicky Knoff (Iyengar), John Friend (Anusara), David Soul Ray, Lance Schuler, Clive Sheridan and of course my teachers: Kameron Story, Mark Togni and Suzanne Grey from whom I learnt the Ashtanga Primary and Second series, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, meditation and pranayama.The style of yoga I predominantly teach is Vinyasa Flow, which leads you through a flowing series of postures with an emphasis on the breath. Options are given and the yoga class is structured so that each pose prepares the student for the next. Everybody can do my yoga from a beginner level, pre-natal, general through to advanced. In the beginner and pre-natal yoga classes the emphasis is on the foundations of yoga with the correct use of props ie; blankets, blocks, straps and bolsters, to enable the student to practise safely.I also teach Hatha, Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga. I offer beginners’ classes and yoga therapy.The class environment is positive and fun, so you can feel at ease and comfortable to practice at your own level, after all it is ultimately about your own self exploration.As a yoga teacher I feel truly honoured and privileged to be able to share such an ancient practice – one that offers not only great physical benefits, but ultimately allows us to be mindful, happy and content.

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