Episode 07 | Origins: Yoga Teacher Trainings… What to Choose?

In this episode, you'll hear Alex & Lisa talk about their personal experiences attending and teaching different teacher trainings. If you are unsure of what to choose, they discuss all the different scenarios and options and also their own preferences when it comes to choosing the course that's right for you.

Lisa 0:23

All right, so Hi, you guys, and welcome to another episode. I'm here. I'm Lisa and Alex is here too. Hi.

Alex 0:32

Hi guys.

Lisa 0:34

How's it going?

Alex 0:36

Good. How about you?

Lisa 0:38

Yeah, I'm good. I'm sitting under a blanket. Recording and it feels a little bit strange, but I'm in the studio. And there's a lot of echo as you guys can hear. So I'm going to continue sitting under this blanket. And if I need to get go out for a sip of air, I will let you know. Alex, are you doing? Are you sitting under a blanket too?

Alex 1:00

No, no Echo in here. Okay, great. Yeah, no, I'm just enjoying my Saturday morning at home.

Lisa 1:11

That's great. That's awesome. Well, it was for me, it was a choice of this or being at home with like, boys making noise and birds making noise. So I guess maybe this one's better.

Alex 1:22

Under a blanket. Okay, well, good.

Lisa 1:23

Yeah, we'll see. I'm not crazy. Maybe Corona made me a little bit crazy, you know, like lockdown and stuff. Anyway, um, so we are here today to discuss teacher trainings a little bit as a topic of today. So, we, we've been approached many times from people asking because we run teacher trainings, we've been to teacher trainings, and we've done a lot of little trainings and all these things and how people are asking how to choose a good training and what makes a training. Good. So we're gonna get into that a little bit today. But maybe we'll start with, I'll start with asking you, Alex, what are trainings you've done and what made you choose those specific ones? If you know.

Alex at her first Yoga Teacher Training practicing her first pinch mayurasana in Kerala, India

Alex 2:21

Yeah, so just dive right in. I think I talked about this a few, a few sessions ago, a little bit about my first teacher training and how it was kind of more of like an impulse decision. I knew I was really interested in yoga, I wanted to deepen my practice. And I really went in with the intention to become a teacher. And I went to India for my first one so I was on I was in the jungle in a quite an isolated space, right at the border like literally right at the checkpoint between Goa and Kerala. So in the south, South West Coast, I guess it would be not coast because I just said as the jungle but yeah, that side of things. And honestly, I didn't, I put a lot of like time into my research. But as far as choosing the teacher training, it was about the things for me were about location. The time like the time length, and and price, especially coming in being a new, new I don't know, I'm not new to yoga so much, but new to this idea of coming into the industry in this way or coming in as an actual teacher. So I didn't really, some people choose based on you know, this awesome instructor that they love, you know, or they choose based on a community that they're already a part of, that they want to become more deeply involved with. Mine wasn't wasn't really like that it was something a lot more of an independent choice. And I didn't know any of the teachers that I went to when I first went and I didn't know any of the people either. So yeah, I based it off of reviews, price, location, and the length of time the length of the stay. And it was quite scary, you know, because here you are researching off the internet, you don't know anything besides how many stars This place has, and what people have said about it before so I travel all the way to India, I don't know if like if I'm going to show up in this place isn't going to exist, you know, or if it's all going to be like I don't know some kind of scam. It's like it's it's a little bit nerve wracking to do that. But it ended up working out so yeah. It was a nice place it was we were in this like resort in this jungle. It was a 30 day intensive teacher training. And in India, they do that quite often. I think the visa situation might have changed a little bit as of lately, but they there's like a 30 day tourist visa that you can do. So the teacher trainings that are in that country, they really try to get them down. Until, like 28 days or 30 days so that you can get back on a plane without having to get one of those long term Indian visas. So it was like that. And it was quite intense. It was like eight hours a day we had afternoons off, I guess it was about six, seven hours a day, including Saturdays and then we had half days on Sundays is how it worked. And it was an all inclusive thing, where all meals were included in lots and lots of practice time. So two hours in the morning meditation and practice in two hours in the in the evenings as well. And this was the one that was hatha yoga. Yeah, this was a hatha hatha certification as like the first point and then it was also vinyasa we got a little vinyasa. And then we got a little Ashtanga in there, but it was a it was a hatha teacher training.

Lisa 5:51

Did you guys learn how to teach a lot? And or was it like, because I remember my first training, we just, they taught us all the things and then they were like, on this day, you're gonna teach a class. And that was the first time we ever taught a class. And that was scary.

Alex at the graduation of her advanced 500-hr Yoga Teacher Training in Goa, India

Alex 6:05

Yeah, I had the same exact story. No, actually, it didn't. It wasn't a course that was heavy in anatomy, there wasn't much anatomy. And it was we didn't get any practice teaching. It was the same thing. It was like, okay, on the first day of the course, they're like, at the end of this course, you're going to have to pick a day and teach. And that was so nerve-racking for me. And yeah, I'd like the whole month. Like, you know, it's so funny now, cuz right now I could walk into, you know, a roomful of 50 people and just make up a sequence on the top of my head if I needed to. But back then it was like, every night I was refining this and working on it and practicing it, you know, and it was such a different experience. So no, there wasn't any practice teaching at all. You're just kind of like Baptism by fire thrown into it. Right? Yeah, that's my story. How about yours?

Lisa 6:58

So this was your first, your 200 hours, right?

Alex 7:01

This is my 200 hour. Yeah.

Lisa 7:04

Yeah, I went to I was in India as well as in Rishikesh. And I was in this place called Rishikesh yoga peace. And it was just them. I think they're pretty big. Now, I don't know after pandemic, but before I the year before, I know they were doing trainings is started every week. And they're always full, full, full. So when I went it was, yeah, yeah, this is like a lot. But I was there training number, I think five or something like that, like the very, very beginning. And it was six or seven weeks, I can't remember. But they wanted to have it a little bit longer so that we could actually learn, they said we couldn't learn in four weeks. And yeah, it was half the org. And just a lot of a lot of physical practice, but also a lot of meditation and a lot of traditions, like all the three, send all of these, all of these things and all of the like all the philosophy and I don't know, pranayama, stuff like that, that was just very, very new to me as a new new Yogi, I guess from the west, we step into the practice, from a physical aspect. And I hadn't, like I interviewed you a few weeks ago. And if you guys didn't hear that Alex told me, she entered the practice from the, like the meditation side and stuff, but I didn't I was just from from the physical side from the body side. And, and this was very foreign to me, it was really difficult to sit for long periods of time and do all these practices and stuff. But in the end, I'm really thankful for it. I'm really grateful for it, because it followed me. Since then, it's been really good. I have a few really big memories from it, where we had our our shala was on the very top of this building where we were in this ashram, and every morning, we'd have morning practice, and there was this little nook underneath the big roof, between between the shallow roof and the big roof, where all the monkeys slept during the night. And as we started our practice in the morning, they would wake up and run around up there. And it was this game of who was going to get paid on today because Yeah, because they hadn't secured the ceiling with something up there. So whenever a monkey peed, it just slips down through the wood cracks. and nice. Yeah. And every morning it was like you'll get super lucky if you get peed on. I was like, I don't want to. And then I thought I was so I thought I escaped. I don't know I'm telling the story, actually. But I thought I escaped it. But the very last day I was like okay, I'm getting out of this. Without it and then then I got peed on the gross. Oh my god, yes, yeah, no.

One of our yoga teacher trainings in Prague

Alex 10:07

We had this we had the same thing with like, we had this shallow It was a covered shallow, but it was open, you know, in India in the jungle beautiful like surroundings. And it was like a family of monkeys that, like they owned the place. They were so funny, these little monkeys, you know, because they would walk through and they just look like these gangsters. Yeah, they would like take these trash cans and they just pick up the trash cans and throw them over. Like they don't care at all. They just start throwing trash, but they're so like human looking that it looked like they're doing this with this like sinister intent, you know, and it's just so funny to watch. But yeah, they were like that, because we would start on mornings, I think at 6am, if I remember correctly, and we have a good 30 to 45 minutes of meditation. Also, we would do the Koreas and it was really nice, the breathing practices. And then right as like the physical practice would start falling that that's when the monkeys would come out. And they were on, you know, like an alarm clock. They were on just a timer every day. And the same exact time. It was super fun, because you'd be in your down dog and like looking behind you see this monkey family running around terrorizing the grounds? It was good stuff.

Lisa 11:11

Yeah. Yeah, it's funny. I don't know, I think I'm very thankful for having had my first experience be that in a more traditional way, Hatha Yoga, just all that it felt like foundations for me, I don't know about you, but it felt like good foundations in a bit almost a bit neutral in the yoga practice. And in the world of yoga that we know now when there's so much to choose from, and so many great teachers and so much stuff to follow around, and not knowing where to step, your first step, this was a really nice first step, I think to do. Because it was just yeah, foundation work.

Alex 11:52

I had that same kind of experience. I don't know though. Like, if I can explain it, like what we do when we have a teacher training. And this is gonna sound really weird, but I feel like we teach so much to teach to understand, you know, it's such a conversation with the people that we have in front of us. It's like we explain a topic, we explain a new concept or whatever. And then we ask questions to like, get the people thinking about this thing, right? Whatever this thing is, and there's like a dialogue about it. And there's not necessarily a right or wrong answer. It's about you know, opening the mind to these different ideas and staying within the same like skeleton of tradition. But when I was in my other teacher trainings, like in India, it wasn't in that same kind of way, it was more of like, a show, like, not a show, but like a teaching copy type of thing. I do this. Now you do this, you know, it wasn't a dialogue. It wasn't like an open conversation, if that makes sense. So we kind of watched this guy who was very, like, skilled and has an asana practice, he had a strong asana practice. And he would go through these positions on how to do them. And he would basically just like model them. For us. This is the position, you know. And it wasn't like, put your leg here, put your arms here, do this, do that, or how to cue into it, how to exit out of it, how to modify, it wasn't any of this it was just here is this, it was like the statue of a man just in front of you. And you just kind of like take the notes that you want. It's very different approach to teaching, you know, it was useful was just, it was a something I wasn't used to.

Lisa 13:28

Yeah. Yeah. I think I think that's, I mean, that's why we do what we do, I guess in our trainings, because learning from that we can see that sometimes teaching with just knowledge that's been put into your brain like that, without asking questions or wondering why or knowing why, then it doesn't really maybe translate into a very good teacher, sometimes. I wouldn't say like all the time, of course, but it's just it's the approach that we've chosen because we feel like it's the most. I don't know, like, you can learn so much more quick. If you know what it is that's going on in your body rather than looking, you know, to me, I would sort of compare it to learning how to teach yoga on Instagram, because you see these, you know, beautiful models and postures of people looking like they're doing a posture but we actually don't know what's going on in their bodies, you know? So yeah, I don't know. Maybe Maybe that was a little bit. How do you call it? I forget the words. Not so not on nice of me to say. How do you say that in English?

Alex 14:44

Not so nice.

Lisa 14:45

Yeah, there's a word like not so nice, but like, rude. Yeah, a bit rude or a bit like, Ah, there's a word. Okay. I'll think of it. Nevermind. I'm sitting under a blanket. I have. I have a hard time gathering my thoughts. Oh my god. It's okay.

Alex 15:05

I want to put a picture of yourself before this. I want to see the setup absolutely put this as our as our showcase for this podcast.

Lisa 15:14

Absolutely. Absolutely. I'll do that.

Alex 15:17

Yeah. So in Rishikesh What was your What did you also have an intensive you said six to seven weeks it was Mm hmm. And you had all day long every day?

Lisa 15:27

Yeah, we had like six days a week. I think it was 6am to 8pm. And then we had one day fully off on Sunday. So it's just off that day, which is nice. But it was intense.

Alex 15:42

What was like the biggest subject that you guys had? Like, what was it geared more, most toward?

Lisa at her first Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India

Lisa 15:49

It was Hatha Yoga, for sure hatha yoga. And just these like, I don't know, it was I felt like it was foundational. Now, this is also quite a long time ago. 12 years ago, something like that. But it was Yeah, hatha yoga and just all the psych. Do you remember that? Did you guys have that orange book from? It's called? Hatha Yoga pranayama. Something something. What's it called?

Alex 16:19

Practice. Oh, my God, I should know this practice. Pilar, something like that. Yeah, I know which one you're talking about? Yeah.

Lisa 16:24

And it's from the Bihar School of yoga. I know. And there's a whole series of them. Anyway, we had that one. So we sort of went from cover to cover on that one, and just talked about all the postures and yeah. And then it was a lot of philosophy. And I remember at that point, that I was really confused with a philosophy, because they would again, it was this thing that you said it was just talked at me, these are the Noddies, these, these are the this is EDA and Pingala. And this is, this is the Yama, Yama and I was like, wait, what, where's the like, I didn't have a map of what it meant in my head when I left. And I just felt really confused. But I think those things fell into place. After doing more training,

Alex 17:08

I had that same kind of thing. And I read back through my manuals to it, I'm like, it's interesting, because I wonder it's probably like, a little bit of both for me, because I'm wondering if it was just so much like new information that I just couldn't process. Or if I wonder, I wonder if it was the way that it was delivered. And it's probably a bit of both because when I look at the manuals, I was like, Okay, this is here, like, I know that I know what these words are, and what these things are. And now I know like how this fits into the whole puzzle of yoga, or like yogic lifestyle, but I don't know, again, when whenever I give a lecture about these kinds of things, it's always prefaced, you know, like, this is an idea. This is what this you know, and this is where this idea comes from. And this is how we're going to talk about it, it's not something you have to subscribe to, you know, where, or believe in or whatever, something like that. But this is how I'm going to teach it to those try to make that a big point. When I'm teaching, you know, where, again, I didn't get that. Not that it's a bad thing. It's just not the way I got it was more of a I don't want to go as far to say indoctrination, but I can't think of a better word. It was just like, this is it, and it's black and white and take it or leave it, you know, right?

Lisa 18:16

I feel like that's gone through a lot of the trainings that I've done. Maybe most of the trainings, honestly, not this, like, this is the only path but but maybe 75% of like, this is actually the only path. But you can look around, but this is the best, you know, do you know what I mean? Yeah, and it's, it's a very, I don't like that and meant maybe that's why I've done so many trainings, I don't even know how many but I've done a lot of 200 hours and, and I just in different disciplines, basically. And I just because I found it so interesting to learn all these different things. And, and when we think I haven't done the training in a few years now, like a big one like that. And now being out of that a little bit thinking about it. I feel like I did it because I wanted to find a path that's like, Hey, hey, it's fine to like different things. You know, it's fine to be different, it's fine. to not have this particular type of body posture breathwork. thoughts, opinions? You know, yeah, you can you know what I mean? Yeah. And, yeah, that's, that's always been on my agenda for finding a good training

Alex 19:47

It's true and this is what I really like, as like yoga gets more and more popular, though. I think the one of the big benefits of this is the fact that it has become more scientific in a lot of ways right. So regardless The philosophy traditions and all this when we're talking about, just like Asana and the body, and how the body works and how the body moves. There's so many more people looking at this and analyzing it, you know, from physiotherapists and doctors and understanding what the body is doing, and why this cue into a posture out of a posture is good and why it's not. So I'm really happy that this is more of like an open discussion and things are more or debunked, you know, and it's not just say, this cue, repeat this cue, do this over and over and you don't understand why. So I think that's also something that we really strive for in our teacher trainings is to understand the reason why you're saying what you're saying where before just kind of hear these parroting, you know, people just repeating what they've heard before, but they don't know why. So I'm thankful for the science it's been brought into, to all this.

Lisa, Alex, and Betti at the closing ceremony of one of their yoga teacher trainings

Lisa 20:54

Yeah, absolutely. Absolutely. And then there's also you know, you can look at all the things with it with your own eyes and criticize it as you want. And sort of choose the path that works for you. And then also, I think, for me, growing older, and with more experience, realizing that not everything is going to work for one body. And I think maybe that's what I thought in the beginning, our yoga, it's this, and it's for everyone, like everybody's gonna like to do Ashtanga Yoga, it's gonna work for everyone. But, I mean, I didn't think about it that way, but maybe a bit more. So. Yeah, but it doesn't. And it's not, you know, and it's, and people are gonna like to do hot yoga, people are gonna like to do Kundalini Yoga, or, you know, whatever it is, and that's fine. I think because it works for that.

Alex 21:53

There's like, you know, that saying, like, the posture that you hate the most is the one that you need the most. I hate that saying so much, just like, because I had the same idea. Yeah, cuz they had the same idea as you right? Like, in the beginning of this, like, you'll get this for everybody. It's such an inclusive practice, which it is, but you still need to choose what works for you, right? And then I kind of, you know, beginning in all of my yoga path, in the beginning of it all, I thought that something's like wrong with me, if I can't do a lotus pose comfortably, then this is a goal I have to work to. And something's wrong with me until I can do it. And now, I know that that's not true, you know, these bodies are not made all the same. And if something really just doesn't feel good for you, there's no it doesn't feel it feels even painful. There's these different kinds of pains we have, right. And some of them are, are a big indicator to just stop right there. And you know, make sure you don't go any further because you're gonna hurt yourself and other kinds of pains are like a good threshold to work with to push your boundary to the next limit. Yeah. But this this posture thing, where if you can't do it, then you need it the most or you don't feel good in it, they need the most I don't know if that's if that's so that's so true. You know how we were talking about this the other day, we were planning if you guys don't know yet. We're planning rocket teacher training, soon at the end of May. And we were going over all the series, how we're going to structure it and all these things, and we're talking about this pose. Janu sirsasana. Janice, your Cessna, see, do you remember when we just had this conversation the other day? Yeah. And if you guys don't know what this pose is, I'll make sure to put it in our in our notes, or in our blog that goes with this podcast, you can see, but it's a very compromising position for your knee. Now, I'm sure that there's plenty of yoga teachers out there that will completely disagree with me, but he loves this position, it works totally fine for her. That's just such an awkward pose. And it feels like it just feels very wrong to do personally, you know, and I think it's okay to stay away from that pose in my yoga practice. I feel like I've accepted that. You know, yeah, for myself. And if nobody likes this pose, and she feels good in it, that this is completely fine to write. And it's all about that, I think when you are a student and a teacher, that it's okay for someone just to, you know, say no to something.

Lisa 24:25

I agree with that. But I also still believe in that saying, I'm not I haven't moved away from it yet, because it's really helped me in my practice. I think more so though. In my spiritual practice, that thing helps me it doesn't, because it doesn't help. When you say like, Oh, this posture, the one you need the most, right so don't you hate the most? It's the one you need the most. It doesn't really help by going okay, so I'm just going to polish the other way. That is what I think is wrong with that saying, for me, because because I get went home After we had that discussion, actually about Yanis cesana. See, and I discussed it with trig v. Who's my husband? And he's like, I hate it, but I love it because these are the Yunus shares. And as it's not about going deeper, deeper, deeper, it's I can feel the spiritual energy flow through me or something like that. He said, and I was like, ah, is it? Is it more about the mental state then? And maybe that's it? Maybe that's why that posture exists, do you not? I mean, maybe that's why you want to share snakes, it's because we're like, what, what the EFF is this? What am I supposed to be doing? My knee hurts, my ankle hurts, whatever. But then it's like, Wait, what? what are the barriers that I can release? In my mind? for this to be something that works for me? You know?

Alex 25:56

Yeah, I see what you mean. Definitely. Because, right, because the pain is all supposed to be just in our minds. Yeah. So just want to be really careful with that when you guys go out there and try your janu sirsasan c.

Lisa 26:09

It sounds it sounds really like fluffy and crunchy and spiritual and whatever. But I sometimes, sometimes that's the release. Also, it's not about like, Okay, keep pushing it because you need it because you hate it, you know, but it's more like, wait, we wait. What is your mind doing? Is your mind breathing as much as your body is breathing? You know, just just that. I think I still, I think I'm still gonna use that expression, Alex. Is that I use it sometimes. I do. Yeah, I do. That's okay. See, we're on different paths. And everything that works for you doesn't work for me. And vice versa. Right. Right. Right. Yep. So have you done any teacher trainings that wasn't that weren't intensive? Or accounts or something? or?

Betti at the graduation of her advanced 500 hr Yoga Teacher Training in Goa, India

Alex 27:09

Yeah, we did this. I mean, the one the three of us all did together. It was 150 our that we did in Prague here. We did it to get our to be legal to teach here, because we are located in the Czech Republic. And the Czech Republic doesn't easily recognize international teacher trainings, usually accredited by the yoga Alliance. So we did one that is accredited by their accreditation system. So that was it. So yeah, that one was weekend's very different experience than than what I'd had before.

Lisa 27:43

Yeah, we do ours as well, we have a week or so or long weekend together. And then we do five to six weekends in, in the city in our in our studios. And I think that's like a middle way in between having an intensive and having just weekends. But what would be I mean, I guess you What would be your your choice? What would you do? If you if you got to go to training tomorrow? What would you prefer?

Alex 28:19

Well, for me personally, the, okay, the, like the luxury of getting away from your whole life and going away for a month and being taken care of having somebody cook for you, you know, having someone do your dishes, you get to stay in a new space in a nice hotel, or whatever it is. Or maybe it's not nice, so nice. But you, you don't have to worry about your regular life responsibilities, right. So you get to only focus on yoga, and your yoga practice and what you're learning during this, you know, intensive 30 days. So that's a real big plus, a lot of us don't have the luxury of being able to just kind of run away from our lives for a full month, or even longer, you know, depending on however your travel plans work. So this is what i think that you know, how we've structured our training is bringing the best of both worlds together, because I've also I have a friend, my best friend, she took a teacher training. And it was over the course of six months. And it was like, one or two weekends or Saturdays a month. And and my friend just like forgot everything every time she would come back, you know, to the next session. It was it wasn't like everything. There was too much time for processing she wasn't able to build on what she had learned because it was kind of already dissipated out. So our structure and the way that we have it with this, we have the seven day intensive outside of the city so you still get that Okay, forget about your regular life for a little bit be taken care of and just be in this study type of space, which I think is fantastic. And then, you know, having this weekend, weekend sessions together too. It's like a little bit of a happy medium. To be able to still go to work, you know, Monday through Friday, and see your family and do your laundry and all that kind of stuff but but still be able to be enough in it to really gain gained the most from it.

Lisa 30:15

Yeah, I agree with you there, I think it's really nice to go away, I've actually never done only the Czech one that we did. But it was just a very different format. But the other ones have been intensive for me as well. So I can't really compare. But I think as a teacher in these courses that we've done so far, I feel like it's very, it's been quite nice to just be able to process and to sit with it for a few days and have some homework and because in these intensive ones, they're like homework till tomorrow is this and then you're just like, it's nine o'clock at night, when you finish, you have to get up at six again. And it's quite a lot of work, as well. So it's nice to have a little bit of extra time to process for sure. Um, yeah, so yoga Alliance, then what about that? Do you think by yoga Alliance?

Alex 31:05

What am I gonna say about it? Am I gonna get in trouble? If I tell my true opinion?

Lisa 31:10

No, know, they won't? Well, we're accredited. We paid the money.

Alex 31:20

We're accredited by them. So so I'm thankful for that, I should say, but the yoga Alliance is I don't know. It's just an interesting, it's just it's an interesting organization, you know, some some people that were together at the right place at the right time, and somehow managed to become the authority on yoga like in the entire world, basically. It's just so interesting to have this much power. And, and they don't have so much oversight, right. So if you guys don't know about the yoga Alliance, besides when we very first submitted our application to become a yoga school and official yoga school, we had quite a bit of working at a personal What do you call them consultant that was assigned to our, to our school and I we worked with him closely, you know, for a few weeks modifying our curriculum and cutting this out and adding this in and, and honestly, the, the guy was a beautiful man, his personality, his voice was so calming, and we would have these video chats and he was just like, this serene, sincere real person, it was really like, he was great. He was fantastic. That experience was fantastic. It was very interesting. But other than that one time, you know, however long we've had this yoga school, now, it's otherwise you just pay fees to these people, you just pay these giant annual fees to keep your accreditation, but there's no recourse they don't check up on you. You just have now this certification to be able to give certificates to other people. So it doesn't, yeah, it's really on you to to be responsible for your own quality control, you don't have somebody coming in, and and being responsible for keeping a standard. So it makes it very interesting in the yoga industry that certain schools can, you know, be a part of this, and be just in the same exact standard, as you know, somebody who's been around for 50 years or or, or whatever it is. Just it's a very interesting accreditation system, it seems just like a money factory.

Alex arm balancing in celebration of her 500hr YTT Certificate

Lisa 33:28

Hmm. Yeah, that's, that's what we mean, there. There's some stuff that comes out of it as, as an authority and as a lot of people look, I don't know, look to them for advice. They put out stuff. You know, in regards to code of conduct and stuff like that, that's pretty cool. And I think sometimes you can get insured by them. They have pretty good insurance for teacher trainings like personal liability insurance, but mostly only if you're like, in the US or the UK, or maybe Australia or something. So, so it's, there is some things and I think they're trying really hard to do to be relevant, because a lot of people really realize this thing of like, okay, we're just paying lots and lots of money every year to be able to like, have a little listing on their website and put yoga Lyons accredited on our, on our certificates. And I think, I don't know if that's, I don't know, if it's worth what we do. I don't know what why do we do it? I like if we don't think it's worth it.

Alex 34:35

It's interesting, because it's like, you'll go this practices is I don't want to sound cheesy, but I'm going to sound cheesy, it's like for the people. You know, and it's something that we and by the people, right, we're developing it as we go, it evolves with us, but we stay with the traditions, you know, and it's, it's ours and it's yours as an individual. So it's seems interesting to give the power over to somebody else. But this is what we're so used to doing as humans is, you know, giving power over to an organization that gives us a stamp that makes us feel good about ourselves, I guess is the is how it is how it kind of looks. But why do we do it? I don't know. Because when it really comes to being a good yoga teacher, or running a good training, or whatever it is that you'd whatever your services to the industry, it's about, you know, you developing your own personal path and you developing your own skills, and your own voice. And your own style is all about this. It's doesn't just stop with this stamp on a piece of paper. No, it it really doesn't. And it's really more on you. So it's a interesting thing to to give to somebody to put them in the same even level as somebody who has as much experience, you know, as 20 years of experience.

Lisa 36:01

Yeah, absolutely.

Alex 36:03

Why do you think we do it?

Lisa 36:05

And I think I agree with that. I think I agree with what you just said. I mean, I feel like now we need to have a discussion if we should do it the next time. It's time to pay? I guess? I don't know. I don't know. I guess if somebody out there has like, yeah, sorry, gone? No, you know if there's anybody out there who's like, but no, you missed this big, great point with it, then please reach out to us and tell us what so we know. And then we can bring it up again and discuss it. But yeah,

Alex 36:37

I would love to hear it. Because Because we are definitely not the only yoga teachers or yoga, yoga teacher school that feel this way about the yoga Alliance. Yeah. What I wanted to ask, though, is, is there anyone else? Like is there any other accreditation system that is as broad as the yoga Alliance out there?

Lisa 36:56

Not at the moment? I've heard of one that's like up and coming, but I forgotten the name right now. There's one that's like, challenging yoga Alliance a little bit. I forgot. I don't know, we should google this and find out what it is. But there's yoga lines UK and yoga alliance.com or.org or something, which is the US base. So there's two different yoga Alliance is also which a lot of people don't know, they're not even affiliated to each other. So I don't know.

Alex 37:27

Oh, they're not affiliated,

Lisa 37:29

I thought that I don't think I don't think they are no, it's like, you can be with one or you can be with the other. Because I have a couple of trainings with one and a couple of trainings with the other one, which became trouble when I was going to do when I did my 500 hour and I wanted to sort of register when we registered for this school to do the school for Pac, and I had my 500 hour with one. And then I had 200 hour with the other one. And then I had a few 200 hours that weren't yoga Alliance. And then they were like, Well, you know, so, paper to the catch you? Uh huh, exactly. So it didn't really matter. That's how I discovered that I didn't know that. Interesting. Anyway. Um, so we do we've done how many now to in person three in person trainings.

Alex 38:23

Has it been three? It's definitely been at least three. It's 3.

Lisa 38:27

Three in person and two online. Yeah, we're just finishing an online teacher training now. And then this summer, in end of May, if everything goes exactly to plan, hopefully, when this episode is out, we will know that and all the information will be out there. But we are going to do our first 200 our rocket yoga teacher training. And that's very exciting. How do you feel about that? I'm super stoked. It's like,

Alex 38:57

I feel so nice to be doing this vinyasa. And I feel like we fine tune so many things over these five teacher trainings, which feels really good. So I'm excited to kind of take it to a different level with rocket. And it's gonna be super fun.

Lisa 39:14

Yeah, yeah, it'll be super fun. It's something that we we've done here in Prague for a few years, this rocket traded rocket teaching the rocket series and, and, and there's a big community that we build up over here. Lots of rocket people. So hopefully, hopefully, there'll be some more of these teachers out there after our after our training. I can keep spreading the love of the rocket practice, right? Yeah, definitely. Yeah. So yeah, if you're interested in that, we're going to do that in the same in the same manner that we've done the other trainings. It'll be a few days, probably a whole week and tensive outside of Prague. And in addition to that five or six weekends Alex I forgotten now how many

Alex 40:06

That's right, I think it's 5 weekends and seven days out of Prague.

Lisa 40:10

Yeah. So that will be exciting. And then we're also in July. So after that doing an add on so for those of you guys that have gone through a teacher training already, you've done your 200 hour, teacher training in whatever whatever practice, you can come and do an add on to learn how to teach bottle rocket and looking at rocket one series as well. And it'll be 100 hour intensive, and that will be a lot, a lot of fun as well, a lot of practice and, and rocket philosophy and stuff like that. So we're looking forward to both of those. Right?

Alex 40:51

Yeah, yeah.

Lisa 40:54

Yeah. Do you have anything to add?

Alex 40:57

I was thinking like, I'll be doing I can't guys, we're trying to organize this training. Is that one going to be full intensive? Or is that one in Prague, the 100 hour?

Lisa 41:06

Oh, the 100 hour we wanted to do one weekend in Prague, and then a four-week intensive sort of be like a summer retreat to go away. And then we will have exams back in Prague for another weekend. So it'll be it'll be a little bit split, but mostly just very intense together. Day and night. So that'll be really cool. I think. Yeah. Good.

Alex 41:27

We plan that well. Awesome.

Lisa 41:30

Good. Yeah. Great. Is there anything you want to add Alex for teacher trainings?

Alex 41:38

No, I think I think I covered it about Yeah.

Lisa 41:42

Yeah, I think this is such a big topic, though. We can't talk about this like enough. But maybe putting it out there that if there's anybody who has any questions or anything that you feel like, Oh, you didn't talk about this, and I really wonder about that. Could you do another part about this topic or this and that? Then do just please reach out to us and let us know. And we we are open to lots of new topics, right, Alex?

Alex 42:07


Lisa 42:10

Okay, any last words before I turn off?

Alex 42:14

No. Goodbye, guys.

Lisa 42:19

We didn't talk about the weather. Should we talk about the weather? There we go. Yeah. The weather. Right after to lift my blanket up. Okay, I think you could hear my blanket there. Oh, it's gray in Letna, it's gray.

Alex 42:34

Okay, it's also grey here, but it's warm outside so greatly a nice weekend.

Lisa 42:39

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