200-hours Yoga Teacher Training Certificate Course (6 Dec 2013 - 8 Mar 2014) - [ 06th December 2013 ~ 08th March 2014]

Student Feedback

Hear what our past and present students have to say about our Teacher Training Programmes.

I have been practicing yoga for several years and had always felt that I needed to know more and deepen my knowledge of it. Yoga has been a constant in my life and it has always left me with a feeling of calmness and wellbeing and I am very glad I finally took the decision to take the teacher training course at Anahata Yoga. I learned a lot about yoga, but also about myself, my inner strengths and limitations – physical, mental and spiritual. Not only are the teachers very knowledgeable and experienced, but the philosophy of the course is very much focused on yoga as a gift that can be shared with others who need it or want to practice it, regardless of their financial means. This vision of yoga was also one of the reasons that made me chose the course at Anahata Yoga. Hopefully I will be able to give back what I received at the Yoga Andiappan Community voluntary teaching activities.
Student ID : 2014002432
Batch Code : 2013/12/200/PT/YTTCC/HK/1


YTT at Anahata had inspired me to embark on a journey of holistic self discovery. I came into the course with an intention of learning to become a yoga instructor, whom I thought would work as an alternative fitness instructor. Along the way I discovered the essence of practicing yoga is not the ability to perfect asanas, or having incredible flexibility. The yoga knowledge I possessed prior to the course was superficial, and I was unaware that my shallow understanding of yoga actually hindered the progress of my personal practice. Learning about The Eight Limbs of Yoga was my biggest gain from the course. It really became my guideline in yoga practice, and more importantly my guideline for life in general. I learnt to be humble, non-judgemental, letting go of attachments, and most importantly, to surrender my ego. When I understood how to apply some of the theories and principles to my life, my perspectives changed and my yoga practice advanced tremendously too, on and off the mat. The past few months had been a transformative experience for me, I truly felt like a different person at the end of the course. Yoga is not just a physical exercise on the mat, it is a life long spiritual and holistic practice. Because of the Andiappan tradition, the course taught us to take therapeutic approaches to teaching, assisting and designing the sequence. It was an eye opener for me to learn so many different ways to work with props and partners. The teachers had all been extremely professional and helpful, and they had set themselves as great yogic role models for us to learn from, and to respect. I was glad the course did not empahsise on a particular lineage, instead it stayed true and traditional to the core of Yoga. It allowed us to understand and embrace all lineages and styles, so we could be open minded in the world of yoga. Inspired by all the teachers at Anahata, I am now determined and excited to become a teacher who can teach students the holistic benefits of yoga, which is not only limited to asana practice, but as well as pranayama, meditation and karma yoga. I would like more people in this world to learn about the positive impact of yoga on all aspects of our life. Lastly I would like to make a couple of suggestions 1. Practical exercises and exams in class at the end of each module, this would encourage students to digest and thoroughly revise the material content before moving onto the new chapter. It would also help to strengthen the understanding, especially the technical terms. 2. More in class practice of yoga instructing, and sequence designng. Thank you very much!
Student ID : 2014002424
Batch Code : 2013/12/200/PT/YTTCC/HK/1


I thoroughly enjoyed the Yoga Teacher Training Course offered by Anahata Yoga. The course was well-structured, in that it allowed me to learn a variety of topics and provided me with an enhanced and deeper understanding of yoga and the practice itself. I enjoyed the theory and practical aspects of the course, and found that the range of skills and information that we were taught gave me a better understanding of my very own practice, and how I can help others move through their practice in the future. I thank Master Yogananth, Vishnu, Yogesh and Anurag in their teachings, patience and time.
Student ID : 2014002550
Batch Code : 2013/12/200/PT/YTTCC/HK/1


I was having great experiences to learn different modifications of asana and learn about human body in the class. If the modifications can be also shown in the handout that will be great. Also, let us know ahead exact class schedule. But overall all students were having great moments to help out with each others.
Student ID : 2014002590
Batch Code : 2013/12/200/PT/YTTCC/HK/1


In the past, I enjoyed Yoga as an activity to train my physical body and had many misunderstandings in its history, philosophy and practices. By attending this course, I have gained preliminary knowledge of Yoga and this is just a beginning in terms of learning to take good care and be aware of my own body, emotions and spirituality. Through every practice, transformation is happening within and Yoga has definitely become an important part of my life journey. The open-mindedness is what I like most in this TTC course conducted by Anahata Centre. Nowadays Yoga has evolved so much and the approach here is to incorporate modern views into Yoga tradition. It has the origin as well as the newness in Yoga teaching.
Student ID : 2014002102
Batch Code : 2013/12/200/PT/YTTCC/HK/1


The training is a very memorable experience to me. On the theoretical level, I am equipped with a more systematic learning and look into the yoga anatomy, yoga theories and practice. On the practical level, I can feel the improvement of postures through a more devoted practice. I am so proud to be the students of this group of wonderful teachers. But this course also reminds me that to be a qualified yoga teacher is far more than this. What I need to do is to continue my learning and practice. My feedback on the course is as follows.  I thoroughly enjoyed the course,  I thought the syllabus covered a wide range of subjects and the standard of the teaching was excellent.  My only comment would be that I felt the class size was too large,  I felt the asana classes in particular would have been more productive with a smaller group.  I also feel in a smaller group students would have had more of an opportunity to ask questions and get clarification on things they did not understand which I did not feel was always possible given the number of people in the group.  Other than that it was a fantastic experience and I wouldnot hesitate to recommend the course to others.
Student ID : 2014002417
Batch Code : 2013/12/200/PT/YTTCC/HK/1


I feel great during the entire program. The program provide me more understanding on yoga in different aspects, for instance, yogas history, approach on the asanas, different types of yoga and its practices, etc. The course is interesting and inspiring. The Masters are nice and patient in teaching us. All in all, I am happy and feel satisfaction in joining this program.
Student ID : 2014002421
Batch Code : 2013/12/200/PT/YTTCC/HK/1


I was learnt the yoga practice around two and half year, in this period I practice many difference kind of Asana and that is really interesting me to know more about Yoga, so, I decided to looking for some course to study more, however, being my work with sometime out of town ! Luckily thru my friend to introduced me Anahata Yoga, they have a flexibility schedule which are totally let me to feel comfortable and I choose to study the Yoga Teacher Training Course, during this period I can learn a lot of things as well as the Anatomy, Asana, History, Pranayama, Kriya and many many benefit of Yoga etc., and all of the Master so kind and teaching very well ! It is the worth and really happy to study there. Thank you so much to all Master and Anahata ! Namaste !
Student ID : 2014002438
Batch Code : 2013/12/200/PT/YTTCC/HK/1


The 200hrs Yoga Teacher Training at Anahata Yoga is the most authentic yoga experience ive had so far. I moved to Hong Kong from New York 8 months ago. As a long distance runner, I started taking yoga classes couple years ago in New York to improve my flexibility and my breathing in order to perform better during a race. Having arrived in Hong Kong, I found out that running long distance outside was not pleasant due to the bad air quality. My first goal was to find the right yoga studio in Hong Kong that would fit my needs, which included: practicing authentic yoga with masters form India. When I stepped in Anahata Yoga, I knew then that I wanted to take my passion fo yoga into a deeper level and registered for the 200 hrs Yoga Teacher Training. I truly enjoyed every aspect of this training: The theory, the practice, the masters, the staff and the wonderful group of people that I got to know and practice with. During and after this training, my experience of yoga took another dimension. I self-practice everyday, which is really empowering to understand what muscles and part of the body I should work on in order to progress in other postures. I acknowledge that my body has its own limitations. As a runner, I understand my hip rotation limitations and its relation to my previous knee injury. I learned, that in order to progress without frustrations, variations of postures bring the same benefit. I also experienced the wonderful feeling of practicing asanas from inside out in combination with breathing techniques. Learning to engage just the right amount of energy in certain poses has completely changed the way I practice yoga now. Thanks to the support of my loving husband and my two children, yoga became a family experience. Being members at Ananha Yoga, my 16-year-old daughter Kenza and my 13-year-old son Elias enjoy practicing with Master Yogesh. They already feel the benefits of their practice in their everyday school life. My daughter who was suffering from back pain for many months nearly year, doesnot complain anymore. The back care classes helped her tremendously. Thank you Master Yogananth, Master Yogesh, Master Vishnu and Master Anurag! My yoga journey continues now with the Advanced Hatha Yoga teacher Training.
Student ID : 2014002423
Batch Code : 2013/12/200/PT/YTTCC/HK/1


I must say that this Teacher Training course not only provides me with all the teaching skills but also inculcates in me the confidence needed to lead a class. The various instructors have imparted all relevant knowledge that has helped me to know how to structure and create a cohesive, well-rounded class to teach Hatha yoga to people from all walks of life. Relevant knowledge It is impressive to learn from Master Vishnu about the anatomy and physiology of the human body. He is so knowledgeable in this area that he can tell you in details all the muscles, joints and nerves of our body without looking at the text. This module helps me to be more aware of the structure and functions of my body while practicing various types of asanas. Learning yoga origin, history and philosophy form Master Anurag is exceptional. I gain insight into my own habitual behaviors and lean the skills needed for transformation so that I can truly enjoy life as a regular yoga practitioner. Time seems to pass by very quickly when I learn how to teach various asanas from Master Yogananth. It is so interesting to know that anyone can start practicing yoga and gains a better health by following the explicit steps taught in each asana with all the modifications ingeniously created to help a beginner to be able to perform a posture over time. The next fun class is the humorous Master Yogesh who gave detailed explanations on the practice of Pranayama and Kriya. I have gained a greater understanding of the different types of pranayama and kriya and their effects on my body. Gaining a confidence to teach This course provides all the necessary skills needed to help me feel confident in my ability to teach safely and effectively. Throughout the training, I was often reminded about the approach to teach yoga to cater to the needs of the students. I learned about sequencing and the process of aligning poses in a way to evolve into progressively deeper posed smoothly over time. I also learn about contraindications and precautions in each asana. The most important thing is the knowledge that I gained from the therapeutic benefits of each asana to help one maintain a healthy life-style by practicing yoga.
Student ID : 2014002426
Batch Code : 2013/12/200/PT/YTTCC/HK/1


I joined the 200-hr Teacher Training course with only 4 months of yoga practice and a mind that is very will to learn. In the beginning, I really just wanted to learn how to do asanas properly; I did not join the course with a goal of becoming a teacher. The training was an in-depth study of the yoga anatomy, the traditional and modern types of yoga, the different yogic concepts, pranayama, and asanas. We experienced an amazing guided yoga nidra (yoga sleep), understood the different breathing techniques, practiced asanas in a very different light (compared with how it is done in other commercial studios), and practiced four different types of kriyas/cleansing techniques (yes, it will chock you to your core but it was a great experience nonetheless). And yes, we experienced creating a sequence of asanas and finally taught a class! Aside from the Yoga Masters being qualified, they are also very humble and encouraging. They would take the time to talk with us and respond to our questions and uncertainties (which for me is normal part of the yoga journey). Of course, it was a great honor to learn from the best yoga masters in town and call Master Yogananth my Guru. The moral support from our Yoga Masters and classmates really made a difference in the way I practiced and learned yoga during the course. Aside from what I learned from the course, I have formed great bonds with classmates who I now consider to be good friends. With this course, I can say that I have acquired two of the most important traits of a Hatha Yogi – humility and self-acceptance. Yoga is not just about bending and twisting your body into different postures – it is more about the way you experience and continue living life that is true to the yogic ideals. It was a unique experience for me and in the course of I training, I realized that I do want to teach yoga and share it with as many people as possible. Namaste.
Student ID : 2014002242
Batch Code : 2013/12/200/PT/YTTCC/HK/1


I found the Anahata Teacher Training very comprehensive and well-rounded. I liked the structure of the raining in that we were taught not only about asanas, but also about Kriyas, pranayama, chakras, anatomy and meditation. It was a very well-rounded course, which deepened my understanding of yoga, and gave me a very solid foundation to deepen my own practice and take on teaching students. I gained a huge amount of knowledge, and understood the appropriate modifications and variations, contraindications and therapeutic benefits of a number of asanas. The course was very practical, and I liked the fact that we were able to practice Kriyas, which we normally would not be able to do in other courses. The anatomy module was very useful and thorough and gave me a better understanding on how the asanas should be correctly practiced. All of the masters were extremely knowledgeable and approachable to answer any questions. I would highly recommend the course to any on wishing to deepen their own practice, or teach.
Student ID : 2014002429
Batch Code : 2013/12/200/PT/YTTCC/HK/1


Completing the 200 hours Yoga teaching training was a passion and I have finally made my first move towards to a whole new world. It is not just a 3 months part time study, it is something I will take with me for my entire life. All the teacher were extremely helpful. Impressed by the details, and their amazing background. After this course, I will not only do yoga, but knows 1) physically, what exactly how to do each asana and why doing them for, 2) mentally, it calms me down, helps with the stress of life, and eventually I connected my mind and my body through yoga. Thanks you so much for being in this part of my life, Anahata yoga.
Student ID : 100007405
Batch Code : 2013/12/200/PT/YTTCC/HK/1


Here I want to give some feedbacks and share my experience about 200 hours Teacher Training Course. For the modules of “Yoga Anatomy Theory” and “Yoga History and Philosophy” are the most difficult for me. its because I have practiced yoga for several years in other yoga centres. My understanding of yoga, its just a kind of physical exercise only. I now know that my understanding is so superficial.      Yoga is a kind mental practicing / behavioral control rather than physical practice.  Be a good yogi or yoga teacher, I have to practice yoga for my mental / physical system, I have to know the function of the body parts, what they do and how they do, as well as the structure of body parts. After I joined the Teacher Training Course in Anahata, I have leant a lot of different knowledge for yoga, such as, its theory of history, physiology, anatomy, asana practices, pranayama, Mudra, Bandha etc….. Be a sitter on the Teacher Training Course, I’m transforming myself everyday! I do appreciate to Masters Yogananth, Vishnu, Anurag and Yogesh that they taught me a lot of knowledge about yoga, its useful for my whole life. Although 200 hours Teacher Training Course has to be finished within 3.5 months, it seems very short, I did spend much time in Anahata and studied everything so hard.  For instance, we sat still on the floor for few hours class so that my whole body was very tired, but masters were teaching us with a lively and funny minded, so I had a lot of great time in the classroom and made new friends in the class. When I finished the course, Anahata gives us voluntary training base of a yoga teacher trial model at the community campaigns, hospitals or charity centres. I appreciate these are good chances for me teaching yoga for what I have learnt, it benefits to everyone involved. Recently, be a volunteer of Anahata Andiappan Community, I’m so proud to join this community and feel peaceful with the charity events. Here, thanks a lot for our some great masters/teachers: Master Yogananth Andiappan Master Vishnu Master Anurag Master Yogesh
Student ID : 2014002101
Batch Code : 2013/12/200/PT/YTTCC/HK/1


Completing the 200 hours Yoga teaching training was a passion and I have finally made my first move towards to a whole new world. It is not just a 3 months part time study, it is something I will take with me for my entire life. All the teacher were extremely helpful. Impressed by the details, and their amazing background. After this course, I will not only do yoga, but knows 1) physically, what exactly how to do each asana and why doing them for, 2) mentally, it calms me down, helps with the stress of life, and eventually I connected my mind and my body through yoga. Thanks you so much for being in this part of my life, Anahata yoga.
Student ID : 2014002441
Batch Code : 2013/12/200/PT/YTTCC/HK/1