“Thanks to the pandemic, I chose to pursue the first virtual yoga teacher training offered by AYC. Initially, I was supposed to attend live teacher training is April, but COVID changed that. I live in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, and we often have power issues, so I was a bit nervous. However, I had ten years of experience teaching graduate virtual education courses for Old Dominion University, and I decided to jump into virtual training for yoga. I am older, 63, and not as flexible as younger people. I found the instructors, all of them, to be extremely compassionate, encouraging, and supportive. I also was delighted to discover such a supportive tech staff at AYC. On the few times when I did lose power, I was back within ten minutes using my data on my iPhone or iPad, and my classmates informed my instructors what was happening. My classmates, all much younger than I, were amazingly loving, helpful, and supportive. We cried, we laughed, and cheered for each other, and we continue to support each other. The most challenging aspect of virtual training involved learning to balance home life with training. It required intense focus on reading, practicing, and retaining material. However, we helped each other, and we all graduated. It was a phenomenal, life altering journey for me, and I am now teaching private yoga classes here on my tiny island. I absolutely intend to continue my training with AYC for my 300 hour certification. My mentor told me years ago that the only place she respected for yoga teacher training was AYC. I blew her off initially, but now I honestly embrace what she declared! I learned so much about myself, life, peacefulness, yoga, nutrition, mindfulness, anatomy, physiology, and meditation from this fabulous and intense experience.”
– Denise T.