Why Yoga Teacher Training At VIDA Is For Everybody
By Mekita Rivas, VIDA editor/member
It’s the beginning of a new year, which means it’s the perfect time to think about what you’d like to achieve in the next 12 months. Whether that’s changing careers, traveling more, learning different skills, or simply living your #bestlife, figuring out your priorities for the year ahead is essential for meeting your goals.
At VIDA, we provide limitless opportunities to step outside your comfort zone and take on challenges that will make you happier and healthier. Case in point: Our incredible VIDA Yoga Teacher Training Program. Whether you’ve always wanted to lead a yoga class of your own, or you’re looking to refine your practice, this 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered course is perfect for all yogis regardless of experience level.
A Supportive Community
“It is a time for you to learn in an environment where you’re supported by your peers,” says Chris Parkison, who co-teaches the course and is the group fitness manager at the Yards. “And learning something new and growing together is something that no one can ever take away from you. When you go through that experience, you have that the rest of your life.”
When Natasha Hilton registered for VIDA’s Yoga Teacher Training Program, she was looking to take her practice to the next level.
“No matter what city or chapter of life I’ve found myself in, yoga has proved to be a reliable and compassionate companion,” Natasha shares. “VIDA’s teacher training allowed me to overcome a plateau in my personal practice with hands-on training, a deeper understanding of yoga philosophy, and exposure to some of the industry’s most knowledgeable and well-respected instructors.”
Expert Insight and Training
Chris, who leads the course alongside D.C. yoga expert Julia Romano, says that their job isn’t to change your life — it’s empowering you to do that for yourself.
“You will change your own life during those four months,” Chris says. “We don’t have to do anything. We just put the yoga out there, you take it, and you use it as you want. The idea is that when you put it all out there, you start to see yourself accepted for who you are.”
That’s exactly what Andrea Gilliam took away from her experience in the program.
“I took the yoga teacher training to deepen my practice,” Andrea says. “Julia had led meditation and yoga classes at VIDA while she was pregnant, and she inspired me to keep up yoga throughout my own pregnancy and post-partum. The training helped me become a more centered, more mindful, and more joyful person.”
Andrea even created a neighborhood volunteer yoga program with the other yogis she met during training.
A Greater Sense of Self-Awareness
“It’s a big group that will inspire you to be a better version of yourself,” Chris says. “We’re not about changing your person. We don’t think there’s anything wrong with you to begin with—what we want to do is have you accept yourself for who you are, whatever that is.”
For anyone still deciding if VIDA’s Yoga Teacher Training Program is for them, Chris has some sage advice: Stop questioning, and just do it!
“People always ask me, ‘Am I ready for the training? Is my yoga practice advanced enough?’” Chris says. “If you have the curiosity to find out more about yoga, you’re ready to do the training. That’s as simple as that—there’s no prerequisite other than your curiosity.”
Ready to make 2019 the year of your inner yogi? Register for VIDA’s Yoga Teacher Training Program before the Jan. 12 deadline, and you’ll be on your way to doing just that!