I remember the day I decided to do my yoga teacher training with the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY). I was rolling up my mat at the end of the practice and my wonderful teacher Mikki Marks asked me if I felt ready to teach. I had been practicing with Mikki for several years, and greatly admired her. She had been a long-time member of the British Wheel of Yoga and was highly respected in the organization.
My first response was to say, no, I didn’t feel ready. Even though I had been a practitioner of yoga from my late teens, it had never occurred to me to teach. I didn’t see myself as a teacher, but the thought of immersing myself in the ancient texts, studying the philosophy and delving into the repertoire of postures was very appealing. After Mikki shared more of the syllabus with me and explained that she would be one of the teachers on the 3-year diploma Course, I agreed. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. My yoga practice and journey with yoga has given me extraordinary resources, and led me to a wonderful life of science and inquiry, enabling me to bridge the gap between yoga and sport.
Taking a Virtual Leap
The process of becoming a Yoga teacher twenty years ago is very different to today. Online yoga training wasn’t an option and the 200 hour yoga teacher training model wasn’t as prevalent as it is today. (Back in 2008, the biggest challenge I faced when I first started developing the Yoga Sports Science® syllabus online, was that it had never been done before. No-one had taken the ancient practice of yoga and translated it into digital content to become an online source for professional training).
I set out to create a dynamic online environment that would enable students to feel deeply connected to their studies and to their tutors whil