Nadine Simsar teaches Ashram Yoga’s 10:30am open class on Tuesdays. We asked her about becoming a yoga teacher.
Nadine had been practising yoga on and off (mostly off) for about ten years before she decided to do Ashram Yoga’s Level 1 teacher training course in 2008.
She says it changed her life. It opened her eyes and mind and heart to a different way of living – a happier and more settled way. She says she found direction in her life and changed her career completely – doing something that she liked instead of being told what she should do.
Straight after the course she started teaching. Nadine hired some space in community halls in her area and began with a lot of friends and a little bit of advertising. And that got the ball rolling.
Now she has four regular classes – a beginners class on Tuesday night and three open classes, including one at Ashram Yoga. Nadine is now an established, experienced yoga teacher and she says, “I love it!”
As a teacher she sees how much people benefit from yoga. She sees how people change when they start exploring the deeper aspects of yoga – like pranayama (breathing), meditation and Yoga Nidra – even if they have been practicing postures for a long time.
Nadine also says that yoga helped her through her last two pregnancies. It made a big difference during the pregnancies and afterwards as well. Yoga made her much more aware and settled during the pregnancy and definitely helped her at the beginning of labour. Since she was already well-practiced in the physical side of yoga, it was in the psychological/relaxation aspects of yoga that she noticed the biggest difference.
Nadine says Ashram Yoga’s yoga teacher training course was really well done and it gave her a lot of insight into yoga that she had no clue about before.
Nadine says about yoga teacher training, “I definitely highly recommend it to anyone – even if they don’t want to teach. Just doing the course was a really good journey in personal development. The teaching is fantastic and I am grateful for having really good teachers.”
“And I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about yoga and more about themselves. Go Ashram Yoga!”