The inside story on the Golden Flow teacher training experience
When you’re contemplating which Yoga Teacher Training is right for you, one of the best resources can be speaking to someone who has already done that training. Of course, it can be hard to track down former trainees, so we’ve done that hard work for you.
Golden Flow Yoga is based on Golden Bay, at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s facilitated by Aeven Kelly, an advocate for teaching people, not asana.
We spoke to three women – Breanna, Rachael and Amy – who made the decision to do their 200Hr Yoga Teacher Training with Golden Flow Yoga last year.
Why did you sign up for Golden Flow Yoga Teacher Training? What made this training stand out?
Amy: I signed up as a means of learning more about a hobby I had. I wanted to learn more about the philosophy and correct yoga techniques, however I struggled to find the time in everyday life. The course gave me an opportunity to immerse myself. I’ve lived in Golden Bay for a year now, so I knew what a special place it was and that it attracts beautiful people. I had a great feeling about who my fellow trainees would be, and I knew how great the teachers from the area are!
Breanna: I have been attending Aeven’s yoga classes for a few years and have always really respected and admired her as a teacher and a friend. When the chance arose to attend this training I jumped at the opportunity, trusting that her experience and passion for yoga would make this course well worth the time and effort to attend – and I was right.
Rachael: I wanted to learn more about yoga and to teach yoga, as well as an income source. I thought the training looked affordable, manageable and fun.
What was it like turning up for training?
Amy: It was really exciting. When I first arrived I was nervous about setting everything up, but once I met all of the other girls I knew I would be in for something special.
Breanna: Arriving on site was lovely. With the warm sunny Golden Bay climate and the peaceful accommodation, arriving felt like stepping into a dream! I felt really welcomed and supported in arriving to the space – meeting my fellow yogis was lovely and a sense of ‘community’ was natural. The opening ceremony initiated a sense of sacredness and acceptance which I felt was an amazing addition to our experience.
Rachael: Challenging, a great commitment and a lot of fun.
What was it like being on the training?
Amy: The training was interesting for me. I learned so so much about myself as a person. I didn’t expect this of the course, but it opened my eyes up to so many things
Breanna: The training was entirely amazing in so many ways. I loved living on-site for the two weeks of training, building up a real sense of sisterhood with the other attendees, and feeling the good intention and energy all throughout the course. Each day was something new and different, which kept my mind and attention span fresh and invigorated. Immersing myself in the yogic world was a great.
Learning all different styles and modalities of yoga, we were provided with so much stimulation, information and practical training, gaining skill and experience and growing in a holistic sense. Leaning about yoga in a holistic way was excellent – we were supported not just with asana practise but also spiritually, emotionally and mentally, which made for a really well-rounded, balanced and enriching experience.
Rachael: It was wonderful, inspiring and great fun too.
What was the most unexpected part of the training?
Amy: Meeting the most down to earth, beautiful people I’ve ever met.
Breanna: The laughter, community, and making friends that I can see lasting a lifetime. Also the depth of personal deep inner reflection which took place while on the training. I was prepared for some of this, but I was really surprised by the raw depth of the psychological and emotional shifts which I experienced on the course. It was life-changingly wonderful, and I am deeply grateful for this. The space for such personal reflections and realisations was held really well and I felt safe, nurtured and respected in every moment.
Rachael: The different styles of yoga we are learning and embracing.
How did you feel leaving training? Did you feel ready to teach?
Amy: I felt sad that I had to say goodbye and go back into society after being in a lovely bubble. I didn’t feel ready to teach, however I felt filled with knowledge and bubbling, so I knew that after a bit of practice I could get into the flow of it.
Breanna: I felt totally ready for teaching, yeah! I felt like a changed woman at the end of the training: my mind clear, my body detoxed, and my spirit joyous and ready for action!! I have gone straight into teaching since leaving the class. I feel my skills are strong, and will continue to get better with time, experience and nurturing.
Rachael: I felt wonderful and inspired. I am now organising a space to teach from, and I’m asking people to join me from next week. This is a fantastic challenge and inspiring too.
Finally, what would you say to anyone considering Golden Flow Teacher Training?
Amy: Just go for it! You can’t be hesitant. I had my doubts before the course but these all vanished as soon as I got there. It’s an amazing experience, and even if you don’t want to teach you learn so much, and meet incredible people who inspire you and your journey.
Breanna: I’d say go for it! If you’ve been drawn to considering this then you should listen to your intuition, trust your gut and take the plunge!! Once you’re there you’ll be so glad you allowed yourself the chance to learn and expand your horizons. Definitely recommend it to anyone!
Rachael: Go for it. It is a wonderful opportunity and experience. It is a worthwhile investment too.