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Maddy Lewis

Maddy Lewis

I graduated the 200 hour Dayton Method Teacher Training Program in 2009. I decided to chose the 200 hour Dayton Method Teacher Training Program because I was working in LA and before I returned home to London I wanted to challenge myself. I read up about the Dayton method and it fitted into the dates I had available. I met Jason and loved his studio and signed up. I had the best time during teacher training. I bonded with an amazing group of people. I learned so much about the history of hatha yoga, the spiritual journey, influences of Bikram yoga and Jason’s story and vision for the Dayton Method. The focus and concentration needed to get through class came in waves. I felt I was observing myself from my minds eye from time to time. Some days I was on form, others an emotional wreck; I crashed early on in the training. After that, I was ready to move forward with it. Physically I did lose weight and felt much happier and confident in myself. Mentally I was more driven, especially with my exercise routine. Emotionally I was much more stable after the process. I released a lot during the training. My fears were not being able to keep up. Sometimes I find it hard to complete tasks. I take a while getting to the finish line. Although, I do have a lot of determination and so, I did complete the training. The fear was failing in doing that and I did overcome it with the amazing team that was surrounding me there. I think a smaller group is the best way to go. It’s one of the best things about the training with Jason. You get more one to one guidance and loved that about the time spent doing it.

The more I reflect the more I miss the studio and the process. Bigger insight into the ‘benefits of the postures’ – that was my favorite line. Also that yoga is also about focus and clearing thoughts and being set on doing the postures to your best ability. It helped me in understanding the body and understanding my own limitations and how the body can adapt in time. This helped me with my amazing dialogue led performances. Dayton Method Teacher Training Program helped me realize that I can do it, that I can achieve anything if I put my mind to it. I don’t teach yoga currently. I feel that I would like to do the course again to be entirely ready to teach it. I’m over half way and do have a vision to do that in the future. Teaching Hot Yoga is like driving a manual car backwards in London. So, I can drive a manual in London, the backwards part I’m working on! I would absolutely recommend the 200 hour Dayton Method Teacher Training Program.