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Vivian Nguyen

Vivian Nguyen

I graduated from the 200 hour Dayton Method Teacher Training Program in August, 2009. I decided to choose the 200 hour Dayton Method Teacher Training Program because I had been practicing hot yoga at both a Bikram studio and Jason’s studio for about a year and preferred the Dayton Method. I really believe in this yoga, that it can be healing and challenging at the same time. I also felt more of a connection to the studio and the people, who taught there, which I think is important. During the 200 hour Dayton Method Teacher Training Program I had ups and downs. My emotions were based on whether my body was aching a lot or a little, and if I could repeat the dialogue for that specific posture well enough. I entered teacher training without any expectations on purpose because I wanted to keep an open mind. I was nervous about the dialogue.

I am very uncomfortable speaking in front of large groups, English is not my first language so I tend to stutter and mispronounce certain words which I’m a little self-conscious about. Having to teach classes over and over again has been the best thing to overcome my fear/dislike of public speaking. The girls that were in my training, I feel will be my friends forever because we all shared something that was quite unique and we all added something different to the group. Because of the intimacy of the training it forced us all to grow closer and open up more. Any issues or fear we had, it was all out on the table and we all helped each other to work through it. Jason could focus on where each person needed help and he was able to work with us individually to overcome whatever obstacles. The philosophy I really enjoyed, it gave me a taste of the broader picture. The posture clinics really push you to your potential in every posture, there’s no being lazy when you’re in the middle of a circle and everyone is starring at you. My life would definitely be different had I not done teacher training.

I’ve found something that I really LOVE to do, which is sharing yoga with other people. What I love about this training is that you are PREPARED to teach a class the day you graduate. The training is so structured, you’re not just given a book and told to study on your own, you practice exactly what you need to know to teach a class. I would definitely recommend the Dayton Method Teacher Training! I have done 2 teacher trainings and I recommend this one by far. The most important thing to do after teacher training is to practice what you’ve learned and start teaching right away. Many studios offer teacher training and then send you off to look for teaching jobs somewhere else. This is fine, but 200 hours of training is still not enough to become a great teacher. It takes teaching experience and someone who can grow and mentor you. I still struggle as a teacher but am learning more and more everyday!