We love to highlight what our program participants are up to so that you can follow their journey as a yoga teacher and see how many different ways there are to share yoga. We are grateful to be a part of these journeys and completely inspired!
Jen Mons, RYT 200 from the US
Jen is the founder of Healthy Beach Girland is devoted to the empowerment of women to live a well balanced life. After her yoga teacher training in Oct 2015, she now helps women to consciously nourish mind, body and spirit by adding yoga, mindfulness ,mediation and nutrition to both her private and group sessions.
Jen loves to teach a vinyasa and mindful bliss flow class while incorporating positive messages and themes throughout class. She also hosts a community beach yoga class with donations to support various community services in the community she lives in. Her yoga teacher training gave her the essential gift to support her foundational belief that health and happiness encompasses a healthy lifestyle through balancing the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual bodies which share shares with women everywhere!
Jen offers online courses in nutrition. Check out what she is up to:
Alex Arenz from Germany
course participant May 2015
I struggled a lot with the question whether I am ready to teach. You know these voices in my head “I don’t have enough experience” bla bla bla.” However I came to the conclusion “Yes, I am. And I am a good teacher”. I see teaching as sharing, sharing the experience I have, sharing what makes me feel good, what helped me getting to know my body and me soul better. I know I don’t know everything, and I respect that. Well anyways, I really have this deep desire to share the yoga and to empower others. I want them to get to know themselves and their bodies better and to feel good. It makes me endlessly happy to look into the glowing, smiling, relaxed faces after Savasana. When my students tell me how much better, calmer, less angry and more energized they feel after class, my heart feels full.
Ok, so after the training it took me about a month to start teaching. I’m not a fan of bureaucracy and I like to do things simple. So I decided to find a location and start my own classes. I told my friends, I posted on facebook, my friends told their friends…. Honestly, not that many people came, but I’m fine with that. Right now I teach a Beginner’s class on Wednesday and a Vinyasa class on Thursday. Sometimes people ask me to teach extra classes or a bigger group for a special occasion. I’m happy for all opportunities and challenges.
My life is not very stable and I’m traveling and moving a lot. I’m teaching, when I’m in Germany. This year for 3 months so far. I’m in a small town called Wuerzburg and I’m lucky to have my own shala in an empty house my family owns. And I teach friends every once in a while when I’m elsewhere. I’m getting more confident and I trust that more and more opportunities will come up. I’m constantly exploring movement, the body, the soul, meditation practices…. It fascinates me. For me life’s about learning, and that I do every day.
course participant May 2015
Hanna is studying psychology in Sweden and teaches yoga to the university students when she is at home. She is currently on summer break and teaching yoga twice a day at the Sunshine Stories surf and yoga retreat in Sri Lank. 😀 Check it out if you interested: www.sunshinestories.com
‘Life is good’ pose is one of my favorites and every time I do it it makes me think of all you guys and our amazing days in nica!! I miss you often!
Hayley McLaughlin from Scotland
course participant October 2015
There aren’t many yoga studios in rural Scotland, so it wasn’t until I moved to University that I tried yoga at all. During five years of study I built up a strong practice and then I moved back home to nothing. After a couple of months all I could rustle up were a few perfunctory sun salutations on a dusty mat in the back corner of the gym where I was working.
The idea of doing my yoga teacher training, for me, was really only so that I could learn how to sequence moves together and stop my own practice from growing stale. However, the small town rumor mill cranked into operation and before I knew it people were inquiring at the gym about when my classes were starting, what they should wear and where they could buy a mat from. Very quickly I had to start thinking about myself as someone who was going to be teaching yoga!
Since I’ve come home from Nicaragua opportunities to teach have been plentiful. I teach four classes at my local gym alongside specialist classes for people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia and for Young Persons Services. My classes have been met with such a warm response that now I’m ready to start my own business. Springtime is always refreshing in Scotland, it’s a time when everyone is looking to be brought back to life after the miseries of winter; as such it’s the perfect time for me to be buzzing around handing out leaflets and free tickets for yoga taster sessions.
When I finished University I wasn’t really sure what my next step should be – and my own yoga business was something I’d never even considered! However, thanks to Kimberly and my wonderful experience at Coco Loco, I am delighted to be continuing on learning about yoga and to keep sharing its many benefits with others.