How studying Yoga helped me through 2020

How studying Yoga helped me through 2020

Posted by Katie Brown, 06-Nov-2020

When Mum-of-three, Bec Abbott enrolled on the IYTA Diploma of Yoga teaching at the start of the year she had no idea how much of a lifeline it would be…

By Katie Brown

This ground-breaking course has a panel of 22 expert lecturers delivering information and practical sessions on asanas, philosophy, meditation, anatomy and so much more.

More than 3000 teachers have graduated from this – arguably the longest running yoga teacher training course in Australia.

While dozens of yoga teaching courses have been postponed or even cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, the IYTA team worked hard to ensure the Diploma course continued – providing students with online live and face-to-face lectures whenever required.

Bec Abbott, aged 45, is one of the current intake of students and is delighted the course was able to continue.

She says: “I feel so well supported. The IYTA is doing everything within its means not only to help us pass but to ensure our experience of the course is just as enriching despite the restrictions and making sure we all continue to genuinely enjoy the course.”

The course has been delivered by a mix of online, live Zoom classes and face-to-face lectures – with live streaming for students in remote areas or who are not able to attend the study weekends.

Bec of Hornsby, NSW, says that even when she has attended online she has still found a deep sense of community and support from students and lecturers alike.

And the mum-of-three, who also works as a part-time journalist has found the practices she has learnt this year have helped her personally. She says: “My meditation and breathing practices have become a lifeline. They have sustained me and helped me focus on feeling positive and calm. I feel much more peaceful than I think I would have if I hadn’t been doing the course this year!”

Not only has the course supported her personally but she feels that at the end of this year she will have a valuable qualification as an internationally-recognised yoga teacher.

She adds: “It’s been a real rollercoaster ride this year – we’ve had lots of niggling sicknesses – my family has had a total of six Covid 19 tests so far this year! They’ve all been negative but it’s been challenging. We’ve dealt with homeschooling our three girls (aged 11, 12 and 15) while both my husband and I have worked from home.

“Another thing I’ve learnt from the course is how to respond and react to challenging situations. I have been able to give single focus to each problem as it crops up rather than feeling overwhelmed. And with that single focus I have been able to give undivided attention to my children as they have gone through these issues.”

Bec adds: “I am just so glad that I decided to take the time to do a course that would be so comprehensive. This was really important to me as I want to provide safe and effective teaching for people at all ages and stages of life.

“My husband works as a chiropractor specialising in rehabilitation, so I’m very aware of how beneficial strengthening and stretching can be, but also how important it is to do it in a safe, controlled manner.”

Bec adds if you want to become a yoga instructor who can simply demonstrate a few asanas, then you could find a short teacher training course elsewhere. However, if you want to be a yoga teacher who can safely guide their students through all the physical and emotional – and potentially even spiritual – benefits that yoga can provide, then the IYTA course is definitely the one for you.

She says: “It will not only enable you to greatly enrich the lives of your students, but it will also greatly enrich your own.”

The IYTA’s Diploma of Yoga course is 460 hours which includes 10 study weekends + six-day residential

The International Yoga Teachers Association is non-profit and does not have a guru, or owner. It embraces many traditions acknowledging that ‘many paths lead us up the mountain’. This inclusive approach creates a solid and stable foundation for student teachers to develop their own style of expression and teaching of yoga.

The IYTA also offer a 70-hour Foundation of Yoga course (an introduction to the full course). If you decide to do this and then wish to enrol in the full Diploma course, the course fee and all your completed assignments are counted towards the full course.

Graduates of this course are respected and acknowledged as some of the best yoga teachers around the world.

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