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Selamawit Berhane
Selamawit Berhane
I've been practising at the Sivananda Yoga regularly since March 2009. I have not only attended the daily open aclasses, but also participated in the advanced asana classes and special courses and workshops which are held in the centre from time to time. These included an advanced asana course called Yoga 3 with Arun Pandala, Director, and special advanced intensives with Swami Govindananda, a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, the founder of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. I have also participated in the special course in Prnayama and special Surya Namaskar classes held at the Centre. Further, to pursue my interest in Yoga, committment to practice and sincerity as a student and teacher, I have also taught Yoga. I have given single and group lessons since July 2010. I have accumulated over 500 hours of teaching practice. I have also taught Yoga at the British School, New Delhi for children in the age-group 8-12 years.
Maria Jose Ramos
Maria Jose Ramos
I started my Yoga practice in India where I ave been living since 2007. I practiced for one semester in Artistic Yog (Vasant Vihar studio), then I practiced with Mr. Anuj for 2 years and with Seema Sondhi from the Yoga Studio. Whenever I travel in India or abroad, I go for drop-in classes, in Rishikesh, Pushkar, Goa, Thailand,etc.
Anne de-Wahl Granelli
Anne de-Wahl Granelli
I started practising Yoga the very first week I moved to India in January 2010. After one year with a private Yoga teacher, I joined the Seema Sondhi Yoga Studio where I still take classes. I became a Yoga Siromani/ Teacher of Yoga on 16th November, 2011. I opened the Swedish Yoga Studio in New Delhi together with my friend Anna Sundelius on 17th November, 2011.
Ayelet Levy
Ayelet Levy
10 years of Yoga study and practice in Israel. Teacher's Training Course, Seema Sondhi - The Yoga Studio, New Delhi Oct/Nov 2011.One-and-a-half years of Yoga practice at the Yoga Studio
Ellen Brenoe
Ellen Brenoe
During my Muay Thai self-defense & fitness training in the Philipines. I was reintroduced to Yoga in August 2011. I started classes with The Yoga Studio and joined Seema Sondhi's Teachers Training in Oct/Nov of this year. I have tried many forms of exercise, including long distance running, yoga gives me the challenge both physically as well as mentally.
Jae-Ho (Jeremy) Roh
Jae-Ho (Jeremy) Roh
I did my training with Seema Sondhi. I had learnt Yoga from my wife and ever since then, I am addicted to this wonderful art form. I still have a long way to go and have to expand and continue my training. I have only been practicing since the last one year.
Karin Schimdt
Karin Schimdt
My first Yoga experience was made in 2006. Out of the blue, I met my Guru from whom I learnt first of all Pranayma and the benefit of it. He taught me later on about the benefit of Asanas. During this time, I started reading books about Yoga, Chakras and self-healing. I understood more about the complex body system and how Yoga postures in connection with breathing and calming mind effects positively on our system. After returning to Switzerland, I started practising Ashtanga Vinyasa twice a week. Since I took up Yoga, I feel a positive life change. My health issues became less, getting less sick and finally my immune system is building up. Not to forget that my mental state has improved since the date of starting Yoga. I did lots of home studying, practising and went regularly to the Yoga studio. In 2009, I got my new assignment in Delhi. From the beginning in Seema's Yoga Studio, I felt homely and the perfect place to practice Ashtanga Vinyasa. In Feb 2011, I did the 1-week Vinyasa Flow Workshop in Goa taught by a Swiss Yoga teacher, Claudia Eva Reinig. In this workshop, I learnt more about kriyas, agni and chanting mantras. In June 2011, I did a short Yoga retreat in Rishikesh taught by Seema Sondhi. More and more I got into this wonderful and fascinating field so that I decided to do the Yoga Teacher Workshop in Oct/Nov 2011 here in India, since India has established Yoga and is well-knownb for spreading the light of Yoga worldwide. During these intensive 5 weeks, I did lots of home study, learnt more about the body system, respiratory system, different diseases and how we are able to actively heal ourselves. In this workshop, I gained my first teaching experience and got more aware how to teach the alignment in the Yoga postures in connection with the correct breathing.
Deepa Verma
Deepa Verma
Studies 200 hrs TTC at the Yoga Studio with Seema Sondhi & faculty, covering the following: Asanas, use of props, pranayama, kriyss, mudras, meditation, Pregnancy Yoga, Kids' Yoga; Human Body, health problems, Subtle bodies, Prana/Vayu, Chakras; Teaching Strategies and Marketing Teaching Experience After doing the TTC in Oct/Nov 2009, I have been teaching since 2010. Based in Tokyo, I teach both in English and Japanes languages. I teach elderly people (60-90 age group) at various old age homes. I take one-on-one classes for women (late 20's -30s). I have taught prenatal Yoga. Workshops Taken I have done Workshops for adults (beginners, intermediate) and kids (6-10 years) Workshops Attended I have attended workshops on Surya namaskara, Jump through method, Lady Niguma Yoga series and Tibetan Heart Yoga Series 4.
Marie-Therese von Alvensleben
Marie-Therese von Alvensleben
I did my teachers training at Seema Sondhi Yoga Studio in New Delhi. I studied a complete learning method containing the keys for a safe and effective yoga practice and with functional, practical and assessable ways integrating all aspects of the individual - body with mind and mind with soul - to achieve a happy and balanced life. With this understanding and through demonstration of the practical and philosophical application of this art form, I am able to guide myself and students along their own path to health and wellbeing. After years of self-study and persistent inquiry into the body-mind connection, I have found that yoga brings all the components of our physical beings into wholeness. The asanas are a door to expansion…the movement of breath and energy is the key to transformation. Previously I attended workshops at the Shivananda center in New Delhi
Malini Kashyap
Malini Kashyap
My journey in yoga began at the age of eighteen. As a young girl, I embarked on yoga as a form of physical activity merely to keep fit and slim. I did not know then where this journey would take me. Through regular practice, I found myself more and more intrigued by this wonderful art. My own practice made me wonder about the totality of it and about how deep it really is. At the physical level, I came to see how a single position required the mind, the breath and the sight to be in tune with one another. I came to see how yoga helped me in physical ailments such as frequent migraine headaches. I soon knew I had to know more about yoga to deepen my own practice as well as to understand the science behind it. I signed up for the Teachers Training Course conducted by Seema Sondhi at The Yoga Studio in January 2006. It is here that I gained knowledge about yoga, the science, the philosophy involved, and what my naiveté could not fathom before, the realm of yoga that moves beyond the physical. I understood and learnt to control the breath. Through the study of anatomy, I came to see the working of the inner body in each posture and how this in turn has an effect on our physical being. Through understanding stillness of the mind in each posture, I came to see how yoga moves beyond just a regular physical activity, it moves through the body to the calmness of the mind and inner being. As a result of this, my own practice deepened. It is here that I developed an absolute faith in Yoga, a faith that has instilled in me a deep rooted passion for this subject, to learn something new everyday and to share this art with others as I truly believe it has something to offer to every individual. By being aware of the limits of our own body and limits of others, I came to see how each day and every individual is different. I do believe this enabled me to be sensitive to the needs of others while teaching to enable them to reach their optimum level of practice. As I started teaching at a young age, my teaching style involved energy bordering around playfulness to enable the students to try something new each day. Even while teaching, through awareness I believe I learnt something from the class every day. At the end of the day, knowing the students were feeling healthier, happier, would be the most full-filling experience ever. Through this journey I also undertook courses under gurus from different yoga forms such as Ashtanga and Iyengar. The discipline of Iyengar and the strong breath flow movement of Ashtanga taught me a lot to further my own practice as well as to combine the techniques of both to give a strong well balanced class to my students. As I continue my own practice and teaching, I do believe that my journey has not ended yet, for yoga is an endless journey, there is something new to learn with each day, only if we are aware.
LINDY HELLEN INGHAM
LINDY HELLEN INGHAM
I completed my yoga teachers training scheme with Seema Sondhi at The Yoga Studio in Delhi in November 2008. This was a 200 hour course over 30 days and was the highlight of my three years stay in India. It was absolutely fantastic and I loved every minute of it. Upon return to Australia I completed yoga teacher training at the InSync yoga and meditation teachers training course in Griffith ACT Australia in August 2011. This program comprised approximately 320 contact hours over 12 months as well as a home program of approximately 15 hours per week. This would typically consist of meditation and yoga practice for approximately one and a half hours a day and around 4 1/2 hours of other study or practice. I teach friends and family at present and I hope to begin teaching to the general public in February 2012. I have also attended a number of workshops and short courses wherever possible and have attended short retreats at the Satyananda Ashram at Mangrove Mountain in New South Wales, Australia. I attend Satyananda classes on Mondays and I practice yoga and meditation on a daily basis.
Anne Kullman
Anne Kullman
I have practised yoga regularly 3 to 4 times a week for the last two years mainly at the Seema Sondhi yoga studio in New Delhi India and also at yoga Studios in Sweden and by myself. In addition I attended a week-long intensive on Ashtanga/Hatha yoga and the Seema Sondhi Yoga teacher training course. From time to time I have been teaching and have friends and family varying the practice due to the students physical conditions -pregnancy, weak lower back asthma,etc.
Sook Young (Lara) Park
Sook Young (Lara) Park
I have been practising Yoga since thelast 3 years now and used it in a more healing and restorative manner. I completed my formal training with Seema Sondhi and since then there has been no looking back. I aim to open my studio in a few years and there is still much for me to learn in this field. Contact details: rohjeremy@hanmail.net
Katrine Noe Poulsen
Katrine Noe Poulsen
My yoga studies started in 2002 doing Ashtanga yoga in Malaysia. In 2009 I started practicing at The Yoga Studio in New Delhi and in November 2009 I completed Seema Sondhi’s teachers training course. In January 2010 I started teaching together with 2 fellow students from the teachers training course. From August 2010 until May 2011, I taught 4 lessons a week at the American Embassy in New Delhi. During the same time period I taught private lessons. In New Delhi I practiced with Seema Sondhi, Jyotsna Uppal and Navtej Johar. I have attended several workshops; Ashtanga yoga at The Yoga studio (New Delhi) ; meditation workshops (New Delhi), Ashtanga yoga workshop with Michel Besnard (Denmark); Yoga Anatomy and therapy workshop with Dr. Steven Weiss (Jakarta), Yin yoga workshop with Savira Gupta (New Delhi). I have also attended a 2 week Ashtanga yoga retreat in Goa and a 3-day yoga festival in Jakarta. I am a part of an online study group on the Yoga Sutras and enjoy studying literature on yoga. Email: katrine_khurana@hotmail.com
Anita Revai-Bere
Anita Revai-Bere
I started to practice Yoga almost a decade ago. My first experiences were in the field of Hatha Yoga when I attended classes at the Mandala Studio in Budapest, Hungary. In 2007 I had an unexpected opportunity to move to India with my family where I have spent four exciting, fruitful and rewarding years. Besides getting a glimpse of the soul of India through its culture as well as the everyday contacts of the people I have met I also had the chance to deepen my knowledge of Yoga with the leadership of excellent Gurus. As part of my Yoga studies in India I regularly attended the Vinyasa Flow style classes of Jyotsna Uppal in Delhi, 5-6 times a week between November 2007 and December 2010. Furthermore I participated at the workshops of Surrinder Singh held in Jyotsna Uppal’s Delhi Studio during 2010. In April – May of 2010 I attended the Teachers Training Course (TTC) of Seema Sondhi in her studio in Delhi where I have managed to achieve the ‘Diploma of Yoga Siromani’ in the field of Raja Yoga upon successfully completing my studies. As I received my Diploma I started to teach Yoga in India to small groups of students. In 2011 we have left India and returned to Hungary where I continued my practice of Yoga in the Ashram Yoga Studio in Budapest as well as regular teaching of Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga style Yoga classes in the Kék Lótusz Studio (between September- December 2011) and the Yoga Upanadam Studio (since March 2011 to present) of Budapest, Hungary. Since returned to Hungary I also attended the Yoga Workshop of Lalit Kumar, who have visited Hungary and gave lessons between 27-29 June 2011 in Budapest. Besides my regular Yoga classes a prominent Hungarian weekly magazine (Meglepetés) published my articles about the benefits of practising Yoga on humans’ health conditions, namely on reducing high blood pressure and the effects of the regular practice of Surya Namaskara. Email: yoganita@freemail.hu
Anna Sundelius
Anna Sundelius
I started practicing yoga in India in January 2010. After one year with a private yoga teacher I joined the Seema Sondhi Yogastudio, where I still take classes. I became a Yoga Siromani/Teacher of Yoga on the 16th day of November 2011. I opened The Swedish Yoga Studio in New Delhi together with my friend and colleague Anne de Wah Granelli on the 17th day of November 2011.
Richa Sahai
Richa Sahai
Yoga is known to me since last 10 years. I am practicing yoga since then. I am thankful to god that he gave me this opportunity to learn yoga. I adopted yoga in my life by practicing it regularly. Yoga is my passion and I cannot imagine my life without it. I started learning yoga in Allahabad my home town. I learned six months course or basics from there. The turning point came in my life just 2 years back when I decided to start teaching yoga as my profession. I am teaching yoga since last one and a half years at my home. By gods grace I am gaining confidence day by day. Many people come to me to do yoga and are satisfied. Before starting my career in yoga I did 3 months training in yoga from Ashtangayoga.Tech,Noida. Soon after that I opened a yoga centre at my home ,till date I am continuing it. My Professional Training as a teacher was from Seema Sondhi, The Yoga Studio, New Delhi which I completed in November 2011.It really gave me the boost to my performance as a yoga teacher. Day by day I am achieving good results by practicing Ashtanga Viniyasa Yoga. I also attended 4 days workshop on Dharmamittra Yoga, conducted by Mr. Roger Newton, Yoga expert from U.K. from 7-10 April , 2012 at Seema Sondhi, The Yoga Studio, New Delhi . It was a wonderful experience participating in this workshop. In future I am looking forward to such kind of activities.
Susanne
Susanne
I started my yoga experience while living in Germany 2003 where I studied Hatha yoga in Bad Homburg, Hessen. Relocated to Sweden I continued my practice with different teachers in Stockholm, mainly at Yogayama, and at Lidingö Gymnastikskola, Lidingö. I tried different styles such as Hatha, Ashtanga and Kundalini. Although I never had daily practice I could feel the rewarding effects on body and mind. Having relocated to India I got the chance to increase and intensify practice with Seema Sondi and her team, and joined the 200 hour teacher training programme at Seemas Yoga Studio in New Delhi in the spring of 2010. The program was intense and very rewarding both in the physical and in the mental aspect. During the course I studied different aspects of yoga theoretically and practically including yoga philosophy, teaching methodology, analytical training and guided practice. Anatomy and Physiology was included as well as Mudra, Bandha, Kriya, Mantras and Meditation. Focus was on composing programmes for different students at different levels, appropriate correction of poses and when needed usage of props. We also studied strategies to adjust programmes and asanas for individuals with different ailments. Special focus was given to Women’s wellness and food and nutrition. Finally relaxation techniques, mantras and meditation was covered. Classes were taught initially to fellow students and later to external yoga students. Pranayama, Mudras and Bandhas were covered in theory and practice in detail.
Chitra
Chitra
Yoga came into my life by chance in the year 2002, recommended by a doctor, at the time I was a young mother with two small children. Little did I realize then that this was going to consume my life very shortly. I started practicing twice a week at our local club. After about a year, I met my teacher Seema Sondhi. I began to practice relentlessly with her, constantly looking for opportunities to do so. I had started yoga with the intention of “exercising” but over time, I began to feel a change coming over me while practicing what had seemed mechanical movements earlier. Even people around began to notice a change in me. In 2004, I began a home practice which let me delve even deeper into myself and realizing the essence of the practice. By the end of 2005, I felt the urge to teach and in January 2006, I did a teacher’s training course with Seema. I then started teaching a couple of private classes and also group classes at our local club. Having a strong background in Vedic chanting, I started incorporating that aspect into my classes as well. This was my first experience in structuring classes and I realized how much more I needed to learn to be a teacher of substance. It must have been around this phase when a thirst for anatomy began. I began to read whatever material I could lay my hands on linking yoga and anatomy. At the same time, I started to look for courses linking the two disciplines. Around this time, I was building a house and I started toying with the idea of having my own studio. This dream was realized in 2008 when my own studio materialized in my basement. I started teaching in my own place five days a week. My classes were well received by the local community. At the same time, I continued to deepen my own practice and my own learning by reading and attending classes taught in different styles by various teachers. In 2010, I attended a workshop, “Synergies in Healing” at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai. I began to get interested in the philosophy of KYM which was that in terms of yoga, “one size does not fit all.” In summer 2011, I spent one month learning with another teacher from KYM, Navtej Johar. In June of 2011, I finally discovered a 36-week online course on anatomy for yoga offered by Leslie Kaminoff (also from the same KYM teaching tradition). I registered for the course and I am halfway through it at the moment. In February this year, I attended a workshop on the yoga sutras, chanting and interpretation, with a wonderful teacher, Saraswathi Vasudevan. This was an important turning point for me. Saras instilled in me an urgency to teach as many people as possible. I decided now was the time to take things forward in a big way.
Maja Scheutz
Maja Scheutz
Teaching yoga is a wonderful opportunity to give the chance for others to be able to enjoy the positive effects of yoga in daily life. My aim in teaching is to help people gain and sustain a healthy body and mind. Being YAI certified is important to be able to teach worldwide and to be recognized as a certified yoga teacher internationally.
Kim Kyungha
Kim Kyungha
I will go back to Korea next year. In Korea, I would like to share my fantastic experience that I got from Yoga with my Korean friends. Most of the Korean people have some aspiration for Indian Yoga. Among many Yoga networks, YAI is considered as the best and prestigious one. I want to contribute to Yoga’s popularization in Korea and introduce many good things that can be obtained through Yoga.
Magali Ana Mander
Magali Ana Mander
Magali Ana Mander I first did yoga when I was 12 years old and rediscovered it when I was 24 years old. I did my yoga teachers training in fall 2010 at “Seema Sondhi– The Yoga Studio” in New Delhi, while living in India. Since 2011 I have been teaching in Mauritania, West Africa – two-three yoga classes a week on a regular basis (usually in English but also in French or German if needed). I am regularly attending yoga classes in Germany and India to keep learning.
Therese Davies
Therese Davies
I discovered my passion for Yoga in New Delhi, where I lived and practiced for four years. My first teacher Mini Thapar in Vasant Vihar, was a true inspiration. After many recommendations, I finally completed a wonderful teachers training course with Seema Sondhi at The Yoga Studio, a course that changed my life. My hope is to be able to inspire my students to continue this unique tradition that simultaneously improves strength and flexibility, enhances awareness, and creates a total mind-body-spirit balance.
SATOKO  SAKATA
SATOKO SAKATA
I lived in Delhi for three years from 2006 to 2009 because of the reason of my husband’s duty. Yoga was the most important and brilliant gift during whole my stay. I learnt Yoga from Ms. Seema Sondhi and she brought me to new world in which I had never experienced before. That is why I concentrated myself into Yoga. I went to The Yoga Studio every week and gradually obtained knowledge and skills. When it had been past for a half year, Ms. Sondhi invited me to teacher’s course. I had many to do to graduate the teacher’s course actually. I took lesson at the school for six hours and did homework to understand rationale of Yoga after coming back home. That became my daily life except weekend. The course was really hard initially but it was getting more enjoyable because I could feel myself as skillful and confident. Before having met Ms. Sondhi, I misunderstood that Yoga was only exercise to improve physical health. Through the course I have achieved one important principle. That is Yoga is the best way to relieve people from pains not only physically but also mentally. I believe that yoga has so many clues for better life. After mastering the teacher’s course, I visited several holly places in India such as Rishikesh, Varanasi and etc., to seek Yoga in depth. Now I have strong intention to disseminate this principle to be shared by all people especially in Japan where people tend to be economically rich but mentally poor. I am sure that yoga has become a lighthouse for people who are struggling in dim world today. Recently, Yoga is getting more popular in Japan, from young ladies to elder gentlemen. Reportedly more than ten thousand yoga schools exist in Japan. However, it is regrettable to say that many troubles are arising between teachers and students caused by lack of knowledge and skills of teachers. It is very difficult for beginners to distinguish whether a teacher has adequate knowledge and skills for teaching Yoga or not. I firmly believe that authentic Yoga should be disseminated all over the world since Yoga is the best way to make people free from pains in terms of both physically and mentally. I am planning to open yoga school in Yachiyo city, Japan, and disseminate authentic Yoga as a certified teacher by International organization. On the other hand, there is no reliable international organization to certify Yoga teacher in Japan. If the Yoga Alliance International provides certification to me, it is my great honor and really supportive for my activity here in Japan.
Chen Yu Chueh
Chen Yu Chueh
I began to learn Yoga in Taiwan. At the beginning, it was only for relaxation and to have a sportive activity. But, step by step, I discovered that Yoga can provide more than that. Yoga can prevent illnesses, can help to heal, It involved the body, mind and spirit. It was a kind of initiation. After Taiwan, I had the great opportunity to go to New-Delhi, India and I learned with Indian teachers. Their courses had reinforced my idea that, how deep was the spirit of Yoga. Convinced of the benefits of Yoga in all fields of the life, I joined the courses to learn to be a teacher, in the goal to share these benefits with the other people. I have got a lot of benefits through by practice yoga, and I really hope that I can share with the other people. For me, the yoga practice is a long process. Being YAI certified, it’s an opportunity to belong a network with people, who share the same passion and love of yoga. It would be also a way to deepen my knowledge by sharing experiences and to attend seminars and training. Because I have to travel abord, due to my husband’s duty, it is important for me to be member of an International organization recognized around the World.
Suh Ra Lee
Suh Ra Lee
I learned yoga philosophy, practice, anatomy and teaching practices for beginner and for intermediate to advanced people. In philosophy, I learned the origin of Yoga, different schools of yoga, 8 Limbs of Yoga (Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharna, Dhayan and Samadhi), Consciousness and Awareness, Kosha(5 sheaths),7 Chakras, Mudras, 3 Gunas. In yoga practice, I learned 84 Lakh Asanas, Pranayama (Anulom vilom, Nadi sodhan, Bhastrika, Ujjayi, Surya bhedi, Bhramari, Shitali), Kriyas, Mudra and Bandha. Preparatory practice including Pawanmuktasana series, Surya namaskar series, Chandra namaskar, spinal twists, backward bending, balancing, inverted postures and advance postures like rajkapotasana, poorna-dhanurasana, vrishchikasana, hanumnanasana, padma parvatasana, kashyapasana. Additionally, we learned to make correction of Asanas and how to use props (Belts, Blocks, Cushion and Bolsters). In anatomy, I learned 9 systems in human body (digestive/ circulatory /respiratory /muscular/ nervous/ endocrine/ skeletal/ excretory/ lymphatic), to use yoga therapy to treat diseases and chronic pains (specially for blood pressure, asthma, thyroid etc), and to manage stress through yoga (techniques of relaxation, meditation, learning mantras meaning and chanting). Moreover, Women wellness in different generations through yoga, Ethics to be kept in mind as a yoga teacher, Marketing/ Business aspect of yoga, Diet and Nutrition ( Yogic approach to food and how to fuel the body, what to eat, how to eat, when to eat etc). In teaching practice, I had 75 minutes each class for beginners and Intermediate to advanced people, I taught my classmates. And 60 minutes class for friends who had little yoga experience before. It was important to correct or telling how to do proper postures with breathing together because we tend to forget or not easy to be aware of our own actions. In Chanting class, I learned the Sanskrit Alphabet and how to pronounce it properly and learned the names of asanas and meanings. I had a Crystal Therapy class and Chakra healing class. I want to teach yoga because I want people to be healthy and Happy. I have many family members who had suffered and are suffering from all kinds of cancer, blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis and friends with hypo-thyroid and people who are suffering from many diseases or unhappiness(depressions) in their lives, so I would love to share that we can be Healthy and Happy through Yoga with sharing my experience with it. ‘Yoga can make people Happier’ this is the main reason I want to teach yoga. YAI Certified will be important to me for a reminder of ‘Seema Sondhi’s yoga lesson’ which taught me to be a good yoga teacher with Yama, Niyama, Asana and Pranayama that I should keep practice, practice and practice yoga everyday to develop the skills and to reach next Limbs. Moreover, I will be linked to and keep in touch with many yogis over the world, which is amazing. Also, It will give a good impression to my students that I’m a qualified teacher. I believe it will guide me to have better attitude towards life and yoga asanas, This is the first Certified but not going to be the last one. Thank you.
Soo Hyun Lee
Soo Hyun Lee
Email: standout08@naver.com I’ve learned yoga in delhi from Seema teacher. I am studying ashtanga yoga with breath, chkra and meditation. I’ve learned to adapt asana to each person’s structure and life style. I love yoga and I want do it with people. I experienced what yoga gave to my life and it is possible to everyone who suffer from mind problem. I need more exact prove for my learning
Aradhana
Aradhana
Email: aradhna_s@hotmail.com,aradhna.misra82@gmail.com My journey on the yogic path has just begun ,by completing this prestigious teacher training under the tutelage of Seema Sondhi in April 2013 .Prior to this I attended a seven day Kundalini yoga workshop in Rishikesh organized by the KRI institute in march 2013. Yoga as a healing modality is a very efficient and healthy way of life. It beautifully guides the practitioner to live a more mindful and spiritual life at the same time keeping the physical body healthy. My goal of becoming a mind body healer starts with practicing and teaching yoga.YAI certification will help establish me as a teacher .
Hyunsook
Hyunsook
Email: hyunsook75.son@gmail.com 6 years ago, I joined Yoga class for cancer survivor as medical staff. It was very impressed to me. I realized Yoga has unbelievable and strength power of our life. I started to learn Yoga(searching, reading,conference, seminar etc..) in korea. From 2012, I started to practice Ashytanga yoga & vinyasa at The yoga studio in India I began teaching yoga to people who has cancer or other disease in my home.(Feb.2013) I participated below seminar. - Healing yoga class for chronic bowel disease Apr. 2009 Samsung Medical Center in Korea - Yoga treatment for cancer Sep. 2010 Samsung Cancer Center in Korea As qualified yoga trainer, I would like to spread and teach yoga to people who want to know yoga and healed their life. I had many experiences treatment of patients about suffering from disease. I realized that Yoga is better than any medication to treat and heal our disease and life. So, I need certification of YAI. I now find myself in the rather surprising position of teacher, I want to help other people uncover their purpose and live their dreams. In addition, I would like to heal myself, you, our world. Certification of YAI is very important my life and my vision in future.
Niharika
Niharika
Email: senapati.niharika@gmail.com - Practicing Yoga since 2009 - Completed Yoga Teachers Training Course with Seema Sondhi at The Yoga Studio in New Delhi, India - Professional contemporary dancer trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. For me, Yoga is a way of life, something that exists on and off the mat. It is something that brings balance in all aspects, to the body, the mind and to our perspectives. I wish to teach and open this way of thinking to whoever I can, bringing awareness to the body and mind. This path can lead us to living in the present, allowing us over time, to instigate positive change within ourselves and those around us.
Asha Naidu
Asha Naidu
Email: asha.naidu53@gmail.com I have done yoga or asanas and pranayamas since 4 years now, I thought yoga was just asanas and pranayamas , until I attended Seema’s teachers’ training course. Now I am awaked to the philosophy of Yoga, it is a way of life, a wonderful ancient treasure to be discovered by one and all. I had this opportunity to learn the philosophy of yoga, understand the concept and to practice it and this wonderful opportunity has been presented to me in India. I have learnt asanas, the benefits, the correct alignment, the use of props to achieve the postures, the risk in wrong posture, how to correct a posture. I also learnt the benefits and importance of pranayama and the types and effects to the body, mind and spirit. During the teachers training course we learnt about the Paths of yoga, which was very insightful in knowing that a combinations of Karma, Bakthi, Raja & Jyana yoga is a way to achieve the goal in life. I have learnt that yoga is not just a form of exercise the benefits are numerous and it is a way of life. Understanding the philosophy of yoga is like taking a journey in discovering the spirit in you. Learning of yoga therapy during this course has been an eye opener. The benefits achievable and the healing powers of yoga is science in action. The logical sequencing of yoga asana and pranayama works for many aliments and diseases in the body. Teaching experience: I have taught yoga among friends who are members of ASEAN ladies Circle (ALC) for the past 13 months (May 2011-May 2012) twice a week, at the Malaysian High Commission, Chanakayapuri, New Delhi but it was not formal but just among friends, ladies from Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia were the usual attendees with around 5-10 people in each sessions. This was before I did my teachers’ training course. I was not actually teaching but just guiding or leading the class. Teaching yoga is important to me because it is a fantastic exercise which is very important tool to improve a person’s well being. It improves a person’s health, builds posture, confidence and overall health. The asanas are very helpful to keep diseases at bay and help in healing and have a much meaningful and quality life. I wish to be a yoga teacher to spread this awareness that it is not just an exercise to feel good it is also a way of life. I am very interested and intrigued by yoga therapy which I will use in my teaching of yoga. I knew yoga has health benefits but until I did this teachers training I didn’t know the extent of the benefits and I would like to spread this awareness and teach and help my students and friends and family to have a quality life. YAI certificate is important for me to be accepted and to be known as a qualified and trained teacher in yoga with international standards and respected internationally. This certificate will be helpful when I practice my yoga teaching in Malaysia.
Naoko Matsuura
Naoko Matsuura
Email: parismad@hotmail.com I started my study of yoga seriously last year,since I started to practice frequently at The Yoga Studio.I learnt the mind and the body are connected with experience and through asana I felt my concentration goes up.Thanks for my teachers to respect,I started to face to my problems ,physically and mentally ,with courage.Through the yoga lesson and especially TTC,the philosophy of yogis i.e.8 limbs of yoga gaved me a big impact.They are always on my mind, most of all, Yama and Niyama. These lofty essencial keep me trying being better as a human being and as a yogini . From asana I could learn the focusing, concentration and flowing with the breathing which is a precious moments for me. I was really fascinated how each asana works on human body and mind according to the anatomy which I learned in the TTC. It makes you strong the both and good for chronic diseases .I really hope I can spread the benefits of yoga for those who suffers from various causes. At the same time ,the benefits of pranayama is unlimited for all people, even those who cannot practice asana for one’s physical situation,through pranayama they can be pleased the benefit and the virture of yoga. And the deep breathing goes into meditation, which is one of the most important part of yoga.In meditation there is a constant observation of the mind,and its state transcendes all limitations.No past, no future, only in the eternal”now” you exist. Through the regular meditation, our mind becomes clearer and calm. Yoga can give a quality of life to all people ,that is what I really learned.It gaved me the quality of life,and I hope I can give it to those who could learn yoga with me in the future. In today’s society there are so many people who suffers from various causes physically and mentally. From my personal experience, I know yoga can help them in all aspects and hope I can be a help for people. I appreciate for being healthy to all who and what support me and would like to teach yoga and spread it in return. Also ,I would like to people know the joy and healthier state of mind and body .And for myself, I am eager to go deeper as human being and yogini so that I can be better to all….to people and nature. I am sure that The YAI certificate will help me to let the people feels trustful for starting yoga because it is a well known alliance globally and it shows the teachers’ good standard which means well trained and studied. Also it is in common in all over the world then wherever I am it allows me to teach yoga .
Vaishali Jain
Vaishali Jain
I have completed 200hrs workshop with Ms.Seema Sondhi in may 2013. I am also doing diploma in yoga and naturopathy from ‘Servants of the people society’ in lajpat bhawan,lakpat nagar,new delhi. I have also done a certified course on ‘Be Your Own Doctor’ with Dr.Salila Tewari (a renowned naturopath). I thoroughly my yoga studies with Ms.Seema Sondhi. It was a balance between theory and practical. Yoga gives me a feeling of a ‘YOGI’ and feel as if I am a pure and blessed soul. It helps me in achieving deep meditative state,where I am connected to myself and disconnected from the outside world. Yoga is taking me to the path of ‘MOKSHA’ ,which is an ultimate aim of a human. I teach people the holistic way of living by guiding them to the right kind to food ,right kind of postures,pranayams and teach them how to manage their thoughts. I cleanse, balance and charge their aura and chakras. Me,being a Master Reiki Healer, and a Crystal Therapist, make people do various styles of meditations and heal them through cosmic energies. I have attended YOGA RETREAT in Koh Samui and in mussoorie with Ms. Seema Sondhi and was a part of Naturopathy & Yoga Camp ,which was held in Jammu and Maan Talai. Every year I attend ‘Health Mela’ organized by the Government of India and many other seminars with Dr.K.K Aggarwal, Dr.S.N. Yadav and Dr. Salila Tewari. Tha I want to teach yoga to make the person feel complete relaxation and achieve the balanced state of mind,busy and soul,to fulfill my aim of ‘KEVALAYA’. YAI certified is important to me as I am planning to do research in YOGA and Jainism.
Dr. Michaela Schulz
Dr. Michaela Schulz
1 ½ year of intensive Yoga practicing, at Seema Sondhi – The Yoga Studio and on my own, Yoga Teacher Training, 5 weeks in April/May 2013 at Seema Sondhi – The Yoga Studio in New Delhi, Since May 2013 Yoga teaching for family, friends and children, Iyengar Workshop in September 2013. While teaching Yoga I am getting deeper into the practice and the philosophy of Yoga, which is an important part of my life for the last 1 1/ years now. I want to spread the healing, revitalizing and rejuvenating effect from Yoga through teaching it. Being YAI Certified will be important for me, when I will move back to Germany. I am planning to teach Yoga there, too. As a psychologist I believe that my clients will have a great positive effect in their daily life by practicing Yoga, it will help them to get a new access to their body and mind, and it will support them in their psychotherapy and in their healing process.
AYAKO ITO
AYAKO ITO
First of all, I learned about human anatomy, which includes such as skeletal system, muscular system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive system, immune system, endocrine system, nervous system, and anatomy for yoga. Then I studied common diseases and made papers on certain diseases and how yoga can help sufferers. I also learned about yoga theory, which includes such as different schools of yoga, three Gunas, four paths of yoga, eight limbs of yoga, and nine obstacles from Patanjali. There were also classes for Sanskrit, and in these classes I learned about chitra, yoga sutras, Sanskrit names for asanas, vedic chants, surya namaskar mantras, and Sanskrit sounds. I practiced asanas, getting to know the benefits of each pose, appropriate asanas for people suffering from particular diseases, how to use props, different versions for beginners and intermediate people, and how to design a class. Besides asana practice, I also practiced pranayama, meditation. In the end I studied about chakras, kundalini, kriyas, mudra, yoga therapy, yoga for women throughout their life, and yogic diet and nutrition. I would like to share with other people what I have experienced through my yoga practice. Yoga helped me a lot physically and mentally. So I think a lot more people will be benefitted by yoga as well as me. Becoming YAI certified is important to me because I will be back to Japan, and there in order to launch my yoga classes, I have to have the certification.
Satoko Okada
Satoko Okada
I started yoga at Sivananda yoga center in 2012. I finished 200 hours Yoga Teachers Training Course at Seema Sondhi The Yoga Studio in 2013. I’d like to attend various types of seminars and workshops in the future. Though it’s only been one year since I started yoga, I really experience the effect of yoga. Yoga improved my cold temperatures. I can wake up easily in the morning. I have room in my heart even if I am busy. I am teaching yoga to many people and want them to be aware of the greatness of yoga.
Zeeshan Ahmed
Zeeshan Ahmed
Zeeshan Ahmed has obtained his YAI certification from Seema Sondhi's Yoga school.
ANNIE YAMADA
ANNIE YAMADA
ANNIE YAMADA Yoga Alliance International My first experience with Yoga was when I was in Japan and pregnant with my first child. From then on, I was in awe of yoga and the physical and spiritual benefits it can bring. Upon arriving in India almost 7 years ago, I practiced yoga regularly at the Sivanada studio close by my home in Gurgaon. In order to further my understanding of Yoga, I took the Yoga Teacher’s Training course from Seema Sondhi of The Yoga Studio in Delhi. From her, I learned a wealth of information about yoga, such as the asanas, philosophies, traditions, anatomy, and of course how to teach. As Yoga is very deep and profound, I knew it would require ongoing studies to deepen my understanding. I’ve also taken a Yoga therapy workshop by Saraswathi,Vasudevan of Yoga Vahini studio based in Chennai. From her, I learned the importance of analyzing and understanding each person’s individual body, and integrating the traditional wisdom of Yoga with modern facilitation skills. Also, through experience of various styles of yoga (such as Ashtanga and Yin Yoga) from various different teachers, I also developed a deeper understanding of all that the different traditions have to offer. As Sivananda Yoga is the main style I regularly practice, I went to the Sivananda Ashram in Uttarkashi in the summer of 2013 for another Yoga TTC training. Unfortunately, due to flooding and landslides (the Uttarkhand flood disaster), the course was cancelled part way through. Nonetheless, I felt blessed to practice Yoga next to the Ganges river and to meditate in the peacefulness of the Himalayan mountains. I was also humbled by the awesomeness of nature and the graciousness and generosity of the people during the relief efforts in evacuating and helping the people. There, I found and experienced a different kind of yoga, one of a unity in compassion and unconditional love for mankind. Since then, I have continued practicing yoga and have been teaching yoga to my two daughters. As we will be leaving our posting in India soon to move back to Japan, it is my desire to share yoga with the children in the Elementary Schools I plan on teaching there.
Cindy T. Nguyen
Cindy T. Nguyen
As a child and later an adult, I was always flexible and enjoyed doing asanas. I did yoga here and there, mainly at gyms in the US with Hatha yoga. Then in 2002, during my pregnancy, I practiced kundalini yoga and had an amazing and empowering birth. Since then, I dabbled with yoga trying out power, hatha, Iyengar, kundalini, and Mysore Ashtanga styles. I never got serious into the study of yoga until I moved to India in 2011. Since yoga originates in India, it was the perfect time and place to learn it. In April/May 2012 I took the 200 level yoga teacher training course taught by Seema Sondhi at the Yoga Studio in New Delhi. Not only did it make me a better practitioner, it gave me a complete holistic perspective of yoga as a philosophy and way of life. Yoga is more than just doing the physical postures, it is the union with one’s breath where each movement and thought is purposeful, mindful and powerful. Yoga disciplines the mind over the body. From there, it stretches to the 8 limbs of yoga and how that applies to life. Other yogic workshops I have attended include a Dharma Mittra workshop (10hrs), Art of Creative Living (4hrs), Yin Yoga (4hrs), and a 7-day raw food liver cleanse with kundalini yoga. My current yoga practice includes meditation, ashtanga vinyasa, kundalini, yin, and a healthier sattvic diet. Since graduating from the course, I have taught yoga to an international group of women with varying skillsets and injuries. I taught 1.5-hour sessions weekly for six months. I have also done private sessions with pregnant women, and have taught my husband and children. Yoga heals the mind, the body, and the spirit. As a way of life, yoga is very beneficial. It strengthens, restores, and calms the entire human experience. It keeps one in equilibrium. Yoga has helped me tremendously, so it’s a gift I want to share with others. Being YAI certified is important to me because it give legitimacy to the practice. When someone has been certified, it sets a high standard of practice and builds trust between the teacher and student. If I am teaching someone, I want them to know that I am highly skilled, know what I am doing, and that I have passed a certain level of competency set by the Yoga Alliance International board. Email: wanderinguyen@gmail.com
Tomomi  Kajikawa
Tomomi Kajikawa
Tomomi Kajikawa Email: tomomikajikawa@yahoo.co.jp I studied at Seema Sondhi The Yoga studio at New Delhi. It was very nice experience for my life. I went to studio every day and study yoga’s philosophy, asana, chanting, anatomy,yoga’s diet and so on. I submitted almost every day about homework that I studied them on the day. We practiced each other by student. It was good training for us. So I become love yoga much. Because I think that Yoga is good for human’s life very much, so I’d like to teach yoga to everybody.
Henrietta Bullinger
Henrietta Bullinger
Henrietta Bullinger Email: hbullinger@gmail.com I have been practicing yoga for 8 years or so, mainly Iyengar based but with variations. Initially I was not even aware of the different styles and types, I just enjoyed seeing my body and mind and breath grow stronger and calmer. I have practiced in Kenya and in India, in England and in the US and consider myself to have 3 teachers who have inspired me, encouraged me and allowed me to discover the wonder of yoga. I have attended a couple of Ashtanga workshops and have most recently participated in the yoga teachers training at The Yoga Studio under Seema Sondhi in New Delhi. My teaching is in its early stages, I have led small practices while on holiday, have taught a few friends and hope to grow my experience by assisting and teaching classes to fill in when my teacher is away (she is encouraging me to do so). I hope to continue to teach and practice yoga wherever in the world I might move after India. It is through teaching that we truly get to know ourselves. Teaching yoga allows me to share the strength and enjoyment I receive though my own practice, it reminds me that we are all different and that we need to find our own path in life. To see hearts open and eyes smile, to see bodies understand themselves and grow, is such a joy. As a teacher I feel privileged to be allowed to accompany people some of their way in their journey of self discovery. The YAI certification is important to me as it is an international recognized qualification that allows students and teachers alike to understand that there is an international standard.
Vita Schmidt
Vita Schmidt
Vita Schmidt Practicing Pilates and Yoga over 20 years. I seriously began with yoga when I moved to India End of 2010. I tried different kind of Yoga and was looking for a Teacher Training. 2012 : Yoga Teacher Training with Seema Sondhi, Yoga Studio in New Delhi Workshop with Marc Darby Workshop in Yoga and Anatomy with David Keil in Purple Vally, Goa 2013: Workshop Asthanga with Monica Marinoni from, Auroville, Tamil Nadu, Workshop with Shankara Darby 2014: Workshop with Matthew Sweeney I like to start my day with yoga. Practicing yoga gives me a wonderful feeling; I am in peace with my body and mind. Yoga is not only a workout it is also a kind of meditation. Doing yoga gives me physical and emotional strength. Yoga not only changed my body and life style it also changed my perspectives and enhances my experience of life. This experience I like to share with other and like to help them to feel the same way.
Capt.  NUNTALUX   NAKAKOSITSAKUL REDMON
Capt. NUNTALUX NAKAKOSITSAKUL REDMON
Email: NUNTALUX7@GMAIL.COM I have been practicing yoga since 2006. I attended yoga workshops and classes to gain more knowledge and techniques such as, Sun Yoga Kids teacher training in Thailand, Ashtanga yoga workshop with Monica Marinoni, senior certified Ashtanga yoga teacher, Iyengar yoga level 1 Annual workshop with Raya Uma Datta, teacher of general classes at Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India. I became serious in yoga since my family moved to India in 2012. I completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training program from Seema Yoga Studio, India in 2013. I currently study Iyengar yoga [level 1] at Iyengar Yoga Centre Yogakshema, New Delhi, India. My goal is to become a resourceful yoga instructor. I have enjoyed attending yoga workshops, and learning more about yoga has developed in me a much stronger desire to practice yoga as an integral part of my daily life. I very much have the desire to instruct and teach yoga from my inner self what I have learned and how it has changed me. I want to pass on yoga’s benefits both physically and mentally, and the inner peace one can develop through practicing yoga. Obtaining a YAI certification will give me the credentials and confidence necessary to carry out this goal.
Eva del Rio Garay Nieto
Eva del Rio Garay Nieto
Eva del Rio Garay Nieto Email: garaynieto06@yahoo.co.in Attended Workshop with Matthew Sweeney, Yoga practice 8 years in India different styles of Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Asthanga Yoga. YAI certified means recognition of teaching yoga all over the world and teaching yoga fulfills my expectations of helping people bringing them a calmness state of mind that is needed in todays world.
Ryoko Maruyama
Ryoko Maruyama
Ryoko Maruyama Email: ryokomaru2005@yahoo.co.jp I started my yoga practice in Hong Kong. And after coming to India, I started classes with The Yoga Studio and joined Seema Sondhi’s Teachers Training in April/May 2014. I learned Yoga Philosophy/Anatomy/Physiology/Asana/Teaching Practice and so on. It was a really great time to study with teachers and members for 5 weeks. I found that I can get myself in better physical & mental condition through yoga. I would like to continue to learn more about yoga and spread the passion for yoga to those who need it. I would like to share my yoga experience with others . When I teach yoga in Japan or other country, YAI certification will help me because it is known as an international standard.
Emi Tokai
Emi Tokai
I am one of the truly fortunate people to be able to obtain the gift of yoga. I started learning yoga in the United States and then continued in Japan, and India. My entryway to yoga was through learning yoga asana at a gym. By practicing yoga I found myself feeling happier and energized. I felt that all my worries and tormenting events in my life was such a small thing in life. But, I quickly found out that there was much more to yoga than just physically moving my body. I began to read books about yoga and its theories, which led to my desire to deepen my yoga practice. For the past 12 years, it was one of my wishes to take the Teachers Training Course. I wanted to find out more about yoga and I wanted to make yoga a part of my life. Although it took me 12 years to finally participate and obtain the Teachers Training Course, I believe that it was the best thing I did for myself. Not only did I get to learn in full about asana poses but also I truly got to feel each pose from the core of my body. The theory class and anatomy class helped me infuse yoga not only into my brain but sincerely made it a part of me. The mantra class was an excellent way for me to get in touch with my soul and enlightened me. Who knew that after living for over 40 years I would still be able to absorb so much knowledge and feel so light and so happy. My teaching experience started right after my Teachers Training Course. My course teachers encouraged us to go out in the world and spread the goodness of yoga to others. I was fortunate to have 3 ladies that were in the beginner’s level that were interested in yoga. They all came to me with physical issues such as shoulder pains, back pains, insomnia and constipation. I was taught well at my Teachers Training Course and knew how to guide these ladies to a happier state of mind and body. With asana and pranayama sessions these ladies left my classes with a gentle serene smiles on their faces. Seeing my students step out of each class with a peaceful smile is the most rewarding thing ever. There is no end to learning yoga, or at least that is what I believe. Yoga will be an on going study for me. Teaching yoga is not only a way for me to excel in yoga but it also helps people to realize that we need time to stop and take a break, to truly listen to the voices of our body and soul. These voices tend to become so small as we consciously or subconsciously put our needs aside; therefore, much attention is very much needed in order to lead a healthy and happy life. I know that yoga cannot be forced on or be practiced unwillingly. Yoga is a personal, private practice and needs to be practiced willingly. It is such an intimate journey of life and sometime we need a little guidance or pointers to help us enrich this beautiful journey. I would like to be there for those people that need a little help or push to enrich their life journey. I am still in the middle of my own journey of life and I know and deeply believe that yoga is, has been and will continue to be there for me, in good times and the bad. I would like to let people who come across my path of life know that they can find a way to happier and healthier life through the teachings of yoga. I believe that by obtaining the Yoga Alliance International Certificate it will help people know and understand that I am a serious yogi and I am, and will continue studying yoga. At the same time, I also believe that this will empower myself to help open new doors to introduce and share the joy of yoga for those in need.
YOUNG SUK LEFEVRE
YOUNG SUK LEFEVRE
YOUNG SUK LEFEVRE Email: ycholefevre@gmail.com Have been practicing yoga since 2005, not really studying about yoga just keep practicing asanas on and off. Studies make me open the angle widely about yoga practicing. I am not practicing yoga same way than before for my self and I am teaching with more knowledge and confidence without ego. I attended workshop about Ayurveda and different teacher of Ashtanga yoga workshop always good to learn. Teaching yoga is important to me to stay in the filed for reminding me what I have to study to understand poses for different type of body. And teaching or sharing the class is the happiness for me, when we share happiness it makes double. YAI certified is important to me to have worldwide network. Due to my husband’s job we are moving from country to country so maybe easily meet some yogic who can teach me or sharing that happiness.
REED HARRISON NIRULA
REED HARRISON NIRULA
REED HARRISON NIRULA Email: reed.harrison@gmail.com I have been practicing yoga for 6 years primarily in the USA, the UK and in India. I completed the Yoga Teacher Training course with Seema Sondhi Yoga Studio in New Delhi in the spring of 2014. I have also completed an Iyengar workshop at this studio as well. I have had the benefit of studying under many different teachers over the years and have gained insights from all of them. I believe that every discipline and every class affords an opportunity for deeper learning. I am familiar with vinyasa, ashtanga, Iyengar, yin yoga, Kundalini, prenatal and Bikram yoga. My primary focus in teaching is vinyasa but the guidance I offer is certainly informed by all these variants and through study as well. Through the Seema Sondhi studio in Delhi I have studied the yoga sutras, anatomy and practiced the chanting of mantra. Where ever I have traveled I have practiced- in Central America, in many different states and studios the US, in the UK and all over India. While I am practicing, I am learning and applying these lessons all the time. As opportunities for deeper learning present themselves in the future, I shall engage with those as wel The discipline of yoga has made a tremendous impact on my mental and physical health and its wisdom extends into all aspects of my life. It is my joy to be positioned through my training, to share this knowledge with others. A YAI certification is important to me for several reasons. Primarily it is important to be part of a network of likeminded people who are perpetuating the discipline and adhering to a certain standard of expectation in conduct and content that allows for continuity in the underlying tenants of the practice. From that shared space and understanding, we are all able to grow outwards like branches from the same tree. Secondly I think it’s important for a new student to know that the instructor to whom they are submitting has been properly instructed and vetted. This gives students the confidence to move forward in their practice under the direction of a benevolent, knowledgeable teacher who will help prevent injury to the body and who is equipped to optimize the growth of the mind, in tandem.
Parveen Bakshi
Parveen Bakshi
Email: parveen.bakshi@gmail.com Parveen has held and attended numerous workshops in the fields of Yoga, kinetics, tai chi, aikido, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Laban in Alberta, and Ontario. Completed his teacher training with Seema Sondhi in New Delhi and advances to further teaching and wellness developments in Toronto, and Delhi. Keeping connected with the larger global community of yoga practitioners strengthens individual associations, and fosters social responsibility and a sense of cohesive integrity. Togetherness.
young suk cho-lefevre
young suk cho-lefevre
Email: ycholefevre@gmail.com Have been practicing yoga since 2005, not really studying about yoga just keep practicing asanas on and off. Studies make me open the angle widely about yoga practicing. I am not practicing yoga same way than before for my self and I am teaching with more knowledge and confidence without ego. I attended workshop about Ayurveda and different teacher of Ashtanga yoga workshop always good to learn. Teaching yoga is important to me to stay in the filed for reminding me what I have to study to understand poses for different type of body. And teaching or sharing the class is the happiness for me, when we share happiness it makes double. YAI certified is important to me to have worldwide network. Due to my husband’s job we are moving from country to country so maybe easily meet some yogic who can teach me or sharing that happiness.
REED NIRULA
REED NIRULA
Email: reed.harrison@gmail.com I have been practicing yoga for 6 years primarily in the USA, the UK and in India. I completed the Yoga Teacher Training course with Seema Sondhi Yoga Studio in New Delhi in the spring of 2014. I have also completed an Iyengar workshop at this studio as well. I have had the benefit of studying under many different teachers over the years and have gained insights from all of them. I believe that every discipline and every class affords an opportunity for deeper learning. I am familiar with vinyasa, ashtanga, Iyengar, yin yoga, Kundalini, prenatal and Bikram yoga. My primary focus in teaching is vinyasa but the guidance I offer is certainly informed by all these variants and through study as well. Through the Seema Sondhi studio in Delhi I have studied the yoga sutras, anatomy and practiced the chanting of mantra. Where ever I have traveled I have practiced- in Central America, in many different states and studios the US, in the UK and all over India. While I am practicing, I am learning and applying these lessons all the time. As opportunities for deeper learning present themselves in the future, I shall engage with those as well. The discipline of yoga has made a tremendous impact on my mental and physical health and its wisdom extends into all aspects of my life. It is my joy to be positioned through my training, to share this knowledge with others. A YAI certification is important to me for several reasons. Primarily it is important to be part of a network of likeminded people who are perpetuating the discipline and adhering to a certain standard of expectation in conduct and content that allows for continuity in the underlying tenants of the practice. From that shared space and understanding, we are all able to grow outwards like branches from the same tree. Secondly I think it’s important for a new student to know that the instructor to whom they are submitting has been properly instructed and vetted. This gives students the confidence to move forward in their practice under the direction of a benevolent, knowledgeable teacher who will help prevent injury to the body and who is equipped to optimize the growth of the mind, in tandem.
parveen bakshi
parveen bakshi
Email: parveen.bakshi@gmail.com Parveen has held and attended numerous workshops in the fields of Yoga, kinetics, tai chi, aikido, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Laban in Alberta, and Ontario. Completed his teacher training with Seema Sondhi in New Delhi and advances to further teaching and wellness developments in Toronto, and Delhi. Keeping connected with the larger global community of yoga practitioners strengthens individual associations, and fosters social responsibility and a sense of cohesive integrity. Togetherness.
alison shipston
alison shipston
Email: ALISON@SHIPSTON.NET ALISHIPSTON@GMAIL.COM I have practised yoga for more than 10 years, attending classes in a wide range of styles. I continue to regularly attend classes as well as maintain my daily self-practice. I have just completed a 200 hour teaching certification in November 2014 in New Delhi, India. At the moment I am teaching private students in India. I think it is important to belong to an internationally recognized association to reassure my students & to enhance my own yogic development & keep myself up-to-date by belonging to a wider Yogic community.
Tomomi Naka
Tomomi Naka
Email: tomomikz@hotmail.com Ashtanga yoga workshop with Philippa Asher Iyengar yoga workshop with Roshen and Zaria Yoga Anatomy with David Keil I would like to bring a change to myself, to my friend and my family so that they can live a healthy life. I want the certification so that I can teach yoga all around the world.
MIWA HORI
MIWA HORI
contact email: : ajumadayo_aloha@hotmail.com I have been practicing Yoga since I was in university but I seriously started learning Yoga for last two years in India. Now I am totally addicted to the art of Yoga as it makes me stronger and makes my life brighter. I’d like to share this experience with people around me. TTC with Seema Sohndi(May 14’), Ashtanga workshop with Philippa (April 14’), Yin yoga workshop with Victor Chang(July 14’) ,Yin yoga workshop with Joe Barnett(Oct 14’) and Yoga Fest in Japan (Nov14’). I will have completed Yin yoga TTC with Savira Gupta(Feb 15’). Currently I teach yoga once a week. As I am expecting now I’d like to explore Pre and Post Natal yoga through my own body and would like to make a good use of this experience to my future class. Through Yoga, I am able to keep myself happier and stronger. So I would like to share this experience with people around me. I understand that YAI is the internationally known organization for Yoga. As I will have opportunities to move to other countries, I would like to obtain the certificate that intentionally acknowledged. It surely helps me being trustable Yoga teacher anywhere I go.
MYEONG LIM CHO
MYEONG LIM CHO
MYEONG LIM CHO Email: korean4cho@gmail.com Workshops Yoga Studio, Ms. Seema Sondhi, in New Delhi – between 13th April and 15th May 2015-05-05. I have been practicing yoga since 1999. I would like to contribute the wellbeing life which is focused on healing programme. For instance, I would like to combine the yoga practice as well as meditation in the center as it is engaged to YAI net work. Most of all, I would like to get more informations through the YAI. Hence, it means that the YAI certification is the most important to do activation properly.
IVON PATRICIA OCAMPO GARCIA
IVON PATRICIA OCAMPO GARCIA
IVON PATRICIA OCAMPO GARCIA Email: ipog1978@hotmail.com I attend the courses in Sivananda Yoga Center, Yoga 1 on 18/07/2014, yoga 2 on 18/12/2014, Foundation to Meditation 23/01/2015, and the workshops Spine and Flexibility, low back pain, Know your Self, Hips Opening, on April 2015 Yoga Teachers Training Seema Sondhi Yoga Studio. Because I love yoga, and why not working in something that, I love. A certification is a guarantee of the quality of teaching.
AHN YUJIN
AHN YUJIN
AHN YUJIN Email: minervayj@hanmail.net Trained in Seema Sondhi Yoga Studio’s Teacher’s Training Course in 2015. Trying to focus more in Therapeutic yoga program. " Started Teacher’s Training to understand deeper and enhance self-practice at first. And interacting and sharing energy through out teaching gave me a tremendous change in life. So I wish I could continue in the future. Therefore I would like to be a part of YAI.
Masako Miyashita
Masako Miyashita
Masako Miyashita email: tsuzu.pon@gmail.com I have attended yoga classes for 2 and half years. Apart from that, I have attended yoga retreats three times, that was 4 days course each time. When I started Yoga, I was expecting only physical effects of Yoga. Later on, I found myself being aware of my innerself and connected to it. At the moment, I felt the wholeness of my body, mind and soul, and surrounded by nothing, but me. It gave me the sense of indescribable happiness and I just let myself enjoyed the moment. As a yoga teacher, I really would like to share this experience with other people and give them the chance to feel the bliss which all comes from innerself. That’s why I would like to become a yoga teacher. And, If I’m certified by YAI, I feel more confident to introduce myself to new students and the students also feel ok to choose me as their teacher. That’s why being YAI Certified is important to me.
Christie Jeffries
Christie Jeffries
Christie Jeffries Email: CHRISTIEJEFFRIESMD@YAHOO.COM I have been practicing yoga for 1.5 years since moving to India in mid-2013. This has included classes at 3 different studios in New Delhi as well as private lessons. Because of this practice, I sought a deeper understanding of yoga, and so completed a 200 hour teachers training course at Seema Sondhi Studio in Haus Khas, New Delhi, India from April to May 2015. My interest in teaching yoga is because of its positive effect on me, which I wish to share with others. As a medical doctor, I am particularly interested in yoga’s holistic benefits including good health and mental wellbeing.
Susanne Sjöström
Susanne Sjöström
Susanne Sjöström completed her YAI-certified TTC under the guidance of Seema Sondhi.
Savira Gupta
Savira Gupta
Savira Gupta completed her YAI-certified Master-level course under the guidance of Seema Sondhi.
AKASH YADAV
AKASH YADAV
AKASH YADAV Contact information: Phone: +919971500212 Email: aakaash@aimtrex.com I come from a family of ‘health nuts’. I have been studying Yoga since a very young age but I never took it too seriously until I got to experience Yoga in the United States where I attended college. It was for the first time I started enjoying the disciple, challenges and transformative power of Yoga. For the past few years I have been really trying to read as much possible and about the ancient Indian health, wellness and spirituality texts. It has not only helped gradually transform my own body but also provide a friendly assistance to others around me. My knowledge is not perfect, as I am first and foremost; a student of Yoga. And I hope and look forward to to continuing this journey for a long term. Teaching Yoga is important to me so that at least I can safely and efficiently teach myself Yoga. YAI Certification is important so that I can get to become part of an organization much larger than myself and become part of a very positive, vibrant and optimistic community around the world of fellow Yogis.
FLORENCE VOILLET FRANCIONI
FLORENCE VOILLET FRANCIONI
FLORENCE VOILLET FRANCIONI email: francioni.family@hotmail.fr "After discovering Yoga in 2012, I felt a real well-being, new energy in my life. Therefore, I decided to apply a regular Yoga practice in my daily life. In 2015, I was very motivated to become a Yoga teacher. Therfore, I participated in a Yoga Teacher Training from 1st October to 3rd November in "the Yoga Studio". settled in New Delhi. I succeeded in my exam and have got my graduation as Yoga teacher. During my session, I participated in a workshop to focus at the alignment of Yoga postures. Teachin Yoga and being YAI-certified is vital for me. In 2012, I got breast cancer and Yoga has taken a great place in my life to recover my energy, a positive mind and a good health in my daily life. Through my oen experience, I know of the benefits of a regular Yoga practice. Therefore, I would like teaching for helping other people to feel in their life and getting new sensations to preserve."
KEI EJIMA
KEI EJIMA
KEI EJIMA email: keiejima@bb.nc.jp Completed the 200 hours Seema Sondhi Teachers Training Course. I would like to teach Yoga to elderly people in Japan in the future.
SYLVIA
SYLVIA
SYLVIA REHORST Email: sylviavia71@hotmail.com SYLVIA writes: "I have been studying yoga in India for the last 2 years. I completed my 200hr Sivananda TTC in Madurai and have taught open and beginner classes with them. I completed my second 200hrTTC with The Yoga Studio Delhi, and a 100hr Yin Yoga TTC also at The Yoga Studio Delhi. I attended a 10 day Vipassana in Daramshala, an 8 day Iyengar workshop with Usha Devi at Omkarananda in RishiKesh, I’ve also completed a 125hr Ayurvedic Therapy and received certification with Kerala Avurvedic Health Care™. I have also received David Kielh’s Yoganatomy TT level 200 certification. Teaching yoga is important to me because it is very rewarding to be given the opportunity to share my experience with others and help them find the path of yoga. Being YAI Certified gives me credibility and shows that I acquired the proper education to teach yoga safely having obtained accreditation from a respected yoga institution.
MITALI KHANNA
MITALI KHANNA
MITALI KHANNA Email: mitalipanjwani@gmail.com I was drawn to Yoga a few years back when I began to feel a strong urge to live a more holistic, healthy and peaceful life. As I went on with my practice I realized how much I was enjoying it. The more I practiced the more I became aware of the tremendous benefits of Yoga not only on a physical level, but also on emotional, mental and spiritual levels. I enrolled myself for a TTC at Sri Aurobindo Ashram,Delhi in 2013.It was a 5 months course which lay emphasis on Sri Aurobindo’s synthesis of all traditional schools of yoga. I felt the course happened to me in perfect timing as it gave me a strong foundation and a clear understanding of the basics of Yoga. The course curriculum also entailed the study of Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy which was very interesting and thought provoking. All in all it was a wonderful learning experience that furthered my Yoga practice to its next stage. After completion of the course I volunteered as a teacher at the Ashram for a period of 3 months. That too was a great experience as it gave me hands on practice in leading a group of students and also understanding each individual’s unique needs. I continued my personal practice thereafter. A few months later I attended a Sivananda advanced asana workshop which is how I got introduced to the Sivananda school of Yoga. I explored and learnt more about this style of Yoga and blended it into my practice. The depth and vastness of Yoga continued to intrigue me as I kept practicing. This led me to my next TTC with Seema Sondhi which I attended in October 2015. This was an amazing experience that catapulted me to broader horizons in a very short period of time. It helped me strengthen and delve deeper into my practice in a remarkable way. The course was a good mix of Asana practice, Yoga philosophy and anatomy of the human body. The exercise of teaching each other within the group was particularly helpful and I felt much more confident about teaching after completing the TTC. Ever since the completion of the course I have been teaching small groups of students and it has been a very rewarding experience. Connecting with the students and sharing this beautiful gift with them is truly fulfilling. Working with different body types and tending to each one’s specific needs helps me understand the science of Yoga in a more comprehensive way. I wish to keep learning and exploring this vast subject, as I see an incredible scope for personal and collective growth and transformation through the means of Yoga. I feel that Yoga has become even more relevant in our present times with all the stress and unrest caused by poor lifestyle choices. There is an urgent need to show people a way back to their natural and healthy way of being. Personally I feel called towards helping people improve the quality of their lives and live in more peace and joy. And Yoga is a great and effective modality for this change. Teaching Yoga has given me a great sense of contentment and meaning-something which I always felt lacked in my past endeavors. To be able to share this gift with the world is a blessing and also a great responsibility. I intend to tread this path with love, dedication and mindfulness and to be able to effect positive changes on a collective level. Being YAI certified speaks of the quality and standard of studies being undertaken in the field of Yoga. I feel this recognition will contribute in inspiring trust of the students and allow me to reach out to a larger audience.
Viziru Gabriela Magdalena
Viziru Gabriela Magdalena
Viziru Gabriela Magdalena Email: magda.ma@yahoo.com I start the journey of practicing yoga in a small studio called Atré Yoga Studio. My focus on my practice increased day by day so much that I felt that I need to go further more so I took my teaching training course at Seema Sondhi – The Yoga Studio. Yoga changed my life style and my body. By practicing yoga I feel more energetic, more fit, more patient and more mindful. I feel lucky that I started my journey with yoga here in India – the Mother Country of Yoga, because here I learned the true meaning of yoga, unaltered by any other cultures or mentality. My feelings for yoga are so pure and high, that I want to share them in my country as well. I want to share this pure, unaltered practice of yoga. This feeling I know for sure that I will not find it anywhere in the world so I want to take it with me and spread it all around. That is why it is very important for me to have the YAI Certificate.
Shefa Ali
Shefa Ali
Shefa Ali Email: shefa_ali@live.com My Yoga Study experience in New Delhi at the Seema Sondhi Yoga Studio this year in April/May was one of the best decisions I have ever undertaken. To have the opportunity to dedicate my whole day to asana practice and yogic philosophy was like a dream come true. Coming together in a class of wonderful women who had the same objective and same purpose was also a wonderful feeling. Since graduating from Seema’s Studio I have three dedicated students who are committed and consistent in their practice and that makes me happy. We don’t call them lessons; we call it a Yoga journey, as we feel that as student and teacher we are going on a journey together. Recently I returned to India for a visit and took a few more classes at Seema’s studio, it was wonderful to be back and I found how much my self-practice has helped me. Over the last few years the passion I had for spirituality has been growing and becoming more intense. It was making me dream and this year I channeled that through Yoga. Going to India alone to learn to master yoga was terrifying and amazing at the same time, but that was exactly why I pursued it. It is exactly what I thought it would be, and more. Since coming back from India, there is never a day that I have skipped Yoga practice, even on my busiest days I will make sure I dedicate time to this spiritual practice that gives me balance and an open heart and mind. Teaching yoga and being YAI Certified is important to me because Yoga is a gift that keeps giving. It is a gift that was given to me by Seema and now it is a gift I want to pass on to others. It is my contribution to my society and to the world. During my studies Seema shared a thought with me that I will never forget “If you don’t contribute to society, you are a thief.” I know for sure yoga helps people decrease their stress levels and if you have a less stressed society you have a happier society. Happier people are usually nicer people and by teaching Yoga I will be making a contribution to my society and the world.
Barbara Eugenia Bravo Flores
Barbara Eugenia Bravo Flores
Barbara Eugenia Bravo Flores Email: bravo.barbara@gmail.com I have been practicing yoga for more than 10 years. I joined an Ashtanga Yoga class after a friend recommended yoga and its breathing techniques to help me deal with migraines. While I started practicing in Mexico City, life has given me the opportunity to continue learning in the USA and Kenya. And when we decided to move our family to India I set myself the goal of getting certified as a yoga teacher. I joined Seema Sondhi’s Yoga Studio on September 2016 and finished my TTC last November. During the months under Seema’s guidance I deepened my knowledge of yoga. Before joining her studio, yoga was only part of my weekly exercise but since the TTC yoga has become more than asanas for me as I am applying the philosophy to my daily life. I am working hard every day to find bliss in the small things that happen during my day: the smile on my kids’ faces, their hugs and kisses and the time my husband and I spend talking while having dinner. Now I know, bliss is me practicing yoga so I smile and enjoy when my body goes from one asana to another. I joined David Keil’s workshop in Delhi in December 2016 at The Yoga Studio. An old injury on my left shoulder had been nagging me for weeks. My muscles were so tight that I couldn’t bring my arm over my ears. Keil’s workshop helped me understand better how to treat injuries on students and how to help them modify their practice without having to stop. He gave me excellent guidance on how to take care of my shoulder while practicing and I learned to be patient and kind with my body. I also attended Matthew Sweeney’s four-day workshop at Seema Sondhi’s studio in Delhi last April. It helped refine my Ashtanga practice and I learned new ways to get into an asana and modify it. But most importantly, I learned how to avoid hurting myself or my students. I also learned from him to observe my students’ practice. Observation will make me a better teacher and I will know what my students need from me. I am observing my own practice too, feeling how asanas move my body. I think this will help me deepen my practice and my knowledge of yoga. Finally, Sweeney told us to stay curious of other people. While I am still working on this I am also staying curious about yoga and how it transforms the body and the mind. For me yoga has been a discovery and am learning every day. The journey hasn’t finished and I am keeping myself curious to be a better teacher for my students. Briefly tell us why teaching yoga and being YAI Certified is important to you. Yoga has transformed my life, and I want to take it to others so they can benefit from it. I started practicing yoga in 2004, I was having constant migraines that were keeping me off work and under strong medication. A friend recommended yoga to help me improve my breathing, to stay fitted while also being good to reduce migraines. My first yoga class was an Ashtanga primary series intermediate class. This way the only class I could join due to my work schedule. I remember downward dog was very challenging, my arms and my legs were shaking and I was sweating like ever before. After a few months of practicing Ashtanga yoga twice a week, I started feeling the benefits. My migraines became less frequent, and I reduced the number of pills I was taking to reduce the headaches. My body was stronger, downward dog was not that challenging anymore and it was becoming a resting pose. Soon I was practicing headstand, my breathing was synchronized with my asanas and my body look great. I am a teacher yoga for kids and adults, and I have seen the benefits on both. Kids are the most challenging students since they have a very short attention span. My little students have learned how to breathe, they practice Darth Vader and Candle breathing. They know how to relax at ‘do nothing pose’, Savasana, and love to practice asanas through games. They learn asanas through names they can relate to. For example, airplane, Virabhadrsasna III, butterfly, Baddha Konasana , tree, Vriksasana. Parents come to me with the most amazing stories about their kids teaching yoga to the whole family and relaxing at Savasana when they feel tired. I have also seen great benefits in adults. Some of my students think yoga is not for them because they are not flexible enough or because they do not like the pranayama techniques. I can see how my husband’s body has transformed with yoga. His body is more flexible and he rests better the days he practices yoga. He also looks great! I look forward to teach more adults that have doubts about yoga and help them transform their bodies and lives. Lastly, as I mentioned before we are a family that moves countries every 2 to 3 years, I may not be able to take a lot of things with me when we move, my practice and my teaching can follow me everywhere. For me is very important to have my YAI certificate to be able to teach on our next destination. Getting my certificate gives me the credentials and approval from Seema Sondhi and YAI to help others feel better, heal their bodies and to get healthy.
Jennifer Graham
Jennifer Graham
In April-May 2017 I took part in Seema Sondhi’s yoga teacher’s training program for 6 weeks. Since then, I have been teaching classes on a regular basis and have also attended a 3-day BKS Iyengar workshop. I have further continued my own practice and personal study of yoga. YAI certification is important to me as I would like to continue teaching. YAI certification assures quality and provides accreditation that is acknowledged internationally, including my home country.
Monica Kjollerstrom
Monica Kjollerstrom
In May 2017, I undertook the 300-hour Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher training course at Seema Sondhi’s studio in New Delhi. Since then, I have taught family and friends and continue to practice regularly here in Munich. I hope to teach colleagues at the UN, and eventually in a studio or in a corporate setting. I came to yoga as a result of a deep, physical need to release stress and focus on nothing but my breathing. I first experienced the power of pranayama when I gave birth to my first child in 2009. I have practiced yoga intertwined with other fitness activities since then, but it was only in early 2016 that I began to attend Ashtanga yoga classes on a regular basis, while working for the UN peacekeeping Mission in eastern Congo. This made an enormous difference on my ability to deal with stress, stay energized and generally be kinder to my colleagues and accept the daily challenges of living in a remote location and being away from my family for an extended period of time. The YAI certificate is recognized internationally and is required by most yoga studios as a pre-requisite to teach.
Rashi Nahata
Rashi Nahata
My journey of teaching yoga started from November 2009, the moment I completed the teacher training from Seema Sondhi, The Yoga Studio . I opened "Breath yoga studio" in Kolkata . In these 8 years, the students and classes have increased manifold from teaching 3 classes a week to 12 classes a week . I have conducted 2 (4 days) yoga retreats in Glenburn tea estate , Darjeeling, India and at Hua Hin , Thailand . I have also organised yoga workshops in Kolkata inviting my guru Seema Sondhi( New Delhi) , H.S. Arun ( Bengaluru) , Bharath Shetty (Mysore), Jules Febre ( New York) among others. Not only have I conducted corporate workshops for Citibank global Heads, but have also utilised my teaching for students at an NGO ( Apne Aap, Kolkata) . Since the year 2015, I have been teaching at the USA consulate in Kolkata. I have been attending the International Yoga festival at Parmarth Ashram, Rishikesh since the year 2013. Lastly, I have been honoured with the Aparajita Award in fitness category by a leading newspaper, Sanmarg of Kolkata. Teaching yoga has been extremely fulfilling and has given me a sense of purpose in my life . The YAI certificate is important to me since I am moving out of the country to Singapore. I feel the certification will give me a better credibility and opportunity to keep teaching and to keep spreading the fire of yoga.

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