Jessamyn Stanley

200 Hour Teacher Training Testimonials

“First let me say that this experience has changed my life. Now I feel that I’m at the end of the diving board, ready to spring into ­what? ­more yoga. You have been a wonderful mentor and teacher. I feel that you have exposed us to so many things. You’re doing a great service to the world by putting more yoga out there.”
<3 Susan

“I just wanted to tell you thank you. Thank you for offering me a scholarship and making it affordable so that I was able to take part in the program. It changed my life. I truly mean that. I am a totally different person now than I was when I started the program. The entire teacher training was so enjoyable and I learned so much from it. It was one of the best things that I have ever done for myself (and my family) in my life.”
With sincere thanks…
Kelly Kirstie Pierce

“It was an intensive, an immersion, and there has been much to digest.  But like a vinyasa, it flowed and invigorated (and fatigued at times!) and prepared me to teach a class as well as a session with an individual. Papers were fun and the assignments were clear and thought-provoking.  We had to look inside for the answers and that is always good direction. Requirement for taking yoga classes before coming to training and during training was absolutely one of the best ways for us to experience yoga from many perspectives and teachers.  I saw the good, the bad, and the lovely (Joe Taft!) and got great tips for instruction.”

“I am proud to be a graduate of Asheville Yoga Teacher Training.  I think I had a solid and grounded curriculum, an exposure to excellent instruction and that I have a good overview of styles and attitudes in yoga practice and teaching today. Stephanie, you are doing wonderful work.  I hope you and your family continue to prosper.  I will come up to Asheville for another class or workshop and until then, I continue to absorb all the instruction I was given last summer.  I continue to treasure the care and love with which you work.  And of course I will never again hear John Lennon’s Imagine without thinking of your sweet voice singing that to us as we were poised to fly from yoga planet into the wide world.  It is a beautiful world, one made more beautiful by teachers and healers like you.  I thank you with a full heart.”
Namaste,
Dede Yow, RYT 200

“Thank you and Peace. I’ve learned so much about myself during this course. I feel it has just been the beginning of a life’s work. The seeds were planted long ago now the sun of Yoga has warmed them to sprout and grow. I loved all the reading. Every weekend was challenging and rewarding. I never felt as if my time was being wasted. All the instructors were patient kind and knowledgeable I love learning about and being exposed to so many different aspects of Yoga.”
C. Eberhardt

“Overall, a fabulous Teacher training program. Extremely well thought out, comprehensive and intensive training for aspiring teachers and those who just wish to deepen their practice. If the student is willing to invest the time required in individual study and practice they will be rewarded with a wealth knowledge about Yoga and will acquire the skills needed to teach students with little of no Yoga experience.
Thanks Stephanie!”

“Thank you, you gave me what I need and more”

“I love how you incorporate all aspects of Yoga into the training: History, philosophy, reading, pranayama, meditation, asana, self-exploration, chanting, play.. I also love how you bring in so many different teachers so we are exposed to many different and affective styles. Thank you for a great experience!”

“This teacher training course has been a wonderful experience for me. It has helped me to deepen my understanding of Yoga. It helped me to realize how much I knew and how much more I have to learn. It has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to live in the moment. Thank you for offering the course and for bringing the Spirit of Yoga to others. Namaskar!”
S. Sunshine

“The teacher training at AYC was awesome! The quality of instructors, guest lecturers and material is absolutely top-notch. I feel very privileged to have taken my training here in Asheville. I have no complaints some of the information presented was not what I will probably use in my practice, but I was glad to be exposed to it.”

“This teacher training is definitely a life-changing life-renewing experience. I have loved it!”

“I have really gotten a lot out of this course; I have a clearer direction of where I would like to go on my personal journey.”

“This has been the most educational trainings I have ever received. I feel good that I have for once in my life accomplished something that no one can take away from me and I can only begin to get better at what I know or have learned. Thanks Stephanie Thanks for the hug earlier this week.”

“The hands-on weekends have certainly been the highlight of the training. It has been amusing watching my mind wrestle with my own practice throughout the past nine months. Overall, I honor you as a teacher and this nine month experience as only a small snippet of a lifetime process of growing and living and loving and learning. You have felt like a dear old friend since the very first day. I love how the education focused on asana as only one aspect of an overall “yogic” lifestyle. I liked your personal stories and anecdotes, helping us understand that even the teacher struggles with incorporating yoga principles into an American Capitalistic, fast food society. Your humility, humanity and fire shine bright, and your program reflects your own life lessons.
Thank you.”
Tim   

“This teacher training was an incredible experience. We were introduced to so many of the different aspects of yoga. I liked the variety of teaching personalities that were part of out training. My main suggestion would be to have some type of mentoring system. I know, especially after seeing your life first hand as a cleaning lady that this would be impossible for you to take on, however I felt a need for more guidance, nurturing, and butt kicking in my own process and relationship to yoga. Maybe different core teachers could be paired with students to spread the load. I also know that ultimately the responsibility for nurturing, guidance, and butt kicking is on ourselves, and huge growth comes from this independence, however maybe because of the place in my life I have been in these past 9 months, I felt a desire for a yoga teacher mentor within this program.”

“The range of topics in this program was extremely well-balanced considering what a wealth of information is out there. The biggest thing I have learned is that teacher training is a life-long process it never ends. Thanks, Stephanie!”

“Your teacher training was great! For someone who hasn’t been anywhere near academics, I think I have really learned a lot yoga and otherwise. I enjoyed coming here every month, even though it took away from my normal (everyday) life which I have become accustomed to. I realize there is always more to learn, but I think a lot of knowledge has been picked up here. Hope our paths cross and you can see me and be proud of you and of me. Namaste.”

“Praise! This is a very complete and challenging teacher training. While providing a solid base in flow yoga and alignment, the training succeeded in giving me a good sense (physical and philosophical) of the world of yoga. The most unexpected and strangest aspect of the program was the detailed training in hands-on adjustments and attention to guiding the student. My own teaching has become richer and stronger thanks to Stephanie.”


“Dear Stephanie, I wanted write while this is still fresh in my mind. Here’s your critique as a teacher (from a veteran). You are (as all good teachers should be)
-very serious about teaching and laughing
-organized
-attentive to detail
-very knowledgeable in your field
-aware that students learn differently
-aware that students pay attention about 80-90% of the time (things have to be repeated)
-aware that students have personal issues
-aware that there are different kinds of intelligence
-very good at positive reinforcement
-excellent at providing a diverse program
-good at taking care of yourself (very good)
-excellent at loving each group as if you could never love another as much then loving the next group equally as much.—- You get A+ 100% well done.”
Love, Susan

“I truly gained a tremendous amount of information not only about yoga but about myself. At times I really enjoyed other teachers present topics. Gave different perspective insight; however, also really enjoyed your teaching and would have liked more “Stephanie” teaching time. Hard to find that balance in a busy course. Your insight is abounding if that’s even a real word. I loved your stories your enthusiasm is contagious. Complaints, complaints??? Don’t have any. I hope to be able to continue studying with you, either here in Asheville maybe you could come to Richmond, Cananda??? Someday.”
J Theresa

“What I loved about the AYC teacher training is what at time frustrated me the most. It is the diversity of teachers and styled and how nothing is black and white but so very gray the way my life is. The vast knowledge and the ability to impart this to the students was awe inspiring. Every teacher had their own unique gifts and were so consistently professional, caring, goal oriented, and personable. I will definitely miss this experience as I have made so many new friends and learned so much about my passion of yoga and myself and human nature in general. Thank you Stephanie for an outstanding and for your many outstanding gifts you so freely give.”

“I started this program with the thought that I was on a new path and that this program was one of the stepping stones on the path. It has been much much more than that. It is part of a greater plan, but the program really helped define and clarify the path for me. My path is still winding and I don’t quite see the end but it is well illuminated and thanks to what I learned I am not so fixated on the end results as I am on the process. I look forward to furthering my studies with you and enjoy what I have learned so far. Thanks for sharing!”
Love, Carol Morrissey

“Thank you for empowering me to discover my own natural potential and rhythm. I liked the way you bring several teachers in to contribute to our learning. Enjoyed learning about my own weaknesses and strengths. Feel confident in my teaching ability. Liked the book reports and reading. Went by to fast!!”

“Overall I really enjoyed this class and feel as if I learned a great deal.. I came into this class to enhance my personal practice as well as general knowledge about yoga. I feel as if I have succeeded in both! Thanks for your knowledge and kindness!”
Namaste, Jennifer

“I loved the yoga teacher training. It gave a wonderful chance to experience many different styles and aspects of yoga. The different tastes provided enough information to choose directions for further study. Each weekend wad a wonderful celebration of yoga a yoga fest. Thank you, Stephanie.”

“My life has changed in the best way possible from taking the immersion. I have met sooo may beautiful friends through this process, and that is the most important thing, to me. But also, I learned an incredible amount of knowledge in a short amount of time–that 3 weeks, everyday, is the best way to earn a certificate. I am also trying to meditate everyday–something I didn’t think I could ever do!”

“Thank you for helping to change my life!”
Love much,
Suzann Sox

“These last months have been beyond my wildest dreams – Yoga has become my passion.. My life! I was in awe of the education I have received..much deeper and more technical than anything I gained from medical courses I have taken in the past. I am thankful for all the knowledge and compassion that has been passed on to me through such beautiful people and I am grateful and thankful for them all. This has been quite a humbling experience for me. Stephanie, thanks for your love, support, your gifts, your wonderful storytelling, sharing yourself with us and all your hard work!”
S. Dulken