I think I chose this retreat mainly for the view of the mountains and just crossed my fingers that the rest would be just as amazing - and it was! Mariza is a really inspiring, down to earth, kind and funny person and a great teacher. Every posture was explained clearly, and in a way that made sense according to the bodys anatomy, with modifications and demonstrations if needed, and she always made us feel safe and encouraged. We slowly started teaching since the first week, which was really great practice. It was also cool that we had weekends off to get the chance to rest a bit and take advantage of beautiful Chamonix and its scenery, go for hikes or for a coffee on a terrace. The workshops on Friday were all amazing, fun and very helpful. Everything about this teacher training was great and I think it is a life-changing experience even when the changes integrate slowly. I am very happy and grateful I got to share it with such inspiring people.
My Yoga People
My teacher training with Mariza was a life changing experience! Quite simply my body benefited hugely and my mind as well. The discipline of daily yoga can only benefit us all. You see your body change as your muscles become honed, and all the back and neck aches go away to be replace by a feeling of well-being. As someone whose mind is always ‘too active’ a daily yoga practice helps to keep me calm and grounded and better able to deal with daily life. I cannot recommend enough the chance to do your Teacher Training, even if you never wish to teach you will gain so much from a month of intensive yoga practice. A truly calming and life enhancing experience. Please go for it, you will not regret it for one moment.
My Yoga People
I am more than happy to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude for my Mariza Yoga Teacher Training experience. I would recommend it in a heartbeat to absolutely anyone interested in teaching yoga or simply looking to deepen their personal knowledge of yoga as I first intended to do when I decided to sign up for Mariza YTT. Mariza YTT was a life-changing experience on so many levels for me. It is not only about learning Asana and how to teach yoga. It is far beyond that. For me it was an initiation to learning to live my yoga. In all corners of my life. In the way I see the world, the way I act, in my relationship with others but most of all the relationship that I have with myself.
It helped me to reveal on which I need to work more. YTT taught me that everything you need is already there- inside of you, you just need to find the way to listen. And YTT creates the space and time to do just that. YTT was one of the most challenging things I've ever done but well worth it. It can be quite terrifying as it was for me at times, but Mariza is that kind of teacher who always makes sure that you are feeling safe and supported and let you know that she's there if you ever need her. She understands that we are all different and that we all might need a little different approach. She's incredibly patient and compassionate which makes you feel secure and safe in challenging situations and gives you space to grow and learn at your own pace. Being fortunate enough to participate in Mariza's second YTT inspired me to start to teach myself even though I haven't intended to do so at the beginning at all. YTT helped me to overcome my fear of standing in front of people and express myself in my own way. And not just in standing in front of my students in a yoga class. YTT also gave me a solid base for my regular Asana and meditation practice that I was struggling with before. The sequence that Mariza taught us really helped me with my home practice and is also a great inspiration for sequencing my own classes. Even after completion of YTT, Mariza stays My Teacher to whom I can turn to for an advice and an inspiration. I left the Mariza YTT with so much more than just my official teacher training certificate. It opened me a door to a whole new world which I was looking for it seems like a long time and for that I'm grateful every day.
My Yoga People
Total honesty: I hadn’t put much pre-thought into taking a teacher training course. It was end of a very busy summer work season, and I wanted to be a little selfish and take myself on a 'holiday’ without leaving Chamonix., which I love in Autumn. I imagined TT as a slightly more rigorous month of yoga retreat & liked the idea of having tools to do yoga myself at home on winter days, since I didn’t really have the skills to do anything other than pop on an yoga video and follow the lead of someone else’s practice up to this point. I really can’t put concisely how much more a month with Mariza was. I didn’t have the understanding what I’d get out of it and so was massively humbled growing so much more than just learning how to put together an hours worth of poses in all kinds of ways. On a very basic physical level, I’d struggled with chronic running related injuries for years and had more or less accepted gentle retirement due to hip injuries and over use. This was central to the appeal of Mariza’s yoga to me because it forced me to work on isolating core muscles, strengthen lateral muscles, and start to become aware of my feet and proper alignment, far beyond strong calves, quads, and glutes. I found myself having a whole new range of tools to get at the source of my running misalignments, emphasizing strength and balance instead of a just a new round of cortisone injections, orthotics, time-off. Had this been all I gained from a month of teacher training I would have considered it more than a success. But that was just one component. I found my body opening up and found with it what felt like ways of opening my head as well. The philosophical side of yoga had areas I found interesting simply from an academic point of view initially, but the way this particular teacher training course drew these subjects back to anatomy, to the science of breathing, and the various biological systems of the brain and body I found absolutely fascinating. My graduate work was in neuroscience, so by nature the skeptic, scientific viewpoint is the lense I see the world through. It was truly mind-opening to feel like this point of view was not only included but supported here. It’s led me to go back and take courses in anatomy and phys with an eye to continuing to merge yoga with the science of movement. Had no idea I’d be so drawn into this field. Or that it even existed for that matter!
My Yoga People
I wanted to thank you again for those very memorable 4 weeks!! You have done an amazing job and I mean that really from my heart:) i wanted to let some time pass to contact you and let all my thoughts settle down a bit. Now more than one week later I still feel very very happy that I did the TT and have lots of butterflies in my stomach when I think about it;) Thank you!
My Yoga People
YTTC with Mariza was a lifechanging experience for me, after, nothing was the same. Mariza is a very kind person, gentle talker but confident and firm when it comes to teaching. The place was absolutely beautiful and the view from the shalla, breathtaking. I will always be grateful for my time on YTTC with Mariza! I definitely recommend Mariza and this course !
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