AYA is my yoga home. There is a feeling of family here that extends out to the whole community.
The new studio space is beautiful and feels like a little oasis in the middle of bustling Prahran.
I love the diversity in teachers, offerings and classes at AYA. There is something for everybody and student’s range from young spritely yogis to grandparents, all practicing together.
AYA balances a deep reverence for Patanjali’s traditional yogic philosophy, with a contemporary approach to teaching. Being a teacher training school, the atmosphere is alive with the buzz of learning.
I loved doing my teacher training at AYA as I found this course provided plenty of opportunity for practical teaching experience. This gave me the confidence to start teaching straight after graduating.
Having the opportunity to undertake a mentorship with both Dominique Salerno and Jo Buick has been invaluable to me as a new teacher. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and receive support from these senior teachers; via assisting classes, sharing resources, reflecting and working together. These two incredible women have taught me so much. I will take their guidance with me throughout life, as I expand my experience teaching and learning.
I find myself consistently inspired at AYA, and I am truly grateful to call this space my yoga home. It is a beautiful thing to be able to honestly say, that regardless of whats going on in life, you can look forward to going to work, knowing that you get to share something that has been a powerful tool for your own healing and growth.
I started off not knowing exactly what I wanted out of the course, but soon after realised that I had found a place where I truly wanted to be, and with people who I aspired to me more like. I also felt major changes in my life, own practise and confidence as a reflection of what we learned in class, as it was so relevant to daily life, especially the meditation, pranayama and spirituality modules, and both my friends and family noticed major changes in my demeanour and attitude, so thank you!!!
As a result, I am now living in the U.S, have just started teaching my own yoga classes in the park, and also just secured a place to teach at a local martial arts studio, so things are really happening! I could not have done it without the love and support of Anthony, Mel, and yourself, and look forward to staying in touch in the near future!
I have thoroughly enjoyed the 350 hour Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching course at the Australian Yoga Academy over the last 12 months. In a sea of yoga teacher training courses available nowadays, I am so glad that I chose AYA. The course is well designed and very comprehensive. The AYA team of senior teachers are genuinely passionate about what they do and care about their students’ learning and development.
I would like to thank the AYA team for their unreserved passion, love and teaching over the last 12 months; for their lectures, feedback on my assignments, teaching rounds and mentoring opportunities. The course has built a solid foundation for me to start teaching and explore further learning in the future.
I had practiced and taught yoga on a voluntary basis for many years. I had been feeling very tired and without motivation in my life for quite some time and after many years of giving to others I wanted to do something for myself. Little did I know then how the course was going to transform my life.
I liked the classes so much that I did not miss any of the 40 Saturday classes throughout the year. Dominique, Emma and Anthony, each of them with they own personality and wisdom created a safe space for self-expression and learning. I always felt welcome never criticised or judged. There was challenge but there was also respect to my way of being and my own space.
I took a course to train as Yoga Instructor and I got a transformational experience of such magnitude that I rediscovered my mission in life, but better than that I recovered the courage to do something about it. Before I even finished the course I opened my own Yoga studio and I am dedicated to fulfilling my mission through Yoga. I have put together a team of AYA graduates to work with me; we are having a great time building up the studio. We are all AYA graduates in action out here in the world.
Thank you Dominique, Anthony and Emma for accepting me as student at the AYA, and thank you for all the years you have spent and the time you continue spending creating yourselves as teachers so through you we can access the wisdom and knowledge of all those that came before us.