Clare Din completed her Pranakriya 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) in June 2020 and kindly shared her journey with excerpts from her personal blog with us! Continue reading below or share her full journey here.
Clare’s Pranakriya experience began with Meditation: Theory & Teaching with Yoganand Michael Carroll in January 2016…
One of my fondest memories of Evolation yoga teacher training was the meditation classes. To my great delight, I found a meditation training course right here in Philadelphia at Wake Up Yoga, the same place where I took Corinna Benner’s fantastic Yin Yoga Teacher Training course. This 34-hour training course explores the many stages and techniques of yoga meditation, including Vedanta, Sankhya, Tantra, and Tantric Hatha Yoga, and offers students a chance to practice teaching the techniques they’ve learned. There are also opportunities to strengthen your yoga practice with individual yoga poses as well as partner yoga poses. I’ve never done a Navasana (boat) pose before, so it was pretty challenging for me. The course is part of the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts and I’ve taken this course to fulfill the requirements of a 300-hour yoga teacher training certification. Yoganand is a master-level yoga teacher at Kripalu and a fount of yoga knowledge. He has the gift of being able to explain traditionally difficult concepts in clear, accessible terms. On the final day, we performed a ritual where we saw the Brahman in ourselves. We were all like “Whoaaa!!!” I was on an emotional high for several hours afterwards. I feel honored to have taken Yoganand’s class.
Clare concluded her Pranakriya 300-hour YTT with The Client Relationship: Cultivating Intuitive Presence, Boundaries, and Ethics with Shelbi Miles in June 2020…
This 20-hour training module focuses on working one-on-one and in small groups of students in a safe, respectful, and clearly defined way. We explored techniques to ground ourselves, establish boundaries, expand inner awareness of both our own, as well as our students, physical, mental, and energetic bodies using asana, pranayama, and meditation. Guidance was given in accessing personal inner wisdom, cultivating objective listening techniques, and using these tools to navigate the best path toward optimal well being. We also looked at ethical issues facing yoga teachers and the importance of professional integrity and boundaries. Upon completion of this course, my 300-hour certificate was awarded, making me an RYT-500 level yoga teacher!
This will not be my last course with Pranakriya, because I’ve found a wonderful group of people with good hearts and souls.
I look forward to taking or re-taking training modules to further deepen my understanding of tantric hatha yoga.