Ahead of our Teacher Training Open Day on Friday 18th September for our January 2021 course, we took some time out with current trainee Hayley Huntoon. We were keen to learn more about her yoga journey, and her experience of our course so far. If you’d like to join us on our Open Day, which will take place 7:15pm-9:15pm, you can book your place by clicking here.

What attracted you to the Kula Teacher Training Course?

I started coming to Yoga Kula when I moved to Leeds two years ago. I had prioritised choosing a flat within walking distance from a yoga studio because I wanted to meet new people and be able to practice regularly. The first time I entered the studio, I knew it was the right place for me and I soon began attending a variety of classes. I was inspired by all of the teachers at Kula and felt this was the perfect place for me to complete my training as I already felt such a connection to the studio.

Has the course been all you expected so far?

I didn’t really know what to expect from the course but there has been a real variety of topics and teaching methods. I have felt comfortable with the pace and really enjoyed getting to know my fellow trainees and seeing how much we have all come on month by month.

What advice would you give to anyone considering joining our next intake of students?

Be committed and do it for you. It’s a really supportive course so anything is achievable if it’s something you want, and you’re prepared to work for it.

How have you found the course so far?

Really interesting. It has opened my eyes to so many paths of yoga and the pace has been really enjoyable. I have never felt overwhelmed as we’re taking it steadily.

What part does Yoga play in your life, and has this changed since starting the course?

Yoga for me plays a massive role in connecting with others, and the course has definitely helped me to connect with so many new people. I’ve always enjoyed the fitness side of yoga –  but since being on the course I have been empowered to bring yoga into every aspect of my life. It takes place both on and off the mat now!

What style(s) of Yoga do you practice?

I started by practicing mostly Ashtanga and later found Rocket yoga and became hooked on the workshops, enjoying having more time to explore the practice. Now I mostly practice Vinyasa Flow with the occasional bit of Yin and love the variety. There’s such a range at Yoga Kula there’s something to suit everyone.

Would you have done anything differently, if you were at the start of your course now?

Not that I can think of! I feel like I’m on exactly the right path for me, and with such a supportive community around me on my journey there’s always something to learn.

If you had to sum up the course in 3 words, what would they be?

Accessible, Grounding, Empowering

I know it’s early days, but do you have any aspirations for after the course?

I went into the course wanting to teach and definitely still do. I’d love to help others to get the same enjoyment out of yoga as my teachers have done for me. I currently work as a midwife but would love to do a bit of both.

Would you like to add anything?

If you’re even considering starting your teacher training, I’d say “Go for it!” – Don’t let anything hold you back!

You can follow Hayley’s Yoga Teacher Training Journey by clicking here. 

To book your space on our Teacher Training Open Day, click the button below.

When // Sunday 15th September 2019, 2-4pm

Where // Yoga Kula Studio, Harrogate Road, LS7 4NY