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2015-16 YTT Graduates – Where are they now?

200hr Yoga Teacher Training prepares you to teach, right upon graduation. It’s one thing for us to say that, but check the results - over our past 7 trainings 90% of graduates have been hired to teach yoga within 6 months!

Here is an update from some of our 2015-16 YTT graduates:


  • Kristen Lewallen

    (Kristen took modules of the 200 HR training to work towards her 500 hour certification) 'I have been teaching yoga since 2011, and currently teach at Namaspa, the Athletic Club of Bend, and Broken Top Club. I decided to enhance my training and am currently working on my 500 hour YTT certification with Suzie. Since completing the advanced YTT weekend intensive module, I feel more authentic with my teaching. Teaching yoga is so much more fun when you can teach in the moment, be with your students, and create a space for growth on and off the mat. My experience with the training also translated to more clarity with my relationships outside the studio. I'm excited to finish my certification this fall, and look forward to the self study, growth, and opportunities that this training provides.'

  • Libby Nierman

    YTT had always been something I wanted to do for a long time, in the fall of 2015 it seemed my time had come. Without much understanding of what exactly I was signing my self up for I committed to the process. It was and continues to be a beautiful, sometimes difficult journey of self inquiry and discovery. YTT allowed me the space to look more deeply into my habits and patterns, empowering me to make more conscious choices around what I really want for myself. As a result, I am more in my personal power with how my life unfolds; I more easily recognizing what is in my control and what is not. I was able to engage in this process with others that were also committed to making positive shifts in their lives as well. One of the most valuable aspects of YTT and being part the Namaspa team for me is the community and friendships that are forged as result of being committed and co-creating a safe respected space of healing, growth, and grace for myself and others.

    I am currently teaching a gentle flow class and substituting when I am able at the Namaspa Bend studio. This has been a great opportunity as it challenges me to be out of my comfort zone where I must develop and learning new ways to grow. I continue for practice massage therapy at Namaspa three days a week. Massage therapy and teaching yoga has furthered my understanding and experience of the unique mind, body, and soul connection. I am continually grateful that I found Namaspa and the beautiful community that it offers.

  • Amber Chenault

    'If you wanna stay stuck in the same place and keep getting spanked with the same lessons over and over, be negative, resentful and victimized. If you want to get over your issues and rock your life, be grateful, look for the good and learn.' Jen Sincero in her book, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life.

    That used to be me. Thank goodness I figured it out while I'm still young(ish). Ha! Actually, I truly believe that the series of events that led me to Namaspa and the YTT program was my mid-life crisis... And it's the one of the best things that has ever happened to me! Since graduating from YTT in January, my life has been busy, but incredibly fulfilling and I'm so grateful. I now teach two classes a week in Redmond and I'm on the sub list in Bend. As a new teacher, I still have so much to learn. Often, in my teaching (and in life), I have felt like I am in rote, but I can already feel myself opening up, getting more comfortable with my community and getting into a place where I can step out of my head and my need to get it right and do what I came to do as a yoga teacher, which is to empower and inspire! This is what YTT teaches us to do. Get out of your head and speak and act from your heart! I'm a little stubborn though, so I'm still working on it. Lol. And it is and will always be a process. This whole thing, this life, is just that. A process of continuous learning and, if you're paying attention and working it, growth. At some point you have to realize that, and when you've finally had enough of the monotony, grab the bull by the horns and take responsibility for your happiness. I'm so glad I did!

  • Jeenie Balkins

    Five months ago I finished my YTT at Namaspa in Baptiste style yoga. In February, I went to Sedona to complete Baptiste level one. In March, I began teaching four Journey Into Power classes a week at a local gym and subbing at Willamette Valley Power Yoga. Next month I will complete Baptiste level 2.
    Having been trained in Yin Yoga during my YTT and also being a breast cancer survivor, I am creating a program in Corvallis for cancer survivors. Flexibility and openness are vital to recovery. It is in the works to offer five free Yin classes this summer to those individuals who have completed treatment. I'm so excited about it!
    I'm leading a breast cancer survivor Yin Yoga Retreat weekend as well this month! So much possibility!!

    This has been such a great learning experience. I've been able to practice self inquiry on and off the mat. I've had revelations that no one could teach me but me, with the tools I've learned from this training. It had made a difference in my daily life! I seize the day, embrace the moments, and love life! God has blessed me immensely!

  • Emmerson Jespersen

    Right now I am in the now. The only place to be. I'm about to take my practice teaching class next Tuesday, but I am in no hurry. For I share the state of yoga with whomever I meet. Animals and people alike. I'm making good money training dogs. Doesn't get better than being paid to hangout with k9s.Ii reconnected with my bio dad whom I haven't seen in 18 or so years. I have a month and a half year old baby girl named Vivian who I have only seen for a total of 6 hours due to the fact that her mom has cut me out of her life. I'm having to use the court system to stand up for my basic rights. But I honor the experience because it has taught me to cherish every second with her. And has also given me enormous life lessons and understandings of how samskaras rule peoples life's. A first hand experience of some of the insanity we have in the world today. I'm also furthering my knowledge of the yoga sutras. The first written teachings of yoga. The step by step guide to clearing the samskaras ( experience/conditionings ). I feel blessed to be apart of Pam's study group. And thank her for guiding us. Hmm what else. I'm doing an online workout program from Dylan Werner he is amazing and has so much to offer. Check him out.Don't forget you are the guru ( teacher/guide ) you seek. And yoga is the process and result of coming to a state of being that allows you to hear and learn from your true creator self that you are. You create reality, reality creates you, and we create it together.
    Hakuna matata

    Namaste

  • Ben Schade

    YTT has completely transformed the person I am. Since graduation I have gone on to teach at Namaspa on the sub list. Averaging 7-9 classes a week. Every aspect of my life has been impacted by Yoga and teaching allows me to stay reminded of how beneficial continuing a daily practice is. The YTT program at Namaspa has allowed me to find my voice and be a more authentic person. I have a much better view of the workings inside my mind. I can now witness my emotional responses to situations and sometimes even effect my response and change my perspective to better serve myself and those around me. The tools I learned and implementing those tools have made my life so much better on all levels.

  • Tiana Marie

    My name is Tiana Marie and I graduated YTT with Namaspa in January 2016! I started practicing yoga at the first night of the YTT program in September of 2015! Since then life has only unfolded abundantly through my growth!

    I took a little extra time for myself in the community classes. I am I love with teaching the Tuesday Community class in Redmond! However, I am eager to pass the class for the sub list at Namaspa so I can teach regularly! I am currently teaching classes at the Redmond Athletic Club.

    My journey to this point has been work from the inside out! As of right NOW, I know more about myself than I ever have! I align my choices with what serves me wellness. I do not feel guilty over saying, NO to things, or people anymore. I accept myself as I am, right now in my life; physically and emotionally. As emotional barriers or blocks come to the surface, I acknowledge it and have the tools to know what to do with them. I bless and release with ease every day. Being in a place of no-thing is something that has empowered me each minute! The YTT program opened up a continued commitment to my personal growth. It was the missing link I had been searching for. I have completed 3 of the 40 day programs with Namaspa! I am forever grateful for that program!! I live each day as a yes! Accepting, receiving, forgiving, inspiring, and most importantly; loving myself and others as perfectly imperfect. Allowing others to show up just as they are.

    My son and I have the opportunity to go to Thailand for a year. I am currently in a contemplative state. Being a yes for that, means being a no for other goals I have. I am putting it all out into the universe and will continue to move forward! Until the next second, next minute, next hour and next day; I am at peace right now.

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