Yoga teacher training is a focused opportunity to deepen your practice and develop a meaningful approach to sharing yoga with others. River Rock Yoga and Wellness Center is making this path available to students with a 200-hour teacher training beginning in February and continuing one weekend a month through November. Over the course of the 10-month commitment, instructors Sandy Byrne and Sharon Shanti Danio will bring their unique styles to the training of teachers. “The space is a welcoming and dynamic setting to explore yoga and send it back out into the world,” says Byrne. “This ripple effect…we never really know the effects we have on others and how far our ripples will go.”
Byrne says her previous work as a gymnast and coach had determined a certain relationship with her body that left her curious and a little skeptical about what yoga might be like. “I was pulled to explore yoga, but I came into it with trepidation of anything beyond a physical practice,” recalls Byrne. “After a few months of a regular practice, I discovered that the benefits of yoga reached far beyond the physical body.” Byrne left yoga for some time while her children were small and life presented various challenges, noting, “crisis can be our undoing, but it can also open us up to what comes next—if we shift.” When she returned to yoga, she moved from a regular practice to teacher training. She also added massage therapy to her knowledge of the relationship between anatomy, asana, and the energy body.