046 – Colleen Callander on Being the Best Leader You Can Be

Welcome to Episode 46 with Colleen Callander, Former Sportsgirl CEO, Founder of Mentor Me, Author of Leader By Design, Inspirational Speaker, Business and Leadership Coach and Non-Executive Director. Colleen is a powerhouse woman and today she is sharing her years of leadership knowledge with us all.

In today’s episode we are going to be talking about what makes a great leader and how you yourself can be the best leader that you can be. This episode is information packed, so having a note pad and pen ready will allow you to get the most out of this discussion.

Colleen and I explore:

-leaving school early and rising through the ranks all the way to success
-tips for managing burn out and signs to look out for
-boundaries, saying no and being okay with self-care
-why serving yourself, will help you serve others better
-why it’s time to throw out the term ‘work/life balance’
-could you use a little 45 TO THRIVE?
-how you can be the leader you’ve always wanted to be
-the benefits of leading with kindness
-why parenting and leading use the same principles
-a ‘people first policy’ and why you need one
-the old and new era of leadership
-building and honing confidence
-working on your inner critic to overcome stagnancy
-navigating small business in these crazy times
-does retail have a future?
-nurturing mental health in the workplace

The message that Colleen is sharing is so important and so powerful for all women out there. The world needs more kind and compassionate leaders and Colleen is helping to create a beautiful community of them.

Connect with Colleen on Instagram at @colleen_callander or connect with your host at @stephsanzaro.

Happy listening x

Welcome to Episode 46 with Colleen Callander, Former Sportsgirl CEO, Founder of Mentor Me, Author of Leader By Design, Inspirational Speaker, Business and Leadership Coach and Non-Executive Director. Colleen is a powerhouse woman and today she is sharing her years of leadership knowledge with us all.

In today’s episode we are going to be talking about what makes a great leader and how you yourself can be the best leader that you can be. This episode is information packed, so having a note pad and pen ready will allow you to get the most out of this discussion. This episode is all about leadership, kindness, burn out, confidence and self-care, it is inspiring and empowering! Let’s get stuck in.

Colleen and I discuss:

  • leaving school early and rising through the ranks all the way to success
  • tips for managing burn out and signs to look out for
  • boundaries, saying no and being okay with self-care
  • why serving yourself, will help you serve others better
  • why it’s time to throw out the term ‘work/life balance’
  • could you use a little 45 TO THRIVE?
  • how you can be the leader you’ve always wanted to be
  • the benefits of leading with kindness
  • why parenting and leading use the same principles
  • a ‘people first policy’ and why you need one
  • the old and new era of leadership
  • building and honing confidence
  • working on your inner critic to overcome stagnancy
  • navigating small business in these crazy times
  • does retail have a future?
  • nurturing mental health in the workplace

I really hope you enjoyed todays episode with the incredible Colleen Callander, I know I personally took a lot away from this episode and feel much more equipped to be the best leader that I can be. The message that Colleen is sharing is so important and so powerful for all women out there. The world needs more kind and compassionate leaders and Colleen is helping to create a beautiful community of them.

If you would like to work with Colleen, I have added some links below where you can get in contact and work with her. Please do not hesitate to contact either of us, as we would absolutely love to hear what you thought of this wonderful episode.

Website: https://www.colleencallander.com.au
Book: https://www.booktopia.com.au/leader-by-design-colleen-callander/book/9780648980384.html?irclickid=3qFVdHRnixyLRdS0W2SX%3Awd2UkBXQCw5bwxXTg0&bk_source=2783021&bk_source_id=2783021&irgwc=1&utm_campaign=Callander%20and%20Co&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=Impact
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/colleen_callander/

Happy listening friends xx


032 – You Can Have The Life You Imagine with Jenna Hutchison

In Episode 32 we are joined by the beautiful Jenna Hutchison as she shares parts of herself with us she has never shared anywhere else before. This is a heart warming episode of strength and inspiration to do what you’ve always imagined in this life. This episode will certainly bring on a few tears, so have the tissues handy. Jenna is an artist, candle maker, workshop host, founder of a not for profit organisation and a woman to watch. In this episode we sit down to have a conversation about pouring your heart and emotion into your art, leaving the 9 to 5, how our growth is never linear, the pain of losing her father to a rare blood cancer, how when we are in flow the universe provides, the spinal reconstruction surgery that changed her life forever and how having your achievements recognised can make you realise that you are deserving of allowing yourself to appreciate you, after all these years. This is such a stunning episode that I am so proud and so humbled to share with you all today. You can connect with Jenna on instagram at @loveludie happy listening friends! xx

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today I am joined by the beautiful and talented Jenna Hutchison of Love Ludie.

Jenna is a woman of many talents, from being an artist, to candle maker, art workshop director and the founder of a not for profit organisation… this women is one to watch.

This conversation astounded me. Listening to her journey of strength and triumph, warmed my heart and softened my soul. It is not often that I am so in awe of someone when they are telling me their story, but today is a beautiful example of that.

I believe that through listening to the conversation you will be truly inspired to go after your dreams and to not let anything stop you along your journey.

Jenna opens up to us and shares something so deeply personal that she has never shared anywhere publicly before. I am honoured to hold space for this magical woman and I definitely recommend having tissues on hand, because it is destined to be a tear jerker.

Today Jenna and I gently discuss:

  • recognising our own self worth
  • why pouring your heart and emotion into your art can be cleansing
  • why our growth is never linear in this life
  • how the loss of a loved one changes us forever
  • saying goodbye to the 9 to 5 to pursue a life you always imagined
  • why when you are in flow, the universe provides
  • learning to be organically yourself
  • why we all deserve to slow down and appreciate ourselves
  • why yoga has been so important to Jenna in her journey
  • how spinal reconstruction surgery taught Jenna just how strong she really is and the true power she holds within herself
  • how therapy can hold our soul and validate our experience
  • winning the ANZ creative branding award
  • creating Cleaner Coast her not for profit organisation

This conversation made it’s way into my heart and created so much adoration for the wonderful Jenna.

Listening to her talk so vulnerably and openly about her story has enabled us, the listeners to connect with her on such a deep level.

I know that I am extremely inspired by this incredible lady and I hope you are too!

If you would like to work with Jenna you can head over and find her at her website and even join her for a workshop here

Connect and send Jenna your beautiful words of kindness through her instagram @loveludie

I am so incredibly humbled by this conversation and for Jenna sharing her heart with us, I cannot thank you enough.

We would both absolutely love to hear from you and to hear your words and feedback.

Happy listening my friends,

Steph xx
@stephsanzaro

030 – Stepping Into Your Power with Tom Robb

In this episode I am joined by the electric Tom Robb, to talk about stepping into our power and living in our authentic truth, showing up exactly as we are and owning our individuality. We will talk about opening your mind to self development, why life doesn’t get in the way ‘life is the way’, breaking the stigma of Men’s mental health at a young age, why your uniqueness is what makes you special, why we need to communicate openly and so much more! You can find more from Tom at @lifeis_theway on instagram xx

Hi all, welcome back to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today we are joined by the electric Tom Robb, a speaker, yoga teacher, outdoor facilitator, mediation teacher and mentor.

That’s right… he does all of those things! Tom oozes passion for helping others become the best versions of themselves.

He has a strong love for self development and along his self improvement journey he has created some wonderful resources that now helps other’s on their journey too.

Life Is The Way is his business and Tom speaks today about how ”Life doesn’t get in the way, life is the way”.

In today’s episode, Tom and I discuss:

  • finding freedom and flexible income with yoga teaching
  • opening your mind to self development
  • working with young minds and providing a safe space for them
  • why it’s never too late to start, age is no barrier
  • why life doesn’t get in the way, life is the way
  • why we need to act on our ideas and passions instantly
  • breaking the stigma of Men’s mental health at a young age
  • why operating at your highest frequency is important for everyone around you
  • why your uniqueness is what makes you special in this life
  • why ”you don’t lose; you learn”
  • why we need to communicate openly and check in on the people around us regularly
  • why we need to step outside the box of social norms and be our authentic selves
  • a message we need to share with our kids

This was such a rad episode to sit down and record and it carries a lot of power along with it’s words.

A big thank you to Tom for showing up exactly as he is and being his best self for us today.

You can find more from Tom on instagram

Or find him through his website

Thank you to you, for joining Tom and I today and sharing your time with us both! We would love to hear from you and hear what you think 🙂

Happy listening,

Steph xx

028 – Honouring Your True Self with Haley Madison

Episode 28 with Haley Madison, a transformational coach who is helping others make lasting impact. This episode is about retuning in to our sense of self and giving ourselves permission to show up just as we are. We discuss the importance of doing what serves you, why running away from our problems is counter productive, why we need to do less and be more present and the importance of reconnecting to our inner child. You can find more from Haley on instagram at @iamhaleymadison
Happy listening! xx

Episode 28 with the wonderful Haley Madison, is a beautiful message of hope for those of us out there who are existing without a true sense of self.

Haley is a transformational coach who guides other coaches and mentors to make the lasting impact they have always wanted to make. Her journey began herself as a health coach and changing the lives of her clients, through self love, understanding and health and wellness.

In this exceptional episode I am so excited to share with you the beautiful words of wisdom that Haley spreads, it is an episode that I believe will hit you in all the right places.

In this episode we discuss:

  • honouring your expression of who your are in that moment and giving yourself permission to change and evolve
  • how Haley’s self healing journey began with food and alcohol
  • growing up in an environment of addiction and depression and the patterns in can present in adult life
  • creating a safe environment for yourself and allowing yourself to thrive
  • wherever you are at, you can make your way to a greater place than where you are currently at and how you can get yourself there
  • honouring what ‘serves you’
  • why running away from your problems is counter productive
  • why letting yourself experience your day to day life just as it is, can help give you the permission to start accepting yourself just as you are
  • why you need to do less and be more present
  • why you need to start manifesting
  • understanding the ‘inner child’ archetype and why we need to reconnect back in to heal our soul
  • conquering the fear of being alone

This is an episode that I think you won’t long forget.

There are so many parts of this episode that I wish I could replay on repeat over and over for so many of you, to truly learn and understand how truly worthy you all are of living the lives you have been dreaming of living.

You can find more from Haley on her website here

Find her on instagram at @iamhaleymadison

Thank you again for joining me for such a spectacular episode with the ever lovely Haley Madison!

Haley and I would love to hear from you and to hear how this episode touched your lives in some way, so please do not hesitate to connect with us.

Big love,

Steph xx
@stephsanzaro

025 – Self Worth, Awareness and Growth with Tessa Lloyd

This week we are joined by Tessa Lloyd, the gorgeous Mental Health OT, Art Therapist and founder and creator of The Art of Insight and Our Mindful Youth. This episode is all about learning to understand ourselves a little better, the importance of self reflection and awareness. We discuss Tessa’s experience with an autoimmune disease, her past of ‘running’ and the beautiful effects that art therapy and breath work can have. This is a beautiful and eloquent episode about understanding our mental health, you can connect with Tessa at @tessajlloyd on instagram – Enjoy, my friends.

Welcome to the Steph Sanzaro Podcast.

This week we are joined by the incredible Tessa Lloyd, a Mental Health Occupational Therapist, Art Therapist, founder of The Art of Insight and Our Mindful Youth.

Episode 25 is a very fluid and beautiful episode, carried by the enchanting voice of Tessa. Her episode highlights the importance of self awareness in helping us to recognise and understand ourselves and our emotions, thoughts and feelings.

Understanding ourself, can help to enrich our lives and relationships. It’s understanding why we say and do the things we do. In this episode we touch on how significant this is and how important it is to acknowledge and validate our feelings as a pathway to enhancing our lives.

This episode will take us through:

  • self care rituals during this uncertain season
  • Tessa’s self awareness and growth journey
  • developing an autoimmune disease and the unconscious ways it shaped the women she grew into
  • how our greatest pain can make us more empathetic and understanding
  • repeating the same patterns in relationships and it’s toxic cycle
  • the beautiful act of rebellion against societal norms to stop, sit and appreciate how far we’ve actually come on our journey
  • what is ‘holding space’ and why is it so important for ourselves and others around us?
  • the scientific and spiritual importance of the ‘Breath’ in helping to ground us in moments of anxiety or ‘monkey brain’
  • the beauty of Art Therapy as a healing mechanism
  • uncovering your true creative self
  • fear and shame, containing the expression of our highest self
  • believing we are unworthy of self care and self love and where to start with overcoming this feeling

What a wonderful episode! I loved talking to Tessa about her work and her passion for helping others with mental health, you can truly see that she is doing her ‘soul work’.

We are all at different stages of our self healing journey. Maybe you have just begun or perhaps you are months or years into yours. But no matter where we are, it’s important to sit and appreciate the awareness it takes to try and understand yourself and better yourself.

Where ever you are on your journey, it can be very helpful to have mentors, therapists and others to help and lean on. If Tessa is someone you would like to connect with and work with I will leave her details for you below.

Work with Tessa and connect via LinkedIn

Find Tessa and her graphics we discussed on Instagram

Connect into the Mind Rising program

Thank you so much for joining us today and sharing your time as we have this mindful conversation!

Stay safe and well my friends,

Steph xx




Should I Do Yoga Teacher Training In Rishikesh, India?

The answer to this question is found in this blog! Should you go to India to do your Yoga Teacher Training? Here you will find my daily schedule, what it was like, what to bring and how I found the whole experience!

YES. My short answer is a big fat yes.

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Let me take you back to the very beginning when this idea first crept into my mind.

You see, for years I have wanted to travel the world. To meet people and to experience a life outside of my small town bubble. But up until now I have been too scared and too anxious; too anxious to take the leap and travel the world by myself.

Anxiety can be crippling. It takes over you and it tells you to stay put and to stay where you know is safe. This might not sound like a problem, but it is when it stops you from following your dreams and living a life you have always wanted.

In 2017 a friend and I planned a trip to India. We picked out all the destinations and did all of the research and we planned out all of the things we wanted to see and do.

But when it came time to book, I made up every excuse under the sun as to why I couldn’t go. “I have a full time job, I need to stay here and support myself, pay for rent and my house here”. “I should go to uni and study first as I am getting older and will be in my late twenty’s before I have a degree”.

Any excuse you can think of? I used it.

So I never went. I continued to live my life, working full time, did some study, did all of the things that I thought I was ‘supposed to do’.

But for some reason I still didn’t feel content.

I still felt lost and a part of me knew that I was hiding away from all of the things that I really wanted to be doing, because of FEAR.

It took me a long time and a lot of inner work, to overcome that fear and to start tackling and taking on the things I was afraid of.

I decided that 2019 was going to be the year that I finally travelled!

At the start of the year I wrote a list of goals and planned things I wanted to achieve in this 12 month period, travelling was one of them.

In the early months of the year I began talking about travelling to India and doing the trip I had always wanted.

One day I was talking about it with 2 business owners of a Yoga studio in Geelong and I mentioned that it would be really awesome to complete yoga teacher training while I was in India, to add to my skills as a personal trainer. They said it would be a great idea and suggested that I talk to someone who works for them that completed their YTT in India as well. The women they were talking about was Mary Thomas (@mantrasandmangos).

I decided to message her and to ask her where she studied and what it was like. She told me she attended Rishikesh Vinyasa Yoga School in Rishikesh, India and would suggest no other school!!

I started to feel extreme excitement and a sudden gravitational pull towards that decision, a ‘pull’ I can only explain as a gut feeling I just couldn’t ignore! I researched a few other schools, but internally I knew that I had already made my decision, I too was going to attend Rishikesh Vinyasa Yoga School.

After about 3 months of talking about it and saying it out loud (this is an important part of drawing the kind of life you want, to you) “I’m going to go to India to do my yoga teacher training”… “I’m going to go to India to do my yoga teacher training”… I finally mustered up the courage one night and booked it!

I paid the deposit and then knew that it was set… I was going to India!

This was a HUGE step for me, and the beginning of the best decision I could have made for myself.

I later purchased a one way flight to Delhi and a small domestic flight to Dehradun which is the closest airport to Rishikesh (I recommend doing this too as it is much more convenient than taking a car 8 hours from Delhi).

It was all set and locked in, once your flight it booked you really know it’s happening!

Below I will write my tips and everything I think you will need to know if you have been thinking of coming to Rishikesh, India to complete your Yoga Teacher Training!

The tips will be transferable no matter which school you choose, but I will give examples of what my training was like at RVYS, so that you can get a whole idea of what my experience was like!


WHAT WAS THE TRAINING LIKE?

Well first of all it was amazing.

Probably one of the best months I have had in my entire life!

But I suppose you don’t really want to just take my word for it, you probably want a few examples and reasons why, and I’m more than happy to oblige…

First off you probably want to know how much it was???

Well for one month of Yoga Teacher Training, with accommodation and food included it was $1300 USD or around $1900 AUD!!! Yoga alliance certification upon completion of the course as well, so its a pretty great price!!

My flight to India was $500 AUD one way and the flight to Dehradun was $110 AUD

And the entire time I was in my training I only spent $150 AUD and that was mostly on nuts and seeds, bathroom products, cakes and vegan treats and 1 pair of pants!

Sooooo YUP! It’s a cheap experience that I honestly cannot recommend more! 🙂

Here is a little ‘day in the life’ for you, so that you can understand what my experience was like!

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The basic daily schedule went a little something like this:


5.00am – Wake up

5.30am – 6.30am – Pranayama and cleansing class (this is where you learn breathing techniques and complete nasal and eye cleansing)

6.30am – 8.00am – Vinyasa flow class (this is your first practical class of the day)

8.00am – 9.00am – Breakfast (mostly fruits, porridge, legumes, toast etc)

9.00am – 10.00am – Yoga Philosophy class (theory class about the history and the meaning of Yoga)

10.00am – 11.00am – Anatomy class (where you learn about the body parts, joints, etc)

11.00am – 12.00pm – Break (study time or sometimes a nap)

12.00pm – 1.00pm – Lunch (usually 2 or 3 different curries, salad and rice)

1.00pm – 3.00pm – Free time for study and exploring Rishikesh

3.00pm – 4.00pm – Body alignment class (where you learn how to teach and correct yoga postures and do them correctly yourself)

4.00pm – 5.30pm – Ashtanga Yoga class (1.5 hours of learning the primary series of Ashtanga Yoga)

5.30pm – 6.00pm – Tea and shower break

6.00pm – 7.00pm – Meditation class (where you learn and practice different types of meditation)

7.00pm – 8.00pm – Dinner (curries, rice, chapatis etc)


That’s what an average day looked like!

It might seem like a lot, but there was more than enough time for some relaxation and down time.

On Thursdays we had excursions outside of the school, where we:

  • explored a nearby waterfall
  • a cave
  • did henna art
  • did yoga on the beach

Sundays were free days, so we had plenty of time to walk around Rishikesh and get to know the town like the back of our hand. We had learnt every single back road and alley-way by the time we had completed our month of training. We got to go out and eat at different places and try lots of amazing vegan food!

That’s a HUGE plus point for me, Vegan food everywhere! It’s more available than in my hometown in Australia! Truly amazing.


WHAT TO BRING:

I really tried to only pack the necessities in my backpack but somehow ended up filling it all the way to the brim! I will try and list all of the things that I believe are the most important and things that you simply must have.

  1. Your travel backpack (No way, Steph!)
  2. Passport and cash money (you need cash to finish your teacher training payment and its easier to bring it from home as ATM’s are rarely working)
  3. Plenty of Yoga pants, tops and bras and underwear (legit, bring heaps of undies)
  4. Long sleeve or warm clothes and pants for the cold mornings
  5. Thongs (flip flops) for you to wear in the shower (this helps to prevent getting plantar warts)
  6. A pillowcase and sheet are optional (I didn’t use mine, but some people did)
  7. Carabiners (super random but come in handy, I used them all the time to hang things off my bag, secure my keys etc)
  8. A small bag to take down the street with you (with tissues and hand sanitiser)
  9. Shoes with grip on the bottom (the roads are pretty rough and you’ll want good quality sandals that preferably strap up)
  10. A power adapter for Indian wall points (if you’re coming from Aus)
  11. A shawl to cover your shoulders (comes in handy when the wind changes and gets cold, you can buy here in India though)
  12. Your bathroom products are optional as you can buy them in organic stores here
  13. Casual type clothes for days off
  14. Electrolytes and diarrhea tablets (only take these as a last resort, always try and let it all come out naturally without medication but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do)
  15. A music player always came in handy or at least some headphones for music when you want to shut off and relax
  16. Little bags for your clothes to make packing simpler
  17. Bag locks (you won’t need these in your room, but while travelling to India you will)
  18. A travel towel (you can have one provided but I used both)
  19. Bathers and sunglasses (you will swim in the Ganga River if you choose to, I did heaps)
  20. Neck pillow for the plane (I wasn’t going to pack one, but I am so glad a friend gave one to me before I left! It saved me!)

Everything else is pretty unnecessary! For the whole month you are fed and housed and if you wanted to; you could spend no money at all outside of the payment for the YTT (Yoga Teacher Training)!

Oh except for toilet paper, you need to buy that!


WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN DOING YTT IN RISHIKESH, INDIA?:

  • Prepare to be challenged in ways you never have before
  • There are lots and lots of organic stores where you can buy seeds and nuts and vegan cakes
  • SO much vegan food! (It was insanely good)
  • Rishikesh is a holy city that is alcohol and meat free
  • In India you do not place toilet paper in the toilet, it goes in a bin next to it and you can use the bade if you feel comfortable
  • There are lots of cows and monkeys everywhere
  • There will be trash everywhere on the side of the roads, but that’s just a part of the charm!
  • The walk up to the Ashram will help you build that booty you have always wanted
  • You will make 20 new friends for life (no lie)
  • The teachers will become like friends and family to you
  • You will have to stick things in your nose every day (it’s really not as bad as you think it will be)
  • You might get sick but it won’t be from food in the school (only happened when we ate out locally)
  • In other parts of India it is very respectful to cover your shoulders and show less skin, but in Rishikesh it is very tourist focused and you can get away with wearing tank tops and shorts if you choose
  • You will experience lots of exhaustion from all the physical activity and brain power from learning, and you’ll need as much sleep as you can get (we went to bed at 8.00pm most nights and some of us had naps here and there)
  • You will learn so much about yourself and your old beliefs will be challenged

Below you will find videos of the types of cleansing we did every morning!

  • The first video is of the second type of nasal cleansing we did after the second week. This one looks gross and pretty rough… but after the first time it really became much easier and simpler! I got a little competitive with it by the end and tried to beat my time for how long it took me (haha!). I know you’ll be fine with it too!
  • The second one is Jal Neti – nasal cleansing where you pour salty warm water in one nostril and out the other. This one was super easy and honestly nothing to worry about! You will be a pro in no time!
  • The last one is Kunjal Kriya. We only did this once and it was an experience I am glad I had! You make a decision to take on board any challenge thrown at you when you begin this course and that’s exactly what I did! You begin by drinking as much salty water as humanly possible until your body rejects the water and then you start vomiting until you pass bile. This didn’t phase me very much, you’ll be the same 🙂

MY TIPS FOR COMPLETING YOUR YTT IN RISHIKESH, INDIA:

  • Go into it with an open mind and heart
  • Leave your ego at the door (it’s only holding you back)
  • Take it easy in your first week, don’t push your body too hard, too quickly (this is how injuries happen)
  • Arrive in Rishikesh a few days before your training starts so that you can rest and get over the jet lag but also so you can explore and get familiar with the place!
  • Leave Rishikesh a few days after your training ends so that you can relax and gather yourself before you head home or continue on with your travels
  • If you get sick, you get sick! So just rest as much as you can and come back to classes when you are better
  • If you get injured, REST! Do not push your body too hard or it will give out on you later in the future
  • If you are walking through the city, don’t carry food in your hands or monkeys will most likely take it
  • Always walk behind a cow, try and avoid going in front of it – as it can charge you, but it won’t step back into you (at least in my experience here)
  • Make friends and talk to everyone! Every person you meet is worth your time
  • Say YES to things, don’t hold yourself back
  • Don’t stay in the Ashram all the time, walk around the streets get to know where you are staying
  • Find Arora organic store and try the vegan chocolate cake (so naughty but so good)
  • Behind the Ashram there is a place called Tulsi restaurant and you have to try the Vegan Banana Nutella Pancakes!
  • Purchase chia seeds and nuts to place in your porridge in the morning for healthy fats
  • Eat Indian food when you explore and try lots of new things
  • Smoothie bowls are crappy in India but worth a try at least once
  • It’s possible to have ‘soy chai’ or ‘oat milk chai’ and it’s amazing!

MY EXPERIENCE AT RISHIKESH VINYASA YOGA SCHOOL:

Firstly, India is a world very outside of our own western culture. It is magical and it is beautiful, and it is completely worth seeing.

I personally feel that I have found a place that feels like a second home to me. I have become incredibly attached to Rishikesh, completing Yoga teacher training here is like a dream and I feel very blessed after my time at RVYS (Rishikesh Vinyasa Yoga School).

Your body will be twisted and turned like never before… you will sweat more than you ever have in your life… but most importantly you will be one step closer to the person you have always wanted to be.

There will be times when you will cry; when a meditation class will touch you in unexpected ways, when a pranayama cleansing class will force you to try things you never have before… but, you can do it all.

There is not one thing that Rishikesh Vinyasa Yoga School throws at you, that you cannot do or overcome. They’ve done this many times before and you are in very trustworthy hands.

The staff were more than happy to make vegan food every day, as half our class were all vegans! So you will not have a problem there!

In my own personal experience, my whole life has changed since completing this training. It sounds pretty cliché, but it’s true. I am more patient, happy and content.

And that is a fact!

Philosophy classes have reinforced in me the importance of being an observer in my life and not reacting or acting out. I have learnt that my ego can be a pretty nasty b*tch sometimes and that I am best served when I pick her up and place her outside.

I have learnt that sometimes I’m not going to be able to do all of the poses or be as flexible or strong as the person in the corner of my eye, and that that is okay. Your practice is your own, and you must listen to YOUR body.

You start your day with a big smile on your face, and you end it in the same way.

The only challenging part was finding the school on the back of the scooter on day 1! We had such a funny and hard time trying to find it! Follow google maps the best that you can but the school doesn’t have a sign out the front, so you’ll have to ask lots of people and go into a few places before you find it! It’s all a part of the fun, so don’t stress on your first day!

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I am truly so grateful for my experience here and will never forget it. It is an experience I could not recommend enough!

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If you have any questions or queries feel free to contact me, as I will be more than happy to help you!

Namaste

Steph x