Yoga Teacher Trainee: April Burkhart

April is one of the yoga teacher trainees in our Spring 2019 cohort. Read more about her story and why she’s training at M3Yoga. 

Where are you from? Gwinnett County, Georgia

Where do you live? Athens

Favorite place you’ve been? A camp on a game reserve in South Africa.

What’s your passion? I love working on teams where we all participate in breathing life into an idea and turn it into something tangible. I love nothing more than completing a project and sending the end result out into the world. I also love to participate in things that are physically creative like aerial dance, dancing, and now yoga!

Favorite pose? I love the Warrior poses. When you string them together it feels like dancing, and I love dancing.

How long have you practiced yoga?
Since the summer of 2018

What’s your favorite yoga style?
I love the constant movement through the poses of a Flow class.

Why did you decide to attend teacher training?
After attending classes regularly at M3Yoga for several months, I noticed that I would leave the classes feeling less stressed, have a more positive attitude, and was able to interact in my life a little easier. I wondered what it was about the yoga classes that caused the change. When the opportunity to join a teacher training came up, I went to the open house and got more information and sat with the idea for several weeks. I decided to do the training because I want to learn how to create a space where people can stop for a moment, take a breath, move, and experience the unique change that yoga can bring into their lives. To me, it feels too important not to know how to pass that on to others.

Why did you decide to train at the M3Yoga Center?
I love the philosophy of the studio, its atmosphere, and focus on community and inclusion.

What has been your favorite part of the training so far?
Learning about the philosophies and history of yoga as a practice. Right now, we are going through the Yamas and Niyamas, and I’m getting a lot out of those readings and discussions. Also, learning about energy and moving energy and what that can mean for a person’s practice and how they feel emotionally.

What’s been the hardest part of the training so far?
Learning so much amazing information over the training weekends can cause a little bit of information overload. I still love it though!

What is one thing you wish you knew before the training?
How emotional the material and yoga practices can make you feel at times.

What is your advice to someone considering teacher training?
If you have the time and money to do the training and have a genuine interest, just do it. You will gain SO much out of the material and discussions, the practice and the interactions with those in your co-hort. You won’t regret signing up!

 

Thinking about taking a yoga teacher training? Read more about our fundamentals training here.