I came to abode yoga with an open heart and an open mind being receptive to all the teachings, rituals and practices that were woven into the program. I was drawn to this program and I wanted training that surpassed the physical components of yoga and really dug into the deeper layers and philosophy.
This program was unique in exploring different types of yoga practices rather than focusing in on one specific type. This allowed for an explorative approach to seeing which type of practice you resonated with. This allowed you to authentically navigate the practice within yourself and then transition that into sharing and teaching from this space.
The intimate setting of the program allowed for more focused training. The ceremonial approach made each day a sacred ritual and embodiment of exactly where we were at.
Honouring ourselves and being kind throughout the journey of diving in. all spectrums of emotions came to surface and we really focused in on the insecurities and parts of ourselves that were limiting. I have translated this ceremonial way of living into my everyday life. Developing rituals to allow me to connect in and ground down- this implementation has been influential on my state of well-being.
The course content was presented in a way that was very relatable and easily absorbable. There is a lot of information to journey through however, I felt engaged the entire process. I really resonated with the variety of practices within the program, an explorative way to understand what resonated with our being. I found that sound vibration deeply impacted my practice and I started to implement these techniques into my practice. Sound vibration helped me to get out of my thinking and dive deeper within myself.
I was able to explore and navigate new ways of accessing deep wisdom embedded in my body. Further, I was able to acknowledge and then release parts of me that no longer were of service to my highest self. This allowed me to create space to invite higher more aligned vibrations into my life.
Prior to abode yoga, I was only able to transcend my mind through meditation but through cultivation, guidance and patience I was able to access deeper levels through my asana practice. I saw yoga, as practice, as time on my mat.
Following this course, I now see yoga as life. This dance of dynamic flow, a balancing act. This dance is life, it is an ongoing rhythmic process- yoga is the harmonizing of masculine and feminine, duality into a union. The shadows and light are neither good or bad. They are all a part of me, I am embracing them all. Taking a curious approach to understanding why they are showing up for me and what they are trying to tell me.
Yoga isn’t an outcome, a destination, a strive for perfection, for attainment. But rather the progress of sinking deeper, understanding more, evolving, growing, transforming and elevating. Yoga is about being content with exactly where you are, trusting your process to unravel exactly as it should instead of trying to resist or control a destination you deem as more important than just being.
Yoga is letting go and embracing everything that you are instead of what you should be. Reclaiming your power and stepping into empowerment. The entire galaxies conspired to conjoin, swirl and intertwine to create the cosmic masterpiece that is you. A vessel to transmute magic into this world, live your yoga, be your yoga so you can live the reason and purpose you were brought here for.
I was new to yoga, and my life felt extremely difficult. I could not see the light at the end of the tunnel when I got in touch with Randy and Dan about the Abode Yoga Teacher Training they were offering.
I asked if a level of yoga was required because I was afraid I could not benefit from the training as I was pretty new to yoga. They answered me that they believe everyone is exactly where they need to be. I trusted this was the right place for me to be. The feedbacks and review were truly amazing. Yet I feel that what I experienced there was even more amazing than anything I could have heard, read or expected at all.
I walked into the Villa Ricko in Canggu, hopeless, with incredibly low self-esteem and I was cornered in my feelings, in my thoughts and my life choice options.
As the training started, I felt pain arising in my body, and this made me feel even more frustrated and worthless. I had to change my plans from a mind which initial plans were to simply do yoga, become flexible and healthy, to a mind that would quiet in order to listen to what my body had to tell.
Quickly, I started to feel that slowing down to question my own needs – which I’ve never done before – was creating the space for acceptance and self-love. I felt that was shedding light on what I could not deal with. I became a much better person, and I realised that I am exactly where I should be. I could never imagine feeling so grateful on a deeper level for every step of my life because it has taken me there.
Making yoga happen in my life has allowed me to be aware of the barriers that were constructed by me and for me by myself, family, society, environment and eventually with time to allow them to fall off.
To whoever reads this, I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone the Itsalife Abode Yoga Teacher Training because I believe in taking a step for oneself is a decision that can never go wrong.
Now, my situation is not perfect but perfection isn’t the goal. I do have ups and downs. I get overwhelmed, I have breakdowns but I know where the right path is. It is an honest and humble commitment to healing, self-love, growth, gratitude and love.
The apprenticeship of yoga is a privilege because it gives us the tool to improve our life conditions to the measure of our commitment, and I believe the practice is a lifetime commitment.
I feel empowered that I became the teacher and student of my own life. I sincerely wish to anyone on this journey to trust that this is something within that is accessible to every single person that commits to taking this step.
I highly recommend this retreat.
I went into this experience, knowing I wanted to deepen my yoga practice. I walked away with so much more.
Sometimes we go through life without realizing we are feeding our pockets without feeding our souls. We spend our days treating symptoms; medicine with a thousand side effects because we only have time for the fast fix, the quick remedy.
We go through life exhausted, and push through because it is too much to pull up the roots of our trees and examine them. We instead look at the drooping leaves and try to water them with material items. Things society tells us will help us to find that ever-elusive “happiness” that everyone searches for.
It is not really possible to explain the intricacies of an experience spanning several weeks. What I can say is that my soul was yearning, starving for solidity and something real. It had been years since it was fed the way it was during my learning with Randall & Daniel.
I was used to yoga classes that worked the body without connecting the mind. The importance of breathing and other techniques were always boiled down to just that: technique. Yoga was colourless, and all I cared about previously was training my body to do those things that would make people think I was a “yogi”….headstands, backbends.
Things that did come with practice, but instead of just doing them, I built a solid base on why, and how, and what a body is. Yoga, to me, has become flush with colour, and happiness. Serenity and joy. A way of life, not just something that you are told you should do, life like a race, training to “win” it. So often previously I missed the forest for the trees. I left with more clarity than I have felt since I was a child.
I truly do not think I could have gone through the experience that I did under the leadership of anyone else. The retreat was intimate and dedicated to each one of us on a personal level. We all stepped out of our comfort zones and looked at the sky and questioned why and how we are each here.
Randall and Daniel went above and beyond caring and compassion and showed us all a lifestyle that they live every day. The care they have for each other was palpable and was like a net over each one of us. In that space, we had the true opportunity to learn. The guidance we received from all of the teachers we met on this path was true – every single person who had something to show us did it from a space of love and from a very sincere interest in helping others grow.
There are a lot of options for yoga teacher training. In places all over the world, with teachers from all different walks of life, with all different things to show their students. All I can say is that personally if I had to do it all over again, I would make the same retreat. I cannot imagine a better atmosphere of love and community.
The experience is impossible to box in with just words so that I will reiterate I would choose this again, every time. It does not matter whom you are, where you come from, and where you desire to go in this life – if your heart is open and you are ready to grow mind, body, and soul, this is the retreat for you.
The ITSA Life YTT course led by Randy and Daniel went way beyond my wildest expectations. Yes, I learned a lot about the real meaning of Yoga, about each movement and posture, but I also learned so much more about me as an individual. I was nurtured, yet also challenged, in a way that enabled me to see, understand, and embrace both the feminine and masculine forces within myself. Just as you are not able to un-ring a bell once it has been rung, the personal enlightenment learned during this course cannot be unlearned.
I know that I evolved as a person, and I am delighted with my newfound self-awareness and confidence. I know that my journey forward will be full of nurturing relationships with my associates, friends, and family. I can only say that if you want personal growth, want to develop more meaning relationships, want to become more internally comfortable, want to benefit from true Yoga understanding, want to support others in their life journeys, want to enrich your teaching skills, or just want to enrich your own life journey, you should experience this life-altering course. The world around you will be a brighter, more beautiful place with your new insight and confidence.
Unbelievable how super the past three weeks have been, a total game changer. I am now more aware of my inner self and more grounded than I ever thought possible. The incredible instructional abilities of the ITSA Life YTT teachers, Randy and Dan, were incredible. The personal trust and honesty for teaching with authenticity what the core of Yoga is really about was outstanding. Their devotion to each student was beyond comparison. We are enabled to come into our own, to open up and become happier individuals. Owing to the small size of the group, only six people, we were able to receive a lot of personal interaction for both learning the course materials and for confronting, and overcoming, our individual perceived limitations. As a group, we shared a joint journey that has resulted in our forming a permanent bond with each other that will last a lifetime.
The location in Bali was more than outstanding, and the serene environment was perfect for opening up your body and mind to accepting new ideas and techniques. For anyone seriously looking for the best YTT on the planet, look no further than the Abode ITSA Life YTT. Any other course can only dream about being as excellent as this one. I want to sincerely thank both Randy and Dan from the bottom of my heart.
My ITSA Life YTT course in July 2017 was a total personal success. The teachers, Randall Simpson and Daniel Young, guided me through a powerful life-changing the experience. That course entirely changed me from someone with physical health problems and low self-esteem into someone with an improved approach and fascinating perspective into myself and life in general. I accredited my positive experience with Yoga therapy for my interest in learning more about myself and Yoga so that I would be able to genuinely pass on my accomplishments to other people looking for similar personal improvements. Based on the enthusiastic recommendations of friends who had already experienced the spiritual, physical, emotional, and therapeutic benefits of the ITSA Life YTT, I took the leap of faith and enrolled in the course. By far, it was the best decision I have ever made. The level of individual caring, dedication, and devotion given by Randy and Dan allowed me to absorb the true holistic approach to Yoga. The course location presented a particular, sacred environment that totally encouraged self-awareness and personal development.
Now, four months after the course, I believe that I am continuing to grow as a person, I am thoroughly at peace with myself, and have developed a loving relationship with my surroundings. I will forever be grateful to Randy and Dan for their invaluable knowledge and training. I highly recommend the ITSA Life training to everyone, whether you are a teacher, want to be a teacher, or just want to evolve into the best person you can be personally. You will happily greet each day just knowing that you are making a difference in yourself and in the lives of those you encounter.
Now that my YTT course at ITSA Life is over, I can genuinely say that it has been a hands-on, life-altering journey that I would not have missed for anything. My day-to-day seemed to be without any direction or meaning, and I knew that I wanted to break out of that mould. I wanted clarity and purpose that would enable me to empower my inner self with renewed energy for compassion, understanding, a deeper awareness, a healthier body, and a meaningful direction that would enrich my relationships with my Yoga students, and to learn ways that will help all the other people in my life. I had already completed the ITSA Life on-line Reiki program, with spot-on counselling from Randy, so going further in my development with the ITSA Life Abode YTT course seemed totally natural. Under the phenomenal teaching techniques of Randy and Daniel, who only accept six students for each course, I received the personal attention and guidance I was seeking. Words cannot adequately describe the feelings of passion, dedication, and the desire for me to succeed that surrounded my learning experience with Randy and Daniel, two outstanding individuals who truly practice what they teach.
When the course was finished, I not only gained skills, tools, and techniques that would benefit myself and my students, I had also built some lifelong friendships and connections. The course location in Bali was magical; I was able to relax totally, to delve deeper into myself, and to learn in a beautiful environment. If you are thinking about self-improvement, whether for yourself as a person or a Yoga teacher, then this is the must-do YTT course for you. Once you have taken the ITSA Life YTT your life will be changed forever, for the better.
Even though I’ve been a Yoga teacher since 2010, I wanted to expand my knowledge of my inner abilities, to enhance my teaching confidence, and to gain the confidence and that would make me a better teacher. Those goals and more were fully met through my participation in the level 2 teacher training retreat with ITSA Life in June 2017. The course leaders, Randall Simpson and Daniel Young, were terrific, absolutely made the training valuable, unique, and completely personal.
The course environment was heavenly, being set on a lovely island in Bali surrounded by beautiful beaches, white sandy surfs, and idyllic local shops and restaurants. The bungalow retreat is more than an ideal learning environment that is able to embody a balance of energy and calm all at the same time. I entered the training course to gain personal insight, and I left with the more than the many new aspects of yoga, I also left with the awesome gift of knowing that I am now a welcome member of the abode yoga family. I can easily reach out to Randy, Dan, or Stella whenever I feel the need for their compassionate advice and patient insight on new or challenging events that I encounter. Even though I completed the YTT course three months ago, I am still expanding my knowledge and understanding of those course areas that really spoke to me during the training. Since I have returned home to teaching, so many students have told me how much they love my new asana instructional techniques and the personal growth they feel. My YTT was more than a training course, and it was a life-changing experience that improved my relationships with my students, with other people in my life, and with my own inner self. I feel as if I am evolving into a better person who is ready to move forward. I am forever grateful for this enlightening experience and eternally honoured to be associated with the Abode team. If you are thinking about this training and would like to talk to me about it, I can be reached at Victoria.email@example.com.
I had the most amazing time at Randis and Dans Abode Yoga Teacher Training. They really allowed everyone to get a deeper understanding of all the different aspects of yoga and I especially liked the emphasis on the psychological and healing aspects of teaching a yoga class.
IThe small group allowed everyone to take a huge step in developing your own personal style of yoga and sharing every experience you made on that journey. For me this journey was really emotional. I feel like I got everything I didn´t even know I needed and I am so happy to be a member of the Abode Yoga Family now.
I came all the way from Texas to Bali guided by my intuition to follow through on my journey with Abode Yoga. Abode Yoga taught me to always trust in my truth. This experience changed my life and is allowing me to trust the flow of my yoga path. I'm healing parts of myself that I never knew needed healing and really dove deep into my being so that I may be the best instructor I can be for others. Randy and Dan are open-hearted and teach through one's own intuition. The amenities are beautiful and clean. The villa is within walking distance to the beach. The neighbors and store owners will treat you like family. This place is magical. It was the best decision my soul has made in my 27 years on this Earth. It's the gift that keeps giving.
I always had a very stressful life in Germany, so I found Yoga as a way to calm down for myself. As I got more into it, a friend recommended the Abode Yoga practice and I took the chance. I expected to learn some new asanas, how to help others to enjoy Yoga and was hoping to get more flexible. But I got far more than this out of the retreat. I learned a lot about myself, to be more mindful and especially that there is a lot more to Yoga than just the physical part of it.
I can only recommend the retreat to everyone that is interested or already into Yoga and wants to become a teacher. I took a lot back home that is improving my personal life and also feel confident to teach others. Thanks guys for that great experience!