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Doing the bridging course has helped me in many ways. It has deepened my understanding of the 5 elements in relation to the yoga as well as my understanding of the importance of doing certain asanas in different seasons of the year. I am now more aware of the importance of my own personal practice and continue to learn more as I delve deeper into the meridians and systems of the human body, their functions and how certain moves can positively affect a person’s health. I feel lucky to be studying with COTY!
Deciding to start the course was a challenge. Doing the course was great fun and I loved it. Why? For many reasons but most importantly because I learnt so much about the yoga that I love and about myself during that year. I also felt privileged to study with a fabulous group of like-minded people that are still my friends and support group following graduation. With the support of the trainers at COTY I am now teaching yoga, even though in the beginning I did not think I could do it. For me that is the greatest gift of all.
I went along to The Yoga House studio in 2000 to do some yoga. I love the seasonality of the yoga – it gives you variety and challenges, as well as being holistic and healing. It wasn’t long before I decided to do the teacher training with COTY as I wanted to get a better understanding of the theory behind the yoga because it has changed my life for the better and has become my passion. I wanted to be the catalyst for others through teaching.
The course provided me with great personal development even if I didn’t want teach in the end. There was only encouragement and support to work towards teaching which, although I found terrifying in the beginning, has been one of the most rewarding things I have done and I have been teaching now for 17 years! The training is of a high standard and the support of the COTY community is awesome.
I finally decided to do the teacher training and had already enrolled at another yoga school, when one of my friends recommended COTY teacher training. I attended one of Lisa’s classes and immediately knew it was the right place for me!
I decided to do the teacher training at COTY instead and the switch – one of the best decisions that I ever made. The trainers are incredibly interesting, fun and the people are fabulous. Lisa and Lyn have a deep knowledge of yoga and practise. I am very grateful for their generosity when sharing that knowledge. I would recommend you try this training. It’s great and it has changed my life!
COTY 2017 Certificate IV in RYT (10137NAT)
and remedial yoga teacher
Here at COTY, we’re always guiding and supporting our students in planning for their continued professional development post-graduation. We make it our responsibility to ensure they stay up-to-date with industry standards, but we also ask all our students to do some independent reflection on how their current practice is moving them toward a career.
The writing here is excerpted from student diaries, in which our Certificate IV (10137NAT) students were asked to reflect on what they have learned throughout the course, how they have grown or changed, and where they see their paths leading - personally and professionally.
Well, what a course! Here I was originally signing up to a course that I thought was going to teach me more skills. Skills that I needed to be a better, more connected, more knowledgeable, relevant and holistic special needs teacher and what did I get – it was more about me! What do! mean by this you ask? Well, I didn’t get quite what I came for but I think I may have got a little bit more than I expected, as well as the hunger to continue to learn the skills that I still need, to do what I would like to do…
I have always wanted to do yoga teacher training but never found the time for it until this year. This year I feel like I have lived and breathed yoga 24/7 with thoughts of some aspect of yoga never being far from mind…
The first day of yoga training I was nervously thinking “what did I get myself into?” But all the lovely smiles and welcomes instantly put me at ease. It takes me a while to warm to people so I knew it would just take time until I felt completely comfortable…
I was a gym junkie for many years and over time I started too notice my body was not coping well with all the heavy weights I was lifting. I decided I needed something different. I started to look at yoga to try to help me fix issues I had with my body, that’s when I found the TYH studio of COTY. I rang and was greeted by a very bubbly lady by the name of Genevieve. This is the start of my journey into yoga….
I have been attending The Yoga House studio as a client for 11 years now and I just love the yoga and how it makes me feel. A few years ago, i felt I wanted to know more about the yoga to get myself healthier. I decided to undertake the teacher training and have not regretted my decision!
I chose COTY as they were close to home, but also because of the variety of teachers who offer a wealth of experience and knowledge. They have gently pushed me to strive to improve my personal practice and inspired me to want to help others through teaching good quality yoga. We were taught how to break down the moves for ourselves and how to teach them effectively to other.
The teaching staff are always on hand to offer help and advice, even after the training is complete. Students are also encouraged to meet past students and attend a variety of classes to help strengthen the support. COTY offers students a community of yoga teachers where you feel mentored and valued.
I am grateful for the excellent teachers that I’ve had at COTY, each one bringing their unique set of skills with passion, dedication and compassion. I am very grateful for the professional guidance of Lyn, Lisa and Gen and look forward to continuing to expand my knowledge of remedial yoga in the Advanced Diploma of Remedial Yoga Therapy.
The extensive knowledge and the personal tuition you receive at COTY really does set you up for a great future in yoga. The down to earth style of teaching sits perfectly with the style of yoga, which shows its results and benefits in many forms, both physically and mentally. Best of all, the college offers continued support throughout your learning journey, which aptly compliments your grown and enjoyment of teaching yoga.
The best decision I’ve made. Will not be looking back. The teacher training is great, very informative and fun. The trainers are lovely and create a friendly atmosphere. The class sizes are not too big and with so many great students and teacher trainers, it really is the greatest course to do.
Fantastic course, I learnt so much about teaching and myself and am so grateful for this experience. Now my yoga business has grown with 8 classes a week across Mollymook, Ulladulla and Manyana. The classes are consistently increasing with regular students returning to class, and some coming to class up to 3 times a week.
I jumped at the chance to work with on an 8 week volunteering job with the candidates at JobCentre. It happened so quick I did not have time to be nervous and it was amazing. Loving this course and the yoga, excited to learn that there is an advanced diploma that would help me become a therapist and really connect with people’s specific concerns and injuries.
I particularly like meeting women from all different places and stages of life. I found it very inspiring to be able to connect with them all every week as we all there for one main purpose – to improve our lives, become more in alignment with ourselves and to help those around us.