Bad quality teachers Yin Yoga TTC and unfriendly management
I came to Ananda for a 100 hour yin yoga teacher training. Unfortunately, the quality of the teachers was poor. One teacher read out his notes from a pdf file on a screen or his mobile phone, there was barely any interaction with the students. I would have rather chosen for an online training or reading a book if I had known this was the way of teaching.
There were 14 hours of basic anatomy theory that werent linked to yoga, let alone yin yoga (the teacher is more experienced in private (physio?) sessions and mainly talks about that, not about yoga). Since the website stated this training was (also) intended for yoga teachers, it is strange to make basic anatomy such a big part of the training, since most (6 out of 7) attendees already were taught this. We all signed up to be taught about yin. At least link the anatomy to yin then. When i shared my dissapointment about the quality and the content with the teacher, he asked the group if anyone felt the same. No-one dared to speak up (because we were taught to just listen during this course) although the majority of the group felt the same.
We didnt get taught about cueing in yin or how to get in or out of a yin pose, but since both teachers didnt do this well in their own practical yin classes, it was not possible for them to teach this to the students.
I just did a 200 hour YTTC at another Yoga Center, and have done several other shorter yoga teacher trainings, so I know what the teaching standard is and should be.
On the website it states you get taught in a big yoga shala, but most of the time we were in a very small stuffy room. It also states there are enough props, there arent.
When i shared all this with the owner, Valerie, she was first very friendly. But as soon as I made clear I wanted to drop out of the course, she refused to talk to me. She responded my text messages about the refund she had promised with "sigh. ..." or not at all. In the end I got a 216USD refund, having followed 60% of the course, having paid 1250USD (including food, no accomodation). This means I paid over 1000 USD for an education I never received and I will have to invest in another Yin Yoga TTC.
Another student also dropped out of the course because she was unhappy with the teaching standard (so 2 out of 7 students dropped out), she had accomodation on the property and was first promised by the owner she could stay but then a worker came to tell her she couldnt stay. (While all accomodation on the island was fully booked). The owner didnt have the guts to come tell her herself.
After I left, the two teachers adapted the scedule. They put in classes on adjustments and cueing, things that were lacking in the initial program. This again shows the lack of a grounded and well established curriculum that takes students step by step towards being a well-educated Yin Yoga Teacher. Changing a scedule half-way through shows the inexperience (or incapability) of both teachers.
The owner has a hard time dealing with unsatisfied guests and gets easily emotional (angry). I spoke openly and friendly with her, giving suggestions for improvement. Through this I gave her the chance to make things right, to make up for my dissapointment. Instead she decided to defend the teachers, warn me that dropping out would cost me my certificate and refund me as little as possible (initially indicating that a refund would be nothing to worry about) and tried to chase the other drop out student out of her accomodation. Not the way you would hope a yoga center manages their center.