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Yoga Teacher Training
I did my Yoga Teacher Training at Ananda in may 2017. I had an amazing time! The room I stayed in was clean & comfortable, the salt water swimming pool & herbal steam sauna so relaxing. I needed that from time to time, since the four weeks training really is intense.
I considered everybody working at the resort to be extremely lovely! Johnny Nasello is the main teacher for the training. If you’re looking for somebody who can teach you everything about alignment, he’s your guy. We thoroughly went through a lot of poses and their adjustments. Of course, since it is a teacher training, we also spent a great deal of time on practicing how to teach. At first it felt really out of your comfort zone, but as the weeks progressed it was getting better and better.
Now that my time at Ananda is over, I can honestly say that I feel capable, prepared and comfortable teaching a yoga class. In my opinion this training is all about, and honestly: “Great things never came from comfort zones”. We were a group of 18 people (me being the only male student, which didn’t bother me at all btw), and we had so much fun! They all are so special! I made memories here that I will cherish forever. I wish Ananda Yoga & Detox Center and everybody who works there all the luck in the world!
I recently completed an intensive month of Ananda’s Yoga Teacher Training. It was a life changing experience! I learned a lot about yoga and life, spending a month with amazing people from all around the world. Unlike other YTT, Ananda provides all meals during the day (breakfast, lunch & dinner), which is very convenient and tasty, especially after intensive training and studying.
Johnny is the heart of the YTT, He is a very special person, a true yogi that really lives the principles of yoga, respect and sensitive to others, and of-course a VERY professional yoga teacher. If you are looking for a non-commercial, non-synthetic template YTT, but something professional AND with a personal touch, this is the place for you!
I recently completed my 200hr YTT at Ananda. First and foremost, I’d like to thank and praise our teacher Johnny Nasello for a challenging and rewarding one month of practice. Not only is he down to earth, approachable and selfless with his sharing of knowledge, he is able to make yoga accessible to everyone. He teaches an alignment focused course, which means that you and your future students will be able to maximise each pose for their intended purpose.
It really doesn’t matter where you are in your practice, only that you have one. I came in thinking that I probably wasn’t strong or flexible enough to teach yoga, but with the knowledge of the right alignment and purpose of each pose you can still teach and practice effectively! Your practice will also develop no matter where your starting point is! Johnny reminds us that yoga is a never ending journey, and that even someone as advanced as himself is still refining and challenging his practice. He will help to add a new spice to your practice whether you’re a beginner or advanced.
A quote that came up in our class from another student was “it’s not about touching your toes, but what you learn on the way down”, and Johnny exemplifies this. You will have A LOT of teaching practice and guaranteed to leave feeling confident to teach yoga to all levels. Johnny had two other assistant teachers Tonya and Jane who were invaluable to the course!
The resort itself also adds so much positivity to the course. The food is fabulous, loads of fruit, tea, and vegetarian meals. The massaman curry is addictive. The staff are friendly and sure to make you feel at home! There’s a saltwater pool, perfect to relax in in between classes, or in the evening. The rooms are spacious and clean! I stayed in a three person dorm room and was so surprised by the amount of space and cleanliness! The towels are changed almost everyday and the sheets every third day.
There are two massages included in the teacher training package and once I had a massage there, I couldn’t stop! I’m quite picky about massages, because they need to be precise and very strong. I found most other massage places to either be hard and hurtful, or just way too soft. I can’t recommend their massage more! The sunsets are breathtaking as well (and perfect for instagram opportunities)!
If you’re looking for a challenging, practical, and down to earth teacher training experience, this is the place for you!
I met Johnny back in May 2016 during a short visit to the island of Koh Phangan. I experienced one of the best yoga classes I have ever had with Johnny and secondly I was kindly invited to join in the lesson Johnny was giving to my friend on teaching, cueing and sequencing methods.
The idea of doing my yoga teacher training at that point had been somewhat of a pipe dream. It wasn’t until I so thoroughly enjoyed Johnny’s incredible yoga classes and was able to experience a sample of his actual teaching strategy that I was certain I had to do my Yoga teacher training.
The yoga TTC was down to earth, practical, professional and unprejudiced. Johnny’s grounded, level-headed manner and perspective provided our group with the support and stability we needed during such an intense and life changing experience. The lessons we learned and subjects covered were practical and useful. Though a lot of what we learned was transferrable to many aspects of life and personal growth, the core intention was always – to teach yoga and become yoga teachers.
Johnny is professional and respectful always. The course is Alignment Hatha, Vinyasa focused. We also covered a number of other styles and I found it to be very unbiased, which I really appreciated. It is unlimited to one specific school of yoga and Johnny encourages learning in all aspects and styles of yoga.
The course has given me a really firm and broad base from which I am excited to grow my lifetime of learning from. It was a truly life changing experience. I feel I have grown and developed in all directions and uncovered so much about myself. There is no more perfect quote to describe my experience of Johnny’s yoga TTC at Ananda than that in the Bhagavad Gita – ” Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”
I encourage everyone who is considering yoga teacher training to take the jump! It is the greatest gift you will ever give yourself.
I’ve learned so much thanks to Johnny, and will forever be grateful our paths crossed! I strongly recommend this place. It is to me definitely the best place to do a Yoga retreat and Teacher Training. Johnny has a strong background of teaching. His alignment focused way of teaching clear, thorough, and mindful of security cues to protect the body from injury while deepening your practice.
I gained so much awareness of the body and understanding of the functioning of even the tinier muscles involved by following his teaching, and I also learned a lot about life in general as Johnny has a true gift when it comes to draw parallels between the practice on your mat and Life.
I definitely recommend the place as a resort, the staff is very friendly (special mention to the kitchen staff who were cooking for us very healthy food full of love), the room was simple but very clean, the sea-salt pool amazing! Thanks to the training, I gained so much more discipline, but I also made new friends that are like a new family to me now.
Whether your motivation is personal development or to become a Certified Yoga Teacher, Johnny Nasello’s Yoga TTC is worth the time, energy, and financial investment.
The program is designed around a general hatha yoga sequence stemming from Iyengar’s lineage, which is heavily focused on precise, correct alignment using props including blocks and straps. This makes the teacher training program accessible to both beginner, and students who have a dedicated personal yoga practice.
Our group of 14 was an eclectic mix of mothers, a couple, young men, and women. It was amazing to be apart of an international group of friends that progressively grew together as timid students to becoming confident yoga teachers.
Our confidence came from hours of hands on practice practice-teaching, dozens of asana (posture) clinics that taught us how to get a student into correct shapes using simple verbal cues and adjustments. The clinics were very extensive and detailed giving you a strong foundation of knowledge to teach a class and/or enhance your personal practice.
I can assure you, your perspective on yoga will drastically change. Not just in your physical practice on the mat, but on how you live your life, your expanded awareness, and human evolution.
Thanks to the experienced, humble, caring and personable teachers, Johnny and his assistant Ginger; I completed the program feeling more grounded, focused, disciplined, with a higher standard for myself, and a deeper sense of integrity as a yogi.
I look forward to meeting you one day when Johnny hosts a “Yoga Teacher Reunion” for all his past and future student teachers!