Teacher training testimonials

 

Khadine Morcom (Enrolled on training March 2004)
 
This course took me on an intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual journey through yoga.  It is truely life changing.  It is probably one of the most comprehensive teacher training courses around and I would recommend it to anyone who has a serious heartfelt interest in studying yoga on a deeper level either for personal development or to become a yoga teacher.  Where ever your yoga may take you in the future this is a great starting point and I thank Jim from the bottom of my heart for setting me on the path of teaching yoga.  Jim has great integrity and passion (as well as incredible knowledge and experience) for this course and yoga and you can't help but be inspired by this. 
 
 

Anita Hall (Enrolled on training Feb 2005)

I can highly recommend the Vajrasati course with Jim Tarran, as both comprehensive and enjoyable. As well as providing a thorough grounding in asana (poses), including anatomy, the course covers pranayama (yogic breathing), meditation, yogic philosophy, and mantra (chanting), and is Yoga Alliance-accredited. There is a strong, practical element to the training, which ensures graduates leave with plenty of teaching experience under their belts, and means that trainees can draw on the support of those who have already completed the course. Jim Tarran himself is a knowledgeable and charismatic teacher with the rare ability to inspire as well as educate his students. Training with him is undoubtedly a journey of self-discovery, as well as an ideal route to a rewarding new career. 
 
 
 
Charlotte Watts (Enrolled on training June 2006)
 

The Vajrasati course was always my only choice for yoga teacher training as I had previously been a student of Jim Tarran’s for about 10 years, wanting the level of exploration and commitment that a 500 hour training could bring. The course was fantastically intense, with a true emphasis on learning to teach from experience and bringing the essence of yoga to life through a grounded application of yoga philosophy and roots in the breath. The rigorous anatomical and alignment aspects were important to me as a grounding in my teaching development on individual, remedial and rehabilitative levels.


 
Leonie Taylor (Enrolled on training June 2006)
 
The Vajrasati teacher training course was life-changing for me. I embarked upon the course mainly with the intention of deepening my practise further and to have the opportunity to regularly discuss and workshop yoga - from anatomy to philosophy - with like-minded people; with two young children this sounded like a magical luxury for an afternoon a week! I now teach regular, popular classes in Brighton and the course was invaluable in giving me the confidence and the start up tools to do this. 
 
The community of graduates and post-graduate events are hugely helpful too in ensuring continuous personal development. Whereas other courses seem to produce individual teachers, the Vajrasati community is very supportive, with a mentoring scheme, and based on the idea of continued shared learning, both whilst on the course and afterwards, so that the course itself is just a start.  
 
As a teacher, Jim's obvious committment, enthusiasm, and ability to hold a space where students can really explore yoga in the fullest sense, make the Vajrasati teacher training incredibly deep, challenging and hugely enjoyable.
 
I have and will continue to recommend this course for its depth, heart and real worth.

 

Rosie Waters (Enrolled on training April 2007)

After several years attending Jim Tarran's classes I embarked on the Vajrasati Teacher Training course with limited expectations of myself and my abilites, thinking of it as a way to deepen my own practice. 500 hours with Jim changed my life completely!!  The course is deep, detailed, inspired and hard work - also great fun.   I learnt all aspects of yoga practice -  asana, philosophy, meditation, mantra and pranyama.  Jim also places great emphasis on understanding the anatomical bakground to postures and breath, so that we have a better understanding and can teach safely.  Teaching practice started after 200 hours of training so our practical experience grew alongside further learning. 
 
I can barely believe that today I get such great joy from teaching my classes, individual students and even yoga holidays.  I am truly grateful to Jim for his patience and support and proud to be a member of the ever growing Vajrasati community.

 

Jackie Coulson (Enrolled on training April 2007)
 
Having already taken a teacher training in India and started teaching, I was still keen to learn more from the Vajrasati teacher training, having felt such an affinity to Jim's teaching in class. It didn't dissapoint. I was priviledged to already be teaching whilst in training and could experience my teaching and confidence getting better each term. I feel it's one of the most thorough trainings out there on many different levels. It is hard work, but the the commitment was well worth it, by the time I finished I felt as if I'd just done a degree in Yoga and can't thank Jim enough for all his hard work and encouragement. A couple of years on I still feel the effects of this training filtering through into my Yoga, my teaching and my life in general. Highly recommended.
 
 
Trudi Kemp (Enrolled on training September 2008)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Jim's passion for yoga is infectious and frames the Vajrasati Teacher training course as a safe place to gain insight into yoga and explore the skills needed to teach it. There is a strong physical and experiential element which means learning is felt and knowledge is gained internally.  Students are encouraged to discover for themselves and discuss their findings with the group which brings about a feeling of community and togetherness and this doesn't stop once you have graduated. Learning and self discovery is backed up by homework and a magical, honest and sometimes bumpy journey unfolds. The teacher training course is just the start of another journey but as usual the English language is limited in what it can describe - sometimes you just have to experience.

 

Dr Gavin Colhart

I feel privileged to have undertaken the Vajrasati teacher training with Jim and my amazing co-students. The training stands out in its rigorous attention to the embodied and anatomical details of yoga while remaining engaged with an exploration and investigation of the totality of the experience, philosophy and meaning within which they are embedded. Having been involved in yoga now for almost 20 years I can honestly say that the training has been my most significant yoga experience and has provided a fantastic basis for my ongoing learning, teaching and practice. If you work hard and get from the training all that Jim has to offer you will have received a true gift.

 

Susan More (Enrolled on training  September 2009)

Jim gave me the space to let go; the courage to take new challenges; to know yoga as a dance of life; embrace and be proud of the life I have and the people I have the honor of teaching                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Helen Kawolski (Enrolled on training September 2009)
 
I studied on the Vajrasati Teacher Training course from September 2009 to February 2012 and felt I really learnt a lot.  The style of the course meant that we learnt experientially and not just by heart, so that I really came out of it feeling like I had the ‘tools’ to teach a good class.  The amount of information can feel a bit overwhelming to start with, but the nature of the course meant that this knowledge became integrated into the practice so we were learning without even realizing it!  By attending classes, training days and doing the homework we were learning  all the time.
The learning environment always felt very safe, relaxed and supportive and you never felt that you couldn’t ask if you weren’t clear about anything.
The structure of the course was excellent too, with each term dedicated to a set of poses.  The information on each pose though is endless, so we often branched off into other areas which helped with the general learning and experience.  We were always encouraged to practice lots and to start teaching a class as early as possible into term 4, once the 200 hours had been completed.  We were also advised to practice with our peers, which was a nice, supportive and useful thing to do.
The course was everything I had hoped for and much more and although one can never learn ‘everything’ on the subject, we certainly covered a great deal and with continued practice, teaching and training days, continue to learn.
The fact that you can go back to the teacher training afternoons whenever you want for free is reassuring and a tribute to Jim’s generosity and quest for our ongoing learning and community.
 
 
Helena Salisbury (enrolled September 2009)
 
 I 'speak' testimonials about this course to people all the time....

 Before doing the Vajrasati Teacher training i had done a Yoga teacher training in Bangalore India. Having studied sports science prior to that this training did not satisfy my urge to be able to teach to everybody regardless of their body conditions. This depth and exactness I found in the Vajrasati training. Similar to Iyengar Yoga every pose can be adapted to every need and every flexibility (through props) so that everybody has their own maximum benefit without harming their body. 

However added to that the philosophy of Yoga, the psychological and social aspects of Yoga wisdom are beautifully incorporated to make for a rounded experience of what Yoga should be beyond flexibility training. Yoga for the human inside out with a pinch of humour. 

 Not only did I learn to teach Yoga, not only did I learn to detect the subtle differences in seeing if someone was truly adjusted and absorbed, I also learnt so much about myself: Psychotherapy would not have got me closer to being comfortable with myself and my world. I learnt how to feel truth and how to filter my life through Yoga. 

What I always remember most is how nothing was ever set in stone, every experience we had was incorporated and discussed and served to evolve the whole course over time. There was no ego there saying this is the way and no other way will do. The course was in flow because every body's uniqueness was incorporated. We were taught not just one pose for all but how to be able to find the right adapation for whoever comes into our class ourselves. Rigidity and stagnation muddies waters but this course will always stay fresh as every trainee is allowed to enhance it with their experience of their own bodies and people they train in the duration of the course. All this said it is still very hard work so be prepared for a fun, truthful, challenging, enriching, turn your views of everything around, kind of experience. This course was one of my better choices and my life made a 180 degree turn somewhere I did not believe was possible. It is just what real whole Yoga does when Jim teaches it.

 

Lucy Levens  (Enrolled on training September 2009)

 
'The Vajrasati course takes you on a journey of discovery - of yourself, life, and yoga. I'm so pleased i did it! 
Being part of the Vajrasati community of teachers and friends has been invaluable, and i would recommend the course to anyone who is looking for a comprehensive and thorough foundation in teaching yoga.'
 

 

Nicky Crabb (Enrolled on training May 2011)
 
I've recently completed the Vajrasati teacher training programme (May 2013) and realise that it has been an amazing journey of exploration and growth for me.  I have deepened my practice, widened my knowledge, met and being supported by incredible co-students and a buddy and am now teaching a regular yoga class which I love.  I actually know my tibia from my fibula and am so grateful to Jim for his wealth of experience, humour and knowledge which he shares so generously with us all.  I'm definitely delighted that I did it:-)
 
 
Moyra Scott (Enrolled on training May 2011)
 
Vajrasati Teacher Training transformed the way I do yoga, and the way I live. Its hard to explain, but everything I do has been affected. In a positive way of course! 
This is not a 2 week intensive that skims over stuff, but a 2 year + intensive investigation into yoga and your personal practice of it.  You will learn alignment, anatomy, philosophy, meditation, pranayama, classroom management, teaching tools and much more.
And leave with new friends and a new community of teachers to support you going forward.
(Am happy to talk to anyone about my experience of it should you wish to ask me in person)
 
 

Zoe Gallagher (Enrolled on training March 2012)
 
The Vajrasati training course has been amazing.  Jim hands over years of experience from his own teaching in a typically generous way; little methods of explaining a movement or details of a posture which are tried and tested and which we are encouraged to investigate and fully understand for ourselves. The homeworks were brilliant (I miss them).  They enabled me to gradually expand my knowledge and understanding through practice, exploration and research.  They also provided a framework which worked well alongside the training hours.  I love yoga and now love teaching yoga.  The course has given me the confidence to do this and to follow my heart and I feel eternally grateful for this.  The supportive, nurturing and fun environment that Jim creates should be recognised and celebrated, it is unique and makes this course truly special.
 
 
Lisa Murphey (Enrolled on training March 2012)
 
I cannot begin to do it justice, but I know that people have no idea how wonderful it all is and we can't reach all of them without the internet. So I have done my best with words.
I undertook the course to deepen my practise, without intending to teach; there wasn't an advanced class on offer at the time. I now have a dozen or so loyal students who come to my classes once or twice a week.
 The course comprises experiential learning supported by judiciously chosen anatomy and foundational texts. Homeworks cover everything you need to know for your finals and to teach confidently.

The school is a democratic community. There is a feeling that we're all learning together and we all have plenty to offer. Jim is always open to learning from students, emphasising that yoga is wisdom in each moment and we can arrive here alone or with friends. He exemplifies the Buddhist conviction that our true selves go beyond identification with knowledge just as with anything else.
Jim shares a deep working knowledge of yoga anatomy and physiology that he persistently draws on to enable students to learn through practise. He is able to answer endless questions kindly, whilst implicitly helping us to see that sometimes questions only beget more questions. He is able to explain difficult concepts whilst helping us to see their inherent limitations. Jim brings masses of empirical knowledge to the course and introduces  students to many important Buddhist texts.
For me, the course felt like learning whilst having fun. I have made friends  that I hope to keep. It's been the most enjoyable studying I've ever done.

 

Heidi Dore (Enrolled on training March  2012)

Jim Tarran's Yoga Teaching Training is brilliant in so many ways I've decided to sit myself down and list some of them in order to do them justice.
 
1. Miraculously I've conquered my fear of speaking to groups. At the beginning of the course I didn't imagine this would be possible because I was shy and softly spoken. The kindly, nurturing environment of the school and Jim's ability to identify a student's strengths and make you believe in yourself means I'm now teaching around four or five classes a week - and growing more confident about myself as a teacher with each class. Teaching been truly transformation and brought me great joy.
 
2. A robust understanding and knowledge of anatomy - Jim integrates the theory into the practice at every stage.  So anatomy is no longer an abstract subject but something you learn about as you move. This means that bones, muscles, ligaments seep into your consciousness whether you like it or not. 
 
3. Developing a personal yoga practice - although I'd done yoga for nearly 15 years when I started the training, the course helped me go much deeper. Homework encourages you to experiment with yoga - one week focusing handstands, another getting into the Savasana or meditation, mantra or breathing and once doing a three hour session. I got the confidence to trust my own judgement and be much more creative when I move. teach, practice.  I'm not relying on a teacher any more. I also gained an intense feeling of "prana" or energy and can carry this around with me most of the time now. Yoga isn't just what happens in class or on a mat I have it with me at the bus stop and even the Tesco checkout. 
 
4. Making yoga history and philosophy meaningful to you - I loved researching and reading surrounding the course. Jim integrates the history and philosophy as you go along. It is not an intellectual abstraction but something to be conscious of at each step. Homework encourages you to meditate on yogic principles such as non violence, self reflection, surrender. They are not things to simply learn by rote but to integrate into your practice and daily life.
 
5. Friendship/sangha  I didn't start the course expecting to make friends and I was nervous at the possibility of people pretending to be nice because everyone is suppose to be "nice" in yoga. Of course you can't expect to hit it off with everyone but I've made some lovely supportive friendships - and found people who understand me and have given me amazing support during difficult times and bounced ideas around with me,and deepened my understanding of yoga and given me inspiration and the strength to keep going.  
 
6. Self acceptance - Jim's style of yoga is faithful to Patanjali's yoga sutras which speak of integration, harmony and the "silencing of the mind".  Obviously there is no miracle cure for the worries, doubts and troubles that come up on a daily basis.  I've not become a perfect person. I regularly trip up, but I seem to pick myself up quicker than before. It's not rocket science. I simply unroll my mat and do some simple movements or lie in savasana and tune into breath, heart beat, muscle, skin, bone, energy flow. This always makes me feel better. So now yoga has become a substantial part of my life - the heart of my life. It is a refuge when i need it but not an escape because it always gives strength to go back into the world.  
 
 
Eva Kozacikova (Enrolled May 2013)
 

Two years at Vajrasati school are a beautiful journey. It is a journey of exploration and discovery of your deeper self. 

While you are studying Yoga, to either deepen your self-knowledge or become a yoga teacher, you will naturally start to evolve,  as the by-product of studying here, is a transformation within oneself. This is something what will naturally happened during the study, and I believe it is because we are guided to experience within ourselves all that what we are learning, and all that knowledge what we are willing to pass on our students. We are learning out of experience, so then there is a deeper understanding of the subject itself.

To be at Vajrasati school is not only to study a subject of Yoga, but it is to be in such a loving environment with loads of support from Jim, Khadine and other members of the school. 

You will find yourself surrounded by supportive community of likeminded people with deeply humanitarianly orientated thinking . I found this as something very valuable and beautiful at Vajrasati School. It is the energy all around you which creates a ground for you to growth. 

Jim and Khadine are offering a nurturing environment for a growth of the students and they both are dedicated to teachings and passing their long term knowledge on their students out of deep passion and love for this subject. Beside that they both keep studying and growing so the course is then richer year by year.

The course is full of amazing homework which I found deeply enjoyable and they kept me focused all the time during these two years. I found them very deep, as they are based on your personal discoveries, observation and experience.

The course focuses on Patanjali’s yoga sutras as much as on physical asanas, Buddhism, Tantra all dissolving into one subject which I would just call YOGA.

Jim has got a gift to observe his students, and to treat one as an individual and he is sensitive to pick up where the stuck energy is, and where one might needs support. He will then work on that with you, without you even noticing it. What you will notice is the flow of energy.

I feel Khadine brought a beautiful Jin energy into training. She is very nurturing, supportive and knowledgeable teacher. I feel her deep passion and commitment towards the subject of yoga and I found the course is enriched by her presence, creating a harmonious flow. She is very inspiring being. 

She is always willing to support students even outside the school and I personally found Khadine as a great support during my studies.

The course is Raw like a delicious Raw cake. It all goes with the flow and naturally evolves.  It attracts a wonderful energy and if you are reading these testimonials than I can tell you, you are reading it for a good reason. The reason is to enter this beautiful journey of YOGA and inner transformation.

 

Sarah Pailthorpe (enrolled May 2013)

Two years teacher training with Jim was one if the most influential times of my life. The course goes so deep and you learn so much without even really noticing it. Now that I have finished I realise just how much knowledge filtered through. I enjoyed every minute of it, even the times when I thought I didn't want to do my homework, when I did it, I loved it. The Vajrasati course brought yoga into my whole being in a way that is quite indescribable. It took me a while to find Jim and when I did I realised that his course was the one for me. I will forever be grateful to the friend who recommended I go to his Hanover class on Monday night where my incredible journey deeper into yoga began. I had looked into various courses and thought about going to India but nothing really grabbed my attention until i saw the Vajrasati course. I was attracted to the fact that it was two years of intense study, and encouraged teaching from the heart. The course gives you the confidence to trust your own experiences and to learn from each other, developing your own teaching style, it's not about copying Jim. I feel privileged to be a part of such a beautiful school. It is not just a teacher training course, you become part of a community, you are supported, loved and encouraged. The learning never stops and that is exciting and inspiring. Namaste.

 

Alistair McCall (enrolled 2014)

Living as we do at this decisive point in history where humankind stands poised on the threshold of a leap in planetary consciousness, we are blessed to have recourse to the practical instruction of sages and teachers such as Patanjali and Iyengar, as well as the enlightened wisdom of souls like Papa Ji and Mooji

 This is the sensitive, spiritual lineage from which Khadine and Jim both descend and draw. Go to them and they will show you how to support others as they seek to crack open the shell of their contacted self and access what is eternal and divine. What K&J offer is more than equal to our ages' unique challenges and, in common with their yogic peers, points directly to the heart

 Studying Vajrasati yoga will enrich you beyond words and prepare you to share the greatest gift with those who are ready to listen: Realisation of our own shared, true nature 

 

Céline Durchon (enrolled 2014)

Life changing!
All I was hoping to get out of the Yoga Teacher training was to be a little fitter. Admitedly not a high goal. But instead, as time passed, effortlessly, it changed my life. "Like water percing through a rock". It revealed the light from within. I cannot recommend the Vajrasati school enough. Vajrasati provides an indepth understanding of a wide varity of subjects - anatomy, sanskrit, philosophy, teaching tools and technics - a strong basis that allows us to investigate by ourselves, with the whole important support of the school, and fellow students - a gang of yoga buddies, that makes it ever more personal, during the training and beyond. I am ever so grateful to Jim and Khadine for creating a space for such a school to thrieve, and to all the students who make the group a safe and collaborative place for sharing experiences.

 

Naomi Law (enrolled 2014)

Since completing the course it has become apparent just how much it has given and how it keeps on giving. It's as if the course plants abundant seeds that keep coming to fruition.

Jim and Khadine continue to learn and investigate constantly and they inspire the same in the teachers they produce. The depth and breadth of their knowledge of asana, pranayama, texts, mantra and meditation is awesome and their Sanskrit is pretty impressive too. 

Combine this with their honesty, humility, sense of fun and their passion for yoga and it's a winning formula.

The course doesn't spoon feed the students instead it fosters open heartedness, a spirit of enquiry, attention to detail, sensitivity and encouragement to develop with integrity in a way that suits each student teacher. 

I can't recommend Jim and Khadine enough as teachers and mentors and during the course they share generously- an opportunity not to be missed. 

 

Tom Cowan (enrolled 2014)

The  Vajrasati Yoga School teacher training courses in Brighton &  London succeed in crystallising the knowldege of thousands of years of yoga philosophy, Tantrik practices, human anatomy and the phenomenon of modern postural yoga into a two year, 500HR syllabus.
 
I entered the course with a need to go deeper, to understand the origins of the many different components that make up the yogic path and to experience for myself the transformation that comes from learning to teach.
 
I recall some of the first classes where I felt overwhelmed and unsure as to whether I had made the right decision. Was I yogic enough? Was my practice strong enough? Would my habitual patterns ease off to give me enough space to explore something new in their wake? Thankfully Jim and Khadine held a supportive and caring space that continually inspired me to move deeper in my practice on all levels, encouraging enquiry, study, practice, kindness and unconditional self love.
 
As a group we explored together how asanas could be taught, learning by doing, never taking anything we were told to be the truth unless we had a direct experience of it. This stays with me as my teaching is authentic as long as I can connect with the truth in each word or instruction that I share. 
 
The energy of the Vajrasati sangha showed me how it feels to be part of a living, thriving spiritual community.  I especially enjoyed the generosity of time and knowledge of my yoga buddy who went out of her way to support me, always there for a chat about homeworks, assessments and to soften the ups and downs of such a powerful process of self reflection. 
 
The senior teachers also ran a program of supplementary workshops throughout the year that were excellent and energised my personal practice further.
 
I was thrilled and nervous to be teaching at the end of year one.  Being able to digest learnings and practice teaching with students for the second year was a huge boost to my confidence.  There was always space in the class to check in as a group about our questions and I'm grateful to the integrity and openness of fellow students who shared open heartedly.
  
If you're considering a yoga teacher training course then this is hands down the most comprehensive, supportive, inspiring, fun and transformational 2 years you could have! Enjoy and welcome to the family.
 
Galit Mersand (enrolled 2014)
 

 "I've already been going to Yoga classes regularly for 12 years when I discovered Vajrasati style, but it's only when I discovered Vajrasati that I truly started practicing Yoga. The Vajrasati Teacher Training course has taken me even deeper into the Yogic journey opening up the world of meditation, pranayama, yoga philosophy and sanskrit, all of which have increased my understanding not just of Yoga but of Life,  the world and of myself.  During the course, I felt that the knowledge I’m gaining is not only coming from Jim and Khadine but also from everyone else on the course. The (dreaded) homework were a massive part of the learning process, beyond information, the homework gave access to true knowledge, the type that comes from personal experience.

The attitude of honouring all styles of Yoga and welcoming what I had to offer has given me the space and confidence to truly impart my gifts to the world as a teacher. Doing the TT has changed the way I teach my dance classes for the better as well.
I still feel that I’m continuing to learn and grow with the support the Vajrasati Yoga teachers community which I’m delighted to be a part of."

 

 

 

 

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