Why I Created Online Yoga Teacher Training (Before COVID)

By: Steph Ball-Mitchell, ERYT500, RPYT, RCYT, YACEP

Why I Created Online Yoga Teacher Training


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You may be wondering if Online Yoga Teacher Training is for you.  I can share my own experience and tell you how I came to offer Online Yoga Teacher Training at Online Yoga School.

My First 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

I took my original 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training many moons ago, when my son who is now 25 was only 4 1/2 years old and my daughter who is now 21 was 1.  I brought my kids with me and went to study yoga for the Summer.  I studied for over 500 hours with two kids in tow to get my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate.  That was a season to remember.

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Me and My Kids at My First 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training 1998

This was before being a yoga teacher was a popular thing to do.  It was the south and yoga was misunderstood and even frowned upon in some cases. For many years, yoga was my passion but it did not pay my bills.  I worked full-time doing other things and yoga was my sideshow.  My personal practice continued to blossom and grow.  It went from being a physical practice to a lifestyle.  I became almost obsessed with Buddhist philosophy and learned a lot about Ayurveda, the sister science of Yoga and India's ancient medical system.  

Eventually, my husband became certified as an Ayurvedic practitioner. We started to weave the principles of Ayurveda, into our diet, our home and our lives. He began speaking publicly about Ayurveda and developed a large client base.

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My Husband Speaking at Ayurvedic Convention

As my kids grew, so did my practice.  I spent a lot of time building my home practice and practicing with my children.  

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Home Practice With Kiddos Circa 2008

My Second 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

I decided to take another 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training from the lovely Nancy Candea at Yoga Impact in New Jersey.  Nancy is an incredible yoga teacher and has a beautiful soul.  Her non-profit, Yoga Impact, has helped bring yoga into jails and underprivileged communities.  She has owned multiple studios and run yoga-related businesses in a few different states.  I met her when she was living in New Jersey.  She is skilled at multi-tasking and was running several trainings at one time.  The people I met through Nancy and my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training were a beautiful group.