Testimonials from Students
Mockingbird Yoga's Immerse Yourself and Advanced Training have helped me cultivate a strong foundation from which I will continue to grow both as a yoga practitioner and instructor. Steffany is an incredibly gifted teacher. While incorporating a wealth of information surrounding asana technique, the history of yoga, and yogic devotional practices that prepares students with the practical knowledge necessary to teach yoga, she intuitively guides students through a process of self-exploration. Advancing my physical yoga practice, exploring the transformative affects of meditation, and learning to speak from a place of authenticity has by no means been an easy journey, and probably wasn't what I expected when I enrolled in a yoga teacher training, but it is deeply rewarding. I am so grateful for Steffany and Ariel's amazing generosity and for my experience in the Mockingbird trainings. I would highly recommend Immerse Yourself to anyone interested in learning more about yoga.
I participated in the first 'Immerse Yourself' teacher training immersion at Mockingbird Yoga, and during these six months of intensive learning, invaluable lessons, I had no idea how I was going to emerge from the training. What this immersion offers is nothing less than a total transformation: I walked in a student and walked out a teacher.
The Immerse Yourself program at Mockingbird Yoga has been completely transformational for me. I signed up for Immerse Yourself because my ultimate goal is to be a certified yoga teacher. I had looked at so many different teacher trainings, actually signed up for another, but then met Steffany Vance and knew that this program had something very special to offer. What I wanted was a yoga teacher training, but what I got was that, and so much more. Steffany is an amazing teacher, and a true guide, who works to put you in touch with the best parts of yourself. Although my goal is to teach yoga, I would recommend Immerse Yourself to anyone who has an interest in yoga, as a student or a teacher. Each weekend was a retreat, full of introspection, fun, yoga, and connection with my fellow students. My yoga has never been better, I have never felt better about myself, and I'm well on my way to my goal. Thank you Steffany! Namaste
Immerse Yourself is an expansive experience that is so much more than a yoga teacher training. The course allowed a safe and encouraging space for personal growth, while teaching us the foundations of how to share our love of yoga with others. I learned just as much about my emotions and spiritual self as I did about proper pose alignment and class sequencing. Steffany is such a generous and creative teacher. While the class follows a structure and covers key points, never once did I feel like I was in a cookie cutter program. Everything Steffany does appears spontaneous, creative and playful, yet comes from a background of experience with a wealth of knowledge. When I began Immerse Yourself, I was interested in deepening my yoga practice, but I had no desire to be a yoga instructor. However, over the course of the program, Steffany helped me overcome some of my fears of being in the spotlight and showed me that what I once thought was impossible, surely is possible. I am so grateful to have been part of this program and to grow and learn with my fellow students. I look forward to continuing to deepen my practice as Steffany's student and be of service to the Mockingbird community.
Immerse yourself offers student a magnificent experience to discover the vastness of yoga as well as the vastness of ones self. The program does an amazing job of advancing students’ yoga practice through a deep dive into not only the physical aspects but also the deep rooted traditional, spiritual and philosophical origins. It challenges each participant to be present and to find a voice that has yet to be discovered. Students are asked to take on the responsibility of holding a room, and at the same time being cognizant of the entire rooms place (physically, emotionally, etc.) for the duration of a yoga class. Immerse yourself has the ability to bring together an incredible group of people, coming from different backgrounds and walks of life into the same room. Steffany shares her immense depth of knowledge generously with the group, and uses all resources at her disposal to the benefit of the students. She connects students in speakers that specialize in meditation, anatomy, philosophy and more. The program is structured strategically and mindfully such that anyone, even full-time working professionals can manage to participate. Immerse yourself truly transforms students starting with a clean slate to becoming competent and well versed in yoga.