2018 meant the completion of my Yoga teacher training. Something I have talked about for easily 5 years or more, but was always “too busy” to do. The choice to do my training through Shanti Yoga Hamilton was an easy one. This meant an opportunity for training with Alex Bovkis, which I will forever be grateful for. I was provided not only the necessary components to create and teach a safe and balanced sequence, but was also allowed the creative freedom to develop a teaching style of my own. Throughout the entire process, I felt more like I was being guided than “taught” and in doing so was able to experience more growth and self development than I would have ever considered possible (or at times, would have ever thought necessary) So, while others say good riddance to 2018 in hope for a better 2019, I will sit in gratitude for a year that brought growth. Growth in health, growth in knowledge and growth in love. I look forward not to a better 2019, but to whatever 2019 decides to throw at me.
~ Stacey M., graduate 2018
This program has been so healing for me. I was able to work on myself, step by step and slowly regain some energy but more importantly, connection with myself. I resonated with the richness of Alex’s approach to teaching which includes asana practise of course, but also story-telling which made the philosophy both accessible and entertaining. We discussed the significance of ancient texts through the lens of our personal experiences. This small group of students became trusted friends with whom I shared my journey.
I was astounded by the generosity of Alex, Jay and Lynne over and over again. I’ve grown in my spiritual life in a way that I never knew I wanted or had thought about in connection to Yoga teaching. I have great gratitude to Alex, Jay, Lynne and to Shanti Yoga studios and Regent studios for this experience of a lifetime.
~ Kathy Hind, YTT graduate 2017
Thank you for providing me with sacred space to be with all the parts of myself.
For gently watching over me with wisdom as I struggled, sorted, sank and swam into both darkness and light.
For making it safe for me to be with emptiness and fear.
For making it possible for me to find my inner strength and peacefulness.
~ S.M., YTT graduate 2016
The course offered so much more than I ever expected. I don’t even know where to begin… It changed my life. I feel so incredibly blessed to have had this opportunity. I feel confident in the knowledge I acquired from this course to start teaching. I also feel lighter, yet more full. Full of love, life, and acceptance. This course would benefit someone looking to teach as well as someone who is looking to deepen their own practice.
For giving me a chance – I thank you. For holding a space that healed me, I thank you. For providing me with the tools I need to be a good teacher, I thank you. For being such an amazing person to learn from and to look up to on this journey, I thank you. For everything I thank you.
~ Christina Mlinaric, YTT graduate 2015
I absolutely loved it! I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about yoga and/or about themselves. The journey is so full of twists of turns – and when you hit a pit-stop, you end up finding the most amazing gift of truthfulness and realness!!
I really truly appreciate what you and Jay do for YTT – what you have done for me! You both really put yourselves out there for others and truly give – you have created an amazing space for individuals to open up and learn about themselves and make it safe and comfortable to do so!!!
Thank you so very much!
~ Min Porco, YTT graduate 2015
After years of enjoying the physical and emotional benefits of Yoga, I had a burning desire to take my experience to the next level. I investigated several YTT options and after a single conversation with Alex, I sensed a rare authenticity and I knew I had found the right YTT instructor for me.
As a gifted YTT instructor, Alex has boundless energy and generosity of spirit. She is continually expanding her own wealth of knowledge and enthusiastically shares her own growth and insights. Alex is the embodiment of grace, dedication and passion and is a constant source of inspiration every step of the way on this incredible journey. With Jay’s nurturing support, Shanti Yoga Studio offers a holistic and comprehensive YTT program that I would highly recommend to anyone fortunate enough to consider this wonderful opportunity. My fellow YTT students have become part of my extended family and our connection has enriched my life beyond all expectation. The decision to do YTT at Shanti is among the best choices I have ever made.
~ Ann Mason, YTT graduate 2014
~ Whether or not you are looking to teach yoga Alex Bovkis of Shanti Yoga Hamilton provides a magical life long learning opportunity in the Yoga Teach Training offered at her studio. It is so much more than a cookie cutter course to teach the physical aspects of yoga.
Alex introduces the participant to the eight limbs of a yoga, paying special attention to the philosophies of the ancient yoga sutras, as well as the physical aspects of the practice. Journal writing is encouraged and is an integral aspect of the journey you take through your life as you participating in the course. Alex makes herself available to thoughtfully discuss the writing process as well as supporting the student in the planning and building of class material .
I can’t recommend the course highly enough, as a personal trainer I have been able to incorporate much of the learning into my practice and will be continuing to the next level in January 2015. Thanks to Alex and Jay for providing the space and passion for such important teachings.
~ Kim Thompson
Personal Trainer CPTN