Loka Yoga School

Student Testimonials

Carina Martinez, 30, Brazil

When I chose Loka Yoga to be the school I will take my 200-hours YTT, I had already set high expectations! Because not only did I already know Taryn’s skills as a yoga teacher from attending her retreat, but I also chose to do it in my most favorite spot in the world; Canggu!
 
Little did I know just how intense and deep the course was going to be and how amazing our philosophy teacher Sharada and our anatomy teacher Yann would be as well as Taryn, the asana teacher.
 
My 30 days with those three, and of course my fellow yogis, were the most intense and beautiful journey I have had in my life. I’ve learned not only about asanas and the human body but also I’ve learnt the many various ways yoga can be be implemented in our routine and the whole process has changed me completely.  I am so glad I went through such a transformational experience and especially with all the emotional support I needed.

Thank you so much Taryn, Sharada and Yann!  I am looking forward to seeing you all again in Bali soon!

Cindy Gallant, 30, Canada

After searching for the “perfect” YTT course for years, but never finding the right one, Loka Yoga arrived in my life just as it was supposed to. I realized this from the initial correspondence I had with Taryn, and throughout the entire month I had daily overwhelming reminders that this was exactly where I needed to be.
 
Taryn pours her soul into her teacher trainings and her genuine love, presence, and passion for yoga is undeniable. She is an incredibly compassionate woman and truly practices what she preaches, on and off the mat.  Every single morning with Taryn feels like a personal therapy session as she guides you through your asana practice.  She passes on her knowledge and experience generously and with a humble grace that is sometimes lost in the world these days.  She holds a space that is safe and non-judgemental, and encourages everyone to be the unique individuals we are. This creates an environment that is not only conducive to students becoming confident instructors, but also experiencing deep personal growth.
 
Time stands still while Sharada speaks. She is a deep and powerful human being, whose vulnerability speaks straight to your heart and allows you to relate to her remarkable life experiences. With her sweet nature and light-hearted humour, she has this seemingly effortless ability to take you on a journey as she delivers simple yet profound insights that are emotional, thought-provoking, and mind-blowing. I found myself hanging off her every word during each philosophy lesson, and never wanted her to stop speaking. She has this incredible way of inviting you to change your entire perspective without pressure; just by simply showing you a different way.
 
Yann was the best fitted piece of the puzzle for Loka Yoga. His career as a nurse took him around the world, gifting him with plenty of knowledge and diverse experience and his information on different physical conditions is priceless. His lessons in anatomy have the perfect balance of education and entertainment to keep everyone engaged. He walks you through every single “small part” of the physical body, and in the end the bigger picture is much more clear, allowing you to integrate the information into your yoga practice and teaching. His smiley face and relaxed disposition seems to rub off on everyone in his presence, as you can really be yourself around him.
 
I feel like my life has changed, because it has been.  I walked away with a certificate which says I can safely guide others through asana practice, but I left with much larger and important gifts. While I recognize that it is our own inner work, willingness, and presence that allows us to grow in life, it was through the teachings of Taryn, Sharada, and Yann that I had one of the biggest breakthroughs of my life. This training with Loka Yoga has been a necessary and vital component in my healing process and I cannot express enough my gratitude and love for everyone. It was deep, emotional, and beautiful. Thank you all.

Anne Skjoeth, 36, Denmark (May 2019 YTT)

My heart goes out to the teachers Taryn, Sharada and Yann.  Thank you for teaching me so much and supporting me in my personal growth. This yoga teacher training is put together with love and intention in a way I could never have imagined.
Taryn is one of the best yoga teachers I have ever met and I have worked with many as I am a yoga retreat chef. Her program is supportive from day one and I felt held all the way through the training including practicums and life outside the training.  She opens her heart to everyone around her with presence and compassion. 
Sharada is a woman from another world. Her philosophy teachings went straight to my heart and I admire and adore her.  She is a precious addition to any training and her knowledge is without comparison.  She taught me that just because i am happy does not mean the day was perfect but that I looked beyond its imperfections. Thank you.
Yann took us through extensive anatomy classes.  He is a divine masculine and space holder and such an important part of a month of ups and downs where feelings and realisations get revealed.
All together the three of them make a dream team and I am beyond grateful to have come all the way from Costa Rica to Bali for their teachings.  I have nothing but love and admiration for them all.
This yoga teacher training is a journey of the self, through the self, to the self.

Jessica Steppe, 27, Germany (May 2019 YTT)

This yoga teacher training is an amazing experience and so much more than just learning how to teach yoga.  With the combination of studying asanas, the anatomy of the body and philosophy you get a well-chosen and perfectly structured program that prepares you to embrace the yoga lifestyle.
Morning yoga classes with Taryn as well as the workshops and lectures were so much fun. She has a really smart way to make you do even the difficult postures before you even know it!  The program is perfectly structured so that you easily get ready for teaching your first classes during the training.  Taryn brings so much love and passion into her teaching and you can tell she just lives for the yoga!

Yann is definitely an expert at his subject and made all the anatomy stuff interesting and fun. In the end it all fits together and makes total sense.  Sharada is amazing.  I could have listened to her for hours. Her words are sacred such as everything in this world.  Thanks to her I got a lot more self awareness and had huge insights. Her lectures were really deep and classes got quite emotional from time to time.  I worked through a lot of internal issues I’d been holding on to.

The venue was a little out of town so that you could easily relax and stay in the  ‘yoga bubble’ (away from the hustle and bustle of the real world) but it was easy to still go out there if we wished to.  I found it very helpful not to be in the middle of the busy town.  The school took really good care of us so that I had everything I needed at the venue.

Taryn created such a safe space and I felt comfortable with the group from the very first moment.  It is a time where you can just be yourself.  No judgement at all.  I am super grateful for this journey with these amazing teachers and can highly recommend the program to everyone who loves yoga.  Even if you wish to dive deeper into yoga just for yourself as I did, you will probably walk out of it with the desire to teach and share the knowledge and the love.
Let’s all make this world a better place by spreading the yoga!

Sander Boef, 37, Netherlands (May 2019 YTT)

The month at Loka Yoga in Canggu was in one word: AMAZING!
The program was build in a way that made teaching a full yoga class very natural.  Taryn takes the whole group step by step through all facets of teaching, using guidelines and personal experiences. Her morning practices are a lovely start of every day and she somehow always knows what kind of class the group needs.  Her build-ups to the peak poses are spot on and her themes are absolutely beautiful!
The anatomy classes by Yann are very interesting and good to follow.  He makes easy connections with yoga and the presentation materials make the classes dynamical.
And last but not least, Sharada is a true goddess! The way she teaches the sometimes difficult yoga philosophy is very inspiring. Her knowledge is remarkable and she has a quality to make it universal and usable in day-to-day life. 
The location was wonderful and the food was delicious! 
Thank you Taryn, Sharada and Yann for the amazing month! I feel so much wiser and ready to teach my own classes.  I definitely hope our paths will cross again, but I’ll be back in Bali, that’s for sure!

Julie Bjorn, 21, Denmark (May 2019 YTT)

I found Loka Yoga by coincidence.  However, the whole way through the one month, 200- hour yoga teacher training, I felt that everything was absolutely meant to be. 
 
Taryn is one of the most dedicated and passionate souls I have ever met.  Alongside with the other fantastic teachers Yann (Anatomy and First Aid) and Sharada (Philosophy and Yoga Knowledge).
 
I started the whole project as an insecure but curious student and ended it as a confident yet more curious teacher. 
 
I am forever grateful for the experience and Loka Yoga gets all of my recommendations whether you are looking for classes, retreats or their transformational teacher trainings!

Marie Jensen, 36, Denmark (May 2019 YTT)

Joining Loka Yoga’s YTT is the best gift I have ever given myself.  I did not have many expectations when signing up as I was aware the quality of YTT’s varies greatly. But from the very moment I arrived I realized this would be a time that would change my life.
 
Taryn is without a doubt the best yoga teacher I have ever had and she is incredibly generous sharing everything she knows and her passion for yoga.  I did not expect to feel so prepared and enthusiastic about teaching after only 4 weeks. 

The teachings from Sharada are the most meaningful and valuable lessons to live a happy life.  I learned so much about myself and this gift of knowledge I have received will without a doubt transform my life. 
The space created for all of us to come together was so safe and full of love and I think we part ways knowing we have a wonderful yoga family that will support our future growth. 

I cannot thank Taryn, Yann and Sharada enough for the wonderful time we had and for the transformation I am already seeing in my life. 

Melita Eisenberg, 52, Australia (May 2019 YTT)
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I took my 200 hour Yoga teacher training with Loka Yoga School in May 2019.
 
Having taught yoga before, I came to Loka Yoga hoping to refresh my teaching skills, own self yoga practice and learn some anatomy.  I received SO MUCH MORE, which I am incredibly grateful for!
 
From my very first email correspondence with Taryn, I knew I was in good hands.  Her true nature lived up to her warm, welcoming and encouraging emails  when we finally met in person.  I was made to feel so welcome and comfortable from the start of the training.  For me the teacher training was the perfect combination of Asana, Anatomy and Philosophy.  Taryn is so passionate about all aspects of Yoga, and teaches from her heart.  She imparts her in-depth knowledge and wisdom in a comprehensible, precise and loving manner.  I just felt excited every moment I learnt something (which was often). I am still excited and the learning continues!!  Taryn is an amazing and compassionate Yoga teacher.  She breaks down key concepts of Yoga in a manner the student teacher can easily understand, remember, and mindfully pass on as a future teacher.  This last point was crucial for me.  The alignment workshops are invaluable, as we broke down each posture and learnt how to protect the body from injury. More than anything, I understand and believe in the teachings I now pass on.  There’s a big difference between learning by rote, and learning to understand, embrace and share.  The latter is what I gained from Taryn’s training.  Taryn, you are a vibrant, beautiful soul with so much positive energy, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your expertise with me. 
 
Yann teaches the anatomy component of the training.  His knowledge and teaching methodology is second to none. Rather than learning in a drab environment, Yann’s course is fascinating, relatable and fun! I have read about Yoga anatomy and watched online tutorials, but nothing has given me the understanding of human anatomy as Yann’s lessons did.  I loved the classes and can now understand and explain to students, what is going on with their bodies in various Yoga postures. Thank you so much Yann!!
 
Sharada is our extraordinary Philosophy teacher. I feel absolutely blessed to have met and learnt philosophy from this beautiful woman. With such a wealth of knowledge, Sharada is gentle and compassionate in her teaching. She has unlimited patience and a warm, strong presence. She has a special way of making you feel comfortable about big issues. Sharada’s yoga philosophy teachings are a life-changer. We meditated, chanted and learnt Sanskrit (all three, usually out of my comfort zone but not on this training). We got to know ourselves – each other, and the world in a different light. The experience was so rich, learning from Sharada, who is dedicated to living her own life according to her studies and values. Sharada, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Tina Kreuz, 36, Germany (May 2019 YTT)

This Yoga teacher training fulfilled my expectations totally.  It covered all aspects which I was seeking: having a wonderful comfortable place in Bali where you can focus on yourself, yoga lessons where my body has been challenged in a good and healthy way and learning more about the philosophy of yoga.
 
The training let me grow to such a yogi that I feel comfortable to teach and also having the desire to share my light of yoga now. The philosophy and anatomy part have been taught in a very nice and easy atmosphere and the knowledge was so valuable beside the physical aspects.  Sharada and Yann managed also to include the individual needs and question into their lessons and they have been a great partner for physical and mental health during the journey. A big thank you goes also to the group. This is something you just can not influence and lucky me the group dynamics gave me the possibility to gain so much from my fellow yogis!

In summary, it is such a comtfortable, relaxed and safe way to being prepared for the next level: Sharing my yoga love as a teacher!

Cassandra Williams, 23, America (May 2019 YTT)

Loka Yoga has transformed my relationship with yoga -providing me with not only an outlet to escape everyday stresses of life through my new well developed practice but also an entire new yogi family and community. I am forever grateful for the experience provided to me by my teachers and my fellow yogis. 
Thank you 💓

Lisa Abrahams, America (May 2019 YTT)

Before I signed up somewhat last-minute for this 200 RYS, I found myself in so many different places and levels in life.  It had become difficult to integrate and coordinate all aspects.  I originally decided on this course as I was familiar with Taryn’s trainings and was interested in her holistic approach. 

It was not only the studying of yoga in this holistic way; I was also able to get in touch with a different, deeper version of myself.  These 4 weeks were definitely intense, but the training basis was well-founded, well-demonstrated and well-explained.  The basis for an integrated yoga learning approach was applied through Taryn in the areas of yoga itself, along with her knowledgeable team in anatomy (Yann) and Vedic spirituality (Sharada). 

My expectations here were not only fulfilled – I was able to reach new limits and learn new techniques – but surpassed in that Taryn and her team helped me to achieve what was never part of the grand planning.  Which goes to show you – you don’t choose the training, the training chooses you!

Frauke Dietrich, 29, Germany (April 2019 YTT)

Before I signed up for my yoga teacher training, I spent months researching for the perfect school for me. In the end I decided to complete my training with Loka Yoga School because it seemed very professional and with a high quality standard.  Also, Taryn personally gave me a very good feeling since she answered all my questions in advance very thoroughly and caringly.  I can now say that I made the right decision and that my expectations regarding the YTT were even exceeded!!  

I honestly could not have imagined a better teacher for the asana training than Taryn!  She has so many years of experience which show in the high quality of her teaching but also in the passion which she radiates for yoga and her students.  Before I started my YTT I didn’t have the intention to actually teach, but only to improve my own practice.   But Taryn made me love and enjoy teaching so much and she really sets you up for success to become a secure, confident and knowledgeable yoga teacher.  She equips you with everything that it takes to become a teacher right after you graduate the YTT.  Also, she was always there for us personally when we needed her, which I very much appreciate.

The anatomy lessons were the perfect theoretical compliment to the practical asana workshops. We learnt everything we need to know about the major systems of the body (bones, blood, nerves, muscles etc.) to design and conduct a safe yoga lesson and also to understand your students limitations. The teacher, Yann, is a nurse and is therefore very experienced and also made a great effort to not let the classes appear too theoretical, but gave a lot of practical examples and anecdotes.  I benefited a lot from the classes and even though it was sometimes difficult for me as a non-native to follow the technical terms, I gained so much important knowledge about the body which gives me a lot of confidence for my teaching.

Before my YTT I did not know much about the philosophical aspects of yoga, so many concepts and terms were new to me. The teacher, Sharada, is a beautiful and very inspirational soul and very knowledgeable in the philosophy of yoga. To me personally the classes could have been a bit more structured, since it would have made it easier for me to understand the big world of yoga philosophy a bit better.

BONUS!  First Aid…
I completed last first aid training 10 years ago, so it was very helpful and much needed to refresh this knowledge. It’s very practical that it is included in the course because in most cases you would have to present a first aid certificate anyway when you want to work as a yoga teacher. So I appreciate it very much that we were trained in first aid, also because it makes you more confident when you know how to deal with certain situations, even outside a yoga class.

To sum it up, I am so glad that I chose Loka Yoga for my YTT. I had an amazing time in Bali and I gained so much knowledge, experience and wonderful memories during this time which I don’t want to miss. I can recommend this school without any doubt and would always choose it again if I had the choice.

Maarit Roehder, 36, Germany (April 2019 YTT)

Thanks again to Taryn, Sharada and Yann for sharing your knowledge and passion. It was so visible that you guys want to share your love for yoga and in the 4 weeks training, I have found a way to myself while practicing yoga – finding stillness in the moments of meditation and learning more about yoga philosophy and our amazing human body.
 
I really loved the energising yoga practices every morning and the way Taryn always engages the energy of the group and adjusted her classes accordingly.  As yoga teachers, we can truly learn from her and her experience.  It was great to learn so much about the correct postural alignment and the benefits of each asana.  With the posture and adjustment classes she gave us the opportunity to explore and we learnt a lot about sequencing (explicitly and implicitly).
 
The experience to prepare and teach a 30 minute and 60 minute yoga class gave me the confidence to start teaching at home. And I‘m really thankful for that, because I just joined the YTT for getting to know my body better. Now, I feel that I would like to keep on learning and also share my love for yoga.
 
Last but not least I met great people, who share values and a common passion and who have become dear to my heart. 
 
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Casey Gibson, 33, New Zealand (April 2019 YTT)

My experience at Loka Yoga School far exceeded my own high expectations!  I did not realise and I could not possibly have realised how much I would gain from this endeavour.  I came into it for my own practice and I did not think I would be ready to stand in front of a class and deliver a well sequenced, thoughtful, beneficial, fun and professional practice…I am so proud to report that I was delightfully wrong!

The Loka Yoga teachers – Taryn, Yann and Shaaradaa – were next level.  I have nothing but respect and admiration for each of them. They have ‘walked the walk’ in their respective fields and that experience, passion and knowledge was laid out for us each session like a delicious, nutritious buffet to gobble up.
 
I have not sat in an anatomy class since high school, I didn’t know my elbow from my ankle, or my colon from my trachea!  Piece by piece the puzzle was explained to us in digestible sections by Yann; very in depth and well presented as well as fun!  We enjoyed many laughs along the way which is important.  At the end of it all I have gained the level of understanding I feel I needed. On a personal level it made me appreciate so much the gift of having these incredibly complicated miraculous tools we call the human body.  Essential teachings.

The Philosophy with Sharada was always a highlight of each day for me.  She is a beautiful person and amazing teacher.  We would sit for a couple of hours each afternoon absorbing the wisdom that would flow from her. Again I was not aware of the depth of the Yoga teachings and Yogic way of life. The 8 limbs of yoga were revealed to us in a relaxed and peaceful manner, we all asked many questions of Sharada and the teachings.  She has a knack of explaining things through beautiful relatable stories.  I gained so much inner knowledge, peace of mind and growth from these classes and would look forward to them.

The Asanas! The sweaty stuff! Its the main reason I was here originally and again, rapt with the journey and the outcome.  Taryn is a rockstar and a true professional.  She took us on a two hour journey each morning to start the day. Meditation, pranayama, mantras, the Asanas and Savasana. That’s how ya do it! Learning what it takes and what is involved with presenting a well rounded, safe, challenging and enjoyable class to people.  In the daily workshops Taryn would break down each Asana using techniques that make the learning stick.  Sequencing, cueing, all the little bits and pieces that make you into an effective, confident and professional teacher are covered at length.  Taryn delivers it all with passion and patience and a big smile. I never doubted her ability or knowledge for a moment.
 
I could not recommend this journey with Loka Yoga more highly.  I don’t think it could of been a better experience for me personally… that’s not to say it was without its challenges.  We were all encouraged to dig deep physically, mentally and emotionally, which is exactly what I was looking for.  I came in feeling pretty low on confidence for various reasons and I’ve been shot out the other side full with happiness, optimism, calm, enthusiastic with a side helping of gratitude!  And on top of this, I have also gained a bunch of new friends that I have a deep bond with for life! 

Rahel Landolt, 30, Switzerland (April 2019 YTT)

I usually have high expectations and Loka Yoga surpassed them by far.  I would never have imagined that something like this can actually happen. 
 
This month gave me the very valuable experience of that one can feel happy – unjudged, no need to judge, just accept the way things are. This was possible to the extrordinary personalities of Taryn, Shaaradaa and Yann, and the values they encourage to be followed during the training. In the asana workshops we learnt the most important postures from their base and into the details.  Taryn is very knowledgeable, has a lot of patience and sticks to a high pace at the same time, so each one of the students was actually able to teach a complete 1-hour yoga class after 3 weeks!  I believe it’s a huge privilege to get greater knowledge about our magical body in the Anatomy classes from a nurse (Yann), because he is able to talk from personal experience.  Shaaradaa’s Philosophy classes were so incredibly revealing.  We learnt about the foundations and principles of Yoga.  Shaaradaa managed to translate them into modern language/ lifestyle and provided us with the tools that we can make use of in order to make ourselves happier.  When I did not see or dare to see that I want to be a yoga teacher before the training, I now have the courage to say that I WILL. 
 
I can’t put my gratitude into words. Thank you for a month I will never forget.

Anna Rynne, 61, Australia (India Retreat)

I wish to thank Taryn for making the ‘Journey through North India ‘ retreat one of the highlights of my life!
 
She is such a generous and kind spirited woman (and I still think she is a lady version of the Buddha!!… meaning of Buddha as per The Buddhist Centre – one who is awake…)
Her attention and knowledge regarding our travels throughout this amazing country is what made it a highlight for all of us.  She could not have done more to ensure our visit was authentic and not the typical ‘touristy’ vibe.

She also made herself available to us in every circumstance.

I will cherish my experience and memories of this trip… Taryn and the wonderful group that we traveled with made this an experience I will never forget!  I have so much love and gratitude.

Michelle Jennings, 44, Australia (India Retreat)

Taryn is simply beautiful. I’ve experienced the magical retreat ‘A Journey Through North India), experiencing the beauty and the joy that is India, without any worries and with complete faith that I was safe in Taryn’s capable hands.
Thank you Taryn for sharing your love of India with me and for ensuring I had a wonderful experience there.
 
If you’ve ever wanted to travel to India but have been a little worried about the perceived intensity of it all, join Taryn on her next journey, it will be an experience of a lifetime!
 
So much love to you Taryn, thank you for the most amazing trip, for the amazing memories and for being so caring and beautiful.

Lili Gruebel, 32, Germany (April 2019 YTT)

When I was looking for a YTT in Bali, I was attracted by Loka Yoga with it’s beautiful and authentic appearance immediately.

The first contact with Taryn was very kind, she answered all my questions on very short term, and I felt comfortable right from the start.  She always encouraged me, and my first impression was to be proved right during the training.  She prepared every workshop and practice with a lot of heart and dedication. She was always aware of our physical and emotional wellbeing, adapted the class to the group’s needs and gave us many options for our own practice.  I loved the mix of Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga a lot and the way Taryn combined it with Pranayama and Meditation. She set up a beautiful training so rich in variety and created this space where everyone of us felt safe and supported.  I also really loved the fact that it was a small group!  Taryn’s professional approach, precise teaching and her giving from the heart enabled us all to overcome our insecurities, provided us with the necessary skill set and knowledge and helped us grow to be teachers. 
Yann’s  anatomy classes were just big fun!  The lessons were very well prepared, his professional background as a nurse made it always clear and easy to follow. I enjoyed the relaxed and open-minded atmosphere and that we could always ask questions.  His classes gave me a broad range of anatomical understanding of the human body and how I can apply this knowledge to teaching and my own yoga practice as well.  I also appreciated the opportunity to do the first aid training during the YTT. 
Sharada’s lessons were so unique and inspiring.  She introduced us to the huge world of yoga philosophy, the teachings of the vedic culture and her own spiritual journey and wisdom really showed. I could listen to her for hours and her lectures blended in perfectly with the asana and anatomy workshops.  She demonstated how we can implement the ethics and values of yoga in our daily life and inspired me to learn more and dive deeper into yoga philosophy.  From breaking ancient sanskrit words down to the inner meaning, chanting beautiful mantras or introducing us to kirtan and the puja ceremony, I loved every single minute spending in her beautuiful company!
On the first night, most of us were not even sure to be a teacher.  On the last one, every one of us felt well prepared and confident to teach. I think that says it all!
 

THANK YOU, Taryn, Sharada and Yann for this incredible and intense time with you on the island of the gods and for your guidance and support!

Lisa Opitz, 32, Germany (April 2019 YTT)

My yoga teacher training with Loka Yoga in one word: life-changing.  What a beautiful journey surrounded by people who share my passion and values.  I am grateful beyond words.  We were sweating, laughing, crying, growing finding stillness, finding ourselves, making deep connections and receiving so much.

Just as yoga is more than some stretching, a teacher training at Loka Yoga certainly is more than just some asana work.  Taryn and her team have created a wonderful and comprehensive program.
Taryn is an amazing lead teacher and her passion for what she does is contagious. Morning practice with her was the perfect start into every day. Followed by so many fun classes throughout the day such as posture labs and yoga business, she set us up for being a teacher.  I really admire her dedication for passing on her knowledge to her students.
Anatomy classes with Yann made me gain a deep understanding of the miracle of the human body. His classes were filled with both knowledge and fun. He made me realize even more that our bodies are a work of art and perfection. And surely the anatomy knowledge helps understand asanas and the effect of yoga on our physical bodies a lot.
Philosophy classes with Sharada were a highlight of the day. She is such a beautiful soul and inspired me so much. Learning from her, chanting together and doing puja rituals has touched me on such a deep level.

I am truly grateful for the deep friendships I made, my dear fellow yogis, the inspiration and teachings, the new perspectives and insights, the new me.

Ilona Dupertuis, 20, Switzerland (April 2019 YTT)

This month was just amazing and it has changed my whole life, I am so grateful. 
 I found the Anatomy classes very interesting and useful.  I’ve learned a lot of things; we can clearly see that Yann is a professional and that he knows a lot of things and it was fun!  I’m so happy to have discovered the whole background of yoga (or a part) throughout the Yoga Philosophy.  The incredible knowledge that Sharada has is beautiful and I’m really grateful for her teachings.  All the lessons resonated with me and since those I’m trying to be a better yogi every day. Thank you so much. It was just amazing. The teachers at Loka Yoga are so wise.​

The asana workshops were really helpful and I think I’ve learned the real yoga thanks to you!  Even if sometimes I was really tired after the morning practice, it was so useful and I feel comfortable to teach now.  So thank you so much.
I loved the opportunities Taryn gave us to teach our own classes! The 30 and 60 minute practicums were so helpful and set us up for success and confidence to teach yoga.  I’m happy to have discovered that my passion for yoga is to teach it and to learn even more the philosophy. 
First Aid was a bonus addition to the course and I am grateful to have learnt the skills and knowledge to save lives in the case of an emergency.  What a life changing experience!

Jana Fuchs, 27, Switzerland (April 2019 YTT)

Thank you so much for this amazing experience; I will take so much home from this journey!
The anatomy classes were hard for me at the beginning because of the vocabulary. But after a few days it got easier. Yann is an amazing teacher and always gave so many examples and personal stories, so we could understand everything so much better. I am glad to have a better understanding of the human body now.

The philosophy classes were so inspiring.  Shaaradaa is a beautiful woman and I could just sit and listen to her for hours and hours!  Even though it can be hard to understand the spiritual side of yoga, she teaches in a simple and understandable way.  I really liked that we could share so much of our own lives and work on various aspects of ourselves. And I especially enjoyed the puja chanting circle and the fire ceremony!

Taryn is just awesome! I really look up to her and her teaching is just amazing! She is such a strong woman who always made us feel strong as well.  Her emphasis is great and she knows how to adapt the classes and schedule based on how we were feeling that day.  I loved her yoga, pranayama and meditation classes and also the posture lab workshops.  I feel I received a really good understanding of the asanas and I feel comfortable to cue into and out of the poses.  I also loved the adjustments that we learned – they give so much to the students!

I am so grateful for the time we spent together and for all the new friendships that grew.

Chris Benetti, 27, Australia (India Retreat)

Where do I begin with Loka Yoga and Taryn…
I had such an amazing experience with this lovely lady.  I joined her yoga retreat through India (not being super familiar with yoga… yikes) with 11 other ladies and NO other men – at first I had no idea what to expect, so I keep an open mind and just focused on the journey itself and my experience was surreal.
 
Taryn went over and beyond every single minute of every single day to ensure that all 11 of us had the best time possible, were well looked after and got the most out of our 2 week adventure.  Every day I felt like I was looked after and loved. And every day I couldn’t help but feel grateful that Taryn was able to take me on such a lovely journey through North India.
 
I was able to meet new life-long friends, not only from Australia and America but also in India.
 
I experienced absolutely incredible new food, crazy fun activities such as white water rafting and a 16km trek surrounded by the Himalayan mountains, the beautiful India culture from their devotion to their beliefs to their over the top need to make you feel looked after, new sights that one can only dream of, crazy and cheeky animals like monkeys, cows, goats, sheep and even chipmunks (OMG) and ladies; AMAZING shopping haha!
So simply put; (or TL:DR) Taryn and Loka Yoga should (and will be for me again) your first stop if you’re looking to travel India for the first, or fifth time.
 
Taryn is a beautiful soul and will serve you to her highest ability!  I’ll be attending another one of her retreats as soon as possible.
Namaste, Chris

Rebecca Ballintijn, 23, Australia (2017 YTT + India Retreat)

I’ve had such incredible experiences with Taryn, as my first yoga teacher in Perth, then her amazing yoga teacher training course and then her retreat!
 
She is so full of life and love and willing to do anything to make sure everyone is happy and having the best experience.
Loka Yoga was able to give me the opportunity to travel and see North India.  I felt safe in every place and every activity we went to. I am so lucky to have taken this journey with the lovely friends in my retreat.
 
If you want to see India but don’t want to go alone then Loka Yoga is the retreat for you.
 
Perfect is the word that comes up if I look back at the YTT with Loka Yoga. The teachers are complimentary to each other, so I got inspired by wise & passionate teachers.  In a great environment I learned about a broad variety of yoga (hatha, vinyasa, tantra yoga, meditation, pranayama, philosophy & anatomy). 
 
Our teachers have beautiful hearts and you will definitely feel that throughout your time with them. The program is an amazing set up to prepare you to feel ready as a yoga teacher and as bonus, it is life changing for your own personal grow as well!!

Judith van Sundert, 34, The Netherlands (2018 YTT)

Thanks again! 
Perfect is the word that comes up if I look back at the YTT with Loka Yoga. The teachers are complimentary to each other, so I got inspired by wise & passionate teachers.  In a great environment I learned about a broad variety of yoga (hatha, vinyasa, tantra yoga, meditation, pranayama, philosophy & anatomy). 
Our teachers have beautiful hearts and you will definitely feel that throughout your time with them. The program is an amazing set up to prepare you to feel ready as a yoga teacher and as bonus, it is life changing for your own personal grow as well!!

Leonardo Kucuk, 26, Denmark (2018 YTT)

My experience with Loka Yoga School has definitely changed my life. They are not only loving, compassionate and thoughtful but also very professional, disciplined and knowledgeable.

During my stay, I always had the feeling that our safety and well-being was of utmost importance and that helped create a safe environment to practice and grow – not only as a yoga teacher but also spiritually.
My expectation was to pass my exam and walk out with my certificate…and I left with SO much more!

Sue Byrne, Australia (India Retreat)

Just recently I have returned from a Journey through North India with Taryn.  This was my 3rd trip to India but on the other times I had just been to one place and stayed put.  I chose to go on Taryn’s retreat for a few reasons;
1. I wanted to see more of India
2. I knew Taryn has lived and worked in India so she would know the local customs etc.
…and for sure, I was not disappointed at all!
 
Taryn guided us all to some really great places. Her knowledge, sense of humour and humility were just amazing.
I would highly recommend anyone wanting to travel with a group and feel safe, nurtured and at ease in a strange place. Fabulous, thanks so much Taryn! 

Christina Becht, 37, Germany (2018 YTT)

I didn’t choose this yoga teacher training – this training chose me!
As I arrived to the venue, my watch stopped and retrospectively this was the sign that a new time, a new chapter, a new life is going to begin for me. Because this yoga teacher training was a life changing experience.
 
I didn’t only learn lots about yoga, the history of yoga including Patanjalis Yoga Sutras and anatomy but – and maybe more importantly – lots about myself. What I want from life and what my purpose might be here in this world.  I loved every second of the course, even though it was not an easy going journey but rather a challenge – physically, mentally and emotionally. The teachers were the best I could ever imagine to guide me into my yoga teacher journey. They complimented each other just perfectly and delivered the training with so much love and compassion, not to note that they are highly experienced and professional. As they are. Thank you so much! From my heart to yours- NAMASTE!
 

Danny Cartlidge, 39, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand

It’s hard for me to put in to words the gratitude I feel towards the energy, enthusiasm and selflessness that both Olav and Taryn showed towards guiding me through this life changing experience.
They went over and above; not only giving me a thorough education and training in Yoga postures, philosophy and anatomy, but supporting me through my inner journey which was an inevitable part of taking the time out from the normal rigors of daily life and immersing myself in this powerful transformational experience.
Through the Yoga philosophy classes and posture labs I have deepened my understanding of Yoga and this has strengthened my connection with myself and given greater meaning and depth to my practise and sharing of yoga.
Taryn inspired me with the energy she brought to each and every day, always putting our needs before her own, she epitomises professionalism as yoga teacher and taught me amazing cueing, alignment and a huge variety of sequences which will last me a life time.  I am grateful for the amazing facilitation ideas and for her love of ecstatic dance, she assisted me in overcoming my fear of dancing and opened up a new outlet for my creativity and self-expression.
Olav taught many complex ideas in way that was easy to digest, he has a great sense of humour and does his best to answer any questions that arise no matter how peculiar they might sound. I particularly enjoyed the discussion style learning, splitting off into small groups and reporting back our learnings. I was grateful that he has chosen this path to pass on his wealth of knowledge and experience and enjoyed hearing about his many inspiring life experiences. I was inspired by his authenticity, his humble nature and his dedication to the practise of yoga.
I highly recommend this experience to anyone wanting to deepen their practise of yoga in a safe and supportive environment, to develop yourself as a human being, to make some new friendships and life-long connections and to learn a high level of professionalism and skill should you wish to teach.

Samantha Dickson, 334 Australia

This 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training was the best experience of my life!  With many options out there I wanted to make sure I found a teacher that really resonated with me. I found myself connected with Taryn and I jumped straight in. 
 
From the moment I arrived, I could feel her genuine care and she creates a loving nurturing environment around you while you learn.  I found her enthusiasm and passion to be contagious and her professionalism in her classes and teaching impeccable.  For me it was her heart and her approach that impressed me. I learnt so much from her wealth of knowledge through anatomy and asana but also in our morning practice. I am so thrilled I was able to be apart of this course with her. I feel like I have received a solid foundation and I have the confidence to go out there and actually teach. The other teachers complimented Taryn perfectly. I quickly was in awe of them and their journeys.  They are incredibly intelligent, spiritual and definitely ‘the real deal’. 
 
They are also down to earth and grounded and offers such beautiful support through out the process. The asana classes, pranayama and meditation is life changing.  I honestly feel so lucky I was able to learn from these amazing people. What a start to this journey. I walked in thinking I wanted to deepen my practice and may be volunteer at work as a yoga teacher but I left finding a burning passion I never could have imagined. I love sequencing, planning classes and actually thrived delivering the practical exams. I enjoyed every single minute of this training.
Thank you so much! Life changed forever.

Katie Bennett, 21, UK

The yoga teacher training course at Loka Yoga School is something that I will never forget. The teachers are both exceptional teachers who, when put together, are a real force to be reckoned with. They share such an impressive and vast wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of yoga, as well as a deep passion for teaching that was just contagious. As teachers, they were always so encouraging, attentive and dedicated to us as students. Their teaching styles were consistently varied, dynamic and thorough, and they taught the course in a very engaging and effective manner. I found their energy, drive and presence extremely inspiring and, to me, they made the teaching of yoga a true art form, which is something I didn’t even know was possible. 
This course has really allowed me to grow as a person and I have come away with not only a passion for teaching yoga, but also a new-found confidence within myself as an individual. The other people on the course were honestly the most genuine, kind, warm-hearted people I have ever met in my life and after just a few days, we already felt like family! 
I feel very honoured and privileged not only to have gained my qualification from a yoga school as amazing as Loka Yoga, but also to have been taught by teachers as gifted, talented and authentic as Taryn and Olav. This has been a transformational and life-changing journey, and the memories I have come away with are ones which I will treasure forever. Loka Yoga has given me so much confidence and self-belief in my own teaching capabilities and I cannot wait to see where this qualification will take me in the future! I started the course as a girl who had a keen interest in yoga but who felt unsure about the world and what it had to offer; I have come away as a self-assured young woman who has fallen head over heels for teaching yoga, who has gained some wonderful friends for life, and who has been given a taste of what living a life of purpose and passion is truly all about. 

Erin Bruce, 33, Australian

These guys are the absolute teacher dream team! Their constant dedication to making us the best possible teachers is inspiring and I definitely feel like I was set up to succeed as a new teacher. It was a challenging but rewarding course that went far too quickly. I wish I was still in Bali! I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to further their knowledge of yoga and philosophy. Thank you so much.

Petra Florian, 29, Austria

When signing up for this yoga TTC I have to admit that I had high expectations based on what it promised on their website. I was open and ready for a life-changing experience without knowing though, what that would really involve. What I got from this TTC, however, exceeded every expectation I could have possibly had and, indeed, changed my life. This journey is different and these 4 weeks are only the beginning. Taryn and Olav are two incredibly inspiring humans and the best teachers on the planet. They are an amazing team and complement each other perfectly offering a very broad and wide spectrum of different styles and ideas to get inspired by and for you to find your owns.
One of the most beautiful things on this course was the wonderful and safe space they created for us, in which I felt loved and accepted the way I am and could fully embrace my own true self without any judgement. They put so much love and effort into this, which made me feel so endlessly grateful for every single day with them. If you asked me what I would change about the TTC, my answer would be: nothing! Absolutely nothing! Everything was perfect exactly the way it was. And if there had been something you felt could have been improved, Taryn and Olav were always there for us and they made sure that you had the time of your life.

Vanessa Le, 20, America

I participated in the 200-hour YTT lead by Taryn and Olav at Loka Yoga School and the experience was nothing short of life changing. 
The schedule we followed was clear, concise and well-organized. We covered not only asana, but the philosophy, anatomy, and business side of yoga as well. Because of this 200-hour YTT I’ve been able to dive deeper into the world of yoga and learned so much about myself in the process. My experience overall was profound and I look forward to practicing with them again. 
 
Taryn and Olav are both very knowledgeable about their craft and are always willing to answer any questions you may have. They truly are setting up their students for success on and off the mat. 

Roux Malherbe, 45, United Kingdom

 
In July 2018 I joined the 200 hour yoga teacher training course with Taryn and Olav. 
My main aim with doing the course was to deepen my own practice and understanding of yoga, and not necessarily to become a yoga teacher. 
I thought the course was very well put together and thoughtfully prepared by Taryn and Olav. Both Taryn and Olav have heaps of experience in practicing and teaching yoga. But experience really doesn’t count for much if you’re not able to convey this to your students. This is where I feel so lucky to have chosen this specific course over the others that were on offer. I thought the teaching team were exceptional in the way they were able to share their knowledge and experience but most of all the way they were able to ignite a flame of passion for yoga within me and all my fellow students. It really is thanks to their enthusiasm, encouragement and sensitivity that they were able to guide us on our personal path to self discovery. 
The course curriculum was very good and I felt that we were given a very thorough introduction to the history, philosophy and practice of yoga, and that this will serve as a very good base to further develop our understanding of this great philosophy in our own practice and lives. 
The immersive nature of the course really played an important part in this too. We were so well looked after and really didn’t need to think about anything except internalising what we were learning day to day. This nurturing environment combined with the daily schedule of meditation practice and study gave me a very clear insight into a way of life I would like to pursue and realise in my own life back in London. 
I think most important of all was that I now feel quite clear that I would like to share this incredible philosophy and practice with others and will actively seek out teaching opportunities when I’m back home. 
An all round life changing experience that I urge you to take if the opportunity arises.

Tracey Harding, 54, Western Australia

Taryn has a lovely energy about her, she leads classes that flow well and encourages me to try challenge myself within my own practice. Taryn has a knack for helping everyone, regardless of how experienced they are. She understands that each body is different and requires different techniques. Her gentle encouragement and friendly demeanour is a delight to be around.

Bonnie Blewitt, 33, Western Australia.

Taryn is such a passionate and inspirational yoga teacher and practising with her has had such a positive impact on my life. I walk out of every yoga class with Taryn feeling lifted, happy within my self and ready to take on the world.  No matter the class size or range of abilities, Taryn meets everyone where they are at and guides them to push past the limits they set upon themselves. It is clear Taryn loves what she does, and that love and passion is felt amongst everyone who is lucky enough to practise with her. I am very grateful to Taryn for inspiring a love of yoga within me.

Sophie Joyce, 24, Western Australia.

I started yoga about 2 years ago with Taryn. I had never tried anything like it before so I didn’t know what to expect. I was used to high intensity workouts, weight lifting and running. I barely made time for stretching and was always sore and had a lot of problems with my hip flexors. So bad that I would wake up in the middle of the night in agony from the pain and the cramping – being so young, I knew I needed to do something to make them better.
As soon as I started yoga I told Taryn the problems with my hips and she taught me a lot of poses that were specific for hip stretching and opening. I have never looked back since starting yoga, I have noticed such a difference not only in my Body and flexibility, but in my frame of mind. I would walk into a yoga class stressed and frustrated and walk out of there feeling amazing. Taryn has so much love and care for her students and for that I am forever grateful.

Adam Williams, 33, Western Australia.

I have been practicing yoga for just over 2 years now. My first class was a long time coming as I put it off and put it off but finally I committed to a class which Taryn was teaching. As it was my first class I was nervous and a little shy, not knowing what to expect. All of which was pushed aside with Taryns warm and welcoming nature. She made me feel welcome straight away, which made me feel so much more comfortable, from this moment I knew I would be making as many of her classes as I could.  Besides her gentle, caring, lovely nature Taryn has been the most diverse teacher I have had over my 2 year yoga journey. Each class was filled with new positions and new teachings which always kept the classes fresh and exciting. After every class I always felt like I had improved my yoga. I always looked forward to seeing Taryn and participating in her classes, cant wait till I can participate once again.

Cathleen Jean, 36, Western Australia.

In 2016 I joined my first committed yoga class with Taryn, who ignited my flame back instantly after a long time break from yoga! I felt this inner peace and happiness again, even on the first class I did with her. Within a few classes of learning from Taryn, my body was feeling so relieved and I was a lot calmer. Taryn informed me that she would be moving to India to run teacher training courses and I did feel a bit sad because I thought I had just found my yogi teacher again! And then she was moving on, but seeing the beautiful message in this, was that she actually helped me get back onto my path. I am now practising yoga as often as I can, at least 3 x a week. I was feeling also so excited for Taryn. Moving to India to teach, how amazing! I also want to go on and learn to be a yoga teacher and to be taught by Taryn, which I will be committing to in September this year 2016. I’m so excited about what the future holds and this yoga journey I’m (back) on. Thank you so much Taryn!

Fernando Baptista, 33, Western Australia.

Taryn’s energy and passion for what she does is contagious. I found her knowledge and commentary delivered a greater focus in my poses and my practice in general. My favourite element of her teaching style is the knowledge Taryn shares with students on the yoga mat. I found myself becoming curious about how I practice yoga and the benefits of regular practice.  
I recommend yoga to anyone looking to explore well-being. I highly recommend Taryn as a passionate and knowledgeable yoga teacher that can guide you on your own journey.

Virginie Bibeau-Novert, 23, Quebec.

I met Taryn in Rishikesh in India where I did my Teacher Training Course in January 2016.  I had such a good impression when I first met her. I instantly felt good straight away, she has such a great energy! I have not met many people in my life who are as passionate as Taryn is about her profession. She is very confident in her teaching and she always strives to help achieve the best out of her students. I feel really grateful, lucky and proud that I had the chance to be taught by Taryn.

Dr Victor Gomez, 38, Columbia.

I met Taryn during my TTC in Rishikesh. I have met other yoga teachers but Taryn is the type of teacher that you really are looking forward to meet. She is so dedicated and so skilled that really makes your practice unique. She knows every different variation of each asana and while performing the asanas, she does it with a rhythmic pace that you will not loose the fluidity of the movement. Her knowledge in Sanskrit it is a plus. you don’t have to go on a notebook or book to find out the meaning. I found that very helpful during my training. Besides the teacher perspective, Taryn is a great person, always smiling and willing to help you in every aspect. To go to India requires a physical and emotional effort. Taryn is always there to guide you in your Journey. I am grateful that I met her and I really hope to practice again with her.

Elissa Sundman, 30, USA.

I had the pleasure of having Taryn as my teacher during my 200-hour TTC in Rishikesh in March 2016 and I’m so glad that I did! She exudes passion and is extremely knowledgeable. The energy that she brings to the studio is contagious and I found myself wanting to work harder because of it. Taryn was always encouraging, always available if you needed her and always smiling! What I learned from her I will carry with me for the future of my yoga jou

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May Khoo, 27, Western Australia.

Taryn is the most positive and beautiful yoga teacher I have met to date. I enjoy her fun classes where I always come  out of feeling energized and refreshed. She is always so encouraging and helpful to her students. I am always happy and feel safe to learn and try new poses with her around! Her knowledge really shines through during her classes. Her guidance is very nurturing  and I personally benefit so much from it. Thank you Taryn for sharing your love of yoga and positive energy with me!

Kate Campbell, 30, Western Australia.

In July 2018 I joined the 200 hour yoga teacher training course with Taryn and Olav. 

My main aim with doing the course was to deepen my own practice and understanding of yoga, and not necessarily to become a yoga teacher. 
I thought the course was very well put together and thoughtfully prepared by Taryn and Olav. Both Taryn and Olav have heaps of experience in practicing and teaching yoga. But experience really doesn’t count for much if you’re not able to convey this to your students. This is where I feel so lucky to have chosen this specific course over the others that were on offer. I thought the teaching team were exceptional in the way they were able to share their knowledge and experience but most of all the way they were able to ignite a flame of passion for yoga within me and all my fellow students. It really is thanks to their enthusiasm, encouragement and sensitivity that they were able to guide us on our personal path to self discovery. 

Shane Rowles, Western Australia.

I was always impressed by Taryn’s knowledge of yoga as a science and a philosophy, and how she connected with her students on both an individual level and a class level.
I found her teaching methods fun, very easy to follow and motivating to try the next level of difficulty. Taryn’s Yin & Yang classes were so enjoyable (even though I left looking like a drowned rat haha!). Her classes provided me with an opportunity for personal, physical and mental development, leaving the classes feeling like I was walking on a cloud. This complete centred feeling has left me totally addicted to yoga!