Peter Maia-Tanner

Peter Maia-Tanner

October 29, 2019

Peter Maia-Tanner

Written by : pathofyoga

Last year I took the plunge and went on Path of Yoga’s 1-month 200-hr teacher training in the birthplace of yoga, Rishikesh. There is so much I would want to write about this experience that so completely overwhelmed my expectations.
But firstly, why Path of Yoga? I had previously been to several of James French’s classes (a founder of Path of Yoga) at Triyoga in London. His classes were so very clearly the product of much love and intention – from the innovative and expertly choreographed vinyasa sequencing, to the generous and insightful references to yogic principles and philosophy, all synchronised and enhanced by the most perfectly-timed playlist. At the end of one of these classes, James was offering flyers to his TTC in Rishikesh… and the rest is history.
Looking back, it is surprising how little I knew about what was in store. I might have expected this month to be a “spa” for body and mind, to have been exposed to encyclopaedic knowledge on the most diverse of “on” and “off-the-mat” yogic topics and to have connected and made friendships with wonderful human beings. And, yes, this all came overflowing and in abundance beyond dreams. But there was more. More even than the perfection of our silent contemplations over breakfast among the mango trees following early morning practise or our invigorating afternoon swims across the chilly rip currents of the Ganges or the singing of Sanskrit verse that we did not truly understand but cherished nonetheless, guided by guitar around an improvised open fire at night.
Thanks to James, we had the benefit of two teacher assistants, Amy and Amritha, each equally passionate about and authentic to yoga as a path of life and equally loving with the generosity and humility of their teachings. James, Amy and Amritha created magic between them and us students reflected our magic right back at them. We ended the course with the knowledge, skills and confidence to begin teaching yoga and the sense that a life-long seed had been planted.
But to stop here would be to ignore the biggest blessing of all – the fountain of love that was created and that I feel so privileged to have experienced and will always treasure. To my Path of Yoga family – thank you from the bottom of my heart. To prospective new students – I have mixed feelings about how these words may inflate your expectations. Best to have none and just take the plunge!