our teachers in training are saying ...
It is an honor to be considered a yogis' teacher, one that Jen Ryan has embraced and taken with the full hearted seriousness, love and devotion that most take with their own children and that is perhaps why year after year her studio is filled with yogis coming to be certified some are filled with the motivation to teach and for others it's part of their personal journey. No matter the intention Jen embraces every student with the same passion.
I recently completed the Yoga Loft 200 hour Teacher Training program. This program was everything I was looking for and so much more. I would describe the program as comprehensive, challenging, & life changing. The curriculum was an excellent balance of reading & discussion about the philosophy & history of yoga practice, learning Sanscrit & English names for the poses, being introduced to various forms of yoga practice such as Ashtanga, Yin, Restorative, to name a few. We also had workshops on Anatomy & Physiology, Ayurveda and other topics related to Yoga, all by highly qualified presenters.
Teacher trainees go further in their own practice, learn to sequence & teach a variety of classes, learn proper techniques of assisting students in class, gaining knowledge & confidence. Everyone in the program was wonderfully supportive. The Training weekends were amazing. The readings were interesting & stimulating. Completing this training has had such a positive effect on me. I highly recommend this program. You will be so happy you enrolled.
Yoga Loft RYT class of 2017
"I love doing the TT at The Yoga Loft! The whole team is so knowledgeable and friendly. Everyone there is so supportive and I have a real feeling of community there.
I moved from out of state and went to over 10 yoga studios before I took a class with Jen. She makes classes fun, challenging and does great adjustments too! After going to the loft for a few months, I decided to take my TT there. I am learning so much about something I was already passionate about, and getting to meet other like minded people is great! The syllabus is very expansive and I am learning about anatomy, pranayama, sequencing, alignment as well as many different styles of yoga. I am a very new teacher of yoga, and I am so glad I can share my new knowledge with my own students. Through their training program, I am also gaining more self confidence and deepening my own personal practice, both on and off the mat.
I am going to miss our weekend trainings when it is over, but will continue to take classes there! All of the instructors I have met there are friendly and knowledgeable. It is great place to take your practice to the next level!"
Yoga and the Yoga Loft have become one of the biggest elements in my life. Starting my practice in 2010 and looking back now, I never would have thought yoga could have transformed me the way it has mentally, spiritually and physically. The Yoga Loft North is my escape from reality to learn new things about myself and always feel welcome by the community Jen has created and has continued to prosper. Receiving my 200 hour certification was one of the best things I could have done. It made me realize the endless journey of continuous discovery of oneself as well as seeing the positive in others. I am so thankful to be apart of The Yoga Loft and excited to see its ongoing journey evolve.
No other Studio, or instructor can compare to the strength, the love, the compassion, the education, the commitment, the feeling of comradery I find with Jen Ryan and the Yogaloft.
After just one class at the Yoga Loft, I purchased a monthly pass and started practicing nearly every day. The Yoga Loft offers a welcoming vibe and sense of community that is unparalleled. During my first Friday night 108 minutes of power, I watched in awe as Jen, then nine months pregnant, led the class, offered helpful assists, provided demonstrations including an effortless eka pada bakasana, and encouraged us with good-will and humor. Even though I had only taken two classes with Jen before her maternity leave, when she returned she remembered my name. It is this personal touch that makes all the difference. Jen and all of the instructors at the Yoga Loft get to know their students both on and off the mat, which allows them to tailor classes to fit individual needs. After training at the Yoga Loft for a year, I began the 200 hour teacher training program. Although the training has been intense, I have felt supported, encouraged, challenged, and nurtured as I have deepened my practice, grown as both a student and a teacher, and come to know yoga as much more than just asana.
What some of our recent TT's have been telling us.....
Jen, this was truly a life changing experience for me and I can’t thank you enough! You, Greg, and our whole group of teacher trainees, are such amazing people -I loved getting to know everyone and I am so sad its coming to an end – but I am more eager than ever to continue to learn.The yoga loft will always hold a special place in my heart and I look forward to continuing there and growing my practice and maybe even filling in a few classes here and there J I have never been to a studio that cares for its students the way you all do. I was never put at a wall to practice ANYTHING until the yoga loft, and I have tried many different studios. Meg
I want to say that you, Jen, having so much enthusiasm and faith in us as students and teachers was helpful beyond words. You were so confident in us, in me, that I in turn felt confident! Encouraging us to just go teach either in training or a class at the studio was so helpful and so supportive. You are so welcoming and just becoming a part of this awesome yoga community is worth the training. Thank you!
Anyone who feels called to study yoga, must talk to Jen Ryan about the Yoga Teacher Training program she offers. Jen brings her whole being to her teaching; she embodies yoga on all levels. Her brilliance, generosity, compassion, teaching experience and many years of study and practice are evident from the first class of the Yoga Loft Teacher Training program. Yogic practice and philosophy itself is a beautiful but challenging body of knowledge; Jen makes the study of yoga accessible and provides a sanctuary at the Yoga Loft as she guides her students on the yogic teacher path. Much gratitude to you Jen! Namaste, Judy Class of 2016
Meet some of our present and past TT's at The Yoga Loft and ask them any questions you may have on our YTT program:)
I came to the program to further my Yoga practice, which up until then, was a mostly asana practice - a good exercise regimen. Whereas Jen's YTT program helped me strengthen my asana practice to a whole new level, the real benefits are the ones that sneaked in, sometimes unnoticed. :-)
Now as I look back, the real benefit of the program was that it opened a whole new world for me, with -
- the sutras and their emphasis on the mind
- reiki, Chakras and energy transfers which I'm still working on internalizing :-)
- Ayurveda and healthy diet discussions,
- the different types of yoga classes I tried out during the course, which I wouldn't have tried otherwise.
- anatomy and how things worked internally in Yoga.
- concept of a sangha - a community - which the class became.
Right from the beginning the yoga weekends became something I would look forward to - even when I'd not finished my homework for the month :-) The withdrawal symptoms I talk about above are partly because there are no more yoga weekends to look forward to.
Back when looking at RYT programs, I'd looked at online options also. Having gone through the program now, I'm glad I picked a face-to-face program over the "do it at your own pace" convenience. For one I'd have missed out on the "sneak" benefits. And the interactive learning, occassionally with assists, is something you just cant reproduce online. Also in retrospect, I liked the pace of 1 weekend a month - it gave me time to absorb what I'd learnt.
Bottom line - unreservedly recommend Jen's YTT program. Go for it ... you will thank yourself!
- Ravi Shrivastava, Class of 2015