So this week I have completed my first week of yoga teacher training at Tirisula and there have been many thoughts and feelings in the last days, and indeed last months since I first considered and subsequently chose to do this course.
To start – why Tirisula? Well it is close to where I live, the cost was good, I knew someone who had already done the course some years earlier and there was an internet article that noted ‘this is the place to get serious about yoga’. Though these practical facts pointed in what seemed to be the right direction, I also know myself well enough to know that if I hadn’t had a good feeling about Tirisula – been sure in fact – that I would not have gone down this path. I made sure I did classes with Master Sree and James and the energy felt very comfortable to me. I can’t say my core felt quite as comfortable the mornings after those classes though!
I did a lot of research on which school in Singapore to study at. There were many that did not do the 4 week intensive training which I required because of my current lifestyle which requires me to travel regularly back to the UK. I looked at reviews of all studios and found good reviews and, as with any online search, a few reviews that were not so good, but as I looked at all these studios I kept coming back to Tirisula. The fact that it was one stop on MRT was of course wonderful for me but I knew it was not a justifiable reason for choosing Tirisula. When my friend said that she had studied here but also studied at another more commercial school that in some ways suited better, this perhaps could have been something that dissuaded me from joining. The timing fitted in with my schedule… but was this really a good reason? In fact there was another studio that also fitted in with my schedule. I was searching and searching for reasons for and against each school and Tirisula kept coming up.
I then started looking into the practicalities of teaching in the UK after having studied in Singapore and was brought to the attention of Yoga Alliance US. Internet articles pushed that in order to teach I should be considering a Yoga Alliance US registered school. Tirisula was aligned to World Yoga Alliance and not Yoga Alliance US and I was not sure why this was – I knew it had been previously when my friend studied here. Looking at linked studios to WYA, there did not seem so many studios, particularly in the UK, that were associated with them….. but I could not escape the feeling that there seemed something more authentic about WYA and Tirisula. My online investigation brought me to Yoga Alliance Professionals – this is the UK body for yoga. I started reading some things about Yoga Alliance US that led me to believe that Yoga Alliance Professionals had higher standards than the US based organisation but it too talked about the necessity of studying with a preferred school. Their website gave the option to contact them with the details of the school where you wish to study and that they would assess the course and let you know that if you studied there whether you would be able to register with them. This was essential for me as I was hoping to use yoga practice in my future career in the UK. Yoga Alliance Professionals came back very quickly to say that Tirisula’s YTT was approved by them. So decision made… Tirisula it was.
It was not as if I did not look at every single angle as to whether I should study here. What happened in the end was that the first place that I had found, that was near me, that without my knowledge happened to be the place that one of only two friends I have in Singapore studied, that suited my lifestyle and my future career, was Tirisula.
The lifestyle I have of regularly returning to the UK is because I have an elderly dog who cannot travel to Singapore. She is a rescue dog that has been with me for over 12 years. She has over these years changed my life in more ways than anyone could imagine. It is said that you do not find a dog, a dog finds you. She definitely found me. Now I ask myself the same question about Tirisula. Did I find Tirisula or did Tirisula find me? What I know for sure is that yoga has certainly truly found me and like my dog has changed my life and I look forward to seeing where it take me next!