My Yoga Teacher Training With Tirisula

I have been procrastinating awhile whether to sign up for Yoga Teacher Training.  My excuse was always lack of time because I am working full time and have a very demanding toddler at home.  Then come COVID-19 and changed everything.

With the pandemic, all of us started working from home.  I finally had some extra time from not needing to travel and commute, and that’s  one of the things I am thankful for.

During the Circuit Breaker, I reconnected with Yoga as my friend in Penang started teaching Kundalini Yoga on Facebook live.

I first started Yoga way back when I was 14 or 15 and all I remembered were Sun Salutation, maybe child’s pose and tree pose.  Who wouldn’t love child’s pose when they first started Yoga?

Whilst I was “attending” my friend’s Kundalini Yoga practice online, my mother-in-law who had no prior experience in Yoga joined me.  I saw that she didn’t feel comfortable when she’s performing some of the Yoga poses, for example, her knee will go beyond her toes when she’s in  a high lunge and it started to worry me that she might hurt herself one day.

That’s when I decided to sign up for Yoga Teacher  Training.  However, which Yoga Teacher Training Course should I go to?

My criteria for a Yoga Teacher Training Course include:

  1. Duration of the Course – I still need time with my toddler
  2. Distance – I don’t want to spend too much travelling
  3. Price – Of course as cheap as possible is great

It’s amazing Tirisula fulfills all the criteria, except the distance.  The studio used to be in Paya Lebar, and it’s totally an ideal location for me to travel from Tanah Merah.  Unfortunately, they have moved to Norris Road at Jalan Besar, which is much further away from my resident.

The duration of the course did not take up my entire weekends because our physical practice in studio starts from 8 am to 11 am and we get to complete our theory lessons via Zoom from 4 pm to 6pm.  The timing is a total fit to my current lifestyle as I’m still a pumping mom.

The price is the cheapest I can currently find in Singapore.  All the Yoga Teacher Training Courses I’ve come across are at least S$3,000.00 and above, whilst I managed to get the price of S$1,880.00 from Tirisula.  It’s about 40% cheaper!  No doubt when I first saw the price, I was a little bit skeptical.  “Is this studio really good?  Why is it so cheap?  There’s a catch for sure!” actually came into my mind.

After reading some reviews online, Tirisula was reviewed by a few websites as one of the best Yoga schools in Singapore.  Still skeptical, but the price is really very difficult to resist.  So, the impulsive me immediately sign up after knowing there were only 2 slots left for the July weekend class, even though I have not attended any class with Tirisula.  Well, my “gamble” actually paid back quite well!

Although waking up early in the morning for 10 consecutive weekends were not something to look forward to, I wasn’t dragging myself to class every weekend because there’s always something to look forward to.  Besides, I definitely will have something to take away every weekend from both morning practice and evening theory class, thanks to the knowledgeable instructors!  I am really amazed and impressed on how Master Sree and Master Pauulu are able to do miracle in the sense that, they are able to make us get into a pose which we thought we were not able to, with their experience and technique.  Master Wei Ling, on the other hand, managed to make the dry and boring anatomy topic interesting by letting us listen to kiddish skeleton song to help us memorise the bones.

Due to the social distancing measures, there were only 5 of us in class, but we have been encouraging each other and growing together.  We exchange notes and keeping tap at each other to make sure we practice and study.

We are now in our 8th week and there are only 2 weekends left till the end of the course.

By the end of the course, I will definitely know more than the Hatha Yoga Sun Salutation, tree pose and child’s pose.  Besides, I know some of the Sanskrit names of the asanas (pose) and I’m more aware of my own body because we were made to study human anatomy.  Now, when I feel ache at my lower back, I know it’s my quadratus lomborum giving me problem.  Plus point – I am now learning how to prepare lesson plan, and it’s not easy.

I really hope all of us can pass with flying colours by the end of the course and have a great celebration at Banana Leaf Apolo!