I discovered yoga when I was 16 years old and I knew immediately that I would be practicing it for the rest of my life. As my practice evolved I began thinking about training as a yoga teacher purely to gain knowledge and learn proper alignment. For many years it sat in the back of my mind, something I would eventually do one day when the time was right. At the beginning of 2019 something shifted inside me and I began a deep journey of self-inquiry. I discovered reiki and did my level 1 & 2 training, I became a student of shamanic healers and found my love of sound healing and music. Finally, after much self-work and self-discovery, I was ready to do my yoga teacher training.
I began looking for the right course, but nothing seemed to fit. I’m a spiritual seeker, a mystic at heart, and I wanted a training technique that incorporated the things that I love – what some might call the ‘weird’ stuff. I began searching for shamanic yoga teacher training courses, and found SYI, The School of Yoga Institute. It felt like their website was speaking to my soul. Everything I wanted was right there, as if someone had read my mind. It seemed too good to be true! After a few emails and a phone conversation I was sure this was the right path for me.
Time seemed to speed up & suddenly I was in Bali meeting up with two of the other students to travel to the resort. The connection was immediate, these girls were my long lost sisters. From there everything just kept getting better. Our group was made up of some of the most beautiful souls I’ve ever encountered; I feel so blessed to have had such a wonderful group of humans to share my YTT experience with. Everyone says your YTT tribe will be lifelong friends, but I didn’t realise how deeply bonded we would become – they are my tribe, my sisters and I miss them already. Pondok Pitaya, set on Balian beach in Bali was a dream location. Our yoga Shala and eating den looked out onto the beautiful black sand beach and wild ocean that is Balian beach. Being a surfing resort too I found immense joy in watching the surfers, who rose just as early as we did, doing what makes them happy. Everyone there was in their happy place & the whole resort had an air of joy, it was the perfect location.
Our wonderful teachers, Zach and Josephine, did an amazing job of guiding us through the training. They were extremely knowledgeable and made everything we did fun. I hadn’t ever laughed or cried so much in my life! They created a safe space for us all to open up & get to know each other, to feel supported and loved unconditionally. It blows my mind how much we learnt and how everything seemed to flow so effortlessly. They delivered to me everything I had hoped for and more. The material covered was vast and extensive, I still can’t believe how much I learnt in 21 days!
When they told us we’d be teaching by the end of the second cycle, I didn’t believe I could do it , I felt afraid and out of my depth. In the manual I read about how we can be a channel for divine energy while teaching, but I just couldn’t fathom it. When the time came I was blown away by how prepared I felt, how much I had leant and how effortlessly it came. At the end of my first class, when it was all over, I burst into tears. It was one of the happiest moments of my life, I had found my calling. I felt the divine flowing through me and I knew life would never be the same – this was no longer just for me, I needed to teach.
Time moved so quickly & I wish I could have stayed forever. Saying goodbye to my tribe was more difficult than I could have ever imagined, but ultimately I know they will be in my life forever. It is not the end, but a new beginning for us all. I’m home now in New Zealand and excited to start shining my light in the world. I look forward to sharing my passions with every student that comes my way, learning more & doing my 300 hour training when the time comes. My heart is so full of joy and I am so grateful for this amazing, life changing journey.
Endless love & light, Namaste.
Victoria Indu Divija
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Om tat sat.