Michelle Mortensen, USA
"When I think back on the time throughout the training, the first word that comes to mind is love. Love for the experience and for my whole self… body, mind, and spirit. Emma held the space so well that I felt comfortable to go to places that I didn’t even know existed within myself. Not only was it the amazing, super informative yoga classes, but it was the weekly surprises that made it so exciting. I woke up grateful every single day to be in such beautiful surroundings with amazing people to go through the transformation together. I now feel the love that I always thought was there and Emma and her team gave me the confidence to let it shine. With their guidance, I was able to dive deep and really find my true essence. I am confident to share the knowledge I learned with others in a safe and peaceful environment. This training is something I will hold with me for the rest of my life."
Glenn Dakers, New Zealand
"Having recently visited the website and read the description of the course, I feel compelled to add my own view of the 2013 program. My words and the words on the website are feeble attempts to convey the true experience of what happens on the course. It doesn't portray the laughter, the sweat, the tears, and the blood! I actually don't consider it a yoga course. Primarily it was a personal development course where we incidentally became ready-to-go and qualified yoga teachers. The team Emma has established for 2014 is awe inspiring, and I'm not even considering their technical skills. It's their personalities that excites me. I feel privileged to be able to call them my friends. It's tempting to repeat the course! The support to be your true authentic self while teaching yoga was a massive gift. The greatest gift we can give to the world is to come alive, and be ourselves in full expression, I uncovered. This course supports your authenticity, which cultivates growth in surprising, unpredictable areas. Ultimately, it's an adventure of the soul."
Aireanne Hjelle, Colombia
"The 200+ hour YTTC that I did with Emma, Poncho, and Laurence in 2013 on Koh Phangan was literally life-changing. I went because I wanted to learn how to safely teach yoga but I got so much more out it: a loving, nurturing community who embraced each other and the journey that we were on and instruction from some of the best yoga teachers in the world who understand that yoga is more than just a physical practice. Since leaving the community that we created, I've drawn on the skills of compassionate communication and self-knowledge and acceptance that we cultivated in the program. Not only that, but the high-standards of the teaching practicum of course made me feel confident to go out and immediately start teaching. Thank you Emma, Poncho, and Laurence for the home that you made and the wisdom that you shared!"
Cailey Stables, Canada
"This course was the most amazing form of self work I've ever done in my entire life. A key to being an ideal yoga teacher is working on yourself, always. This course breaks through barriers, helps you to communicate in your relationships, teaches you self empowerment as well as self-love. You will feel confident in your ability to teach by the end of this course, Emma is known for her in depth knowledge on alignment and cues, which are the skills required to make teaching yoga a reality in the western world. If you want the perfect mixture of spirituality, soul-searching and technical knowledge, please take this course."
Aleksandra Moren, London
"Life always gives us some challenges as an opportunity for growth. It's so rewarding when we are able to face our fears and step into them, not allowing them to take over. For all my life I was afraid to speak in public, to be seen, to make visible mistakes, to be imperfect, to play music, to sing. This yoga teacher training has been a real life changing experience, allowing me to find my voice as a teacher and finally speak up, sharing my truth. It made me realise that I kept saying "no" when life was giving me opportunities to make my dreams come true, as I was feeling not good enough, not ready enough. Over the past 2 months I had to face all my fears and was given an opportunity to say "yes" - through teaching yoga, singing mantras and playing harmonium in front of supportive group of friends. I could finally open up, change this cycle and overcome my fears. We are capable of doing whatever we want! We just need to allow ourselves to make that first step (and that's the hardest part), after that everything seems to be much easier. I'm so grateful for this experience. No words can describe that feeling in me. I'm a different person. There is no measure for the growth that has happened. Thank you"
Djordi Kun, The Universe
"If learning the skills and tricks to become the very best Yoga Teacher you can be, or simply to deepen your own understanding, knowledge and practice as a yogi is what you're after, then this course is exactly what you need! Regardless of your level and previous experiences with Yoga or your physical flexibility, Emma and her inspiring team will cruise you through the training and warmly mold you to shine as yoga teachers. This course brings a wide variety of impulses on all levels of consciousness and knowledge regarding Yoga in it's broadest interpretation. Tap into your creative stream, and be invited and challenged towards self inquiry, personal growth, community, asana practice, communication and perseverance. If as they say; "travel is the only thing that you can buy that will make you richer" is true, then Emma's Teacher Training Course is surely a travel, a journey! A journey that has more than met my expectations and one that I am truly and deeply grateful for."
Yan White, London
"You may hear words like transformation and awesome. It's important to understand when they actually mean something very real. Getting right to the heart of habits and conditioning takes time and effort, and in this context the change can really happen. Being in a community is something that allowed me to develop parts of myself that I hadn't even realized were crying out to be seen, and to experience a cleansing dharma. Be ready for change! Also be ready to get taken on a fun, emotional, educational rollercoaster ride with some of the nicest people you will ever meet (including yourself). And be prepared to surprise yourself with the gifts that will get coaxed out of you. If you have doubts about whether you think you can survive the course or have the right to teach yoga (like I did) suspend them. Getting as far as arriving is probably the biggest challenge you will face."
"This teacher training course was unquestionably one of the best things I’ve ever done. I have taken other teacher trainings over the years but no other course has come close to the fullness that I received through this experience. For me it was the perfect blend of physical practice, confidence building teaching exercises, fundamental theory and knowledge, spiritual understanding, inspiration and self-discovery and growth. There is no one I wouldn’t recommend this course to.
"Truly authentic yoga that bridges the gap between the mystic and the modern practice, with a strong scientific structure and warm open hearted methodology, this experience and these teachers will rock your World in the very best way possible!
If you want to shine as a natural, authentic yoga teacher, rather than a sequence parrot, this is the teacher training for you. It actually does what it says on the tin - teaches you how to teach, as well as practice."
Nikki Sanstad, Cambodia
"Just as a song can inspire dance, just as a kind word can inspire confidence, yoga will shape your perceptions of life, love, and faith. In this yoga training, I experienced profound change not only in my physical yoga practice but also in my outlook of the world. Being united in a community with others from various faiths, homelands, and world views helped me learn to listen, embrace differences, and to show respect and love above all else. In addition, I walked away from this training with the confidence and tools to theme, lead, and properly adjust a yoga class. The teachers were great at encouraging the students through rough times, phenomenal in the teaching of anatomy, and in the critiquing my own practice and presentation of a themed class. It was an experience I will treasure for years to come."
Rachel Mercia, USA
"It has taken me weeks to find the words to remotely do justice to the teacher training and to the profound effect you have had on my spiritual path. I came to the training looking for help with alignment and new depth within my own practice. I left with hands gripping either side of my chest, exposing a wide open heart. In addition to an incredible foundation of knowledge about yoga alignment and some life changing asana practices, you gave me confidence in my ability to teach, a sense of peace and love for self and others, and the inspiration to spread this wealth to those around me. Beautiful Emma, there is a rawness about you that I am in love with. You are this perfect recipe of ferocity, love, grace, and sensuality...a strong yet unassuming leader. Thank you, thank you, for everything that you have given to me and to others in this lifetime."
Samantha Defeo, NYC
"This training was a gift of grace. I truly feel that grace brought me to this specific group of teachers and students. I could not have asked for a more harmonious concoction of beings.
The entire training permeated with love, joy, laughter, and life-changing growth. Emma is PRESENT. This is her gift as a teacher. Every time she taught, she was fresh, alive, full of excitement, humor, and authenticity. If you want to experience a humble teacher as she moves you graciously through asana, meditation, chanting, heart-opening discussions, you will be blown away.
I am unconditionally grateful for this experience. I feel that it encouraged me to express myself, to find my deepest expression of myself and show that to the world. I was challenged at times (from a place of tough love), to go inwards and open places within myself that were covered by fear. I was challenged to come into my power and break through the barriers to my own divinity. Most of all, I was challenged by the constantly increasing amount of love on all sides of me, by my teachers, fellow trainees, and the abundance of love inside of myself that I was just discovering.
This training allowed me to flourish into myself more fully. To believe in my ability to teach and empower others. To share my voice, my gifts, my heart. To continuously challenge myself to deepen into my practice in whatever form that means for me. I am teaching now and feel deeply grateful to all my teachers who have guided me along this path."
Lisa Kelm, Germany
"Thank you so much for the wonderful gorgeous Yoga Teacher Training at Serenity Residence! Emma, you were my greatest inspiration during the training. Your power and strength, your authenticity, your femininity, your creativity, your inspiration impressed me so much. Thank you that you shared so much of your beautiful self with us.
Thank you for your inspiring lessons. I loved your classes about self love and heart-opening. Thank you for teaching us how to give an authentic, creative and inspiring yoga class. I learned how to theme a class, my students love it and it makes the class very special. I am deeply grateful that I could take part in the TT, I learned alot and could definitely deepen my yoga practice and improve my yoga classes.''