Yoga Teacher Training Success Stories

Yoga Stories

Taking a yoga teacher training is a life changing journey, here we celebrate the inspirational stories that our students have to tell after completing their Yoga Teacher Training with Rishikul Yogshala.

Claire Counilh (29) lives in Paris, France. She traveled to Rishikesh, India and completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certification with Rishikul Yogshala in August 2015. Since completing the course she has had great success and set up her own yoga practice ‘My Yoga is Claire’

We caught up with Claire to find out where yoga has taken her since finishing her course;

I am happiest when… I am a contemplative person, I like to look at the world and people around me before acting. Happiness is when I get to enjoy great conversation over a cup of tea and coffee, discussing my love of yoga and cultures with other like minded people. As with so many of the wonderful people I met in India, I love traveling, seeing and experiencing different cultures.

I have lived in Paris as well as other European capital cities for over fifteen years, however I grew up in the mountains and nature remains for me an endless source of energy and peace. I believe that coming back to nature, to see and smell the sea or breath the fresh air of the acts as the best remedy against any ailment or pain.

My first love is yoga and I practice every morning upon waking along with meditation which helps me to find the balance inside, however this is not always easy. My second love is culture; since taking up yoga full time I am busy teaching classes most evening however I think it is important to find one evening per week to go to the theater or watch a contemporary dance performance in a local Paris venue.

Each week I visit a gallery as for me this is a form of meditation; to watch the beauty of the arts, explore and enjoy creativity and to look at the world with different eyes.

Before yoga became my path…
Before yoga and ‘My Yoga is Claire’
I was a Theater Critic and Manager in cultural work. My love of art and culture and world took me to jobs across Eastern Europe including; Ukraine, Romania and Hungary. In each new place I made home it was important to make sure that I had an established yoga practice.

Why I choose yoga in India as my path…
I took the training with Rishikul Yogshala to gain a certificate in teaching yoga and fully establish my knowledge and teaching voice as I was already teaching. I did not go to India initially to find myself or to make new friends but this became an unexpected result of my journey; I met amazing people who are still friends they are warm, wise and blissful. I fell in love with India, it changed me from the inside.

The emotions I felt...
The course brought out many emotions, meeting the rich people was priceless. To travel to the other side of the world, to a completely new environment and culture is a great way to challenge yourself and become enriched and surprised.

Physically the TTC was difficult but completely relevant, it taught me to improve upon myself and I learnt a lot. The course is very in depth and there were sections and lessons that where a new discovery to me that I have since explored deeper or have on my wish list to do so.

It also helped me to realize that there are some points in yoga that are not going to be on my path. I now understand what type of yogi I want to be and who I am going to be.

My life now...
Since returning from Rishikul I am living and working at my studio in Paris, enhanced and inspired by my experience in Rishikesh. After the course one of the teachers took me on a shopping trip to the wonderful bazaars in Rishikesh. I bought many souvenirs to help me create a feeling of India in my own studio which is set in an amazing place called ‘Le Wagon’.

I love teaching; meeting new students and helping them to better understand their bodies and mind and even discover them. Just like I did with Rishikul Yogshala.

Life in Paris is not always peaceful, especially due to recent events. I think and hope that my job as a yoga teacher allows me to inspire people to breath consciously, to take a break from the chaos outside and to find inner and outer happiness and peace.

Through my work I have found my own happiness. Although I am always thinking of a time when I can return to India to practice mediation and yoga, because as a teacher I am first and always still a student!

My advise for any fellow yogis…
Taking the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Rishikul Yogshala was a great way to experience intense yoga and discover a side of India that is ‘off the beaten track’. Being in the school environment is less difficult than being in an ashram, but for myself and my new friends it revealed a side of us that we where surprised and very happy to discover.

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