Graduates of Teacher Training with Kiely
Mark Creasy, RYT200
Teacher Training at Practice was right up my alley. It’s light years ahead of going to a class a couple times a week. We go deep and deep and deep.
There is the physical side of things and I found myself repeatedly saying, holy shit this is the best I’ve ever done <insert pose here>. This goes from basics like Triangle and Warrior 2 but also poses I didn’t think I could do, like pigeon variations where I’m upright and grasping my back foot over my head. Some people have these poses out of the box. They walk in the door all flexy bendy, but not me. I’m stiff and muscled from years of lifting weights and now practicing brazilian jiu-jitsu. Even after a few years of yoga practice, I had much to learn.
I came into training disliking (hating) backbends. So you can imagine how I felt going into a 3 hour backbend practice Saturday morning. Turns out I love backbends, but I’ve been doing them wrong all this time. Kiely just knows this stuff, and knows how to teach it. We methodically build up, opening what needs to be open (i.e. hips), and training our thoracic spines to move (mine didn’t want to) while our lumbar spines stay still. The opposite seems to be the typical condition of our generation of desk warriors.
With the right prep, the right cues and attention, it feels amazing. This goes to the entire series. This is just one example. Kiely and the other teachers set you up for success. Every physical practice was amazing. I consistently went farther, with better awareness, and greater strength. The training is well rounded. I learned much as far as the physical practice, but teaching is it’s own practice. The nuances go deep here, but training at Practice made it very approachable. “Here are the best tricks to get going.” When I started teaching after my training, I fell back on those in a hurry.
The meditation and introspection practices were probably my favorite thing. I love those practices anyhow, for how they make me feel and what they bring out. But it’s even better with the community, with everyone there with you going down the rabbit hole with you. Then sharing what they found. I still remember sharing a mantra with a class mate. We sit outside repeating “I don’t give a fuck”. Perhaps not the most traditional mantra, but effective.
The best thing I can say about training is this: Do you like yoga? Do you want to go deeper in your practice? Well imagine doing that with a group of people you really enjoy, a group of people, each one as invested as you are. Each one putting up their money, time and energy to do this. People who are just as committed as you. It’s a hell of a lot more fun than regular classes.
Kate Discher, RYT-200
Fitness instructor, Trainer
"Joining PYA TT was exactly what I needed in my life and at the time I needed it. I was unsure the direction of which to take my teaching career, and whether or not to even teach yoga when the training was complete. And, let's be honest, I worried a lot about what I was really doing in life. I had all these ideas of what teacher training was supposed to mean for the time and investment I was making. But, the greatest things I learned, are to be curious of how I live, and to seek understanding of life and others, and the belief that we are all connected. AND, asana. Really high quality asana. The program designed by Kiely and Rey offers a lot about A LOT. The way that the history of yoga and it's teachings are presented along with the texts referenced provides a deep well which I will continue to draw from for the rest of my life."
The modules taught by Kiely, Rey and the guest teachers offer superb instruction & philosophical discussion from the BEST of Austin's yoga practitioners. Each teacher provides a well balanced influence of understanding anatomy, philosophy, and how to teach yoga asana. The business of yoga is clear and will guide you to develop what you authentically desire to offer if teaching is in your path.
I was unsure when I started training, and felt fuller and stronger when it was completed. The PYA TT program enriches the mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional parts of you. I am so grateful for the time I was able to spend in this experience and how it continues to effect my daily life. I would do it again if I could, but I know I have a fundamental and solid beginning to continuing my path because of it.
Raina Gradford, RYT-200
Owner of SoulshineYoga, Trava Fitness, Paramount Theater
The training I received at Practice Yoga was outstanding in so many ways. The level of thought and care that went into the training was extremely high. They created an open and loving space that held every student to their highest standard. The program was extremely thorough. The training covered a wide variety of teaching methods, breakdowns of sequencing, extensive and comprehensive anatomy knowledge, deep focus on the 8 limbs of yoga, in depth knowledge on the history and foundation of yoga, and great coverage of how to handle the business side of teaching yoga. There was such a good balance between the physical part of the education and the historical and philosophical part. They had experts who specialized in different areas such as kinesiology, Ayurveda, Chakras, and other areas of yoga study. The use of time was very effective for the group, and allowed us to get everything we needed to complete done with in a very reasonable period of time. The training was very supportive of the students and always had our best interests in mind. I gained such a wealth of knowledge as well as a very connected community with the teacher training. I continue to be very close with the studio because of the intimate environment that the training facilitated. I also will look to do future ongoing trainings at Practice Yoga. I would highly recommend this training to any and everyone. I couldn't be more satisfied.
Taylor Green, RYT-200
Britney Riley, RYT-200
"Practice Yoga Austin’s 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training changed my life! I believe this is the most well-rounded and user friendly teacher training program in Austin, Texas. Lead teachers Rey and Kiely are an incredible team because their strengths complement one another so incredibly well, and the host of vetted, unbelievably well-educated support teachers is out of this world—between Shanti Kelley, G’nell Price & Stacie Hawkins, students truly do receive “Absurdly High Quality” training from this program.”
Maggie Anbalagan, RYT-200
Wild Heart Yoga, Practice Yoga
I am incredibly grateful for my Teacher Training experience with Practice Yoga under lead teachers Kiely Rutledge and Rey Cardenas, not to mention the stellar instruction we got from various guest teachers of extremely high caliber. Every one of them has an obvious and true passion for yoga in every aspect, from asana to philosophy, and really instilled that passion into us as trainees. They were always willing to go above and beyond to answer questions, delve deeper, and really help us grasp concepts for ourselves. I learned so much from asana practice, anatomy, philosophy, sequencing, Ayurveda...and I have realized how much I have yet to learn! This training left me overflowing with knowledge and still wanting more. I came in naive and nervous but extremely open-hearted and excited...I have left with so much more empowerment, humility, and a heart full of gratitude for this experience with these amazing teachers and my fellow classmates who continually inspired and uplifted me. I came to realize that the journey of yoga--and especially teaching yoga--is not over at the end of a 200-hr training (or even a 300 or 500 hour one), but is a path you put your feet to each and every day. I am deeply grateful to Practice Yoga and its teachers for holding wide the door and inviting me to step through and begin my journey.
Arielle Sonnenschein, RYT-200
Practice Yoga Austin , Black Swan.
I currently teach at two studios in Austin, TX and I have found my training I received from Practice Yoga Austin's 200RYT program to be invaluable. I fell in love with the studio as a student and immediately felt at home with the community and instructors. I began my teacher training as a way to deepen my Asana practice, I never thought I would actually become a teacher! However, through the leadership and deep nurturing of Kiely Wolters and Rey Cardenas I found myself being called to educate! The staff is extremely knowledgeable and supportive. My relationship to my body and my practice changed after my RYT200. I become more aware of my physical being and of the people around me. My consciousness and my practiced deepened. The aspects of the spiritual practice of Yoga are now a part of my daily life. I feel confident to lead others in practice, because I was given the tools and information to do so.”