We caught up with Zuna Yoga 300 hour Bali yoga teacher training graduate, Barbara, to hear her story of leaving behind the corporate world in the pursuit of her true passions.
Can you tell us more about yourself, and your story?
I am 31 years old, and live in the Netherlands. I have an MSc in political philosophy, and began my corporate career as a management consultant. Eventually, the harsh corporate culture led to a major burnout and caused me to rethink my entire career. When I recovered, I chose to change my life and follow my true passions. I decided to train to become a yoga teacher and mountain hiking guide. My work is now varied, and I enjoy all aspects of it. I am back in university now, pursuing a post master’s degree in mindfulness-based stress reduction. I run my own company, Delta Yoga, and work as an expedition leader, guiding groups on mountains all over the world. For me, yoga mats and mountains are very similar: they are both places where people are challenged, connect with their bodies, and find inspiration. For my company, Delta Yoga (www.delta-yoga.com), I teach weekly classes, organize international retreat holidays, and provide corporate courses and leadership trails. Some of the projects I am currently working on are mindfulness trainings at a large retail bank, and a transformational Leadership Trail as part of Tilburg University’s MBA program.
What motivated you to complete your 300-hour training with Zuna Yoga?
In the Austrian Alps I worked 7 days a week during the season, and had time off between seasons. I am always eager to learn more, so I decided to spend my down time deepening my knowledge of yoga. I found Zuna Yoga's offering very appealing; the course content promised new opportunities to learn and grow, and the value to price ratio was great.
On a personal level, what are some of the most important lessons you took away from the training?
The single most important lesson I took away from this training is “where the mind goes, energy flows.” This principle is true for all aspects of life, and it became very clear to me during the many hours of meditation and self-examination. It is the key to self-mastery.
On a professional level, what are some of the most important lessons you took away from the training?
Professionally, there were many lessons I took from this training. These lessons ranged from practical new insights into class sequencing, to more abstract philosophical concepts that have helped me understand my purpose, and share my message with those who I believe can benefit from it.
What kind of responses or changes have you experienced in your professional life since the trainings?
I am better equipped to teach classes with the subtle body in mind, and have a deeper understanding of the energetic effects of yoga. I have also started teaching a number of meditation classes as well.
What surprising benefits did you see from your training?
My own focus and clarity greatly improved. I understand my mission in life, and know how to continue moving in the direction of it.
What advice would you give to prospective students of YTT?
Bring an open mind and open heart…be prepared to change your life!