From Brixton member to Brixton teacher: we catch up with South London resident Feng, after she took part in Fierce Grace Teacher Training. Lawyer by day and yogi by night, this superwoman can be found in many Fierce Grace studios including her SW9 home turf. What made her make the shift to becoming a yoga teacher? And what was the best part of the Italian retreat?
Tell us about yourself
My day (and sometimes night!) job is a finance lawyer in the city.
What do you love about your job?
I love the fast paced nature of my day job – building client relationships, working in a team and executing deals. It’s a busy and often stressful environment where you have to think on your feet and respond quickly. Teaching yoga actually uses a lot of same skills – building relationships with your students, encouraging teamwork and making sure that we all finish the class together without any dramas or mishaps!
What made you decide to to train as a yoga teacher?
It was a ‘now or never’ opportunity! I happened to have a natural pause in my career development so used my 6 weeks of unpaid leave to do my TT. It really was a case of everything lining up perfectly.
Tell us about your own yoga practise
I have been practising yoga for over 4 years now and I have hugely benefitted from my practice, both physically and mentally. Physically, yoga has developed my strength and flexibility, helping to prevent injuries and protect my body from damage from other high impact sports such as running and rock climbing. Mentally, yoga helps me to relax and set aside time (and space) for myself, helping me to find balance in my daily routine. I was drawn to FG by the flexibility of the 6 class system, the friendly and knowledgeable teachers and the strong sense of community.
Why did you want to do it?
I wanted to do the FG TT so that I could teach at Fierce Grace Brixton! For me, yoga has been this amazing journey which was bought so many benefits into my life. I want to share those benefits with the local community, regulars and newcomers, advanced practitioners and those who are just starting. I know how much of a difference it makes to have a supportive yoga teacher and doing the Teacher Training is hopefully just the first step in helping me to become the best teacher I can be.
What was it like?
It was a very demanding, but also a very supportive Teacher Training. You are fully immersed for the month, trying to absorb as much as you can from the senior teachers and the excellent guest lecturers and benefitting from the support of your fellow students.
What did you get out of it?
I learned so much from my fellow students. We were a diverse group, from all walks of life and a wide range of ages yet we all supported each other. We recognised our own strengths and weakness and improved our teaching through feedback and supporting others.
Would you recommend others to do it – if so, why?
Definitely! I know the TT is an expensive course but personally I loved being able to completely focus on the yoga and do it full time for a month. Plus, the second half was held in Italy, in the gorgeous retreat house with sun, pool and home-cooked Italian food – what’s not to love?
If you want an in-depth hands-on training course that focuses on helping you learn how to teach more than anything else, the Fierce Grace Teacher Training is one of the best out there.
Can you see yourself as a Fierce Grace yoga teacher? Check out www.fiercegrace.com/teacher-training for more information and upcoming dates!