Creating Community with Square One and Yoga Teacher Training

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A note from Judi Quan…

Last night I was at the studio preparing to teach my Restorative Yoga class and I overheard a long-time member welcoming a new student. The conversation went a little like this:

“I’ve been a member here for quite some time and I know you’ll enjoy being a student here too. All the classes I’ve taken are good and all the instructors here are really supportive and welcoming to students.”

The new student replied, “Thank you, I’m a little nervous about embarking on this whole yoga thing so I’m really hoping to find a place that feels like home; a place where I enjoy coming for classes.”

The conversation went on further, but you get the jest.

If you’re a member at SQ1 you know that these kinds of conversations occur quite often. I know this because I was once a student at SQ1 and a very similar situation happened to me. Ask anyone at SQ1 and they’ll likely have a similar experience too. SQ1 is synonymous with community; it’s a welcoming environment where every body is accepted. It’s also fundamentally understood from SQ1 students, work-traders, instructors, and management, that your inherent goodness is what makes our community such a healthy and healing place to practice yoga.

As you know, being a yogi means being a student of life. Yoga teaches us to look inward, to be more mindful of our actions, and to practice a deeper level of compassion towards others, as well as ourselves. It enriches our lives and gives those around us permission to do the same. If you’ve ever considered taking your “studies” deeper, and want to experience more of the community and enriching environment that SQ1 has to offer, then I invite you to join myself and a whole tribe of other SQ1 Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) alumni that serve as ambassadors for change.

SQ1 YTT is, without a doubt, a gift you give to yourself. It’s 200 hours of life transforming training that doesn’t just teach you how to be a teacher, or how to do the best adho mukha svanasana (downward dog) of your life (among a hundred other poses), but its curriculum also includes studies into such things as: anatomy, meditation, philosophy, ethics, sequencing, Ayurveda, and Sanskrit. Moreover, it is also an intimate invitation at how to show up in this life as your very best self.

You may be like me (I didn’t intend to be a yoga instructor), and only interested in ‘enhancing your practice’. But it’s very likely that once you complete SQ1’s YTT, you will want to teach. That’s how informative and prepared you’ll be once you graduate. It truly is that amazing! Your heart and mind will be so full that you’ll want to share that knowledge with others.

If you’ve ever considered obtaining yoga teacher certification, please feel free to reach out to us. We’re always happy to answer your questions.

Lots of Love,
Judi Quan
Square One YTT grad and yoga teacher