AYP Yoga Teacher Training Course
Dordogne, France September/ October 2020
Tristan Dorling e-RYT 200 RYT 500, YACEP
Tristan first began the practice of yoga in 1985 at school when he was 16 years old. At the age of 19 he travelled to the Himalayas to live in a Mahayana Buddhist monastery. This was really his first introduction to the higher teachings and to the spiritual life. He had his first awakening experience a year later after a meditation retreat in a Buddhist cave monastery in Thailand and experienced the awakening of kundalini the following year in 1991.
Over the next 19 years he continued to study Buddhist meditation and yoga and travelled to Nepal, Sri Lanka and especially India as often as possible to continue the study and practice of yoga in various ashrams and monasteries. He started teaching yoga and meditation in 2006. He qualified as a yoga teacher from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta ashram in Kerala, India.
Some of the most influential teachers in his life have been Amritanandamayi (Amma), Ajhan Amaro, Ajahn Succito, Maharaj, Tapkay Lama and Yogani. The yoga he teaches is integral, incorporating all eight limbs of yoga and his focus is as much about spiritual purification, and self-realization as about the physical aspects of yoga.
Pieter Scheffe e-RYT 500
Pieter came into contact with yoga when he was eighteen years old. It felt like a homecoming and in the next few years he completed different teacher trainings in Holland, France and India.
After working as a therapist and a teacher in combination with teaching yoga, the realization dawned that he wanted to fully dedicate his time to practicing, teaching and studying yoga. This resulted in a year of sadhana in India and daily practices have been an import aspect of life ever since. Coming into contact with AYP was a real blessing because, looking back at it, many years were spent in less efficient practices. And although the intentions were good, an efficient and solid method of practice was missing.
Pieter is the owner of DevaDeva school of yoga and meditation in Holland. DevaDeva originated from the wish to share yoga in an authentic and powerful way in weekly classes, teacher trainings and retreats. The school has been constantly evolving especially with the introduction of AYP as the core system of practice. In December 2017 the doors have been closed for a year to allow Pieter to do a long term retreat.
Alex Wales RYT-200
Alex first came to yoga through meditation, and this practice continues to provide the foundation of his yoga journey and the inspiration for his teaching. He sees the practice of yoga postures as a means to integrate the subtle transformative effects of meditation with the physical body creating space in life for peace, energy and creativity to arise.
He completed teacher training with Simon Low at the Yoga Academy.
Alex is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and is currently studying an MSc in Physiotherapy at York St. John University. He is deeply interested in the clinical applications of yoga and mindfulness in pain management, and is currently studying a program specialising in teaching yoga as a treatment for chronic lower back pain. Alex aims to offer a therapeutic practice, leading to healthy, functional and effortless movement in daily living.
He has been practising AYP since 2009 and currently teaches AYP Yoga classes at the Stables Yoga Centre in York, U.K.