by Lucinda Staniland
Meet the delightful Justine Hamill, co-owner of Wellington’s Power Living yoga studio and a Senior Facilitator of the Power Living New Zealand team.
With eighteen years of Yoga practice under her belt, as well as training in Gestalt Psychotherapy, watching Justine in action makes it obvious that she brings a very deep level of experience and nurturing care to Power Living’s Yoga Teacher Trainings, which she’s been involved with for the last four years.
Yoga Teacher Trainings can be a strange beast. They’ve become intensely popular in recent years, and as Justine mentions in this video interview with Kara-Leah Grant, it’s now common for students to sign up for Yoga Teacher Trainings with absolutely no intention of becoming yoga teachers.
Why are Yoga Teacher Trainings so popular then? And why would someone bother immersing themselves in a yoga training if they didn’t actually want to teach?
As Justine so eloquently says,
“This is a stepping stone and an opening out into awareness. It’s the first step… You don’t have to do the training so that you can teach yoga classes. You can do the training to discover what your purpose is, what your gifts are and how you can translate that to serve your community.”
With her embodied experience of the yoga in it’s deepest and fullest sense, Justine is the perfect person to lead students through this journey of personal growth and development, which she refers to as “a transformational journey beyond anything else that I’ve experienced” and “really an untraining, an unconditioning process.”
And perhaps that’s the most important gift a Yoga Teacher Training can offer their students. Beyond the detailed anatomy and technical skills (which the Power Living training certainly delivers on, with world-class teaching in anatomy, functional anatomy and traditional yogic philosophy), what many yoga students really crave is an inner knowing—a connection to their authentic self—and to be able to share that with the world, which may or may not involve teaching yoga asana.
Justine Hamill on The Process of Unconditioning in Yoga Teacher Training
Power Living Yoga 200Hr Yoga Teacher Training with Bali Immersion Retreat • Led by Justine Hamill, Jase Te Patu & Duncan Peak
3 May – 22 July 2018 (part time program, full dates online), Wellington + Bali Retreat, $4,899 (10% member discount)
Yoga teacher training is a transformational journey that will challenge you and change your life!
- Immerse yourself in a weeklong, transformational retreat in Bali – the most powerful component of the training. You’ll practice daily yoga, meditation and leave empowered to rise through challenges in life as you step into your most powerful, authentic self!
- You’ll explore yogic philosophy, study the body & alignment through anatomy lectures and learn to teach a powerful sequence.
- For aspiring yoga teachers, you’ll graduate ready to teach a class through practice teaching from the outset and live coaching throughout the course.
- Awesome for dedicated students wanting to learn more, dive deeper into this life-changing practice and take yoga off the mat.
- On graduation, gain access to the Power Living Teachers Network – a community with the common goal of living a life more connected and full.
Quotes from the interview
On personal growth and development in Yoga Teacher Training
“Over the last 8 years, the training has refined and grown and become a transformational journey beyond anything else that I’ve experienced.”
“To me, the biggest part of the training is the personal growth and development. It’s not really about signing up to become a teacher, in fact, half of the people who sign up do so for their own personal growth. It’s the deeper journey of yoga.”
“It’s a process we hold carefully and take really seriously and we give a lot of care, compassion and love throughout that process.”
“You don’t have to do the training so that you can teach yoga classes. You can do the training to discover what your purpose is and what your gifts are and how you can translate that into your community.”
On the transformations she has seen in students
“The change in everyone is so profound that I’m always blown away.”
“It’s really an untraining, an unconditioning process… It has to happen to get to the core of who we really are. When we find that we can become more in line with our purpose, our dharma, and we know what we’ve got to share with others.”
On what makes a great yoga teacher
“It’s in the way we’re being everywhere, all the time. How we’re being in the classroom is the biggest way we can impact our students, beyond what we’re telling them to do, beyond what cues we’re giving… It’s about how we’re being and what energy we’re bringing to the room.”