TriYoga Junior Teacher Trainer Kiki (Xue Qi) taught the first Basics Teacher Training in Zhenjiang from October 20–November 11, with senior teachers John and Stef joining from November 13–17 for the certification week. Zhenjiang is an ancient city on the Yangtze River in Jiangsu Province between Shanghai and Nanjing. TriYoga teacher Sun Wei has owned and operated her fitness club/yoga studio in Zhenjiang for the past ten years. She attended Basics and Level 1 teacher trainings with John and Stef in Shenzhen at the end of 2012, and immediately began shifting her yoga studio classes over to TriYoga. Sun Wei organized the teacher training at the first opportunity, and supported two of her studio teachers to attend the training.
Each teacher training offers it’s own unique, enriching experience for the teacher trainers and the students. The Zhenjiang training was particularly memorable due to the close-knit, cooperative and supportive atmosphere in the classroom and the happy, positive attitudes of each student.
Kiki has been very busy with teacher trainings in China and Taiwan, in addition to releasing a TriYoga book and DVD! After spending four years and over 1500 hours translating and assisting John and Stef during teacher trainings, Kiki began teaching Basics and Level 1 trainings last year. Her TriYoga knowledge, beautiful flow, teaching skills, leadership, and sweet personality make her a great favorite of her students.
Students enjoyed flow classes each day as part of the teacher training.
Practicing mirroring skills during a teaching methodology lesson.
Learning to lead prana vidya during teaching practicum.
The final week of the training was taught by John and Stephanie, who had just finished a five-week training in Taiwan. It was a fun reunion for the Stef-John-Kiki team, and the students were very excited after having heard so much about the “liang wei mei guo lao shi” (two American teachers) from Kiki and Sun Wei. All together, John/Stef, Kiki, Sun Wei, and the new teachers represent four generations of TriYoga teacher training—a fantastic development after five years of trainings in China!
Sun Wei created a great TriYoga atmosphere in the studio, with many pictures of Yogini Kaliji, Stef and John, and Kiki.
Kiki (center) with Sun Wei (right) and assistant Qing Cheng (left). Qing Cheng and Sun Wei were in the same Shenzhen teacher training group, and Qing Cheng traveled from her home in Henan province to assist for the entire five week training.
New teachers from Beijing and cities in Henan, Hubei and Guangdong provinces. To attend the Zhenjiang training, they took time from their families, careers, and other responsibilities and lived in a lovely dorm room in Sun Wei’s studio. Their commitment and dedication is very inspiring.
No Chinese training is complete without a never-ending vegan meal!