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The group chanting was an amazing and inspiring experience of the resonated energy among thirty something persons. The feeling was so wonderful and I am quite wordless to describe. Overall, I could feel the group chanting was getting more and more harmony and peaceful throughout the practice. With closed eyes, I could “see” the smiling faces of yogis there. Thank you for Anahata to gather us together and let this to happen.
Student ID : Wing
Student Name : Wing
Wing

I would like to express my gratitude for the Om Chanting workshop held on the 28th of May. When I first joined the studio, and the teacher’s training, I always believed that Anahata was genuinely representing the willingness to share a yoga experience beyond just asana; a true treasure in a city like Hong Kong, where I personally perceive yoga mainly focused on physical body. Spreading meditation and chanting, it starts as a personal journey then it grows into an experience reaching the couple, the family, the work environment and ultimately the community… it is amazingly healing and powerful. From my very first class of meditation with Master Nirmal, I experienced his genuine guidance towards a sincere practise. Sitting for an hour, keeping the eyes closed and sometimes stirring all the feelings inside, can be scary and challenging at times but he really helps to make this journey approachable, motivating you to continue this practise at home. So aligned with his teaching style, I also find this workshop perfectly crafted to help all practitioners to first understand the benefits and the philosophy of meditation and Om chanting, and then to experience it. Sharing the knowledge from a scientific perspective it helped validating the “measurable” impact of this practise and the attention that medical and institutions are paying to it. I also found interesting how he addressed the topic of non-religious meaning, as I am sure it helped many people, from other beliefs, to understand that there is no worshipping of other Gods involved. I bought for 3 friends the workshop as a birthday gift… in a world where we already own pretty much everything we need, offering an experience rather than another “product” was really appreciated by them!
Student ID : Claudia Gaudiello
Student Name : Claudia Gaudiello
Claudia Gaudiello

There was a lot of useful, scientific approach to meditation & I enjoyed the workshop very much!
Student ID : Mio Watanabe
Student Name : Mio Watanabe
Mio Watanabe

I would like to express my heartfelt thank to Master Nirmal for sharing OM chanting theoretically and practically. He answered many questions I had doubted. It make much sense to know what, why and how you are doing. If you want to understand more about OM meditation, you should join the workshop.
Student ID : CINDY LUEY
Student Name : CINDY LUEY
CINDY LUEY

I would like to express my gratitude to Anahata for organizing the AUM Meditation Workshop on 28 May 2017. The group chanting was an amazing and inspiring experience of the resonated energy among thirty something persons. The feeling was so wonderful and I am quite wordless to describe. Overall, I could feel the group chanting was getting more and more harmony and peaceful throughout the practice. With closed eyes, I could “see” the smiling faces of yogis there. Thank you for Anahata to gather us together and let this to happen. I am looking forward for the workshop in future and surely I will recommend to my friends. Thank you so much. Namastey!  
Student ID : AnneMarie
Student Name : AnneMarie
AnneMarie

There was a lot of useful, scientific approach to meditation & I enjoyed the workshop very much!
Student ID : Mio Watanabe
Student Name : Mio Watanabe
Mio Watanabe

Advanced Practice Teacher Training Levels I, II and III - Feedback Overall, the Advanced Practice teacher training was a tremendous growth experience for me, both physically (increased strength & flexibility) and mentally (improved confidence, courage & knowledge). I had reached a point in my personal practice where I was no longer progressing by going to group classes and wanted to learn how to take my practice to the next level. Additionally, I was interested in teaching professionally and wanted to get some experience to see if I would enjoy it and to see if I had the aptitude for it. I was pleased with the variety of postures we focused on throughout the course and the three hour class duration provided the opportunity to really open my body and try more challenging poses. This, coupled with the personal assistance given by the instructors and the knowledge I gained of the muscular anatomy helped me to learn not just which muscles to engage/relax when doing challenging postures, but also how to properly warm up the body and which neutralizing movements and counter-poses to do in order to prevent injury. I found the manuals to be extremely informative. They were instrumental during the course and will serve as an ongoing reference for my personal practice. The photographic sequence for the Warm Up and Steps provided a great visual guide to achieving certain postures and the related text helped to increase my knowledge of the anatomy involved with each pose, as well as the health benefits. As for the supplemental sections, Rope yoga was particularly useful in order to learn how to safely use the props to open the body and practicing the Kriyas was a great experience that seems important for anyone who wants to teach. Partner yoga was fun and probably good for future teachers to be aware of the practice, but I did not find it to be critical and would prefer to work on more individual poses, if I were to do the course over again. Minor suggestions for improvement include: highlighting which of the warm up poses is the eligibility pose, in the text you could suggest a counter pose, highlight risk of injury and add what the main challenge of the pose is, lastly page numbers would be great to save time in class. During the training my greatest challenge, as well as my greatest area of growth, came during the teaching exercises. I appreciated learning more about the anatomy for specific postures, which translated into a better understanding of how to get into the poses myself, as well as how to articulate to someone else how to do so. I was grateful for all the opportunities given throughout the course to practice assisting one another. Personally, I was nervous to lead the class and appreciated that we were eased into the experience over the three modules, starting with leading the chanting, teaching warm up, teaching two poses and ending by running 1/3 of a class. As someone interested in teaching, the more opportunities to practice, the better, if not to get over my nerves on the mat, then to figure out how to put together a comprehensive sequence for a full class. I know time is limited during the actual course, so I’ve welcomed the opportunity to work with the Andiappan community. It has provided invaluable exposure to students and has allowed me to find my own voice and become more comfortable with my teaching style. The Teaching Methodology handout has been a helpful resource, providing general instructions on how to conduct oneself as a teacher and a detailed framework for how to structure a class. If you were able to expand on it and offer some sample sequences for classes that focused on back bending, forward bending, shoulders and upper back, hip and hamstring opening or inversions, I’m sure future students would appreciate. Lastly, the single greatest value of the course came from Master Yogananth Andiappan. His personal practice is an inspiration and his guidance, wisdom and humility made him, as well as the advanced yoga postures, wholly accessible. I had complete confidence in his knowledge and ability to adjust me in such a way as to get into poses that seemed beyond my reach. Thank you for providing such an amazing experience.
Student ID : IYATT-2926
Student Name : IYATT-2926
IYATT-2926

Dear Anahata Yoga, First of all I really want to thanks Master Yogananth for sharing his passion and  professionalism with us. My experience during the course could be paragonate as the beginning of a wonderful journey that will never end. Each step I done bring me lightness, path, space, simplicity, brightness, flexibility, warmness, close friend, positivism, strength and much more... I can feel as all my world is changing around me and I feel very grateful. I personally still have a long way to go before I assimilate all that has been teach but seeing all this small progress motivate me to go a head. Level 1 & 2 was physically demanding but incredibly amazing how Master Yogananth bring us in such amazing position and give us so much confidence. I really won't mind repeat this experience one day, who knows. Level 3 was more spiritual and help us connect all the input we received from YTTC 200hrs up to the end I really enjoyed it. Thanks Anahata for offering us this level of teaching in the heart of HK. Thanks for everything.
Student ID : IYTT-2730
Student Name : IYTT-2730
IYTT-2730

First of all I really want to thanks Master Yogananth for sharing his passion and  professionalism with us. My experience during the course could be paragonate as the beginning of a wonderful journey that will never end. Each step I done bring me lightness, path, space, simplicity, brightness, flexibility, warmness, close friend, positivism, strength and much more... I can feel as all my world is changing around me and I feel very grateful. I personally still have a long way to go before I assimilate all that has been teach but seeing all this small progress motivate me to go a head. Level 1 & 2 was physically demanding but incredibly amazing how Master Yogananth bring us in such amazing position and give us so much confidence. I really won't mind repeat this experience one day, who knows. Level 3 was more spiritual and help us connect all the input we received from YTTC 200hrs up to the end I really enjoyed it. Thanks Anahata for offering us this level of teaching in the heart of HK. My next target is to join the heritage tour in September but I still organise me with the family. Thanks for everything. Kind regards, Olivia Torres Pesce
Student ID : IYTT-2730
Student Name : Olivia Torres Pesce
IYTT-2730

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