Our world today pumps out hundreds or even thousands of RYT yoga teachers every month and I often find myself a little disheartened with what is passing as ‘Yoga Practice’. It appears that there are some powerful tools that are not being taught at teacher trainings and these tools have more to do with 'how we are teaching,' than 'what we are teaching.' I often find that as yoga teachers we end up unknowingly creating a distraction in the practice room rather than facilitating a space where we can truly allow the depth of Yoga to come through.
I am not a traditionalist by any means and understand that yoga will evolve and change shape to meet the needs of the student and the world we live in. However with that said, it seems that the foundation and fundamental elements of Yoga are missing in a very large majority of Yoga practiced and taught today. I am not referring to philosophy, scriptures, chanting, alignment, or sequencing; what has gone missing from our practice is ‘our relationship to breath.’ Not simply the breath, but our relationship to it. Without the conscious relationship to breath, the practice of Yoga becomes surface, superficial, and disconnected.
It is almost as if we are allowing the mechanical and automatic habits of our society to influence our practice rather than having our yoga practice impact how we show up in our society. As this disconnect influences our practice it is also influencing our teaching.
This ten module toolbox is designed to share some tools and reflections that might enable us as yoga teachers to minimize our interference in the practice room, and assist us in creating a space where our practitioners can reconnect to their practice and allow the Depth Of Yoga to come through. Based on over a decade of teaching experience, hundreds of hours of study with powerful and amazing teachers, and steady committed personal practice; this toolbox plants some transformative seeds of reflections for any and all yoga teachers.
Please note further that while we often directly speak to ‘your teaching’ for emphasis, that these tools are relevant to all teachers regardless of their level of training or experience. For this reason this corse is not one you complete and move on, but are free to revisit at any time.
Troy was born in Trinidad & Tobago, which is pretty much where he has spent the majority of his life aside from attending university in Tampa, FL, and his stints of travel, exploration and study.
Troy originally completed his first 500hr YTT in 2006 and over the last 14 years has attained an additional 1500hrs of training hours with experienced and profound teachers. Through commitment to his practice and study, Troy has tapped into a depth of practice that transcends the physical form of Asana. In his teaching he intends to bring practitioners into a new relationship with their breath as a form of Spirit, thereby having the practice embody a personal Prayer.
Troy views the science of yoga as a personal practice and one’s own journey of self-discovery; for that reason he is continuously aiming to create a space that is available and comfortable for all to practice, regardless of their faith, age, or physical limitations.
With mindful, intentional movements Troy’s teaching brings a fresh and powerful dimension into today’s yoga class that helps bridge the gap between the pure essence of Yoga and today's disconnected world. At the foundation of Troy’s teaching is not the breath, but one’s relationship to the breath. In this we discover that no posture, no transition, no moment is ever the same; we discover what it means to live in the present moment, and finally we remember what it means to live from a place of Genuine Love.
Troy has been blessed with the inspiration and guidance of amazing teachers, including: Ryan Leier, Seane Corn, Father Joe Pereira (Iyengar Yoga), Baron Baptiste, Srivatsa Ramaswami (Vinyasa Krama), Leslie Kaminoff, Jess Robertson, and Ted Grand…among others.
Troy currently lives in a treehouse on the north coast of Trinidad and is constantly being reminded that Prana (the life force that connects and flows through all life) is very real.