From Student to Teacher: A Journey Through 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training


The decision to sign up for a 200-hour yoga teacher training program came from a desire for personal growth and wanting something different in my life. Yoga has had a big impact on my life, and I wanted to share that with others. Little did I know how significantly this journey would shape me.

The Call for Something New

Yoga had already become a big part of my life as a student. It brought me moments of stillness, strength, and self-discovery. Learning about a 200-hour yoga teacher training program from a fellow student is where my interest started. Despite initial doubts, I gathered the courage to invest in myself and take the leap and sign up for a 200-hour yoga teacher training myself.

Stepping into the Unknown

As I walked into the yoga studio on the first day of training, a mix of nerves and excitement filled me. Meeting a diverse group of like-minded individuals who shared a common desire to embark on this journey reassured me that I was on the right path. The experienced teachers welcomed us warmly and provided an overview of the program, setting the stage for the weeks to come.

Deepening my Practice

The training immediately immersed us in the practice of yoga, both physically and emotionally. Through daily practice and shared experiences, we quickly became friends, forming a supportive community. While the journey was challenging, the growth and self-discovery that came with it made every effort worthwhile.

Knowledge Beyond Asanas

The training extended far beyond physical postures. We delved into the philosophical teachings of yoga, exploring ancient texts and understanding their relevance in our modern lives. Concepts such as the energy body, chakras, and pranayama expanded our understanding of yoga’s subtle aspects. This newfound knowledge broadened my perspective and deepened my connection with the practice.

Finding My Voice as a Yoga Teacher

As a non-native English speaker, developing my teaching skills wasn’t always easy. However, step by step, I learned how to create well-structured classes, offer clear cues, and provide modifications. The asana lab classes allowed me to discover my own unique voice as a future yoga teacher, building confidence along the way one step at a time.

The Community

Throughout the training, I created meaningful connections and friendships. The sense of support, acceptance, and non-judgment within the group was something I had never experienced before. We celebrated each other’s successes, encouraged one another on difficult days, and formed lasting bonds that extended beyond the training program.

Embracing the Transformation

As the training approached the end, I felt a mix of gratitude, sadness, and excitement. I was grateful for the journey and excited for the new beginning awaiting me. With new knowledge and skills, I started on a new path that felt more aligned with my passions and values.

Since completing my 200-hour yoga teacher training, I have taught yoga full-time for years, led yoga retreats, and founded The Peaceful Warriors Yoga School, inspired by the profound impact of my own journey that all started the day I decided to join a 200-hour yoga teacher training.

Written by Maria Frisch, Co-Founder of The Peaceful Warriors Yoga School


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Graduates Testimonials 2022 In-Person Yoga Teacher Training


Leticia Debas

United States & Brazil
200HR Yoga Teacher Training
January 2020

“It has been a journey that I will be forever grateful for!”

It forced me dive into myself & is helping me to begin to establish a relationship between my physical body, my mind and my soul.

Some days I thought were “rock bottom” … but it only made me realize that was part of the journey, the journey of trusting myself of becoming my own “hero” the person who I’ve always been but have never really trusted! All these “things” I see as signs from the universe telling myself to trust ME to believe in ME and to hear ME … to L O V E me as I am and accept all the little “flaws” that comes with being a human and all.

But I couldn’t have done it without all these beautiful souls, these magical humans who were always there to listen to just “one more story” of why “I’m crying right now” or to give me some ibuprofen when my muscles ached or to pay for a cab ride back to the hotel when I didn’t have any more cash on me and didn’t sweat it cause “it happens to all of us” or that person who believed in me more than I did when I finally landed that “tri-pod headstand” and says “I told you, you could do it!” Or that person who held my hand while I got stitches for the first time & for that I’m so thankful to you all ♥︎ .

if that weren’t enough the universe blessed me with some great teachers. So knowledgeable while being so understanding when we were faced with feeling frustrated. Teachers Who would stay 15 (or more) minutes after a two hour lecture or practice making sure they answered all our questions … & to our yoga philosophy teachers who knew some subjects were hard & uncomfortable and gave us time to absorve it all and were understanding if we (me) shed a tear and needed a moment to ourselves. Thank you @thepeacefulwarriorsyoga for this journey I couldn’t be more grateful!

Leticia Debas


Claire Falconer

Australian living in Dubai
200HR Yoga Teacher Training
August 2019

“…most incredible group of students”

To put the last month into words is impossible, to put into feelings is impossible and to put into emotions is even more impossible.

When I signed up for my yoga teaching course I genuinely didn’t expect so learn so much about myself, I didn’t expect to open my heart and open my mind as much and sure as hell didn’t expect to open my tear ducts as much.

I think I’m still trying to process, or even being to process the learnings and new ways of thinking. So from here, the learnings & new practices have only began. From here, I’m nervous for a new future and from here all I can say is fuk yes.

Thank you  @thepeacefulwarriorsyoga for this journey. Thank you to the most incredible group of students I got to share this with, and thank you to all my incredible teachers legit you’ve changed my life. 😭
Analu, Sean, Jono, Maria, Bente, Magdalena & Rachel Fearnley.

From Instragram @clairefalconer__

Claire Falconer


Ryan Lyons

Unites States
200HR Yoga Teacher Training
August 2019

“…thank you for sharing this journey with me”

It’s official, completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training with  @thepeacefulwarriorsyoga. Without sounding cliché, this journey was life changing. When we think of yoga we often only think of the physical practice, poses, turning oneself into a pretzel! It’s the western way of thinking, and we forget about the connection to the mind and soul. We forget that yoga is also about the breath, meditation, energy systems and the power of what this connection can bring to our lives. I am full of gratitude! I have found a deeper purpose from this journey and I look forward to what lies ahead to help others live a more healthy, and meaningful life.

To all my teachers Bente, Maria, Sean, Rachel, Analu, Magdalena thank you for inspiring me, I have a light inside that is shining brighter then ever!
And to my fellow classmates, thank you for sharing this journey with me, for being vulnerable, and for being courageous! I do not believe we came together by chance, but more so to each learn and grow from one another.

From Instragram @ryflips

Ryan Lyons

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