Updated: Apr 5, 2020
When I signed up to the Taozi YTT I wasn’t really sure why I had decided to embark upon this journey or what I was hoping to get out of it, all I knew was that there was something that I was immediately drawn to when I first saw the Fall course advertised. I just that I knew I had to do it! I would never have considered doing a YTT anywhere else, despite having practiced yoga for a number of years in various countries around the world. The fact that it was Theresa running the course made me feel like it was something that I could achieve and that it would be a positive experience because of her – I was right! From the moment I met Theresa, at the first yoga class of hers I went to, before Taozi Tree existed, she touched my heart with her warmth, kindness and genuine care for those around her. I was again met with the same feeling on day 1 of the course. She made us all feel so welcome and like we were all exactly where we needed to be! She created a community of like-minded souls and a family-like feeling amongst us, helping us to bond instantly as a group.
Bruno’s morning satsang also brought us together through chanting, meditation and insightful lectures for which I am eternally grateful. His support throughout the course was also invaluable. Over the past few months we have experienced and shared so much together, none of which I could have ever even imagined. The breadth and depth of what we learnt was unbelievable, although barely scratching the surface of the many different directions that can be taken into the world of Yoga.
I am so grateful to Theresa for her openness, authenticity and loving nature that she shared with us throughout the entire course. She inspired this in all of us and created such a safe environment for us to look within, share, and support each other through the emotional moments, the challenges and of course the successes. I knew that I would learn a lot through the YTT, but I had no idea how transformational the course would be for me as an individual, challenging and shifting my mind-set and helping me to grow as a person. Thanks to Theresa, I know that no matter where we all end up in the world we will always have our YTT family of life-long friends as such a strong support system. I can’t recommend taking a Taozi Tree YTT with Theresa highly enough. The light-heartedness, love, and encouragement to go deeper in all aspects of the course, made it exactly what I needed and so much more!
Holly Australia Fall 2019
At the beginning Yoga to me was just another way of exercise. I practiced for a couple of years in Beijing mostly focusing on my physical strength and nothing else. One friend invited me to “Yoga at the park” and I met amazing Theresa. I was though Teresa’s teachings that I was introduced to a deeper, spiritual and meaningful way of looking at my yoga practice.
In Beijing I heard about many yoga teaching courses in Chinese but none in English. When another friend told me about Theresa’s yoga teacher training I join the course as soon as I heard of it.
Theresa has a unique way of using her cheerful personality and personal experiences in order to get the message across. During the program she really focused in explaining yoga philosophy and always paid attention to the student’s physical and emotional care. I really love the way Theresa can use emotional feelings, energy, deep philosophy and humor in the same topics and even in the same sentence. Theresa’s unique way of teaching brings people together in an amazing way!!
I also really appreciate how other teaches where incorporated in the training to change the dynamic and the class and bring new/different perspectives. My amazing classmates were also a key element of having a great experience. They were always friendly, kind, helpful, funny and really interested in yoga and we have formed a close group. I do believe this training can benefit anyone, not necessarily people looking to teach yoga.
Before the teachers training course I dint know much about how Yoga can help us in our own life. Now, I am eager to share it with my family and friends. My yoga journey has just begun and I’m really thankful that Theresa is here for us!!
Commercial Counselor of Ecuador in Beijing Ecuador Fall 2018
I've been practicing yoga for more than ten years and building a more consistent practice over the past four years. As my interest and dedication to yoga grew, I began exploring teacher training opportunities while living in Singapore and the United States. For one reason or another, the timing never seemed to work out. I realize now that fate was waiting for the perfect opportunity. There's an adage, "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." This is literally what happened when I ran into Theresa for the first time; a rare appearance for her, subbing at another local yoga studio. It happened when I was in Beijing for a week on a house-hunting trip in preparation for the big move in August. So I checked out her website and discovered that the Taozi studio had an upcoming teacher training.
Looking at the instructor bio for Theresa, I was impressed with her extensive experience in teaching and with the lineage of her instructors. However, the best part of having Theresa as my own yoga guru did not become evident until we started practicing with the rest of the Taozi community in Beijing. With Taozi Yoga at Yoga in the Park in Chaoyang Park, and at Yoga in the City in the CBD, Theresa exhibited her love and gratitude for being able to live, practice and teach in such an amazing, vibrant, cosmopolitan city! Her obvious joy and enthusiasm for the unique opportunity that we shared was infectious and I feel as if I've been called to carry the message as well.
I was looking for a like-minded community to ease my transition to living in Beijing but I found so much more! I have made what I know will be life-long friends in our cohort of fourteen students from all six continents! I am grateful and humbled to have shared a defining experience in my life with such a group of warm, caring, supportive and dedicated individuals. From the teachers in the group, I discovered my teaching voice and teaching style. From the parents in the group, I uncovered my patient and nurturing side. And from the other men in the group, I learned that there can be strength in vulnerability.
I can recommend the teacher training at Taozi without reservation. I really appreciated the small class size; I felt that I received a lot of personal attention from the instructors and had the opportunity to interact and get to know my fellow students. We were immersed in the theory and history of yoga, as well as exposed to different styles of practice.
Whether you are hoping to deepen and improve your own personal yoga practice, are feeling called to share your passion for yoga by teaching, or looking to make connections with kindred souls, you will find all that and more at Taozi Tree Yoga. See you on the mat!
Arnold United States Fall 2019
Before I heard about Taozi’s Yoga Teacher Training, I thought such an opportunity to immerse myself in yoga would only be possible once I had quit my job moved on from my life here in Beijing. Having this chance right here and right now, really gave me the feeling that it was now or never. I grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
For me, yoga had always been my refuge in this city. It was only when moving to Beijing 5 years ago, that my practice became regular and consistent. This yoga training felt like next step on my path forward. As a student I had learned that at times we need to embrace the unknown, push our limits, and find comfort in the uncomfortable. It was with this attitude that I eagerly registered.
After 200 hours of training, at times I experienced all of the expectations above and more. We were pushed to our limits, we struggled with new concepts and information and we faced challenges which tested us, but we all did it together.
Our Satsang was strong, our teachers understanding and considerate. We became a strong and loving team. We sang together, meditated together, ate together and practiced yoga together. We supported each other, and encouraged each other. I came to understand that there was no other place and no other way that I’d rather be spending my weekends.
I learned about yoga, its history and philosophy. I learned about anatomy and chakras , koshas and doshas. However, what I’m really going to take away from this course is the lesson that I am truly worthy of my own time and attention. I have learnt the importance of creating positive habits and patterns in my own life. I have learned that others see my potential, and that other believe in me, more than I ever cared to believe.
So, now the path goes on, and new roads have opened up before me. With these next steps, I have this experience to push me to my next challenge, with renewed confidence, understanding and support!
James Thompson Australia Fall 2019
For many years I like and enjoy practicing yoga. Still, though, my understanding of yoga was limited to the external movements. I always wanted to learn more, to experience more and becoming a yoga teacher. This became a dream of mine. I wish to help people understand yoga, practice yoga and find ways to achieve a healthy body and healthy life through yoga.
My husband saw information about taozi yoga training in an Expat Group. He actively recommended it to me in the hope that I would attend this all-English training. He thought the teacher training would improve my yoga level. As it turns out, that's true. Not only to improve my yoga level but also to change my attitude about life and to let me love life more.
YTT 200 hours of training, I think, is an exciting training. The YTT is a journey to explore your own body and spirit to find yourself in your yoga practice. Learning the theory of yoga allows us to understand what yoga is, to understand the purpose and benefits of yoga practice and to learn how to solve the lessons of our own physiological structure. We learned from the abstraction to concrete an understanding of ourselves. We learned to practise breathing and meditation classes that let us learn how to regulate our instinctive unconscious breathing. Ascending to consciously controlled natural breathing is a process of getting in and understanding yourself, a very delicate process. Hanna's lesson was entirely novel. It was about learning how to find your own voice, in chanting mantras, this comes from making a voice from within one's own body and combining the sound of consciousness. I Felt an extraordinary power of pleasant self-confidence. On the mat, this lets us learn how, under the guidance of breathing, that nature will be mind and body together to complete the exercise. We need to wake up to stimulate the body's energy, live in the present, enhance our ability to self-control and regulate the body and mind. Recommended reading during the training was "The Heart Of Yoga," "The Key Muscle Of Yoga," And "The Yoga And Injury." These books helped find our way in yoga training.
Taozi yoga teacher, Theresa, provides a rich yoga experience to open up our horizons. Her optimistic self-confidence and cheerful personality infected us. From her, I see the spirit of yoga. I learned to enjoy her love of yoga bravely in the face of the challenges of life, how to overcome the difficulties in life, and to actively appreciate the beauty of life.
There are many students in the interactive training practice, this let us bravely open up, speak out our fears and worries. Each of us has learned to face our fear of peace and calm, and we learned yoga's compassion and charity.
Thank you very much for the careful preparation of Theresa to plan such a meaningful training. I will tell more friends through their own practice, let them also participate in the exploration to find their own journey.
Susan China Fall 2019
The YTT experience with Theresa has been one of the most inspiring of my life. She has a story to share, and she is not afraid of being who she is. This is the message of yoga, this is what she thought me and what I will bring with me, on and off the mat. The physical effort, the early mornings, the daily successes and failures, the friendship and the sweat, the flexibility, the rain, the prana are all part of the training and made me who I am and who I will be, starting from today, as my own teacher.
If more people took this training, I’m pretty confident the world would be a much better place.
Thank you Theresa, thank you Taozi community - here is to everything beautiful that is happening next!
Chiara Italy Spring 2019
Taozi Tree Yoga’s Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) has been one of the most incredible experiences of my adult life. As a beginner Yogi, I had so many questions about the physical practice of yoga and how it relates to the spiritual path, and often wondered about who I might become or where my life might take me if I chose to embark on this journey at twenty-six years old.
I had no idea that I had been seeking a spiritual community. I originally joined the YTT because I wanted to deepen my understanding of asanas so that I could become a better, more informed student, and I chose Taozi tree because I had been attending classes as a beginner for less than a year.
Now, I have a deeper understanding of the power of our breath, meditation and mindful movement as well as a variety of frameworks that illuminate what it means to live soulfully. I owe this to my beautiful, talented, diverse and inspiring tribe and the wonderful teachers and guides that helped reorient me towards my path of self-discovery.
YTT with Taozi Tree Yoga goes beyond the books – it’s authentic, it’s raw, it’s heart-felt and it will push you to examine the deepest, darkest parts of yourself – and this is simply because of the ways in which Theresa integrates her life experience into her teaching while, at the same time, creates a safe space for her students to feel and be vulnerable with one another.
For anyone who would like to experience an interdisciplinary approach to becoming a yoga teacher, I highly recommend Taozi Tree Yoga. By the end, you’ll be equipped with not only the knowledge to guide a wide range of students but also the tools to help you become a better version of yourself.
Dorothy Mae Aaiji America/Nigeria Spring 2019
It was always my dream to become a qualified yoga teacher but despite many years of practice, I never felt quite ‘ready’ to take the extra step of participating in a YTT course. For many years, the idea of committing to such a training seemed really intimidating and out of my league.
If someone had told me 5 years ago that I would have the ability to complete a 200-hour teacher training course as a 37-year-old full-time working mother of a toddler, I would have said ‘completely unrealistic’. Theresa made the unthinkable possible by creating a course that is accessible to those who would otherwise never have the opportunity to make such a dream a reality!
As a working mum herself, Theresa understands the pressures of balancing a busy life in an urban environment; yet has managed to create a beautiful space that reminds us of the importance of self-care in other to be of service to others. Her open and grounded approach to teaching allows you to move inward, identify, reflect, rediscover and grow.
Out of the 20 students who participated in our training, 9 of us were working mothers; the majority of us had full time jobs; we ranged from 18 to 48 years of age and came from many different cultures scattered across 3 continents … this cohort is a reflection of Theresa’s unique ability to appeal to, and find common ground with a very diverse group of people from all walks of life. Her warm and down to earth teaching approach makes you feel like you belong and are part of a very special family! Theresa has a wonderful capacity to see each student as an individual, to draw on their strengths and encourage them to teach what is within them!
With a unique blend of structure and flexibility, Theresa’ impressive knowledge of yoga philosophy and practice encourages you to add layers of creativity to a solid and safe sequence.
Theresa teaches you that it is never too late to take the plunge, go deeper and follow your dreams!
I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is seeking to expand their knowledge and deepen their well-being! This course offers a non-judgmental space to travel safely along the path of self-discovery; while providing you with the space to strengthen your practice and open your heart! The lessons I have learned, the friends I have made and the memories that were created are all part of an amazing experience I will never forget!
Global Citizenship Coordinator @ WAB Ireland Spring 2019
Transformation – that’s the thread that links all the aspects of the Taozi Tree yoga teacher training.
Rather than a physical transformation – though my abs are a bit stronger and kicking up into handstand is no longer a distant dream – this training is an energetic, emotional and spiritual transformation.
Theresa Parsonage’s program is a dive into the very deepest parts of yourself and will prompt a re-examination of the way you engage with the world. You’ll meet friends from all over the globe and all walks of life. You’ll find a yoga community in the Taozi tribe. Most importantly though, you are buying yourself 200 hours of time to escape the churning energy of China’s capital city where life moves at breakneck speed – to step back and engage with something eternal.
If something about this course has sparked your curiosity then find out more. It’s a big commitment of time and energy but I can guarantee that you will emerge with new friends, a new outlook on life and with any luck, stronger abdominal muscles.
The Economist Network United Kingdom Spring 2019
I did my Yoga teacher training to help me find my way in life, to help me learn about myself, to deepen my yoga practice, and of course to teach everything I can to other yogis! I wanted to do it with Theresa because I heard so many good things about her and it was the best decision I could have done. The training with her and Bruno was always fulfilled with so much love and I enjoyed every single minute of it. They will always have a special place in my heart.
Nicole Selöz Germany Spring 2019
I have had friends encouraging me to take a YTT since I started practicing yoga five years ago. I put it on my goals list, but never took any real action because of self-limiting fears. However, when I moved to Beijing last year, I knew I was coming closer to this part of my journey.
Theresa was one of the first people I met in Beijing, and Taozi Tree Yoga was the first studio I took a class in in China. I was immediately drawn to the community, not just for a yoga practice but for the support and sense of belonging. I am happy I waited until moving to Beijing to take a YTT course because it represents doing the things that scare us knowing that what we truly want is on the other side. The Taozi training is unique in that it’s a multinational and multicultural experience. I not only learned more about yoga philosophy and the 8 limb path, but how to connect and grow with people from different countries and cultures.
Theresa beautifully demonstrates how universal yoga is, no matter what your first language is or why you are in China. Theresa encourages her students to find their dharma and carry out their life’s purpose beyond the yoga mat.
Ellen United States Spring 2019
I don’t know from where to start but I can say I’m the happiest person on earth! Such a great experience I did and I found the perfect place to do it.
For a forgiven who lives in China, Beijing, I found another home and such a great community
that apparently where under my nose all this time. I did
this YTT because for long time I’m looking for something else in my life
routine, I’m a person who need to move to express but on the other hand I’m
also spiritual and need to find my peace and quiet.
I chose taozi because it chose me, I was looking for a YTT course and then the next day I saw the post on wechat from the Yoga Yard and also from Justine, a yoga and acro yoga that I’ve been in here classes few times.
Yoga is so much more then poses and breathing, its super deep and has a lot behind it. I don’t think everyone would connect to it but for me it was a great journey to learn new stuff and especially in yoga, which I really didn’t know!
I know that when I’m in to something I will not quite, so for me all the homework, essays, reading etc. while having a full time job its will be a challenge, me personally up to any challenge and I think I concur it! And super proud myself, and to see how my family, friends, co-works also give me great feedback is helping! I know that the journey is only now really beginning but it’s a new path! And I can’t wait to go and do it!
About our group it was really unique for all of us to be together, every single one of the class was meant to be there!! I really feel that I have new friends and family here in Beijing.
The Israeli people have a bad pattern, it’s to be most of the time just Israeli..
and I feel that I broke this bad habit, I tried to so in the last 3 years I’m
here and finally with this amazing opportune I did it. I grateful for every
each one of them, and especially for Bruno and the queen Theresa. Without them it couldn’t happen! Such a great support and giving that its amazing we has this people on earth and we have gift to meet and work with them, and especially study from them!
I still in shock about this ending, feel that maybe its not yet over.. but I will recommend other people who feel they love yoga and looking for something more deep to do so, and yes in taozi tree because the people and the vibe atmosphere is something that I never felt before.
Thank you for such an incredibly opportunity!
Gabi Israel Spring 2019
This training completely affirmed my love for yoga and my commitment to make it a long-term part of my life. It was the perfect approach for someone like me, who had been on the fence about doing a YTT for years, but was scared I didn’t fit some sort of yoga ideal. I just felt like I was in a safe, nurturing, and open-ended environment where people of all practices and backgrounds were welcomed to just come and explore where they want to take their yoga practice. I loved that there was a great emphasis on individualized feedback and experiential learning, which guided us deeper into our own innate tendencies and aptitudes for teaching and practice rather than squeezing us into some sort of yoga teacher mold. Most importantly, I loved that it repeatedly placed yoga in the context of our daily lives, making me feel empowered to develop and share my practice in my own way, at my own pace. It was loving, realistic, grounded, and personalized, and I feel like I have finally discovered the tools I need to become more *me* thanks to Taozi Tree.
Hannah United States Spring 2019
2019年3月9日，这是一个全新的开始，但我并不知道将会发生什么，更不会想到这将是一个如此神奇的存在！ 当我走近桃子树200ytt的课堂，我喜欢瑜伽，之前也有想提高自己英文水平的想法，所以选择的桃子老师的200小时教培课程，但是我完全被吓到了，English speaking，OMG，我之前的想法太简单，我要逃走，但是老师包容的眼神和同学们亲切的笑容让我留下来，我想尝试一下，挑战一下自己，慢慢的我被老师们上课的方式吸引，桃子树的课程设计很丰富，很科学，很规范，以前我总认为练高难度体式才是瑜伽，而桃子树让我知道这个想法太幼稚和愚蠢了，根本不懂瑜伽的真谛，桃子树把我从错误的的道理上拉回正确的方向！我开始努力的学习桃子树的所有知识！桃子树的每个老师都非常专业和认真，她们从不同的角度，不同的风格给我们打开了瑜伽经的大门，让我们看到了真理之光，最重要的是让我在精神领域得到了升华，遇到的事情都是应该遇到的，碰到的难题都是在考验我们的意志，并非只有令人信服的知识才能创造思想之波，错误的认知也一样，更让我重新认识了我和女儿的关系，让我用欣赏的眼光看待我们的感情，让一点让我受益匪浅，在桃子树的每一天都是快乐的时光，同学们都会帮助我，这种氛围激励我坚持到底，教会我如何呼吸，伸展身体，让我发现了自己的身体其实是个宝藏，为人之本，放下执念，面对真实的自己！我喜欢桃子树瑜伽，我喜欢桃子老师，我会告诉我周围的朋友请选择桃子树瑜伽，她给你的让你终身受用无穷！
来自Carrie·冯的介绍信 China Spring 2019