Testimonials

Aura Wellness Yoga Studios’ Testimonials – Yoga Instructor Training Programs

Located in the pages below, you will find testimonials from graduates of our Yoga Studios programs.  These graduates are from the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, as well as a large variety of other countries.  You will find Yoga teachers who own their own studios, work at studios, wellness centers, gyms, spas, and corporate centers!

Thelma Natasuwarna Wuisan

Dear Paul,
I deeply apologize for taking a time too long to write the testimony, this is a long overdue promise. However, I have a good excuse for that, because I finally opened up a yoga course and teach yoga! It takes a while to settle down the ‘business’ (an on-going process), but it has been great now and new classes are opening.
I am very grateful to know Paul, Marie and Aura Wellness team that had given me the opportunity to bring my yoga study to the next level, and at my own pace! I joined the Camp-in-the-box program just two months before I got pregnant. I had a healthy pregnancy although had many restrictions (as the Obgyn adviced) and should not get too active. In postpartum period, however, things got worse; I had carpal tunnel syndrome, swollen legs and very low motivation. I couldn’t do a single Downward Dog for many months. I mentioned my problems to Paul; he was very understanding and supportive. I am very grateful that Paul allowed me to extend my study and giving me the support that I needed. Slowly, I gained back my strength to catch up with my practice and exams, and I graduated with honors….
Aura gives us the opportunity of self-learning (Svadhaya) with confidence, yet nurture the truthfulness in ourselves. Paul continues to give advices and endless support with compassion, which I consider a valuable treasure. Then, I learned that compassion and non-judgment are very important to develop trust and confidence between student – teacher. I always remind myself to apply that in my classes.
With much love and respect, I thank Paul, Marie and Aura’s professional team.
Thelma Natasuwarna Wuisan
Certified Yoga Teacher
Bloom & Shine Yoga, Jakarta, Indonesia

Jenny Juckel

I would like to sincerely thank Paul and his team at Aura Wellness Center for offering such a wonderful option for people who are passionate about studying and sharing yoga. I cannot imagine another avenue fitting in with my lifestyle and personality as much as this teacher training course has done.
The independent nature of the study is something that continues to blossom within me, something that may not have happened in a different, less self-motivated situation. Having said that however, Paul made himself available at all times, no matter how small or trivial my concern.
I am already teaching and feel blessed to have been sent on this new path. My practice, both physical and spiritual, continues every day, and I learn from my students each time I teach a class.
Thank you for being a part of this journey.
I do encourage others who may be thinking of taking the plunge who may not be sure this will be beneficial.
Jenny Juckel
Aura Yoga Teacher Training Graduate

Geri Schaaf

Over the past 12 months, I have received top notch instruction and guidance from Paul Jerard’s Aura Yoga teacher certification course in Hatha Yoga. As I approached my mailbox in anicipation, I wondered…”will it be there?” Imagine my joy when I opened my Diploma with High Honors along with an outstanding reference letter from Paul. I recommend this course for anyone who has a passion for Yoga, is willing to work calmly and diligently, and who enjoys learning. Paul is a knowledgeable teacher who answers all questions promptly, clearly, and with kindness. The extensive course materials (books, DVD’s, and CD) were invaluable in my learning process. I feel prepared and confident as a new Yoga Instructor because of the high quality of this course. Thanks Paul and Marie!
Sincerely,
Geri Schaaf PT, CYT
Aura Yoga Teacher Training Graduate

Donna

I jumped at the opportunity to do an online yoga course with Aura right away. I am a firefighter and have a rotating schedule so it is difficult to attend a weekly class. With Aura I could go at my own pace and schedule. I also had major surgery, so working on the course in my home was so much better for me. I have been attending yoga classes for years, but learning about the history of it and the purpose of each pose gave me a better understanding and appreciation of Yoga. The material was excellent and I will refer back to it often to refresh and improve. I am looking forward to teaching my own class and share the appreciation I have for it’s art and history.
Donna CYT

Debbie Taylor

Dear Paul & Marie,
Thanks to you two I have found my new passion in life-Yoga! I was first introduced to it about ten years ago but didn’t fully embrace it then as I do now.
I was so fortunate to find your internet website. Something about it really triggered my enthusiasm to learn as much as I could about all sides of Yoga. Your program taught me things I never even knew existed and has changed my life in many ways. I would heartily recommend it to anyone who truly wants to learn and understand Yoga.
I especially appriciated the quick replies you had to all of my questions.
Thank you so much for helping me make a positive lifestyle change. I’ll hope to continue to advance and learn-and pass that knowledge along to others.
I’m in this for life now and it’s exciting to know my quality of life has been greatly improved.
Namaste,
Debbie Taylor
Aura Yoga Teacher Training Graduate

Evelyne Albanese

Dear Paul,
Just wanted to thank you so much for the great experience I had getting my certification through your program…
After doing some research on the different options available for certification I found your web site and decided that you offered the best value not only financially but also educationally.
You offer a well rounded and well organized manner of learning the material…..I found the option to receive the material in three separate portions to work really well for me financial as well as making me get through a specific amount of material at a time rather then my trying to figure out how to get through it all on my own….
Beginning with reading the books and then taking the written exam; the order of the questions and the questions themselves gave me a great balance of information that turned the test into more of a reference manual of 35 pages then a test….
The practical videos that showed teaching material as well as the videos about the anatomy and the meditative side of yoga were very helpful in putting together a well balanced practice of yoga for my students.
The one hour video showing me teaching my class was a great way for me to see how I teach and perform the asanas…. something that you don’t get to see otherwise…. not only did you need to see how I teach but I did also…
You always answered my questions promptly and kindly and made me feel like I can come back anytime with issues as they come up over time…..it is a great feeling to know that there is all this support behind me as I go forward from this place….
I am now teaching one class 3 days a week at my club and have already increased my regular students to 16 people…..most come 2 times per week some three……will continue here and see how it goes…may look into finding a few more classes in the future but for now this is a good beginning.
Thanks again for everything…I would recommend your program to anyone who is looking to give themselves a great education in yoga.
Sincerely…
Namaste….
Evelyne Albanese
Certified Yoga Intructor

Joyce A. Gerstenberger

Good Afternoon Paul,
Please accept my apology for having taken so long to write this. First of all, please accept my expression of gratitude for the yoga teaching program “Camp in a Box” which has allowed me to become a certified yoga instructor. I learned so much, and can’t tell you how much this will mean to my life.
This program opened my eyes to so many things. I will use all that I have learned, will take the time to learn more, and will be taking more courses from Aura Wellness. Your support throughout the time I was studying was wonderful. I didn’t use it a lot, but always knew it was there if I ran into any roadblocks.
Thank you for your constructive criticisms upon my completion of the program. I will take all that you said to heart.
Looking forward to a continued relationship as I forge forward to a new career. I will be retiring from the University of Northern Colorado, after 23 years of service, at the end of July–that will mark the real beginning of my yoga teaching career.
Once again, thank you.
Joyce A. Gerstenberger
Certified Yoga Instructor

Annet Veenstra

I was very happy when my Aura Hatha Yoga Teacher’s Diploma arrived last week. I was impressed by the thoroughness of the program: the books and dvd’s were excellent and I just love the Chakra Kit.
I have been teaching yoga for years and by following the program of Aura Wellness Center I finally got my Hatha Yoga Diploma. I was able to learn a lot of things I didn’t know already. My teaching skills have improved.
I can recommend this teacher’s training to everybody: it is thorough and the information in the books is valuable. What I liked most of all was that I could practise at home and in my own free time: as a Naturopath with my Natural Medicine Practice at home I am able to fill in my own time.
I now teach two yoga classes a week and from September onward I will even teach five classes a week (two of them are Kundalini Yoga, a teacher training I followed and completed this year as well). Plus: I have formed an allegiance with a Macedonian friend and we will start teaching yoga for Companies in Macedonia!
This Aura Yoga teacher’s training will open doors for anyone!
In truth and light,
Annet Veenstra
Certified Yoga Teacher
The Netherlands

Amanda

Thank you so much for this eye-opening and inspiring experience. Doing your program through distance learning was absolutely ideal and I can’t wait to do the Kids Yoga Teacher Certification program. This has opened a lot of doors in the yoga and dance world for me – I’m very grateful.
Sincerely,
Amanda
Certified Yoga Teacher

Patricia Smith

I hold Aura Wellness Center with high regard It’s teacher’s training program went beyond what I anticipated for an online training program. Because of my location, Newfoundland, Canada it is very difficult to almost impossible to find in-depth training. I searched and researched the internet and came upon this “Camp-in-a-box” for Hatha Yoga. I did quite a bit of reading and returning to this site until I was satisfied with what they had to offer and gave it a try because I was always interested in Yoga. I never looked back! Even through my setbacks, Aura Wellness was very supportive.
From the outset, I was not dissappointed. What was expected to be achieved by this course was a true understanding of Yoga through a detailed questionnaire after reading the books, watching the DVD’s, studying the Chakra System. All this material and more was supplied by Aura Wellness for your training, A true demonstration of your knowledge (via DVD) after study and an actual write up on yoga’s relationship to health was expected after the above was achieved. Then came the grading…..Very Professional.
My experience with this course was exceptional. Aura Wellness was only an email away. Responded promptly to any questions I had. Just there for you and your success! But, success does not come easy; for each part of the course, you would have to study and restudy and practice in order to be successful. Rest assured, if you succeed and receive your diploma, you will have earned it! Both parties work very hard together for success and Aura Wellness will indeed be recommended
by me as a very reputable Yoga Center
Patricia Smith
Certified Yoga Teacher
Grand Falls-Windsor NL
patsmith50@yahoo.ca

Cathy Hoyer

Dear Paul,
Thank you for the wonderful Yoga Training Program. The materials were wonderful and the weekly newsletter was awesome. I learned so much. I liked being able to replay the DVDs and CDs to refresh my memory. I read the books over and over, always picking up new information. I have taken traditional Yoga Trainings but they left me exhausted and overwhelmed. I work full time and need the weekends for my home and family.
I feel great that I have completed another milestone in my life. I like to keep my brain active! Take care and God bless. If you are ever in Maine in the summer, let me know.
Sincerely,
Cathy Hoyer
Certified Yoga Teacher

Candida Vassallo

“Dear Paul
I was thrilled to receive my Yoga Teacher Certificate, and very appreciative of your collaboration with the timeline in the marking of my exams. Already having quite a bit of Yoga experience and knowledge, I needed to formalise it so as to have my certificate by October this year, as at the end of October, I was running a Retreat in Bali, of which Hatha Yoga was a component. There was a slight mishap with my practical exam, which made it difficult to mark, but regardless of that, you did, and consequently I had my certificate in time for my retreat, for which I am very grateful.
I found the course materials in Camp-in-a-box are comprehensive, easy to understand, well laid out, and with suggestions for further reading and investigations. They also challenged me sometimes in re-examining my previous perceptions and understandings of Yoga, and so expanded my awareness.
You were always very prompt with replying to my emails and very obliging with the quick marking of my exams, as I said above.
I have now included Yoga teaching as part of my health business, which was something I had been wanting to do for some time and am very humbled to see the benefits to my students in such a short time, in relation to their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Their feedback consists of increased physical flexibility and strength, better and more restful sleep, increased levels of calm and increased energy levels. Thank you Paul, as by providing a course such as Camp-in-a-Box you made it easier for me to gain my certificate, as I would not have been able to take time out of my work schedule to complete a teacher training course on-site, and so provide such a service to my clients and students.”
Best regards
Candida Vassallo
Certified Yoga Teacher

Serena

Namaskar,
Words can not explain the joy this course gives. It is so well presented with great resources and the very clearest of steps. The teachings are amazing! The course allows for life with freedom to study when you can and gives so many the oppurtunity to grow in personal yoga or in teaching. Its a great journey one I recommend with my heart and soul, thank you Paul for your great work in giving this gift to the world,
Namaste,
Serena
Aura Yoga Teacher Training Graduate

Peter Havasi

It has been a pleasure to study your yoga, the course was very interesting, and in many ways motivating and inspiring. Also I have to highlight that it brought a high spiritual enlightment in me. Without a doubt I will forward people interested in becoming yoga instructors to you.
Namaste,
Peter Havasi
Yoga Teacher Training Graduate

Justin Kiely

My name is Justin Kiely, I am a 30 years old Australian and have just completed Level 1 diploma of Yoga Therapy which took me approximately 15 months to complete (2 years was allowed).
Before commencing the diploma i was a student of Iyengar for 2 years so i had an interest in Yoga and more importantly a practically background.
The work load involved in the diploma is demanding,especially the written work (time demanding), but once you commence the first parts it seems to role through quickly.
Now the diploma is complete i think it wasn’t that difficult it just requires good time management and good computer skills, but the time allowed is more than generous to complete the diploma.
Professionally i am a soft tissue therapist and I now incorporate Yoga Therapy into my injury management and prevention services, which is a great preventative for many muscular skeletal pain and dysfunctions, not to mention the psychological benefits for stress affected clients.
I would have now hesitation in recommending anyone with an interest /passion in Yoga to do the courses held through Aura Wellness Center, it has greatly improved my theoretical knowledge of yoga and practically improved my knowledge on how to conduct and plan session for clients with particular ailments and associated issues.
Kind regards
Justin Kiely
Certified Yoga Therapist

Stefanie Smith

Being a single mom in a town where certification training is not offered, I was relieved to find that Aura Wellness Center had the option I was looking for: studying at your pace, on your own time, from anywhere. I first inquired about the programs and found that my questions were thoroughly and quickly answered. Time was taken to help me, even though I was not yet a student. During my studies, If there was something I did not understand, that was also quickly explained as well. Without changing my work or parenting schedule, I was able to become a Certified Meditation Teacher through Aura Wellness Center and am very excited to start my journey. I plan to take more certifications through them soon!
Stefanie Smith
Certified Yoga Instructor

Tiaan Marcus

Dear Mr Jerard,

I would like to express my gratitude to Aura Wellness Center for offering a unique training course – I really enjoyed the in-depth research the course had to offer regarding teaching, philosophy and all the wonderful aspects Yoga encompasses. I’m sure to incorporate the knowledge gained within my teachings as well as in my private practice. A huge thank you to Mr Jerard, and the whole team who assisted me during my course – you guys’ assistance were very efficiently every step of the way. I would highly recommend Aura Yoga to anyone and will definitely make use of their services in the future. I am truly grateful for this wonderful opportunity and will surely make the most of it!

Namaste
Tiaan Marcus
Certified Yoga Teacher

Brian Mello

I just received my Hatha Yoga Teacher’s Diploma & I am extremely grateful for taking this course. I did research on the Internet before deciding and I discovered that not only does the Aura Wellness Center offer the most comprehensive training program but they are internationally recognised. You definitely have to put the time in but it is well worth it. The course cover all topics including anatomy, yoga postures, alignment assistance, usage of props, modifications, chakras, bandahs, pranayama or breathing exercises , meditation & relaxation & so much more! The course even includes information on Yoga business development and marketing. Dr.Paul Jerard, the director is always available to answer any questions or provide assistance by email or telephone. I am impressed with the wealth of information & knowledge I have gained from the course. Absolutely well worth it!!!

Thank you, Sincerely,
Brian Mello

Mara Montiel de Manstretta

I wanted to express my deeply and sincere gratitude to Paul and Marie for their guidance through my training. I never felt alone. There wouldn’t have been another way for me to become a certified Yoga instructor. I completed the Yoga teacher training-camp-in-a-box as an online certification; which is amazing, because it gave me the opportunity to accomplish my goals in the time frames that worked best for my family, so I really made my dream come true, I became a Certified Yoga teacher.

I had the opportunity last December to teach a class in my 5yr old daughter classroom for the parent involvement activity in her school, and I fell in love with practicing with kids as well, so now I’m even more aware of how beneficial and important it is not just for us but also for children to have Yoga in their lives. To learn how to be present, aware, and to cultivate love for themselves as well as for others.

I am truly convinced that the world needs more people practicing Yoga so we can have a better world. More awareness and love is all we need.

I feel honored and blessed to be part of this beautiful group of people in Yoga; all the dedicated teachers and students who join in a beautiful path aiming for peace and love.

I invite all of you who wonder and dream about becoming a Yoga teacher, and touching a live in the most profound way, please join us in this amazing journey, of learning how to be the best version of ourselves. Become certified. If I did it, you can!

I give thanks again to Marie and Paul and highly recommend Aura Wellness Center for your Yoga training.

Please take care.

Namaste

Mara Montiel de Manstretta
Certified Yoga Teacher

Maikenzy Rose

Aura Wellness Center

Dear Paul,
I learned more about yoga through the Aura Wellness Center in the past ten months than I have in the past four years of attending various studios and practicing at home. Not only do I feel better equipped to pursue a deeper personal practice, but also, I feel prepared to serve my community in a safe and fearless manner.
The material you provide establishes a strong foundation for creating a confident leader. Before completing the Vinyasa Yoga Teacher exams, I was unsure of myself. Now, I am a courageous yogini who is excited to share her knowledge with others.
I feel touched on an emotional level through your and Jacquline’s feedback, direction, and support. There is no greater feeling than achieving your goals. All day today, people have been asking me why my smile is so big. It’s because now, I have a superpower; to be healed and to be a source of healing for others.
Thank you,
Maikenzy Rose

James Lovette-Black

James Lovette Black Yoga Graduate

Aura Wellness Center has been a delightfully refreshing experience for learning how to teach and practice. Every encounter I’ve had with the staff has been unfailingly supportive, instructive, friendly, and authentic. I heartily recommend Dr. Paul Jerard’s teaching and the courses at Aura Wellness Center for learning integral hatha yoga and other yoga methods. Namaste.

James Lovette-Black PhD, RN, RYT-200
Bright Wellness Yoga, San Francisco

Elizabeth Murray

Elizabeth Murray Certified Yoga Teacher

As a yogi of over a decade, becoming a yoga teacher had been a dream of mine for a long time. After doing my homework into the various teacher training options that were available in my community, I can honestly say that Aura Wellness Center provides one of the most comprehensive and well-rounded programs that I’ve come across in all of my years of practicing yoga. Dr. Jerard is a wealth of knowledge and is always available to his students. I truly felt like I was a part of a greater community during my teacher training with Aura Wellness Center and would recommend this phenomenal program to anyone that is considering becoming a certified yoga teacher.

At the end of this program, you will walk away with a more thorough foundation of the practice of yoga (including its rich history) than any of the YTT graduates in your neighboring studios. Take it from someone who has almost exclusively practiced in corporate, “big city” studios- this program is different, and for the better. Far too often, studios become teacher mills cranking out teacher after teacher without establishing the proper framework for teaching yoga. Aura Wellness Center is different in that this program allows you the time to really dive into the practice of yoga, including in-depth lessons into anatomy, the philosophical approaches to yoga, and even Sanskrit terminology.

Registering and graduating from Aura Wellness Center’s teacher training program was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for myself, and I feel privileged to have received my certification from this incredible organization. Thank you for teaching me how to share the practice that has brought so much light and love into my own life with those around me, and for helping me fulfill a life-long dream!

Namaste,

Elizabeth Murray
Certified Yoga Teacher
Boston, Massachusetts

Jenny Clark

Jenny Kid Yoga Teacher certification

I have practiced yoga in my personal life regularly since 1984, and while my 27-year career as a pediatric occupational therapist has been tremendously rewarding, something has felt lacking. Recently realizing the importance of integrating my personal and professional life to a deeper level, the yearning to create a pediatric holistic wellness intervention program prompted me to enroll in Aura Wellness Center Kid Yoga Teacher training program. Now it’s time to be open to the possibilities of manifesting my dreams in ways I can’t even imagine! Thank you Dr Paul Jerard for your gracious and kind guidance in helping me to become certified as a yoga teacher for children 🙂 The journey has just begun…

Jenny Clark
Certified Kids Yoga Teacher

Lisa Goswick

Lisa Goswick Certified Yoga Teacher

I wanted to take a few moments to thank Dr. Jerard and the Aura Wellness Center for their wonderful training program, as well as their assistance and guidance throughout the entire process. I received my certification this week with high honors and could not be more thrilled with the experience. When I decided to fulfill my dream of becoming a Certified Yoga teacher, I researched different programs and I needed one that would work around being a mom of three and I found the Yoga Teacher Training Camp in a Box (Platinum), which was the perfect fit for my lifestyle. This program not only was a great fit for my lifestyle but was great in providing me with all the necessary tools to be a successful, knowledgeable, and strong instructor. It had such wonderful materials and information to learn to truly be an informed teacher for my future students, so that they will reach their maximum benefits from a Yoga class. Not only did I learn all the necessities to be a successful teacher but I gained so much as an individual. It encouraged me to develop myself not just as a teacher but an individual. I was able to set my own pace, take as much time as I felt was needed on certain topics and areas that was suited for my learning style and success. The materials that come from the course will be materials that I will continue to reference and utilize throughout my teaching. Dr. Jerard was always available to answer any questions and is very quick to reply to emails as well as other members of the Aura Staff. For anyone that is looking for a program to become a certified Yoga teacher I highly recommend the Aura Wellness Center, it will be such a wonderful fulfilling experience for you and you will walk away feeling confident, knowledgeable, and strong as you begin to teach your first Yoga classes. Thank you so much!

Namaste,
Lisa Goswick
Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor

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