"Joschi's teacher training program is built for the serious and dedicated yogi because it is jam packed with information an instructor MUST know and I made the right decision by choosing it. My goals for taking this program were all reached, but what I didn't expect was to learn so much more of the chemistry of my body, learn the dynamics of teaching a beginner and/or injured student, have expert guidance from seasoned professionals and meet some amazing people as my peers. Joschi, Monika and Joseph made the perfect team of teachers. Their mixture of personality and knowledge came together very well. Thank you guys!" - Oshay W.
"Having just completed my 200 hour teacher training I could not be more satisfied. Joschi and Monika made me welcome from the first day. They have extensive knowledge of yoga and have created a comprehensive program that is perfect for new teachers. I left with a thorough understanding of teaching yoga. The program also delves into the history and true meaning of yoga. Their team was equally knowledgable and active in the training. I am so happy that I chose Joschi Yoga Institute for my training." - Kurt T.
"I love this place! I had tried yoga at a few different places like NYSC but never really got too much out of it. I took the beginner series with Joschi and felt the benefits after the very first class. I was also looking for a place that catered to men and they have a bunch of classes that are men only which is great. I highly recommend this place especially for guys looking to get into yoga!" - John M.
"I completed my 200 HR Certification with Joschi Yoga Institute a year and a half ago. I want to say a big thank you for everything you taught me about yoga, people and business. I have taught over 200 classes in a variety of settings. Getting certified in yoga was one of the best things I did and helped me gain much confidence in my new career. I have relocated back to Southern California. Hope all is well with you in NYC. Thank you!" - Hannah M.
When I first started doing Yoga I was the least flexible person in class, and my wrists hurt but I didn't quit. Within weeks, the strength in my wrists grew and within months my flexibility improved dramatically.
I have been a student at Joschi's for 2 years now and come almost every day. I didn't realize how important Yoga was for me until my 7th month of training here. One day I went into the studio in the worst mood because of a really bad day at work. When class finished my mind was reset and the negative thoughts I had was some how turned into positive productive energy. I am uniquely inspired by every instructor at Joschi's. -Joschi- is the most knowledgeable Yoga instructor I have ever met, he leads by example and inspires many people with his true flow yoga that is enlightening and educational. His main goal is achieved in every class by activating every muscle within the human body. -Monika- is the perfect instructor if you want an informative introduction to Yoga, she also greets everyone at the door with a big warm smile that will brighten your day. This is hands down the best Yoga Studio in the City, you cannot find a yoga class of this quality in any of the exclusive gyms either. I have always kept a full time membership at Joschi's but I also have trained at many other Yoga studio's throughout the city at the same time. (Yes I felt like I was cheating) Joschi's studio by far has the best renovation (I'm a real estate broker @ Corcoran so I know these things.. lol), the best lighting, website, and hands down the nicest people and culture. Thank you YO-SHEEE! (JOSCHI)" - Tim M.
"I wanted to just say that it has only been a week and I miss the teacher training and you guys already! Although I took a little time off (about three days :)), I went back to a class and it didn't even compare to the quality of the classes at your studio, so I will be back very very soon! I also just wanted to thank the both of you for such an amazing 4 weeks. I couldn't be happier with my experience throughout the teacher training and really believe that you two prepared us to be amazing teachers. Thank you guys again and I hope to see you soon! Best" - Dana M.
"I just did my teacher training at Joschi so I was required to take 200 hours of yoga there and still I would go back in a second! The teacher training program there is great but if you're just looking to practice, I think the place is a real find in some ways. There's very little pretention, it looks more like a spa than a yoga studio. It's very homelike, people know each other. They have athletic, fitness influenced teachers and they have more spiritual teachers. All of whom are far above average in teaching skills. This is a place for people who like to flow, they all really move you." - Mattie H.
"I have been practicing yoga for 5 years, at home and in numerous studios in my travels. I wanted to find a place that gave me a sense of comfortableness, similar to what I get from my home. When I came across Joschi Yoga Institute, the studio immediately became my home practice away from home. I love Joschi himself, Monika, and all the teachers that have been carefully placed by the studio. Their knowledge of teaching on all levels that each of them possess is amazing. I love the studio so much that I decided to attend the Yoga Teacher Training program this winter. Even if you do not want to become certified to teach, I recommend this training just to deepen your practice. I am amazed how much knowledge I have consumed by all the wonderful people who work for the studio, and how it has helped me with my asana's and mental well-being." - AnnMarie N.
"I was never very much a fan of being pushed (spotted) to get though my workout. I tried teaming up with friends and hiring a person trainer, but I just did not enjoy it - nor did I ever break a sweat. Joschi's place is the answer that I was looking for! He drives and guides his pupils for 60+ minutes with good music in a friendly, noncompetitive environment. Simply put, Joschi takes the cultishness out of yoga and invites everyone to its splendor. Joschi makes sure that everyone gets individualized attention and keeps everyone focused on yoga while still having fun. From the time I walk in, there is invariably a clean, tranquil, and friendly environment. I know that I have escaped the office and the city. When I hit the mat, I know that next few moments are for me. There is no way anyone can escape his session without sweating buckets. I've gone from once a week, to twice a week, and desperately looking for a way to make it three times a week since the physical results are starting to far exceed everything that I was expecting yoga to do for me. Joschi has got me hooked. There are other studio's in NYC, but after trying Joschi's, I bet you won't even think about them unless you are looking for a cult." - Manny C.
"Yoga haters and yoga lovers alike can rejoice at this progressive studio. I don't have enough good things to say! From the anatomically focused vinyasa flow to the fun teachers, all encompassed by a gorgeous yet simple studio... there's just too much to go crazy about! For beginners and experienced yogis alike, the practice here will be challenging and exciting. They even have a yoga4men class for those in doubt about the credibility of yoga as a workout. Visit the studio and you'll experience an anatomical awakening you won't forget!" - MJ C.
"In the past decade I have been trying to find a class that works for me. I could never last with those 24-year-old instructors who I guess believed I was paying them to educate me with their under developed philosophy of life. At Joschi's there is no static, no interruptions, no judgment. Just Joschi soothing with his pleasant presence, his intelligence, and his knowledge of the body. As for the atmosphere, Joschi is a welcoming lovely person who inspires loveliness even in the snottinest of class participants. I have been taking classes at the studio for a few months now and have been feeling great, and better every day." - Emma N.
"Joschi NYC and teacher training is incredible. It is a gift to have a place like this in the city, with such dedicated and knowledgeable teachers. The classes vary greatly from a serious athletic workout to a spa retreat. Also they consider the student and keep you aware of the body and soul and how to achieve a higher level of practice considering that we live in 2010. This school provided me the opportunity to challenge and expand the limits of the body, mind and heart. I am extremely thankful to have found this studio." - Erika A.
"I have been practicing and teaching yoga outside of New York for a few years. I knew moving to New York I would need more training so I decided to do Joschi's teacher training program. The teacher training program is AMAZING! There are people of many skill levels in my teacher training but it really pushes you to be a better instructor and more than that, it has helped my personal yoga practice more than I could possibly express. The best part is you can take endless amounts of classes for the three months of the teacher training. That means you could be there 7 days a week like me if you really wanted.
The studio is beautiful, the teachers are amazing and because of the wonderful teachers and teacher trainers I have deepened my personal practice. Thank you Joschi!!!" - Noelia F.
"The program went above and beyond my expectations on every level. It is a lot to learn in a month! I chose Joschi Yoga Institute because it was a condensed program that fit into both my timeframe and desire to spend time in NYC (I reside in the Bay Area, California). The instructors are professional and diligent at keeping students on task. The light of the program is Joschi. His knowledge is vast, his humor takes your worries away and his love of yoga as a lifestyle is contagious and inspiring. The backbone of the program is Monika. she's organized, consistent and tough at times, but she makes you get it!" - Tamara T.
"Joschi Yoga Institute is a diamond. It is one of only 3 yoga schools in all of New York City that offers a comprehensive anatomy component, which is crucial. Also, this training has given us more opportunities to actually practice teaching than other programs. I believe that you learn by doing, and that understanding how the body works is necessary to instruct people safely, so this program just makes sense! What's more, Joschi and Monika are absolutely brilliant teachers. The program is organized and very in-depth. It surpassed my expectations. I wish my training would never end!" - Jenny G.
"Joschi's Yoga Teacher Training program was one of the most intense, fulfilling and fun experiences I've ever had. The education that I acquired from the program was remarkable- the Asana study, Anatomy, practical teaching, Yoga history, business of teaching and so much more... My love for yoga grew with every class. The most wonderful thing about the program were the teachers who all have such different backgrounds, but all come with such genuine passion for yoga and for teaching. The work was intense but the classes were always filled with laughter and fun. I am excited to take all that of my experiences from the training and share them with students of my own!" - Sarah C.
"The keyword at Joschi is 'rigor'. Whether through the in-depth anatomy classes, yoga history lessons or hours of teaching practice, the Institute opens students to the broadest possible curriculum. I was among the first group to graduate from the 2012 200-hour class. I found it stimulating, the environment was dynamic and the teachers put their hearts and bodies into preparing us. The small class allowed for a high level of individual attention and my fellow trainees were from all over the world. I would recommend Joschi Institute to anyone seeking a solid foundation for teaching with inspiration." - Sebastian N.
"I recently attended the 2012 Teacher Training Program at Joschi Yoga Institute and can honestly say that it has been one of the best decisions I've ever made for myself. I had been practicing yoga in Florida for some time when I met an instructor who was certified in Vinyasa yoga and highly recommended Joschi's studio in NYC as a place to learn and better my skill. After a lot of consideration and research, I decided to move to New York and become a part of Joschi's next teacher training. The program turned out to be much more than I expected. Joschi and Monika, along with the talented staff behind them, went above and beyond during the course of the program. Their combined knowledge on topics such as anatomy, history of yoga, asanas, meditation and much more, place them above the rest in the Yoga community. After my first day, I could already tell that this studio was more than just a business for the instructors, but a passion. The transformation I have seen in myself in such a limited amount of time is nothing short of incredible. I have not only grown in my yoga practice but in my own personal life as well. Joschi and Monika see the deepest potential in their students and push them to be the best they can be. More importantly. they led us to understand that the key to our potential was continuous effort and not just natural strength and talent. I followed my dreams and with their help I am proud to say I am officially a "yogi". I would highly recommend this studio to anyone with aspirations to teach, or to those who want to better their yoga practice!" - Kylee K.
"Absolutely AMAZING teachers. My experience at Joschi Yoga Institute was challenging as well as unforgettable. The knowledge of all the teachers was the very best. There was the physical, mental, and spiritual challenge I was looking for and for that I thank you with all my heart." - Ewa P.
"I have not yet completed my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Joschi and I already wish I could extend it for 4 more weeks. This program is fantastic and I never want it to end! Joschi, Monika and the other teacher trainers are extremely knowledgeable; they really know what they're doing. Each is fun and brings a unique perspective, so our curriculum is well-rounded. I have so much respect for them and always feels I am in good hands here. We concentrate a lot on human anatomy, which is so important and so many yoga instructors do not know enough about. I have never enjoyed learning so much. The classes at Joschi outside of the training are also fantastic. I feel so lucky to have discovered this place, and will recommend it to everyone. I will certainly continue to take classes here and sign up for future trainings at Joschi." - Jennifer G.
Testimonials from Joschi Yoga Institute's Previous Graduates
"AWE INSPIRING!!! The 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Joschi Yoga Institute is top notch! Not only have I taken some of the best yoga classes of my 7 year yogi life in this studio, the teachers really understand what it takes to be an excellent Yoga teacher both on the inside and out. What I got out of this studio that is hard to find in others, is that they were able to guide me into finding who I am as a yoga teacher, and how to embrace my individuality to set myself apart from the every day yoga instructor. Even though the time you spend in their studio seems only but a fleeting moment, you definitely feel prepared and excited to go out and apply all the knowledge you learned into teaching on your own. I am definitely glad and satisfied that I chose their program over any other in the tri-state area." - Joshua H.
"Doing the Yoga Teacher Training in Joschi Yoga Institute was one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. Not only was I blown away by the incredible knowledge of the teachers in anatomy and yoga but by their freshness, their humanity and the way the lead us, without us even realizing it, to a path of self discovery. With Joschi, Monika and their team I didn't only learn how to teach yoga, but I learned how to be a better version of myself as a whole." - Julia A.
"I needed a little space from my teacher training program before I could reflect and share my feelings and thoughts on the experience. It was such an intense experience (hence being called an INTENSive teacher training program) but such an amazing one. I had the honor of meeting 19 other unique souls going through life transitions and searching to better themselves and the lives of others through yoga. Each one of my peers inspired, surprised, and challenged me every day and through learning about their lives and individual journeys with yoga I learned so much about myself and my own. At the Joschi Yoga Institute, we as students were guided by three very different but all incredibly caring, intelligent, and devoted teachers. The experience would not have been the same had one of my peers or teachers been missing. I went into the program intending to learn more about myself physically, mentally, and emotionally so that I could better guide others to find the same kind of self love and understanding.
I was also excited to get into the academic side of yoga, to learn anatomy and sanskrit, philosophy, history, etc. That desire is what lead me to the Joschi Yoga Institute specifically, and I was not disappointed. I knew that in order to deepen my own practice and help others to do so as well I needed to have more knowledge. I gained so much that my brain aches just thinking about it even now, a week and a half after the program finished! A yoga teacher training is like nothing you can ever imagine. I have done dance intensives, attending a small liberal arts college with an even smaller dance program, stretched and worked the muscles all over my body (including my brain) to the max repeatedly in my life, but still this experience pushed me mentally and physically in a way that surprised me but that was so incredibly rewarding and motivating. I am so excited to take my knowledge into the studio and to begin teaching. If you are at all considering going through a teacher training program, either to teach or just deepen your practice I say do it! The 200 hour certification is an amazing opportunity to completely immerse yourself in the world of yoga and will go above and beyond any expectations you may have - so let them go!" - Layla M.
"When I decided that I wanted to do a 200 hour teacher training course, I knew that it would be impactful but had no idea what to expect. The decision to do the course at Joschi was easy, after spending hours researching various schools, Joschi and Monika were the two teachers that stood out amongst everyone. And now I know why! The 200 hour teacher training course was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. Joschi, Monika, and their team are all inspiring, nurturing, knowledgable, and creative teachers. Each one I learned a valuable life lesson from, and each one inspired me in a different way. I knew that the physical part of yoga would be challenging, but what I did not expect was the beautiful emotional and intellectual journey along the way. I was surrounded by the best fellow yogi students that one could ask for - and together with the Joschi team - we became a family for those 4 weeks. I loved the international aspect as well, with students from all over the world we had a well rounded and diverse group of ideas, experiences, cultures.I left feeling confident that I had acquired the skills to teach and inspire others on their own yoga journeys. It was difficult to leave the cocoon of those 4 incredible weeks, but I am excited and ready for what lies ahead. Thank you to the supportive and amazing team at Joschi! There are not enough words in the English language to describe how truly amazing my experience at Joschi was - just know that if you are considering yoga teacher training, this is exactly where you want to be!" - Brett T.
"Where do I begin... I recently finished my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Joschi Yoga. I knew it would be a rewarding experience but I never imagined nor could I have imagined what an amazing and rewarding experience it was. Not only did I strengthen my own yoga practice and learn how to teach yoga, but I went through a spiritual journey within myself. The teachers at Joschi were beyond my expectations; each teacher brought their own knowledge, experiences, and individuality to each class. Every day was different and enlightening. We grew together day by day, week by week, and became a family. I didn't know how I'd feel after the training ended, I felt as if something was ending that shouldn't be ending but Monika & Joschi encourage us to begin our next journey. They let us go in a warm, caring, and encouraging, way and I know that Joschi Yoga will always feel like home to me!!" - Cristina V.
"I recently completed my 200 hour teacher training intensive at Joschi Yoga. I wasn't completely sure what to expect but I figured that I would get a lot better at yoga, learn a lot about yoga and end up in better shape than when I started. Thankfully all of those things happened but so did a lot more. In those short four weeks I grew as a person more than I normally do in a year or more, and because of this my relationships with others became so much better. I also became a much calmer person able to enjoy each and every day for what it is and not to stress the small stuff. I learned a love for yoga in all of the areas that it encompasses and don't want to ever stop studying yoga. I have to thank the wonderful teachers at Joschi for helping to guide me through this amazing experience. Besides being very knowledgeable, flexible, and strong they were extremely understanding and helpful. They opened up their studio to us for a month and now when I go back it doesn't feel like a studio, it feels like a best friends home. My only complaint would be that it ended too soon, but at least I can go back for classes!" - Michele V.
"This 200hr course is one of the best things I have ever done- it exceeded my expectations by a wide margin on many levels and I recommend it to ANYONE!! Whether you plan on making yoga your career or just looking to expand your knowledge, this yoga teacher training leaves you feeling empowered, comfortable teaching a class, and eager to share all of the amazing things we get to learn. The teachers were extremely cool, knowledgable and professional, and most importantly, the curriculum was impressive! It covered all subjects needed to be a great yoga teacher including anatomy and physiology, which is crucial. We also practiced teaching more than an average teacher training would allow, so by the end of it I felt totally comfortable teaching in front of a group of people. Words cannot express how grateful I am that I got to experience this with such an amazing group of people, and of course, amazing teachers- you guys are all wonderful!" - Natalia M.
"When I first joined Joschi Yoga Training, I only had about a year's experience of practicing yoga. Looking around the classroom on the first day of class, I thought I was way over my head. By the time I left the Joschi training, I had the supreme confidence to teach a class of beginners - what a difference 4 weeks made!! Not only do you learn about all that there is to know about yoga (anatomy, poses, philosophy, breathing techniques, vinyasa flows, etc) but you get plenty of opportunities to teach small and large groups. Your teachers and fellow students give feedback to your teaching style which is honest and not like support groups where everything is okay. Joschi, Monika and their team were awesome teachers who are very intelligent. I highly recommend this school if you're really serious about teaching yoga." - Dan R.
"When I first decided on the 200 hour teacher training at Joschi Yoga Institute, I honestly had no expectations. I knew it was a comprehensive course that would cover the material I was ready to learn to help me on the path of teaching yoga. I am glad I didn't have expectations because my experience has far exceeded any I might have had! From the beautiful clean modern look and feel of the studio itself, to the incredible staff and trainee group..I felt at home...taken care of in all aspects of practice and professionalism.
I find the studio owners, Joschi and Monika to be quite incredible. From Monika's acute business sense and dedication to success, to Joschi's powerful creative, intuitive and humerous spirit...they complete a balance. Both are extremely knowledgeable in ALL aspects of yoga. I felt at home, empowered, encouraged, inspired. I laughed and fully enjoyed yoga and teaching aspects in ways I never imagined I could.
The staff, all quite incredible humans....provided me with the perfect tools to use to help others in all aspects of this ancient practice. There is no question that they are all examples of walking the talk...living their lives and teaching because they LOVE it. It is who they are....AWARE and AWAKE!
That is why the program can be as effective and impacting as it is...the ultimate inspiration and awareness. I found all of these aspects to be the perfect blend to teach and impart wisdom to us green trainees. I am sad to leave, having felt such a tribal sense of community within such a short time. I feel grateful, excited, connected and honored to be able to leave and share what they have all taught me in the light of helping others on the yoga path.
We are all connected and attract what we need in life...so I will simply continue to be an extension of Joschi Yoga Institute everytime I guide a person in a downward dog, a warrior, an om. My deepest blessings and love to all who have helped me...all good things, thoughts, awareness. Priceless experience. In gratitude," - Danielle D.
"I could honestly write a book about how amazing this program is! Going through the 200 hour teacher training at the Joschi Yoga institute has been one of the most amazing experiences for me! Joschi and Monika, along with the other teachers, gave me the tools I need to succeed as a yoga teacher. They truly care for their students and want each and every one them to be successful. This program has introduced me to new people, new languages, and most importantly embraced my inner self. The program is intense and gives an in-depth training for the mind and body. I met such amazing people and will carry this experience throughout my yoga teaching career. It is a unique atmosphere with a hands on approach to learning. Joschi and Monika made themselves accessible to any questions we might have and always made sure we understood all the content. They make an awesome team and are wonderful people...I couldn't recommend their teacher training more! " - Noelle K.
"Joschi's Teacher Training has been amazing! Truly amazing because it's been just a month; so short and so full! I loved that we were encouraged to be ourselves as individuals as well as part of a group. We grew and learned together with support and compassion for one another, which encouraged us all to take chances as individuals. The teachers created an atmosphere of learning and encouragement.
Every day we explored Yoga with two or three teachers, each of whom brought their passion and knowledge to every class. Asana, Anatomy, Yoga History and Philosohy, The Yoga Sutras, The Bhagavad Gita, Pranyama, Bandhas, the Business of Yoga, and teaching, teaching and teaching! It's so much, still settling and a fantastic base from which to begin to teach.
I complete the training enriched personally as well as professionally. Thank you Joschi, Monika and all your teachers for all you brought, shared and gave! A heartfelt...Namaste!" - Kim B.
"More then just a flawless studio and an in peck able website. The Joschi Yoga Institute teacher training can and will change your mind & body, but most of all the way in which they work together. The structure of the program works! Four weeks of pure dedication, intense amount knowledge in such a short amount of time. CHANGE is Possible in the blink of an eye! Walk in students leave as educators of mind body and FULL of sprit! Be ready and open to true understanding of life’s potential. Thank you for all your time, understanding and pure focused Energy. I feel blessed to have studied with such great instructor! I hope that more beautiful souls find their way to your doors! Just knock first! Thank you dearly, xoxo." - Colleen M.
"I just completed the Winter 2010 Joschi Yoga Institute 200 hr. Yoga Teacher Training. This outstanding program featured Joschi, Monika and their staff who embodied the passion, knowledge, and professionalism to impart the myriad facets of yoga. I would recommend this program to anyone with a desire to become a yoga teacher or to simply take their journey into yoga to a higher level. I savored every fleeting moment and the wonderful kindred spirits who shared in this experience. Namaste!" - Lynne G.
"When I first came to 'Joschi Yoga', I found the environment, teachers, classes and his unique personality very impressive. Then I decided to have teachers training there. Now 12 weeks and 200 + hours are over and I realized that I made a great choice. I learned and grew a lot.. The foundation they built on us about technical knowledge as well as teachers' persona are so amazing.. Monika was very patient, understanding and knowledgeable teacher meanwhile the other teachers of Joschi Yoga were very helpful during our training time.. Joschi says he is not a 'GURU' sure he is not but definitely he is like 'guru of anatomy in town' His knowledge and expertise is profound. If anyone is looking for a serious 200 hrs teacher training, this is the quality program and studio in NYC. Elevator can be eccentric from the first day but they will train you for that too...:)) Enjoy the journey.. Namaste.." - B.B.
"I recently went through the month intensive teacher training course at Joschi and it exceeded all expectations I had (and I had great expectations). All of the instructors were extremely insightful and inspiring and each had something unique to share. I honestly believe that no other education or experience in my life has transformed me so much for the better. Not only did I leave the training confident, excited about yoga (wanting to share my knowledge with all willing to listen), and equipped with the essential knowledge of anatomy, but through learning the philosophy of yoga and daily intensive practice, I feel exponentially more mentally balanced and overall, a more focused, peaceful, productive and happy person. Meditation was covered as well but was not the main focus of this course, however, I feel the practice of meditation is so personal, that there is only so much you can teach in a given amount of time. I love the atmosphere of the studio, and even the other students were such amazing people. I think this place is very unique and I wouldn't trade my experience at Joschi for anything!" - Marlena B.
"A room filed with strangers all with a different purpose. My purpose is to find my joy that come to me through yoga. Little did I know that in 4 weeks I would feel so empowered, knowledgeable, sore and joyous!!! And extremely rich with friendships with the most wonderful people I have met. I miss you all very much!
I feel deeply grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Joschi yoga teaching training with Joschi, Monika and their amazing teachers, wow what a team, love them!! They were all very informative, supportive and engaging teachers, and had a very well planned curriculum.
I felt that Monika and Joschi are a wonderful teaching team and you can see that they possess the ability to work very well together in their area of expertise and keeping the cleanest studio I have ever been to.
The Teacher Training course was simultaneously very challenging and fun. It also helped me to overcome my fear of speaking in front of a group. This training will teach you proper form, class flow and give you the foundation to expand yoga practice, and help you to develop the confidence to become a yoga teacher. I would highly recommend Joschi Yoga Institute. Thank you Joschi and Monika for making me a better Yogi. Your student" - Nahla R.
"I'm currently enrolled in Joschi's 3-month yoga teacher training, and it has been a consistently positive experience from the start. I did a lot of research on programs as well as taking classes all over the city. I have a full time job in technology strategy consulting. Time is near and dear to me, and I take these types of commitments very seriously. For sure, yoga training is a highly personalized choice - based on factors ranging from one's own level of practice, experience w/ different styles of yoga and individual interests. One program may be fantastic for one student and not so for another - just like going to university, working for a company, or going to a restaurants.
That said, for me there are several areas to highlight:
* Joschi and Monika are authentic and genuinely interested in each student's journey with the program. Anyone who has spent time with them in the studio in advance of training would have a very clear sense of who they are, and if they as instructors are a fit for them. Given that yoga is ALL about being who we truly are, they embody this and are at ease with themselves, which I've found to help myself and others feel that way as well.
* They get that the "mass commercialization" of yoga is a big issue and have helped our trainee class understand this landscape and how we might navigate it. This has been an extremely valuable reality check for those truly interested in yoga for its transformative potential (vs. perhaps monetary or other interests - not that there is anything wrong with that).
* As we all know the perils of yoga when not done w/ proper alignment, etc, Joschi's intense focus, knowledge and experience on anatomy of the body and how it moves is absolutely fantastic. For me, a rule of thumb #1 is students not getting harmed in yoga! This requires teachers, new and experience, to have strong background in anatomy. This differentiates the program and for me is an essential part of my learning. As a result, his classes have a most creative sequencing and I have enjoyed and learned a lot from how he provides a complete class experience.
* Actual practice teaching is the best tool to incorporate our learnings, and we have had ample opportunity to be teaching, and are encouraged to do so. Like most things in life, one tends to get out what one puts in. I've found the 1st 2 months to be packed with information as well as a lot of hands-on.
Thanks to Joschi, I'm deepening my own practice and also gaining a better sense of where I'd like to go on my journey in teaching yoga. My gratitude for this opportunity." - Molly T.
"I am not new to yoga and have studied at different great studios with teachers whom I love. I came to Joschi when I was trying to decide on a studio where I could be in one place to focus, to feel at home while deepening my practice--and to eventually do a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. The first time I walked into Joschi it felt like I had walked into another world. Everything about this studio was just different. I didn't even realize that I was looking for different, but there it was. I felt at home.
The space is dark, beautiful, quite lounge-like and sophisticated. I immediately took 4 classes with 4 different teachers and fell in love with each of them and their varied styles. Many of them have received their Yoga Training Certificates from Joschi, and are really great teachers! I have experienced and witness each teacher taking special interest in and care for their students, their practice as well as their limitations and abilities. I am not too sure how it is that they do this, but these teachers also remember those things that they learn about new students upon their return and work them into the class. Here, there is a dynamic approach to yoga that for me was unexpected.
Some teachers are more traditional in their yoga styles than others which is where I naturally lean, however, those who are not as traditional push yoga to a refreshing & playful edge which has offered me options and insights that I value especially as I further explore my own relationship to yoga and start to imagine what kind of teacher I could potentially become. Because the owners Joschi & Monika got to know me pretty well right away, I'm sure that they knew that I would do my training with them even before I did!" - Teri R.
"Inhale Warrior I, exhale Warrior II. Inhale Peaceful Warrior. One breath, one movement. By following your own breath, let it move you through your flow. These words have become music to my ears over the past year that I've been attending Joschi. This attractive and chic yoga studio has become my second home, I kid you not! (I have told both the owners Joschi and Monika that I am going to set up a cot in the back room because I spend so much time there.) The dark wood floors, white walls and copper-colored ceiling sets the stage for a rejuvenating yet challenging vinyasa practice. All of the teachers are unique and they get to know your strengths and weakness so that they can help to deepen your practice. They are all super-friendly and carry such great energy that is truly refreshing. They not only act as your guide but are also very knowledgeable about yoga while adding their own personal flare to each class. Many of them even received their Yoga Teacher Training Certificates from Joschi. In addition to brilliant yoga classes, Joschi also offers mat-based pilates classes. With Joschi's comprehensive background in anatomy, he not only gets you in shape for summer but explains how the muscles work together so that you have a better understanding of what is happening in your own body. His style of teaching is not only interesting and funny but it allows you to see what exactly you need to focus on to improve your body. If not for their support, I would have never enrolled in their 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. Both Joschi and Monika are always available at the studio to answer any questions you may have. I appreciate everything that they do. I've enjoy my experience so much that now I really do live there, at times taking two and three classes a day!" - Paula P.
"I've studio-hopped for over 5 years in NYC and finally found the right fit- beautiful space, creativity of the flow, actual knowledge of the human body, and the best workout (my newly chiseled obliques thank you!) You feel at home at Joschi's the moment you walk in. The teachers are each unique and genuinely care about strengthening your practice. Lots of creative people frequent the studio and you immediately understand why they are drawn here. You always leave feeling better than you did walking in. The owners of this studio are gracious and have created a strong sense of community. Everyone seems to show a mutual respect for others and those with lack of self-awereness (e.g. cell phone users) are not ignored for the sake of a dollar. I'm happy to finally have a place I can enthusiastically recommend to everyone!" - Laila G.
"Considering becoming a yoga teacher? Then I highly recommend you choose the Joschi Yoga teacher program. I completed their intensive 4-week program today. It was everything I had hoped for and so much more... Over the past 11 years, I have taken yoga classes at many gyms, studios and clubs all over NYC. Moreover, as an avid triathlete competing at the world championship level and an active coach, I have seen my fair share of the fitness industry from the inside. I chose Joschi Yoga for my teacher training after taking classes there for a couple of months, getting to know the studio and talking to the teacher trainees of the preceding 4-week programs. The program emphasizes anatomy, proper asana, pranayama and meditation practice, and gaining teaching experience over the more esoteric aspects of the "subtle body". This worked well for me as I felt I was getting a thorough education re: those aspects of yoga that are grounded in (both Western and Eastern) science. We were also introduced to yoga philosophy, the doshas, koshas, bandhas and mudras through lively discussions that inspired further critical inquiry on my own. Where I thought Joschi and Monika really shine, though -- and surpassed my expectations --, was equipping me with the tools to become not just a passable conduit but the best yoga teacher I could be. From the very first day, they challenged me to establish a connection with my students through which I would be able to authentically relate my very own practice of yoga. At its heart, this requires self-scrutiny, courage and discipline. Monika and Joschi guided me through this sometimes scary process with "tough love" tempered by a generous helping of humor. Thanks to them, I feel confident that I will be able to deliver a safe, exciting and rewarding experience to my future yoga students. What is more, Monika and Joschi let me discover how teaching yoga can bring deep contentment and even joy to my life. For this unexpected gift, I will be forever grateful." - Christian S.
"I have practiced yoga for 12 years and take my practice rather seriously. At the same time, I'm not at all interested in the cult-y or chant-y studios that abound. Being of Indian descent and having academic and personal knowledge of Indian spiritual traditions, it makes me livid to see the way some of these teachings are thrown into bendy, stretchy yoga classes. At Joschi, I got exactly what I needed--an emphasis on protecting the body, strengthening the muscles, moving in a way that was right for my body (and not just "however your body is inspired to move"...which could be problematic in the end!). It was straight-up exercise with humor, challenge, and intensity. I definitely recommend this studio to anyone and everyone." - Siddhartha S.
"Some decisions have a profound impact on our lives. I personally believe that my decision to attend Joschi's one month Teacher's Training was one of those decisions.
I just finished the 200 hrs training and i feel nostalgic already. The program was intense and very informative. Joschi and Monika are serious instructors and business owners. They both take the business of yoga very seriously, which is what I loved about their approach. Joschi and Monika found their calling and they are doing it with professionalism, intelligence, and integrity. Based on the 4 weeks contact with them I truly believe they have not only mastered the forms of yoga, but they also practice it and pass a wealth of knowledge, compassion, passion, and determination along to their students.
What I loved most is that the program was a place where we don't lose ourselves but rather we discover what we are made of. Joschi's school was a place where, for the first time, I met my inner self, and where I learned of my strengths and weaknesses.
I initially arrived worried about fitting in as a 57 year old. I later discovered that my age was not a hurdle, but a bonus to my learning and to my being a future yoga teacher.
The studio itself is a testament to Joschi and Monika's approach and respect for their craft and their students. It was impeccably clean and neat, very well organized and had a welcoming tone throughout the day. While it took me a couple of days to feel comfortable, once I settled in and understood the expectations and the demands of our teachers I felt at home." - Maya S.
"I fell in love with the first Joschi Flow class that I took, before making the decision to come to the studio for my training. The class pushed me beyond the limits that I didn't know could exist, I am hooked.
Monika is great. She knows her stuff and her smile is infectious. She is very much down to earth. Joschi is a little different. I could tell right away he had a dance background and he still shows that flamboyant personality, which actually helps to drive his class. His knowledge in anatomy is amazing. Through his teaching, it really starts to make sense to have the knowledge of what body part is working, when building a sequence. His classes are amazing, so the connection he facilitated to find the connection within myself is powerful.
We taught on day one. I heard of other studios that you don't get the chance the chance to teach until the very end of training. We had to build sequences in the first couple of weeks. It gradually built from a 5 minute sequence to 45 minutes. They were great on how much material they added on to us per week. I never felt overwhelmed. I did what they told us to do, which was to stay with the time-line they outlined and things will start clicking...so true.
The mystery anatomy test was a little hard. However, Joschi did outline most of the materials on the test. If you are a good note-taker and have a head on your shoulders, you should be able to pass.
Overall, I did have a great experience. The one thing I did wish we had more of was meditation and pranayama instruction. As someone who has done both for a number of years, it was easy for me to understand it. A few of the trainees didn't understand the concept. I remember having a few conversations about this topic. We were asked to teach both, but only really went through it a few times. For a 200 hour course, I think Joschi and Monika had chosen wisely on what to focus on during our training. There is so much still to learn, that you will never know it all. I do feel like I was given a solid foundation to build my teaching skills." - Tammy, W.
"From the very first moment I walked in to the Joschi Studio, I had a vibe I made the right decision by choosing this wonderful studio for my Yoga Training. The Yoga I experienced at this studio was beyond my expectations: every single teacher is outstanding and unique. I've got the real knowledge in Buddhist philosophy, opportunity to practice my teaching skills in real life situations and finally unlimited free Yoga classes at the studio. It was my best learning experience ever! Thank you!" - Katrina S.
"Taking a teacher training has been a personal goal of mine for quite some time. Joschi's studio covers vinyasa flow and I felt this would suit my personality and what I look to attain from yoga. My favorite thing about this studio is that it addresses yogi values in the 21st century in New York. I take yoga for a number of reasons of health and balance and find that their realistic approach invites me into developing my practice further, without losing the realities I am tied to via career and environment. I do not feel forced into an extreme way of living, but feel far more welcomed to grow. As teacher trainees we are encouraged to teach throughout the course, Monika emphasizes safety and for each trainee to become an effective communicator. It is not just what the lessons are, but how to teach them and have your students understand you. As I have questions, I know I can ask during the teacher training class and get the answers I need. Joschi's anatomy lessons apply this complex subject in an attainable set of lessons. As in most forms of education, you have to review what you learn, anatomy is not easy and is well worth reviewing considering how direct he has crafted his teachings. Again emphasis on safety, is communicated in the anatomy lessons. They are both German and do well to connect with the students, while providing comfort to other foreigners. My teacher training has an equal split of Americans and foreigners. The support and encouragement is good and I think knowing that you can approach your teachers here is something you cannot forget. As with most things in life, if you have questions, want further details, or want to improve on something outside of the foundation of the teacher training, ASK! I certainly take advantage of learning from these individuals and recommend all to do the same." - Vanessa P.
"When I joined the Joschi YTT, I was not at all sure if I wanted to actually teach yoga or if this was just a way to deepen my practice. It became very much of both. Joschi, Monika and their team each contributed to the confidence that I now have both in my own practice and in teaching others. Their lessons, feedback, and modeling of what a yoga teacher can and should be taught me how to do more than teach asanas, but also how to live as a yoga teacher. I was skeptical of some aspects of yoga, but they opened up my eyes to the scientific as well as spiritual explanations of everything. This helped me to feel truly connected to yoga as a personal practice, a lifestyle, and a profession. Thanks to the team at Joschi, I am now teaching on a regular basis and plan to incorporate yoga into all of my work going forward." - Rena D.
"I just completed Joschi's four week training last week and I feel it was one of the best things I've ever done. I feel I learned so much in one month, about yoga and about myself, too. I think this studio has some great people you can learn a lot from! They are very knowledgeable and fun. Beside Joschi and Monika who we spent most of our time with, I really liked their staff. Studio has great modern look and it's very clean and neat at all times. Classes are very fun and pretty challenging. I am sad that my training is over. I highly recommend this place for anyone interested in teacher training or just anyone wanting to practice yoga!" - Milka M.
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