Yoga Certification

It was a great adventure to endure 21 consecutive days of intensive yoga training with Mark Stephen in Santa Cruz.

It was very confusing to be at level 1 in a mixed class certification for 200 and 500 hours. So, a few of us dropped in the first week but I felt I had to complete the 200 hours because I blocked the 3 weeks in my working schedule. I didn’t know the name of the poses in English much less in Sanskrit. At one point, I let him know it was not working for me to be in a 500 -hour training course and he said: “Breathe”.   Most of the attendees were shooting for the 500- hour certification not the 200-entry level. Should I dream of being certified as a yoga teacher? I wish I had found more subjective posting about his trainings because I missed more transparency about the dynamics of attending a 200-hour training in a 500-hour training. Not even through imagination and/or visualization I see myself going through the poses Mark requires us to describe in his final exam before he issues the 200-hour certification. He required: “Close book”. Well, for these last two years I have been attending about 5 yoga classes a week and investing in lots of consultations about yoga. This is what Rocky said after reading the questions:

“Wow, this is quite a training! This is my 5th year of teaching and I’ve completed two 200-hour trainings and many workshops and these questions are advanced.”

By attending so many yoga classes a week I have internalized the poses in my body and now it is time to start reading about them so I get them in my head. It feels wonderful to become more flexible while feeling a surge of energy and an increase of physical and mental balance over all.


Nelson Olivera LMT – HHP