Tegan B’s Yoga Teacher Trainings Across the Country.
7 March 2019
Written by Tarryn James
Tegan Burger, Johannesburg-based Yoga Instructor, has made a name for herself through her Masterclasses and Yoga Teacher Trainings across the country. Tegan has come a long way since her Mother took her to her first yoga class at the tender age of 11 years old. She has since traveled to various countries and completed over 1000 hours of training. We caught up with Tegan to hear all about her yoga journey as well as what you can expect on her upcoming trainings.
“Thanks to my mother I've been fortunate enough to have had yoga in my life from a very young age” says Tegan. Although she was, at that age, not the biggest fan of yoga! Instead of slowing things down in a yoga studio, Tegan wanted to be outdoors playing a team sport instead. She continued to attend the yoga classes and eventually it stuck! She soon followed her mother by completing her first yoga teacher training at Living Yoga in 2011 when she was 19 years old. “I remember knowing nothing but a handful of poses and I really wanted to complete the training to learn more. And I did! “
It was only after her first Teacher Training that everything started falling into place. “I loved going to classes, I loved sharing the practice and I loved what it brought to my whole life!”
Tegan went on to complete her second 200 hour with Jim Harrington in 2012, followed by his 500 hour in 2013. This included travelling to India and meeting one of her dearest teachers Aditi Gaur who taught her so much about purpose and simplicity - something that Tegan tries to bring in to each of my classes
In 2015, Tegan completed her 300 hour Jivamukti teacher training in New York, where she was able to learn from the founders Sharon Gannon and David Life and a very special teacher Rima Rabbat.
“This training shifted everything for me! I found my voice, my reasoning and my purpose as a yoga teacher! After that my teaching became more rooted in the philosophy of yoga and I found myself become grounded in what I was teaching.”
Jivamukti is a physical, ethical, and spiritual practice, combining a vigorous hatha yoga, vinyasa-based physical style with adherence to five central tenets: shastra (scripture), bhakti (devotion), ahimsā (non-violence), nāda (chanting) and dhyana (meditation)
Hosting teacher trainings was never something Tegan saw herself doing. As more of her friends and students were interested in becoming teachers - Tegan felt as though she had something to offer them. Something fresh and something practical. This reason has become the main focus for her teacher trainings: “to share the insights into yoga, as well as share what I know about being a good teacher and nurturing them to become a great teacher!”
Tegan’s teacher trainings are all rooted in the vinyasa teachings and follow the yoga sutra; sthira sukham asanam - your connection to the earth must be steady and joyful. We learn how to become strong and steady while remain joyful on the mat and in our lives.
After hosting her first training in Johannesburg, there had been a demand to bring her teachings to Durban. “I met the most amazing women and formed so many beautiful friendships which is one of the main things I love about my job.” says Tegan. In 2018, she teamed up with Dominique and Lexi from Wild Thing Yoga & Body Conditioning to host a monthly intensive Teacher Training in Cape Town.
Tegan found that some trainings lacked mentoring and personal guidance. This encouraged her to focus her teacher trainings on developing the students skills in becoming a confident teacher, learning about yoga philosophy in a practical and applicable way and spending time on learning the nuances of becoming a great teacher.
“I think my teacher trainings offer a lot of personal attention and more of a mentoring element than others.”
To become a good teacher, time needs to be invested in teaching. Tegan believes that as with any skill; the more you do it, the more you learn about it and the more you refine it the better you will be at it. On these teacher trainings, a lot of time is spent applying what you have learnt, actually practising teaching, practising adjustments and actually spending time teaching and receiving feedback.
Tegan looks forward to connecting with like-minded people, forming relationships and watching each of her students grow into fantastic teachers.
“I try my best to live by the yoga sutra sthira sukham asanam, its as simple as always remain steady calm. No matter what you are going through, use the tools from this yoga practise and bring yourself back to that steadiness and joy.”