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Testimonials

What Our Graduates Say About Active Balance Yoga.
 

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Hilary Bradley | Retired Senior Strategy Manager

Meditation Teacher Training

"I can highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to teach meditation or to learn about meditation for themselves. I am in the latter group.

Stefan is a master meditation teacher. He guided our group through a full programme of holistic meditation techniques - from warm up exercises to breathing techniques to full meditation.

He was always sensitive to each individual's experience of meditation and the journey we were exploring for ourselves.

I was new to meditation and we had a mixed group of newbies like me and some very experienced yoga and meditation practitioners. I found the balance of practice with others, teaching and meditation sessions from Stefan, time for self-reflection and the opportunity to practice my new found skills on our group - stimulating, fulfilling and transformative.

I've learned a lot about myself, about meditation and so much more. The joy of fully relaxing after so many years of not being able to is truly life changing and so beneficial for health and in so many other ways.

This was a challenging and always supported, fun and eye opening course - so many wonderful memories, too.

An added bonus was shared lunch where we all brought a veggie meal.

I am so glad I was in the right place at the right time."

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Bridget Lowe | Coriander Moon Yoga

Meditation Teacher Training

"I've recently attended the meditation teacher training course with Active Balance. It's a great course that I would thoroughly recommend to anyone who is completely new to holistic meditation and wants to find out about it,  or a person with some experience who would  like  to teach meditation. Stefan has an amazing breadth of knowledge of the subject, both theoretical and practical and students spend much of the course  working together to practice the skills and techniques. All round an excellent course and I'm looking forward to other meditation courses."

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Daniela C | Healthcare Practitioner

Meditation Teacher Training

"Excellent course. I enjoyed every single minute of the three days training. Stefan is a very empathic, supportive and knowledgeable trainer, and I strongly recommend the course as a way to improve your inner life. Many thanks to the whole group, from which I learned a lot."

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Vanessa | Froxfield, Wiltshire

Meditation Teacher Training

“I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend Meditation Teacher Training course with Stefan and found it brought me a lot more insight to my personal practice and gave me confidence to consider teaching meditation to other like minded people.  The content, style and pace were just right for me. I liked the way we worked together and individually.
The venue is lovely and easy to reach from the A1, plenty of space to park and a nice area to walk in at lunchtime break!
I highly encourage others to take the opportunity to explore this course!"

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Allison Glover | Qualified Yoga Teacher YRT

Meditation Teacher Training

"Thank you Stefan for such an informative and enjoyable Meditation Teacher Training course. We covered a wide range of techniques to practice and teach. Stefan provided  a very supportive learning space and his kindness, extensive knowledge and excellent course manual made this course a true asset to my yoga training."

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Emma Ansell | Qualified Yoga Teacher YRT

Yoga Workshops

"Stefan is a goldmine of yogi knowledge both in practice & in philosophy - his mentoring comes from the heart & his soul and with that, he nurtures & feeds a student's desire to know more, be more & immerse themselves further in the ever giving practice of yoga. I would highly recommend his teacher training to give you a strong foundation & a rich practice knowledge from which you can develop your own teaching style with confidence. His quirky yet gentle nature with which he shares this wisdom is magical."

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Michele Parkes | Qualified Yoga Teacher

200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training

"I've been with Stefan for about 21/2 years and can honestly say he is most definitely the best yoga teacher I've practised under. He makes everyone so welcome which is very important when you are new to a class as often the biggest hurdle is just getting there! He is supportive and humorous which makes the classes so enjoyable and I know I can contact him out of class hours if I have a question about my practice without feeling as if I'm intruding I have the privilege of training with him starting in May 2019 and am so very excited."

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Janie McCormick | Community Events Fundraiser

Yogathon Fundraiser

"On behalf of St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, I would like to say what a delight it has been to have Stefan heading up our Sponsored Yogathon for the last 5 years.

Stefan was recommended to me several years ago and didn’t hesitate when asked to help us create a fundraising event with a difference. He has donated his time and talents ever since and has helped us to raise in excess of £8,500 to date. Stefan has a passion for helping people and really makes an effort to make sure that everybody is welcome no matter what their level of experience. He is a pleasure to work with and we wish him all the best."

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Teodora Cunnington| Teacher

Meditation Teacher Training

"I thoroughly enjoyed the three-day Active Balance Meditation Teacher Training programme! Rosewell Centre in Castle Bytham is a beautiful and tranquil space - perfect for meditation.

The programme presented a holistic approach to delivering a meditation class. Stefan introduced us to a range of techniques and practices that we can use to structure a class in three stages - stretch, breathe and meditate. The programme was very practical; from day-one, we were presented with lots of opportunities to teach. Whilst this could potentially be quite daunting, with Stefan's guidance and the respect and support of all participants, we created a 'safe space' to explore our potential as meditation teachers!

On completion of the training programme, I feel that I am well equipped to plan and structure meditation classes. The manual covers all the theory presented during the programme as well as clear guidance on how to teach the stretches, breathwork, and meditation techniques. I will definitely refer back to it when planning my classes!"

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Susan Swinburn | Director BHive Community

Meditation Teacher Training

"When you are ready to do any yoga or meditation qualifications, Stefan is the person to go to.

I can highly recommend him as a trainer after just completing my meditation teacher qualification with him this week. Stefan teaches from the heart after a lifetime of personal study and practice.

It was a fabulous three days - very intense but I learned so much and he sparked my curiosity to learn more."

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Susanne L. | Mental Health Support Worker

Meditation Teacher Training

"I recently attended a three day Meditation Teacher Training with yoga and meditation teacher, Stefan Cunnington. I've been attending his classes for around 10 years now (maybe longer!) and  I find he has such a calming presence and a deep knowledge around meditation and yoga practices. Stefan has a great sense of humour that means there is room for a smile or a little joke whenever he is teaching which helps put us all at ease.

At the beginning of the training I doubted my ability to be able to teach meditation but his gentle encouragement to our group along with some high-quality teaching resources, which we could use alongside the face-to-face training, helped such a lot that by the end of the third day we were all much more confident in our abilities. 

The venue that Stefan uses at Castle Bytham also seemed to have a calming effect as it is situated in a beautiful and quiet location."

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Ellie Catterson | Primary School Teacher and Yoga with Ellie, Slovakia

200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training

"This course provides a perfect balance of spirituality and science. Stefan is knowledgeable and informative - a really great guide through the world of yoga!

This was a truly life-changing experience for me, I met amazing people and learnt so much about the beautiful practice of yoga, meditation and pranayama. I would recommend anyone who wants a positive change and growth in their life to take this course!" 

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Dawn S. | Qualified 200Hr Yoga Teacher

200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training

"My 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) course was taught by Stefan, an experienced and very knowledgeable teacher whose love for yoga is obvious and inspires you to learn more. His classes are professional, clearly instructed, and interesting. But most of all, Stefan engenders a friendly and supportive atmosphere where learning is fun.

The YTT course covered The Role of the Yoga Teacher, Asanas (poses), Pranayama (breath work), Meditation, and Anatomy & Physiology. The lectures on all topics were accompanied by useful accompanying notes (by the end of the course I had enough notes to fill two very large binders!). We started teaching each other Asanas and Pranayama from our first weekend – so also lots of teaching practice.

I highly recommend this YTT course to anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of yoga!" 

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Karuna | The Vedanta

200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training

"I really enjoyed my 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training with Stefan at Active Balance Yoga. The course was well taught, professional and fun. I plan to take more courses with Stefan in the future & I would recommend this school to anyone interested in either starting or furthering their yoga practice or career."

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