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What Our Grads Are Saying…

What our Grads are Saying….

“The Yogaleena YTT embodies a sense of genuine camaraderie and community. I learned so much through the teachers and also from my fellow trainees. Through the rich teachings and discussions on the yoga sutras and philosophies, my relationship with yoga has moved from beyond just my mat to my daily life. I also learned to utilize the support from the instructors and trainees to push myself into spaces that felt uncomfortable and new – like teaching a class!”

-Catherine Comiskey, 2019 YS Grad

“Enrolling in Yogaleena School was both timely and completely life-changing for me. I found myself in an organic community of women that was more welcoming and supportive than I have ever experienced, and I know that these friendships are going to last a long time.

I thought it was going to be very difficult to juggle the schedule with my gigs, but Carolina and the other instructors were so gracious and flexible. The information taught was both broad and in depth, and I feel like I was given just enough to pique my interest but not feel overwhelmed.

Having been trained in such an amazing environment with such amazing people, I feel fully equipped to begin teaching yoga and deepening my own yoga journey!”

– Ellen Story, 2019 YS Grad

I’ve been asked a few times now about the YL teacher training, and one word always pops into my head first – MAGIC.  So I looked up the official definition (of course I did, I’m a nerd) and it truly was the best description.

Magic = the power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces.  Example: “Suddenly, as if by magic, the doors started to open.” 

And that’s exactly what it feels like!  I found my long-lost tribe.  Doors of opportunity started to open.  I so much appreciated the bonds made, the bravery of the women sharing their stories and thoughts, the laughter, the chance to learn something new and grow as a person, and especially the sense of accomplishment.  Honestly it all went by in a flash, so the only thing I would change would be to slow it all down and get to experience it for a longer period of time.  And maybe you could offer frozen yogurt after EVERY class?

– Terri Speijkerman, 2019 YS Grad

“Moving to Houston and immediately starting this training the next month was the best thing I could have done. Everyone involved became my family. We went so much deeper into philosophy and self reflection than I anticipated and it has allowed me to grow as a person and to make powerful connections with this amazing group of ladies. Between the weekends, books, online course, and guest teachers I learned so much and have so many resources to reference in the future. Thank you for creating a beautiful and safe place. Although I am sad that this part of my journey is over, I feel prepared and excited to start teaching!”

– Maci Farmer, YS 2019 Grad (and YL Teacher)

“Yogaleena School was just what I needed at an incredibly difficult time of my life. My child had just come out as transgender, I was recovering from marital issues, my mom had recently died, and my dad was in the ICU for major surgery and nearly died three times during YTT. Having a place to go where I felt safe and protected was life-saving for me, but more importantly, learning to reflect even deeper on my thoughts and concentrating on my body and the effects my thoughts and feelings had was life-changing. I never really intended to be a yoga teacher because my body doesn’t really like to do the poses, but I still feel so many benefits from the practice, and I’m learning as I’m progressing through the teacher training process and reflecting on my experiences that I have a lot to teach other yogis about the journey of coming to terms with your body and your mind and how we can integrate them together.

Y’all are amazing teachers. Each of you brings an intelligence, joy for learning and teaching, and warm-heartedness that made the experience more meaningful, philosophical, and intellectual. I wouldn’t have taken the course — or stayed in the course — if it hadn’t combined the theory, history, philosophy, and self-discovery along with the asana and anatomy. Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to be part of this amazing group and practice.”

– Carolyn Caplan, 2019 YS Grad

“This training was rich in so many ways.  I entered the YLS to read and learn about yogic philosophy.  Our readings and exercises were wonderful, a combination of conversational, transparent and dense.  I learned a great deal from the readings and from our discussions.  I reread the books regularly.  I’ve learned lots about myself and it has changed my life.

The physical practice and learning to teach were the most challenging for me.  It stretched my limits, and I ended up doing things I never thought I could do.  Teaching a physical practice is very different from what I was accustomed to.  I learned so much and would never have gotten to this point without this training.  Most of the specialized sessions were also excellent, especially the one on assists.

The best, of course, was the camaraderie of our tribe, both students and teachers.  My fellow yogis are amazing women whom I love and respect.  It was a privilege to get to know them in this context, and I hope to stay connected to them.”

– Barbara Speicher, 2019 YS Grad

“I was having a hard time finding a yoga studio I liked when I moved to Texas. After getting the crazy idea to become a yoga teacher, I found Yogaleena’s website and I was hooked – it was like reading my own thoughts about yoga and the pictures showed a welcoming studio with an artistic touch I was drawn to. After meeting Carolina and Fran, there was no question that Yogaleena School was where I was meant to be -they treated me like family on my very first day at the studio.

Kicking off the training with a retreat was so special. It gave my fellow teacher trainees and I time to bond, relax, nurture our bodies and have meaningful discussions. The retreat and every session after it has been a gift. Perfecting poses, learning breathing techniques, studying yoga philosophy, and practicing Ayurveda has made us confident, educated, skilled yoga teachers. Prioritizing self-care and making amazing new friendships has made us better individuals who are prepared to shine light and lead with kindness and compassion.

I’ve heard horror stories about YTT programs with dozens of trainees where it feels impersonal and formulaic. In stark contrast, joining Yogaleena School felt like joining a family. It’s an experience I will treasure for many years to come.”

-Mariah Gardner, 2018 YS Grad


The 200-hr yoga teacher training at Yogaleena has been an exciting , transformative, and irreplaceable experience. I am so grateful for the amount of time and care that Carolina and Fran put into designing this course. Aside from developing the skills necessary to teach yoga, I had the opportunity to learn more about myself and reflect on how I show up as a person, both on and off the mat. Being able to explore anatomy, Ayurveda, and yoga philosophy, all in addition to asana made this training interesting and invaluable in my development as a teacher and person.

The close-knit community that Fran, Carolina, and the rest of the teacher tribe have created is something that is quintessentially Yogaleena – a judgement-free zone. where we all have incredible space to explore and grow. This teacher training has not only adequately prepared me to share my love of yoga with the world, but it has given me the tools to show up fully and authentically as myself every part of my life.”

-Marissa Piazza, 2018 YS Grad

“Carolina and Fran, I cannot thank you both enough for literally creating magic with this course material and bringing in your nurturing energy into the class. None of this would have been the same without all the magical ingredients you brought to this. I don’t think I have told you this before or thanked you directly, but this was a life-changing experience for me. The work we did was so profound, it dug deep into our past, our future and who we are today. It has brought to surface so many things that were pushed under the rug and gave us an opportunity to either get rid of it or nurture it and use it as our strength going forward. I have already seen so many changes within me since that first weekend in March. I find myself much calmer now, much more joyful and not as confused as I was about who I am or what I am going to do with my mission. I am grateful for that moment in my down-dog when I saw the poster in the studio, upside down, but it caught my eye and I am so glad I signed up! You guys did such a great job with us, I hope you realize how amazing you are, and I hope you continue holding this course and changing many more lives. I for one, can barely wait for you to offer the 500hr class next! THANK YOU BOTH!”

-Nawal Mohsina, 2018 YS Grad


“Above all, this training has helped me live with intention and gratitude. My family sees a difference, and more than that, they feel a difference in me. It’s hard to believe you could find so much about yourself at 55! I can’t tell you how grateful I am for both of you ladies. I have a feeling my life is getting ready to change and now I feel ready for it.”

-Suzonne Lawrence, 2018 YS Grad


 “I love that I found a sense of community almost instantly. I can’t imagine going through this journey anywhere else. The teachers were all enthusiastic and dedicated to our training, and had a wealth of knowledge to share. The only thing that would have made the experience better is if it could have lasted indefinitely! I would also have liked more philosophy as our Friday night discussions were some of my favorite parts of the training. “

-Lindsay Blum, 2018 YS Grad