Build It . . . and They Will Come: Notes from Bali
Today’s blog is written by The Mazé Method Emissary Amy Petty. She lives in Seattle, Washington and leads 200 Hour The Mazé Method Teacher Training programs in Seattle and Bali.
We concluded The Mazé Method Bali 200TT intensive three weeks ago with a lovely graduation day, which included making a flower yantra, practicing mantra, teaching practicum, anatomy presentations and more than a few tears. What else can I say except that an intensive is . . . intense. Over the course of four weeks, my co-teacher, the students and I were immersed in the practice and study of yoga and meditation for six days per week, eight hours or more a day. Just as Bali is beautiful and, at times difficult, we encountered both the joys and challenges of learning together in this dynamic context. Our student group was incredible, and we were beyond blessed to share this experience together.
Through this training, I realized a “Field of Dreams” moment of build it . . . and they will come. About 4 years ago, I began the process of building a house and yoga studio in Bali in the jungle north of Ubud. During this time I also was studying with Noah and pursuing my Masters in Arts at Teaching though USC. I never imagined that these different roads would all lead me to this point of leading a teacher training in Bali. Now it feels like the culmination of many dreams to teach students from all over the world, including New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Poland, England, Australia, US, Canada, France, Luxembourg, Chile, and Thailand, in this studio space in the Bali jungle. Bali is close to my heart and now all these wonderful beings are, as well.
Another heartening aspect of this training was working closely with my dear friend and colleague, Sarah Bohairy. I loved the collaborative effort of teaching and planning everyday together, and we had so. much. fun. The journey continues for me in summer 2015 leading Bali 200TT again with Sarah, and I’m thrilled to lead the The Mazé Method Seattle 200TT this beginning in the fall back home. I am so very thankful for these opportunities to bring my love of yoga, education and Bali through in my work.
With deep gratitude to Noah, Tracy, Sarah, the Bali group and the entire The Mazé Method team,
Amy’s yogic journey is full of gratitude and joy. Her passion is in cultivating bliss and revealing inner radiance through the wisdom of yoga. Practicing yoga for nearly 18 years and teaching for 7 years, her trainings include certifications with Hatha Yoga Center and Noah Mazé, as well as Integrated Movement Therapy and Reiki. She is registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT200 and RYT500 designations, as well as a certified instructor and emissary in the The Mazé Method. Amy has a degree in French literature and an M.A. in teaching from USC. Additionally, Amy offers yoga retreats andThe Mazé Method 200 hour teacher trainings in her own studio/home in Bali, Indonesia and extends a warm invitation to join her for yoga in paradise.