500 Hour Testimonials

From Lost and Scared to Empowered and Confident

“It's been just over a year since I took the leap into the yoga teacher-training program at Balanced Life Yoga. Since then I've completed my 200 Hour certification and now my 500 Hour certification and I can't believe the difference this journey has made in my life. I began so lost, and graduated as a confident, empowered, spiritual, whole person. I am able to stand my ground and speak my truth, and most of all, I am grateful. Grateful for the amazing community at Balanced Life, grateful for the beautiful teachers and yogis who guided me in my journey with so much wisdom and inspiration, grateful for the meaningful friendships I made along the way, grateful for the dedication and passion within myself to dive headfirst into this life-transforming practice when there were so many times I got scared and wanted to quit, and most of all grateful to Shasta Townsend for her brilliance and support, for pushing me out of my comfort zone, for holding a safe and accepting space, and for really seeing me and helping me step into my light. This is only the beginning. I can, and I will! Watch me!”   – Krista, Oshawa, ON.


One of the Best Things I've Ever Done

“It is difficult to find the right words for this outstanding journey.  There are so many things that I have learned and discovered about myself.  I have learned that I do not need to be perfect and to let the little things go.  I am more comfortable with myself and my body.  What freedom that has allowed?  It has given me the tools to get through the dark times and tough times of life.  It has opened my soul to the infinite possibilities within the universe for myself and for all of us.  I am so grateful to Shasta, Angela, Krista and all the beautiful and wonderful human beings that have supported me through this journey with their undying light, energy and love.  This is one of the best things I have ever done for myself and will allow me to serve my life’s purpose with all my heart. I am forever grateful to the welcoming and beautiful community at Balanced Life Yoga. – Sarah B.


“I would like to thank you, Shasta for sharing your great intuitive gifts. Your ability to truly see and hear people allowed the experience of Teacher Training to be different for each one of us.  I feel like we all saw and heard the things we needed for our individual growth. How can we not leave here as better teachers and human beings? Not only do you shine your beauty from the inside out, you allow others to do the same. Thank you for all your great teachings, but most importantly, for modelling great love and appreciation of yourself. For me, that was the most valuable thing I took away from your training. You taught us all to recognize the true meaning behind the word. ” – Helene, Whitby, ON.


“I received what I was looking for and so much more. I am feeling more confident in myself and connected. My overall health has improved and I feel truly whole again. I appreciate so much the guidance of the teachers and the support of this incredible community.” – Janet. Ajax, ON.


“I've enjoyed the 500 hour training so much that I’m sorry to be finished, but so grateful for everything I learned. This training not only enriched my teaching but also my life. I am the happiest I have ever been, and am living my Yoga even more. The 500 hour journey helped me be open to receiving which I had a lot of trouble with before. I feel I can ask for what I need and say not to the things I don’t. It is powerful and joyful. I can see how much I changed in a short period of time and my life has a new level of balance and celebration.” – Norma, Whitby, ON.


Grateful that I Found You On My Journey

“When I decided 5 years ago that I wanted to teach yoga when I retire, the stars aligned and led me to Shasta and Balanced Life Yoga AND on an amazing transformational journey which continues to evolve.  I completed the Inspiring Yoga Teacher Training and now the 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Balanced Life Yoga.  As I reflect back I see that physically I am so much stronger and personally I have grown, shone and gained much confidence to share these teachings and help others find their strength (physical and inner) and true essence too.  A big “Thank You” to Shasta and her wonderful teachings. I am so grateful I found you.”  -Nalini, Ajax, ON.

“I was having trouble conceiving and after the meditation weekend where I learned to just relax and let my mind go, I became pregnant! I learned that to let go and trust is a powerful experience. I am grateful to this program for showing me the tools to experience this. Thank you so much for all of your guidance and help along the way. It was a great experience!!” – Michelle, Uxbridge, ON


“I had no idea what was going to come from me. I have grown so much. The support from Shasta and my fellow classmates in this program is beyond any I have ever felt before. I am elated and grateful. I am a stronger person and things don't bother me as much. I am a better version of me! I feel I have something to truly offer now.” – Joanne, Oshawa, ON.


“I thought I would only take one or two modules but after the first weekend I signed up for the entire 500 hour course. I am so glad I did. I have learned to accept myself and to receive. My marriage is much closer as I am more open and asking for what I need as well as receiving help. This course also helped me prepare for unexpected events that were tough but I was able to find an inner courage to face. I am not the same person. I am happy and full of courage now.” – Christine, Lindsay, ON.


“I had walls around me and thanks to the experience and all the unfoldings of the 500 Hour Teacher Training, I am feeling lighter, happier and more centred. I had a lot of epiphanies and did a lot of soul searching and I opened to a whole new spectrum of life and myself including stepping into marriage. This training and journey allowed me to step deeper into myself, to feel and honour my own happiness. I also feel I have the tools to deal with anything and celebrate life every day and I am a better person to myself, my family and my community. I am grateful and honor all the teaching and teachers of this journey.” – Linda, Pickering. ON


I want to tell EVERYONE about this incredible life transforming offering.I thought life was good before, and it was, but now I realize how much more there can be! I've let go of many of my defence mechanisms and I've been able to truly open up to new levels of joy that I didn't even know were possible. I've realized that I can let go of that small voice of criticism and have learned the tools to do so, discovering that everything that I need is already within me. I have learned how to receive support from others in a meaningful way. I have truly been able to come home to myself which Is something that I can never lose. It really is all good. Balanced Life Yoga offers such a safe, non-judging environment to move through the uncomfortable into a source of deep knowing and love for yourself and others. I am eternally grateful and am looking so forward to the unfolding journey!” -Jessi, Calgary, AB.


“The 500 Hour teacher training amplifies what you learn in the 200 hour and takes you much deeper. I experienced so many personal revelations and understood some of the things I was avoiding in life. By examining those things I can actually celebrate them and not get hung up on things now. I feel empowered and freer. I look at life as a celebration now and I have way more ease. I feel great gratitude for all I have learned and the support of the community.” – Lindsay, Ajax, ON


“Coming to Balanced Life Yoga has changed my life in so many positive ways – My ‘Happiness Factor’ is way up and I’m much more content and connected with my true self. This journey has allowed me to let go of my walls and connect to people on a deep, authentic level. The 500 hour teacher training went beyond my expectations, with every module offering a deep message and I gained a level of confidence that tells me I can offer yoga to others in a meaningful way. The teachings have helped me heal and find a place of peace. Thank you Shasta and everyone at Balanced Life Yoga!” – Heidi, Pickering, ON


My heartfelt thanks Shasta! I am truly grateful for my 500 Hour Teacher Training and this journey with you and everyone else that kindly shared from the depth of their hearts! Your deep caring and commitment to teach and share from your heart, your experience, knowledge and intuition, reflected within each of us the power to create our “dharma” or “purpose” in life. By witnessing the transformation in everyone, including myself, it was truly a magical “butterfly” experience, which I will always cherish deep in my heart and reflect back to others throughout my life. Thank you Shasta!!” – Helen M., Ajax


Balanced Life Yoga's 200 hour Inspiring Spirit Teacher Training is an eye-opening and uplifting experience. During the 500 Hour Teacher Training however, I gained earth-shattering valuable knowledge and tools to enhance mypractice as well deeply assist my students – Carla G., Toronto


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