Graduates & Testimonials

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A word from Santosha Yoga accredited Teacher Trainees…


“It’s been several months now since I completed my YTT with Sunny and it was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had.

I’d lived a boys own early life, at various times raced karts then cars, briefly flown aeroplanes, run and worked cattle in the bush, stalked game, camped rough and partied hard, an unconscious but ‘fun’ life, all the while chasing selfish needs, desires and experiences.

My time sitting a Santosha YTT easily surpassed it all.

Sunny and her fantastic teachers’ have huge, open hearts teaching a thorough syllabus in a compassionate environment. Such a loving and open space was held by our teachers it made it easy for us as students to open, stay open and be present, soaking it all in as well as having lots of fun, laughs and the most amazing time!

I’ve come away with a more thorough understanding of, and confidence to teach asana safely and appropriately, my rudimentary knowledge of anatomy and yoga philosophy have been greatly improved, I’ve learnt about other aspects of yoga I wasn’t really aware of and I’ve discovered an extended family I just hadn’t met yet.

I’ve acquired new tools for teaching that aren’t limited to the mat, as well as learning much, much more about myself and how we relate to each other.

At various times I was challenged, humbled and stimulated, confronted, conflicted and all the while embraced. Things bubbled out of no-where, feelings and emotions I didn’t realise I contained or could still access emerged. My body coursed with chemicals I didn’t even know it could produce, all the while enjoying the support of my wonderful classmates and beautiful teachers.

Shaucha, Santosha, Tapas, Swadyaha, Ishwara-pranidhana.

For me these are the greatest of gifts, difficult, beautiful, incredible changes that started during our YTT and continue to evolve, their positive influence reverberating and touching all those around me.

This is the real gift of yoga.

Arrive with an open heart and a child’s mind. Be willingly led wherever the four weeks take you and the rewards can be sublime.

Thankyou Sunny and all my wonderful teachers and beautiful classmates, your incredible openness, teachings and support have had a far greater influence than any of you realise.

With much love and gratitude.”
Rick Freeburn, Australia

“I feel incredibly blessed to have come across Sunny and Santosha in 2012, and to have had the amazing opportunity to attend the YTT course in Canggu, Bali. The course provided a life-changing education that is difficult to put into words, leading to a calmer and more centred attitude to life. Even four months on, I draw on the lessons learned each day- with the knowledge of asana just the tip of the iceberg. 

The amazing people are what makes this course a truly beautiful experience. Each participant is embraced as an individual, rather than another number as can be the case in other programs. 

I thoroughly recommend the YTT200 course as a valuable investment in oneself, whether or not you plan to teach yoga. As cliched as it may sound, it is an opportunity to discover who you truly are.”
Kate Miller, Australia

“At first, yoga seemed so out of my reach. For people living with persistent pain like myself, getting out of bed is tough. Becoming a yoga instructor seemed laughable. In my head, I was so intimidated. But my heart told me otherwise.

Coming to Santosha has changed my life. If you live with chronic pain, I have three words for you: GO. DO. IT. I walked away with the same heart and a completely different body. Thanks to Sunny, Peter and the rest of Santosha teaching team, I am free from the pain I have been experiencing for years.

You will never be forced to do anything that you feel uncomfortable with, you won’t be told “push through it” or any of that nonsense. I walked away from the YTT not only at peace with my body, but LOVING my body. Don’t be scared, don’t underestimate yourself. Just come prepared for a transformation.”
Mallory Gross, USA

“I’m extremely grateful for everything you have taught me as a person among the athletic, hectic lifestyle community. I have learnt to listen to my body, end bad habits and approach life with a BIG compassionate heart. Thank you.”
Anne-Marie, Canada

“Undoubtably the most enlightening and profound yoga experiences that I have ever had. This programme gave me the opportunity to learn from a range of incredibly insightful teachers and philosophers who’s beauty and knowledge was shared in abundance. The teachers on this programme have the ability to have you live and feel yoga from moment to moment. Inside of that process you can’t help but look inward to see who you want to be as a teacher of yoga and how that impacts other people.

The breadth and depth of this programme offers far more than I could have ever expected. Not only did it expose me to the deeper philosophy of yoga and have me question who I was as a practitioner of yoga thus far, but it immersed me in its essence, the essence of yoga. And that’s what this course is.  I found, I experienced the true essence of what yoga is and as a result my seeing, my feeling, my spirt has changed. It’s in my ‘being’ and for that I will always be grateful.”
Dionne Braham, UK

“Santosha has made me realize the exceptional, strong, intelligent woman that I am. I could have asked for no greater gift. I will carry this month with me through good times, hard times, and unencumbered joy. Thank you.”
Sarah Helt, USA

“Six months ago, I made the decision that I needed to make Yoga a bigger part of my life.

I wanted to immerse myself in the practice and learn on an intellectual level the benefits Yoga provides as well as feel them myself. I wanted a spiritual journey (i had some healing to do, but had no idea how or where to begin). I wanted to be inspired to make change in my life and learn how to inspire others. After a series of events that left me somewhat broken the time was now. I searched the net and found so many places and groups who offered a full month of yoga, retreats and Teacher Trainings, however something kept pulling me back to Santosha. I now know why…

Santosha provided me with my own unique experience and with endless love and support to really let go – let go of any ideas of who I am and just ‘be’. My eyes were opened to many aspects of Yoga I had never encountered in my practice and my heart was filled with light and laughter. I was inspired by all the teachers and people around me and I learnt how to heal and watched as others did the same. Santosha has given me many gifts: teachings from afar, tools to cope with both the unknown and the known and last but not least friendships that will last. And of course I am now a qualified yoga teacher with the confidence to teach from a depth of knowledge and to quietly – in my own way – inspire those who want to learn.”
Jessica Bendall, Australia

“Thank you so much for the great journey that you enabled us to take. I learned a lot not only about yoga, but also about myself. I was pleased to meet so many different yogis and learn from their experiences. I wish for you that the Santosha YTT will continue to grow and that you are able to further spread the message of the Yamas and Niyamas. You gave me energy when I needed it most and let me develop at my own speed.”
Martina, Russia

“I felt really supported from the first moment of the course. I contacted Sunny many times during the application and had so many questions… and Sunny was always there to help me. It was a challenging course but the supportive learning environment was so great. The teachers were amazing and there for us, giving us love every moment, teaching us what yoga really means. They are dedicated to the students and helped us all to understand the subject, to feel with our body, and mind….

After the YTT, I felt confident about teaching and humbled by it at the same time. Doing this course has inspired me to further my yoga studies. The teachers inspired me to learn more and to enhance my own practice and my teaching skills.

I feel very grateful for having been able to live this experience and I highly recommend it for anyone, you will not regret it.”

Munsta Busquets, Spain

“Keep shining like the sun, radiating love and warmth. Rock ‘n roll and keep surfing.”
Jonathan Jack, Australia

“From our very first e-mail contact I knew that Santosha was the one and only school for me–and when I finally managed to take the long, long way from Europe to Bali, all my impressions were even topped. I still can hardly believe it…you are living what you are teaching, you are teaching life and it is all just love. I love your clarity and your talent to help others see clearer, too. What I’ve learned this month will definitely change my life.”
Lena, Germany

“Such gratitude for offering us this experience of growth and expansion. Deep healing and surrender for us all. The creation of this Santosha training is such a beautiful manifestation of all our dreams. Thank you for that. May we all go out in this vision of love spreading the light through yoga.”
Natalia, Italy

I’d like to express my gratitude for all the support from the teachers and students of my Santosha training, who are like my family now. I was worried about who I would be roomed with and having such intense yoga lessons. Everyone’s smile really helped me through. Sunny, thank you so much for your beautiful smile. Every time I see you you use easy english and some Japanese and use your body language so expressively. Thanks to such an open-hearted teacher. You gave me so much energy. I feel like a new door has opened in front of me as I spent my time here. I will keep learning and bring as much light to open that new door.”
Yumi Oda, Japan

Actions of this world are a result of 3 factors: Nature, Human Willpower, and Chance. I arrived at Santosha-Thailand by all three and I thank you deep from my heart for all the wonderful actions that are now possible.”
Juliette, UK

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a magical experience. The thought, preparation, and love that you all put in is so appreciated. You have nurtured and guided us on our own individual journeys and that is priceless. You have created a wonderful things with Santosha and I feel blessed to have experienced it.
Caroline, Vanautu


Listed below are a few Santosha graduates that have made themselves available to inquiries about their Santosha training experience. We invite you to contact our referees if you would like an experiential perspective of a Santosha course, but please respect their time. Please contact us directly about the specifics of any Santosha course offering via admin [at]

Kristin Borchordt, New Zealand

Lily Stokely, USA

Jenni Strickland, Australia


Please see our Santosha Yoga Teacher Directory to see where our past student’s dreams and hard work have taken them!



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