We are so excited to introduce the newest member of our Santosha Yoga Teacher Training teaching team, Darla Baldwin. Darla will be joining us on our Bali Yoga Teacher Trainings, sharing her vast knowledge of anatomy and yoga. Darla was introduced to yoga while studying and it didn’t take long until she became addicted to yoga and the many benefits it provides.
After graduation, Darla attended Bond University in Australia and earned a Doctor of Physiotherapy. As a Physiotherapist and a Pilates instructor she had the ability to help people in many ways, but Darla felt there was still a component missing. It became apparent that by incorporating the powerful practice of yoga, she could provide total care and cultivate a sense of well-being. So Darla became a certified Yoga Instructor, completing a Santosha Yoga Teacher Training. She was privileged to learn from many amazing teachers there, and is grateful and excited to be join the Santosha Teaching Team. She is looking forward to meeting the new students and sharing her passion for yoga, anatomy, and biomechanics.
We asked Darla to share her thoughts on Yoga, Bali and if she has any tips for those looking to follow her on this rewarding path of teaching and sharing their passion for yoga!
What drew you to yoga and teaching yoga?
I came across yoga by chance when I was 18 years old and studying at the University of Hawaii. I was majoring in Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences and yoga was an elective course offered. I gave it a try and have been hooked ever since! I was inspired to become a yoga teacher after working as a physiotherapist for a couple of years. While working in a practice, many people were coming to me with pain. I found that often their pain stemmed from a lack of body awareness, stress, or emotional trauma. I realized yoga is an amazing gift that I could share to help my clients.
What does yoga mean to you?
Yoga for me is a way to balance my body and mind. Physically it allows me to feel strong yet flexible. Beyond the physical, yoga is a source of sanity. It helps me to control my thoughts and stay present so I can appreciate all that I have been blessed with.
What else do you enjoying in your spare time?
I spend most my spare time at the beach either surfing, kiteboarding, or running.
What is your favourite place in Bali to enjoy in your downtime?
I love Bali and there are so many beautiful places that it’s hard to narrow it down. Surfing Uluwatus and Bingin are always fun and one of my favourite beaches to go swimming at is Padang Padang. Another favourite place that isn’t really on Bali but just a short ferry ride away is Nusa Lembongan. It’s a cute little island and the water is clear with tons of fish, it feels like you are swimming in an aquarium.
Any tips for students joining us on a training?
The biggest tip I would have for anyone joining us on the yoga training is to stay present. It is an amazing opportunity to take a couple weeks off from reality and come to this little piece of paradise to study yoga, so I would say enjoy very minute of it and try to get as much out of training as you can. It may feel overwhelming at times with long days and so much new information but its a process and by the end you will have assimilated this information and feel confident.
Thanks Darla, we can’t wait to laugh, love and learn with you on our Santosha Yoga Teacher Trainings!