Portrait of a yogi: Tiffany Payton

Today, discover the interview of Tiffany Payton, beautiful soul coming from the States and living in Sydney right now! She talks here about what she experienced before, during and after her 200H-Yoga Teacher Training with Power Living! Love her quote saying: ‘Yoga is everything and everything is yoga.’ So true…Now let’s dive in!

Can you introduce yourself quickly?

My name is Tiffany Payton. I’m 31 yrs old. I live in Sydney, but I am originally from the United States. I currently work at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

 

When did you start practicing yoga?

I started when I was around 20 years old, but I did not practice often enough and stopped after a short while. I didn’t get back into yoga until I was much older (and wiser lol).

 

When did you decide to take the leap with your Yoga Teacher Training?

I started doing some research at the end of 2017, beginning of 2018. My favorite yoga teacher had left my gym to teach elsewhere and I decided to find a yoga studio that would suit me. I started doing trials at different studios to get a feel for each one. Then I started to research different training programs. I probably did way too much research before I felt confident enough to attend an info session and actually enquire about the training.

 

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Tell us about your yoga teacher training journey?

It was a wild ride. There was so much enlightenment. There was so much philosophy I knew nothing about and at first a lot of it was going over my head ! However, the connections I have made are nothing short of amazing. Doing my teacher training with the Power Living Crew was amazing and I would not have changed anything about it.

 

What is yoga for you?

Yoga is everything and everything is yoga.

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What did you do after the teacher training course?

I took a long break after my teacher training course. I did a few assisting super coach sessions with Power Living, but that was it for a little bit. Most recently I have been attending mentoring sessions, just so I can work on getting started teaching in studios and stuff. I have also been doing yoga classes for some of the running groups I’m in.

 

What did you implement from the YTT in your life? Do you see your job, things or people differently?

I see the practice of yoga differently.

I find myself correcting people when they say yoga is all about being flexible. It’s so much more than that and you don’t have to be the most flexible person to do it !

 

The thought process behind triggers has also made me look at how I and others react to things that happen in life. This is something I picked up on our YTT retreat. I don’t see my job differently yet because I have yet to make the switch from working in an office to teaching full-time. However, I think in about 5 years time that may change.

 

Could you share with us one yogi mindful tip you have to help protect the Earth that everyone could be interested to do too?

The mindful tip I can think of is helping to keep the Earth clean. You can do this by doing beach clean-ups or organizing clean-ups in your neighborhood. Or even after festivals.

 

And finally, what’s next?

Well I am working on doing more classes for the various groups I am apart of. I always wanted to teach yoga to runners, so it’s good that I am getting to do that. I will also like to teach in a studio or even a gym. However, I need to see how I can fit that into my current work schedule. I also want to do more training, perhaps a 350 hr course or even a 500 hr course later down the track.

Hope you liked this interview! If you want to read more yogi stories, head here!

 

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