by Christy Morgan
I had a wonderful month in Medellin, Colombia where I had the pleasure of attending the Spanish Language Course at Flying Tree Yoga. Medellin is the second largest city in Colombia, centered inside a valley surrounded by mountains and tall buildings with the perfect spring-like weather all year round. In November, it was a little bit rainy but that kept it cooled off so you never needed air conditioning or a heater. Medellin has everything you could ever need. It’s totally safe, so you don’t need to worry about that! The Laureles neighborhood where the yoga studio is located was my favorite part of the city. A short walk away were vegetarian and vegan options, all affordably priced. My go-to was Saludpan where I ate tofu scramble and drank delicious Colombian espresso with soy milk.
When I arrived for the course I was nervous about being in a big city where everyone speaks Spanish. I had only taken three weeks of Spanish courses in Costa Rica, and used the Duolingo app to brush up on my vocabulary. You will find that very few people speak English in Colombia so be sure to study before you go. It was helpful that three of the five women taking the internship program spoke Spanish along with all the yoga teachers, the house manager and many of the expats I met living in the neighborhood.
The internship program was well organized. The Spanish course is the first two weeks of the month so you can learn all the body parts in Spanish, verbs, adjectives, etc. You can take just the Spanish course like I did, or do the full month program where you get more opportunities to teach classes and receive feedback, and learn more about topics like building your brand and class sequencing. If you have already been teaching for awhile and want to learn how to teach in Spanish you might want to take just the Spanish language course. The full program is very beneficial for newly certified teachers and anyone who wants to teach in Spanish speaking countries. I’ve committed to traveling more in Latin America while doing work exchange so being able to teach in Spanish opens up so many more opportunities.
We started the first day learning the body parts placing stickers all over each other as seen above. The course was so great that I was able to form sentences and give directions on how to get into a pose even having only a beginner level of Spanish under my belt. At the end of our intensive 8 days of learning how to teach in Spanish we taught a short class to each other. I had to mostly read from my notebook, but I felt that after teaching a few more times the words would have flown naturally without looking. It was a fun and rewarding experience. I loved watching the other ladies grow in their practice and teaching skills throughout the course of the month.
My favorite part of the course was connecting with like-minded people from all over the world. The community who attend yoga classes at Flying Tree is super diverse. Everyone was friendly and welcoming. There were digital nomads like myself staying in Medellin for a bit of time, eating vegan food, and learning Spanish. I had the pleasure of teaching two cooking classes during my stay and it was so much fun for everyone!
This course reignited my passion for teaching, both yoga and cooking. I’ve been traveling almost non-stop since I got my certification in India last October, so I haven’t had many chances to teach on-going yoga classes. Attending regular classes at Flying Tree and taking classes from the students in the internship program reminded me how much I love to teach and be part of a community.
If you are a yoga teacher who would love to learn how to teach classes in Spanish this is the perfect internship program for you. You’ll feel at home in this wonderful yoga community in Medellin!