Davannayoga® Teacher Training Testimonials

The 200 hour RYT training at davannayoga was a life-changing experience for me. Anna is everything that a yoga teacher should be. She truly lives the yogi life, is so compassionate to her teacher trainees and all of her students, and is so dedicated to sharing the gifts of yoga with all. She taught us so much, but also made it fun and enjoyable. I felt completely prepared to begin teaching right away. Now I just can’t wait to take nother one of her courses to continue to deepen my knowledge. I will be forever grateful to davannayoga!
- Leona Downey, Puerto Vallarta, 2017

I learned so much from my training with Anna Laurita! She is a patient, compassionate teacher with a deep knowledge of asana, history, philosophy, and her program was both well rounded and intense. The community at Davannayoga is so welcoming and warm, and I appreciated the opportunity to study with a variety of teachers who had gone through the training previously and to see the manner in which they applied her teachings into their own unique styles. It was a wonderful, challenging experience, and I definitely recommend training with Anna.
- Angela Rella, New York

Davannayoga training is incredibly well rounded and is applicable to anyone interested in diving deeper into the world of yoga from any background to becoming a highly trained yoga teacher of a variety of teaching methodologies and styles. Anna is the one of the most knowledgeable and experienced trainers and beautiful teachers in the world.
- Susan Mocatta, Sept. 2017

"This training is extremely complete. Anna covers all the elements of becoming a yoga teacher so thoroughly that I felt confident to begin teaching immediately upon finishing the course. There is a beautiful comfort at Davannayoga with Anna Laurita, and I am utterly thrilled that I chose to take the training with her. Incredible support, love and preparation is what Davanna Yoga offers!"
- Kylie Dalzell July 2017

"This was an extremely comprehensive, well-organized program. The lectures, literature, workshops, guest speakers, and daily practices were thoughtfully and logically presented. Anna is a wonderful model of the yogic lifestyle. Her enthusiasm is genuine and contagious. She has a remarkable ability inspire excitement, confidence, and growth within her students. I highly, highly, highly recommend Davannayoga."
- Kristen Humphreys, July 2017

I feel so grateful that I discovered Davannayoga and completed my training with Anna. She is such a support from the moment you make contact with her and quickly responds to any questions or concerns you may have. The training itself is incredible. Anna is so experienced and knowledgeable and makes everyone feel very comfortable and supported throughout it all. You receive a lot more than what is required by the Yoga Alliance. Anna sets up multiple work shops throughout the training and you get to experience the magic that is Kirtan meditation. I never came into the training with the intention of teaching afterwards, however once I was done I felt that there was no way I couldn't pass along everything that I learned. From breathing techniques to help you through everyday life, mantras and meditation, to how to sequence a yoga class and include themes. You leave with so much confidence, creative energy and options of different avenues you can take your yoga knowledge. On top of all that, you're in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, right on the ocean, where the people are so kind and the food is so delicious. I completed my training with a special group of women that I will always carry in my heart, I will forever be thankful for having Anna as my teacher. She has taught me so much and I admire her as an individual, I couldn't imagine having the same experience anywhere else. She is patient, encouraging, kind and loving towards everyone and will teach you the true meaning of yoga. It is no wonder why there are many of her students now living in Puerto Vallarta and teaching in her shala. If you are thinking of taking a teacher training, this is the place to go. DO IT!
- Ria Barrett, Canada

Davannayoga is absolutely AMAZING!!! I am so happy that I did my teacher training here and I would highly recommend this school to anyone. I can't wait to go back and visit!
- Kathryn Hunting, SLO California, USA

"Davannayoga is hOMe. Anna is truly a modern day goddess, passing on the fire torch that is yoga magic, bestowing not only knowledge but inspiration to her students. The shala is perfection, the teachers, are accessible, informative and authentic. The curriculum was comprehensive and gave me a solid foundation of theory allowing me a framework to practice creativity and compassion on a personal level as well as a yoga professional. Anna is a blessing, I am so grateful for her influence in my life. GRACIAS PARA TODO GURU!
- Jessyca Eve Canizales, Sri Lanka

I was recommended to Davannayoga teachers training by a friend of mine who had also attended, and boy am I glad I signed up! Anna is such a fantastic teacher. Her wealth of knowledge and expertise astounds me along with her patience, generosity and commitment to her students. The yoga shala is a serene beautiful place to practice and learn. Vallarta itself is a beautiful town with the most idyllic beaches, amazing food and has the friendliest people I have come across on my travels in a long time. The training itself is intense but having Anna by your side supporting you, along with all the amazing people you meet will make all your hard work so worth it. The people you meet will likely end up being your friends for life, even when you live a million miles away from each other. I cant wait to go back!
- Hayley Taylor

I couldn't have found a better program. Anna is such a lovely and compassionate teacher that lives and breathes yoga fully.
- Mariana Sanchez Peregrina

I adored the shala, the education and all of our teachers, especially Anna. The history of yoga and the respect to the Krishnamacharya lineage was inspiring and rooted every class to a deep spiritual place. I have nothing but good things to say about this program and this beautiful space in Mexico. I look forward to visiting again soon and taking on all that I was taught to spread the love in my yoga classes and in my everyday life.
- Kaleigh Atkinson

"Anna is a true guru, a lifelong teacher, practitioner, and devotee who has studied all over the world -- and it shows. I've studied with many (many) teachers at well-known studios in NY, MA, SF, and LA, but -- for her knowledge and passion, for a customized small group experience, for the opportunity to be part of a life-long, global community -- I would strongly urge aspiring teachers to consider studying with Anna in PV!"
- John Newsome, NY and SF, USA

"I chose to train at Davannayoga because I wanted a program that wasn't just going to teach me the poses. At Davannayoga I gained an in-depth knowledge of not only the asanas, but why they work and what they do for the body. I also learned about meditation, how to live more of a yogic lifestyle, the Bhagavad Gita, and enjoyed our in-depth conversations of the Yamas and the Niyamas. Anna is not just a yoga teacher. She is a scholar in her field. Most importantly, I gained the confidence I needed to find my own voice as a teacher. Anna molded me and supported me in a way that balanced out my training. I can't imagine having gone through this training anywhere else."
- Andrea Restivo, Los Angeles California USA

Surpassed every expectation I had. Anna Laurita is a power-house of energy, knowledge, and experience. I will be enrolling in her 500YTT whenever she rolls out the curriculum!
- Julie DeVilbiss, Vermont USA

Love the program and Anna is a sweetheart and the knowledge she has is amazing. so grateful for having this life changing experience in Davannayoga!
- Alicia Huet, Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Davannayoga provides a comprehensive and fun teacher training program, I highly recommend Anna's program to anyone interested in becoming a yoga teacher. I felt prepared to teach the minute I walked out the door.
- Jeri Kreig, Canada

Davannayoga was such a great and loving experience, from Anna, her family, the other teachers and of course the unforgettable friends you will make on the course. Anna's Shala is very welcoming and has so much culture and energy. I learnt a lot about my personal practice, alignment, adjustments and safety which were my key objectives of a YTT. Anna gives a good foundation for new teachers and you get the opportunity to share your thoughts, demonstrations and practice your own classes. Davannayoga is very traditional and Anna has great respect for the KYM lineage which is a solid foundation to start a yoga teacher journey. And her bliss balls are amazing!
- Jayne Coote, England

A really solid base on which to begin a yoga teaching journey. I enjoyed the more traditional approach that Davannayoga offer, and I felt ready to jump straight into teaching on graduation. Because of the intense nature of the course, I also formed close bonds with fellow students, which helps immensely with future endeavours!
- Cindra Banks, Australia

In my experience, yoga teacher training was something that lingered in the back of my mind and was always on the 'to do someday' list. As with all great things that happen in life, Davannayoga came at the right place and time and I feel eternally grateful for this serendipitous opportunity. You will not find a more genuine or supportive environment than Davannayoga in which to grow, nor a more knowledgeable or kind teacher than Anna from whom to learn.
- Tara Bergeson, BSF
MSc Candidate, NRES | University of Northern British Columbia

Coming from the other side of the world, it was davannayoga's comprehensive website that first caught my attention when searching for a yoga teacher training school in Mexico. It was clear and full of information and showed Anna's commitment to her practise, teaching and teacher training. It also showed a high level of professionalism and credentials that I wanted from my training. And I am very pleased to say that my experience at davannayoga far exceeded any of my expectations. Anna is a very knowledgeable, professional, generous, compassionate and passionate teacher. The course is thorough and impeccably structured, giving great scope and insight into the teaching, methodology, anatomy, philosophy, history, business and practice of yoga. And this is all done in the embrace of Anna, her family, community and shala in beautiful PuertoVallarta. Each and every student is made to feel completely welcome and supported through this intensive training period.

Not only am I now a qualified Yoga Alliance recognised Yoga Teacher, but taking my training at davannayoga has prepared me to be as successful a yoga teacher as I can be. And the development, growth and deepening of my own yoga practice has been astounding. This training has equipped me with knowledge, confidence and support to start this new chapter of my life. Furthermore, Anna's commitment to her students extends long after graduation and I feel my kinship to the davannayoga family is unending.
- Shoshannah Orenstein, Australia

Anna Laurita is a great teacher. Not only she is experienced and very knowledgeable, but she is also compassionate and really interested in every one of her students. She made the whole process so enjoyable that I never want to stop studying with her! Before I began the teacher's training I had my doubts about wanting to be a teacher but she inspired me so much that I am certain that I want to be a yoga teacher, hopefully some day as good as she is. I recommend her training to anyone who wants to be a teacher and also to students who want to have a deeper understanding of every aspect of yoga from anatomy to history, philosophy, thai massage, meditation, proper alignment of every asana, etc.
- Alejandra Suarez, Mexico

I just want to say that I really enjoyed everything. You are always so positive that you really inspire us. For sure you inspired me. I think your way of teaching is just wonderful. and thank you so much for everything you have taught me. Namaste!
- Shamira Arzumendi Machuca, Mexico

I'm sure Anna must feel extremely satisfied after finishing the teacher's training because she's a great teacher, with great skills, always prepared, always studying, and always willing to learn more.

I know she's a great universe gift.
I feel ready, I've learned TONS, and she encourages me to learn more & more and be responsible in the teaching field.
I'll always thank her in my heart for being such a great mentor, for believing in me and always have a kind word to go forward.
I miss the teacher training team and the study group!!! And will have all them all always in my heart!

Anna is definitively one of my life gurus...

davannayoga gave me what I was looking for and even more. The way Anna transmits her knowledge is so pleasing, it makes you want to stay forever! I left my training with much humbleness in my heart, with a burning desire to be of service to my community and walk aside those who wish to be better human beings. I also know that the more I study, the more there is to know, Yoga is an endless journey, and I'm enjoying the ride!!
- Cathy Arce Urroz, Guadalajara, Mexico

This training has helped me so much! I have been teaching full time for three years, and I arrived to this training with plenty of questions. I have felt that my students needed certain adjustments, motivation, and deeper understanding of what they are doing, and this training has truly given me the tools I need to feel more articulate and more confident at dealing with the various complicated situations you face when teaching. Anna's emphasis on encouraging the direction of the postures helped me remember what the emphasis should be in the asanas.

I also feel more prepared for the different level of students in classes, giving more challenging postures to those who are ready for them, as well as literally giving tools to people to come in at varying levels of the postures. I feel Anna's training has helped me to trust my own style of teaching, and this definitely shines through to the students.
- Anna Smutny, Montreal, Canada

Davannayoga is a great place to start deepening your yoga studies and practice. Spending time in a peaceful yoga shala with an amazing view of the beautiful ocean and the best guide is priceless.

I feel very honored to have Anna Laurita as a guide in this adventurous ride. I would have never imagined I didn't have to go to the other side of the world to learn and experience a course so great. She really is a living example of a loving woman following a yogic path. I was very inspired by her from day one and still am.
- Mariana Sanchez Peregrina

"I feel like I have been given so many great tools from you (Anna) that will absolutely help me as a student and a teacher in yoga and art. I am so grateful to have had you as my teacher and to have experienced this in Puerto Vallarta, of all places!!! This amazing experience is hard to let go of, but will always be fondly with me."
- Danielle Redlin

The training has a really good quality and I have learned a lot in all of the aspects of yoga. Anna is so generous and filled with compassion for all. She has been such an inspiration for me to live yoga in my daily life. She took really good care of us and if we had a question she would take her time to find the answer. For example she found out I had hyper-extended elbows wich nobody else had ever noticed. Then she gave simple adjustments I could do for it. One of the other great things is that we also got to see how she balances being a shala-owner, teacher and mother.

After the training I feel much more centered, inspired and compassionate than before. I am truly grateful with all my heart. Thank you for your compassion, patience, love, generosity, words and inspiration.Thank you!
- Kristiane Dranger, Norway

Anna is the best teacher I have ever had. I have been doing yoga for 11 years all over the world and without a doubt she is the best in my experience! You leave her classes feeling more knowledgable, lighter at heart and one inch longer from every dimension of your body! You just have to take a class to know what I mean!
- Mitra Ayat-Mahdavi

I know we all said thank you a thousand times but I feel so lucky to have completed my training with you and your beautiful studio. The course is none other than life changing and the support from yourself, nora, sam and the other training yogis really made the whole experience 'delicious'.

My biggest learning was to be OK with where I am at, in life and with different asanas. Making peace with it not being a 'today' pose. The training made me go within and feel the pose, which has improved my practice enormously. I'm feeling so much stronger and am certain I have grown a couple of cm's due to my posture! Or maybe im just holding my head higher!
- Kim McPherson, Australia

"If you're thinking of doing it, stop thinking and do it! The training I received at davannayoga has enhanced my journey in so many ways. Anna brings everything to her training; I learned what I had intended to and about 1000 times more. I felt well prepared after the training."
- Raelene Hodgson, Vancouver Canada

Davannayoga surpassed any & all expectations I had! It is an amazing program, that is taught by an amazing Yogini, Anna. She is a fountain of knowledge on asanas, pranayama, mantra, yogic lifestyle, etc. And most importantly she teaches from the heart, you can see & feel her love of yoga. I loved the experience & hope to be back some day to learn more from Anna.
- Ashley Erdahl , Portland Oregon

Thorough, knowledgable, passionate training and guidance. I would train with Guru Anna again.
- Mark McVey, Canada

"What an AMAZING 20 days!!! To be at the beach and the mountains was an added bonus to a life changing experience. I highly recommend this program to everyone. Anna Laurita is an excellent teacher who made us feel confident in our abilities and taught us so much more than was expected. Class groups are very small and she fosters a positive, family like environment where we thrive and soak up every last drop of knowledge that she offers up for us as gifts. If you don't have the time, make the time! If you don't have the money, save up!"
- Kaori Cristina Gomez

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