With a background in Exercise Science, Ronald had been working as a personal trainer in New York before moving to Honolulu, Hawaii, to pursue his PhD in Theater from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. That’s where Ronald’s story with Yoga Ed. begins. When he first moved to Oahu, Ronald began taking yoga classes with none other than Yoga Ed. CEO, Brynne Caleda. Inspired by Brynne’s teaching style, Ronald decided to pursue his own teacher certification, and completed his training through YogaFit in 2013.
Currently, Ronald teaches classes at Yoga Hawaii as he continues his doctoral work…while also working on his 500-hour certification and directing performances in venues across the island. Even with his busy schedule and existing commitments, Ronald wanted to find a way to delve deeper into his passion for education, while also exploring the opportunity to work closely with youth.
Yoga Ed.’s Professional Institutes fit the bill. With Yoga Ed.’s focus on education and dedication to sound evidence and best practices, Ronald knew that the institutes would be highly organized, supported by solid methodology, legitimate materials, and high-caliber instruction. Plus, with an Immersion Program being hosted at UH-Manoa, Ronald would be able to learn applications of yoga for both children and teens, and earn instructional hours toward his RCYT. Now as a graduate, Ronald has been able to incorporate what he learned in the Institutes into his studies, work, and future aspirations.
“I would recommend Yoga Ed. mostly because of the strong methodology. It’s science and research driven, which are sometimes lacking in teacher trainings of all types.”
Bringing yoga to youth.
After taking Yoga Ed.’s Professional Institutes, Ronald has been able to branch out to teach kids yoga classes in the community, at community centers and schools. While working towards his RCYT, Ronald has been able to both assist and substitute teach elementary school yoga classes for Harmony Turner, another Yoga Educator and Yoga Ed. Trainer in the community, and teach his own kids classes at venues such as ivivva in Honolulu. Even though Ronald initially intended to focus on teenage programming, he has found joy in working with younger children, where he can utilize his theater background through yoga stories and games to play, create, and imagine with his students. Moving forward, Ronald hopes to expand his reach even further, by initiating his own school programming, providing private kids classes/camps, and offering his future theatre students yoga tools to enhance their craft.
Converging his passions : Yoga x Theater
While in the Immersion, Ronald quickly realized that Yoga Ed. offers valuable resources and tools that he can integrate into his work in theater education, working with actors and young adolescents involved in the arts. At a practical level, both yoga and theater practice many of the same types of breathing and breathing techniques. Even more fundamentally, gaining a deeper understanding of adolescent brain development proved to be significant for Ronald’s work, both in working with actors and in directing as a profession. In the end, Ronald has gained a thorough and practical knowledge-base to enhance his doctoral work and professional pursuits, while also lending tools and understanding for improved resiliency and stress relief as he juggles his different roles and responsibilities.
Enhancing his teaching … for any age.
The skill set he gained from the Institutes has also enhanced how Ronald approaches teaching his regular yoga classes, even with older adults. “I felt like I was good at cueing because of my background in kinesiology,” Ronald noted, “but learning cues for children and teens are great tools for older students with balance challenges.” In some of his classes, the majority of Ronald’s students are 65 years or older, and he realized that by adjusting his verbal cues using the tools he gained in the Intensive, he was able to enhance his teaching and empower his students in their practice.