Co-founded by Amanda Dates and Janelle Watters-Oliel, Expansion, Freedom & Voice™ spans 9 months and is designed to help you explore the potential of your own practice and discover your voice as a yoga teacher.
We invite you to join us on a journey through the practice of the Vinyasa Flow methodology. We will explore all aspects of the practice and if the voice of the inner teacher calls, we encourage you to listen. If you are meant to guide others, this training will prepare you to do so with integrity, intelligence, and humility.
You will learn from the founders and their skilled team of international yoga professionals (Marc Holzman, Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews, Silke Schroeder, Susanna Harwood-Rubin, Martine Trélaün) how to build the basic foundation on which to continue authentically deepening your own practice (first) and if called, being in service to others as a teacher (second.)
Amanda Dates-Beuthin, EFV co-founder
A New York native, but called San Francisco home for a decade, Amanda Dates has now found meaning sharing yoga in her adopted city, Paris.
She is the co-founder and co-director of Expansion, Freedom & Voice™ a 200-hr Yoga Alliance certified teacher training, as well as Going Back to the Source - Yoga & Terroir™ international yoga retreats with a focus on food, culture, and local economies.
When she isn’t offering her signature Bhakti Flow style at Paris Yoga Shala or Beyoga, she can be found tending her garden at her petite fermette, L’Oustalou, the future yoga and arts centre she and her husband are renovating.
“I believe this is an interesting time to choose the path of a yoga teacher training. A world in extreme chaos needs a powerful antidote. Professional, well trained yoga teachers can provide a vital service by merely being guides to a place beyond the chaos. A deep inner place where we discover a more refined understanding of ourselves and our role in this world. I bow in reverence to all of the teachers whose learning environment I have had the privilege in which to have this experience. Thank you.
To understand more what it means for me to be a teacher’s teacher and the responsibility I feel for EFV, check out the blog post I contributed to Yoga Concept a few years ago ...
‘Daily mantra: Teach tens of thousands of hours on the mat. Live life off of the mat. Keep training. Be discerning. Maintain perspective. Make mistakes. Admit them. Apologize. Move on. Refine choices. Celebrate successes. Connect. Thrive. Fall down. Keep a sense of humor. Speak up and express. Know when to shut up and when to listen. Experience loss. Grieve. Grow. Forgive. Ask for help. Help wherever you can. Burst with gratitude. Strive for your best everyday. Let compassion, humility, and no BS rule that day. Check in with your heart. Let what you do be what is in your heart. Take responsibility. Be in service. Own your own stuff. Keep it real. And LOVE BIG.’”
The rest of the blog post can be read here: Making Meaning and Keeping It Real.
Janelle Watters-Oliel, EFV co-founder
After a chance encounter with yoga when Janelle first moved to New York City many years ago, she began to learn to listen to herself more and more. This led her on a path to learning about waking up to life and creating more wellness through her own actions as well as the role that we, as individuals, have in our own happiness.
Fast forward to a second move to Paris where life led Janelle from a corporate career to the decision of opening a yoga studio in the heart of the City of Lights. Here, she created a community, connection and a place for like minded yogis to practice yoga, at Big Apple Yoga.
Three years later, she found a like-minded spirit, Amanda Dates, and Janelle and Amanda created a completely separate learning community, EFV, or Expansion, Freedom, Voice. This entity was created from a desire to share yoga with others in the French community with students searching to deepen their practice and perhaps, to teach one day.