Radiantly Alive offers an amazing mix of authentic, loving and skilled teachers from a range of backgrounds.
Sanna K has been with us since 2013 and in her many classes on offer, from Mysore to Ashtanga led
and Tibetan Heart Yoga, she invites students to practice in a welcoming, nourishing space with humour, insight, love and learning.
And here is just one beautiful example of this love and learning.
From a recent interview with a student of her Mysore and Ashtanga classes, we gain insight into
the power of trust and reverence for the learning and teaching experience.
Sanna continues to devote her heart and energy into creating classes that are supportive, nurturing, insightful and fun.
And this story shows the impact that this energy can have on students and teachers alike.
Sanna affirms that it is 'so humbling to have students like Kim, this is what makes it all so worthwhile indeed.'
We are proud of our Sanna, and feel touched by this story, and know that you will be too.
Kim Gi Ryan, a yoga student from Korea, opened up his heart to Sanna his experience at practcing at Radiantly Alive.
The interview was translated from Korean to English by Ji, a fellow yoga student from Korea.
Hi Kim! Can you tell us how old you and when you started your yoga practice?
I am 42 years old. I started to practice 6 years ago. However I never felt that I was experiencing
the ‘real’ yoga. I didn’t find the connection fully that time yet.
What brought you to Bali?
My yoga teacher in Korea wanted to open up a new yoga studio. He offered me to take over his
old yoga shala and asked me to start to teach there. I panicked, as much as it was flattering to be
‘his most advanced student’ at the same time I was fully aware of the fact that I never had taught yoga before.
I decided I must travel somewhere to put my sole focus onto practicing and teaching yoga.
Bali became my choice, with my intention of completing a YTT in Ubud.
Before the training started I visited Radiantly Alive and joined Ashtanga Inspired class by Sanna.
A light was lit inside me. Then I joined the Mysore class and Ashtanga Vinyasa led class and I knew instantly that I had arrived home. In Ashtanga I had found [what] felt very authentic, real
and true to me. I was sold. In my heart I knew that I had found my teachers and they were at RA.
Wow Kim! What a story! Thank you. We feel very humbled. You are leaving Bali tonight,
as you go back to Korea. How soon are you going to start to teach yoga? Can you tell us
Next week already! I feel nervous! I have enjoyed so much my time here at Radiantly Alive and
would love to carry on studying more.
I feel very grateful for the RA teachers Ade, Mesi & Sanna for their teachings and love. What I learned
from these great teachers I wish to pass on to the students in Korea.
There were a lot of tears both from me and from the nature during my stay. I felt nervous about
knowing that once I’ll be back to Korea I have to start to teach. So sometimes in the yoga classes
I cried so much that my mat became wet from the tears. The nature was crying too as it was
the rainy season.
During my time here in Bali I observed everything and could see so much beauty all around.
One day looking at the nature and the rain, the new name for my studio in Jinju in Korea
came to me “Hamil”. This is Korean and it means “after rain, clear sky”.
That is beautiful Kim. I love the name and we loved having you. It is always a true
priviledge for a yoga teacher to have a student like you with your focus, discipline
and your real passion for learning. You will go far Kim and our best advice to you is to
only teach what you know and what you have experienced yourself. By doing that you’re
always coming from a true, authentic place and the students will sense that.
Best of luck & see you soon again!
It is a humbling and heart warming experience when we know that our role as teachers is creating
that transformational impact on our students lives. This is our mission at RA - to share our insights, teachings and loving energy to empower you to become the most authentic, true, inspired version of yourself that we know you can be.
In my own experience taking one of Sanna's classes, I remember clearly the moment when she defined what it was to be a teacher...'I don't so much see myself as a teacher' she said, as we moved through the class breathing through her directed focus...'I see myself as a yoga sharer'....and even on
the 5th breath of Trikonasana, I couldn't help but smile.