Rina Jakubowicz has been a teacher of yoga teachers for over eleven years, presenting at Kripalu Center, Wanderlusts, Himalayan Institute, Omega Institute, Yoga Journal Conferences as well as in countries across the globe such as Chile, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Andorra. She recently announced that she would be partnering with the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health to launch the first-ever Spanish-language yoga teacher training at a major school of yoga in the United States.
The two-part program will run from July 31st to August 12th and again from October 30th to November 11th at the Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and will be delivered entirely in Spanish. The mission: to break down barriers in the yoga community and bring the positive benefits of yoga to more diverse populations including Spanish-speaking communities that may have historically lacked access, or that may be underserved.
How did you get into yoga?
One day my mom was looking at the newspaper and there was an announcement about this 108-year-old swami teaching a class at this yoga studio near where we lived. She said, "Let's go" and so we went to our first class.
We walk into this small little studio and this little old man walks in with two people holding him up. There were only 10 or 15 people in the class and he sat down and literally started drill-sergeanting us even though he wasn't doing the poses because he couldn't.
I was floored. I tried to do the poses and couldn't do any of them. It was really hard and boring and I couldn't do it, but I was so humbled by the experience that I thought: "I'm going to figure this out." So I went back the next day.