Bend Yoga Teacher Training Program
The Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program at Bend Yoga was created to cultivate a deeper understanding and practice of the teachings of yoga so that students could take their practice to a different level and guide classes of their own. Whether your goal is to develop your personal practice, to teach yoga, or enhance your current career by offering yoga (ie. RMT or Personal Trainer), our program will give you a strong foundation to teach safely, skillfully and whole heartedly. The program meets and exceeds all requirements set out by the Yoga Alliance and is North Bay’s first Registered Yoga School.
“My time spent in Joanne’s Yoga Teacher Training was a miraculous investment to my overall wellness. I had joined the training with little understanding of the body and an inconsistent personal practice. I remember calling Joanne the summer before training and saying, “I want to deepen my personal practice.” I didn’t even know what that meant at the time. I didn’t know at the time that it was the couple minutes of savasana at the end of a practice where I could was able to let go off all my expectations of myself and the world and just be, is what kept me coming back to yoga. I had very low self-esteem when I first stepped into Joanne’s studio. Joanne provided me with a space to grow and heal. The in depth sharing of the body and muscle memory helped me understand my body and its reaction to stress and trauma. All of the personal learning that had happened with Joanne’s influence has shown me that I am worthy of love and appreciation. We were given over 100 yoga poses with their original Sanskrit names. We were taught step by step how to safely guide someone through a yoga pose and how to make yoga accessible for everyone. Joanne brought in guests to deepen our learning. We had James Cartwright, an athletic therapist, come and show us the uniqueness of the body and how to respectfully assist students in a class in a way that respects their body. We were able to share some time with Scott Petrie, a philosopher, who brought us back to the roots of yoga. We had time in class to work together in groups to teach to each other. The training was accessible to anyone. You didn’t need to know what a rotator cuff was or what the chakras were. All you needed was an open heart and a desire to learn to leave the training with a strong foundation. We had space to explore who we felt we were as teachers. We were shown how to provide a safe physical and emotional practice. We also had unlimited access to the studio during the training to strengthen our own practice and to learn from other teachers at the studio. A quote that comes to mind with being a student of Joanne, “Be doing what you love, you inspire and awaken the hearts of others” by Satsuki Shiuya. We were shown the best teachers are the honest ones. The best teachers are the teachers will always be students. ” Casandra MacDonald
Upcoming YTT program is scheduled for September 2017 – dates are as follows:
Sept 8, 9 & 10 2017
Sept 22, 23 & 24 2017
Sept 29, 30 & Oct 1 2017
Oct 13, 14 & 15 2017
Oct 27, 28 & 29 2017
Nov 3, 4 & 5 2017
Nov 10, 11 & 12 2017
Nov 24, 25 & 26 2017
Dec 8, 9 & 10 2017
Fridays 5 -9 pm / Saturdays 9-5pm / Sundays 9-5pm
- If signed up with deposit before July 1, 2017 program cost is $3,000 + hst
- If signed up with deposit before July 15, 2017 program cost is $3,200 + hst
- If signed up with deposit after Aug 15, 2017 program cost is $3,500 + hst
I’M-ALREADY-A-YOGA-TEACHER SPECIAL– If you have already graduated from a YTT program and would still like to attend the Bend Yoga training (this has happened in the past) we will work with you to find something that is affordable for you. We get it… sometimes you have taken a training because it was an intensive and you wanted to get it over with, or maybe the school said they were registered with the Yoga Alliance and they really weren’t (that has happened too). Either way, we are here to help – just email firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know your story.
Included with the cost of the program are:
- All lectures, including invited guests
- Bend Yoga Studio Teacher Training Manual/Binder
- Unlimited access to the studio for the duration of the training (students must complete 40 classes at the studio)
- This program will be divided into 8 weekends.
- The topics covered include but are not limited to: Teaching Asanas, Teaching Methodology and Techniques, Meditation, Pranayama, Anatomy,Yogic Anatomy, Yoga History & Philosophy.
- There will be lots of opportunities for questions, practice teaching and there will be final practicum at the end.
- A full course outline/curriculum will be handed out in the first weekend.
The program meets/exceeds the requirements for a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT).
Why Bend is unique:
The training that students will receive at Bend is truly unique due to the dedication of Joanne wanting to not only teach what she learned in her teacher training years ago, but also everything she has learned and studied since. This means that each year the training changes and evolves. She has also secured experts in alternative fields to aid in the training to take the understanding of the body and the practice to a level beyond beginner teacher. Students enrolled in this program will receive an understanding of hatha yoga, yin yoga, vinyasa flow yoga, anatomy, enhanced understanding of biomechanics/common injuries taught by a Certified Athletic Therapist—James Cartwright, and the history and philosophy of yoga taught by a senior teacher who has been studying yoga for 40 years—Scott Petrie.
“Joanne has created a wonderful yoga community where I feel comfortable asking questions, learning new concepts and practicing yoga. The lived experience, resources and openness that Joanne has brought to the teacher training is like nothing I have experienced before. As a teacher myself I understand the power of sharing best practices and I appreciate the knowledge that has been shared openly. Joanne ensures that each person feels comfortable and confident during every stage and she is invested in the success of everyone. Thank you for the love, detail and passion that you have brought to the teacher training at Bend!” Melissa Corrente
Joanne Pettit-Myers – Teacher Training Director, E-RYT 200
My journey toward yoga was not the traditional one. I was a former high-school athlete who could barely touch my knees… people can actually touch their toes? Also, my former job in the investment world had given me the nickname, “the pitbull”… no one messed with me. I was stressed, over-weight, sick and unhappy. Now, I had dabbled in yoga as my form of exercise to manage my stressful life, but in 2004 something shifted… well, I shifted… Maybe slid is the better word. I slid into a depression and was off work for months. I used yoga as my vehicle to get me back to work and back into my life. So, I signed up for my first teacher training in Vancouver and have been teaching now since 2005. Now, over a decade later, I have learned a lot. I have studied with various teachers at conferences, workshops and online trainings. I now do Thai Massage and even TEACH Thai Massage. As the practice shifts for me I explore new areas as well… so I am certified through Agatsu in Montreal in Kettlebells. My goal is my students — be it in a yoga class, a teacher training group or massage group — my goal is that we all learn something to make those we touch lead better lives while also affecting our own lives… with this, maybe we can all be a little happier.
James Cartwright – Atheltic Therapist
James Cartwright is a Certified Athletic Therapist and Registered Massage Therapist. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelors of Science in Honours Kinesiology, specializing in physiology, biomechanics and motor learning. He furthered his education with a Bachelors of Applied Health Science in Athletic Therapy, where he focused further on in depth anatomy, biomechanics, and assessment and treatment techniques. James furthered his specialization and graduated with an advanced standing diploma in Massage Therapy. As James works closely with Joanne and the Bend Yoga Studio community in keeping them all healthy, he has agreed to be a part of the training and help us have a deeper understanding of the biomechanics of our bodies and how we might make variations for people or what should be avoided based on their unique structure.
Scott Petrie – Yoga Teacher – Philosophy
Scott lives in Toronto where he teaches the philosophy and practice of yoga. He is also a senior assoc. psychotherapist at OPC where he integrates eastern and western approaches to one’s healing and self-discovery journey. Inspired by Toronto’s diverse yoga community, he has helped develop greater dialogue between practitioners through roundtable debates, festivals, symposiums, ethics committees, outreach and community service programs as director of Yoga Community Toronto, the Yoga Festival Toronto, and the Acorn Fund . Scott is also a leader in the Roots Village Project along with School of Hustle to help at-risk-youth discover and engage with the world in new ways that develop their potential and sense of self in the community. In 2010, he co-authored Yoga 2.0 with Matthew Remski, an exploration of the evolution of yoga in modern culture.