Yoga Teacher Training - October 4, 2019 start date
Bend Yoga Teacher Training Program
A lot of changes have taken place since Joanne started running Yoga Alliance accredited teacher training programs. For the last two years she has focused on growing the new studio and yoga community in Dundas, Ontario which was a huge undertaking seeing as she moved from North Bay, ON and the thriving yoga community there.
“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 yogi and psychotherapist, 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 before hand, but we know now. 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, “By 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 who will always be students. ” Casandra MacDonald
We are going to hold off on our YTT program until January 2017 in order to see the needs of our community. However, the following is information for when we do run one.:
October 4-6, 2019
October 18 – 20,2019
November 1 – 3, 2019
November 15 – 17, 2019
November 29 – December 1, 2019
December 13 – December 15, 2019
Fridays 7:30pm – 9:00 pm / Saturdays 12-6pm / Sundays 12-6pm
2020 dates tba shortly
As part of the program participants will be required to take group classes separate from YTT weekends – a minimum of 50 are required. If you are planning on attending the program please contact Joanne for you may start using your current classes toward and can discuss how this can be a part of your training fee.
- Full cost of the program – $3,500 + hst
- As this is Joanne’s first training in Southern Ontario she is doing something a little crazy and offering the training to the first 15 registered for just $2,500 + hst as long as sign-up is before September 15, 2019.
- Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Included with the cost of the program are:
- All lectures, including invited guests
- Bend Yoga Studio Teacher Training Manual
- Discounts on class passes in order to attend the 50 required classes (ie. $250 for a 50 class if bought at once) – if you would like to discuss why please contact Joanne.
- This program will be divided into 14 shorter weekends. (normally 20 hours a weekend for 10 weekends)
- The topics covered include but are not limited to: Teaching Asana, Teaching Methodology and Techniques, Meditation, Pranayama, Anatomy,Yogic Anatomy, Yoga History & Philosophy, incorporating strength into your yoga practice, common injuries brought to a yoga practice and how you can modify poses or the practice to help people achieve relief from pain.
- 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. Students enrolled in this program will receive an understanding of hatha yoga, yin yoga, vinyasa flow yoga, anatomy, enhanced understanding of the difference between biomechanics and anatomy, common injuries , 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. Sure, 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. I signed up for my first teacher training in Vancouver and have been teaching now since 2005. Now, over a decade later, yoga is still my life’s work. I have studied with various teachers at conferences, workshops and online trainings. I now do Thai Massage and lead trainings in Thai Massage. As the practice shifts for me I continue to explore new areas. In 2015 I also got certified through Agatsu in Montreal in Kettlebells. I am also a Schwinn Certified Spin Instructor. 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 or teach lead better lives while also affecting our own lives… with this, maybe we can all be a little happier.
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.
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