Is BEND’s Yoga Teacher Training Program only for someone who wants to teach?

Nope! Our program is for aspiring teachers, as well as people who simply want to deepen their knowledge of yoga and their own daily practice.

How much yoga experience do I need?

We strongly recommend that applicants have a consistent existing practice prior to signing up.

Will I be able to start teaching right after the course?

Yes! It is our goal to provide you with the knowledge and confidence to walk away from your training armed with the ability to lead a group practice suitable for teaching at a variety of studios. Within the training, you will learn Bend’s signature Mixed class. Upon graduation, you will be able to inquire and apply for potential teaching opportunities at all Bend Hot Yoga Studio’s locations.  You’ll have the opportunity to develop your own voice as an instructor, and you will also learn how to build safe, effective flows. You’ll also gain essential information on the business side of starting your career as a yoga teacher.

What makes BEND’s Yoga Teacher Training Program different from other yoga training programs?

A unique feature of this training is the scheduling format. The 200 hours will be covered over 9 weekends, beginning January 12 and ending June 3. Within less than 6 months you can earn your certification! This training prepares you for both teaching in a variety of settings, as well as specifically preparing you to teach at Bend. Additionally, the training includes a segment on Ayurveda and healthy lifestyle habits that will energize your daily life in multiple ways.

How many students will be in the training?

To ensure a comfortable practice space and a healthy teacher-to-student ratio, we have limited the training to 20 students.

What style of yoga will I learn to teach?

Bend’s Yoga TT is a school of Hatha Yoga that will emphasize the teaching of postures, alignment and breath work. You will be able to teach Hatha Yoga classes that demonstrate intelligent sequencing, fluid Vinyasas and clear instruction.

Who are the teachers?

Our instructors come from richly diverse backgrounds, and are all highly educated in their fields of expertise.

JULIE MUNRO – ERYT 500 – Lead Instructor

Julie Munro is an ERYT 500, registered with the Yoga Alliance®. She has over 1000 hours of training and relevant background, as well as over 2000 hours of teaching experience. She received her first teaching certification in 1992 from the Sivananda International Yoga and earned her 500 hour certification in 2001 from the American Viniyoga Institute. Additionally, her teaching has been influenced by the Anusara and Iyengar traditions. Julie has been the lead instructor for seven different teacher trainings and has guest taught with others. Julie is also a faculty member at Prescott College and the Department Chair for the Adventure Education Program. She holds a Master’s Degree in Experiential Education and holds a teacher certification in Secondary Education.

RACHEL PETERS – ERYT 500 – Secondary Instructor

As a yoga teacher in Prescott since 2001 and a studio owner from 2006-2012, Rachel brings a great depth of experience and knowledge to the instructional team. Students find her approach inspiring. She has a knack for weaving all parts of yoga together, from the philosophy and alignment to Ayurvedic principles to infuse action and ease. Rachel is also a Yoga Health Coach and a lifelong learner so her teaching models an approachable style inspiring students to implement their yoga journey beyond their mats. Rachel is a certified Yoga Health Coach, Anusara Yoga Teacher, and a ERYT 500 through the Yoga Alliance®.

SARAH RAINWATER- RYT 200 

Founder of VINYASA FIT in Prescott Valley and owner of Bend Hot Yoga Studio in Prescott, Sarah has extensive experience in the business of Yoga. Sarah started her love for yoga back in 2013 and has since lead over 500 classes and 10,000 clients! Sarah specializes in Vinyasa and enjoys combining fun upbeat music to challenging, fitness-oriented sequences.

GUEST INSTRUCTORS – Guest instructors will include some of your studio favorites! Kacey Miller, Alex Hope, Joanna Johnson and more!

Why should I choose a Yoga Alliance® accredited school?

Registration with Yoga Alliance® provides a globally recognized credential in the fields of yoga teaching and training yoga teachers.

What will I learn?

Our training will provide a strong foundation in the physical aspects of yoga, including asana, alignment, anatomy, adjustments and modifications. We will discuss and practice methods for teaching, cues for each pose and how to give demonstrations. In addition to the practice emphasis you will learn about what it means to do yoga “off the mat” and bring the philosophical teachings into your everyday interactions.

What is the daily schedule?

Our training is designed to work with the “everyday” participant, beginning Friday evenings 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. with a one hour lunch break each day. Our goal is to allow our participants to be able to still participate in normal weekend activities after training is complete!

What are the dates?

Weekend 1 – January 12 – 14
Weekend 2 – February 2 – 4
Weekend 3 – February 16 – 18
Weekend 4 – March 2 – 4
Weekend 5 – March 23 – 25
Weekend 6 – April 13 – 15
Weekend 7 – May 4 – 6
Weekend 8 – May 18 – 20
Weekend 9 – June 1 – 3 (Practicum and Graduation)

What happens if I miss a weekend?

Any hours of the training that are missed will need to be “made up” in order to fulfill the required hours for certification. The makeup work will be a blend of home study assignments, written reflection, and one-on-one private instruction with a course instructor. There will be an additional charge for private instruction that is required for the completion of the training.

What do I need to do to pass the course?

In order to pass the course and become a certified teacher you will attend all of the 180 hours of face-to-face instruction, as well as complete the assigned homework between each phase of the training. Homework will include readings, observations, reflections, and personal practice. The culminating weekend of the training will be an opportunity to design and teach a one hour practice to the rest of the class. You will receive ongoing feedback regarding your teaching and overall participation in the training.

How do I sign up?

We invite you to apply at your earliest convenience using the online form. We expect this training to sell out! We encourage you to apply for the course early, to secure your spot.

Do I have to pay all at once?

No. Our goal is to make this program accessible to all. We are offering a payment program that breaks the total tuition into 6 easy payments. In order to graduate, you must be paid in full prior to June 1st. We are also offering a $200 discount for “Early Bird” registration. You must pay tuition in full prior to October 15th, 2017 to receive Early Bird discount.