200 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training – Shakti Yoga & Wellness
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Shakti Yoga Teacher TrainingYoga Teacher Training Newfoundland & Labrador

*Now Taking Registration for Jan 2022 Session

Training Schedule & Dates

This 200hr, Yoga Alliance Registered program takes place over the course of one year. It is comprised of 10 weekend intensives to be completed in sequential order. Participants meet once per month (except in July and August) for a full weekend of study and practice. Each weekend consists of Friday evening, and full days Saturday and Sunday. Meetings are in-person in St. John’s, NL but virtual attendance via Zoom is possible. Each training weekend will follow the schedule below (subject to change):

TIME: Fri 7:00-9:30pm, Sat 8:00am-5:00pm, Sun 8:00am-5:00pm (NDT)
DATES: Fri Start Dates Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 25, April 29, May 27, June 24 (No sessions July or August) Sep 9, Sep 30, Nov 4, Dec 2
INSTRUCTORS: Bobby Bessey, and Meaghan Burridge, alternate weekends for the duration of the program, with the exception of the final weekend during practicum exams when they will both be present. There are no weekend intensives scheduled for July and August. During this time participants will complete homework assignments, observe senior teachers’ classes and do practice teaching. See bios below.
LOCATION: This program takes place at Yoga Kula Co-op, Torbay Road, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada. In-person attendance is required for Yoga Alliance registration. Virtual attendance can be arranged via Zoom. Live stream participants will receive certification from YTT-NL.
*during the coronavirus pandemic the program will take place exclusively online. Yoga Alliance has made temporary allowances for this as we all practice physical distancing.


Early bird rate: N/A
Regular rate: $2950
A portion of the above fee becomes a $500 deposit that is collected when you submit your application. This application fee must be paid via cheque or email transfer and submitted with your application. Once your application and application fee have been received Bobby and Meaghan will review your application and contact you soon after. *Your email transfer will not be deposited unless your application is approved.


Click this link to the Yoga Teacher Training NL website to register to hold your space in this limited space training. If you have any questions contact Bobby@ShaktiYoga.ca. Continue reading for more details.


Shakti Yoga Teacher TrainingWho is This Program For?

  • People who want to teach yoga
  • Teachers of yoga who want to deepen their understanding and experience of teaching or who wish to become Yoga Alliance Certified
  • Serious students wishing to deepen their practice
  • Anybody involved in healthcare or education with the desire to compliment their professional work with the vast wisdom of yoga and pass on the benefits of this ancient practice to their clients, patients or students.

Program Content

  • Yoga asana, pranayama and meditation (personal practice, theory and techniques)
  • History of Yoga, ancient to modern
  • Yoga Philosophy (Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika)
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Teaching methodology (preparing to teach, sequencing, observation, assisting, demonstration, use of props, and more)
  • Subtle body theory
  • Yoga for specific populations and conditions (prenatal yoga, yoga therapy)
  • Teaching ethics and the business of teaching yoga
  • Asana clinic (learn to teach all major categories of yoga asana and apply through practice teaching)

Investment: $2950 CAD. A portion of this fee is collected as a non-refundable application fee of $500 when you submit your application. Early Bird discount of $150 when application (including application fee) is received before August 31, 2020. See registration and payment details below.


Graduates will receive a certificate showing they have successfully completed this 200-hour Yoga Alliance approved course. Graduates may then register with Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level and use the Yoga Alliance RYT designation. Virtual attendance can be arranged via Zoom. Live stream participants will receive certification from YTT-NL.

Faculty Bios

Shakti YogaBobby Bessey, B.Sc., RYT 500, RPYT, CD (DONA)
Bobby has been a student of yoga for over 20 years. She has studied in numerous yoga traditions within Canada, and spent extended periods of time studying yoga in both India and Japan. Her love of the powerful spiritual energy of India continues to call her back regularly to deepen her practice. In addition to co-teaching Yoga Teacher Training Newfoundland and Labrador with Meaghan Burridge, Bobby is the creator of the 85hr Shakti Prenatal Yoga YTT, Ayurvedic Yoga TT, and Yoga Nidra Teacher TT.  She instructs these programs both locally and internationally. Her Hatha, Yin, Prenatal, Postnatal classes, yoga workshops, and birth preparation sessions are held throughout the year in St. John’s, NL, Canada. In teaching yoga she aims to share the life altering impact that yoga has had on her own life.

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Meaghan Burridge, B.Comm (co-op), RYT 200
Meaghan has been studying yoga intently since 2005. She completed her 200-hour teacher training at the Salt Spring Center of Yoga in British Colombia and continues to study in the life-affirming style of Anusara yoga. Meaghan is the director of Meaghan Burridge Yoga. She teaches public classes, private classes, a variety of workshops and Yoga Teacher Trainings. Meaghan is filled with gratitude for all her teachers and students who have made this path of study and practice so rich and enlightening.


Applicants should:

  • have been practicing yoga for at least one year
  • have a regular yoga practice
  • attend classes regularly and/or have a regular home practice
  • have an interest in all aspects of yoga including philosophy, pranayama and meditation
  • be in good health (physical and mental) so as to fully participate in the rigorous training schedule, however please contact us if you have a specific condition that might impact on the asana portion of your training. We have accommodated pregnant yogi trainees, those with arthritic conditions, seniors and more. Yoga is for everyone and our training goal is to mentor our trainees to accommodate every body and mind in their classes.

Applicants may be asked to participate in an application interview before acceptance to the program.


Claire Belanger, 2012 Teacher Training Graduate
Thank-You to Bobby and Meaghan for organizing such a life changing RYTT Program. You are inspiring women and teachers who have encouraged me to listen to my body, from the feeling in my muscles right down to a cellular level. Instead of trying to pull, push, or guilt myself into Yoga poses, I’m learning the power of my Breath. Poses YTT_Headstand_thumband trains of Healing thought that I had never thought possible are now within reach. For anyone who loves Yoga and learning, this program is a fulfilling experience. You won’t believe how fast it goes and how much you will learn about yourself.

Raelene White, 2013 Teacher Training Graduate
I debated taking this yoga training session for over a year. I just didn’t feel I was “enough”… Maybe some of you felt this way? I wasn’t “flexible enough”, ” meditative enough”, ” spiritual enough”, ” thin enough”… Just generally not “yoga enough”. But I took a leap of faith and grabbed the opportunity to grow and am very glad that I did. Bobby and Meaghan were welcoming and supportive. They helped me, and I am sure all of us, to see that each of us has something special we can offer, that maybe someone else can’t. Our life experiences have shaped who we are and will help us each bring something valuable to share with our students.

I learned that there is no perfect yoga pose, or that I have to be able to do every yoga pose perfectly, to share the love of yoga with others. I guess they helped me let go of ego and judgement of myself and others. I learned that I am enough just the way I am. I deeply value our weekends together and do miss them.