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Mindful Strength X Love Yoga Studio

March 7, 2020 @ 10:00 am - September 13, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Mindful Strength X Love Yoga

It’s been a while since we have hosted a teacher training program in Cornwall, and we are excited to be leading this ground breaking course beginning in March 2020. This program is for you if you have a keen interest in yoga, movement, the science behind exercise and learning to facilitate classes that are safe and accessible.

Paula McDermid and Kathryn Bruni-Young are joining forces to offer a unique and accessible program in downtown Cornwall. The teacher training program will be hosted mainly at Love Yoga, and taught by Kathryn Bruni-Young and a selection of wonderful guest instructors.

This program will prepare you to teach classes that are…

  • Accessible
  • Based on the latest exercise science, biomechanics, and pain science research
  • Strength, mobility and functional movement focussed
  • Adaptable movement with the feeling of yoga and mindfulness
  • Strong and restorative

Main Teachers

Kathryn Bruni-Young
Kathryn Bruni-Young is an international teacher, the host of the Mindful Strength Podcast and a creative thinker in the progressive yoga movement. Her work bridges the gap between yoga practice and strength training, and challenges dogmatic views on alignment, safety and how we practice. She has been teaching for over a decade and has specific interests in pain science, biomechanics, strength training and encouraging students to develop critical thinking as well as curiosity. Kathryn will be leading the majority of the workshops on yoga poses, strength + mobility, teaching strategies and biomechanics.

Paula McDermid
Pauls’s classes focus on sensing the energy of the room, and cultivating a deep connection between body, mind, and breath in order to deepen practices and mindfulness. She is equal parts crazy-artist-energy-healer and down-to-earth, heart on her sleeve, mom of three. She encourages everyone to find the practice that is right for them in order to realize their own path to self-discovery and personal transformation. Her mission is to make the practice and benefits of yoga easy, affordable, and accessible to anyone who wishes to practice. Having been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and lupus many years ago she believes that yoga offers a wealth of benefits that everyone should have a chance to explore and to be the best they can be even through their physical limitations. Paula will be teaching workshops on the rope wall, yin and restorative yoga practice, teaching strategies as well as how to get started as a yoga/movement teacher.

Guest Teachers

Shannon Marion PT
Shannon is a graduate of the University of Ottawa in 2001 and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists (FCAMPT) since 2008. She is certified in a number of different dry needling techniques including a Certificate of the Acupuncture Foundation Institute (CAFCI) in 2004 and a certificate in the Chan Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (CGIMS) technique (2005). She is a keen learner and has surrounded herself with collaborative colleagues in order to share knowledge and to continue growing from each other. She is currently studying with the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and is developing more tools to offer clients with chronic pain. Shannon will be leading a workshop on the continuum from rehab to movement practice, and the basics of joints and pain.

Carly Stong
Carly is an experienced yoga instructor based in Kingston, Ontario. She is a passionate advocate for body positivity and sit as a member of the Leadership Team with the Yoga and Body Image Coalition. Her work fosters connection through her online yoga studio, while leading accessible movement classes, hosting yoga and meditation retreats and leading teacher trainings world wide. Carly will be teaching a workshop on privilege, and accessibility within the yoga studio.

Kyle Pichie
Kyle has been coach strength and conditioning for over a decade. He is the head coach for the Cornwall Weightlifting Club in Cornwall Ontario and a loved member of the local fitness community. Kyle will be leading a workshop on dynamic movement for all levels, and how to bring a light hearted approach to challenging movement.

Surprise Guest Teachers to be Announced Soon…

Program Outline

This training takes place over three weekends, an online platform, and a number of Thursday night workshops. Participants will also complete homework and work through a reading list. The program runs from March 2020-September 2020. No classes in August.

Topics to be covered are as follows…

  • Yoga poses, how do practice and teach a selection of poses.
  • Teaching movement, scope of practice.
  • Pain science and nervous system education.
  • Basic biomechanics.
  • Rope wall.
  • Yin yoga.
  • Restorative movement and relaxation.
  • Yoga philosophy (with a guest instructor)

Program Dates

Weekend Dates: March 7/8, May 23/24, Sept 12/13 2020
Thursday Night Dates: March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 16, 23, May 7, 14, 21, June 11, 18, 25, July 9, 23, 30
Thursday night times are 5:30-8:30pm, weekend times TBA, expect 6 hour days.

Program Price

Early Bird Price (ends Jan 31st ) $2,599 + HST
Deposit to reserve your spot is $299, and the balance can be paid in one instalment or on a payment plan.
Payment plans available.
***You will leave this program with a certificate of completion from Mindful Strength, attendance is mandatory (participants must attend a minimum 85% of classes in order to graduate). Students from previous years needing to make up hours should contact Kathryn directly.


If you are wishing to apply for this program please fill out the following questions. You will hear back from Kathryn within a couple of days and a phone call might be needed.

Have you worked with Kathryn before(required)


March 7, 2020 @ 10:00 am
September 13, 2020 @ 5:00 pm