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Yoga For Backs

Intensive Teacher Training

May 2 -27, 2022

The best way to learn is through total immersion!

  • 1 Month intensive in beautiful Grandforks, British Columbia  May 2-27 , 2022
  • List of billet opportunites available upon registration
  • Practice, meditate, breathe, discuss and learn in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Yoga Alliance Certified
  • Access to amazing  senior teachers via Zoom.
  • Includes a year subscription to the yogaforbacks.com online yoga platform.
  • Maximum of 12 particpants to insure you get all the help and attention you need.
  • Learn to practice, guide and cue in a totally unique way.
  • Critical Alignment Yoga props provided and available for sale.

The 3 Pillars of our Teacher Training Program



Learn anatomy, biomechanics, therapy, yoga traditions,  asana technique and philosophy and how to use Critical Alignment Yoga props.


Personal Practice

Join our online classes upon registration and  practice from  home to familiarize yourself with the teachings 


Mentorship-Style Teaching Experiences

Opportunities to put your knowledge into practice by assisting and leading classes during our training. 

Program Benefits

Deep Learning

This  Yoga Alliance certified teacher training provides the depth of instruction and practice needed to become a knowledgeable and confident yoga teacher.

  • Learning is offered through immersion
  • Class instruction is reinforced with readings and assignments.
  • Ongoing study builds a warm community among the teacher trainers.
  • Unlimited access to online content further supports your learning.

Critical Alignment Props- Provided

Unique to North America, this program uses Critical Alignment props and techniques as the foundation of our yoga practice.

  • Learn to use these incredible props to their full potential.
  • Focus on postural alignment, anatomy and biomechanics. These are topics we take very seriously.
  • Understand the forces and load of yoga asana and the affects on the human body.

Practice Intelligent Movement

Part of your success as a teacher depends on your personal practice, as the saying goes- practice practice- all is coming.

The more deeply you feel your own body, the more fully you will  understand  asana and the better you will teach.

  • Get ongoing feedback from your classes once you are working.
  • Registration includes a one year virtual studio pass 
  • Participants are required to take notes on 10 online studio classes, prior to attending the training.

Teach With Confidence

Get plenty of practical, real-life teaching experience  by teaching from week 1 of our training.

  • Learn different ways of adjusting postures
  • Deeply understand the reason for adjusting
  • Learn proper body mechanics while assisting students.
  • Experience how to sequence classes based on movement connections.

Practical Matters

This teacher training yoga intensive includes a week of adult yoga day camp. In this camp we will be joined by Tanya Lee from Body Art Motion and Tanis Fishman from the School of Sankalpa and Sacred Nidra.


9:00 - 11:00

11:00 - 12:00

12:00 - 1:00

Yoga for Back Indepth asana practice

Pranayama and chanting


1:00 - 1:30 

1:30 - 2:30

2:30 - 4:00 

4:00 - 5:00 

Quiet Reading time

Philosophy discussions
Anatomy and Biomechanics of asana, adjustments and cueing

 Guided meditations and Yoga Nidra practices

Student Commitments


Students will be provided  an unlimited online studio pass

  • 200 hour participants attend at least 10 online classes over the training period.


  • Light reading or class preparations- note review.

Required Readings

  • Anatomy of Movement - Callais Germaine
  • Anatomy of Movement Exercises - Callais Germaine

  • Critical Alignment Yoga - Gert Van Leu Waan

  • Wheels of Light - Anodea Judith
  • How Yoga Works - Micheal Geshne

Final Practicum

Yoga teacher trainers must  teach a 75 minute class at the end of the training.

Final Exam

Final written exam. Multiple choice, short and long answer.

Payment Options


Option 1: Single Payment

Basic Yoga for backs  Teacher Training 2021-2022 

$3000.00 (EARLY BIRD before April 1)

$3400.00 (April 1)

(Prices include a $500 non refundable deposit)

Option 2: Monthly Payments

$500 non-refundable deposit paid upon registration.

Remaining cost is paid monthly  from date of deposit until  April 1th. 

2022 Registration



A love of yoga. You don't have to want to be a teacher.


May 2-27th, 2022


9:00-4:30 Monday- Friday

$3000.00 Early Bird (before April 1)

$3400.00 April 1


4th Street Studio

7450 4th Street, PO Box 1270,

Grand Forks, BC V0H1H0


Homework, practice, readings, practicum and final exam. Please see Student Commitments above for more details.



Option 1: PAY IN FULL

Save $400 by registering before April 1.

Discount applied at checkout.


$500 non-fundable deposit paid upon registration. Remaining cost is paid monthly over the length of time prior to course commencement.

Balance must be cleared no later than April 1, 2022

Teaching Team

Danielle Pechie

Program Leader

Danielle Pechie has been teaching and practicing Critical Alignment Yoga for 21 years. She is a widely recognized as a thought leader, with 33 years of yoga, athletic therapy, Rolfing , biomechanics and massage study under her belt.

Guest Teachers

Tanis Fishman


Shane Miller

via Zoom

Lisa Cyr

via Zoom

Amy Bidram

via Zoom


Dozens of students have graduated from our Teacher Training programs. References provided upon request.

Cristina Garcia

"The strength of this Yoga Teacher Training lies in Danielle’s profound understanding of human movement and biomechanics as well as her ability to communicate and teach this knowledge. She is A TEACHER of teachers. Yoga is her backbone but she also embraces other forms of movement and she sees and cultivates the potential in others.

The training is based on Critical Alignment Yoga and Therapy which branches from Iyengar Yoga. You will be introduced to props that will make evident the load history of your body and you will learn to see that in others.  You will also learn alignment principles that make movement more efficient and sustainable in time.

As a Stott Pilates and fitness instructor myself, I was mind blown on some occasions and reassured by what I knew on other occasions. The training is quite comprehensive and it has guest teachers that are very good and experienced in their specific fields.
If you just want to learn an asana syllabus and preformed sequences, this is not the training for you. Here, you will learn how asana makes sense for each individual. You will learn how to meet your students where they are at and you will be shown a path to self-awareness and connection to your true self. Embracing it is yours to do."

Lynn Schindel

"I am a long time yogi and fitness enthusiast and have taken other Teacher Trainings in the past. This program stands out for its rigour and strong emphasis on anatomy, biomechanics and postural alignment. As a retired nurse, I really appreciate the emphasis on moving well so as to minimize the risk of injury or harm.

Danielle's knowledge of yoga, advanced asana, human movement and human biology are what makes this training unique. You won't get as much yoga philosophy in this training as you might in other programs, but you will learn so much about moving well.

I took this program for interest - I had no intention of teaching yoga. Danielle is very supportive and encourages me to consider teaching. I did my practicum at my gym and they offered me a job on the spot, so who knows..."

Tina Laforest

"I first became interested in taking the 200 hr Critical Alignment Teacher Training after I was introduced to the method several years ago. Through my own research and practice; as well as talking to a few friends who are yoga teachers, I decided that Danielle’s training was the best fit in terms of my expectations and what I wanted to gain out of a teacher training including alignment and mobility.

My main interest though was learning how to effectively and safely use the CAT props. As someone with chronic back and shoulder pain (due to scoliosis), I can say that the mobility, coordination and strength work that can be executed on these specialized props has made my body more resilient and strong.

Specifically, when my shoulder and back pain creep up occasionally, my body can heal quicker due to the strength and healthy movement patterns I have acquired while practicing with Danielle.

The 200 hr Teacher Training curriculum covers a breadth of topics including postural alignment, anatomy, biomechanics, yoga traditions and overall intelligent movement. All the latter were so thoroughly and carefully taught by Danielle and guest teachers. Her approach to movement, anatomy and yoga asana is eye-opening and makes you look at the human body in a totally different (and positive) way. It is truly an amazing experience.

It's been 3 years since I graduated from the Critical Alignment Teacher Training and I still attend classes regularly at Back to Mobility (formerly Yoga Therapy and Bodywork).  The calm, welcoming and supportive energy of the studio creates a community-feel. All instructors are easy to approach before or after class where they welcome questions and/or feedback.

As a result, my knowledge of this system of yoga continuously grows.  The instructors are all creative and innovative. Each class I learn something new about my body such as its preference patterns or tension in specific areas. Also, the precise instruction allows me to move confidently and comfortably.

I am forever grateful for the support, guidance and opportunities that Danielle and her team have provided to me."

With love and gratitude,

Tina Laforest

Questions? Contact Danielle