Training & Certificates

The Empowered Method of teaching and coaching is the result of over 20 years working with the human structure and movement as well as working with people of all backgrounds physically, emotionally and spiritually. All of our programs blend the tried and true traditions of yoga and the latest discoveries in human movement within our BALANCED ATHLETE® program. 

Johnny Gillespie envisioned and created BALANCED ATHLETE® after more than two decades of studying, observing and teaching personal training, strength and conditioning, yoga, cross-fit, and mediation. BALANCED ATHLETE® is a revolutionary approach to teaching movement, developing fitness, and getting into the best shape of your life!

2023 Teacher Training

Comprehensive Wellness Coaching Certification. This 8-Month Training includes your 200 Hour YTT certificate, Balanced Athlete Coaching Certificate, and Empowered Living Rebuild holistic health coaching introduction. 


Invest in your ability to support and promote total wellness with your students and clients. Understand how health and wellness is a multi-faceted approach for the individual rather than generic series of techniques for the masses. 

Schedule & Details

January 6-8 - Fundamentals View of the practice Tradition meets 21st Century Movement & Mindfulness Principles Empowered Block teaching System Process of Empowerment January 20-22 - Balanced Athlete - Level 1 Integrated System Combining Yoga & Functional Strength training Block System for sequencing & designing a class Science of gravity on the human structure Pain Free strategies February 3-5 - Stationary Sequence Teaching SS blocks 1&2 Teacher toolbox essentials Standing mechanics of energetic anatomy Pranayama practices February 24-26 - Stationary Sequence Teaching blocks 3&4 Delivering the dharma, being sinspiring Lying down mechanics of energetic anatomy Intention, meditation, fruition March 10-12 - Stationary Sequence Teaching reparative considerations in SS Delivering an Empowering class The art of developing a practice Power of silence and music March 24-26 - Vinyasa Teaching Vinyasa blocks 1&2 From East to West : the evolution and devolution of vinyasa Next level pranayama practices Healing Assists and touch April 14-16 - Vinyasa Teaching vinyasa blocks 3&4 Ingredients of the build up and the drop Teacher's role in a dynamic environment Delivering the dharma May 5-7 - Vinyasa Teaching vinyasa with rhythm and soul Inspiring change through your example Assisting and connecting in a dynamic environment Honoring the transformational transition

Maria L.

"I have been practicing yoga for over 20 years and I have invested in yoga teacher training before, but Empowered teacher training has been life changing. From beginning to end, each weekend you grow as a community and personally. I cannot say enough, I would make the investment. If you're thinking about it, just do it!"