We know what you are thinking . . .
The hybrid 200 at Heartwood Yoga Institute has consider all of these questions and as result, developed a dynamic way to get an authentic, powerful yoga education that prepares you to teach others safely and with confidence through a combination of online and in-person training that makes attaining your yoga certification more affordable and easier to schedule into your busy life.
Online learning has become a wonderful tool for those who can’t manage to take time away from real life responsibilities to attend a lengthy immersion training program. While online programs consisting of prerecorded content are less expensive (because they don't need to include the services a live program provide in the way of attentive staff, a beautiful location, and other elements that are a part of a personal training) are you really saving money if you don’t get the full education you need to be an effective yoga teacher? More importantly, is something special lost when you choose online learning, because the transformational element of yoga is experiential and not something we experience through intellectual study?
The Hybrid program provides a powerful yoga education experience combining online and in person learning for a rich, complete learning experience at an affordable tuition. Flexible study options assure you can complete the work even if life gets in the way. Convenient 6-month no interest payment plans are available.
Students meet on Zoom every other Saturday from 3pm – 6pm EST. May 20, June 3, 17, July 1, 15, 29, Aug. 5, 19. This gives them time between meetings to complete the coursework and prepare for the practicum meeting.
In person Retreat – August 23-27. Arrival on Wednesday evening by 6pm. Students are excused Sunday at 5pm.
Students meet on Zoom every other Tuesday Evening from 6pm – 9pm EST. July 18, August 1, 15, 29, Sept. 12, 26, Oct. 10, 24, 2023 . This gives them time between meetings to complete the coursework and prepare for the practicum meeting.
In person Retreat –Nov. 1 - 5, 2023. Arrival on Wednesday evening by 6pm. Students are excused Sunday at 5pm.
During Covid, Heartwood offered online 200 programs like many schools in best effort to continue sharing our work with others during difficult times. Our programs included many hours of zoom meetings to simulate a live training experience as much as possible and we trained some wonderful teachers with distance one on one learning. But still, we missed the intimacy and opportunity to work closely with students for their best introduction to an authentic yoga education.
This is why, as safety and travel opportunities restabilized, we developed the Hybrid 200. Experience showed us how distance learning can be delivered in an authentic way, but we also became aware of what was sorely missing in that platform, and we brainstormed a way to combine the best of both worlds.
In the hybrid program students study prerecorded content at their own pace in the comfort of their own home, but we meet every other week for a 3 hour zoom meeting to connect, answer questions and participate in a practicum that encourages each student to begin teaching, processing and practicing what they've learned. This solidifies concepts and keeps everyone's attention focused. We limit the program to 14 students to be sure each student is seen, heard and given the opportunity to practice and receive feedback just like our live trainings. The schedule keeps everyone on track and progressing with e-mail motivation and reminders, an active private Facebook community and support always available from your mentor, so everyone finishes with a strong education guided by experienced mentors and you are one of a special group of trainees, rather than part of a mass-produced, less personal learning program.
After our online work is complete, we meet in person at Beautiful Heartwood Yoga Institute for a 4-day memorable immersion experience where we get to work on those things that are best learned in person. This long weekend provides a chance to connect to our tribe, enjoy heartfelt yoga experiences in the gorgeous setting of Heartwood and share a graduation ceremony to honor all your hard work. By then, the students are ready to share and can receive in-person feedback. We want everyone to receive the validation and assurance a new yoga teacher needs to feel confident to work with others before you set off to develop yoga communities of your own.
By studying partially online (with zoom guidance) this program can be brought to you for a lower tuition than the full immersion programs- and pretty much everyone can get away for 5 days to fuel their inspiration and confidence to feel well informed and ready to launch their teaching career or deepen their personal yoga journey!
Graduates end up with wonderful memories of time spent at Heartwood, and they can join Yoga Alliance knowing they were provided with all the recommended live hours and the student to teacher ratio that YA considers required guidelines for a quality yoga education (Unfortunately, not all programs follow those guidelines.) This means your yoga education is "the real deal" as per all recommendations and requirements from Yoga Alliance. Heartwood is also one of only 66 IAYT accredited yoga therapy training facilities worldwide, which means your yoga certification comes from a school that is respected and recognized as one of the leading yoga education programs available.
You receive 200 hours of prerecorded content with lifetime access for ongoing reference. This is where you will learn theory, anatomy, philosophy, alignment and other elements that develop a strong intellectual understanding of yoga.
You attend 8 three hour in-person zoom sessions meeting practicum requirements to build skills. 24 hours of mentorship. Students who miss the meeting can watch them later (but we encourage as much real time participation as possible.)
4.5 days of live training at beautiful Heartwood Yoga Institute. (We arrive on Wednesday night at 6pm for orientation and our first lesson, then work Thursday – Saturday from 8:30 am – 8:30 pm, and Sunday from 8am – 5pm. Students can leave Sunday evening after 5 or stay on site and leave Monday morning. (47 hours of in person training.)
At the retreat wonderful vegetarian meals are provided as well as a few meaningful yoga gifts at our graduation ceremony. You also will be given art supplies for special reflection projects. We will walk the labyrinth, visit the meditation garden, enjoy ceremony around the elements firepit and more.
All together, you receive over 70 hours of in person mentoring between online zoom and the retreat to add to your 200 hours of all the self-paced content.
Complete all requirements to be Yoga Alliance Certified
When you graduate, your connection to Heartwood continues on. You are a part of our community now. We provide ongoing mentorship and support after the program. We also include a business of yoga lecture and a bonus course for getting your yoga business established to help you use and share what you learned.
You have comprehensive online training that includes Methodology, Focus & alignment, Sequencing, Ethics, Sanskrit, Pranayama & Energy studies, Meditation, Anatomy, Introduction to Philosophy, Business of Yoga. Charka Studies, & Sound healing. Lifetime access!
Bonus Chair yoga certification includes theory, practices, posture focus, modifications and more to learn assessable yoga techniques
After each segment of the program is studied online we meet to practice and discuss the material to enhance comprehension and experiential learning.
Our private Facebook group invites students to connect and share their journey while e-mail motivation and ongoing support from your mentor keep you on track.
Students will meet in person at Heartwood Yoga institute to practice, learn, and celebrate their yoga journey. This includes a fire ceremony at the labyrinth, nature yoga at the medicine wheel, reflective mindfulness and art activities, hands on adjustments and modification workshop and more.
Students have a downloadable manual and when they come to Heartwood they receive yoga gifts and supplies to enhance their yoga journey.
As part of our business of yoga lecture, we also do a 3 hour photo shoot of the students on the beautiful grounds of Heartwood, in the garden, on the labyrinth, at the medicine wheel, etc.. so students leave with a library of images they can use for social media or developing websites or as a bio pix for employers as they promote and establish their new yoga career.
We want to provide an intimate, personal training experience so the maximum we accept is 15 students in any program. You will be seen, heard, and receive personal feedback so this training closely emulates a live program.
We feel the live retreat experience is important to your complete yoga education, and you deserve the joy and insight that comes during this special gathering. But life happens, and if something occurs so you can't join us on the selected dates, you can finish those incomplete segments of the program through additional online sessions and through private zoom sessions with one of our mentors. We will even zoom you into the retreat to say "Hi" to your tribe and catch some of what you miss (as is appropriate for sharing).
Our zoom sessions are designed as a practicum so you get feedback and real time engagement with a qualified mentor, but we know sometimes it is not always possible to attend. Missed zoom sessions can be watched 24 hours after the session. We ask the student to do a short synopsis of the session to know they watched the lesson to be sure they learn what is important as we stack information to stronger understanding.
We want everyone to get the most they can from every lesson. For our zoom sessions you will need any device with a camera and you need to participate in a place with good lighting where you can spread out a mat and capture your full image. Our rules include no eating during the session or any multitasking that may distract you from engagement (for example, you really can't learn yoga while driving a car, leaning back in a hammock with a cat in your lap, or taking your dog for a walk.) You may be participating from home, but we want you to be fully present and participating as if you were with us live in the classroom .
You can opt to stay onsite in low cost comfortable dorms at Heartwood or choose other arrangements nearby. Learn more about our housing options below.
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