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, but something is lost when you don't have the opportunity to practice and interact with mentors to develop your skillset. That is why the Hybrid program is the perfect solution for those who like the convenience of distance learning but want hands on experience too.
Yoga Alliance requires a minimum of 30 live hours with a mentor in every 200-hour training. The Heartwood Hybrid program far exceeds the minimum with 65 live hours of live interaction as well as additional support and resources for ongoing community connection. This inspirational and experiential learning format is filled with opportunity to connect, ask questions, and gain valuable feedback, yet still provides a chance to learn from home (and save money).
Students begin with the RYS-200 Prerecorded Content they can do at their own pace. We have five 5-hour interactive zoom sessions devoted to Q & A, practice and feedback, to be sure you understand the material. A 4.5 day live retreat allows us to practice and dive into studies that are best learned in person. This inspirational long weekend training gives us opportunity to practice teach, gain valuable feedback and connect as a community.
Students are given an online Bonus Certification Course to expand their kill set as well, which can be completed at their own pace and they have the option to join us for the next interactive zoom practicum on the subject if the live experience helps supports learning (but attendance is not required).
Bonus Course Choices include:
Convenient 6-month no interest payment plans are available.
We limit the program to 12 students to be sure each student is seen, heard and given the opportunity to practice and receive feedback just like our live trainings.
Live interactive zoom sessions meet every other Saturday from 1:00-6:00 EST. 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11, 12/2
Live, interactive zoom sessions meet every other Saturday from 1:00-6:00 EST providing ample time to complete prerecorded content between sessions to stay on track and in tune with the group. Meetings: 12/16, 1/6, 1/20, 2/3, 2/17.
Live, interactive zoom sessions meet every other Saturday from 1:00-6:00 EST providing ample time to complete prerecorded content between sessions to stay on track and in tune with the group. Meetings: 3/23, 4/6, 4/20, 5/4, 5/11
Live, interactive zoom sessions meet every other Saturday from 1:00-6:00 EST providing ample time to complete prerecorded content between sessions to stay on track and in tune with the group. Meetings: 5/25, 6/8, 6/22, 7/6, 7/20
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 5 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 (five zoom sessions). 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. At Heartwood, you are one of a special group of trainees, rather than part of a mass-produced, less personal online learning program.
After our online work is complete, we meet in person at Beautiful Heartwood Yoga Institute for a 4.5 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, 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 4 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.
Heartwood is also one of only 68 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.
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). If you can't make your designated retreat, you can attend a future hybrid 200 retreat by calling the office and checking availability.
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. Anyone wishing to make up zoom meetings in person to reinforce mentorship learning, can do so by joining any or all of the next session zoom meetings.
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 .
This program includes online self-paced content, online interactive zoom sessions, a 4.5 day live retreat with food, art supplies, and yoga gifts, a bonus online certification course, ongoing support and encouragement, airport transfer if needed and a photo shoot on location at Heartwood. Not included are flights, and required course books (about 60.00 on Amazon).
The live retreat allows us to introduce elements of yoga teacher training best learned experientially. We will have workshops on hand on adjustments and modifications, chakra studies, Bells, bowls and gongs, chanting, practices, inspirational yoga activities and our graduation ceremony. We break bread together, discuss future goals and nourish our enthuasiasm and confidence to share yoga with others. We do a business of yoga workshop and set aside a morning for a photo shoot so everyone has beautiful pictures in the Chakra garden to jump start marketing for their new career.
We want everyone to exprience an authentic yoga retreat experience, so all food is vegetarian with vegan and gluten free options. Healthy snacks such as vegan muffins, fruit, powerbars, nuts and treats are available all day. We serve Lunch and Dinner family style at appointed times and contentental style breakfast foods are available as a self-serve option each morning. Coffee and tea is available all day.
If you opt to stay at Heartwood you are in comfortable dorm style lodging, 4 to a spacious air conditioned room (air B & B style). We have extremely comfortable beds each with privacy curtiains, and all linens and essentials are provided. The Heartwood library, student kitchen, and practice areas are open all hours.
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 7 three hour in-person zoom sessions meeting practicum requirements to build skills. 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 – 7:30 pm, and Sunday from 8am – 5pm. Students can leave Sunday evening after 5 or stay on site and leave Monday morning.
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 60 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. Students also can choose instead Ayurveda Foundations or the Aerial Yoga online course as their free bonus course.
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. Al food is included.
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 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.
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.