Keep reading below to learn about our RYS-200 Online program. For those new to yoga training, this is where you begin the journey!
For those who are currently an RYT-200 certified teacher, we offer an advanced RYS-300 program online. Completion makes the student an RYT-500, professional teacher.
As the world moves more and more towards virtual learning, online training for those who can’t join us in person yet still want to study the Heartwood curriculum is the perfect option. Yoga teacher training is our specialty and we have created an RYS- 200 hour comprehensive online yoga teacher training course designed to expand an aspiring yoga teacher's awareness, set a foundation for learning, and covering the basics of yoga teacher training in a comprehensive way to fully prepare aspiring teachers to work with others. Students are provided with prerecorded content that can be self-paced for those elements of study that transfer well online, such as anatomy or the science of meditation and pranayama, along with detailed coursework on posture and alignment, sequencing, chakra and energy studies, pranayama, Sanskrit, business of yoga and more. We also schedule zoom meetings weekly for group discussion, reviewing what we are learning independently, and for the introduction of new material. Students are urged to join us in real time to be a part of the interactive learning collective, but in cases where this is not possible, they can watch the lessons on their own. Each week we assign what portions of the prerecorded content should be watched, as well as readings and exercises to assure everyone stays on course and progressing in a timely way. Our group Facebook page keeps everyone interacting and provides a forum for questions, a place to post exercises to receive feedback from your teachers and mentors and ongoing connection.
Check out what is included in our online program below and peruse the links to sample videos of our teaching style to determine if Heartwood's Online course is a good fit for you and your goals.
Complete RYS-200 Hour Online Yoga Teacher Training with group and private zoom meetings to meet the contact hour requirements - $ 1,499.00 (Convenient payment plans available.)
Jan. 2. - March 20, 2021
Students in this course meet Saturdays from 11:30-2:30 and a practicum on Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm-8:00 pm. (This is where students take or teach a class, depending on where we are in the training process.)
Students can start anytime and work at their own pace but should make every attempt to join the zoom meetings live if possible for interaction and to address questions. Late registration is allowed if the student is willing to watch any missed sessions to keep the work progressive.
Yoga Alliance has never recognize exclusively online programs because yoga training is meant to be experiential to gain true comprehension of the teachings. During the Coronavirus pandemic, Yoga Alliance has allowed registered schools to finish or continue YTT programs online so there would be no disruption in programs . All work is required to to be finished by Dec. 30, 2021after which the mandatory "in person" training rules are expected to apply once again .
This course includes the full online course content, but also 65 hours of zoom live sessions to meet the current Yoga Alliance contact hour requirements. Students can join yoga alliance if the coursework is complete by Dec. 30, 2021.
Course fee: $1,499.00
This program is also available with a convenient payment plan. Students pay $500.00 down, and 5 monthly payments of $200.00. (Sorry but the in person retreat option is not available on a payment plan. You can register on the payment plan for the course, but would need to pay in full for the retreat option.)
The one downside of online learning is missing that special component of in person connection and having bodies to practice on while studying yoga. For this reason Heartwood offers a special course reinforcement retreat in April (optional) for those who wish to attend to get a taste of the live experience of teacher training. This affordable, long weekend retreat invites our online graduates to practice teaching, experience the ambiance of Heartwood, enjoy gong meditations and other live experiences, participate in workshops that are best delivered in person (hands on adjustments and props and modification workshops), and enjoy a special graduation ceremony. Join us to walk the labyrinth, take a class at our medicine wheel, meet your tribe in person and feel more a part of Heartwood with other online learners. This option means you can enjoy the best of both worlds, taking advantage of the affordability, flexibility and safety of remote learning, while also getting a taste of the immersion experience if you choose. The retreat option provides additional learning hours to your program and is not required for full certification. Students must be graduates of our online RYS-200 program to participate. Onsite housing is limited to 11and is dorm style. Private rooms are available close to Heartwood (Air B & B style) for a modest additional fee of 25.00 a night, payable to the host.
Thursday, April 8 arrival. Activities begin at 4pm.
Reinforcement workshops and yoga activities. April 9-11
Departure on Monday, April 12.
Retreat Fee: $700.00
Includes yoga training and activities, meals, and 4 nights lodging (for out of town guests only). We limit attendance so please register early.
In additional to receiving a comprehensive manual you can download at home, we will send you a packet of materials and supplies to support your educational experience.
Our online posture focus course includes postures broken down and taught in a clear and insightful way, including hands on adjustments, alignment, modifications, teaching recommendations and more. This includes an introduction to Sanskrit and a sequencing lecture.
Our anatomy course has 8 modules that concisely teach about the structure of the body and its systems relative to yoga. Tests throughout the program help students understand and process the information.
Each YTT competency subject is addressed in a concise and easy to follow 1-3 hour lecture slideshow course including practice tests and assignments to enhance comprehension.
In addition to online lectures, students are provided with films to watch that cover history and the lineages of yoga with practice tests to help the student process and retain the information.
Students are provided with numerous classes to take with specialty themes or styles to help not only with their personal practice, but to learn themes, sequencing, and cuing. For an example of one of our online classes visit:
Online courses in meditation and pranayama allow the student explore the science and technique of these disciplines along with a variety of techniques for personal practice and to share with students.
Our business of yoga course provides information on yoga certifications, training paths and career opportunities as well as where to teach, what to charge, permits and licenses, managing your yoga business, marketing and more to support your emerging career as a yoga teacher. Ethics of teaching and how to have a sustainable career are included.
An online course on the yoga sutra's and other important yoga conversations will be provided along with suggested exercises and writing prompts to help you understand and process the teachings.
We want to follow your progress, answer your questions and support you on your online journey. Each student is scheduled for group or private online zoom meetings to discuss the material and address any important issues. We are only an e-mail or call away if you need assistance or clarification on anything important to your yoga journey.
Learn about the energetic body, including the Chakras, meridians, Koshas and more. Our Introduction to Ayurveda covers the sister science to yoga and helps develop a deeper understanding of yoga as a healing modality.
Learn about sound and vibration healing and the proper way to choose, play and care for singing bowls and other instruments common in the yoga culture. A lecture on gong meditations is included as well.