The Heartwood RYS-300 Online program is a comprehensive yoga training with a concentration in yoga therapy, recognized by Yoga Alliance. This course is designed for yoga teachers who have already received their RYT-200 certification and are now looking to dive deeper into yoga theory and philosophy as well as refine their communication and information base to enhance their teaching skills. If all work is complete by Dec. 30, 2021 (combined with the prerequisite RYT-200) participants will become an RYT-500, eligible to register with Yoga Alliance.
This course provides remote access to our full curriculum through zoom meetings and per-recorded content (for accepted subject matter such as anatomy and humanities) with person to person instructor interaction and a shared learning experience with a tribe of students from all areas of the world. Additional zoom meetings are scheduled for questions and answers and for opportunity to participate in practicum teaching with feedback. This program is limited to 12 students to assure each participant receives individual attention and feedback and our ratio is 1 ERYT-500 experienced teacher to 6 students to assure our participants get individualized attention and assessment to help them on their journey to become a qualified teacher.
This distance learning program includes advanced content to expand your yoga education. We include per-recorded lectures and material in anatomy, philosophy, posture focus, Sanskrit, bells, bowls and gongs, Chakra studies, Bandhas, and business of yoga to support your educational foundation and to assure you get the most out of your time with us.
The Heartwood RYS-300 Online forges a sense of community, shared wisdom, and expands yoga skills, progressing from the core basics of a traditional 200 hour yoga education to encompass specialty classes and skillsets for working with diverse populations and those with individual needs (in a therapeutic context.)
The 300 course advanced yoga training content includes:
Advanced teaching skills: Props, advanced postures, language of yoga, learning styles, effective communication.
Advanced Yoga Sutra study.
Yoga for seniors
Advanced Pranayama and koshic theory/subtle body studies.
Introduction to Yoga Therapy & assessments
Trauma Informed Yoga
Workshop and Retreat Planning.
Heartwood is an accredited school with the International Association of Yoga Therapy. The RYS-300 program at Heartwood is also applicable to our IAYT 800 hour yoga therapy program. Students willing to do the additional homework required for transfer credits qualify to use this course as the 300 hour foundational studies required for Yoga Therapy Certification.
Current ongoing session: Jan 2- May 8, 2021
Next (and last) online session: June 3- Oct. 28- No meeting on Sept 16 & 23 due to instructor conflicts. (These students will meet for zoom meetings on Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm as well as once a week for an online class (taught by the students to receive feedback and practice applying new skills. Day and time to be announced when we see what works best for those enrolled).
Note: Students who complete this course as foundational studies for yoga therapy will be able to join the Oct. Therapy immersion if they wish to continue their studies in person.
Payable in full, or in 6 installments of $415.84 monthly or 12 installments of $207.92
Current session: Every Saturday, from Jan. 2-May 8 from 3:00-6:00 pm EST (No meeting on March 20 or 27)
Next session: Every Thursday from June 3-Oct. 28 from 6:00-9:00 pm EST. (No meeting Sept 16 or 23)
Each week, we address a specific subject matter and we will assign homework (readings or watching those "live" zoom sessions to before the meeting in preparation for our work.) This way you have had time to view the lectures and demonstrations on each module we are covering, can consider what you may want reviewed or explained and are ready to participate in a practicum teaching exercise. This format also keeps everyone progressing steadily to fulfill our work within the YA recommended time frame for certification. In addition to a teaching practicum during this time and answering questions, we can address concerns and special considerations on the subject being taught each week.
We schedule additional zoom meetings (1 per week) for a teaching practicum. (The schedule is flexible and is determined by the tribe's availability.) In these sessions, the students will each take turns teaching the tribe a full yoga class in the style of their choice, after which they will receive feedback from the instructors and the participants to develop and refine their teaching skills. Students may opt to teach a class in a style they feel confident in, or they may chose to teach one of the subjects we are exploring in the course (Ex: restorative, yin, chair or senior yoga) for practice and feedback in this specialty subject. This covers our practicum requirement while we learn, connect and practice enjoying the shared wisdom and experience of our fellow tribe mates. It is always a joy to witness the personal teaching style of those whom we are sharing this journey with. Students who cannot participate in person are expected to watch and take the class on their own time, and fill out an evaluation reviewing the class. This practicum is to help everyone develop their communication skills and enhance the level of their teaching awareness.
In addition to our live training sessions, Heartwood offers comprehensive per-recorded content for material which is less experienced based and more academic, and therefore transfers well in a self-paced online format. Students not only learn as they view this section of the course, but often refer to this content again and again as a helpful resource for review and to support their teaching even after this course is complete. This material includes a comprehensive anatomy course, philosophy lectures, posture and alignment, lectures in Sanskrit, business of yoga, Chakra studies, Bhandas, Sound theory and vibrational healing, Ayurveda, prerecorded classes, and much more. Students have lifetime access to this material.
One of the obstacles to joining a new tribe for your RYT-300 is that participants come from different schools with different emphasis. Some training programs are very thorough and others less so. In some cases, students took their RYS-200 course many years ago and some of the foundational work they learned is murky at best. These variances make it challenging to keep progressive as new material is introduced. In effort to assure everyone has the opportunity to review core competencies and fill in any blanks they may have personally - or just for those who want to hear the basics again to support this learning journey, we provide full access to our full RYS-200 online course to anyone enrolled in our RYS-300 so they can review subjects like sanskrit, anatomy, sequencing, posture review, meditation, and philosophy (yamas and niyamas). This course bundle is not required, but is offered as a bonus gift so students have lifetime access to the foundational information we build upon to become advanced teachers.
Our manual has comprehensive notes for each module in the course. Several books are required - listed below.
Watch each module being taught live on zoom or as recorded sessions to explore at your own pace. Additional zoom meetings for the online tribe only scheduled for Q & A and for practicum teaching and review.
Props workshop, Hands on adjustments workshop, Advanced Postures workshop, Cuing and Language of Yoga workshop, Learning styles and effective communication, and a bonus workshop on Social media for yoga teachers to expand their reach into new communities.
This course covers all 196 sutras in detail with conversations on the history of the Yoga sutras of Patanjali, as well as various interpretations and meanings of independent sutras for a broad overview of the origins of the yoga we practice today. For students who are not well versed in the Yamas and Niyamas, we include additional lectures breaking down these and a few other core concepts. An art project is introduced to work on at your own pace to deepen your understanding of and connection to the sutras. Additioanl prerecorded philsophy lectures are included as well as yoga history.
Two modules include advanced meditation, science and techniques, and a pranayama/ subtle body training that teaches science and technique of pranayama as well as koshas, chakras and subtle body studies. This unit also explores yoga chanting and mudras.
These two modules include accessible chair yoga and Yoga for seniors. This includes techniques for teaching older populations or those with injuries or circumstances that make yoga on the mat difficult or inadvisable. These two courses cover yoga for Parkinsons, Hip and knee replacements, arthritis, yoga for incontinence, yoga for balance issues, facial yoga, and other subjects that provide important information to work effectively and safely with aging bodies.
These two modules includes a comprehensive overview of Yin and Restorative yoga practices. Includes the science and theory of Yin, meridian lines, postures and structuring a yin class, as well as research into the nervous system, postures and structuring restorative yoga classes.
Trauma Informed Yoga reviews the science, practice, and special considerations necessary to support and prepare a yoga teacher to work with individuals affected by traumatic life events and/or PTSD. This course covers the origins of trauma and how they affect health and functionality, the basic theory and principals of trauma Informed yoga, anatomy of the nervous system and neuroplasticity. We also cover methods to support the unique needs of trauma affected individuals and their families.
Ayurveda Foundations teaches the basic theory and methodology of Ayurveda with techniques and practices to apply to your yoga and personal health choices to vitalize your life and feel more personally balanced. This seminar covers the basics of Ayurveda in a way that makes the subject understandable and easy to apply to your life. The course is comprised of a combination of lecture, practicum, and creative exercises so the information unfolds in a way that makes it easy for students to embrace the powerful life enhancing beauty of an Ayurvedic yoga lifestyle and share it with others. This course includes body-typing, essential oils for health and cleansing and health techniques.
This course is offered online, with easy to follow lectures, exercises and examples to help yoga students develop a deeper understanding of how the body works in the context of yoga.
In addition to the formal 300 hour course content, we schedule another zoom meeting for student led classes everyone in the tribe will take. Each student will teach one or more of these sessions to receive valuable feedback to enhance and develop their teaching skills, share their unique style and to connect and learn from those sharing this journey with you. We also provide a variety of staff led classes to take at your convenience providing an example of different specialty classes.
This course breaks down the business and important considerations of planning and implementing effective workshops and retreats.
Receive a quality advanced yoga education brought right to you in an affordable way. Pay in full or enjoy a payment plan with 6 installments of $415.84 monthly or 12 installments of $207.92 monthly.
Ginny Shaddock is the owner and director of Heartwood Yoga Institute and she has taught thousands of yoga teachers at the 200, 300 and 800 level over the last 12 years as director of a leading yoga facility. She is an ERYT-500 yoga teacher, RCYT (Registered Children's Yoga Teacher) a certified yoga therapist with IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists), a Reiki Master and a trained Ayurveda Counselor from the Kerala Institute, India. She has a BA in Business Management from Eckerd College and a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from Lesley University. Ginny has a love of yoga philosophy and classic concepts and teaches much of the theoretical and philosophical elements of this program as well as therapy content.
Denver Clark is the yoga director of Heartwood Yoga Institute. She is an ERYT-500 certified yoga teacher,RCYT (Certified Children's Yoga teacher) LMT Massage therapist, Reiki Master, and is currently finishing her formal IAYT her yoga therapy certification. Denver was the director of Blue Ridge Yoga for 7 years before joining Heartwood as the school director. She has taught thousands of students during her tenure at Heartwood at the 200, 300 & 800 level. She has a love of anatomy, meditation, alignment and therapy practices and teaches much of the physical and science portions of the program.
Before making a decision to trust anyone with your yoga education, it is advisable to check the reviews of Yoga Alliance to see how other students felt about their learning experience. You want a school you can trust with a history and reputation that reveals who they are, where they stand in the yoga community and assurances that they will be there in the future if you need a letter of recommendation or support for your yoga career. We encourage everyone considering our program (or any other) to visit the Yoga Alliance website to learn more about the school they are trusting to guide them through this important journey.