Check out this video of the RYS-200 program for ages 50 plus to see images from the course in action.
As our boomer generation ages, one is six people are seniors, making retirees the fastest growing population in America. This mature demographic is more active and health conscientious than previous generations, and receptive to the recommendation of yoga as a path to wellness by health care professionals. The need for yoga teachers with training and sensitivity to the special needs of aging bodies is growing and older teachers are often a source of great inspiration to their peers as role models.
This yoga teacher training for ages 50 and up at the Heartwood Yoga Center is designed for more senior yoga instructors with an eye towards teaching others in the later stage of life. This course includes all the material required for world recognized certification so our trainees can teach all ages and levels, but we emphasize the special needs and considerations of mature bodies. The daily practices lean towards softer, gentle classes appropriate for teacher trainees that do not want to stress their bodies with advanced postures, inversions or physically taxing material that they are unlikely to use when they teach their own demographic.
The program includes Chair Yoga certification (unless students wish to come back to take Aerial certification as their elective) and the focus is often on accessible yoga and gentler approaches to the physical practice. Each meeting begins with a gentle, inspirational yoga class, followed by our yoga studies that explore the 8 limbs of yoga with anatomy, alignment, posture focus, and methodology, energy studies, yoga philosophy and more. All requirements for Yoga Alliance certification are included and we provide a full 200 online course students can use to revisit the material after they graduate for ongoing support and reference as they teach. All participants should be 50 or older or have physical considerations that make this the best training for them and their goals as a teacher.
Come prepared to have a wonderful time, get in shape (inside and out) and enjoy the inspirational and beautiful facility of Heartwood Yoga Institute. The facility is air conditioned and includes lovely, inspirational areas to make your yoga journey special including a labyrinth, chakra meditation garden, art room, outdoor fresh air pavilion, two gorgeous state of the art studios, yoga library, elements firepit and more.
Previous graduates share their insight about the program
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January 7 - 21, 2023
March 18 - April 3, 2023
Oct. 14 - 29, 2023
Jan. 6 - 21, 2024
March 2 - 17, 2024
The immersion format of this yoga teacher training course for ages 50 and up is offered in a retreat style seminar. We cover all the yoga education elements to be competently trained as a yoga teacher, with time devoted to self-discovery and introspection as well. The anatomy component is offered online to be reviewed at your pace, and we offer online reinforcement for other portions of the training as well so students can revisit the material later to digest it over time. We begin on our first day (Saturday) at 6:00 pm with an orientation. After everyone is settled, we begin the formal training the next day, Sunday, at 8:30am. We meet only 9-5 on Chair Certification weekend the last two days of the course. Those who elect to return another time to take aerial instead of Chair Yoga may leave on Friday night. While these are long days, we pace the material to assure everyone has an inspirational, progressive experience while also covering a great deal of material in an engaging way.
Tuition: $3,895.00 Includes all materials and meal plan. Limited lodging is available on a first come first serve basis.
Payment plans are available.
Please be advised: The first date noted is arrival day, which includes orientation and a few hours of instruction, beginning at 6pm. The last date noted is departure day, and as such no instruction will take place. Students may choose to leave the night before, after class ends at 6pm.
RYS-200 for 50 plus Fall Daytime Session
(for local students)
Oct. 18, 2022 - March 7, 2023
Jan. 2 - April 30, 2024 (Plus one Friday March 1 & a Chair Yoga Weekend of your choosing)
This yoga teacher training course for ages 50 and up meets each Tuesday from 8:30-3:00. The weekly meeting helps everyone keep their practice progressing and makes it easy to digest the material. We also meet one weekend for Chair Yoga Certification with several dates to choose from and one Friday for a specialty Reiki course March 1 (alternate dates available).
To complete the 200 required hours, students must also complete an online anatomy course at their own pace.
Since there is no food plan with this training, students bring their own lunch each day.
Early Bird (Register by Nov. 2 for discount rate: $2,900.00
(Payment plans are available)
There is power in the community of caring people who want to learn yoga beyond the physical.
Yoga is for all ages and all levels of ability. Don't stand in the way of your exploring this amazing practice in a deeper way..
Worried about retaining all the information offered in a comprehensive 200 hour course? Heartwood provides all our graduates with an online training program that revisits all the core material you learn with us in person, providing a valuable ongoing resource to deepen your understanding and to support your education beyond your time with us. The online content includes introduction to Sanskrit lectures, philosophy, anatomy, posture and alignment, sequencing, modifications, chakra studies, business of yoga, and more. With lifetime access, you can always revisit the teaching to refresh, deepen or inspire your studies.
To learn more about Yoga Alliance Standards and how Heartwood Yoga Institute covers the core competencies check out this presentation. Included are links to teaching and coursework examples to provide you with more information on the yoga teacher training process.
We go out of our way to make our students feel respected, safe, and a part of a dynamic learning collective. We believe everyone has something special to contribute to the learning environment, be it the wisdom of experience or some great questions that help us all dig deeper into a subject. Our student guidelines are defined to uphold the integrity of the school and keep the atmosphere positive, productive and progressive! Our hope is that by offering comprehensive information here, students will know up front if we will be a good fit for them and their goals and expectations. Check our guidelines to understand your educational commitment, learn about tuition payment plans and more. Check the bottom of the page to learn about financing options too.