The modular program offers students the opportunity to attend courses as their time allows, with modular elements offered each month throughout the year. RYS 300 modular courses are offered in a daytime format for local students (meeting once a week from 8:30-3:30pm for 2 or 3 sessions to equal 14-21 hours of study in that subject), or in weekend courses meeting Saturday and Sunday typically from 9-6:30pm). Students are also welcome to take some electives with the immersions (which offers the complete schedule of coursework every winter and summer) where each module is offered in two sequential days. Students have full flexibility to arrange an educational plan that works with their life schedule, and they have up to 3 years to complete the coursework.
To graduate, students must complete 12 modular units and the online anatomy course. The RYS-300 course covers all required competencies for RYT-500 however, please note that if you do not graduate by 2022, Yoga Alliance is adjusting standards and requiring 100 hours of teaching experience as well as your course completion to formally register.
8 Required units include:
Advanced Teaching Skills
Advanced Meditation Weekend/Rounding
Trauma Informed Yoga
Advanced Pranayama & Subtle Body Studies
Intro to yoga therapy
Students then choose 5 units from those listed below
Workshop and Retreat Planning
Yoga for Seniors
Yoga for Cancer Recovery
Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
Additional therapy modules are periodically available as electives as well.
RYS-300 as Foundational Studies for Yoga Therapy
The 300 coursework covers the required competencies for Yoga Alliance RYT-500, as well as serving as level one training for Yoga Therapy Certification. Those wishing to apply this 300 hour program to foundational studies of the 800 hour yoga therapy certification will have additional readings and homework. We are happy to discuss this with students who are planning to continue their training after the completion of the RYT-300. Students do not need to make a decision regarding whether or not they want to continuing their education until such time as they feel ready. Our advice its to enjoy your yoga education without attachment to a goal, knowing that, as this program progresses, you will have a deeper understanding of yoga therapy and will be more prepared to make the best decision for your yoga career in regards to attaining an IAYT formal yoga therapy certification.
Course Fee: 4,295.00 Includes lunch on some full day sessions. The modular program does not include housing. A fee of $30.00 a night is charged for dorm lodging subject to availability. Additional close housing options are available (see link below.)
Sessions meet from 7-12 hours a day (depending on the program and schedule). Recommended readings and segments of the manual will be provided with each selected course that, when combined, create a comprehensive manual. Enrollment can begin at any time.
RYS-300 courses are often scheduled on weekends so students can progress through their requirements as their availability and the schedule of offerings align. A good option for students who need to be available for work or family obligations during the week, students have up to 3 years to complete their course requirements, and can take weekends alone or along with other time frames as they piece together a schedule that works for their lifestyle. (See schedule below)
Modular students are invited to join portions of the immersion training when space is available. With two immersions offered a year (each one covering all requirements) students can make great headway by attending a few days sequentially, or can always catch that one class they need to finish if they are willing to participate on the days or hours the course is scheduled during the immersion. Learn more about immersion programs here.
For local students, we offer 300 hour Advanced Courses on Thursdays from 8:30-3:30pm. The daytime 300 courses are available to any modular students as well. Each course requires 2-3 Thursdays to complete the hours assigned to that subject. Students who take the full RYS-300 in the daytime format will complete the work to become an RYT-500 after one year of study. (Not every Thursday is a required meeting.)
Due to the issues connected to "in person" training experiences that must be put on hold due to Corona Virus in some areas, Yoga alliance has offered a temporary online training provision. The Heartwood RYS-300 online program meets the YA standards and is registered. The program includes zoom meetings and opportunity to participate in our live trainings remotely through zoom and filmed portions made available through our online school.
Check out this video for glimpse of the RYS-300 training experience at Heartwood.
Advanced yoga training should be guided by seasoned teachers with qualifications and experience you can count on. The Heartwood core instructors are all ERYT-500 yoga teachers, Reiki Masters, C-IAYT yoga therapists and LMT's with specialty training in energy work, such as cranio sacral therapy and Thai massage. Other guest teachers whose expertise enhances the learning experience are invited to join us for special contributions. You can read over 300 reviews from graduates from our program on the Yoga Alliance Website as well (link below). Heartwood Yoga Institute has been a member of Yoga alliance since 2010 and IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapy) since 2012.
We take the health risks and public safety concerns very seriously, and as such have made changes to our enrollment policy to maintain a safe and comfortable environment for all. As such, we are limiting enrollment in all our programs to 12 or less participants. Available spots are always reserved for those taking the full immersion first, and available spots for additional students are on a first come first serve basis . This is temporary, but necessary in light of health recommendations. We have added additional modular programs to the schedule to assure our modular students can proceed with their academic plan as close to the schedule as originally anticipated and they are invited to take units online as well. Please give us a call if you have any questions or are seeking a specific course to graduate.
Daytime Program RYS-300 Courses on Thursday Afternoons (These courses are offered primarily on Thursdays (and a few additional Friday afternoons- denoted with (F)) from 8:30 am - 3:30 . Each session is begun with a student led yoga class as part of the teaching practicum, and the coursework begins afterwards until the conclusion off the day. Modular students may join any of these sessions to progress with their degree plan. Students bring lunch each day in these trainings.
August 20, 27, Sept 3 & 4 Philosophy 1: The Yoga Sutras
Sept 10 & 17 Workshop and Retreat Planning (3 additional sessions are schedule
for presenting student led workshops (practicum).
Sept. 24 & 25(F), Oct. 1 Advanced Teaching Skills
Oct. 8, 22, 23(F) Yin Certification
Oct. 29 30(F) Nov. 5 Yoga for Seniors
Dec. 3, 10.11(F) Restorative
Jan. 7, 14, 21 Intro to Ayurveda
Feb. 18, 19(F), Advanced Meditation
Feb. 25, March 4 Advanced Pranayama/ subtle Body
March 18, 19(F) Intro to Yoga Therapy
April 8, 9(F), 15 Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
May 20, 21(F) Workshops
May 14 Workshops
June 24 Testing- Graduation
Due to the fact that some of our programs were cancelled in 2020-21 due to Corona Virus and students must complete the 200 to participate in this training, we will be starting our new round of daytime RYS-300 courses in Spring, 2022. Weekend modules are available during the months between sessions.
Daytime RYS-300 (Thursdays) 2022
March 31, April 7, & 14, 2022 Philosophy 1: The Yoga Sutras
April 28 & May 5, 2022 Workshop and Retreat Planning (3 additional sessions are schedule for presenting student led workshops (practicum).
May 12, 19, 26 , 2022 Advanced Teaching Skills
June, July & August (no daytime meetings but all modules are available with the immersion.)
Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 2022 Yoga for Seniors
Dec. 1, 8, 15 , 2022 Restorative Certification
Jan. 13,20, 27, 2023 Intro to Ayurveda
Feb. 10, 17, 24, 2023 Advanced Meditation
March 24, 31, 2023 Advanced Pranayama/ subtle Body
April 7, 2023 Workshops
April 20 & 27, 2023 Intro to Yoga Therapy
May 4, 11, 18, 2023 Yin Certification
Weekend Modules 2021-2022 Saturday and Sunday
May 15 , 2021 Workshop and Retreat Planning
June 12 - 13, 2021 Aerial Yoga
July 10-31, 2021 All modules available with the Immersion schedule
August 21-22, 2021 Aerial Yoga
Sept No modules - Heartwood is closed this month
Oct. 2-3, 2021 Advanced Meditation
Oct. 9-10, 2021 Yoga for Cancer Recovery
Nov. 6-7, 2021 Chair Yoga
Nov. 20-21, 2021 Advanced Pranayama
Dec. 4-5, 2021 Philosophy - The Yoga Sutras
Jan. 15-16, 2022 Aerial Yoga
Jan. 23-Feb. 13 All modules available with the immersion schedule
March 5 - 6 , 2022 Chair Yoga
March 19-20, 2022 Yoga for Addiction & Recovery
April 23-24, 2022 Yin Yoga Certification
May 14-15, 2022 Restorative Yoga
June 4-5, 2022 Yoga for Seniors
July 17-August 7, 2022 All modules available with the immersion schedule.
Sept. No available modules - Heartwood is closed this month
Oct. 8-9, 2022 Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
Nov. 5-6, 2022 Chair Yoga
Dec. 3-4, 2022 Yoga Philosophy - The Sutras
*Additional modules may be added as needed.
We ask students to reserve space when they plan to attend a module in the Daytime or weekend module sessions. We do close programs when we are at the maximum participants to assure a more enriching and personal training experience so the best way to assure your desired module is available is to contact us in advance to reserve your space.
If you need lodging for a weekend unit, we may or may not have space available on site. But we have arranged affordable air B & B style accommodations very close ($35.00 nightly) and there are several options for hotels or a campground within a few miles of our location.
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 great questions that help us all dig deeper into a subject. Our student guidelines and policies are defined to uphold the integrity of the school and to keep the atmosphere positive, productive and progressive! Our hope is that by offering comprehensive information here, students will know up front if Heartwood will be a good fit as a school for their goals and expectations. Check our guidelines to understand your educational commitment, learn about tuition payment plans and more.