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 Yoga Alliance is now requiring 100 hours of teaching experience as well as your course completion to formally register with the organization.
7 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.
Tuition Fee: $3,900.00 (Students bring lunch each day.)
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 Wednesdays from 8:30-3:30pm. The daytime 300 courses are available to other modular students as well. Each course requires 2-3 Thursdays to complete the hours assigned to that module. Students who take the full RYS-300 in the daytime format will complete the work to become an RYT-500 after 10 months of study.
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.
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.
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.
Daytime Program RYS-300 Courses meet on Wednesday Afternoons 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 units as part of their degree plan. Students bring lunch each day in these trainings.
The schedule covers most of the 300 coursework, but students need one additional weekend module to complete all 300 hours of study. Chair, Aerial and or one of the elective yoga therapy modules are available and offered several times a year to complete this requirement as long as the student did not take the course as part of their RYS-200 at Heartwood.
The RYS-300 Anatomy is taken online at the student's leisure, but much of the anatomy is covered in independent modules as well.
Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3 Philosophy / Yoga Sutras
Nov. 10, Nov 17 Workshop and Retreat Planning
Dec. 1, 8, 15 Advanced Teaching Skills
Jan. 5, 12, 19 Advanced Subtle Body & Pranayama
Feb. 23, March 2, 9 Intro to Ayurveda
March 30, April 6, 13 Trauma Informed Yoga
April 20, 27, May 4 Advanced Meditation & Day of Silence
May 11, 18, 25 Yoga for Seniors
June 1, 8, 15 Restorative Yoga
June 29, July 6 Intro to Yoga Therapy
July 20, 27 Yin Yoga
Heartwood takes a break in August and Sept from daytime programs, but the schedule repeats beginning in Oct. 2022 for those who enroll midway through the program.
*Students are granted two additional modules outside of these meetings. To schedule these additional hours, please contact the office at email@example.com These options included Chair Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Yoga for Anxiety & Depression, Yoga for Cancer, Yoga for Addiction & Recovery, Yoga Nidra, and Yoga for Body Image and Eating Disorders.
Weekend Modules 2021-2022 Saturday and Sunday
Oct. 2-3, 2021 Advanced Meditation
Nov. 13-14, 2021 Chair Yoga
Nov. 20-21, 2021 Advanced Pranayama
Dec. 4-5, 2021 Philosophy - The Yoga Sutras
Jan. 23-Feb. 13 All modules available with the immersion schedule
March 5 - 6 , 2022 Chair Yoga
March 26-April 15 All modules available with the immersion schedule.
April 23-24, 2022 Yin Yoga Certification
May 14-15, 2022 Restorative Yoga
June 4-5, 2022 Yoga for Seniors
July 23-August 12, 2022 All modules available with the immersion schedule.
July 2-3, 2022 Aerial Yoga
Sept. No available modules - Heartwood is closed this month
Oct. 29-30, 2022 Chair Yoga
Dec. 3-4, 2022 Yoga Philosophy - The Sutras
*Additional modules may be added as needed.
All modules are available during immersions, which we offer 3 sessions a year (Jan. April, July) You can check the immersion page for specific dates. Select yoga therapy modules are available. Ask the office for more details.
We ask students to reserve space when they plan to attend a module in the Daytime or weekend 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 you can participate is to contact us in advance to reserve a 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.