In respect to the current health crisis worldwide, Heartwood closed from March 15 until we feel it will be safe to reopen normal operations. We are holding select Yoga Teacher Training programs from May 24 on with new provisions and enrollment limitations of only 10 students per course. With only one course offered at a time, no traffic from the public visiting the facility or taking classes, special sanitation procedures, and the full resource of our expansive facility devoted exclusively to each small tribe, we believe we can provide an enriching, comprehensive training experience with minimal risk to our staff and students, until regular operations can be responsibly resumed. We recommend early registration since the available spots are so limited. Heartwood is also offering a YA approved RYS-200 course online and students who wish to take the full experience later may apply 100% of the tuition towards any future in-person training. Namaste!
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 2 or 3 times to equal 14-21 hours of study), 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) which involves meetings 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:
Ayurveda, Advanced Teaching Skills, Advanced Meditation Weekend/Rounding, Advanced Philosophy, Trauma Informed Yoga, Advanced Pranayama & Subtle Body Studies, Intro to yoga therapy (one day) with chanting and mudras (one day), the Teaching Practicum.
Students then choose 5 units from those listed below
Workshop and Retreat Planning, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Chair Yoga, Yoga for Seniors, Yoga Nidra, Aerial Yoga, Yoga for Cancer Recovery, Yoga for Anxiety and Depression. Additional therapy modules are periodically available as alternatives.
RYS-300 as Foundational Studies for Yoga Therapy
This 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 the 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.
Course Fee: 4,295.00 Includes meals when in session. The modular program does not include housing. A fee of $30.00 a night is charged for dorm lodging - but this is subject to availability. Additional housing options 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.
Modular students are invited to join portions of the immersion training when the schedule works with their availability and provided 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.
For local students, we offer 300 hour Advanced Courses on Thursdays from 8:30-3:30pm- primarily designed for students ages 50 and up, however the courses are available to any modular students who wish to take this format. 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.) Options for the daytime 300 to substitute one or more Weekend modular units in place of portions of this schedule is allowed.
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 250 reviews from graduates from our program on the Yoga Alliance Website as well (link below). Heartwood Yoga Institute has been a member of 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. Those course offerings that are a part of the Winter or Summer 300 immersion will only have a few spots (if any) open to modular students. 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. Please give us a call if you have any questions or are seeking a specific course to graduate. We are also offers some coursework online with Yoga Alliance approval to keep our currently enrolled students progressing.
2020- Weekend & 2 day Modular Offerings
Lunch is offered each day in these trainings.
June 18 & 19 Thursday & Friday Advanced Pranayama 9:00-6:00
June 20 & 21 Saturday & Sunday Meditation 9:00-6:00
June 25 & 26 Thursday & Friday Intro to Ayurveda 9:00-6:00
June 27-28 Saturday & Sunday Yoga for Seniors 9:00-6:00
August 1 & 2 Saturday & Sunday Workshop and Retreat Planning 9:00-6:00
August 15-16 Saturday & Sunday Aerial Yoga 9:00-6:00
September 26 & 27 Saturday & Sunday Restorative Certification 9:00-6:00
October 3 & 4 Saturday & Sunday Yin Certification 9:00-6:00
October 10-11 Saturday & Sunday Yoga for Anxiety and Depression 9:00-6:30
November 14 & 15 Saturday & Sunday Chair Yoga 9:00-5:00
Dec. 5 & 6 Saturday & Sunday Philosophy 1/ Yoga Sutras 9:00-5:00
Daytime Program RYS-300 Courses (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 they wish to add to 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 Nidra
May 20, 21(F) Workshops
May 14 Workshops
June 24 Testing- Graduation
Jan. 2021 (All courses available with immersion from Jan. 23 - Feb. 14) as room allows Specifics TBA
January 25-26 (2021) Monday & Tuesday Ayurveda 11:-6:30
March 27-28 (2021) Saturday & Sunday Yoga for Cancer 9-6:30
We ask students to reserve space when they plan to attend a module. We do close programs when we are at the maximum participants for an enriching and personal training experience so the best way to assure your desired module is available is to contact us in advance so we know what students are planning to attend.
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.