17507 Waterline Rd. Bradenton FL. 34212

Registered yoga teacher trainings

RYT-200 Yoga Teacher Training for trainees 50 and older 

For students who wish to continue their training we also have an RYT-300 advanced training for 50 plus. 

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 RYT-200 training at the Heartwood Yoga Center is designed for aspiring yoga instructors who are older, with an towards teaching students age 50 plus. This course includes all the material required for national certification so our trainees can teach all ages and levels once we complete the material, but we will emphasize the special needs and considerations of mature bodies and the daily practices we participate in will lean towards softer, gentle classes appropriate for teacher in 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 accessable yoga and gentler approaches to the physical practice. Each meeting begins with a gentle, inspirational yoga class, a followed by our RYT studies that explore the 8 limbs of yoga with anatomy, alignment, posture focus, and methodology, energy studies, yoga philosophy and more.  Reiki level 1, journaling and all requirements for yoga alliance certification are included. Additional yoga classes are available in the evenings (Aerial and other forms) for immersion students wishing additional practice.  Students are given 20 complimentary classes to take to support their journey as well. 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 Retreat Center.

Fall 15 day Immersion for ages 50 plus.

Spring 15 day immersion

Feb. 29-15, 2020, 7:30am - 7 pm daily.

The Immersion format of this course 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 (Sunday) at 6:00 Wepm with an orientation. After everyone is settled we begin the formal training the next day, Monday, at 7:30am and work until 6:30 pm, with our final hour the dinner break. ( 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 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. This program includes all meals and lodging for out of town guests.   

Due to all the materials, food and additional services this program includes, the tuition is the same as our other immersion programs.

Tuition $3250.00

Fall Daytime Session, 2019 Oct. 22 - Feb. 25 (For local students)

​Tuesdays 9am - 3pm & 4 Saturdays (The first Saturday of each month) 9-5pm.

​This course meets each Tuesday from 9:00-3:00 (16 Tuesday sessions). The weekly meeting helps everyone keep their practice progressing and makes it easy to digest the material. We also meet one Saturday each month in addition to one weekend for Chair Yoga Certification (you have flexible options if the Nov. Weekend doesn't work for you).  

Saturday meetings include, Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 4 & Feb. 1 as well as Nov. 9-10 (chair yoga certification) 

We do not meet on Tuesday, Nov. 19th or Dec. 24 or 31 for holiday breaks.

Graduation is Tuesday, Feb. 25.

This course, (normally offered at $2,600.00),  is offered at an AARP discounted fee of only $ 2400.00 if paid in full , or select one of our convenient payment plans and, while interest still applies, we adjust the payment to reflect a course fee with the discount of lower tuition. There is no food plan with this training, so students bring their own lunch.

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”  - Sophia Loren