17507 Waterline Rd. Bradenton FL. 34212

Registered yoga teacher trainings
RYS-300 Modular Course fee - $4,250.00 

Includes food on all weekend programs and housing for immersion formats.

Students have three years to complete the work after registering. For immersion programs, this fee includes meals and in cases where students come from out of town, lodging. Sorry but we do not offer lodging to local students. We do not charge for lodging, so it is reserved for those who need housing to participate.

To register students can pay the deposit of $500.00 and then pay in full for lowest tuition, or set up one of our payment plans. Heartwood offers financing with interest fees, or you may consider Paypal credit  - an alternate that may be a better option for some individuals.   

Module Format:

RYT-500 Course dates are established, yet some trainings are added as we see a need or as we schedule guest teachers with special offerings. We try to offer everything on a weekend , daytime and/or evening format so you can find a time that works for you regardless of your personal or work schedules, but some programs may require you to attend when available, or you may need to wait until it is available next season. Note that the * is a reminder of those programs that are mandatory to take. If you have a time frame in which you plan to finish the 500 course, we advise you to do what you can to be available to take the courses you need and want, because some specialty subjects are only scheduled once or twice a year.  We offer two 500 immersions a year, Summer and Winter. These session include all  the coursework,  and you can participate in all or part of those programs to accelerate your progress. All weekend programs that are not a part of our immersions are subject to cancellation if we don't have a minimum number enrolled, so be sure to call us to register for any course you wish to attend to be sure we keep it on the schedule. 

To register, pay a deposit of 500.00 and select a Heartwood payment plan option or pay in full. If you wish to pay for the program with paypal credit, you will get 6 months interest free. If you use this option, please contact us about what sessions you will be attending to formalize your enrollment.

The Heartwood RYS 300 certification is a comprehensive 300 hour advanced yoga education program for yoga teachers who have already received their RYT-200 certification and are now looking to dive deeper into yoga theory and philosophy as well as refine their communication and information base to enhance their teaching skills. Completion of this program combined with the RYT-200 and teaching experience will make a teacher an RYT-500.  The program is geared to helping yoga professionals learn to make a viable career in health and wellness with immersion weekends to deeply explore yoga specialties along with one on one mentoring to guide them in learning to present workshops, retreats and specialty classes.  This coursework expands the skill-set for yoga teachers preparing them to authentically teach a variety of specialty classes with 6 required core courses, along with a choice of elective courses to support career goals.  Students can begin the coursework anytime, and can finish in a matter of months with accelerated participation or take  up to three years to complete the course work. Heartwood offers the advanced 300 hour training in a weekend modular format, a three week immersion format or a 11 month daytime format for ages 50 plus. The daytime modules are over the course of several meetings on Thursdays, and students may wish to join some of these units rather than keeping to weekend programs only.

This coursework is part of the foundational studies for students considering moving on to the yoga therapy certification. Students are are advised to discuss their goals with us so we can plan their curriculum to be sure they select courses applicable to their 800 hour therapy path. There are some additional readings and assignments in several of these modules for those using this work for yoga therapy.

7 Core units include:

Ayurveda, Advanced Teaching Skills, Advanced Meditation Weekend/Rounding, Advanced Philosophy, Trauma Informed Yoga, Advanced Pranayama & Subtle Body  plus a one day unit Intro to Yoga Therapy and online Yoga Anatomy .

Students then chose 5 from the offered immersion weekends below.

Workshop and Retreat Planning and implementation. Restorative Yoga  Certification ,Yin Yoga Certification, Chair Yoga Certification, Yoga for Seniors,  Aerial Yoga Certification,  Yoga of the voice. Yoga for Cancer, Yoga for Anxiety and Depression. Additional therapy modules are available as alternatives.

Required Course material:
(Note the hours listed are the contact hours with instructors at Heartwood. Additional reading or personal work will be recommended dependent upon the program selected. Each module has recommended or required reading and a syllabus is offered with each subject to reinforce the material and provide reference.)
Advanced Teaching & communication Skills
This 20-hour coursework includes material focused on a deeper understanding of hands on and adjusts, teaching and communication skills, appropriate language of yoga, advanced postures, props, and sequencing. Student assessments.
Ayurveda 1
​This coursework includes 16 hours dedicated to Ayurveda basics and understanding the principals of Ayurveda yoga and healing, including Gunas, Agni, The five mahabuhutas: (five elements), the Tridoshas and how they affect our energies, prakriti (Body constitution), Ritucharya (Season Routines), and herbs and Ayurvedic cleansing techniques 
Ayurvedic approaches to yoga add a new degree of awareness and teachers learn to adjust a practice to serve different body types and constitutions as well as seasonally.

 Meditation & Rounding Practices
This course that covers expanded techniques for practice and teaching meditation as well as experiential learning through “rounding” processes. Includes the theory and science of meditation, and a variety of specific meditation styles and practices including zen meditation, japa mala, mindfulness meditation, and more.

Advanced Pranayama & Journey through the Subtle Body
This course is devoted to subtle body theory and science and the koshas. We explore advanced pranayama concepts as well as the chakras, kleshas, vayus, and other energetic concepts that promote healing and affect energy.

 Trauma Informed Yoga
This course covers the anatomy & physiology of how trauma manifests on the body and mind, with the theory and practice to effectively teach to individuals who have experienced trauma. It includes trauma sensitive language & sequencing, as well as a review of the special considerations of yoga for survivors of sexual and physical abuse, eating disorders, addiction and recovery, veterans and first responders & yoga in the criminal justice system.

Philosophy 1- Yoga Sutras
This course  covers deeper perspectives on the 196 Yoga Sutras as well as an overview of yoga's classic teachings and primary spiritual texts. We discuss Gunas, Kleshas, Samkhya philosophy, and more.

Intro to Yoga Therapy & Advanced anatomy
Comprehensive anatomy is an online course to provide a more involved look at the body and its functioning systems. Introduction to yoga therapy is a one day unit that explores the science and practices that help a yoga teacher work with students struggling with common physical, mental and emotional issues . This foundational course covers yoga therapy assessments, the history of yoga therapy, the role IAYT plays in yoga therapy today, and the difference between yoga therapy and healing yoga classes taught by an advanced teacher.
Elective coursework
Students pick 5 courses from the list below in consideration of their teaching goals and availability. New subjects can and will be added to this list periodically as our program expands or adjusts.

Restorative Yoga Certification
This course explores the techniques and methodology of restorative yoga, a gentle, calming therapeutic style of practice that restores the nervous system.  This training covers a broad range of healing techniques and modalities that can be incorporated into restorative classes, including theory and Science of restorative yoga, hands on assists, props and poses for restorative yoga, breathwork and guided imagery, yoga nidra, acupressure yoga and trigger points, essential oils for healing, gong and sound therapy for relaxing nervous system, restorative Sequencing & class pacing, and anatomy of the nervous  system.

Yin Yoga Certification
Yin yoga training is devoted to yin studies that include the yin history, theory, methodology, sequencing and postures of yin yoga as a specific practice for spiritual, physical and energetic enhancement and as a compliment to a traditional yang practice. Two hours are devoted specifically to anatomy with special emphasis on ligaments and fascia tissue. This course also covers meridians and energy pathways as well as the use of essential oils to stimulate the energetic body. 

Yoga for Seniors
Yoga for Seniors focuses on the specific needs and considerations of older populations to help yoga teachers design and lead an appropriate senior yoga practice. The course includes anatomy for older populations, yoga for beginners, and material covering the following issues: Knee and hip replacements, Wrist & bone density issues, Cardiovascular Disease, Arthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Dementia/Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Parkinson's, the side effects of medications and specific emotional and physical challenges facing those age 60 and above. What to do in emergencies if accidents or medical problems occur in class. Posture modifications, props, & sequencing yoga for seniors is reviewed, as well as creative class ideas to keep seniors engaged, developing affirming attitudes and connections to the class and providing new ways to teach core yoga philosophy and practices.​

Chair Yoga Certification
This course will provide yoga teachers with a strong understanding of Chair Yoga: theory and practice. Participants will gain the skills required to bring yoga to students who might otherwise not be able to embrace a practice as you learn how to adapt the classical Yoga asanas to the chair rather than the floor in a therapeutic context. Material is offered for students of a variety of skill levels and circumstances, but the emphasis is for mature adults and those with physical limitations that need a chair to make yoga accessible. An anatomy segment focuses on deteriorating joints and common issues that senior clientele may be dealing with, such as Hip and knee replacements, Osteoporosis, Glycaemia, wrist weakness and loss of balance.  A small portion of the seminar is devoted to more aggressive yoga practice techniques to explore how a chair can be incorporated into a traditional practice, or for office workers. Since the circumstances (and thus the chairs) may vary for different teaching situations, we make available and encourage the attendees to explore different chairs, including wheelchairs, office chairs, balance balls, and traditional yoga chairs.

Aerial Yoga Certification

Aerial is offered as an elective only for those students who have not already taken this course in their RYT-200 at Heartwood. Aerial Yoga weekend explores a wealth of alternative yoga exercises, assisted postures, and safe inversion techniques using the Om Gym system of yoga hammocks and handle supports as well as traditional Aerial Silks. We cover:  History of aerial yoga, Aerial yoga class levels – designing a safe class for different skill levels/ using aerial slings for private sessions. Careful exploration and teaching techniques of more than 50 supported yoga poses based on Iyengar theory, physical safety issues and concerns, Warm-ups, proper pose progression, class sequencing. Yoga Therapeutics using gravity and the swing for effective spinal traction and/or internal cleansing. Inversion Theory of physiology and anatomy, Aerial teaching practicum and learning hands-on assists.​

Workshop and Retreat Planning and implementation.
This course is partially a group endeavor but includes independent study. It begins with a seminar on how to plan, implement, and organize a workshop or retreat along any yogic theme or purpose. Students learn the dynamics of teaching a longer program, with budgeting, marketing, organizing, and the business of executing such a program.   They are then expected to work one on one with the program directors to refine and evolved their individual workshop or retreat and they are encouraged to follow through and offer this to the public. Heartwood makes the facility available for the manifestation of these special programs (and we attend to offer feedback) or the student can host the program elsewhere and finish with follow up communications with us about what was learned.      

Yoga of the Voice
This workshop is only offered once every 12- 18 months, so catch it when you can because it is a unique opportunity to explore a different side of yoga. Authentic Voicework: Yoga of the Voice Retreat is a (12-CEs) course designed to guide participants to release energy in the body through the voice, as a channel of healing. This 2-day retreat workshop introduces the voice & breath as physical instruments to be used as a form of energy work, and to have a chance to experiment as a group with your own voice and experience the healing benefits! Participants are often amazed to witness the powerful shift in energy.
This modality of healing, founded in Expressive Arts Therapy, includes elements of energy work, classical voice technique, Feldenkreis, bodywork, Alexander Technique, Yoga, Somatic Psychology, Meditation and the mystical path of sound and music or "Nada Yoga". Stephanie Heidemann is an award-winning Performing Experimental-Vocal Artist, and artist in residence. She was a Massage Therapist/healer for many years, and has taught Authentic Voicework in the U.S. and South America. 
(12-CEs for Licensed Massage Therapists: NCBTMB Approved Provider # 451581-11).

Yoga Therapy Modules:

For those in the 300 who are not planning to continue to yoga therapy, we make available several of our therapy units as electives. This includes:  Yoga for Cancer Recovery, Yoga for Depression and Anxiety, Yoga for Death Dying and Caregivers, and others. Please call if you wish to attend a yoga therapy unit as one of your 300 electives.

Transfer hours
In accordance to Yoga Alliance rules and standards, we do not accept transfers from previously attended specialty trainings or coursework, so in cases where your 200hr certification covered material, or you may have previously attended a weekend training in a specialty subject, the hours cannot be applied to your educational plan with us. If you have taken coursework elsewhere, we advise you retake the subject with us knowing that every subject will be taught in different ways by different schools, and the reinforcement can only help you to deepen your understanding of the subject. If you have taken a course that is not core material, you can also enjoy our flexible options to participate in alternate weekends to expand your learning experiences rather than repeat material you are already familiar with.

Specialty weekend courses taken at Heartwood (Chair Yoga or Aerial Yoga) that were a part of your RYT-200 cannot be used again as required hours for the 300. You must select an alternative course. However, if you have taken one of our continuing education weekends after your 200 graduation to enhance your education and now wish to get your formal advanced 300 certification, the weekend may count towards the completion of your required hours. We are happy to work with each individual to design their degree plan in the way that serves them best and assures a comprehensive

Enrolled students must give us 3 weeks notice if they are planning to attend a module. Please be aware that courses that are NOT a part of our regular immersion sessions are subject to cancellation if we do not have students on record as enrolled 3 weeks prior to their start date.)


Dec. 7 & 8                                 Philosophy 1 - Yoga Sutras 9am -6pm


Jan. 25-26                                Advanced Teaching Skills 11:00-6:30

Jan. 27-28                                Ayurveda 11:00-6:30

Jan. 27- Feb. 6                         Philosophy 9:00-10:30

Jan. 29                                      Introduction to Yoga Therapy 11:00-6:30

Jan. 30-31                                Chair Yoga 11:00-6:30

Feb. 1 - 2                                   Reiki Master/ Journey to the Subtle Body

Feb 3-4                                      Senior Yoga 11:00-6:30

Feb. 6-7                                     Trauma Yoga 11:00-6:30

Feb. 8 - 9                                   Meditation 9:00-5:00 - Malas Workshop 6:00-9:00 pm

Feb. 10-11                                 Yin Yoga11:00-6:30

Feb. 12-13                                 Restorative 11:00-6:30

Feb. 14                                      Workshop and Retreat Planning

Feb. 15-16                                Aerial Yoga 9-5pm

March 14 & 15                         Chair Yoga 9:00-5:00

June 6 & 7                               Aerial Yoga 9:00-6:00 pm

July 6 & 7                                 Advanced Teaching Skills, 11:00-6:30

July 8 & 9                                 Ayurveda 11:00-6:30

July 10                                      Intro to Yoga Therapy 11:00-6:30

July 8-17                                  Adv. Philosophy 9am-10:45

July 11 & 12                             Senior Yoga 11:00-6:30

July 13 & 14                            Chair Yoga, 11:00-6:30

July 15                                     Workshop and Retreat Planning 11:00-6:30

July 16 & 17                            Yin 11:00-6:30

July 18 & 19                            Restorative Yoga 11:00-6:30

July 21-22                               Trauma Yoga, 11:00-6:30

July 23-24                               Pranayama/ subtle body

July 25-26                               Meditation 11:00-6:00

July 27-28                               Aerial Yoga                            

​More to be announced as the season progresses. 

The Paypal credit option allows you to pay tuition at your own pace with 6 months interest free for those who qualify.

RYS-300 Yoga Teacher Training-(Concentration in Therapy)

Please consider your choices before signing up!
Heartwood does not issue refunds for any monies paid. Your payment for immersion programs remains on your account for up to 1 year but because of the intimate nature of our training and the limited space available in our dorms (and the fact that once we hold a spot, we often turn others away) Heartwood will charge a transference fee of $300 should you decide to postpone your training and attend at a later date. Dormitory fees will be lost and you will need to re-book and 
pay for the room again or stay elsewhere if you were a resident and move to another training date without at least one month notice so we can fill your spot from our waiting list.

Can be taken as 12 independent modules completed within 3 years, or a 21-23 day immersion. A program for ages 50 plus is offered in a daytime, 11 month format.