17507 Waterline Rd. Bradenton FL. 34212
Whether you want to dive deeper into your understanding of yoga for personal growth, or you plan to forge a new career or life purpose, the RYT-200 foundation program at Heartwood Yoga Center is a 200 hour yoga training program, sanctioned by Yoga Alliance and recognized worldwide, is designed to open your heart and mind to the healing practice of yoga with comprehensive study of the 8 limbs. Heartwood offers RYT-200 yoga instructor certification courses in different formats, providing ample opportunity for students to choose a schedule and time format that works best with their busy life. We also offer a specialized RYT-200 program from students over 50 (Learn more here) Our deep involvement in yoga teacher training means we not only have vast experience, but our training programs are our highest priority and the core of our school. We go to great lengths to evolve and enhance the program each season, striving to make it better and better. Visit our reviews from graduates on the Yoga Alliance National website to learn just how life altering this program is for so many individuals. With a multitude of programs offered each year, students can easily make up any work missed, and/or to repeat portions of the training that they feel need revisiting. With a beautiful and intimate resort facility that includes a state of the art yoga studio, outdoor meditation and practice areas, a staff of experienced ERYT-500 instructors, complimentary training in specialized areas (aerial yoga, Reiki, yin yoga, Chair yoga), and convenient finance options, Heartwood's programs offer unparalleled value.
The Heartwood RYT -200 is a broad-based yoga teacher training program that explores the most common pathways and methods popular in yoga today in an attempt to cross examine and explore yoga's many diverse styles. The program introduces the similarities and differences of Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Bikram, and other popular methods, as well as Power yoga, Yin yoga, restorative yoga, aerial yoga, and more. The goal of this approach is to widen the teacher’s awareness and understanding of the great diversity within the practice today. This assures greater employment options and, having a wealth of information to draw upon, helps yoga instructors recognize the difference between what is simply style verses differing structural or energetic philosophies. With a strong understanding of yoga's varying traditions, teachers are prepared to create more diverse and appropriate practices for the different populations they may teach. We are a Yoga Alliance sanctioned program recognized worldwide. Learn more about Yoga Alliance here.
Familiarizing yourself with differing methods not only expands awareness, but reveals the true essence of yoga which is at the core of all methods – what we call “big yoga”, or the beauty of the practice when commercialism, ego, or franchise elements are stripped away. For every teacher there is someone who needs what they have to give. Each teacher-in-training is encouraged to be open to all styles, but they are also encouraged to embrace only the information that resonates with them personally so their teaching is rooted in authenticity (rather than simply imitating other's classes or personalities ). Upon this we encourage the teacher to layer their own personal gifts of understanding, compassion and the insights acquired from life experience, education, or challenges, because what we have learned from our own lives strengthens our voice as a teacher and helps us discover what we, as individuals, can bring to the yoga world.
Becoming a yoga alliance certified teacher involves a substantial investment of time and money, and we do all we can to make this dream affordable for all (our pricing is a part of our school’s Karma yoga beliefs - we charge what we must, not what we can.) The Heartwood RYT-200 program is not only priced substantially lower than most other programs of it’s kind in the area, but includes valuable extra’s, such as additional trainings, including Aerial Yoga Certification or Chair Yoga (Please see our aerial yoga or Chair Yoga training page for more information) as well as Reiki Level 1 certification (as part of our energy studies). For those that need to spread their tuition out over time, we offer convenient payment programs to balance your budget at home.
While yoga alliance has defined 200 hours as the amount of time required to establish a strong teaching foundation (and everyone attending our program who puts in the 200 hours will be officially certified at the end of that term) we also recognize that people learn at different paces. We provide support with ongoing study opportunities and reinforcement training to anyone who feels this is necessary to confidently go forth and teach others. Sometimes students feel more time is required to grasp certain elements of the training, such as anatomy, or, in cases where life gets in the way or someone doesn't begin teaching soon after the course, they may feel the knowledge slipping away (one of those “if you don’t use it you lose it” sorts of things) in which case they need a refresher to use what they've learned when the time comes that they are ready to share yoga with others. We have had many yoga teacher training graduates come back for portions of the course, and some take the entire training twice (or more) simply because they are not ready to leave the support of their yoga community or they feel the first round was for personal growth and the second time around, they are prepared to absorb the material with an eye towards skill building as a teacher. Our yoga teacher’s in training are part of our family and our doors are always open to them to continuing attending our trainings (without additional fees) until they feel confident and ready to teach.
Note: If you drop out of a program prior to completion, we do charge a re-enrollment fee of $300 to begin another program. We hope this incentive will urge people to stick with their goals, and helps us avoid fluctuating enrollment numbers due to participants who start and stop randomly. That said, if you complete your program, yet wish to join us for reinforcement training, you are welcome to join us again free of charge as long as we are here, as part of our ongoing support to graduates.
Heartwood is a short drive from Sarasota, Tampa and Bradenton, but the facility feels worlds away. Students often remark that coming to Heartwood feels as if they are visiting "a little Kripaulu" or Costa Rica, but it's better because we are easy to get too, yet small and intimate, making it possible for a soul enriching training experience that still feels like a vacation.For those flying in, we offer housing and our goregeous grounds and close yoga community forge lifetime memories. Heartwood's Program offers a far different experience than what can be gained in 200 hours cooped in a yoga studio. With 7 acres to sprawl, reflect and move about, the hours spent studying feel deeply refreshing to the heart and soul. Plenty of time is spent in our beautiful yoga center breaking down postures, true, but we also meditate in the chakra garden, walk the labyrinth, journal in the art workshop, eat under the oaks outside, meditation in the meditation gazebo, sit around the elements firepit for philosophy conversations, reach for books from the yoga library, explore art in our art workshop, and more. Yoga training programs at Heartwood are intimate and progressive, transformative for the individual, while being a solid path for serving others and doing your part to make the world a better place.
Learn more about your Reiki and Aerial complimentary certifications by clicking on the links below. We will substitute Chair Yoga training for Aerial if this is more in line with your long term goals as a teacher.