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Registered yoga teacher trainings

Programs with an * represent the entry level work in the first residency division.

*Advanced Teaching & Communication Skills (20 contact hours -residency)
Designed to help yoga teachers become better communicators and more effective teachers this course includes material focused on a deeper understanding of modes of learning and how to best reach students with different learning aptitudes. We explore hands on and adjusts, teaching and communication skills, yoga language, the correct use of props for generalized classes, and sequencing. We believe a teacher must be a seasoned and experienced communicator and yoga instructor before being ready to embrace the deeper dimensions of yoga in a therapy context, and this course strengthens the yoga teacher’s basic skillset to share yoga with others effectively.  The course includes teaching ethics, the role and responsibilities of a teacher, respecting intellectual property, modes of learning, and the difference between “leading” a class and teaching a class in a way that can make a profound difference.
*Intro to Ayurveda (20 contact hours – residency)
​This coursework includes 20 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.

Ayurveda 2 (20 hours residency)
Having developed and understanding of the energetic properties and principals of Ayurveda, this course explores methods for applying this knowledge to individual clients with a focus on how best to make assessments, design Ayurveda practices, and share the knowledge with clients in support of preventative practices they can embrace for long term health and happiness.  

Advanced Anatomy & Physiology (70 hours – Online Course, 4 hours mentoring)

This course reviews anatomy basics and goes on to include a more involved look at the body and its functioning systems.

*Meditation & Rounding Practices (20 contact hours – residency)

This course covers expanded techniques for practice and teaching meditation with formal lectures followed by 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,vipassana and more. The science of the mind and how meditation affects the physical body is presented. A full day of rounding invites the student to experiential understanding of the power of meditation to alter our state of being.

The Science of Silence: meditation and stillness as a path to inner awakening (20 hours residency)
This program explores the obstacles faced & rewards provided when introducing silence into our lives. Research is presented regarding how silence affects trauma victims as well as conflicts with society’s current beliefs about what it is to live a productive life. How to overcome the obstacles and perceived threats to silence and stillness that many people face, as well as exercises and practices to make meditation and self reflection more palatable is a theme of the course. This course includes lecture, discussion and practice. 

Advanced Pranayama (10 hours residency)
This course covers the science of breathing and reviews the techniques of pranayama employed in yoga; viloma, anulom vilom, seetali, sitkari, ujjayi, bhramari, bhastrika, surya bhedan, and others. Students learn about the techniques, practice and review methods for teaching them to others. 

Freedom: Yoga and the Mind (5 hours distance learning, 1 hour mentoring)
This program reviews the science of the mind, relating that evidence to the classic teachings of the yoga sutras in a formal overall review, to assist students in integrating the information for a deeper understanding of both western and eastern philosophies in regards to how our thinking affects our state of being emotionally, physically and spiritually.

*Journey through the Subtle Body (20 hours – residency = 5 hours distance learning)
This course includes subtle body theory and science, diving deeply into the theory of the koshas. Kosha basics is completed as an online course, and in residency we explore vibrational healing with Gong meditations & singing bowls, crystals & grids, Chakra cleansing, Auras and more. Students in the yoga therapy program are invited to take the full Reiki Master program as a complimentary compatible energy-body program but the additional 28 hours in class is not a replacement for any of the required hours for the yoga therapy program and is offered as a compatible practice. Reiki Master training covers the science and practice of directing energy and sharing love and light with those that need support in the healing process.

*Philosophy 1- Yoga Sutras (16 contact hours- residency with an additional 10 hours mentoring= 26)
This course covers a foundational understanding of yoga philosophy from the Vedas to current interpretations of the Yamas and Niyamas. Philosophy 1 concentrates primarily on the 196 teachings of the yoga sutras not only to forge greater understanding and familiarity with them, but to explore how the wisdom of these teachings can be drawn upon in a therapeutic context for yoga sessions.

Philosophy 2- Bhagavad Gita (16 contact hours – residency with an additional 4 hours mentoring= 20)
This course delves deeper into yoga philosophy, focusing on the Bhagavad Gita & the Dhammapada Buddhist teachings. We explore techniques for gracefully sharing the essence of the spiritual teachings with clients in non-threatening, embracing ways in yoga practice.

Philosophy 3- Upanishads (16 hours – residency with an additional 4 hours mentoring= 20)

This course covers the basic teachings of the Upanishads and covers leadership skills to share this wisdom with clients in simple ways that provide a foundation for inner peace and trust in the Atman, within.

Dharma & the Purposeful Life (20 hours- residency)

This course focuses on the Bhagavad Gita’s theme that everything in the universe has an ultimate purpose and living in accord to your divine design is required for authentic happiness and wellbeing.   Writing a life mission statement, exploring what it is to discover and live one’s dharma, and exercises to consider the karmic joy of living a life of service are themes of exercises and discussions. The course culminates with how to use this material both for our practice and our for clients’ wellbeing and spiritual development.  

Quest for the True Self (20 hours - residency)

This course forges a better understanding of a koshic view of existence. Exercises, art therapy, writing, and discussion help attendees see and unfold the confusion caused by society and cultural expectations and attachments which so often interfere with our connection to the atma and embracing self-acceptance and self-love. Thematic soul-collage and other activities invite attendees to recognize attachment, embrace what they truly are and let go of all they are not.  This personal work combined with discussion and lectures on personal and societal alienation and lack of knowing one-self forges a  deeper understanding of yoga as a path to personal awakening.

Yamas and NiYamas: A guide for purifying mind, body & spirit (20 hours- residency)
This course takes the basic teachings of the Yoga Sutra Yama’s and Niyamas to deeper levels as a key to understanding the integration of the 8 limbs of yoga for healing on multi levels. Students explore the wisdom intellectually, then apply this wisdom to their own experiences and views of current society stresses and influences. We then move on to techniques, circumstances and opportunities for sharing this knowledge with clients, working to process the information and using it to mentor others effectively  

*Yoga Therapy 1- Physical ailments & issues   (10 hours residency - 30 hours Distance Learning)

We also explore common physical issues such as Sciatica, Fibromyalgia, MS, Lupus, Hip and Knee replacements, Digestive Disorders, HBP, Migraines & Headaches, Scoliosis, Shoulder Injuries, and menopause issues, exploring symptoms, related issues caused by the problem, and medications, surgery and/or practices western medicine commonly employs to attend to these maladies. This information prepares the yoga therapist to understand treatments a client may be undergoing, helping them to assist in the healing process. 

Yoga Therapy 2 – Exploring Addiction and Recovery (20 hours residency)

This course covers the common affects of trauma and mental disturbances that often lead to addiction issues, including substance abuse, gambling, shopping, sex, or any other excessive behavior that makes it impossible to live a balanced life. Exploring the definition of addiction, symptoms, causes and common paths to recovery sets the foundation for how yoga can be applied has a healing modality adjacent to other recovery programs or independently.   Yoga practices, sutra studies, physical, mental, & spiritual practices are explored as they pertain to recovery beyond the physical and to the koshic levels. 

*Trauma Informed Yoga Overview (20 contact hours – residency)

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 issues such as sexual and physical abuse, eating disorders, addiction and recovery, veterans and first responders & yoga in the criminal justice system. Planning and implementing effective yoga practices for trauma survivors in physical, mental and spiritual areas is covered.

*Restorative Yoga theory & practice (20 hours – residency, 5 hours distance learning)

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, Sequencing & class pacing, and anatomy of the nervous  system.

*Yin Yoga, Practice and theory (20 hours – residency, 5 hours distance learning)

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. The anatomy component of this course puts special emphasis on ligaments and fascia tissue, meridians and energy pathways. 

*Yoga for A lifespan: Seniors to children (20 hours – residency & 10 hours distance learning)

Yoga for Seniors (residency) focuses on the specific needs and considerations of older populations to help yoga teachers design and lead an appropriate therapeutic senior yoga practice. The course includes anatomy & asana for older populations, and material covering the following 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 specific to those facing the challenges of aging and accepting a new stage of life.​

Yoga for children (10 hour online course) covers the specific considerations for working with youth today, including physical, mental, social, and spiritual factors.  Students wishing CEU credits to specialize in this field may wish to consider our RCYT 95 hour training as an adjunct to this yoga therapy certification. This online course covers child development in physical & intellectual areas, and provides a foundation for understanding common challenges not just the children face, but parents and families attempting to raise healthy, balanced children today for integration into the yoga therapy studies.

*Accessible Yoga (20 hours – residency)

This course will provide yoga teachers with a strong understanding of assessible yoga with a concentration in 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.  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, office or reception room chairs, and Iyengar yoga chairs. Formal lectures cover the medical and social considerations for this aging populations.

*Workshop and Retreat Planning and implementation. (12 hours distance learning- 8 hours mentoring.)

Many yoga therapists will find themselves in a position to reach out to others with healing retreats, group sessions or workshops for specific populations (such as yoga for addiction or yoga for depression) Students in this course learn how to plan, implement, and organize a workshop or retreat along any therapeutic yogic theme or purpose to understand the unique demands and dynamics of guiding clients in an experience beyond the one-hour mat session. It includes not only scheduling and program design, but budgeting, marketing, organizing, and the business of executing such a program in regard to legal, safety, and staff to attendee ratios.   Students are then expected to work one on one with the program directors to refine and evolve their individual workshop or retreat and they must follow through and offer this to the public as part of their practicum. Heartwood makes the facility available for the manifestation of these special programs (where we can moderate to offer feedback) or the student can host the program elsewhere taping there teaching portions (not including anything that interferes with privacy issues of students) for mentors to review which will be followed by communications with us for feedback and self-evaluation about the process and what was learned.      

Yoga Therapy Assessments & Treatment- ethics (5 hours residency & 20 hours distance learning, 5 hours mentoring)
This course covers how to assess clients and prepare a treatment plan, document all work, and work in harmony with other health professionals. This course also covers legal and ethical concerns, the client-therapist relationship.

Yoga Therapy Profession (distance learning – 15 hours- 5 hours mentoring)
This course covers legal, regulatory and business issues pertaining to yoga therapy including how to forge positive relationships with peers, mentors and organizations, how to develop collaborative relationships, and continuing education and professional development. 

Practicum & Competency – 205 hours.
150 hours of internship and/or providing therapy in both group and private sessions is required after completing the coursework.
55 hours is designated for mentorship and documentation of the practicum to be reviewed with the program staff in person or in one on one distance meetings. 

Most of the Yoga Therapy coursework (550 hours) is taught during four 10-12 day residencies at Heartwood. It typically takes two years to complete all the coursework and the practicum, but it is possible to spread the work over shorter or longer periods of time. Heartwood is an enriching atmosphere and our class sizes are kept intimately small to assure a stronger and more personal learning experience. In addition to the residencies, we have academic portions of the training (such as: anatomy and physiology or therapy procedures and ethics) offered online so students can study these subject at their own pace. A mentored 205 hour practicum after completing the coursework is required for IAYT certification . For information on tuition costs, dates when each residency is offered and what portions of the training are covered in each division, see here. A book list is provided for each division once registered. 

Overview of Yoga Therapy Certification coursework and course descriptions

For those wounded by civilization,yoga is the most healing salve.-Terri Guillemets