17507 Waterline Rd. Bradenton FL. 34212

Registered yoga teacher trainings

Our residencies meet from 7:30 am till 9pm daily with breaks for meals.  Students can earn an RYT-300 by participating in our foundational studies, however those in our yoga therapy program are required to do some additional readings, assignments and mentored homework beyond what is taught in the residency to assure the material is applicable to therapy. Foundational studies provide an overview of advanced teaching elements, establishing a foundation for teaching all kinds of populations and styles of yoga as circumstances might require for differing yoga therapy situations and clients. Foundational material includes subject matter such as accessible chair yoga, which includes learning about, hip and knee replacements and other considerations when working with injured clients or those who cannot get to the floor as well as safe modifications, practices and sequencing. Our senior yoga module includes subject matter such as incontinence, yoga for balance, osteoporosis and other issues pertinent to safely developing a practice for any aging student. Restorative yoga, Trauma sensitive yoga, advanced meditation techniques, Ayurveda 1 and other teachings that prepare a student to offer more comprehensive approaches to a yoga practice sets a foundation and expands the skill set for the yoga therapy concentrations.    

After the foundational material is completed, students must attend 3 Yoga Therapy Concentrations taught in residency.

Foundational Studies
  • Advanced teaching and communication skills
  • Props, hands on adjustments, advanced posture & alignment studies. 
  • Philosophy 1 - Yoga Sutra
  • Advanced Meditation
  • Trauma Informed Yoga
  • Workshop and Retreat Planning, Group Therapy events
  • Yin Yoga
  • Accessible Chair Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Yoga for seniors
  • Ayurveda 1
  • Introduction to Yoga Therapy
  • Subtle body studies/ koshas
  • Chanting/mudras

Yoga Therapy Concentration A
  • Philosophy 2/ Buddhism studies
  • Advanced Pranayama
  • Yoga Therapy for structural & physical issues: Hands & Feet
  • Insomnia and Sleep disorders
  • Yoga for Cancer
  • Yoga for Grief and loss
  • Yoga for Dying, Hospice and Caregivers
  • Yoga for Parkinson's
  • Yoga for Dementia and Alzheimer's
  • Yoga therapy assessments
  • Teaching home practice and instilling treatment plans
  • Science of Silence
  • Rituals, Spiritual Ceremonies and Creating sacred space for healing
  • Biology of Belief

Yoga Therapy Concentration B  
  • Philosophy:  Bhagavad Gita
  • Yoga Therapy for Addiction and Recovery
  • Dharma and the Purposeful Life
  • Yoga Therapy for Back health
  • Yoga for fertility, libido and sexual health
  • Human development 1
  • Yoga therapy for mental health
  • Yoga for Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Yoga therapy for eating disorders and body image
  • Yoga Therapy Assessments
  • Yoga Therapy Ethics & professionalism/ communicating with health professionals.

Yoga Therapy Concentration C
  • Ayurveda 2
  • Yoga Therapy for Depression and Anxeity
  • Assessments and treatment plans
  • Yoga Therapy for Lyme disease and MS
  • Philosophy - Uphanishads
  • Yoga for Divorce
  • Philosophy: Upanishads
  • Yoga therapy for LGBT
  • Setting up Internships and practicum arrangements
  • Nature as a healing modality
  • Case studies & note keeping
  • Yoga therapy for heart health
  • Mudras, Yantra
  • Yoga therapy for phobias and fears 
  • Autoimmune
  • Yoga for Fibromyalgia​ & Lupus

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. 

The Yoga Therapy coursework (605 hours) begins with a 300 hour foundational studies program that can be done in an immersion format over 22-24 days or can be completed in modules over time. This is followed by three 9 day yoga therapy concentration residencies at Heartwood. Foundational studies are offered twice a year in an immersion format, or students can complete the work over time in modules with flexible options. After completion of foundational studies, students must attend 3 yoga therapy concentration residencies- each 9 days. We offer these twice a year (every Oct. and March. rotating A, B & C in order) Students can take these residency trainings sequentially and complete this portion of the training in 18 months, or if they wish to only take one concentration residency per year, the rotation is such that they can complete the work just by attending a unit each fall or spring for three years.  It typically takes two years to complete all the coursework and the practicum, but some students spread their studies out over 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. 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 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