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Immersion Program Yoga Teacher Training in USA

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 will open your heart and mind to the healing practice of yoga with a comprehensive study of the 8 limbs. The Heartwood RYT-200 is a broad-based 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 faces.

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  • Asana practices
  • Reiki training level 1
  • Aerial yoga certification
  • Relaxing meditation practices
  • Posture focus and anatomy
  • 16 nights' accommodation
  • Daily lunch and dinner


15 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 14 participants
Airport transfer included: Tampa International Airport
Airport transfer included: Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport
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  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Labyrinth
  • Lobby
  • Meditation garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga studio
  • Free bicycle
  • Library

During this teacher training program, you will be accommodated for 14 nights at Heartwood Retreat Center which is a beautiful, organic retreat center. Most of the students choose to spend most of their time on the property to focus on yoga and have much needed secluded time from the busy world to convene with nature, dive deeply into yoga studies, and explore their inner life.

Heartwood Retreat Center offers several different accommodations for those wishing to stay on the property, but Heartwood Retreat Center also provides transportation to nearby hotels within five miles of the facility for those who prefer this option.

The dorm-style housing puts four students in a beautiful and comfortable room. Everyone staying at Heartwood Retreat Center has full access to the yoga center with a kitchen, reading library, reception room with couch, and studio as well as the grounds which include garden, fire-pit, labyrinth, and other inspirational elements.



Students who complete their subsequent training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®)

The similarities and differences of Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Bikram, and other popular methods, as well as Power yoga, Yin yoga, Partner yoga, Aerial yoga, and more are researched. 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 instructors recognize the difference between what is simply style versus 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.

The instructors are all ERYT-500 teachers, Reiki masters, and RCYT, each with specialty training to add to the program. This program includes complimentary training in specialized areas (Aerial yoga and Reiki level one). Heartwood's programs offer a deeply authentic yoga experience at a remarkable facility for a paralleled value.

A full syllabus will be offered on the day of the teacher training program outlining how each hour is divided into practice, lecture, conversations, teaching practicum, films, posture focus, and more. This is an immersion program that covers a great deal of material comprehensively.

Heartwood Retreat Center works from 09:00 - 21:00 with breaks, with an exception of Aerial yoga training weekends (where they get off at 17:00). Heartwood Retreat Center will do the schedule one day at the beach and the drum circle at the beach will be held each Sunday night (after Aerial) and Heartwood Retreat Center encourages students to enjoy this.

Daily schedule

  • 07:30 - 08:45 Philosophy
  • 08:45 - 09:00 Break
  • 09:00 - 10:30 Yoga
  • 10:30 - 12:00 Anatomy or theory
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 - 16:00 Posture focus, sequencing, practice teaching, modifications
  • 16:00 - 18:30 Meditation, pranayama, or film
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 18:30 - 20:00 Optional evening classes and art activities


Ginny East Shaddock


This yoga teacher training is located in Heartwood Retreat Center, Bradenton, Florida. Heartwood is a seven-acre private yoga retreat center, just off of highway 75 in Bradenton, Florida. The entire facility is on a crystal grid. A state of the art yoga center with kitchen, yoga library, art room, couches, and studio. It also features outdoor practice spaces, an award-winning meditation garden (featured as a competition winner in Country Gardens Magazine in fall 2016), labyrinth, medicine wheel, firepit, and more. It is state of the art yoga center.

Heartwood Retreat Center is located 20 minutes from the beach and you will spend one day studying at the beach (just to have a more expansive experience). Students will be dismissed early (17:00) in four of the 15 days if they wish to explore the area, or they may choose to stay a few days before or after the training for vacation activities.



  • Art classes
  • Cycling
  • Reiki


  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Labyrinth
  • Lobby
  • Meditation garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga studio


  • Library


All food served at Heartwood Retreat Center is vegetarian and / or vegan, and lunch and dinner will be provided during the training. On the four early release days, Heartwood Retreat Center will not plan a formal dinner, but students may use the kitchen to prepare dinner if they do not make alternate plans. Heartwood Retreat Center has coffee, tea, and snacks available 24 hours a day. Breakfast is also available for those who are staying on the property in a self-serve fashion.

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 16 nights' accommodation
  • Aerial yoga certification
  • Asana practices
  • Daily lunch and dinner
  • Posture focus and anatomy
  • Reiki training level 1
  • Relaxing meditation practices
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion

What's not included

  • Flights

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) or Tampa International Airport (TPA). Transfer from and to the airport is not included. Heartwood Retreat Center will try to pick people up if they need a lift, as long as they arrive during reasonable hours the day before.

Airport: Tampa International Airport Airport transfer included: Tampa International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport Airport transfer included: Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Please note that the following dates are especially for 50 plus students. For more information, please send an inquiry.

  • February 28, 2021
  • October 24, 2021
  • February 20, 2022
  • October 30, 2022

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