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Immersive Yoga Teacher Training USA

As the boomer generation ages, one is six people are seniors, making retirees the fastest growing population in America. This mature demographic is more active and health conscientious than previous generations, and receptive to the recommendation of yoga as a path to wellness by health care professionals. The need for yoga teachers with training and sensitivity to the special needs of aging bodies is growing. and older teachers are often a source of great inspiration to their peers as role models.

Meet the instructors

Ginny, Denver, & David
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  • Daily yoga practice
  • Comprehensive syllabus
  • Daily sutra or theory discussion
  • Certificate of complication to register with Yoga Alliance
  • Use of yoga journal and supplies
  • 16 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • Airport transfer

16 days with instruction
Group size: 5-13 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



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

The program

This 200-hours YTT immersion training at the Heartwood Yoga Center is designed for aspiring yoga instructors who are age 50 and up with an eye towards teaching students of their age bracket and beyond. This course includes all the material required for national certification so the trainees can teach all ages and levels once you complete the material.

Heartwood Retreat Center will emphasize the special needs and considerations of mature bodies and the daily practices you participate in will lean towards softer, gentle classes appropriate for teacher in trainees that do not want to stress their bodies with advanced postures, inversions or physically taxing material that they are unlikely to use when they teach their own demographic.

While the immersion program does include long days, Heartwood Retreat Center paces the material to unfold easily with time to process the information and enjoy engaging in yoga activities that are inspirational, informative, and transformational.

The program includes a bonus Chair yoga certification and the focus is often on assessable yoga and gentler approaches to the physical practice. Each meeting begins with a gentle, inspirational yoga class, followed by the RYT studies that explore the 8 limbs of yoga with anatomy, alignment, posture focus, and methodology, energy studies, yoga philosophy, and more.

Reiki level one is included. Come prepared to have a wonderful time, get in shape (inside and out), and enjoy the inspirational and beautiful facility of Heartwood Retreat Center with other active, open-minded mature adults.

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
  • 19:30 - 20:00 Optional evening classes and art activities


Ginny East Shaddock

Denver Clark

David Shaddock

Retreat location


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

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

What's included

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 16 days
  • Ride to and from the airport
  • Full 200-hour YTT program
  • Certificate of completion to register with Yoga Alliance
  • Yoga journal and supplies
  • Comprehensive syllabus
  • Lodging for 16 nights (comfortable dorm style)

What's not included

  • Several recommended yoga texts/books
  • Flights

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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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17 days / 16 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 5 participants

Monday November 15, 2021
(17 days / 16 nights)

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