Yoga Teacher Training

Teacher Training 2018 : 200 hour training starts in September

Have you been considering our Yoga Teacher Training Certification Program with The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and Heartsong Yoga? The 2018 "200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification Program" is now accepting registrations.  This is an incredible opportunity to share the wisdom with others as a certified yoga teacher, or to deepen your knowledge and practice on a personal level.

We meet for 8 weekends starting in September 2018, ending in May 2019.
Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.  The first weekend is September 28, 29, 30.

Payment options here.

New: Scholarship opportunities:
In cooperation with the Give Back Yoga Foundation and lululemon’s Here To Be program, we are offering scholarships for anyone who dreams of becoming a yoga teacher but might not otherwise have the financial ability to afford the training.  Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and/or to support those from under-resourced communities who wish to teach, or those who wish to take yoga into marginalized or underserved neighborhoods. More information, here.

Get certified to teach Present Power Vinyasa Yoga, pranayama and meditation
The curriculum for this course is one of the most comprehensive, fascinating, diverse, and highly regarded in the country. The program is an excellent choice – both for those who may not want to technically “teach yoga,” but who wish to bring a more empowered and mindful sense of wellness into their life, and for those who dream of boldly stepping onto the path of becoming a teacher and sharing the benefits of their practice with others.

For those who wish to become certified as a yoga teachers, or anyone who wants to deepen their own practice, our program will teach you the foundations of the 8-limbed path of classical yoga and train you in Present Power, a vinyasa "flow" style of practice with roots in the Krishnamacharya tradition of yoga with the heart of Heartsong Yoga.  Personally, this training will strengthen and accelerate your yoga practices, which in turn begin to work their way into your lifestyle. As you begin to develop greater focus and stillness – whether through asana, pranayama or meditation practice – your awareness will begin to grow, your circle of compassion will begin to expand, and the truly transformational effects of a dedicated yoga practice begin to reveal themselves. On top of all this, you will acquire the range of tools you need to teach a safe and therapeutic asana class and offer beginning meditation and pranayama techniques for stress and anxiety relief, and to begin working with special populations.

We can also help you to create a career in yoga service, and experience the joyful satisfaction of teaching yoga. Whether you hope to teach asana in prisons, or yoga nidra to veterans, or meditation to kids, or pranayama practices to those struggling with anxiety disorders or addiction, you will become a part of the yoga community making change and working for the healing of the world.

The Hard & The Soft’s 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training program is open to all students who sincerely wish to explore the foundations of the 8-limbed path of classical yoga and make a difference in the world, starting from within.

Our faculty includes Beryl Bender Birch, founder and director of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute, Sheila Magalhaes, owner/co director of Heartsong Yoga Center, and other senior teachers from The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute. 

The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance at both 200 and 300-hour levels. Once you have completed your 200-hour certification, you will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT 200. This training is taught by Beryl Bender Birch, founder and director of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute, and Sheila Magalhaes, owner/co director of Heartsong Yoga Center, along with other senior teachers from The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute.

Click Here to email Sheila with any questions, or to request an application, or an appointment to meet her at Heartsong Yoga, take a class with her as our guest, and have a conversation about the training. 

From Sheila:
I am excited to kick off this program, the 5th 200 hour teacher training at Heartsong Yoga.  Our graduates are doing amazing work out in the world, at Heartsong, and beyond.  You may have noticed the steady increase in yoga offerings in the area, new studios, new classes, more choices abound.  Many of these teachers have been through our teacher training program, they are amazing human beings, friends, co-workers and colleagues.  I am proud to see them offer their unique expression of yoga, as they teach Kids, Teens, Seniors, Chair, Gentle, Ashtanga, Flow, Hot, Adaptive and Specialty classes.  They have a strong commitment to service, and many are teaching in underserved and under resourced populations.  You will find these teachers in our schools, senior centers, community centers, church halls, living rooms, and in studios throughout the valley.  Others have been through the program to simply deepen their understanding of the practice of yoga, and to dive into the lifestyle and philosophy. I would be honored to have you join us. Once again, More Yoga, More Love!

The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute is a program under the Give Back Yoga Foundation, supporting and funding yoga teachers of all traditions to bring yoga and mindfulness techiques to underserved and under-resourced segments of the community.  Join us in sharing the transformational power of yoga with the world, one person at a time!
Please visit the Give Back Yoga Foundation's website for:

  • More details about the program.
  • More about the philosophy of the program.
  • More about Beryl Bender Birch and the Give Back Yoga Foundation.

Heartsong Yoga is located in East Longmeadow, MA, a suburban Western Massachusetts community, less than 2 hours from Boston, about an hour south of the Berkshires, less than an hour north of Hartford, CT, or about an hour south from the Vermont border.

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