Yoga Teacher Training

Details about the 300 hour Advanced training program

Program Details

Become a guide for a global shift in consciousness!

Beryl Bender Birch, director of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute, and Sheila Magalhaes, Director of Heartsong Yoga Center in East Longmeadow, MA, completed the last 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course in May, 2017.  The program consisted of 8 weekends (held monthly with a December break), and ran from September 2016 through May 2017 at Heartsong Yoga (and our adjunct space down the street at the Little Red Schoolhouse.)

This year we are offering the 300 hour curriculum for teachers who already have their 200 hours with our school or any other accredited training program, beginning in January 2018.

The Hard & The Soft is a 500 Hour Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance and offers one of the most prestigious and comprehensive yoga teacher training programs in the United States. This training format is a great opportunity for those who have been looking for an outstanding non-residential program offered on weekends over the course of a year. After graduation from our program, teachers are certified through The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and eligible for registry with Yoga Alliance.

Why train with The Hard & The Soft Institute?
Learn more about Beryl Bender Birch, here!

Our teacher training program offers a unique opportunity to study with not only Beryl and the director of Heartsong Yoga, but with a variety of our senior faculty members, all of whom are outstanding 500 or 1000-hour graduates of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute. Many of our staff teachers have been teaching and practicing yoga for over 20 years and all have a strong foundation in the study of classical yoga (with Beryl) and are renowned in their respective fields. As all of us here at Heartsong Yoga and The Hard & The Soft, they continue to grow and study individually and bring to every session, a wide diversity of specialized knowledge and skills.

Meet Our Faculty

Nydia Tijerina Darby, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Therapeutic Yoga Specialist, is the Director at Nydia’s Yoga Therapy Studio and Director of Therapeutics at the Open Hand Institute in San Antonio, Texas.  She has combined her work in physical therapy with her extensive movement, fitness and yoga experience to create a unique service that focuses on acknowledging the “whole” person, on reducing the suffering of those who experience acute and/or chronic pain and improving their long-term physical functioning.  
Learn more about Nydia here.

Lori Klein, E-RYT 500, brings fresh perspective and a practical approach to the teachings of yoga with a Master of Public Health focused on Nutrition. She completed her 500-hour yoga teacher certification with The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and served as executive assistant and the Director of Teacher Training for The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute from 2005 through 2015. She began teaching Nutrition and Yoga in 2015 as an Adjunct Professor at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Lori provides accessible practices to meet the needs of diverse students across the lifespan.

Sheila Wadden Magalhaes, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, is the owner of Heartsong Yoga Center in East Longmeadow, MA, holding advanced level certifications of training from The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and is certified as a yoga therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She has been teaching in her community for over 25 years; in the studio, in schools for students of all ages sharing YogaEd Tools for Teachers curriculum, and in regional corporate and heath-care settings.
Learn more about Sheila here.

Stevan Falk graduated from Trinity University with BS & MS in Accounting in 1999 and went on to work as an audit CPA for the international accounting firm Ernst & Young in the San Antonio office. During the time he also taught accounting at the University of Texas at San Antonio and began practicing yoga in 2000. He completed the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2003 and co-founded The Union Yoga & Strength with Lisa Ingle-Stevens in 2004 which has 3 yoga studios and 3 CrossFit boxes in San Antonio. In 2015 Steve, Lisa and Nydia Darby started the Open Hand Institute, an education company focused on training yoga teachers and providing continuing education.  He will join us one weekend with:
Lisa Ingle-Stevens is the co-owner and director (with business partner, Stevan Falk) of three The Union: Yoga & Strength studios and three cross-fit gyms in San Antonio, Texas.  She is also the co-founder/director of the Open Hand Institute and has been practicing yoga for 18 years and teaching since 2002. She holds teaching certifications in Bikram Yoga and Power Yoga and graduated from Trinity University with a degree in business.  Lisa and her husband Kyle live in San Antonio with their 4 year-old daughter.  

Ann Richardson Stevens, eRYT500, C-IAYT, is the owner and director of Studio Bamboo Institute of Yoga in Virginia Beach, Virginia and a board member of the Give Back Yoga Foundation. She has been teaching yoga and training teachers for over 15 years. Ann specializes in adaptive yoga for visible and non-visible injuries & diseases.  Learn more about Ann here.

Maribeth MacKenzie, MS Ed, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT is the CEO (Chief Energy Officer)and founder/director of Inlet Yoga in Murrells Inlet, SC. Maribeth graduated from Kean University with a degree in Elementary Education and went on to acquire a Master’s degree in Education.  She was a middle school teacher in NY and NJ for 18 years before moving to South Carolina.  She is a 500-hour graduate of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute, a Chopra Center Certified Perfect Health Ayurveda Practitioner, and has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1997 and teaching for 18 years.  Learn more about Maribeth here.

Stacy Duquette, E-RYT 500 and Licensed Massage Therapist.  Stacey graduated from The University of Massachusetts with a degree in Theater Arts and Dance.  She has been practicing yoga for 25 years and began teaching yoga in 1997.  She completed her first 300 hours of training with Rodney Yee and is a 500 hour graduate of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute.  She currently teaches at Heartsong Yoga in East Longmeadow, MA.  She specializes in orthopedic massage and teaches experiential anatomy for yoga teachers.  She lives in Wilbraham, MA with her husband, 2 sons and yellow lab.

Heartsong Yoga is located in East Longmeadow, MA, a 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.