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 May 2018.

Look for new dates for kicking off the 200 hour curriculum in the fall of 2018.
Dates and details TBA. 
Visit here to learn about the 200 hour program.

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.

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:

Beryl Bender Birch:
Healing the World: Social Justice & Environmental Issues
Service & Sustainability
Yoga Service, Giving Back
E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Beryl is an animal and environmental activist, the founder and director of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and the co-founder and board chair of The Give Back Yoga Foundation.  She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in English and philosophy, and traveled to India in l974 to further her studies in the Eastern Wisdom traditions.  She has been teaching yoga and meditation for over 40 years and is the author of 4 books on yoga, including Power Yoga & Boomer Yoga. 
Learn more about Beryl, here.

Sheila Wadden Magalhaes:
Service, Science & Community
E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Sheila 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.

Lori Klein:
Plant Based Diet: Nutrition & Mindful Eating
E-RYT 500, Lori 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.

Maribeth MacKenzie:
Ayurveda: The Science of Yoga
MS Ed, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Maribeth is the CEO (Chief Energy Officer)and founder/director of Inlet Yoga in Murrells Inlet, SC. She 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.

Stevan Falk & Lisa Ingle-Stevens:
Leadership Development & the Business of Yoga
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.
Learn more about Stevan and Lisa, here.

Ann Richardson Stevens:
Yoga Therapeutics I: Adaptive Yoga
E-RYT500, C-IAYT, Ann 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.

Nydia Tijerina Darby:
Yoga Therapeutics II: Touch, Modifications, & Special Populations
E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Nydia is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Therapeutic Yoga Specialist, and 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.

Suzanne Manafort:
Yoga Therapeutics III – Anxiety & Stress Related Disorders
E-RYT 500 and IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist, Suzanne is the Director  and Founder of Mindful Yoga Therapy and the Mindful Yoga Center on Newington, CT. She specializes in using yoga as a complimentary therapy in trauma settings. She has completed a 500 hour training at the Hard and Soft Yoga Institute, a 500 hour training in Embodyoga and the Living Tantra program with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait at the Himalayan Institute.
Learn more about Suzanne, here.

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.  413-525-0720