Heart of the Village Yoga

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The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.

- T.K.V Desikachar

Yoga Alliance Certified
Advanced Studies 200 and 300 Hour
Yoga Teacher Trainings


Directed by Jo Kirsch, E-RYT 500 and Bob Speck, E-RYT 500 with guest teachers Biff Mithoefer, Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band, Manoj Chalam and more.

Heart of the Village Yoga conducts annual Teacher Training and Advanced Studies programs accredited by Yoga Alliance. Our programs are built upon a strong foundation of classical yoga postures, alignment, integrated breathing and mindfulness. Our students learn to teach Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Yin and  Restorative Yoga. We  integrate  Bhakti Yoga – the Yoga of Loving Devotion; Karma Yoga – the Yoga of Selfless Service; and Jnana Yoga – the Yoga of  Wisdom and Knowledge, into our teacher training programs.

At HOTV Yoga, our programs are ultimately about YOU and the community we build together! We study the centuries-old traditions of yoga and honor the lineage of our yoga teachers, while also respecting the evolution of yoga practice as it evolves with our modern society. Our programs are experiential in nature: we build connections and community, take advantage of the strengths and interests of each participant, and focus on creating life-enhancing practices, continual-learning perspectives, and joyful-living experiences.

Our participants immerse themselves into the life-changing practices of yoga within our accepting and supportive community. Our graduates become highly-capable, student-centered, compassionate and authentic yoga teachers… and inspired leaders!

Join us! Get ready to Look Far; Dive Deep; Stand Present; and Love Life! Together!


Flow, Restorative and Yin Yoga
Intensive Asana Study and Sequencing
Alignment of Every Body
Anatomy and Physiology
Teaching Special Populations
Yoga for Emotional Well Being
Yoga and Nature
The Art of Teaching Yoga

Each Core Weekend will embrace multiple aspects of our curriculum including flow, yin and gentle yoga, teaching methodology, practice teaching, posture modifications and sequencing, philosophy, anatomy and physiology, meditation, breath work, nature focus, and chanting.

Core Weekend Schedule
6pm – 9pm Friday Evening
9am – 6pm Saturday
8am – 5pm Sunday


200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program

Mandatory Core Weekends for 200 Hour Teacher Training Students.

August 24-26, 2018
September 21-23, 2018
October 19-21, 2018
November 16-18, 2018
December 14-16, 2018
January 4-6, 2019
February1-3, 2019
March 1-3, 2019

200 Hour Advanced Studies and Teacher Training Fee: $3,000
Sign Up Early and Save:
$2,500 by May 1, 2018; $2750 by July 1, 2018
$3200: Pay Deposit of $200 and $375 monthly August, 2018 through March, 2019.

Click here to apply for a Non-Degree Grant through Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC)


What our Graduates have to say:

“The Heart of the Village Yoga teacher training program was an incredible journey that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I am forever grateful for the knowledge gained and the guidance I received. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to enhance their yoga practice, both on and off the mat, with a well-rounded and informative teacher training program.” – Lela Hughes, RYT 200


“Jo and Bob provided one of the most enriching experiences of my life.
I feel equipped with the tools, support, and confidence to start my yoga teaching career.”
– Kelli Ettori, RYT 200


“The Heart of the Village Yoga 200 hour teacher training was a was a wonderful and supportive learning experience. Our teachers created a safe, supportive environment of learning and helped us grow as yogis and teachers. Jo and her fellow instructors epitomized the philosophy and practice of yoga on and off the mat. I went into this training thinking I just wanted to improve my practice, but came away with the desire to share my love and deep respect for yoga practice and inspired to become a yoga teacher.  It was a transformational experience for me.” – Pat Meredith, RYT 200


“The HOTV TT was life changing. I will be forever grateful to my teachers.”
– Dayna Mazzolla


“ The teachers at Heart of the Village Yoga are amazing. As a testament to their knowledge, skill, professionalism and compassion, they have built up a fabulous community. I have moved out of the area since my 200 hour training. While I feel blessed to be part of another growing community of Yogis in my new home, I really miss everyone there.” – Paul Elsholz, RYT 200


Click here to download an application. Questions? Email or call 802.362.9004 to schedule an interview for the program.


300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program

Complete 300 Hours attending a combination HOTV Yoga Teaching Training Core Weekends and Electives.

Upcoming Core Weekends for 300 Hour Teacher Training Students*
August 24-26, 2018
September 21-23, 2018
October 19-21, 2018 (register here)
November 16-18, 2018
December 14-16, 2018 (register here)
January 4-6, 2018
February 1-3, 2018
March 1-3, 2018

Reiki Infused Restorative Workshop
with Barb Lowes, RYT 500 and Jo Kirsch, E-RYT 500
5:30 – 7:30pm: Sunday, July 15
*More TBA

300 Hour Advanced Studies and Teacher Training Fee
$300 due with application;
balance of $3900 due by 1 week prior to start date.

$4500:$375 due with application;
$375 due monthly over 11 months from start date.

Click here to apply for a Non-Degree Grant through Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC)


and acrue 300 hours by attending a combination of
HOTV Yoga Teaching Training Core Weekends and Electives.

*Pre-requisite: RYT 200.

“The training I received at Heart of the Village Yoga surpassed all my expectations. There was a wonderful balance and ease with the style of teaching used. I would highly recommend it to anyone searching for more than just a physical Asana training course. The Teachers were some of the best I have had the pleasure to know and work with. There is a true community feeling and the studio feels like a second home.”
– Lisa Brand, E-RYT 500


“The Heart of The Village Yoga 300 hour teacher training was a wonderfullyenriching experience for my body, mind and heart. Jo and Bob lovingly cultivate a supportive community where students can deepen their knowledge and experience while making meaningful connections with others.
The training was thoughtfully organized and presented to support integration of the teachings of yoga.The program is ideal for teachers wishing to enhance nuances of teaching such as integrating yogic philosophy and sequencing and for students interested deepening a yogic life style though exploring Karma, Raja, Jnana, and Bhakti Yoga.” – Laurae Coburn, PhD, RYT 500


“The 300 hour yoga Teacher Training experience  at Heart of the Village Yoga is like adding a tube and mirrors to a small collection of favorite beads and trinkets. Each bead and trinket represents lessons learned from my 200 hour training such as anatomy, Sutra study and sequencing. The tube, the community, studio, environment, is a comfortable, solid, safe space to look over my knickknacks. Teachers, colleagues, guests, written assignments and discussions are all  mirrors that encouraged reflection, magnification and expansion. The program supports and promotes going beyond the What and When. Understanding the Why and How enables us to create a limitless kaleidoscope of action, intention, knowledge and devotion.

Jo and Bob understand how people learn best and have developed a  professional, balanced and inclusive program. I highly recommend bringing in your own baubles and witness the transformation to an ever changing, beautiful practice.” – Alexandra Langstaff, RYT 500


“It is my absolute pleasure to recommend Heart of the Village Yoga for your teacher training whether you are a 200 hour candidate, a 300 hour candidate or combined, like me. I came to know Jo Kirsch and Bob Speck as the most wonderful teaching team. They are both incredibly hard working and their combined knowledge inspired everyone at both levels to intertwine learning, mentor each other, teach with confidence and share deeply in yoga philosophy and asana.  The TT program is outstanding for anyone at any level, that is interested in delving deeper into the art and science of yoga with like minded  wonderful people.”
– Barbara Lowes, RYT 500, Reiki Master

Click here to download an application.
Questions? Email or call 802.362.9004 to schedule an interview for the program.

Saturday, April 21: 10:30-11:30am’
Thursday, May 17, 7:30-8:30pm
Thursday, June 14, 7:30-8:30pm
Saturday, July 14, 10:30-11:30am

Our 200 and 300 Hour Courses have a standard of excellence and are in compliance with the standards of the nationally recognized Yoga Alliance. Heart of the Village Yoga is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance.



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