After completing the Yoga Works teacher training with Maty Ezraty in Los Angeles in the 90s, Hilltop owner and founder Hilaire Lockwood moved back to Michigan to open Hilltop Yoga, where she has offered her traditional, holistic and alignment-based teacher training programs for over a decade. Celebrating 28 years of practicing yoga and meditation, Hilaire’s teachings empower students to dive deeper into their practice and discover the wisdom, beauty and strength that lies within.
The Hilltop Yoga Teacher Training Program (HYTTP) is registered with Yoga Alliance as a 200-, 300- and 500-hour Registered Yoga School (RYS) and as a Registered Prenatal Yoga School (RPYS). We are one of Michigan’s ONLY RYS 500s and one of only two Prenatal Yoga Schools in the state!
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Application Policy: To apply,download the application via the link below for the training you are interested in (please list an email address on the application that you use regularly, as you’ll be notified via email if you are accepted into the program). Submission instructions are in the application. Please thoroughly review our refund policy listed below before applying.
Refund Policy (as mandated by the State of Michigan and as outlined on the teacher training application): A deposit is due no later than one month prior to the start date of training and is charged upon the school accepting the applicant. Upon acceptance into the school, the deposit becomes nonrefundable. All tuition is due on the start date of training. All tuition paid by the applicant shall be refunded (minus the deposit and a $100 application fee) if requested on or before the disenrollment deadline. The disenrollment deadline is 11:59pm ET on Sunday of the first weekend of training. Once the disenrollment deadline has passed, no refunds will be given under any circumstance. All refunds shall be returned by check within 30 days.
We offer opportunities for those interested in becoming a yoga instructor at the 200- and 500-hour levels. Our 200-hour training can be taken alone to achieve 200 hours total. Our 300-hour training is for those who already have 200 hours through a Yoga Alliance-approved school and wish to achieve 500 hours total. Our 500-hour program is the combination of our 200- and 300-hour programs and can be taken together to achieve a total of 500 hours.
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200-Hour Teacher Training
Our traditional 200-hour teacher training is a Yoga Alliance-approved curriculum that focuses on all 8 limbs of the practice including adjustments, alignment, anatomy, philosophy and basic Sanksrit vocabulary to teach an all-level Power Yoga/Vinyasa Flow Class. While most students complete the training with a desire to teach, regardless of the outcome, the training is an empowering experience of self-discovery physically, emotionally and spiritually. Students are required to read several books and complete written homework.
*Please note, 500 hours are required to teach at Hilltop Yoga. During the 200-hour training, students may be invited to continue on to receive the additional hours needed. The cost of the additional hours is not included in the cost for the 200-Hour HYTTP.
Upcoming 200-Hour Programs
Note: If you have previously received a 200-hour certification from another studio but would like to further your education, we offer a discount of $500 on the total cost of your training. Email Katy Joe at email@example.com for more details.
200-Hour Program at Hilltop Yoga in Chicago, IL
June 2 – July 29, 2018 (8 weekends of training + 1 weekend of finals)
Attendance required each of the weekends of training at all of the following times: Fridays 6:30-10:30pm and Saturdays 7am-5pm with a lunchbreak. *Training dates, schedule and times are subject to change at any time. Upon being accepted, a final schedule will be communicated to you.*
Early Bird (ends March 31): $2,750 ($500 deposit plus $2,250 tuition)
Regular: $3,000 ($500 deposit plus $2,500 tuition)
Save $1,000 when you commit to training all 500 hours at once! Email Katy Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
300- and 500-Hour Teacher Trainings
Our 300-hour training is for instructors who have already earned 200 hours through a Yoga Alliance-approved school and would like to achieve RYT 500. Also a Yoga Alliance-approved curriculum, our 300-hour training covers adjustments, alignment, anatomy and Sanskrit vocabulary for more advanced postures and sequencing. This training focuses more deeply on the philosophy of the practice with more in-depth reading and essays.
Upcoming 300-Hour Programs
300-hour Program at Hilltop Yoga in Lansing, MI
March 10 – May 13, 2018 (8 weekends of training — no training the weekends of March 31 or May 5)
Attendance required each of the weekends of training at all of the following times: Saturdays 7am-6pm and Sundays 7am-5pm with a lunchbreak. *Training dates, schedule and times are subject to change at any time. Upon being accepted, a final schedule will be communicated to you.*
Needing 200 more hours: $2,750 ($500 deposit plus $2,250 tuition)
Needing 300 more hours: $3,750 ($500 deposit plus $3,250 tuition)
Application Deadline: March 5, 2018
300-hr Program at Hilltop Yoga in Chicago, IL
Stay tuned for upcoming dates!
Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
As one of only two registered prenatal yoga schools in Michigan, we are proud to offer a prenatal yoga teacher training stemming from Hilaire’s 26 years of yoga experience, 13+ years teaching prenatal yoga and her knowledge practicing through all 3 trimesters of her own pregnancies. This 85-hour program is for instructors who have or are completing a minimum of a 200-hour yoga teacher training program. This program does not certify you to be a regular yoga teacher — it is a supplemental program that certifies you to teach prenatal yoga in addition to being a regularly certified yoga instructor.
Upcoming Prenatal Programs
85-Hour Program at Hilltop Yoga in Chicago, IL
August 3 – 25, 2018 (4 weekends of training, Fridays and Saturdays)
Attendance required each of the weekends of training: Fridays 6:30-10pm and Saturdays 7am-6pm. *Training dates, schedule and times are subject to change at any time. Upon being accepted, a final schedule will be communicated to you.*
Early Bird — ends June 1: $1,600 ($500 deposit + $1,100 tuition)
Regular: $1,850 ($500 deposit + $1,350 tuition)
July 23, 2018