200-hour Yoga Teacher Training
300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training

Welcome to authentic, sustainable and relevant Yoga that is transmitted by teachers with passion, experience and an interest in sharing their knowledge. 5 Koshas Yoga & Wellness, in collaboration with the River Flow Yoga Teacher Training School offers a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training and 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training.

Yoga teacher training deepens your understanding of yoga and helps you gain new insights into individual and group practice to:

• Deepen your personal practice
• Launch your teaching
• Infuse your current teaching with knowledge and new insights

The River Flow Yoga Teacher Training School Credentials:

• Yoga Alliance Approved 200-Hour and 300-Hour Trainings (For RYT 200 and RYT 300)
• 200-Hour Training Approved by the Wisconsin State Approving Agency for VA Education Benefits
• Legally authorized by the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board to conduct yoga teacher training

Our lead teacher and school director is Mary Hilliker, RDN, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT.

Yoga Lineage

Our approach to Yoga adapts the tools and techniques of yoga to the individual and group. Our philosophy is to keep the time-honored and authentic tradition of yoga alive and relevant for the modern context. We transmit teachings consistent with the lineage of Viniyoga™, as transmitted to us by Gary Kraftsow of the American Viniyoga Institute. Gary’s teacher was TKV Desikachar, the son of “the father of modern yoga,” T Krishnamacharya.

Distinguishing features of this approach include:

  • breath-centered movement
  • use of repetition and stay in postures (asana)
  • functional benefit of the posture (asana) over an exact form
  • safe and intentional sequencing of practices
  • adaptation of yoga tools and techniques for the practitioner and group
  • a comprehensive set of yoga tools to assist the practitioner including asana, pranayama, meditation, sound, yoga philosophy, nyasa, mudra and more

The trademark for the term, Viniyoga is the property of Gary Kraftsow and the American Viniyoga Institute.

200-HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

The journey in the 200 hr. Yoga Teacher Training begins with a focus on you and your personal practice as a means for understanding and living yoga. From that foundation, you will learn and practice the most important skills for teaching so that you can facilitate yoga for individuals and groups.

Our Mission: Prepare students to deepen their own personal practice and study of yoga and to teach general wellness yoga to diverse individuals and groups of students in a variety of settings.

Weekend Modules: Friday night at 5:30 p.m. through Sunday afternoon, 4:30 pm, 10 weekends over 12 months. Paced for those who have full-time jobs and/or family commitments. Next program start date is June 26 2020.  We will adjust the method of delivery to online as needed during the pandemic.  We will implement all local and state public health recommendations and requirements to keep you and the faculty team safe when meeting in person. 

Weekend Schedule, 2020-21: 
1: June 26-28, 2020
2: July 17-19, 2020
3: Aug 14-16, 2020
4: Sept 11-13, 2020
5: Oct 2-4, 2020
6: Nov 13-15, 2020
7: Feb 12-14, 2021
8: April 23 – 25, 2021
9: May 21-23, 2021
10: June 25-27, 2021

Credentials Earned: Students who complete the course are eligible to apply for RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance, the national credentialing organization for yoga teachers.  The River Flow Yoga Teacher Training School is approved by the WI Educational Approval Program and is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alilance.

Pre-Requisites: A sincere desire to learn more about yoga. Immersing in personal practice or taking Viniyoga classes, workshops or retreats is very helpful but not required.

Faculty: The lead teacher and school director, Mary Hilliker, has studied with her teacher, Gary Kraftsow, for the last 20 years. Mary has been training yoga teachers in the Midwest since 2009. She has assembled a group of talented teachers trained in the Viniyoga lineage to assist in the training. See below for more on faculty.

To Apply: Complete the application form below and submit to mary@riverflowyoga.net. Applications will be accepted through June 1, 2020.

$100 application fee, non-refundable. Pay Application Fee.

PDF: 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training Application-Policies-Student Agreement

WORD DOC: 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training Application-Policies-Student Agreement

Two Options for Tuition:

$3400 early-bird tuition by June 1, 2020. Pay Early-Bird Tuition.

Pay As You Go $285/month for 13 months, starts by June 1, 2020.  Adjusted if you are a late application.  Start Payment Plan.

Training Catalog | Information Packet

Contact Mary Hilliker at mary@riverflowyoga.net for a copy of the training catalog and curriculum.

Free Information Consultation

Contact Mary at mary@riverflowyoga.net or call/text 715.218.7120 to request an individual appointment scheduled at your convenience to discuss the program.

Students who complete this program are welcome to continue with our 300 -hour advanced teacher training.

300-HOUR ADVANCED YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

The 300 hr. Advanced Yoga Teacher Training is a springboard for deepening knowledge, personal practice and teaching skills for asana adapted to the individual and groups, pranayama, meditation, sound, mudra, nyasa and  other symbolic aspects of yoga practice.

Our Mission: Prepare teachers who have taken a 200-hour certification program for advanced level teaching with an in-depth knowledge of asana adaptation, pranayama, pranayama, meditation, Tantra, sound, nyasa and mudra and application of those yoga tools for personal practice, private yoga sessions and groups, including classes, workshops and retreats.

Weekend Modules: Friday 12 noon – Sunday 4:30 pm, 12 weekends over 15 months. Paced for those who want to fully integrate teachings at a pace optimal for adult learning.  Program start date is August 28, 2020.  Note that we will make adjustments as needed for public health recommendations and requirements related to the pandemic.  

300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training – 2020-21 Schedule

Aug 28-30, 2020
Sept 18-20, 2020
Oct 9-11, 2020
Nov 6-8, 2020
Feb 5-7, 2021
April 16-18, 2021
May 14 – 16, 2021
June 11 – 13, 2021
July 16-18, 2021
Aug 13-15, 2021
Sept 10-12, 2021
Oct 1-3, 2021

Credentials Earned: Students who complete the course and are currently RYT-200 are eligible to apply for RYT-500 with Yoga Alliance, the national credentialing organization for yoga teachers, once they have logged 100 hours of teaching since receiving the RYT-200 credential.

Pre-Requisites: A certification from a RYS-200 training or equivalent study. RYT-200 is recommended if you are eligible so that you can accumulate teaching hours for RYT-500. Yoga practitioners who are interested in auditing the course should contact Mary at mary@riverflowyoga.net.

Faculty: The lead teacher and school director, Mary Hilliker, RDN, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, has studied with her teacher, Gary Kraftsow, for the last 20 years. Mary has been training yoga teachers in the Midwest since 2009. She has assembled a group of talented teachers trained in the Viniyoga lineage to assist in the training. See 300-Hour Faculty.

To Apply: Complete the application form below and submit to mary@riverflowyoga.net by August 1, 2020. If past deadline, contact Mary to see if there are any additional openings in the program.

$100 application fee, non-refundable. Pay Application Fee.

PDF: 300 hr Yoga Advanced Teacher Training Application Form-Policies-Student Agreement

WORD DOC: 300 hr Yoga Advanced Teacher Training Application Form-Policies-Student Agreement

Two Options for Tuition:

$5500 early-bird tuition by June 28, 2020.  Pay Early-Bird Tuition.

Pay As You Go $400/month for 15 months, starts June 28, 2020 or adjusted for later applications.  Start Payment Plan.

Training Catalog | Information Packet

Contact Mary Hilliker at mary@5koshasyoga.com for a copy of the training catalog and curriculum.

Free Information Consultation 

Contact Mary at mary@5koshasyoga.com or call/text 715.218.7120 to request an individual appointment scheduled at your convenience to discuss the program.

Meet the Faculty Team for the River Flow Yoga Teacher Training School:

Mary Hilliker, RDN, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Certified Viniyoga Teacher & Yoga Therapist, School Director & Lead Teacher

Lead Teacher – 200 Hour and 300 Hour Trainings

Mary Hilliker, RDN, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT has been a student of yoga for over 30 years and a teacher for 20 years. She has over 5000 hours of teaching experience. Her interest is in seeing each student in the training gain ease and confidence as a practitioner and as a teacher. Mary feels a commitment to seeing each individual and the group as a whole progress in their knowledge and skills.  Her foundations include studying with Gary Kraftsow of the American Viniyoga Institute for 500 hr. Viniyoga Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy Training and Liz (Chandler) Patric for 200 hr. Hatha Yoga Teacher Training.

 

Andrew Beaumont, PhD, MD, Neurosurgeon, Certified Viniyoga Teacher, Wausau, WI

Faculty – 200 Hour and 300 Hour Trainings

Dr. Beaumont has a deep interest in complementary care including Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Yoga. He is generous in bringing his physiology and neurosurgery background into the training in practical and accessible ways. You will find him engaging as he discusses the autonomic nervous system, the spine and adapting for health conditions. He is a talented yoga teacher in his own right and perceptive and kind as he helps others with their teaching skills. Andrew completed the 200 hr Viniyoga Wellness Instructor Training (2014-15), 500 hr. Viniyoga Teacher Training with Gary Kraftsow and the American Viniyoga Institute and is currently in the AVI Yoga Therapist Training.

 

Bill Miller, MA, RYT-500, Certified Viniyoga Teacher, Wausau, WI

Faculty – 200 Hour and 300 Hour Trainings

Bill brings many years of experience in teaching methodology into his work with yoga teachers-in-training. His enthusiasm for yoga and teaching comes through in his gentle guidance. He helps students master skills one step at a time so that they gain confidence in their abilities to practice yoga and teach. Humor, sincerity, anc compassion infuse Bill’s mentoring. Bill completed the 200 hr Viniyoga Wellness Instructor Training (2014-15) and the 500 hr. Viniyoga Teacher Training (2019). He is Certified in Gentle Yoga For Low Back Care (30 hrs.) through Justine Shelton and Yoga Vista Academy (2017). He has also received training through the Veterans Yoga Project in Mindful Yoga Trauma Recovery (2016).

 

Heather Van Dalfsen, MEd, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Certified Viniyoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, Wausau, WI

Faculty – 200 Hour and 300 Hour Trainings

Heather has been immersed in yoga for over 15 years, including over 9 years as a teacher. She received certifications as a Viniyoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist with Gary Kraftsow and the American Viniyoga Institute. Her experience as a High School & Jr. High English Teacher and Coach, business owner (Managing Partner, 5 Koshas Yoga & Wellness) and experienced Viniyoga teacher at the 500 hour level informs her work with teachers-in-training. Heather has experience teaching students of all ages and in many different community settings. She brings great insight, creativity and kindness to students in the program.

 

Jane Wengert, RN, BSN, NC-BC, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, CYT-200, C-IAYT, Certified Viniyoga Therapist, Minocqua, WI

Faculty – 200 Hour and 300 Hour Trainings

Jane’s experience as a nurse and health coach, a former yoga studio owner, yoga teacher and Yoga Therapist combined with her sharp intellect enhances her work with teachers-in-training. She has over 20 years of acute care nursing experience in specialty areas such as oncology, coronary/surgical intensive care, and post anesthesia care. Jane holds certifications from a 200-hour hatha yoga teacher training, the AVI Foundations for Yoga Therapy Training (200-hr) and the AVI Viniyoga Therapist training and she continues to advance her knowledge and study of Viniyoga with her teacher Gary Kraftsow of the American Viniyoga Institute.

 

Jay ColdwellJay Coldwell, RYT-200, iRest™ Level 2 Teacher, Certified Viniyoga Wellness Instructor, Wausau, WI

Faculty – 200 Hour and 300 Hour Trainings

Jay’s passion for Vedic chanting and his accessible way of teaching Vedic chant and the Yoga Sutra-s of Patanjali enhances the student’s experience in our training program. Jay is a 200 hr. Viniyoga Wellness Instructor (2014-15 class) and Studio Manager for 5 Koshas Yoga & Wellness. He continues to study Vedic chant with Linda Speckman and Sonia Nelson (Vedic Chant Center). He is an iRest Level 2 teacher. Jay brings his knowledge of healthcare where he worked on the insurance side of the industry as well as his wisdom about the daily workings of a yoga studio into the training. He leads chanting and discussion of the Yoga Sutras during each weekend session. Students appreciate his patient, encouraging and humorous approach to chanting and yoga philosophy.

 

Steve White, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Certified Viniyoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist, Shorewood, WI

Faculty – 200 Hour and 300 Hour Trainings

Humor, intellect, and perspective are key qualities that Steve infuses into the teacher training. He also shows up with his immense yoga book collection to share resources and guide further study. Trained in Pilates as well as the Shambhala Buddhist tradition of meditation, Steve found yoga in 2006. Although initially trained in Vinyasa flow, Steve’s passion revealed itself in the Viniyoga tradition. Steve went on to study with Gary Kraftsow and the American Viniyoga Institute in the 500 hr. Viniyoga Teacher Training and Yoga Therapist Training. Steve has a passion for teaching the inner practices of yoga – pranayama, meditation, sound, nyasa, mudra, and symbolism.  Steve offers classes and private sessions in the Milwaukee area through Yoga One.

Mary Kluz, MS, RYT-200, Certified Viniyoga Wellness Instructor, Wausau WI

Faculty – 200 Hour Training

Wit, wisdom, insight and excellence in teaching and group facilitation are qualities that Mary brings to the teacher training. In addition to her 200-hour Viniyoga Wellness Instructor certification, Mary also brings many years of experience as a facilitator with the UW-Extension into her interactions with students. Mary teaches ongoing classes at 5 Koshas Yoga & Wellness for Stress Relief & Deep Relaxation and leads workshops on leadership, communication, team building and whole-hearted living. She is particularly gifted in teaching methodology and making yoga accessible for a wide range of students.

 

Pauline Zweck, E-RYT-200, Certified Viniyoga Wellness Instructor, Wausau, WI

Faculty – 200 Hour Training

Pauline has over 13 years of experience as a yoga teacher, training in 2007 in Hatha Yoga and in 2014 as a Viniyoga Wellness Instructor. Her insight and fun-loving nature as well as experience with teaching beginning yoga students informs her teaching style as well as her mentoring of teachers-in-training. Pauline takes an interest in the transformation of every teacher-in-training. She wants to see you grow as a practitioner and as a teacher. Pauline teaches a variety of classes at 5 Koshas Yoga & Wellness, including Yoga for Beginners & Beyond, and Senior Mat and Chair Yoga.

 

Renee Peterson, RYT-200, Certified Viniyoga Wellness Instructor and Prenatal Yoga Teacher, Wausau, WI

Faculty – 200 Hour Training

Renee’s care and nurturing of her yoga students carries over to her mentoring in the teacher training. Her experience in teaching beginners, seniors, pregnant women, postpartum women, toddlers and families provides unique insights for teacher trainees. Prenatal, Family Yoga and Yoga for Beginners and Beyond are among Renee’s regular classes at 5 Koshas Yoga & Wellness. Renee is certified as a 200-hour Viniyoga Wellness Instructor (2014-15) and Prenatal Yoga Teacher (Jennifer Colletti, Yoga Center of Minneapolis, 2017) in addition to completing the Yoga Bonding Postnatal & Mom and Baby Yoga Teacher Training Course (2016). She teaches across the lifespan and is particularly gifted with adapting yoga for a variety of individuals including prenatal and postnatal.

 

Testimonials 

“I have never been part of something so unique as the River Flow Yoga Training Program!  Everything was so positive! EAch one of the faculty brought a new perspective and contributed to the lessons at hand!”  -Heather Grace

“Mary is a great mentor and instructor.  Her experience and wealth of knowledge is so valuable.  She is very professional and willing to share.” – Maria Gulan

“I would recommend this program to anyone who may have an interest in yoga – one of the best learning experiences of my life.” -Kristine Carne

“Mary excels in teaching.  She brings an unparalleled level of expertise to the training and delivers the information in practical, relatable and often humorous ways.” -Jennifer Ransom

“The team of faculty are remarkably consistent – both in their knowledge and in their patience and support of students.” -Marita Hattem

“My life, my health, my energy, and my passion for yoga have all been transformed by participating in this teacher training program.” -Carrie Kubacki

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