"If you seek to come into your own presence, you will find the exact right rhythm for your life." ~ John O'Donohue
Seattle Yoga Arts' year-long 200-hour year-long Teacher Training Certification is a 12-month course of study consisting of one weekend per month, January – December 2018.
We are currently in session with our 2019 200-hour Teacher Training program. Please read on for full details on this program, and look for our 2020 program application in August 2019.
What Our Graduates Say ...
"I appreciated that the program was geared toward explorations of ourselves, our voices, our purpose, etc. The program was not prescriptive and made it clear that everyone has something to give to the yoga world. Each of the instructors was so kind and knowledgeable." ~MH (2016 graduate)
"Extraordinarily bright, empathetic, knowledgeable and approachable instructors. Very clear and vivid presentation of a truly vast amount of information. Creative approach to teaching with ample time for questions, reflection, and absorption. Lots of opportunity to put theory into practice." ~MR (2016 graduate)
"This program has allowed me to show up in other areas of my life as a more authentic, accepting, imperfect, patient, loving version of myself. Each of the teachers brings such richness and depth of knowledge to the program." ~TP (2016 graduate)
"Loved that this training was philosophy based, laid back, and focused on doing the poses safely instead of trying to look cool or impressive. Phenomenal teachers." ~KC (2017 graduate)
"This training was everything I wanted from a training without being able to identify what I wanted! Some things I loved about it: the grace, humor, and realness of the teachers. The balance of yoga class content with context (historical, philosophical, etc.), the repeated encouragement to try and fail and trust." ~ME (2017 graduate)
"This year has changed my life in so many ways and I am truly grateful. Exceptionally high level of instruction, teaching methodology and course materials. Each teacher brought a unique and valuable focus and perspective." ~GK (2017 graduate)
Blog post: What I loved about the SYA 200 Hour Teacher Training ~KB (2014 graduate)
Taking the Seat of the Teacher
The impulse to take the seat of the teacher arises most auspiciously from the passion and blessings of your own practice, which create a heartfelt desire to offer the gifts of yoga to others. You become an excellent teacher when you bring head and heart, intelligence and passion together into your own individual form of teaching. This teacher training will first support you in establishing daily life practices that sustain and nourish a yogic lifestyle. We will then guide you in accessing your own creativity and brilliance and offer you tools to become the best yoga teacher you can be. We will also take you on a grand tour of the yoga tradition, its philosophy, insights, and texts. We will offer you the very best of our many combined years of teaching and teacher training, so that you will leave this program prepared and inspired to teach effective, contextualized yoga to a diverse body of students.
Adjunct Faculty: Michael Jacobus on anatomy, Meg Agnew on meditation and mindfulness, Bianca Raffety on "Ethics of Teaching Yoga" and "Projection and Transference in the Classroom"
This training will earn you eligibility for certification through Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level.
200-hour Teacher Training Curriculum
Establish the Daily Habits of a Yogi
Creating a steady home asana practice
Establishing a daily meditation practice: sourcing the great well
Refining your poses: personal guidance on your practice
Contemplation: sourcing great teachings and your own insight for life wisdom
Foundations of the Yogic Path
Two great texts of yoga: The Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
The root text of Saiva Tantra: The Siva Sutras
History of yoga, where the poses come from, the evolution of yoga in the West
Dwelling in the Body Vessel
Fundamental anatomy with Michael Jacobus
Softening as student and teacher
Embodying and teaching the elements of earth, water, fire, air, spirit
Contacting your own creative fire
What to practice when? Teaching for different times, seasons, life transitions
Subtle Body Knowledge
Introduction to the chakras as a model of energy flow
Layers of being: the koshas
Rivers of life: nadis and kundalini
Taking the Seat of Teaching
Learning a refined, logical system of body alignment for asana and teaching
How to teach all categories of poses safely and effectively; standing poses, backbends, forward bends, twists, inversions, restoratives
The art of verbal and manual adjustments
Peer teaching with feedback
Building a wave: the craft of sequencing
Observation and seeing beauty in the student
Teaching with a theme: how to teach a meaningful, contextualized yoga class
Finding your inspiration
Clarifying your unique contribution
Study and practice groups
Keeping a sadhana (practice) and insight download journal
How to Apply
We are now accepting applications for our 2019 200-hour Teacher Training program!
Your application, and $200 non-refundable deposit, can be dropped off or mailed to Seattle Yoga Arts, 1540 15th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call the studio at (206) 440-3191 to pay the application fee over the phone.
We will respond within 2 weeks of receiving your application to let you know whether you have been accepted into the training. Please do not send any further payments until you hear from us.
NOTE: Upon acceptance, your application fee will be rolled into your full training tuition. That is, your first weekend fee will only be $103.75.
The entire SYA training totals $3,645.
Program enrollees can arrange to pay $303.75 per training weekend.
Students enrolled in the program will receive six (6) free yoga classes, plus 20% discounted class packages*, at SYA for the duration of their training. Students can expect to spend about $100 on books, and will also be required to take three (3) classes at other studios. There are no further fees or workshop/retreat costs.
*Please note: SYA's Monthly Membership, Annual Membership, and income-relevant packages are not included.
Two (2) income-relevant scholarships are available for our year-long program. They reduce the fee by 40% and require financial disclosure for application. Deadline for application is November 30. You can download the scholarship application here and send it along with your application to email@example.com.
Pay in full: We will happily take payment in full via check or credit card.
Auto-pay: If you choose to pay monthly, we ask that you authorize automatic payments to your credit card. Once you are accepted into the program, we will provide you with a credit card authorization form giving us permission to do so. Your credit card will then be automatically charged $303.75 on the Friday of each training weekend.
By check: You may pay the $303.75 via check on the Friday of each training weekend. As a way of honoring the exchange of energy that is represented by money for teaching, we expect students to take responsibility for this without having to be reminded.
Please do not proceed with full payment until we have responded to your application.
Why Study with Us?
Seattle Yoga Arts is renowned as a studio of depth and excellence in teaching and our core faculty are among the most respected teachers in the Northwest. Since we began our Teacher Training program in 1998, we have trained some of the most beloved teachers in Seattle and beyond. We have had the time and experience to refine our program and we continually refresh our training with current and vital concepts that enhance your potency as a yogi and as a teacher.
Our core faculty members were trained in Anusara yoga and understand that method deeply. We also honor and source the best from the fields of physical therapy, kinesiology, therapeutics, etc. We have a commitment to including the stream of Tantric teaching in our philosophy, while also continually revisiting the root texts of the yoga tradition.
We believe that being a yoga teacher is an honor, a privilege and a never-ending path of growth and service. We have seen over and over that yoga changes lives and know that being part of that evolution is sacred.
At least one year taking weekly (or so) public yoga classes
At least five classes at Seattle Yoga Arts (required for year-long program only)
A burning desire to learn more about yoga
Support network of family and friends for the duration of your training
Clarity about your schedule, capacities, and other commitments so that you are sure you can make space for this training in your life
Dates & Times
The year-long program consists of twelve weekends of 15 hours each beginning in January 2019 and ending in December 2019. There are study group gatherings and homework outside of class time. Students are required to attend 6 classes at SYA, observe 6 classes at SYA, and attend 3 classes at other studios throughout the course of the year. Plan on about two to six hours of outside class work a month.
2019 Weekend Dates:
(Each day includes breaks for walks and food!)
Fridays – 1:30 to 7:30 pm
Saturdays – 12:45 to 6:45 pm
Sundays – 1:00 to 4:00 pm