“A vocation is: The place where your deep gladness and the hunger of the world meet.”  ~ Frederick Buechner

Join our 300-hour Modular Teacher Training anytime!

  • Earn your 300 hours through stand-alone modules that you take as you like.
  • Work toward 500-hour RYT certification through Yoga Alliance or take modules independently for your own education and nourishment.
  • Begin the program when it works for you.
  • Learn on your own timeline: study what you want to study, when you want to study it.
  • Study with experts in their fields.
  • Take up to four years to earn your 300 hours.
  • Some classes are open to everyone; other classes open only to teachers, teachers in training, and teacher wannabes.
  • Receive discounted classes at SYA during the first year of your training. You'll pay only $10 per class.
  • Let us know what you’d like to learn; we’ll create a module around it!

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.

Lead Faculty: Denise BenitezAmy Reed, Greta Hill, Claudette Evans, Ellen Boyle

Upcoming Modules


Finding Clarity in Yoga Practice, Culture & Service

with Matthew Remski

Join Matthew Remski, writer, researcher and “heart-centered skeptic,” as he leads thought-provoking discussions on some of the vital issues facing yoga practitioners and teachers today. 

The Death of a Yogi | Friday 6:00-8:00p

Michael Stone, who offered yoga and meditation retreats worldwide and authored several innovative books, died on July 16 after taking street drugs. He had struggled with bipolar disorder for decades. Matthew will speak about the life of his friend and colleague, and hold space for group reflection on how mental illness is held and hidden in our yoga communities. All donations for this offering will benefit Michael’s surviving family.

Schedule: Friday, October 27, 2017, 6:00-8:00p

Hours: 2.0

Suggested Donation: $35
If you would like to make a donation that is either lesser or greater than the pricing options shown at checkout, please call us or stop by the studio to RSVP.


Defining Yoga: Navigating Private and Public Discourses
with Integrity and Respect
|  Saturday 1:00-3:00p

It’s natural for everyone to have a private definition of yoga practice. What could be more intimate and personal than the sensations and meanings of movement, breath, meditation and contemplation? And yet, if we stop with our private definitions, we miss out on not only the historical richness and diversity of yoga literature, we run the risk of further fragmenting a heritage that has struggled to survive colonialism and now globalization. In this discussion we’ll explore the difference between “yoga as a personal journey” and yoga as an historic spirituality with specific roots in Indian wisdom practice.


Manual Adjustments: Challenges and Possibilities  |  Saturday 4:00-6:30p

In many yoga spaces, teachers and students share the expectation that adjustments are a standard part of practice. But this aspect of modern yoga is marred by an uncomfortable history. At the dawn of the global movement in 1930s India, adjustments in key learning spaces such as the Mysore Palace merged with the somatics of corporal punishment. They conveyed assumptions about spiritualized pain and surrender delivered through a pedagogy of unquestioned charisma and presumed consent. In combination, these factors have led to decades of blurred boundaries, sexualized touch, and general intrusion. If you’re a yoga teacher and you want to adjust people, this discussion will help you get square with this history first. It will help you think about how you will protect your students from it, especially in an unregulated industry. It will offer guidelines for moving forward in the creation of safe and student-driven yoga education.


What Is the Yoga Teacher's Scope of Practice?  |  Sunday 10:00a–12:00p

The modern yoga industry has aspirations towards therapeutic and social service, but few mechanisms to guide competency. It also has emerged from a pedagogy in which teachers have been explicitly rewarded for overstepping their trained skill sets. Some of this happens through earnest enthusiasm, but some of it intersects with outright manipulation. Complicating it all is the industry's allergy to legal regulation. It is left to yoga educators, therefore, to get really smart about understanding and defining what the limits and possibilities of their training are. In this discussion, we'll explore five potential guidelines that can positively inform scope of practice for the yoga teacher.


Does Yoga Support Social Justice Work? No and Yes.  |  Sunday 2:00-4:00p

The Bhagavad Gita was the favourite book of both Gandhi and his assassin. European fascist movements of the 1930s were fascinated with yoga. And today, practicing yoga is not a reliable predictor of one’s political persuasion. The Yoga Sutras will not teach you about reproductive rights, rape culture or white privilege. The Hatha yoga texts are in no way feminist. Is it a mistake to believe that practicing yoga makes you a better citizen or ally? In this discussion we’ll explore how social justice work really begins with education that comes from beyond the yoga mat. And — how those who are working in social justice movement really can trust yoga practice to help build resilience.

Saturday & Sunday, October 28-29, 2017
Times listed above with each module.

Hours: 2.0-8.5
Varies based on which workshops attended; please see above

Saturday & Sunday:
   $35 each Early bird through Oct 22
   $40 each Full price Oct 23 and after

All Four Saturday & Sunday Workshops:
   $125 Early bird through Oct 22
   $140 Full p rice Oct 23 and after

REGISTER HERE for Saturday & Sunday Workshops

Please plan carefully: Refunds of 90% are granted up to 5 days prior to the workshop start; after which, no refunds are given.

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Sanskrit: Using Sacred Sound to Add Richness & Dimension to Your Teaching

with Claudette Evans

This training module is designed for yoga teachers, recent YTT graduates and serious students who want to develop confidence in Sanskrit reading and chanting. We’ll focus on four specific areas of interest to yoga teachers: Sanskrit basics, including learning to recognize Sanskrit devanāgarī, as well as transliterated text; the aphorisms of the Yoga Sūtras; the verses of the Bhagavad Gītā; and the devotional mantras of the Upaniṣads.

The weekend will consist primarily of call-and-response chanting in order to develop a feel for the rhythms and cadences of Sanskrit chanting.

Participants will:

  • Enhance their proficiency and poise in Sanskrit chanting
  • Gain valuable insights into how Sanskrit presents the teachings of yoga
  • Learn how to reference Sanskrit directly as a means to illuminate the teachings for your students.
  • Explore the practice of Nāda Yoga, the yoga of sound and vibration
  • Begin to cultivate a sonic practice to harmonize body, mind and heart

If you want to make Sanskrit chanting a regular feature of your classes and workshops, as well as a regular part of your own spiritual practice, this workshop is for you. No prior experience necessary. All are welcome.

Friday, November 10, 1:30-5:30 pm
Saturday, November 11, 1:30-6:30p
Sunday, November 12, 11:00-4:00 pm

Hours: 14.0

$295 Early bird pricing through Nov 5
$325 Full price Nov 6 & after


Please plan carefully: Refunds of 90% are granted up to 5 days prior to the workshop start; after which, no refunds are given.

300-hour Teacher Training Overview


Two Ways to Join:

1.  Working toward certification through Yoga Alliance?  

Fill out & send us the application form, along with a $100 deposit. ($50 of this application fee goes towards your first 300-hour TT module.)

Mail to: Seattle Yoga Arts, 1540 15th Ave, Seattle WA 98122, or email us the application at nicole@seattleyogaarts.com and call the studio at 206-440-3191 to pay the application fee by credit card. 

For more information, download a detailed breakdown of requirements for certification through Yoga Alliance. Upon registering you will receive tools with which to track your hours.

2.  Just taking classes for your own education? 

No need to send in an application. Go to the Events page and register there for the modules of your choice.



2017 Module Overview

October 27-29
Finding Clarity in Yoga Practice, Culture, and Service: a Weekend with Matthew Remski

November 10-12
Sanskrit: Using Sacred Sound to add Richness and Dimension to your Teaching – Claudette Evans

December 1-3
Light the Lamp of Knowledge: The History and Philosophy of Yoga – Amy Reed

2018 Module Overview

January 21
Complex Relationships: Ethical Nuances in the Seat of the Yoga Teacher - Bianca Raffety

February (dates TBA)
Applied Psychology for Yoga: Emotional Literacy for Yoga Teachers - Amy Reed & Livia Shapiro

March 9-11
Trauma Informed Yoga: Teaching to Create Space for Healing and Growth - Bianca Raffety

April 21
How to Design and Teach an Intro to Yoga Series - Beth Award

May (dates TBA)
Teaching Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Students - Jaime Waliczek

June 9-10
Designing a Therapeutic Class - Ellen Boyle

July (date TBA)
Yoga for Parkinson's with Applications for Other Movement Disorders - Peter Lynch

September (dates TBA)
The Neurobiological & Somatic Classroom - Denise Benitez

October 12-14
Restorative Yoga: Advanced Techniques for Teaching the Art of Stillness - Nicole Bratt & Claudette Evans

November (dates TBA)
Anatomy topic (title TBA) - Susan Grote

December 8-9
Sequencing topic (title TBA) - Greta Hill