“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 Benitez, Greta Hill, Claudette Evans, Ellen Boyle,  Amy (Reed) Aarabi

Upcoming Modules


Complex Relationships: Ethical Nuances in the Seat of the Yoga Teacher

with Bianca Raffety

Ethics are often spoken of as if they were set of rules for behavior, but they are so much more. They inform how we show each other regard and respect, and they can be expressed as responsibilities we have in relationship to one another.

In the realm of teaching yoga as a path and profession, we don’t have a mandate to reflect on and deepen our understanding of what ethics are beyond being able to name the yamas and niyamas. When we are facing an ethical dilemma, rarely do we have the skills to know how to explore our ethical foundations in guiding our behavior, because they are so much an assumed part of our interactions.

This brief workshop will help us set an ethical foundation as teachers in complex relationships with our students and each other. It will provide an opportunity to prepare for the inevitable awkward moments, situations, and relationships by examining the fabric of our individual ethics. We will engage in dialogue and reflection on how to go deeper with our understanding of self-awareness and ethical dilemmas, develop tools to engage in dialogue with each other for support and guidance when needed, and reflect on how to navigate complex relationships with each other and our students in a consistent and ethical manner.

Schedule: Saturday, January 20, 1:00-5:00pm

Hours: 4.0

$80 Early bird pricing through Jan 14
$95 Full price January 15 & after


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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Applied Psychology for Yogis: Psycho-Social-Emotional Literacy

WORKSHOP with Amy (Reed) Aarabi & Livia Cohen-Shapiro

The practice of Yoga often surfaces our unconscious patterns of belief and behavior. While Yoga is a powerful tool and resource, what emerges from the practice can sometimes leave us stumped with just what to do and how to harness its potential. Modern Psychology as it relates to Yoga can provide some perspective.

The application of modern Psychology into your practice and teaching will deepen your capacity as a teacher and support your ever unfolding growth on and off the mat.

We will spend this weekend exploring a variety of developmental lenses to understand ourselves and our students more clearly, providing a rich foray into a deeper  understanding of how the spectrum of human psychological, social, and emotional development manifest in and through Yoga, and across the life-cycle.

We will investigate each concept through lecture, experientials, and dialogue. Topics covered include Embodiment and Ego formation as developmental tasks, Attachment Theory and the Healthy Holding Environment, The Emotional Body in Yoga, Healthy Relationship, and Community Building Skills.

You will come away from this weekend with both theoretical and practical knowledge pertaining to human development as it relates to yoga. The techniques fostered will help you better read and reach your students with authenticity, depth, grit and heart, to ultimately teach the person on the mat, not just the pose in the sequence.

Saturday, February 10, 1:00-6:00pm
Sunday, February 11, 12:00-4:00pm

Hours: 10.0

$195 Early bird pricing through Feb 4
$225 Full price February 5 & 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.



2018 Year-Long Course

January through December (Two meetings per month)
Living Yoga: A Year of Deepening & Awakening – Ellen Boyle

2018 Module Overview

January 20
Complex Relationships: Ethical Nuances in the Seat of the Yoga Teacher – Bianca Raffety

February 10-11
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 22
How to Design and Teach an Intro to Yoga Series – Beth Award

May 11-13
Teaching Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Students – Jaime Waliczek

June 23-24
Weaving the Subtle Body into Yoga Class: An Immersion into the Koshas and the Chakras – Ellen Boyle

July 21
Yoga for Parkinson's with Applications for Other Movement Disorders – Peter Lynch

September 22
How to Speak Somatically: The Neurobiologically-Informed Classroom – Denise Benitez

October 12-14
Restorative Yoga: Advanced Techniques for Teaching the Art of Stillness (with Integrated Practicum) – Nicole Bratt & Claudette Evans

November 10-11
Breath Intelligence for Strength & Ease – Susan Grote

December 8-9
Creative Sequencing Strategies & Practicum – Greta Hill