“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


Trauma Informed Yoga: Teaching to Create Space for Healing & Growth

WORKSHOP with Bianca Raffety, E-RYT 500, LMHCA

Everywhere you we look these days it seems we are confronted with language about trauma. But what is it and how does it impact both you and your students?

Understanding trauma and how traumatic experience takes up residence in the body is a valuable, if not essential component to working with students in any body-based practices, especially yoga. When you expand your capacity to speak to the needs of healing trauma, you help create space for healing and growth for all of your students.

This 3-day teacher training module will introduce you to and help deepen your understanding of the degrees of trauma, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder of varying types, the dynamics of implicit and explicit memory in practice, and the neurobiological elements of holding space for and healing from trauma in yoga. In addition, we will examine scholarly articles, anecdotal experience, philosophical tools, and considerations for conducting a trauma-sensitive class.

Lastly, and not least, we will look at how social and political structures in our society foster trauma and how we can disrupt this cycle of trauma in our classes by addressing the structures of oppression; e.g. racism, sexism, ableism, genderism, ageism, classism, colorism, sizeism, etc. We will look at implicit and explicit ways to support resilience and healing from these forms of oppression.

There will be information sharing through discussion and lecture, as well as a chance for group work and physical practice to enhance how you listen for and teach to trauma in your students.

Friday, March 9, 5:00-7:30p
Saturday, March 10, 1:00-5:00p
Sunday, March 11, 12:00-4:00p

Hours: 10.5

$210 Early bird pricing through Mar 4
$240 Full price March 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.

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How to Design & Teach an Intro to Yoga Series

WORKSHOP with Beth Award

An intro series is a great way to break down the basics of yoga and help cultivate a person’s confidence to attend public classes or to simply create a home practice. As teachers, we have the opportunity to impart the basics of yoga in a careful, sequential way so that a person’s ongoing yoga practice—of any style—is informed and enhanced.

So how would one break down the basics of this vast body of practice in 6 weeks and inspire and inform someone who may have never stepped foot inside a yoga studio??

This interactive workshop aims to spark your creativity for teaching an intro series. Using my own teaching outline as a starting point, we will crowdsource and build a sample six-week class. Through lecture and discussion we’ll cover:

  • What elements to consider in designing and teaching an intro to yoga series
  • How to inspire students without overwhelming them
  • How to add value to the student’s experience by including informative pre- and post-class communication
  • How to draw on your own values and strengths as a teacher in order to offer a multifaceted, practical, and empowering series
  • How to break down vinyasa into accessible movements
  • Easy-to-teach alignment concepts that apply to all categories of poses

You’ll come away with your own rough draft of a 6-week intro series.

Saturday, April 21, 1:00-7:00 pm

$115 Early bird pricing through April 15
$130 Full price April 16 & after


Please plan carefully: Refunds of 90% are granted up to 5 days prior to the class 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