"A vocation is the place where your deep gladness
and the hunger of the world meet." ~ Frederick Buechner

Our Accelerated 200-hour Teacher Training Certification summer program runs weekdays, Monday through Friday for one month (4 weeks) during the summer.

This comprehensive training features 45 hours of in-studio participation, Monday through Friday, for a total of 180 hours. An additional 20 non-contact hours will be acquired through homework and other relevant assignments.

We also offer a year-long (12-month) course of study consisting of one weekend per month, January – December 2018. 

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)

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.

Core FacultyDenise BenitezEllen Boyle, Alia Swersky — all experienced teachers and teacher trainers

Adjunct Faculty: Michael Jacobus on anatomy, Susan Grote on biomechanics, Meg Agnew on meditation and mindfulness, Claudette Evans on sanskrit, Amy (Reed) Aarabi on history and philosophy

This training will earn you 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
  • Learning pranayama
  • 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
  • A model of creation: the tattvas

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

And more...

  • Finding your inspiration
  • Clarifying your unique contribution
  • Study and practice groups
  • Keeping a sadhana (practice) and insight download journal

How to Apply

We are currently taking applications for our 2019 Accelerated 200-hour Teacher Training program. Applications for the Accelerated Program MUST be received by May 15, 2019.

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 info@seattleyogaarts.com. 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. For example, in the Accelerated Program, your first installment fee will only be $670.

Tuition Fees

The entire SYA training totals $3,480.

  • Accelerated program enrollees can arrange for payment in four installments of $870.

All students enrolled in the 200-hour program will receive six (6) free yoga classes, plus 20% discounted class packages*, at SYA during their training. You can expect to spend about $100 on books. There are no further fees or workshop/retreat costs.

*Please note: Unlimited Monthly Memberships, Annual Memberships, and income-relevant packages are not discounted.

Payment Methods

Pay in full: We will happily take payment in full via check or credit card.

Auto-pay: If you choose to pay in four installments, we prefer 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 $670 on May 15, and $870 on June 1, July 1, and July 15.

By check: You may pay the four installment payments via check, $670 due on May 15, and $870 due on June 1, July 1, and July 15. 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
  • 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

This summer program consists of four weeks, featuring 45 hours of in-studio participation, Monday through Friday, for a total of 180 hours. An additional 20 non-contact hours will be acquired through homework and other relevant assignments.

In-studio sessions will take place at Seattle Yoga Arts and in a nearby secondary location, and will include lecture, movement, practice teaching, lunch and dinner breaks, and plenty of opportunities to restore and refresh your energy.

2019 Week Program Dates: 
July 9 – August 3, Monday through Friday

2019 Schedule:
Mondays 8:00-5:00
Tuesdays 8:00-5:00*
Wednesdays 8:00am-12:00pm*, 1:00-5:00, 7:00-9:30pm
Thursdays 8:00am-5:00pm
Fridays 8:00am-12:00pm*, 1:00pm-5:00pm, 7:00-9:30pm

*These sessions will take place at a nearby secondary location. This location is within a 10 minute walk from Seattle Yoga Arts.