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

Join our modular 300-hour Yoga 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 BenitezEllen BoyleClaudette Evans, Elizabeth Rainey

Upcoming Modules


Friday, December 7, 1:30-5:00p
Saturday, December 8, 1:30-5:00p

Hours: 7.0

Add-on Practicum
Add 5.0 hours of practicum on Sunday to workshop the content learned during Friday & Saturday. Please note registration and tuition for practicum is separate. See Practicum listing below.

Creative & Intuitive Sequencing for Yoga Teachers
with optional add-on Practicum

with Alia Swersky

How do we balance the internal pressure we feel to create an intelligent and progressive yoga class with being authentic to what we want to share with our students? This workshop explores the idea of going inside ourselves and trusting the wisdom of the body to guide our sequencing.

As we consider how to plan a class, we will be invited to connect with ourselves first, as a way to touch into the authenticity of our own practice. We will investigate what feels real and interesting to us in our teaching as a way to manifest the kind of class we want to offer.

We will examine:

  • Working from the inside out to see what organically comes out of us when we go into class planning

  • Connecting a theme and a sequence

  • Developing a sequence based on simple movement patterns

  • Mandala sequencing – moving around the mat

  • General sequencing principles, such as the arc of a class

You will come away with your own intuitive sequence design as well as two distinct sequences that you can have available to you for creative and authentic class planning.

$150 Early bird pricing through Dec 2
$180 Full price December 3 & after


Teacher Training Practicum Session - Creative & Intuitive Sequencing

with Alia Swersky

For those enrolled in Alia Swersky's Creative & Intuitive Sequencing for Yoga Teachers only. These hours will include practice teaching, receiving and giving feedback, observing others teaching, and assisting while others are teaching.

This session will help you meet the Yoga Alliance requirements to complete 30 hours of Practicum, if you are enrolled in our 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training program.

Size is limited to 10 trainees

Schedule: Sunday, December 9, 11:00-4:00pm

Tuition: $100


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

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Friday, January 18, 1:30-7:00p
Saturday, January 19, 1:30-7:00p
Sunday, January 20, 11:00a-4:00p

16.0 (includes 6.0 hours of integrated Practicum)
Please plan to be present for the entire weekend; partial enrollment will not be allowed.

Restorative Yoga: Advanced Techniques for Teaching the Art of Stillness

with Claudette Evans & Nicole Bratt

Steeped in the lineage of Iyengar, and the style of Judith Lasater, Restorative yoga has become one of the most sought-after class styles in the US, particularly in urban areas. The reason is obvious—relaxation. With the speed of modern life, people desire efficient, effective, and transformative ways to rest and rejuvenate.

Restorative yoga is a receptive practice where the body is passive while completely supported by props. By stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, Restorative yoga allows students to release physical, mental, and/or emotional exhaustion, tension, and patterning, all while cultivating compassionate attention. Among its benefits are improved sleep, digestion, and blood pressure, as well as reduced stress, anxiety, and depression.

Embrace and explore the art of relaxation with Claudette and Nicole as they weave lecture with practice for this nourishing and experiential weekend. During these three days, you will:

  • Define Restorative yoga and how it is distinct from other forms of yoga

  • Gain an understanding of the science behind why Restorative yoga works

  • Master traditional Restorative postures, and learn to adapt them to meet individual needs

  • Learn to plan thoughtful sequences and mindful transitions between poses

  • Develop and refine your teaching skills to create attentive physical support for different bodies

  • Sharpen your observation skills, and make adjustments and assists to optimize your students’ experience

  • Learn how to create an appropriate setting for a Restorative yoga practice, including cultivating spaciousness in the classroom

$340 Early bird pricing through January 6
$400 Full price January 7 & 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. Simply register online for the modules of your choice.



2018 Module Overview

December 7-9
The Art of Sequencing & Practicum – Alia Swersky

2019 Year-Long Course

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

2019 Module Overview

January 18-20
Restorative Yoga (Level 1): Teaching the Art of Stillness – Claudette Evans & Nicole Bratt

February 9-10
Somatic Experiencing® and Yoga; Tending Trauma and Chronic Stress Through the Wisdom of the Nervous System  – Elizabeth Rainey

March 8-11
Supple & Strong: Integrating Strength and Flexibility – Amanda Ford

April 19-21
How to Design & Teach Intro to Yoga Series – Beth Award

May 19
Playing the Edge: Sequencing and Teaching Advanced Asana – Nathaniel Amos

June 15-16
Functional Movement – Brea Johnson

July 20
Slow and Low – Robin Rothenberg

August 9-11
Restorative Yoga (Level 2): Advanced Techniques for Teachers – Nicole Bratt and Claudette Evans

September 14-15
Weaving Together Healing Traditions: Exploring Touchpoints between Yoga and Western Psychology – Nathaniel Amos

October 18-20
Yoga for Parkinson’s & other Movement Disorders – Peter Lynch

November 8-10
Exploring Meditation: Developing and Deepening a Transformative Practice – Sarah Trudeau