“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


How to Design & Teach an Intro to Yoga Series

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, June 17, 1:00-6:00 pm

Tuition: $100


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


Bringing Ayurvedic Principles into the Yoga Class

with Ellen Boyle

This training model is designed for yoga teachers, recent TT graduates and anyone who is interested in learning more about how the healing properties of an Ayurvedic lifestyle can support your health and evolution on and off the yoga mat. We’ll begin with an introduction to the historical and philosophical context of Ayurveda as a sister science to yoga. We’ll then dive into the foundational principles of this simple, profound and applicable science, exploring how it may be woven into your yoga teaching and practice to support a life of vibrant health, a deep connection to Nature’s rhythms and living your dharma.

The weekend will consist of lecture, discussion, practice, self-inquiry and time to explore how to create and weave an Ayurvedic theme into a yoga class. Participants will leave with the following:

  • A basic understanding of the energy science of Ayurveda and how to bring that into your teaching to enliven your classes and take your students to a new level of relationship with their bodies and their wellness.
  • A deeper understanding of your own prakriti (personal constitution) which can help you grow your unique perspective and presence as a teacher.
  • How to theme a class based on an Ayurvedic principle.
  • A deep hunger to learn more about Ayurveda!

Saturday, July 15, 1:30-5:30 pm
Sunday, July 16, 1:30-5:30 pm

Tuition: $165


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


Restorative Yoga: 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

Friday, August 11, 1:30-5:00p
Saturday, August 12, 1:30-6:00p
Sunday, August 13, 11:30a-4:30p

13.0 (includes 5.0 hours of integrated Practicum)
Please plan to be present for the entire weekend; partial enrollment will not be allowed.

$275 Early bird pricing through July 31
$300 Full price August 1 & 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 $50 deposit.

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

January 20-22
Ethical Dilemmas in the Seat of the Teacher – Bianca Raffety

February 10-12
From Transcendence to Therapy: A Natural History of the Body in Yoga – Matthew Remski

March 17-18
Creative Sequencing Strategies – Greta Hill

April 14-15
Strong Yogi – Amanda Ford & Denise Benitez

May 13-14
Sanskrit: Using Sacred Sound to add Richness and Dimension to your Teaching – Claudette Evans

June 17
How to Design and Teach an Intro to Yoga Series – Beth Award

July 15-16
Bringing Ayurvedic Principles into the Yoga Class – Ellen Boyle

August 11-13
Restorative Yoga: Teaching the Art of Stillness (with integrated practicum) – Claudette Evans & Nicole Bratt

September 15-17

October 13-15
Applied Psychology for Yoga: Emotional Literacy for Yoga Teachers – Amy Reed & Livia Shapiro

November 10-12
Intro to Nada Yoga, Chanting Mantra, and Leading Kirtan – Claudette Evans

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