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2022 Seattle Yoga Arts 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training
Jan 7, 2022| $3840 – $3940
Seattle Yoga Arts’ year-long 200-hour Teacher Training Certification is a 12-month course of study consisting of one weekend and two Thursday evenings per month, January – December.
We are about to launch our 2022 Immersion and Teacher Training and will be accepting applications soon!
In the meantime, please send any questions you may have or sign up for updates by emailing us at email@example.com.
Taking the Seat of the Teacher
The impulse to take the seat of the teacher arises 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. And for the 21st century yoga teacher we include an examination of yoga for social justice, inclusion and equity. 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.
This training will earn you eligibility for certification through Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level.
200-hour Teacher Training Curriculum
Establish the Daily Habits of a Yoga Practitioner
✓ Establish a daily meditation practice: sourcing the great well
✓ Create a steady home asana practice
✓ Refine your poses: personal guidance on your practice
✓ Contemplate: source great teachings and your own insight for life wisdom
✓ Explore introductions to pranayama and Ayurveda
Foundations of the Yogic Path
✓ Two great texts of yoga: The Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
✓ History of yoga, where the poses come from, the evolution of yoga in the West
✓ Introduction to Sanskrit
Dwell in the Body Vessel
✓ Fundamental anatomy
✓ Cultivate receptivity as a student and a teacher
✓ Embody and teach the elements of earth, water, fire, air, spirit
✓ Access your own creative fire
✓ What to practice and when: Teach for different times, seasons, life transitions
Subtle Body Knowledge
✓ Introduction to the chakras – the seven energy centers as a model for awakening
✓ Layers of being: the koshas
✓ Rivers of life: nadis and kundalini
Take the Seat of Teaching
✓ Learn 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
✓ Build a wave: the craft of sequencing
✓ Observation and seeing beauty in the student
✓ Teach with a theme: how to teach a meaningful, contextualized yoga class
✓ The Ethics of the Student/Teacher Relationship
✓ The Business of Yoga
✓ Teaching Private Sessions
✓ Find your inspiration
✓ Clarify your unique contribution
✓ Study and practice groups
✓ Keep a sadhana (practice) and insight journal
Why Study with Us?
Seattle Yoga Arts is renowned as a studio of depth and excellence in teaching. 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 yoga practitioner 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 kinesiology, neuroscience, Ayurveda, 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
✓ At least two (2) classes at Seattle Yoga Arts
✓ 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
Starting Date: January 7th, 2022
About the instructors: Claudette Evans, Ellie Rose, Sean Haleen, Chiara Guerrieri, Meg Agnew, and Elizabeth Rainey
Claudette, E-RYT 500, has been a student of yoga for more than 20 years and a teacher for over a decade. Claudette has a genuine passion for meeting students where they are, helping guide them toward an experience of greater strength and freedom, while allowing them to discover the wisdom that already lies within. She continues to expand her knowledge of yoga through the study of the Sanskrit language, and shares its beauty with curious and devoted students who wish to deepen their practice. You’ll find Claudette’s classes infused with her warm, integrative, and creative spirit. Her enthusiasm and curiosity are catching, and it’s clear that her teaching draws on her own love of physicality, and mental engagement. Through a deft weaving of precise alignment, thoughtful insight, and a great sense of humor, her classes create space for self-expression, clarity of focus, and the sheer joy of being embodied.
A lifelong student of life of what it is to be a human, I completed my BFA in Musical Theater and Dance and my MFA in Acting pursuing a career as a professional actor for many years in Chicago and Seattle. I have had the honor of teaching at Cornish College of the Arts since 1997 where I am currently a Professor of Theater teaching Physical Technique, Yoga and a course I created called Living Mindfully.
In 2002 I completed my first of 3 teacher trainings and began teaching right away. In 2007 I completed my 300-hour advanced teacher training in the therapeutic Vini Yoga method so that I can teach people of all capacities.
In 2015 I became certified as an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor to deepen my understanding of how this sister science of yoga promotes a healthy lifestyle and vibrant health.
In 2018 I launched the Living Yoga course at Seattle Yoga Arts for anyone who wants to dive more deeply into the practices of yoga, Ayurveda and mindfulness to more fully awaken, uplevel their health and grow in a like-minded and nurturing community of seekers.
Sean Haleen has been a passionate and enthusiastic teacher of Yoga for over 13 years. Deeply trained in Anusara and Iyengar, his love of bio-mechanics and alignment has been described as infectious and easily digestible. From 2012-2017 he was a core faculty of San Francisco’s 200 and 500 hour teacher training program and has continued to lead trainings since then. He loves helping people understand the uniqueness of bodies and how they function and move in Yoga!
I began studying Yoga in 1983 as a way to rehabilitate and strengthen myself after a car accident. What I learned then was how to breathe, how to use the breath to connect with my body, how to track physical sensations from moment to moment, and how to find an internal wisdom to guide my movement and choices toward well-being.
When I teach, I aim to bring students’ attention to a place of presence and wonder. This is particularly helpful when students are working with injury or physical pain. My classes and workshops focus on wellness through discovery, guided by the extensive study I’ve done into the body’s inner workings. I focus on keeping instruction lively, accessible, encouraging and compassionate, with a dedication to work deeply and specifically, as well as with humor and irreverence. I am an LMP, and E-RYT200, RYT500, and YACEP certified.
Not only have I studied a wide-range of bodymind disciplines–Hypnosis, Neuro Linguistic Programing, Massage, Meditation, NonViolent Communication–but I’ve worked to master the material deeply enough to teach in each of these areas. Teaching itself is one of my greatest joys. A long-time mover and shaker, my passion for movement forms has enriched my entire life with dance, yoga and daily walks in nature.
Meg has enjoyed teaching at SYA since 1993. Practicing and teaching asana, the physical limb of yoga, naturally led her to an avid exploration of meditation. Meg completed the first Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation training offered for yoga teachers at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in 2007. She graduated from Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader training program in 2012. At the request of her teacher, Phillip Moffitt, Meg founded the Dharma Wisdom Seattle meditation sangha at SYA in 2008. She continues to facilitate the Friday morning gatherings along with co-leader, Rebecca Denk. More recently, Meg has been certified to teach qigong in the beautiful, flowing style of Master Lee Holden, whose primary teacher has been Master Mantak Chia.
I believe in the wisdom of the body. Over the years I have learned to listen to my body with reverence and respect for it knows things deeper and wider than my reasoning brain. You can learn to listen to your body too. I believe that we can deepen our presence in the world and in our lives if we hone this capacity for listening and tending our body. I know from my own years of absence that when we show up in and as our body we are more capable and wise in every sense. I believe we can heal our wounds of body, mind and heart with compassion and presence and a fierce softness.
My biggest joy is accompanying another in their reclamation process of body, mind and heart. I bring an incredible amount of hard won wisdom, deep curiosity and gentle compassion to the work of presencing another’s pain, love and healing. I have decades of experience in the movement arts of yoga and Continuum, in the mindful arts of meditation and energy healing and am currently training in the powerful body wisdom practice of Somatic Experiencing®. I am an IAYT certified yoga therapist and an ERYT-500 certified yoga teacher and trainer.