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300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training: Modular Program
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.
✓ 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 $12 per class up to 10 classes.
✓ Let us know what you’d like to learn; we’ll create a module around it!
✓ All modules and practicum are held on-site at Seattle Yoga Arts.
About The Lead Instructors: Denise Benitez, Claudette Evans, Ellen Boyle, Elizabeth Rainey, Greta Hill.
Founder, Seattle Yoga Arts
I am in love with multiple streams of yoga, philosophy, psychology and movement. I practiced Iyengar yoga beginning at age 16 with many wonderful teachers of that method, and this practice transformed an anxiety-ridden teenager into a functioning adult! From 1992 to 2012 I studied Anusara yoga and Tantric philosophy.
I love books, dogs, water, movement, dancing, poetry, and the tropics. You’ll find my classes informed by anything from my latest movement fascination to Jungian psychology, all of it anchored by my passion for kinesthetic discovery and wise movement that is sound and effective. I think moving slowly makes one strong both physically and mentally, and that yoga is a practice of reflective consciousness that is mysteriously and profoundly healing. I’ve practiced yoga for five decades and it has cellularly rearranged my heart and provided a soul purpose to my life. I look to nature, animals, my students, and my own observations of the life of the body and soul as resources for my teaching.
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 lies within their own bodies. 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, Claudette’s classes create space for self-expression, clarity of focus, and the sheer joy of movement.
Claudette, E-RYT 500, has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years, and has taught yoga to children and adults for nearly 6 years. She has been influenced by many teachers, but credits her bold style with her foundational and advanced trainings with Catherine Munro at YogaWorks, as well as her studies of the Universal Principles of Alignment with her beloved teachers, Denise Benitez and Elizabeth Rainey.
Ellen Boyle, MFA, E-RYT 500 has been delving into the practices and teachings of yoga for over 30 years. A professional teaching-artist she is currently an Associate Professor at Cornish College of the Arts where she teaches Physical Technique in the theater department and yoga to all departments. She is also a founding member of Operating Theater Company which opens its rehearsals and process to the student actors at Cornish integrating professional practices into the academic setting. She has been blessed on her yogic journey to study with many wonderful teachers including Gary Kraftsow, Robin Rothenberg, Kathleen Hunt, Denise Benetiz, Sonya Nelson and Martin Kirk. In 2015, to deepen her understanding of the sister sciences of yoga, she completed a 500 hour Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor Certification with Kerala Ayurveda Academy and is available for yoga therapy and private wellness counseling using the tools of Ayurveda. Ellen integrates the practice of mindfulness into her classes to calm the mind and allow a deep and direct experience of the present moment. With a deep bow of gratitude for the many gifts yoga continues to bring to her experience of life, Ellen offers her teaching from a place of compassion and playfulness desiring that all beings everywhere be happy and free. Website: ayurbody.com.
Rainey first encountered yoga as a teenager, discovered her passion for it in her mid-20’s and began teaching more than 17 years ago. For most of her life she has been curious about the great mysterious dance of life and death and has been drawn towards the traditions that help deepen and expound upon it. Her personal journey has given her a sincere appreciation for the tenacity of the body, mind and heart when given space and support to renew and recover.
Rainey offers Living Presence Yoga & Somatic Awareness: an invitation to move with deep attention and curiosity, pausing often to listen to what is currently arising and orienting ourselves in the larger context nature. She is devoted to co-creating a space of wild inquiry with her students. She is deeply influenced by her on-going studies in Continuum, Meditation and Trauma Release. Her decade as a certified Anusara yoga Teacher lays the foundation for her teaching. Rainey is a C-IAYT and E-RYT 500 certified yoga teacher and offers private therapeutic yoga sessions.
Greta has been a yoga junkie for over 20 years! It all began in her late teens when she was feeling a little lost seeking something to soothe her soul and what she discovered was a passion for a practice that has been her source of healing, inspiration, grounding and connection ever since!
Greta has studied and mentored with some of the top names in the yoga and Ayurveda world and received certification in both Anusara and Vinyasa since she started teaching in 2000. She has had the opportunity to teach yoga extensively in Los Angeles, Bangkok, Brazil and New York before recently moving to Seattle. Greta leads yoga teacher trainings, retreats, online yoga lifestyle courses and she has served as a consultant for a variety of wellness magazines. She continues to study closely with and apprentice Sianna Sherman who is her biggest yoga influence. As a result of her passion for healthy living, she also graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and went on to specialize in detoxification and Ayurveda with Dr. Alejandro Junger of the Clean Program and Cate Stillman of Yogahealer.Greta’s teaching is a bhakti fusion of form and flow and she is wildly devoted to helping students reclaim their beauty, awaken deep purpose, cultivate vibrant health through yoga and Ayurvedic lifestyle.
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