The Modular Training is made up of two parts, or modules:

  1. Basic Training 6 weekend modules, in Seattle, October through March
  2. Advanced Training Retreat 1-week-long retreat module, at Breitenbush Hot Springs, early April

This training offers the opportunity to spread your time commitment over the course of 7 months*. Completion of both Basic Training and the Advanced Training Retreat are required for those seeking 200-hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) Certification. You are also welcome to take either program for personal study if teaching and/or certification are not a concern. Whatever level of commitment you choose, the Modular Training offers excellent opportunities to deepen your yogic knowledge and self-study in a supportive community.

*Most students take Basic Training first, immediately followed by the Advanced Training Retreat, but participants may change the order, or take a year or more between the two modules.

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The 8 Limbs Basic Training is comprised of six intensive weekends with reading and writing assignments to supplement and specialize class hours. Please note that this is one part of our two part training. Beneath the full Basic Training information you will find Advanced Training Retreat details and tuition.

Included in the Basic Training segment (approximate hours):

  • 120+ hours of study and practice:
    • 50 hours Asana, Pranayama, and Restoratives
    • 25 hours Anatomy and Physiology
    • 30 hours Art of Teaching/Teaching Practice and Sequencing
    • 10 hours Philosophy, Ayurveda, and Yogic Lifestyle
    • 5   hours Ethics and Diversity & Inclusivity Training
  • 8 Limbs Teacher Training Manual
  • 3-6 hours per week reading and homework
  • Unlimited Membership at all 8 Limbs Yoga Centers studios during training: October 1 – March 15.*
    * This includes the February 28-day Commitment Program.

2017/2018 Basic Training Payment Options*

  • Full Payment (made within one month of acceptance): $3000 includes training and 5 1/2-month membership ($2600 w/current membership or for out-of-town participants*)
  • Installment Plan: $3,200 paid in 5 installments of $640 with first payment due upon acceptance (Five payments of $560 w/ current membership, totaling $2,800).
    • 1st payment of $640/$560 due within two weeks of acceptance**
    • 2nd payment of $640/$560 due October 1st**
    • 3rd payment of $640/$560 due November 1st
    • 4th payment of $640/$560 due December 1st
    • 5th payment of $640/$560 due January 1st

To participate in the Installment Plan you must provide a valid credit card. 8 Limbs will automatically charge your credit card the additional four payments on or near the first of the month from October through January.

*Participants who do not live in Seattle are required to purchase one 10-class card for $150 in place of the 5.5-month membership to 8 Limbs. Valid 6 months from start date.
**Payments one and two will be combined should application be accepted on or after October 1st. Payments will NOT be shifted ahead.

Please note that this is one part of our two part training. Beneath the full Basic Training information you will find Advanced Training Retreat details and tuition. Both Trainings are required to receive 200-hour Certification.

8 Limbs is committed to increasing diversity, accessibility and safety in the Pacific Northwest’s yoga community. This includes a commitment to empowering a yoga teacher pool that is representative of the diversity in our area. As one part of these commitments, 8 Limbs offers partial scholarships to applicants of color, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and/or other under-represented groups.  To apply for this scholarship please include a brief description of why you qualify with your application or enrollment.

Retired and active duty military personnel receive a 20% discount on Teacher Training Tuition, space allowing (we have a limited number of scholarships each year to keep our programs viable, please apply early to be considered for this discount).

Program Requirements

  • Minimum two years yoga asana practice and 6 months personal practice at start of training
  • Attendance of all training gatherings,* which includes the six weekends during Basic Training and the one-week Advanced Training Residential Retreat at Breitenbush Hot Springs.
  • Completion of required reading list and homework
  • Attendance at one asana class per week at 8 Limbs (exceptions will be made for out of town participants)
  • Passing grade on final exam
  • Research Paper on topic of choice

Upon completing all requirements, partipants will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. With this they may apply for 200 RYT Certification through The Yoga Alliance.

* Missed classes due to emergency or illness may be made up through private sessions with instructors.


Classes are held in our Capitol Hill, Phinney Ridge and Wedgwood studios and involve both lecture and practice sessions. We encourage students to bring camping chairs and/or props for lectures, limited yoga props are available at our studios for sitting. Class size ranges depending on enrollment but is limited to 35 students.

Academic Transcripts with final grade will be mailed to participants by March 1st for those taking only the Basic Training, and by May 1st for those also attending the Advanced Training Retreat. We maintain Transcripts for fifty years. To request a transcript please email

2018/2019 dates 

  • October 12 – 14, 2018
  • November 9 – 11, 2018
  • November 30 – December 2, 2018
  • January 11 – 13, 2019
  • February 8-10, 2019
  • March 1-3, 2019

Approximate Schedule:

  • Friday: 9:00am – 4:30pm (Phinney Ridge)
  • Saturday: 12:15-7:00pm (Phinney Ridge)
  • Sunday: 9:00am – 4:30pm (Capitol Hill)

Please note: Times subject to changes. Final schedule with locations will be sent out to accepted participants.


      • Anne Phyfe Palmer, E-RYT 500, RPYT, 8 Limbs Owner & Education Director, Studio Director
      • Melina Meza, E-RYT 500, Teacher Training Director
      • Chiara Guerrieri, E-RYT 500
      • Jenny Hayo, Instructor, E-RYT 500

Cancellation and Refund Policy for 8 Limbs Teacher Training Programs, as required by the Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

8LYC will refund all money paid if the applicant is not accepted or if class is cancelled for any reason.

8LYC must refund all money paid if the applicant cancels within five business days (excluding Sundays and holidays) after the day their enrollment contract is signed or an initial payment is made, as long as the applicant has not begun training.

8LYC may retain an established registration fee equal to ten percent of the total tuition cost, or one hundred dollars, whichever is less, if the applicant cancels after the fifth business day after signing the contract or making an initial payment. A “registration fee” is any fee charged by a school to process student applications and establish a student record system.

If training is terminated after the student enters classes, 8LYC may retain the registration fee established under (3) of this subsection, plus a percentage of the total tuition as described in the following table:

If the student completes this amount of training: 8LYC may keep this percentage of the tuition cost:

Up to 10% of training: 10%
More than 10% but less than 25%: 25%
25% through 50%: 50%
More than 50%: 100%

When calculating refunds, the official date of a student’s termination is the last day of recorded attendance:

(a) When 8LYC receives notice of the student’s intention to discontinue the training program; or,

(b)When the student is terminated for a violation of a published 8LYC policy which provides for termination; or,

(c) When a student, without notice, fails to attend classes for thirty calendar days.



April 6-13, 2018 

To complement our Basic Training, the Advanced Training Retreat offers serious yoga practitioners and yoga instructors the learning circle that will support them in the prompt advancement of their practice and their ability to share it with others.

The goal of this module is to broaden the field of practice for each participant while encouraging yoga practice as a means to discover and fulfill one’s dharma, or purpose. A residential retreat, with healthy food, old-growth forest, thermal baths, sauna, and the nurturing qualities of Breitenbush, offers an ideal environment to enhance your growth as a wholesome yogi/yogini. Learn more about Breitenbush

Our aspiration is that you will blossom into an elegant teacher that will continue to inspire others to the yogic principals of peace, compassion and oneness.

This training may be taken as part of the 8 Limbs Teacher Training Program or as a personal retreat. Teacher Training participants will have advance reading and presentations during the retreat that are optional for other participants.

This 7-day training will offer 60 contact hours in a spectrum of subjects:

  • Advanced Art of Teaching: Sequencing & Pranayama
  • Anatomy Workshops
  • In-depth Study of Yoga Philosophy
  • Student Observation & Diagnosis
  • Holistic Living as a Yoga Teacher
  • Supportive Adjustments
  • The Science of Ayurveda

2018 Instructors:

  • Melina Meza, E-RYT 500, Teacher Training Director
  • Chiara Guerrieri, E-RYT 500

2018 Rates:

• Shared cabin with plumbing: $1,692 through February 1, $1,792 after.

• Shared cabin no plumbing (bathroom in separate building): $1,506 through February 1, $1,606 after.


Basic Training:

“A Path with Heart” by Jack Kornfield

“Art of Sequencing – Volume Three” by Melina Meza

“Teaching Yoga” by Donna Farhi

“Yoga: The Iyengar Way” by Silva, Mira, and Shyam Mehta

“Yoga Body” by Judith Lasater*

“The Yoga Sutras Workbook” by Vyas Houston

“The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali” by Chip Hartranft

*those who have taken general anatomy classes are not required to purchase this book. Those interested in additional anatomy texts can consider: “Anatomy of Movement” by Blandine, ” Key Muscles of Yoga” and “The Key Poses of Hatha Yoga” by Ray Long and “Yoga Anatomy” by Leslie Kaminoff. 

Those accepted to the training receive a 10% discount on these books at our studios.

For more resources, view our Recommended Reading list at the bottom of this page, and on the Summer Intensive Training page.

Advanced Training Retreat:

“Ayurveda: Life, Health and Longevity” by Robert E. Svoboda

“Awakening the Buddha Within”, Lama Surya Das



Please submit two typed copies of both the following questions and your answers along with your name, address, telephone number, email, the name of the training you hope to attend (Modular or Summer Intensive) and a current photo/headshot. A $45 application fee is due with your application. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the training is filled. All applications are strictly confidential and will be read and shared only by Teacher Training Staff Members.

  1. How long have you studied yoga? List styles and main teachers.
  2. Describe your current wellness program. Please include self-care, medical care, nutritional choices, exercise other than yoga, and therapy (optional).
  3. Describe your personal yoga and/or spiritual practice. Include practices of faith, rituals and traditions.
  4. Do you currently teach yoga? If so, how often and what level?
  5. Do you have experience teaching in any others field(s)? List other training or experience relevant to yoga and/or teaching.
  6. What motivated you to pursue studies in yoga and what keeps you motivated?
  7. List all injuries or illnesses and how they affect your current condition.
  8. List prescription medications you are taking for physical or psychological reasons.
  9. What do you hope to gain from this training?

Mail your application to:
8 Limbs Yoga Centers
Attention: Teacher Training
500 East Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122

8 Limbs is committed to increasing diversity, accessibility and safety in the Pacific Northwest’s yoga community. This includes a committment to growing and nurturing a yoga teacher pool that is diverse in terms of culture, race, ethnicity, gender/sexual identification and sexual orientation. As a part of these commitments, 8 Limbs offers partial scholarships to applicants of color, people who identify as gay and/or transgender, and/or other under-represented groups. To apply for this scholarship please include a brief description of why you qualify with your application or enrollment.

Questions? Please email or call 206.325.8221.

Additional Reading Resources:


  • Atlas of Human Anatomy by Frank Netter
  • The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga by Ray Long
  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminof


  • Art of Sequencing – Volume Two Seasonal Vinyasa by Melina Meza
  • Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers
  • Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar
  • Yoga for Wellness by Gary Kraftsow
  • Yoga, Mind, Body & Spirit by Donna Farhi
  • Yoga: The Path To Holistic Health by BKS Iyengar
  • Yoga, The Spirit And Practice Of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schiffman


  • A Life of Balance by Maya Tiwari
  • Ayurveda – Life, Health and Longevity by Robert Svoboda
  • Ayurveda – The Science of Self-Healing by Vasant Lad
  • Path of Practice, A Woman’s Book of Ayurvedic Healing by Maya Tiwari
  • Prakriti by Robert Svoboda
  • The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies by Vasant Lad
  • Yoga and Ayurveda by David Frawley


  • Awake in the Wild by Mark Coleman
  • Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das
  • Buddhism Without Beliefs by Stephen Bachelor
  • Dancing with Life by Phillip Moffit
  • Faith by Sharon Salz
  • Anything by Pema Chodron


  • Bringing Yoga to Life by Donna Farhi
  • Fire of Love by Aadil Palkhivala
  • Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater
  • Teaching Yoga by Mark Stephens


  • Bhagavad Gita, commentary by Eknath Easwaren
  • Eastern Body Western Mind by Anodea Judith
  • From the River of Heaven by David Frawley
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Bihar School of Yog
  • Kundalini by Robert Svoboda
  • Paths to God by Ram Dass
  • The Four Desires by Rod Stryker
  • The Heart of Yoga by TKV Desikachar
  • The Path of the Yoga Sutras by Nicoilai Bachman
  • The Yoga Tradition by Georg Feuerstein
  • Teaching Yoga by Donna Farhi
  • Upanisads, commentary by Eknath Easwaren
  • Western Seeker Eastern Paths by David Pond

Those accepted to the training receive a 10% discount on these books at our studios.

The 8 Limbs Mentorship Program is the next step after taking our 200-hour Training. Our newest offering gives 200-hour participants and graduates an opportunity to work with Teacher Training Instructor and experienced 8 Limbs instructors to develop confidence, fine-tune their teaching, and receive feedback.