The 8 Limbs Yoga Centers community of yoga teachers and practitioners is a creative and inspiring environment in which to explore the concepts of yoga instruction and support the unfolding of your own Sat Guru, or inner teacher. Our instructors are committed to personal and professional growth, and to sharing the transformative practice of yoga through their teaching. It is in the spirit of 8 Limbs Yoga Centers – a dedication to the study and sharing of the discipline of yoga – that we have created the 8 Limbs Teacher Training Program, licensed as a vocational school by the state of Washington Workforce Board (360.709.4600) and accredited by The Yoga Alliance.

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. These scholarships are limited and offered on a first-come first-served basis. To apply for this scholarship please include a brief description of why you qualify with your application or enrollment.

8 Limbs does not discriminate against students or potential students on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability. Our Phinney Ridge and Wedgwood studios are on the first floor, 8 Limbs Capitol Hill is on the second floor with no elevator. To request an accommodation for a disability please email teachertraining@8limbsyoga.com.

Training Yoga Teachers in Seattle since 2002.

The 8 Limbs 200-hour Teacher Training courses offer the aspiring or continuing yoga teacher or serious student a sound foundation in the principals of yoga theory and practice within the supportive container of the training staff and fellow participants, a community that deepens with each day of training.

We bridge the ancient wisdom of yoga asana with a modern and thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology and are guided by the eight limbs of yoga, as prescribed by the sage Patanjali in The Yoga Sutra. Our curriculum provides Teacher Training participants with the basic tools to begin leading groups of all levels, and continue on the path of yoga and self-inquiry with grace and humble confidence.

This accredited course, which qualifies participants for certification as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance is now offered in two formats, Summer Intensive Teacher Training and Modular Teacher Training.

Next Training: June 29-July 31, 2020

The 8 Limbs Summer Intensive Teacher Training was designed for students, schoolteachers, and others with a flexible schedule and/or an interest in full immersion into yoga. This training is limited to 15 participants, allowing for a more intimate and individual experience. It runs from late June to end of July every year.

“All aspects of my yoga knowledge were developed, creating a well-rounded picture of the practice and lifestyle. I also received great instruction on precise alignment of poses to facilitate variations in those who may need it as well as improvement in my own practice. Excellent cues were given for the teaching process, along with a great deal of encouragement.”                                          Summer 2018 Graduate

This 5-week immersion 200-hour Program includes:

Yoga Sutra 2:46: sthira-sukham asanam
“Posture (asana) [should be] stable (sthira) and comfortable (sukha)”
  • Asana, Pranayama, and Restoratives (90 hours)
    • Learn to practice and skillfully teach poses through greater understanding of anatomy, energetic actions and modifications
    • Understand specific benefits of postures and pranayama for building a personal practice or for working with a wide range of students
    • Practice modifications for injuries and/or special needs
    • Adjustments and assisting to meet individual needs
    • Learn contraindications for foundational poses
“If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred”.
– Walt Whitman
  • Anatomy and Physiology (25 hours)
    • Explore foundational concepts and terminology for the entire body
    • Learn the names of common bones and muscles to support popular asanas
    • Experiential classes weaving anatomical concepts and principles into poses
    • Understand pathology and contraindications to keep your students safe
    • Body systems – learn what the organs of the body do and how they are affected by asanas
    • Energetic anatomy – nervous system to bandhas and chakras
“Teaching is not an imposition of the teacher’s will over that of the pupil, not at all. Teaching starts with freedom and ends with freedom.”
– Vanda Scaravelli
  • Art of Teaching/Teaching Practice and Sequencing (25 hours)
    • Dive into the 8 Limbs Teaching Template to design a diverse range of classes from Intro Series, Basics, Vinyasa Flow, to Anatomical Themed classes
    • Art of Teaching classes emphasize teaching, observation and assisting principles
    • Weekly practice sessions teaching in small groups or one-on-one
    • Create asana sequences with Mentor feedback
    • Learn inclusive language for teaching diverse groups
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self”
The Bhagavad Gita
  • Philosophy, Ayurveda and Yogic Lifestyle (30 hours)
    • Experience the Yoga sutras and learn how to bring them to life in your in practice, relations, and meditation practice
    • Conversation on the Dharma (wisdom teachings) of the Sutras
    • Introductory look at meditation and mindfulness.
    • Familiarize yourself with the many traditional paths of yoga
    • Learn basic Sanskrit for common poses
    • How to use the chakras for personal growth and in designing asana classes
    • Use the 5 Elements in Ayurveda to understand your unique constitution and create healthy routines
“True happiness is when the love that is within us finds expression in external activities.”
– Ammachi
  • Tools to Thrive as a Teacher + Ethics and Diversity Training (10 hours)
    • Business of yoga class to explore the many ways to make a living as a teacher and how to set up realistic goals after graduating
    • How to prepare for yoga auditions and apply for teaching positions
    • Participate in engaging conversations such as, Holding Inclusive Space class which explores concepts: unpacking unconscious bias, body positive and inclusive language for teachers, and making agreements for safe space
    • Conversations in ethics for teachers to understand the value of boundaries, policy and personal practice
  • 20 hours homework (workshop development and research paper)
  • 8 Limbs Teacher Training Manual

Program Requirements

  • Minimum two years yoga asana practice and 6 months personal practice at start of training; exceptions only with instructor approval
  • Attendance of all training gatherings
  • Completion of required reading list and homework
  • Passing grade on take home final exam
  • Workshop Development
  • Research Paper

“8 Limbs Teacher Training definitely broadened my knowledge of yoga, but it also made me a better person. I came out of the training surprised at the amount I had learned about myself. Every day since I have felt the impact of this training on how I approach my world.”
 Summer 2019 Graduate


DETAILS

The Summer Intensive will take place at our Phinney Ridge studio and involve both lecture and practice sessions. We encourage students to bring camping chairs and/or props for lectures, only limited yoga props are available at our studios for sitting. Class size is limited to 16 students for a more intimate experience.

Approximate Schedule (includes mid-morning and lunch breaks)

  • June 29 – July 31, 2020, Mondays – Fridays, 7:45am – 5:30pm*

* Some days will end earlier

“The teachers in the 8 Limbs training deeply impressed me with their knowledge, their passion, and the immense generosity that they brought with them each day to the classroom. I feel really lucky to have shared my summer with them and all the amazing trainees in my class.”
Summer 2019 Graduate

Summer Intensive Instructors:

2020 Tuition Options:

Full Payment: $3,700 through May 1, $3,800 after

Installment Plan: (total $3,900)

  • 1st payment of $975 due within two weeks of acceptance
  • 2nd payment of $975 due June 1 *
  • 3rd payment of $975 due July 1
  • 4th payment of $975 due July 20

To participate in the Installment Plan you must provide a valid credit card. 8 Limbs will automatically charge your account on or near payment due dates: June 1, July 1, and July 20.
*Payments one and two will be combined should application be accepted on or after June 1. Payments will NOT be shifted ahead.

8 Limbs is committed to increasing diversity, accessibility and safety in the Pacific Northwest’s yoga community. This includes a commitment 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.

Retired and active duty military personnel receive a 20% discount on Teacher Training Tuition.

Enrollees may receive a 20% discount on 8 Limbs drop-in class tuition options (excluding Annual Membership) when purchased/started June 25-July 20, 2020. Please purchase on phone or in person at the Capitol Hill studio (206.325.8221).

It was a great program with fantastic instructors all the way around. I would recommend it to anyone interested in teaching or deepening their own personal practice.    – Summer 2018 Graduate

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit a typed copy AND email version of 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. We now accept Application Fees online (please note on your application if you have paid this in advance). 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.  Please note on your application if you have paid this in advance.

  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 other 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?
  10. How did you hear about the 8 Limbs Teacher Training? (web search, Google, friend, 8 Limbs email, etc.)

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

Email to teachertraining@8limbsyoga.com

Questions? Please email teachertraining@8limbsyoga.com or call 206.325.8221.

REQUIRED READING FOR SUMMER INTENSIVE

  • “Art of Sequencing – Asana Modifications, Volume 3” by Melina Meza
  • “The Heart of Yoga” by TKV Desikachar

RECOMMENDED READING FOR SUMMER INTENSIVE

  • “A Physiological Handbook for Teachers of Yogasana” – Mel Robin
  • “Art of Sequencing – Volume Two” by Melina Meza
  • “Ayurvedic Home Remedies” by Dr. Vasant Lad
  • “A Life in Balance” by Maya Tiwari
  • “Atlas of Human Anatomy” by Frank Netter, MD
  • “Anatomy of Movement” by Calais-Germain
  • “Life is a Stretch” by Elise Browning Miller
  • “The Breathing Book” by Donna Farhi
  • “The Yoga Tradition” by Georg Fuerstein
  • “Prakriti” by Dr. Robert Svoboda
  • “Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World” by Michelle C. Johnson
  • “Yoga for Wellness” by Gary Kraftsow
  •  “Yoga Anatomy” by Joanne Stautgaard-Jones
  • “Yogabody” by Judith Lasater*
  • “Yoga Body” by Mark Singleton
  • “Yoga Therapy” by AG, Indra, and Ganesh Mohan

CD

    • “Relax into Greatness” by Rod Stryker
    • “The Language of Yoga” by Nicolai Bachman
    • “Yoga Nidra” by Richard Miller

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.

Religious Accommodation: 8 Limbs Yoga Centers will make good faith efforts to provide reasonable religious accommodations to students who have sincerely held religious practices or beliefs that conflict with a scheduled course/program requirement. Students requesting a religious accommodation should make the request, in writing, directly to their instructor with as much advance notice as possible. Being absent from class or other educational responsibilities does not excuse students from keeping up with any information shared or expectations set during the missed class. Students are responsible for obtaining materials and information provided during any class missed. The student shall work with the instructor to determine a schedule for making up missed work.

Examples of religious accommodations may include: rescheduling of an exam or giving a make-up exam for the student in question; altering the time of a student’s presentation; allowing extra-credit assignments to substitute for missed class work or arranging for an increased flexibility in assignment due dates; and releasing a graduate assistant from teaching or research responsibilities on a given day.

Training Yoga Teachers in Seattle since 2002.

The 8 Limbs Modular Training is made up of ten weekend immersions from October through April, with reading and writing assignments to supplement and specialize class hours. This training option offers the opportunity to spread your time commitment and studies over the course of 7 months.

Our training is a great fit for both the aspiring teacher and the dedicated practitioner ready to learn more. Completion of the 10 weekends in our Modular Training  are required for those seeking 200-hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) Certification.

Whatever level of commitment you choose, the Modular Training offers excellent opportunities to deepen your yogic knowledge and self-study in a supportive community!

Want to hear about our Teacher Trainings in person? Join us for a free Info Session. Click here to learn more.

Next Training: October 9, 2020 – April 11, 2021

Included in the Modular Training (180 approximate hours of study and practice):

Yoga Sutra 2:46: sthira-sukham asanam
“Posture (asana) [should be] stable (sthira) and comfortable (sukha)”
  • Asana, Pranayama, and Restoratives (90 hours)
    • Learn to practice and skillfully teach poses through greater understanding of anatomy, energetic actions and modifications
    • Understand specific benefits of postures and pranayama for building a personal practice or for working with a wide range of students
    • Practice modifications for injuries and/or special needs
    • Adjustments and assisting to meet individual needs
    • Learn contraindications for foundational poses
“If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred”.
– Walt Whitman
  • Anatomy and Physiology (25 hours)
    • Explore foundational concepts and terminology for the entire body
    • Learn the names of common bones and muscles to support popular asanas
    • Experiential classes weaving anatomical concepts and principles into poses
    • Understand pathology and contraindications to keep your students safe
    • Body systems – learn what the organs of the body do and how they are affected by asanas
    • Energetic anatomy – nervous system to bandhas and chakras
“Teaching is not an imposition of the teacher’s will over that of the pupil, not at all. Teaching starts with freedom and ends with freedom.”
– Vanda Scaravelli
  • Art of Teaching/Teaching Practice and Sequencing (25 hours)
    • Dive into the 8 Limbs Teaching Template to design a diverse range of classes from Intro Series, Basics, Vinyasa Flow, to Anatomical Themed classes
    • Art of Teaching classes emphasize teaching, observation and assisting principles
    • Monthly practice sessions teaching in small groups or one-on-one
    • Create monthly sequences with Mentor feedback
    • Learn inclusive language for teaching diverse groups
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self”
The Bhagavad Gita
  • Philosophy, Ayurveda and Yogic Lifestyle (25 hours)
    • Experience the Yoga sutras and learn how to bring them to life in your in practice, relations, and meditation practice
    • Conversation on the Dharma (wisdom teachings) of the Sutras
    • Introductory look at meditation and mindfulness. Students will focus on meditation posture, concentration techniques, body-based mindfulness practices and inquiry into the inner workings of the mind.
    • Familiarize yourself with the many traditional paths of yoga
    • Learn basic Sanskrit for common poses
    • How to use the chakras for personal growth and in designing asana classes
    • Use the 5 Elements in Ayurveda to understand your unique constitution and create healthy routines
“True happiness is when the love that is within us finds expression in external activities.”
– Ammachi
  • Tools to Thrive as a Teacher (15 hours)
    • Business of yoga class to explore the many ways to make a living as a teacher and how to set up realistic goals after graduating
    • How to prepare for yoga auditions and apply for teaching positions
    • Participate in engaging conversations such as, Holding Inclusive Space class which explores concepts: unpacking unconscious bias, body positive and inclusive language for teachers, and making agreements for safe space
    • Conversations in ethics for teachers to understand the value of boundaries, policy and personal practice
  • 8 Limbs Teacher Training Manual
  • 3-6 hours per week reading and homework
  • Participation in Q & A session with Faculty

Program Requirements

  • Minimum two years yoga asana practice and 6 months personal practice at start of training; exceptions only with instructor approval
  • Attendance of all ten training modules*
  • Completion of required reading list and homework
  • Attendance at one asana class per week at 8 Limbs (10 during training for out-of-town participants)
    • Membership at 8 Limbs is offered to 8 Limbs Teacher Trainees at a discounted rate.
  • Passing grade on take home final exam
  • Research Paper on topic of choice

Upon completing all requirements, participants 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 by listening to recorded classes and following up with instructor.


2019/2020 Modular Training Payment Options*

Tuition:

  • Full Payment (made within one month of acceptance): $3800
  • Installment Plan: $3,900 paid in 8 installments of $487.50
    • To participate in the Installment Plan you must provide a valid credit card. 8 Limbs will automatically charge your credit card on or near the first of the month from October through April:
      • 1st payment of $487.50 due within two weeks of acceptance*
      • 2nd payment of $487.50  due October 1*
      • 3rd payment of $487.50  due November 1
      • 4th payment of $487.50  due December 1
      • 5th payment of $487.50  due January 1
      • 6th payment of $487.50  due February 1
      • 7th payment of $487.50  due March 1
      • 8th payment of $487.50  due April 1
      **Payments one and two will be combined should application be accepted on or after October 1st. Payments will NOT be shifted ahead.

8 Limbs Studio Classes:

  • Teacher Training Participants are required to take one class per week at an 8 Limbs studio* and will receive a 20% discount on 8 Limbs drop-in class tuition options (excluding Annual Membership) when purchased/started October 1-2019-March 1, 2020. Please purchase on phone or in person at the Capitol Hill studio (206.325.8221).

*Participants who reside outside Seattle will be required to take 10 classes at 8 Limbs during their training. 

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).

Details

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 25 students.

We maintain Transcripts for fifty years. To request a transcript please email info@8limbsyoga.com.

2019/2020 dates

  • October 11 – 13 and *25-27 2019
  • November 15-17, 2019
  • December 6-8, 2019
  • January 10-12 and *24-26, 2020
  • February 7-9, 2020
  • March 6-8 and 27-29, 2020
  • April *17-19, 2020

2020/2021 dates

  • October 9-11 and *23-25, 2020
  • November 13-15, 2020
  • December 4-6, 2020
  • January 8-10 and *22-24, 2021
  • February 5-7, 2021
  • March 5-7 and 19-21, 2021
  • April *9-11, 2021

Approximate Schedule:

  • Friday: 7:00 – 9:00pm (Wedgwood)
    • *(10:30am-4:30pm on 10/25/19, 1/24/20, 4/17/20 at Phinney Ridge)
  • Saturday: 9:30am-7:00pm (Capitol Hill or 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.

Instructors:

      • Anne Phyfe Palmer, E-RYT 500, RPYT, 8 Limbs Owner & Director of Teacher Training
      • Melina Meza, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Art of Teaching, Business of Yoga, and Ayurveda Instructor
      • Chiara Guerrieri, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Anatomy Instructor
      • Jenny Hayo, E-RYT 500, Asana, Pranayama, Meditation and Yoga Sutra Instructor
      • Claudette Evans, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Sanskrit Instructor
      • RW Alves, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Holding Inclusive Space Instructor

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 canceled 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.

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REQUIRED READING FOR MODULAR TRAINING

  • A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield
  • Art of Sequencing – Volume Three by Melina Meza
  • Bringing Yoga to Life by Donna Farhi
  • The Yoga Sutras Workbook by Vyas Houston
  • One of the following translations of The Yoga Sutras:
    • Light on the Yoga Sutra by BKS Iyengar (focus on the specific meaning of Sanskrit terms)
    • The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali by Chip Hartranft (conceptual, less focused on specific sutras)
    • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Edwin Bryant (very in-depth commentary)
    • The Heart of Yoga by Desikachar (for a clear and concise translation)
    • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Vivekananda (extensive commentary)
    • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchitananda (heart/bhakti focused commentary)

 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, “Yoga Body” by Judith Lasater and “Yoga Anatomy” by Leslie Kaminoff. 

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

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

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit one typed copy 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 to 8 Limbs Yoga Centers (address below).  Please also email the applications, if possible in a Word document, to teachertraining@8limbsyoga.com. A $45 application fee is due with your application (payment option now available online, please indicate on your application if you have used this option). 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?
  10. How did you hear about the 8 Limbs Teacher Training? (web search, Google, friend, 8 Limbs email, etc.)

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, in a separate document from application forms, or by email to teachertraining@8limbsyoga.com.

Questions? Please email teachertraining@8limbsyoga.com or call 206.325.8221.

Additional Reading Resources:

ANATOMY

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

ASANA

  • 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

AYURVEDA

  • 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

BUDDHISM

  • 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

TEACHING YOGA

  • Bringing Yoga to Life by Donna Farhi
  • Fire of Love by Aadil Palkhivala
  • Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater
  • Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World by Michelle C. Johnson
  • Teaching Yoga by Mark Stephens

YOGA PHILOSOPHY

  • 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 Nicolai 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.

Religious Accommodation: 8 Limbs Yoga Centers will make good faith efforts to provide reasonable religious accommodations to students who have sincerely held religious practices or beliefs that conflict with a scheduled course/program requirement. Students requesting a religious accommodation should make the request, in writing, directly to their instructor with as much advance notice as possible. Being absent from class or other educational responsibilities does not excuse students from keeping up with any information shared or expectations set during the missed class. Students are responsible for obtaining materials and information provided during any class missed. The student shall work with the instructor to determine a schedule for making up missed work.

Examples of religious accommodations may include: rescheduling of an exam or giving a make-up exam for the student in question; altering the time of a student’s presentation; allowing extra-credit assignments to substitute for missed class work or arranging for an increased flexibility in assignment due dates; and releasing a graduate assistant from teaching or research responsibilities on a given day.

Training Yoga Teachers in Seattle since 2002.

Yoga teachers are, at heart, dedicated yoga students. As students, we are always learning, filling our wells and receiving deeper insights through continued practice and study. As teachers, continued study allows us to expand our repertoire and more fully develop our voices and yogic lifestyles. As practitioners, we seek a sangha, or community, with whom we can share our journey.

8 Limbs Yoga Centers, a state licensed vocational school, invites yoga teachers to join our 500-hour Advanced Teacher Training. Our goal is to provide a program and community to help you prosper – in your practice, in your studies, and in your career as a yoga teacher. In this spirit, students will be exposed to a variety of texts, teachers and approaches. Not only will you receive instruction from senior 8 Limbs staff (each with at least 10 years of teaching experience), you will also have the chance to study with national and internationally renowned teachers such as Rod Stryker, Gary KraftsowSarah Powers, Shari Friedrichsen, Baxter Bell, MD, Nikki Myers, and Hala Khouri and Michelle Johnson.

Most of our classes take place here in Seattle. Our locally-based education format gives students the opportunity to study close to home and integrate your studies “off the mat” into daily life. Enrollment for this program is ongoing. Participants can enroll a minimum of two weeks before the first module they want to take, and continue to register only for the modules they choose, as long as minimum requirements are fulfilled (see below).

Our 500-Hour Advanced Teacher Training will qualify participants for certification as a 500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through the Yoga Alliance. You may join us as a 200-hour RYT through another school, or continue your studies at 8 Limbs upon completion of our 200-hour Teacher Training. This program provides the 300 additional hours of training for 200 hour RYTs to move to this next level of professional development. You may join the program at any time, and finish at your own pace.

“I seriously LOVED this past weekend of Teacher Training. I feel totally inspired and energized.

Signing up for your 500 hour program was one of the best decisions I have made. I am so pleased.”

With a lot of appreciation, Maria Williquette, MA, LMFTA, RYT

INFORMATION SESSIONS

Please join us for a Teacher Training Information Session to meet one of the Instructors in person, learn about the program, and ask any questions you have about our program. Info Sessions are not required for enrollment.

If you would like to be notified of future Info Sessions, speak to an Instructor or the Director before the next Info Session, or are unable to attend one, please email the Admissions Coordinator at annephyfe@8limbsyoga.com with “500-hour Teacher Training” in the subject field.

 

500-HOUR TRAINING COMPONENTS

The 300 hours of study we offer follow Yoga Alliance Guidelines for 500-hour certification, which are:

  • Beyond the Foundations of Yoga – 120 hours
    Study therapeutic and advanced asana, asana modifications and adjustments, traditional pranayama and cleansing techniques, restoratives poses, and specialties like Yin Yoga, Trauma-Informed Yoga, Yoga for Healthy Aging, Yoga for 12-Step.
  • Art of Teaching – 50 hours
    Develop your unique teaching style and voice. Learn new techniques in teaching, demonstration, observation and methods of assisting & supporting students.  We also offer Non-Violent Communication courses to increase self-awareness and make empowering requests distinct from demands and expectations.
  • Anatomy & Physiology – 25 hours
    Study physical and energetic anatomy and physiology and apply these principles to yoga practice.
  • Philosophy & Yogic Lifestyle – 75 hours
    Examine principles of yogic lifestyles, Ayurveda for the seasons, healthy aging, ethics, social justice, and holding inclusive space. We will draw from the Yoga Sutras, The Upanisads, and from the health science of Ayurveda to support your personal practice and expand your practice of yoga on and off the mat.
  • Teaching Practice Practicum 30 hours
    Practice teaching in groups or one-on-one with mentor feedback. Learn in-depth tools to design asana sequences for intended themes.

As our program is flexible, exact hours will depend on the modules chosen. Of the 300 contact hours, the following minimums must be met:

  • Techniques: 100 hours
  • Teaching Methodology: 10 hours
  • Anatomy/Physiology: 10 hours
  • Philosophy, Ethics, & Lifestyle: 25 hours
  • Practicum: 25 hours

In addition to the Core Training Components listed above, we offer studies in Art of Seeing, Ayurveda, Buddhism, Business of Yoga, Creating a Teaching Specialty, Pranayama, Pre/Postnatal Yoga, Restoratives, Subtle Anatomy, Therapeutics, and Yin Yoga.

 

APPROXIMATE SCHEDULE FOR WEEKEND MODULES*

Friday, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, 9:30am – 4:30pm

* The Prenatal Teacher Training Anatomy & Physiology Module is offered during the week, Wed-Fri, 9:00am-4:30pm.

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

The 500-Hour certification program offers regular 3-day learning modules. Modules are 20 hours of class time. To graduate you must take a total of 300 contact hours, or 15 modules (the Breitenbush Summer Immersion Retreat counts for more than one module). Registration for modules are only open to enrollees in the 8 Limbs 500-hour Teacher Training Program.

Students can participate in these modules at your own pace as budget and schedule permits. Visiting teacher weekends will be enhanced and supported by 8 Limbs senior teachers. You may complete the program over as many years as needed, your enrollment fee covers the first three years of your training. An additional $100 will be charged for each three-year period.

Step 1. Send or deliver Application Form, Enrollment Form, $100* Enrollment Fee, Headshot, and Copy of 200-hour RYT Certificate** to 8 Limbs Yoga Centers a minimum of two weeks prior to your first Training Module. You may pay your Enrollment Fee online here.

Step 2. Email the Teacher Training Director at teachertraining@8limbsyoga.com  to say that your Enrollment is on the way/delivered, also note if your Enrollment Fee is paid.

Step 3. We will confirm your completed Enrollment within two weeks of receipt.

Step 4. Register and pay for individual modules once your have received notice of acceptance.

Step 5: Apply for RYT Certification when a total of 15 modules are completed.

*As of July 15, 2015, Enrollment Fee for graduates of 8 Limbs 200-hour Teacher Training Programs is $50 per three years of participation.

**8 Limbs 200-hour Teacher Training Graduates DO need to provide a copy of your certificate. 

Required modules: Breitenbush Summer Immersion Retreat at Breitenbush

All active 500-hour Training Enrollees can receive a 20% discount on 8 Limbs drop-ins classes, passes, and memberships.

ADDITIONAL TRAINING AND MAKE-UP OPTIONS

The 8 Limbs Mentorship may be counted as one module. Click here for pricing and information for this program.To make-up hours missed during a 20-hour Module, students may take up to twelve hours of alternate 8 Limbs workshops/retreats with 500-hour teacher staff over the course of their enrollment. They will be subject to rate of workshop but no additional administrative fee. Participants may also elect to take one outside (non-8 Limbs) workshop or retreat with 500-hour teacher staff to count towards one module (up to 20 hours). Also subject to teacher’s workshop or retreat rate and an additional $35 administrative fee to 8 Limbs.

TEACHERS

8 Limbs 500-hour Teacher Training Staff:

Anne Phyfe Palmer, E-RYT 500, RPYT, Instructor, and Director of Teacher Training
Melina Meza, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Ayurveda, Asana and Business of Yoga Instructor
Chiara Guerrieri, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Anatomy, and Non-Violent Communication Instructor
Claudette Evans, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Sanskrit, Restorative Yoga, and Philosophy Instructor
Michelle Johnson, LCSW, 500-RYT, Social Justice Instructor
Nancy Burtenshaw, MIT, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Asana, and Sequencing Instructor
Douglas Ridings, E-RYT 200, Yoga Philosophy, and Asana Instructor

Visiting Teachers (all E-RYT 500):
Rod Stryker, Gary Kraftsow, Sarah Powers, Shari FriedrichsenBaxter Bell, MD, Hala Khouri, Nikki Myers

Note: 8 Limbs Teaching Staff will join all visiting instructors to enhance and support their teaching weekends and provide continuity in the training.

PREREQUISITES FOR TRAINING

  • 200-hour RYT certified by the Yoga Alliance
  • Complete 500-hour Advanced Teacher Training Application and Enrollment Form

REQUIREMENTS FOR 500-HOUR CERTIFICATION

  • Complete a total of 300 contact hours, through fifteen 20-hour modules (5-day trainings count as two modules, 7-day Advanced Training Retreat counts as three modules)*
  • Fulfill minimum requirement in the training categories set up by Yoga Alliance
  • Complete Breitenbush Summer Immersion Retreat at Breitenbush Hot Springs, Oregon*
  • Complete homework assignments, when applicable (no grading other than complete/incomplete)

When all requirements are completed participants will receive a Certificate from 8 Limbs. This Certificate can be used to apply for 500 RYT status through The Yoga Alliance.

*This retreat is usually seven days and counts as three modules. Some years it will be only five days and count as two modules.

2020

January 31-February 2, 2020 Cutting the Knot of the Heart & Practicum
with Gary Kraftsow & Anne Phyfe Palmer
February 29-March 1, 2020 Prenatal Teacher Training – Teaching Methodology I
with Megan Sloan
March 20-22, 2020 Yoga Sutra Immersion
with Jenny Hayo
April 3-5, 2020 Prenatal Teacher Training – Teaching Methodology II
with Megan Sloan
April 24-26, 2020 Yoga & Ayurveda for Healthy Aging 2.0
with Baxter Bell & Melina Meza
May 13-15, 2020  Prenatal Teacher Training – Anatomy & Physiology
with Anne Phyfe Palmer & Susan Grote, PT
June 5-7, 2020 Yoga for 12 Step Recovery
with Nikki Myers
July 5-10, 2020 Breitenbush Summer Immersion Retreat
with Melina Meza & Chiara Guerrieri
September 11-13, 2020 Teacher Tune-Up
with Melina Meza & Douglas Ridings
October 12-16, 2020 Yoga, Purpose & Leadership 2.0
with Hala Khouri, Nikki Myers & Suzanne Sterling
November 20-22, 2020 Pranayama & Vayus
with Jenny Hayo & Chiara Guerrieri
More to come in 2021: Rod Stryker (Jan or Feb),  Shari Friedrichsen (May) & Gary Kraftsow (October)
Registration for modules (except for Pre/Postnatal Yoga) is only open to enrollees in the 8 Limbs 500-hour Teacher Training. Please note some modules have a limited number of spaces available, register early to ensure your spot. 

Prenatal Teacher Trainings may count towards 500-hour certification OR Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher Certification but not both.

Mentorship may be started at any time and counts as one module.

* 5-day trainings count for 2 modules

** 7-day trainings count for 3 modules

PAYMENT OPTIONS

20-hour modules: $400* each (through December 31, 2022)

Breitenbush Summer Immersion Retreat: 2020 cost is $1135-1655 for 5-day retreat (rate depends on rooming option and early bird registration).

5-day Trainings with Rod Stryker: TBD

Mentorship Program $400 (through December 31, 2022)

*an additional $20 will be charged for registration within two weeks of module. Be sure to register two weeks in advance to get $400 rate.

Not sure what all of this means? Please contact teachertraining@8limbsyoga.com or attend one of our Info Sessions to learn more. Or contact annephyfe@8limbsyoga.com.

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.

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.

APPLICATIONS

To apply, follow instructions above (“How the Program Works”) and mail to:

8 Limbs Yoga Centers

Attn. 500-hour Teacher Training

500 East Pike St.

Seattle, WA 98122

If not accepted of if you decide to not participate, your application fee will be refunded. Once you begin the program, refunds are allowed according to the Cancellation and Refund Policy above.

Please email teachertraining@8limbsyoga.com with any questions or to join the 500-hour Mailing list so that we can contact you with any changes or updates to this program.

Beginning February 2020

Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga classes offer pregnant people and new parents an opportunity to practice yoga tailored to this special time in a community of peers. Classes enhance their enjoyment of pregnancy and new parenthood and normalize the physical and emotional changes they are experiencing. Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga teachers have the wonderful job of holding this space with knowledge, compassion and respect for the spectrum of choices and situations commonly faced during this time of life.

The 8 Limbs Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training is designed to ground Registered Yoga Teachers with the information and experience to teach these yoga classes with confidence and safety.

Our full Certification Training is split into three 3-day Training Modules and a Practicum component. These segments may be taken in the order most convenient to the participant. All 200-hour Registered Yoga Teachers may attend any of the three modules. Those interested in becoming a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher must complete all Certification Completion Requirements (below). Module times are approximately 9am to 4:30pm daily. Practicum hours are 12:30-4:45pm.

TEACHING METHODOLOGY & PHYSIOLOGY    

with Megan Sloan, 500 E-RYT, RPYT 

Part 1: Friday, February 28th- Sunday, March 1st, 2020, 8 Limbs Capitol Hill

  • Prenatal Yoga Philosophy: What is our Purpose?
  • Pregnancy & Asana: The Art of Teaching
  • Prenatal Class Sequencing & Structure
  • Warm-up, Kneeling, Standing, & Wall Poses
  • Practice Teaching & Feedback

Part 2: Friday, April 3rd- Sunday, April 5th, 2020, 8 Limbs Capitol Hill

  • Physiology of Pregnant & Postpartum Bodies
  • Seated, Chair, Inverted, & Restorative Poses
  • Complications of Pregnancy, Labor & Birth
  • Postnatal Class Sequencing & Structure
  • Sensitivity & Awareness for Pre/Postnatal Yoga Teachers
  • Practice Teaching & Feedback

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

with Anne Phyfe Palmer 500 E-RYT, RPYT & Susan Grote, PT, 

Wednesday, May 13th- Friday, May 15th, 2020, 8 Limbs Capitol Hill

  • Anatomy of Pregnant & Postpartum Body
  • Assessing & Addressing Pregnant Complications & Discomforts
  • Assessing & Addressing Postpartum Complications & Discomforts
  • Prenatal & Postnatal Practices
  • Deepening Practice as a Pre/Postnatal Teacher

PRACTICUM

In order to give enrollees the hours needed observing and teaching to become certified RPYTs (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teachers), we offer to Practicums each year for students to attend.

PRACTICUM MODULE

Saturday & Sunday 12:30-5:00pm: May 16th & 17th, 2020, 8 Limbs Capitol Hill

  • Observe one prenatal and one postnatal sample class taught by instructor
  • Practice teaching in small groups
  • Practice teaching in a live classroom setting to prenatal and postnatal students
  • Provide and receive feedback on classes taught

Out-of-Class Requirements:

  • Observe five prenatal and/or postnatal classes at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers and submit feedback/observations of classes to instructor (these observation classes are included in the tuition paid to 8 Limbs for your practicum)
  • Teach five prenatal and/or postnatal classes or privates and submit feedback from students

DETAILS

TUITION

The cost for each module is $400 if registered up to 2 weeks prior to the module start date, $420 after.

ENROLLMENT

To enroll in the 8 Limbs Pre/Postnatal Certification Program to become a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher, please mail the following to 8 Limbs, ATTN: Pre/Postnatal YTT, 500 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122:

1. Application Form

2. Enrollment Form

3. Copy of 200-hour Teacher Training Certification

4. $25 Enrollment Fee

Note: Space in Modules is limited to 18, space in Practicums is limited to 8. Register early to ensure your space.

Please contact us with any questions or to join the Prenatal Teacher Training email list.

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.

CERTIFICATION AS RPYT (REGISTERED PRENATAL YOGA TEACHER)

Certification Completion Requirements

1. Completion of Teaching Methodology Parts 1 & 2, Anatomy & Physiology, and Practicum

2. Observation and tracking of five prenatal and postnatal yoga classes (these classes are in addition to those required for the Practicum and are paid for separately either at 8 Limbs or the studio of your choice)

3. Passing Grade on Take Home Test

4. Passing Grade on Video Teaching Test

Participants who complete all requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion from 8 Limbs Yoga Centers. They can then submit this Certificate to Yoga Alliance to receive RPYT status.

RECOMMENDED READING:

“Yoga for Pregnancy & Birth: A Guide for Yoga Teachers” by Megan Sloan

“Yoga for the Pregnant & Postpartum Core: A Handbook for Teachers and Students” by Megan Sloan

“Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn” by Penny Simpkin

“Birthing from Within” by Pam England

“Yoga Mama, Yoga Baby” by Margo Shapiro Bachman

“The Birth Partner” by Penny Simpkin

“Preparing for Birth with Yoga” by Janet Balaskas

“The Female Pelvis” by Blandine Calais-Germain

“Netter’s Anatomy” by Frank Netter, MD

Recommended books offered at 10% discount to training participants when purchased at 8 Limbs.

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.

8 Limbs is operated by 8 Limbs Yoga LLC, a limited liability corporation owned by Amaan Kurji.