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 email@example.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.”
- 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
- 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
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:
- Jonna Bracken, E-RYT 200
- Douglas Ridings, E-RYT 200
- Tracy Hodgeman, E-RYT 500
- Chiara Guerrieri, E-RYT 500, YACEP
- Claudette Evans, E-RYT 500, YACEP
- Anne Phyfe Palmer, E-RYT 500, RPYT
- Melina Meza, E-RYT 500, YACEP
- Tami Hafzalla, E-RYT 500
- RW Alves, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
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
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.
- How long have you studied yoga? List styles and main teachers.
- Describe your current wellness program. Please include self-care, medical care, nutritional choices, exercise other than yoga, and therapy (optional).
- Describe your personal yoga and/or spiritual practice. Include practices of faith, rituals and traditions.
- Do you currently teach yoga? If so, how often and what level?
- Do you have experience teaching in any other field(s)? List other training or experience relevant to yoga and/or teaching.
- What motivated you to pursue studies in yoga and what keeps you motivated?
- List all injuries or illnesses and how they affect your current condition.
- List prescription medications you are taking for physical or psychological reasons.
- What do you hope to gain from this training?
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions? Please email email@example.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
- “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.
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
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.
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
- 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
The cost for each module is $400 if registered up to 2 weeks prior to the module start date, $420 after.
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:
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.
“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.