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 internationally renowned teachers such as Rod Stryker, Gary Kraftsow, and Sarah Powers, and less well-known but equally valuable teachers Nicolai Bachman and Shari Friedrichsen.

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


Please join us for a Teacher Training Information Session to meet one of the Co-Directors 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 a Co-Director before the next Info Session, or are unable to attend one, you may email the Co-Directors with “500-hour Teacher Training” in the subject field.



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, traditional pranayama and cleansing techniques, integrating chanting, mantra, and meditation into your teaching and practice.
  • Art of Teaching – 50 hours
    Learn techniques in teaching, demonstration, observation and methods of assisting & correcting students. Develop your unique teaching style and voice.
  • 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, ethics, and texts. We will draw from the Yoga Sutras, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, The Upanisads, and from the health science of Ayurveda.
  • Teaching Practice – 30 hours
    Practice teaching, exchange feedback, and observe others teaching and assisting students. Grow your abilities through the use of audio/video recording and mentorship.

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, & Yin Yoga.



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

* Prenatal Teacher Training Modules generally run Weds-Fri, 9am-4:30pm


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 Advanced Training Retreat II 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. Email to request current Enrollment Form.

Step 2. Send 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

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

Step 4. Register and pay for individual modules (or pay in advance for 12 at once for a discount) once your have received notice of acceptance.

Step 5: Apply for RYT Certification once 12 weekend modules, completion of the Breitenbush Summer Immersion Retreat, research papers, and homework are complete.

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

Required modules: Breitenbush Summer Immersion Retreat at Breitenbush


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 $25 administrative fee to 8 Limbs.


8 Limbs 500-hour Teacher Training Staff:
Melina Meza, Instructor and Director, E-RYT 500
Anne Phyfe Palmer, Instructor and Studio Director, E-RYT 500, RPYT
Jenny Hayo, Instructor, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Chiara Guerrieri, Anatomy Instructor, E-RYT 500

Visiting Teachers (all E-RYT 500):
Rod Stryker, Gary Kraftsow, Sarah Powers, Shari Friedrichsen, and Nicolai Bachman

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


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


  • 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, including 2016, it will be only five days and count as two modules.


Full module schedules are posted at the bottom of this page when complete, at least 2 months prior to training.


January 27 – 29, 2017 Subtle Body Practice & Teaching with Shari Friedrichsen & Anne Phyfe Palmer
March 10 – 12, 2017 Ayurveda & Body Systems with Chiara Guerrieri & Melina Meza
March 17 – 19, 2017 and/or April 26-28, 2017 Pre/Postnatal Yoga: Teaching Methodology & Practicum Parts 1 & 2 with Anne Phyfe Palmer, RPYT (two separate modules)
May 19 – 21, 2017 Yoga for Anxiety & Depression with Gary Kraftsow & Melina Meza
June 2 – 4, 2017 Asana, Adjustment & Modifications with Chiara Guerrieri and Jenny Hayo
 June 7 – 9, 2017 Pre/Postnatal Yoga: Anatomy & Physiology with Anne Phyfe Palmer, RPYT & Susan Grote, PT
July 23 – 28, 2017 Yogis Unite – Breitenbush Summer Immersion Retreat with Melina Meza & Chiara Guerrieri
September 22 – 24, 2017  The Four Desires with Rod Stryker
October 27 – 29, 2017 Yoga Sutra, Non-Violent Communication, and Holding Inclusive Space with Jenny Hayo, Chiara Guerrieri, Maketa Born, Terilyn Wyre, and Anne Phyfe Palmer


Sept 28 – October 7, 2018 10-day Insight Yoga Training with Sarah Powers

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
Note: if you were not a graduate of the 8 Limbs 200-hour RYT program you may take our Advanced Training Retreat (offered every year in April as part of our 200-hour Modular Teacher Training) to count for three modules.


20-hour modules:

Individually: $360* each (through December 31, 2016; $380* each starting January 1, 2017).

Package: $4,000 (through December 31, 2016, this option will not be offered after 2016) for 12 in advance (remaining three modules priced separately to allow for Advanced Training Retreat)
Breitenbush Summer Immersion Retreat: 2016 pricing was $1,045-$1275 for 5-day retreat.

Mentorship Program costs $600

*an additional $20 will be charged for registration within two weeks of module. Be sure to register two weeks in advance to get $360 rate. Rate per module increases to $380 on January 1, 2017.

Not sure what all of this means? Please contact or attend one of our Info Sessions to learn more.

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.


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 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.


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