Training Yoga Teachers in Seattle since 2002.

October 8, 2021 – April 10, 2022

The 8 Limbs Yoga Centers Modular Training is made up of ten weekend immersions from October through April every year. 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. Whatever level of commitment you choose, the Modular Training offers excellent opportunities to deepen your yogic knowledge and self-study in a supportive community.

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*At this time we are planning our weekends to be held in person, if possible! Weekly sessions will occur over Zoom.

Included in the Modular Training (Approximately 180 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 in our Holding Inclusive Space class which explores 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
  • NEW THIS YEAR: 8 Limbs Livestream Unlimited Membership October 1, 2020-April 14, 2021

Program Requirements

  • Minimum two years yoga asana practice and 6 months personal practice at start of training; exceptions only with instructor approval (contact
  • Attendance of all ten training modules*
  • Completion of required reading list and homework
  • Attendance at one asana class per week at 8 Limbs Livestream (membership included in tuition)
  • Passing grade of 75% of higher 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.

20201/2022 Modular Training Payment Options*


  • 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 Classes

  • Teacher Training Participants are recommended but not required to take one class per week with 8 Limbs. All Teacher Training enrollees will receive an Unlimited Livestream Membership October 1, 2021-April 15, 2022 as part of their Teacher Training tuition.

Partial Discounts

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 discounts to applicants of color, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and/or other under-represented groups.  To apply for this discount please email and include a brief description of why you qualify with your application or enrollment. Active duty military personnel receive a 20% discount on Teacher Training Tuition, space allowing (we have a limited number of partial discounts each year to keep our programs viable, please apply early to be considered for this discount).


Classes will be held in our Capitol Hill, Phinney Ridge and Wedgwood studios and involve both lecture and practice sessions. When in studio, 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. Format will be adjusted as needed to comply with local and national recommendations regarding the Covid-19 Pandemic.

We maintain Transcripts for fifty years. To request a transcript please email

2021/2022 dates

  • October 8-10 and 22-24, 2021
  • November 12-14, 2021
  • December 3-5, 2021
  • January 7-9 and 28-30, 2022
  • February 11-13, 2022
  • March 4-6 and 18-20, 2022
  • April 8-10, 2022

Approximate Schedule:

  • Weekly Zoom Meeting: Wednesdays 7:00-8:30pm
  • Weekends:
    • Friday: 6:00-8:30pm (Wedgwood if in studio)
    • Saturday: 12:00-7:00pm (Phinney Ridge if in studio)
    • Sunday: 9:30am-5:30pm (Capitol Hill if in studio)

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

Instructors  (links below lead to yoga instructor bios, scroll down to read bios related to 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
      • Typical student to teacher ratio for this training is 20 to 1.


Please submit following questions and your answers along with your name, address, telephone number, email, a current photo/headshot, and the name of the training you hope to attend (Modular or Summer Intensive). Our email is 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.)

Questions? Please email


  • Art of Sequencing – Volume Three by Melina Meza
  • Bringing Yoga to Life by Donna Farhi
  • The Yoga Sutras Workbook by Vyas Houston
  • Recommended but not required: 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: “The Yoga Anatomy Coloring Book” by Kelly Solloway, “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.

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
  • Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World by Michelle C. Johnson
  • 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 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.


Modular Training Instructor Bios

Chiara Guerrieri began her studies of the body in Italy growing up as the daughter of a PE teacher and a basketball coach. In college she studied Physical Education and after moving to the US continued her formation attending massage school eventually teaching Anatomy and Physiology at the same after graduation.

A student of meditation since 1983, she began practicing yoga in 1985 following a car accident that brought her some physical challenges. Studying yoga showed her the role of the breath as a key to healing and living more fully in the body.

In the late 90ties she began teaching yoga and Anatomy and Physiology for yoga teacher trainings.

She loves to communicate her passion for understanding how the body moves and can move with care and consideration for its wellness.


Jenny Hayo, C-IAYT, ERYT-500 is a certified yoga therapist who has been teaching yoga for over 20 years. Her relationship with yoga has had many lives – originally studying the physical form through the Ashtanga and Iyengar systems, she gradually shifted into extensive study of the more subtle aspects of the eight limbed system including pranayama and meditation. First introduced to the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali by her teacher Jo Leffingwell, she credits her sutra studies as one of the most significant shifts in her life. Since then, she has sought out practice lineages that center awareness as the primary purpose of practice. Jenny’s work with Tibetan Buddhist teacher Reginald Ray bridged the gap between the physical form and the meditative state leading her to a deep study of embodiment and the awakened state. She sees the body not as an object to be mastered, but as a vehicle for awakening. Jenny is known for the clarity of her instruction and her ability to meet students at any stage of their journey.


Melina Meza is a pioneer in the field of yoga, nutrition, and Ayurvedic Health, sharing her knowledge with yogis around the world for more than 20 years. Melina was the first teacher hired at 8 Limbs in 1996 and was co-director or director of 8 Limbs Yoga Centers for 16 years. She is the creator of Seasonal Vinyasa Yoga, a holistic practice that features lifestyle, diet, and yoga practices tailored to the rhythms of the four seasons to help people stay healthy as they age. Her passion for Nature, the five elements, beauty, and humor forge the foundation of her unique approach to well-being. Melina has self-published the book Seasonal Health and Wellness and a three-book series called The Art of Sequencing, is featured on popular video channels (YogaAnytime, YogaUOnline, and Gaia), co-leads Yoga for Healthy Aging trainings, and previously ran successful yoga retreats before the Covid pandemic.


Claudette Evans is a self-described yoga nerd, and has been studying for more than 20 years, and teaching for more than 12 years. Before coming to yoga, she shared her gifts as a performer, an athlete, a nonprofit arts administrator, and an event producer, co-founding a national conference on community service and citizenship.

Following a car accident in 2008, she began yoga teacher training to help heal her body, and was lucky enough to be mentored Catherine Munro, Denise Benitez, Elizabeth Rainey, Douglas Brooks, James Boag, and Dr. Katy Jane, among many others.

Claudette came to Sanskrit through of her love of chanting and philosophy. In 2010, she began her studies with the American Sanskrit Institute and eventually entered ASI’s Apprenticeship Program with Zoe Mai in 2013, completing her training in 2014. Claudette enjoys studying classic texts, including the Bhagavad Gītā and the Yoga Sūtra-s, and the grammar and philosophy found within. She continues to expand her knowledge of yoga through the study of Āsana, Sanskrit, Mantra, and Philosophy, and teaches Sanskrit and other offerings that help take curious and devoted yogins beyond the mat to further their practice via weekly classes, workshops, yoga teacher training programs, and retreats around the Pacific Northwest and around the world through her online offerings.


RW Alves (she/they), C-IAYT, SEP, E-RYT 500, is a social justice educator, certified yoga therapist, yoga teacher trainer, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner based in Seattle. She facilitates spaces for self-care and community-care for activists and teaches about body positivity, body liberation, inclusive languaging and teaching, trauma-informed yoga, nervous system resilience, accessible asana, justice, privilege, and spiritual practice. Her work in the world and in yoga is informed by her experience as a fat white queer femme with a lifelong involvement in social justice and activism.

RW serves as Faculty for Off the Mat, Into the World and The Yoga Service Conference, teaches trauma-informed yoga through a social justice lens with Collective Resilience (, and is a co-founder and trainer for Bending Towards Justice (, which provides anti-oppression, equity, and social justice trainings for yoga teachers and practitioners around the country. She is a contributor to the Yoga Service Council’s forthcoming book on Best Practices in Yoga for Addiction and Recovery.

She is passionate about exploring and unearthing the interconnections and interweavings between social injustice, trauma, social justice, and resilience, and she believes deeply in the power of practice to ground, sustain, align, and inspire us in our important and world-changing work. She loves training teachers to make the healing and transformative power of yoga, somatics, embodiment, and spiritual practice more accessible and welcoming for a broader range of people and bodies. Learn more at