8 Limbs Yoga Centers 300 Hour Specialized Teacher Training

Training yoga teachers in Seattle since 2002!


Our program provides the 300 additional hours of training for 200hr RYTs to move to this next level of professional development and will set you on course to develop your niche and voice as a specialist in the field of modern yoga.

We believe that a 300hr program should be different from your 200hr training in that it helps you specialize in one area, much like earning a Major in college. 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.


Our 300 Hour Specialized Teacher Training program offers four choices (“tracks”) of specialization to choose from:

This training will provide the structure to create a three-year curriculum that includes in person and livestream classes with experts in each Major Track.

These tracks will guide you on your journey towards 500hr certification, with each one composed of mandatory and suggested learning modules that are either 10 hours (half module) or 20 hours (full module) of class time.  Participate in these modules, led by a unique blend of guest/visiting teachers and 8 Limbs senior teachers, at your own pace as budget and schedule permits. 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.

You will have three years to complete your 300 hours or re-enroll if you need more time. In addition to our modules, you’ll have homework assignments to help you grow your business, create new workshops, programs, retreats, or community projects.

In your second year of the program, you will be assigned a Mentor to help you design and complete your final project that you share on your graduation weekend.

To graduate, students must complete a total of 180 hours in mandatory modules in their chosen track and 120 hours in other modules for a total of 300 hours within three years or longer if needed.

Upon graduation, teachers will receive a certificate of completion that notes their specialization / area of expertise. This certificate can be used to apply for 500hr RYT status through Yoga Alliance.

Note: All active 300 hour Training Enrollees automatically receive a 20% discount on 8 Limbs drop-in classes, passes, and memberships.


PREREQUISITE FOR TRAINING: 200hr RYT certified by the Yoga Alliance

REQUIREMENTS for 500hr Certification with Yoga Alliance

  • Complete the 180 hours in your chosen track
  • Complete another 120 hours in any qualifying modules
  • For a total of 300 hours
  • Complete homework assignments and coursework, when applicable (no grading other than complete/incomplete)


Step 1 Review each track – Asana Specialist, Conscious Leader, Wellness Advisor, and Yoga Scholar – and decide which one feels like the right path for you.

Step 2. Complete our 300hr Application Form. 

Step 3. We will contact you within one week of receiving your enrollment fee, completed application and supplementary documents (listed in application) to confirm your enrollment and provide guidance for registering for individual modules in your track

Note:  8 Limbs Yoga Centers LLC, a state-licensed vocational school.  Please make sure you’ve reviewed Important Information pertaining to all 8 Limbs Teacher Training.


Contact teachertraining@8limbsyoga.com or complete this form and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible!


Enrollment Fee: $100* for 3 years of participation

*$50 for graduates of 8 Limbs’ 200hr YTT

If you need more than three years to complete your training, a re-enrollment fee equal to your initial enrollment fee will be required.

10-hour modules: $200 each (through December 31, 2022)

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

Refunds: If not accepted, or 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.



8 Limbs’ 500hr Teacher Training Staff:

Melina Meza, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Ayurveda, Asana and Business of Yoga Instructor, Director of Teacher Training

Chiara Guerrieri, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Anatomy, and Non-Violent Communication Instructor

Claudette Evans, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Sanskrit, Restorative Yoga, and Philosophy Instructor

Nancy Burtenshaw, MIT, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Asana, and Sequencing Instructor

Tracy Hodgeman, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Asana, Teacher Practicum

RW Alves, C-IAYT, SEP, E-RYT 500, Social Justice Educator, Certified Yoga Therapist

And more ……..

Visiting/Guest Teachers (all E-RYT 500):

Gary Kraftsow, & Shari Friedrichsen: Asana, Philosophy & Tantra

Baxter Bell, MD: Yoga for Healthy Aging

Michelle Johnson, LCSW, 500-RYT, Social Justice Instructor

Hala Khouri: Trauma-Informed Yoga

Nikki Myers: Yoga for 12 Step Recovery

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