Training Yoga Teachers in Seattle since 2002.

This program provides the 300 additional hours of training for 200 hour RYTs to move to this next level of professional development.

8 Limbs Yoga Centers, a state-licensed vocational school, invites yoga teachers to join our 300/500-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  Gary KraftsowShari Friedrichsen, Baxter Bell, MD, Nikki Myers, Hala Khouri and Michelle Johnson.

Click here to see our full schedule of training modules,

and explore our other trainings as part of the 300/500 Program:

Mindfulness  l  Pre/Postnatal Yoga  l  Trauma-Informed Yoga  l  Yoga for Cancer

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.

Most of our classes take place here in Seattle (currently on Zoom). 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. You may join the program at any time, and finish at your own pace.

Our 300/500-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.

“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

Important Information pertaining to all 8 Limbs Teacher Training

All three 8 Limbs locations are now open for in-studio classes and we continue to operate a Livestream Schedule. We are offering teacher trainings both online through Zoom and in person. For more information email


To speak with a Teacher Training Instructor about our 300/500 program, please click here and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible!


The 500-Hour certification program offers learning modules that are either 10 (half module) or 20 hours (full module) of class time. To graduate you must take a total of 300 contact hours, or 15 full modules.

Students can participate in these modules at your own pace as budget and schedule permits. Guest/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. Pay your Enrollment Fee* online here.

Step 2. Apply with the 300/500 Application Form,

Step 3. Within two weeks of receiving your completed application documents, we will contact you to confirm your enrollment.

Step 4. Once your enrollment is complete, you may register and pay for individual modules.

Step 5: When a total of  300 hours are completed, email to receive your certificate.

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

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


  • 200-hour RYT certified by the Yoga Alliance


  • Complete a total of 300 contact hours, through our 10 and 20-hour modules.
  • Fulfill minimum requirement in the training categories set up by Yoga Alliance
  • 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.

Click here to see our full schedule of training modules.


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


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

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

Have questions about payments? Please make sure you’ve reviewed Important Information pertaining to all 8 Limbs Teacher Training. Still have questions? Contact or attend one of our Info Sessions to learn more.


To apply, follow instructions above (“How the Program Works”) and email to and send a paper copy for our files 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.

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.


8 Limbs 500-hour 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
Michelle Johnson, LCSW, 500-RYT, Social Justice Instructor &
Nancy Burtenshaw, MIT, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Asana, and Sequencing Instructor
Tracy Hodgeman, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Asana, Teacher Practicum
Douglas Ridings, E-RYT 200, Yoga Philosophy, and Asana Instructor
RW Alves, C-IAYT, SEP, E-RYT 500, Social Justice Educator, Certified Yoga Therapist

Visiting Teachers (all E-RYT 500):

Rod Stryker, Gary Kraftsow, & Shari Friedrichsen: Asana, Philosophy & Tantra
Michelle Johnson, LCSW: Yoga & Social Justice
Baxter Bell, MD: Yoga for Healthy Aging
Hala KhouriTrauma-Informed Yoga
Nikki Myers: Yoga for 12 Step Recovery

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


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.



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 subjects such as Art of Seeing, Ayurveda, Buddhism, Business of Yoga, Creating a Teaching Specialty, Pranayama, Pre/Postnatal Yoga, Restoratives, Subtle Anatomy, Therapeutics, and Yin Yoga.

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