Training Yoga Teachers in Seattle since 2002.

Currently all four 8 Limbs physical studios are closed temporarily and we are operating one Livestream Schedule.

We’re having a great time staying connected and engaged during this time of social distancing! For more information email

All Teacher Trainings in 2020 will be conducted online through Zoom. Join us!

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 national and internationally renowned teachers such as Rod Stryker, Gary KraftsowSarah Powers, Shari Friedrichsen, Baxter Bell, MD, Nikki Myers, and Hala Khouri and Michelle Johnson.

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. 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). We have also added 1/2 modules and some weekly offerings to support our online learning during Covid-19.

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 Instructors 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 an Instructor or the Director before the next Info Session, or are unable to attend one, please email us at 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, 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 Art of Seeing, Ayurveda, Buddhism, Business of Yoga, Creating a Teaching Specialty, Pranayama, Pre/Postnatal Yoga, Restoratives, Subtle Anatomy, Therapeutics, and Yin Yoga.



Friday, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Module schedule will vary by training, please review the link for each in the schedule below. 

* The Prenatal Teacher Training Anatomy & Physiology Module is offered during the week, Wed-Fri, 9:00am-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 full modules (the Breitenbush Summer Immersion Retreat 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. Send or deliver Application Form, Enrollment Form, Student Complaint Disclosure, $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. You may pay your Enrollment Fee online here.

Step 2. Email the Teacher Training Director at  to say that your Enrollment is on the way/delivered, also note if your Enrollment Fee is paid.

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

Step 4. Register and pay for individual modules once your have received notice of acceptance.

Step 5: Apply for RYT Certification when a total of 15 modules are completed.

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

**8 Limbs 200-hour Teacher Training Graduates DO need to provide a copy of your certificate. 

Required modules: Breitenbush Summer Immersion Retreat at Breitenbush – note, if this is not able to proceed in 2021 we will not require this training module for Certification. 

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


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 $35 administrative fee to 8 Limbs.


8 Limbs 500-hour Teacher Training Staff:

Anne Phyfe Palmer, E-RYT 500, RPYT, Instructor, and Director of Teacher Training
Melina Meza, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Ayurveda, Asana and Business of Yoga Instructor
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
Douglas Ridings, E-RYT 200, Yoga Philosophy, and Asana Instructor

Visiting Teachers (all E-RYT 500):
Rod Stryker, Gary Kraftsow, Sarah Powers, Shari FriedrichsenBaxter Bell, MD, Hala Khouri, Nikki Myers

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



  • 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 it will be only five days and count as two modules. This requirement may be waived due to Covid-19 closure. 


January 31-February 2, 2020 Cutting the Knot of the Heart & Practicum
with Gary Kraftsow & Anne Phyfe Palmer
February 29-March 1, 2020 Prenatal Teacher Training – Teaching Methodology I
with Megan Sloan
March 20-22, 2020 Yoga Sutra Immersion
with Jenny Hayo
April 3-5, 2020 Prenatal Teacher Training – Teaching Methodology II
with Megan Sloan
April 24-26, 2020 Yoga & Ayurveda for Healthy Aging 2.0
with Baxter Bell & Melina Meza
May 13-15, 2020  Prenatal Teacher Training – Anatomy & Physiology
with Anne Phyfe Palmer & Susan Grote, PT
June 5-7, 2020 Yoga for 12 Step Recovery
with Nikki Myers
September 27, 2020 Yoga with Shari Friedrichsen Part 1 (Strong Body, Peaceful Mind)
with Shari Friedrichsen
October 17 & 18 Teacher Tune-Up (half-module)
with Melina Meza
November 8, 2020  Yoga with Shari Friedrichsen Part 2 (The Chakras: Beauty Unbound)
with Shari Friedrichsen
November 4-December 2, 2020 The Art of Sequencing (half-module)
with Melina Meza
November 20-22, 2020 Pranayama & Vayus
with Jenny Hayo & Chiara Guerrieri


January 15-17, 2021 Living the Lessons of the Bhagavad Gita & The Upanisad-s
with Claudette Evans
February 19-21, 2021 Prenatal Teacher Training – Teaching Methodology I
with with Melina Meza & Nancy Burtenshaw
February 26-28, 2021 Prenatal Teacher Training – Teaching Methodology I
with Megan Sloan
April 16-18, 2021 Prenatal Teacher Training – Teaching Methodology II
with Megan Sloan
April or May TBD
June 4-6, 2021 Skill in Action
with Michelle Cassandra Johnson
June 9-11, 2021 Prenatal Teacher Training – Anatomy & Physiology
with Anne Phyfe Palmer & Susan Grote, PT
TBD, Summer 2021 Breitenbush Sumer Immersion Retreat
with Melina Meza & Chiara Guerrieri
TBD, 2021 POSTPONED to 2021 – Yoga, Purpose & Leadership 2.0
with Hala Khouri, Nikki Myers & Suzanne Sterling
October 22-24, 2021  Yoga Therapeutics (topic TBD)
with Gary Kraftsow
September and/or November TBD
Registration for most 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


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

Breitenbush Summer Immersion Retreat: 2020 cost is $1135-1655 for 5-day retreat (rate depends on rooming option and early bird registration).

5-day Trainings with Rod Stryker: TBD

Mentorship Program $400 (through December 31, 2022)

*an additional $20 will be charged for registration within two weeks of module. Be sure to register two weeks in advance to get $400 rate.

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

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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