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A Yoga System For All.

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    4-5 Week or 8-9 Week Yoga Courses

    Every month we offer 4-5 Week Series Classes that meet once/twice a week. A variety of convenient time slots and different class levels including Gentle Yoga, Level 1, Level 1&2, Level 2 & Level 2&3 which allow you to develop your skill level and make real improvement. See also the Intensive Courses featured to the right. We are also offering 8-9 week courses on the fundamentals from time to time.

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    Teacher Training & In-Depth
    Studies Courses

    The Center for Yoga of Seattle has some of the most popular teacher training programs in the US. 4 Choices for the foundational 200 hour Yoga Alliance Approved Training: One 4 Week Immersions held each July, September, March & June. OR 1 Year Courses meeting Either Weekly on A Weekday Evening 6-10pm Or a Weekday 10am-2pm, OR on Weekends. There is a also a Track/Module Format where you take the program in 4 six day segments over a 7-16 month period.

    The Track module program has either a fixed schedule over a year or the more flexible Choose Your Own Dates Option. We reward Early Sign-Ups with Huge Savings! Please see our Teacher Training Overview Page.

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    1 Year Practitioner Training Courses: Daytime, Evening, and NEW Weekend

    The 45 session Yoga Practitioner Courses(Daytime & Evening) and 26 Session Weekend Courses are for those who want to be in a more elite learning environment, one which progresses gradually to allow the students to get comfortable with a deeper and more powerful practice. The course is not for those who need a slower yoga class. But otherwise all are welcome to register and join this exclusive type of yoga course. The most important things to know is that you are enrolling in a high quality form of Yoga: Iyengar Yoga and that you are taking from one of the most experienced yoga teachers in the Northwest. 3 Practitioner Training Courses Just Started! Not too late to join the Tuesday 6-8pm class; the Thursday 10am-12om class; or the Weekend 4-7pm class. Next New Courses Begin May 23 Wednesday Evening Course 6-8pm; Tuesday 10am-12pm course starts 9/11/18

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    3 Week Yoga Intensives
    Late Afternoons 4:30pm-5:45pm Starts Monday June 4th

    Our intensive courses are some of the best at The Center, meeting 4 times a week for 3 weeks at 4:30pm (no drop-ins/make-ups allowed). Students quickly learn how to practice & experience the Power of Daily Yoga in their lives! Many of our best students & teachers started here and many of our most dedicated students continue their studies in the level intensives. We have level 1, 1&2, and Level 2 Courses. Learn the basic series of postures that you can use for a lifetime! Our level 1&2 classes teach the bsic standing, forward extending, rotational, beginning back-arching and inverted poses. The classes meet Monday Thru Thursday 4:30pm-5:45pm. Enrollment is limited

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    Drop-in Classes

    Yes we have Drop-in Classes! There are 16 classes each week that you can drop-in to. We have fundamentals classes every Saturday and Sunday at 9am for $16 per class. Monday Level 2 6pm-7:30pm $22. Friday 11:15am-12:45pm Level 1&2 $22; *Fri Night Slower 6:30-8pm for $22. You can also drop-into 8 additional series classes for $22 per class. Those new to Iyengar Yoga please attend a level 1, level 1&2, or Slower class. No drop-ins at Intensives, Click to see The 16 classes.

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    Learn more about Iyengar Yoga with Specialized Theme Based Workshops. These 2-3 HR, Full Weekend, or 5 Day Practice Intensives workshops provide access to information that isn't available in such depth as at regular weekly classes. They help you know more about, for example, how to Open Your Hips or get comfortable with Inversions. You can make breakthroughs in many of these deep practice sessions. Highly recommended to learn more!

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    This Week's Online Only Specials through MONDAY MARCH 26

    |NEW WEDNESDAY EVENING Teacher Training & in-Depth Studies course Starts MAY 23, 2018 on Special Through Monday 3/12 $999 regular $3100! 4 Week Immersion 200 Hour Teacher Training 5/29-6/23 OR 7/9-8/4 OR 9/4-9/28 on Special for $999 through 3/26, $3,100 regular. NEW DAYTIME TEACHER TRAINING STARTS 9/11 ON SPECIAL THIS WEEK TOO. NEW PRACTITIONER TRAINING STARTING MAY 23 6-8PM ON SPECIAL FOR $899 through 3/26 $1200 Regular Click here to Find Out More

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    2018 Teacher Training In Goa India November 26-December 22, 2018
    Registration is Now Open!

    Join us for 4 week immersion 200 HR Yoga Alliance Approved Course in Anjuna, Goa, India. Held in a beautiful fully equipped Iyengar Yoga Studio at Artjuna. Plenty of time for beaches & site seeing as well

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    Private Sessions

    Private lessons for 1-2 people can be useful if: you have back problems & are looking for specialized therapeutic ways to use yoga to get better; you have a problem with basic poses in group classes; you're looking for guidance in developing an at home yoga practice; you're getting back to exercise & want to be sure you can do yoga.

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This Weeks Schedule & Upcoming Weeks

Drop-ins vary in price: $22 For most classes; $22 For Monday level 2 and Thursday 6pm level 1; $16 for Saturday at 9am
(no drop-ins to 3 week yoga intensives.)

Workshops & Teacher Trainings have separate pricing. Early morning 7am intensives may not appear in schedule.


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Upcoming Teacher Trainings & In-Depth Studies Courses


img-upcoming-04 Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training in Seattle With Richard Schachtel

The Course Started Monday March 5th. We do have room in the training. The Fee is $3100. This course will be held again May 29-June 23 and July 9-August 4

Registration has recently opened for this training. This course meets in Seattle

Richard has over 125 recent graduates of his 200 hour Yoga Alliance Approved Courses.

The course started at on Monday March 5th. We are not admitting any more students to This Training. Please Scroll Down for Other Training which are enrolling New Students

    Mondays 1:15PM-7:45pm
    Tuesdays 1:15pm-10:00pm
    Wednesdays 1:15pm-10:00pm
    Thursdays 10:00am-7:45pm
    Fridays 11:15am-8:10pm
    Saturdays 10:45am-7:10pm
    Sundays Off

The program ends at 7pm on March 31st.



4 Module 200 Hour Teacher Training Certificate Program Yoga Alliance Approved- START May 29 OR July 9,2018 OR September 4, 2018 with Your First Week Of Training!

img-upcoming-05 Take the 4 week teacher training in 2018 with one week in one one week in May/June 2018, one week in July 2018, one week in September 2018, and one week in March 2019. We have our 2018 schedules up below. Finish by 3/30/19.You can also start July 9, 2018 or Sept 4, 2018.

The fee for the training starting in 2018 is $3,100.For those starting on May 29 or July 9, the training is on special through March 26th for $1600

Graduates will be able to register with Yoga Alliance to be recognized at 200 HR RYT's.

We Also have a Choose Your Own Dates Option which allows you to take the 4 courses according to your availability as long as you take the 4 weeks in sequential order(take week 2 after taking week 1 etc). In this option you can start in March, May or July 2018 with the first week of the training. You can take weeks 2,3,4 in the same or other months that it is offered provided you take them in the right order.

The 2018-2019 Dates are for the 4 Module Option are Starting On May 29th, 2018 is:

May 29- June 4, 2018
July 16-21, 2-18
September 17-22
March 25-30, 2019

The Daily Schedule is:

Monday 1:15pm-7:45pm *NO CLASS ON MAY 28*
Tuesday 1:15pm-10pm
Wednesday 1:15pm-10pm
Thursday 10:00am-7:45pm
Friday 11:15am-8:00pm
Saturday 10:45am-7:00pm



Choose Your Own Dates 4-Six Day Module Teacher Trainings Start May 29 Or July 9 Or September 4, 2018 Yoga Alliance Approved Certificate Program

200 Hour Yoga Alliance Approved Yoga Teacher Training in Seattle With Richard Schachtel. A Certificate Program

This Module Option is for those who cannot attend 4 contiguous weeks and prefer to take one 6 day week over the course of 6-12 months. The 6 day modules must be taken in the correct sequence (Module week 2 after Module week 1, etc.) but you are free to choose the time frame that suits your schedule.

We can only offer a few spots of this option of taking the training in a way that fits your schedule. Please make your decision to attend early!

THE NEXT TIME TO START IS May 29 or July 9,or Spetember 4, 2018.
YOU CAN COMPLETE THE TRAINING IN 2018 or 2019 By taking weeks in March, June, July, and September 2018 and during some of the 2019 modules.

Typical Weekly Schedule:

  • Monday 1:15PM-7:45pm
  • Tuesday 1:15pm-10:00pm
  • Wednesday 1:15pm -10:00pm
  • Thursday 10:00am-7:45pm
  • Friday 11:15am-8:00pm
  • Saturday 10:45am-7:00pm
  • Sunday Off

See the Options for Weeks you can attend in 2018. Click here to see the specific dates.

$1998 special rate through Midnight Monday MARCH 26, 2018, Pacific Standard Time, 2018 ONLY 2 SPACES AT THIS RATE!This is for those starting on May 29,July 9 or Sept 4, 2018.
Regular fee: $3100






2018 1 Year Weekend Yoga Teacher Training Course JUST STARTED on FEBRUARY 3 SIGN UP NOW AND JOIN BEGINNING MARCH 24, 2018. MAKE-UPS AVAILABLE.

img-upcoming-01Register Now for one of our Elite Teacher Training and In-Depth Studies Courses.
A 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Approved Course. Students attend from Olympia, Tacoma, Bellingham, Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland as well as Seattle and other outlying areas. The Training is Limited in Size and will not be offered on the weekend until October 2018. Join Now!

The Fee for the training is $3,100. We are offering this course on Special for $1199 only through Midnight MONDAY MARCH 26TH, 2018 Pacific Standard Time.LAST WEEK AT THIS PRICE! The course has just met 4 times which you will be able to make-up. Here are the Make-Up Days and Times you can attend: Tuesday Evenings 6-10pm, Thursday Mornings 10am-2pm. So not to worry there are many opportunities to make up those 4 classes and be caught up! MARCH 31 WILL BE THE LAST DATE TO JOIN THIS TRAINING!

Here are the 2018 Dates: All Times are 1-7pm:

Saturday & Sunday Feb 3 &4

Saturday March 10
Saturday March 17
Saturday March 24
Saturday March 31

Saturday June 2
Saturday June 9
Saturday June 16
Saturday June 23

Saturday July 14
Saturday July 21
Saturday July 28
Saturday Aug 4

Saturday Sept 8
Saturday Sept 15
Saturday Sept 22
Saturday Sept 29

Saturday & Sunday October 6 & 7
Saturday & Sunday October 20 & 21

Saturday & Sunday January 12 & 13
Saturday & Sunday January 26 & 27
Saturday & Sunday February 9 & 10
Saturday & Sunday February 23 & 24



New 2018 Wednesday Evening Teacher Training & In-depth Studies Course Starts May 23, 2018

200 Hour Program Approved by Yoga Alliance of 45 Wednesday Evenings. Starts May 23, 2018.
Meets 6-10pm with a dinner break. with Richard Schachtel.

This training is limited to only 25 students and we have students in our current courses attending from Bellevue, Sammamish, and eastern suburbs, Tacoma, Everett, Lynnwood, Whidbey and Vashon Islands, as well as Seattle. We have over 125 recent graduates of this 200 hour course! Please Register Early to Secure your spot in the training.

Alignment Yoga Teacher Training in the tradition of BKS Iyengar. The poster for this course will be up soon. It is the same as the Tuesday Evening 1 Year Teacher Training Listed above with a later start and end date.

$999 Special EARLY RATE THROUGH MONDAY MARCH 26, 2018 AT MIDNIGHT Pacific Standard Time!
ONLY 4 SPACES AT THIS RATE. Regular Fee $3,100



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Experience The Center For Yoga of Seattle difference

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Authentic Yoga, Not Trendy Yoga

Authentic Iyengar yoga doesn't keep the room artificially heated to sauna like temperatures; we keep it comfortable. We don't play music when we teach; you should hear the valuable things your teacher says, be calm & quiet within, and hear your breath. We don't need to be more overstimulated than we already are in modern life. We don't blend in weight lifting; Iyengar yoga develops useful strength & good body tone. Yoga correctly done is enough to offer immense benefits for your mind & body.

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Classes For Everyone!

The Center is known as a remarkably welcoming place: for the brand new beginner, for the student who has tried and practiced other methods of yoga but is looking for more, as well as for the dedicated student looking for more expert feedback and guidance for their practice.

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We Have Decades of Teaching History in the Seattle Area Since 1980

Richard Schachtel is one of the most highly trained and experienced yoga teachers in the Northwestern United States. He has assembled a group of talented, inspiring and relatable teachers to form his staff. The Center's teachers are all serious students of yoga who practice what they teach! Many have trained with Richard in his weekly classes or his teacher training courses, and have personally apprenticed with him.

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Students Talk About The Center & Iyengar Yoga

Comments from students who have traveled to Seattle from around the US to take a 5 day practice intensive with Richard Schachtel - 2017 Practice Intensive AUGUST 2017
NEW YEARS In City Retreat JAN 1 &2

The training was everything I was looking for and more. Richard's teaching style is direct, precise, and thorough, as well as attentive to the individual needs of each student. I do not have access to this level of Iyengar instruction in my area, so this was such a gift. The training has inspired me, as I hoped it would, to develop a daily practice and work on specific areas. I pushed myself further than I ever have and felt absolutely exhilarated every day. Although I get discouraged with the limitations of my lower back, I am more hopeful that I can overcome this restriction with continued practice. Richard was very inspirational and I am grateful. Additionally, I am very impressed with the studio, the registration and communication process, the website, and all aspects of the business, including this feedback form. ... Richard encouraged us to try new things and exposed us to a wide variety of asanas, including preparations, props, wall ropes, and more. He quickly assessed the abilities of the class participants and adjusted accordingly when necessary. Things were thoroughly explained, and there was ample time for questions and clarifications. The class format, time, and schedule were optimally utilized. Richard's devotion to the practice, study, and teaching of Iyengar yoga is evident. I especially appreciated his positive nature and his directness of purpose. His words, "We only have so little time here and together," stayed with me. He obviously wanted to impart as much information and training as possible in this intensive week. I appreciate the patience necessary in teaching beginning students."

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Excellent training! It was challenging, exhilarating, and fun. I walked into the training with an open mind, not knowing what to expect with some doubts about my ability and stamina to complete the full five days (due to my advanced age and lack of yoga experience). However, due to Richard's expertise, professionalism and encouragement, I was able to complete the week and go further than I have ever gone before. I came away from the training with a greater respect for yoga and a strong commitment to deepen my own practice. ... I liked Richard as the instructor. His sincere love and commitment to yoga was contagious. He was tough, but he didn't make me feel bad when I couldn't meet up to his standards. He just kept telling the students that we can do it with practice and commitment. Consequently, I have registered for the October Teacher Training, and plan to attend a level-2 Practice Intensive sometime next year. In addition, I plan on attending other workshops as the opportunity and time presents itself.

Kennewick, Washington

I was very impressed by the amount of material and number of asanas we were able to cover in five days. Richard tailored the class to the level of the students, and I think that all of us grew considerably in our practice, in our knowledge of the asanas (including their Sanskrit names), and in our bodies in both strength and flexibility. The five days featured a balance of challenging practice and much needed relaxation. Personally, I loved seeing my practice grow over the five days, and loved the opportunity to study with a knowledgeable Iyengar teacher such as Richard. I hope I have the opportunity to do a level-2 Practice Week. ... I liked when we worked on sequences to work up to a difficult pose, such as lotus or backbend. I also enjoyed the various use of props and learning new ways to use props in my practice. I loved the experience of working with the ropes, which was a new experience for me. During the five days, I had to go out of my 'comfort zone' and in doing so, I made many breakthroughs in practice, such as my first lotus, backbend and Sirsasana on the ropes.

Kobe, Japan

It was exactly what I was looking for and needed. I needed to move on to the 'next level' in my yoga practice. The workshop pushed me to new levels of familiar asanas and introduced me to some I had not done before, and some that I avoid because of physical concerns/limitations and fear of injury. I was very challenged, but never defeated! ... I liked the methodical, stage-by-stage breakdown of many of the poses, building up to the final asana.

Eugene, Oregon

I liked the chance to do some deep practicing with a superior teacher [in the Level 2 Practice Intensive]. I have never taken a regular class from Richard, previously having always done Teacher Trainings. I really enjoyed the chance to learn more about how to sequence asanas, how to transition into them, and how to break them apart. Less time was spent on the details of the asanas [as is done in Teacher Training classes], and more time doing yoga. My home practice has changed ... and I think I am a more confident teacher. Overall, I felt I gained a deeper understanding of Iyengar yoga — so much to learn.


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