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This Weeks Schedule & Upcoming Weeks (See Table Below).


Fundamentals 1 Level 1, Fundamentals-2 Level 1.5, Continuing Level 2, Intermediate Level 3. All can be taken in-studio or Live Online on Zoom. Friday Night Slower Yoga can Only be Taken In The Studio

Drop-ins OR Single Sessions Classes to Our Evening Program at $29 if Signed up In Advance Online. $31 if paying at the Studio. No Drop-Ins Allowed at Early AM Twice a Week Courses

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Learn Iyengar Yoga: The Gold Standard of Yoga Systems. Experience the Huge Difference of a Quality Intelligent Yoga Method

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A Yoga System For All.

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    6-9 Week Yoga Courses

    Every two months we offer 8-9 Week Series Classes that meet once a week in the Evening. Every Month we offer twice a week Early Morning courses. A variety of convenient time slots and different class levels including Slower Therapeutic Yoga On Friday Nights, Fundamentals Level 1, Fundamentals-2 Level 1.5, Continuing Iyengar Yoga Level 2. Intermediate Iyengar Yoga Level 3 which allow you to develop your skill level and make real improvement.

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    Teacher Training & In-Depth
    Studies Courses

    The Center for Yoga of Seattle has had some of the Most Popular Teacher Training Programs in the USA. We had the largest program in the Greater Seattle Tacoma with over 150 recent graduates over the past 8 years. OUR FIRST 6-DAY YOGA TEACHER TRAINING SINCE COVID WILL MEET AUGUST 20-25, 2023. REGISTRATION HAS JUST OPENED 4/30/23. TO FIND OUT MORE COPY AND PASTE THIS LINK: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=218153&stype=-102&sTG=46&sVT=139&sView=week&sLoc=0

    Check back for our New 2023 Yoga Teacher Training Program.

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    1 Year Practitioner Training Courses have been replaced by our 4 Week Early Morning Immersions

    Be in a special course with a high energy group of committed students who want to go further with their practice of yoga each day. These courses are held Tuesday thru Fridays at 5:30am-6:45am and 7:00am-8:30am. 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.

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    2-5 Week Yoga Immersion Courses

    Our Immersion courses are some of the best at The Center, meeting 4 times a week for 2-5 weeks at 5:30am-7:00am and 7:00am-8:30am (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 immersions. Learn the basic series of postures that you can use for a lifetime! The classes meet 4 DAYS A WEEK FOR 2-5 WEEKS AND OUR SOME OF THE MOST POWERFUL COURSES WE OFFER. Enrollment is limited. WE OFFER THESE COURSES 5:30AM-6:45AM, 7:00AM-8:30AM.WE ARE CURRENTLY RUNNING SPECIALS ON THESE COURSE THIS WEEK ONLY.

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    Drop-in Classes

    Yes We Have Drop-in Classes! There are several classes each week that you can drop-in to. It is best to have specific background in Iyengar Yoga to drop-in on any of these classes except the Friday Night Slower Yoga Class. Why? Because all of our classes are a 4-9 week series. If you lack a background in the Iyengar Yoga Fundamentals that we teach in the Level 1 Fundamentals, you slow the course down for people who have signed up for the whole 6-9 week course. If you do have Iyengar Yoga Background you can drop-in to the Fundamentals Classes listed this week on our schedule of daily and weekly classes. For those with recent Iyengar Yoga background, and are currently practicing yoga, we have more advanced classes several evenings a week. Please sign up on the website for single sessions to save the teachers time at class. The pre-requesite's and fees for each class are listed and described when you click to find out more about each of those classes.SEE THIS WEEKS SCHEDULE ON THE TABLE ABOVE

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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 SUNDAY Night

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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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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.

Live Video From a Workshop on Using The Chair for Backarching Poses with Richard Schachtel

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

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, ...Read More

Lori Lochelt
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, ...Read More

JoAnn A. Fortman
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 ...Read More

Kelsey Cleveland
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 ...Read More

Carey Hilbert
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 ...Read More

C. M.


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