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Study at Seattle’s Premier Yoga Studio Now in Our 37th Year!

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Learn Iyengar Yoga: The Gold Standard of Yoga Systems

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  • Precision
  • Energy
  • Relaxation

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.

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    3 Week Yoga Intensives
    Early am or Late Afternoon

    Our intensive courses are some of the best at The Center, meeting 4 or 5 times a week for 3 weeks at 7am & 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.

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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 9am-10:30am 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 9 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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    Monthly Class Passes

    Take up to 8 classes a week in any calendar month with our semi-unlimited Monthly Class Pass. Feel the difference with more frequent classes and the immense power that regular yoga practice brings. Our Monthly Pass is only $99 for the first month and $135 thereafter ($129 with Autopay Option), and for visitors to Seattle. Intensive and higher level classes are not included in the pass. We have some incredible specials for New Students for the 2 and 3 months semi-unlimited class pass that we will be offering again starting in 2017

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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 March, June, July, & September OR 1 Year Courses meeting Either Weekly or on Weekends OR a Track/Module Format where you take the program in 4 six day segments over a 7-16 month period. We reward Early Sign-Ups with Huge Savings!

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    This Week's Specials through Monday May 29 ONLY

    | 8 Week Course on The Fundamentals Thursdays 6pm-7:30pm starts June 1. See 8-9 week Course on fundamentals here look for level 1 courses: June 5-23 Afternoon 4:30pm-5:45pm Intensive $195($260 Regular) Semi-Unlimited Class Pass $99 for brand new students. You can buy at first class| 1 Year Wednesday PM Teacher Training & In-Depth Studies Course starting 5/24 $1499! THRU 5/29/17 ONLY 1 Year Weekend Only Teacher Training starting 6/3/17 $999, $3100 Regular Fee thru 5/29 4 Week Immersion 200 Hour Teacher Trainings May 30-June27 & July 6-31 or Sept 5-30 on Special for $999 through 5/29 only $3,100 regular NEW Tuesday Evening Teacher Training & In-Depth Studies course $999 Through 5/29 See Teacher Training Overview Page

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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


200 Hour Program Approved by Yoga Alliance of 45 Tuesday Evenings. Starts October 3, 2017. Meets 6-10pm with a dinner break. with Richard Schachtel.

Yoga Teacher Training in the tradition of BKS Iyengar.

$999 Special Early rate through Midnight Monday May 29, 2017 Pacific Standard Time, ONLY 4 SPACES AT THIS RATE. Regular Fee $3,100. The training will be the same as described in the poster below that we have up for the Wednesday Evening Teacher Training. The only difference is that the course starts on October 3rd and will end no later than May 29, 2019.

We also have an evening teacher training on Wednesday nights that has only met 3 times and is still on special below for $1499



200 Hour Program Approved by Yoga Alliance of 45 Wednesday Evenings. It just started on May 3, 2017, and you have just missed 3 sessions, one of which was an orientation. Meets 6-10pm with a dinner break. with Richard Schachtel. It is not too late to join without missing much. For those who sign up now and start on May 24th, you can make-up the missed sessions on either Saturday June 3rd & June 10th from 1-7pm OR Tuesday May 30th from 2pm-10pm and Wednesday May 31st from 2-6pm.

Yoga Teacher Training in the tradition of BKS Iyengar.

$1,499 Special Early rate through Midnight Monday May 29, 2017 Pacific Standard Time, ONLY 4 SPACES AT THIS RATE. Regular Fee $3,100.

Click here to see the poster without the discounted rate. Course Starts May 3.


NEW 2017-2018 300 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Program

This course is for those who have graduated from a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (that has been approved by Yoga Alliance). If you want to become a RYT-500, this training may be for you.

The 300 Hour Weekend program will meet for 14 two day weekends over 18 months.
The course started It's not too late to still join. You will be able to make-up the missed sessions in the next 300 hour training.


You do not need to have any background in Iyengar Yoga to enroll in these trainings.

The Fee for the course is $4500.
We still have the early registration rate of only $2500 available if paid by
Midnight Monday May 29, 2017 Pacific Standard Time! We also have 2 payment plan options special only good through 5/29.

Option 1: make a $1000 initial payment. This will be followed by 10 monthly payments of $200 starting 6/1/17.You will need to sign a contract promising payment. You will need to make this initial payment by 5/29.

Sign Up Now For Payment Plan #1 with $1000 Initial Payment

Option 2: make an initial payment here of $500 by 5/29. This will be followed by 10 monthly payments of $300 starting 6/1/17. You will need to sign a contract promising payment.

Sign Up Now For Payment Plan #2 with $500 Initial Payment

Option 3: make a $2,500 full payment now by 5/29 and save the most.

Sign Up Now without the payment plan

Click here for a the 2017-2018 300 Hour program poster without the discounted rate

Choose Your Own 4-Six Day Module Teacher Trainings Start 2017

Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training in Seattle With Richard Schachtel

This Immersion 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!


Typical Weekly Schedule:

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

See the Options for Weeks you can attend in 2017. Click here to see the specific dates.

$1998 special rate through Midnight Monday May 29 Pacific Standard Time, 2017 ONLY 2 SPACES AT THIS RATE!.
Regular fee: $3100

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Enroll for a 6 Day Teacher Training with Richard Schachtel

Want to experience a one week teacher training with an experienced Yoga Teacher Trainer?
Want to receive teacher training in one of the most respected forms of yoga: Iyengar Yoga.

The week will give you a well-rounded experience in the practice and teaching of an Alignment Based System of Yoga, Yoga Philosophy, Anatomy, and Theory.

For those interested in taking the remaining 3 weeks of this foundational teacher training approved by Yoga Alliance, they can enroll in the other 3 weeks which are offered several times each year.

The Fee for this 6 day training is $775. You will need to purchase some specific books for this course for under $150 that are very important. No Refunds or credit for canceling.


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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 - 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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