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

MARCH COURSE START MARCH 1-7.

2 MONTH SPECIALS FOR NEW STUDENTS SEE SPECIALS FOR ONCE A WEEK MARCH & APRIL CLASSES

1-YEAR PRACTITIONER TRAINING TUESDAY EVENINGS 6-8PM STARTS MARCH 5TH

1 YEAR PRACTITIONER TRAINING COURSE THURSDAY 10AM-12 NOON STARTS MARCH 7TH. Spaces available (See Practitoners Tab Above)

Drop-ins vary in price: $23 For most classes; ; $17 for Saturday at 9am & Sunday 10am
(no drop-ins to Practitioner Training Courses and Teacher Trainings.).

NEW 4,5,8 &9 WEEK COURSES START EVERY MONTH

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    4-5 Week or 8-9 Week Yoga Courses

    Every month we offer 4-9 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 USA. 4 Choices for the foundational 200 hour Yoga Alliance Approved Training: One 4 Week Immersions held each July, September, & March. 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 12 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 30 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 Star Soon. TUESDAY 6-8pm class starts MARCH 5; the THURSDAY 10am-12om class starts MARCH 7th; or the Weekend 4-7pm class starts FEBRUARY 23, 2019

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    3 Week Yoga Intensives

    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. SEE OUR NEW 45 SESSION PRACTITIONER TRAINING COURSES MEETING FOR 2 HOURS EACH WEEK MEETING EVENINGS AND DAYTIME. WEEKEND PRACTITIONER TRAINING COURSES MEET ON SELECT WEEKEND DAYS OVER A 1-YEAR PERIOD AND MEET FROM 4-7PM OR 2 CLASSES OR 2:30PM-4:30PM AND 5:00PM-7:00PM

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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 at 9am-10:30am AND Sunday 10:00am-11:30am for $17 per class. Monday Level 2&3 6pm-7:30pm $23. Friday 11:15am-12:45pm Level 1&2 $23; *Fri Night Slower 6:30-8pm for $23. You can also drop-into 8 additional series classes for $23 per class. We also have one One Hour $11 Drop-In Fridays 10-11am Level 1& Those new to Iyengar Yoga please attend a level 1&2, or Slower class. No drop-ins at Practitioner or Teacher Training, Click to see The 16 classes.

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    Workshops

    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 FEBRUARY 18

    NEW TUESDAY EVENING Teacher Training & in-Depth Studies course Starts MARCH 5th on Special Through Monday FEB 18 $999 regular $3450! BRAND NEW STUDENT SPECIAL 50% OFF A 2 MONTH ONCE A WEEK CLASS MARCH 1-APRIL 30! $72-81 FOR 8-9 WEEKS REGULAR $144-$153 Through 2/18 ONLINE ONLY. EVENING, DAYTIME & WEEKEND OPTIONS! 4 Week Immersion Teacher Training 3/4-3/30 & 7/8-8/3 2019 On Special through MONDAY 2/18 for $999. $3,450 regular. NEW DAYTIME THURSDAYS TEACHER TRAINING STARTS MARCH 7 ON SPECIAL THIS WEEK for $999 through 2/18. NEW PRACTITIONER TRAINING COURSES TUESDAYS 6-8PM AND THURSDAYS 10AM-12NOON ON SPECIAL FOR $899-$999 through 2/18 STARTS MARCH 5TH TUES AND MARCH 7TH THURS $1500 Regular Build a Strong Personal Yoga Practice Beginners are welcome! Click here to Find Out More

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    2018 Teacher Training In Goa India November 26-December 22, 2018 has been cancelled for this year.

    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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Upcoming Teacher Trainings & In-Depth Studies Courses

New 2019 Tuesday Evening Teacher Training & In-depth Studies Course Starts March 5th, 2019

200 Hour Program Approved by Yoga Alliance of 45 Wednesday Evenings. Starts MARCH 5, 2019.

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 Evening Teacher Training Course attending from Bellevue, Sammamish, and eastern suburbs, Tacoma, Everett, Lynnwood, & Whidbey Island, as well as Seattle. We have over 125 recent graduates of this 200 hour course! Please Register Now to Secure your spot in the training. The training is extremely effective in learning how to practice well and how to gradually develop an appropriate practice. The instructor is Seattle's most experienced Yoga Teacher Trainer having given these courses since 1986.

This 200 Hour Course is Approved By Yoga Alliance.

The training is for those wanting to teach yoga, for those wanting to learn more to develop a personal yoga practice, for those currently teaching who wish to develop their skills in learning the highly acclaimed Alignment Oriented Iyengar Method of Practice and Teaching.

Richard Schachtel has trained yoga teachers not only in Washington State but teachers from around the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia in his immersion yoga teacher trainings held several times each year in Seattle.

Richard is The founder of The Center For Yoga of Seattle (1980) and continues to serve as its Director.

He has trained 23 times in India with BKS Iyengar, author of Light on Yoga and numerous books, and with Geeta Iyengar, author of Yoga: a Gem For Women, most recently in December 2017.

Richard has taught yoga in Seattle since 1975 and has given workshops in Iyengar Yoga throughout the US and has taught Yoga in China, Australia, and India.

The Training is a Great Mix of Practice: learning the theory and practice of Iyengar Yoga with Yoga Philosophy, Anatomy for Yoga, Teaching Methodology, Practice Teaching and More. *Free Make-ups at the Weekend Teacher Training, Thursday Daytime Teacher Training, and at the New Wednesday Evening Teacher Training projected to start in September 2019 during the training and for 6 months afterwards!

Alignment Yoga Teacher Training in the tradition of BKS Iyengar

$999 SPECIAL RATE THROUGH MONDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2018 AT MIDNIGHT Pacific Standard Time! There is also a payment plan option to take the $3,450 course for $1998 by making 12 monthly payments of $166.50.AVAILABLE TO FEBRUARY 18 AT MIDNIGHT.There is a tab below to register using this option.

ONLY 4 SPACES AT THIS RATE. Regular Fee $3,450

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP NOW PAYING IN FULL FOR LOWEST RATE

*Registration fees are Non Refundable and are not transferable to other trainings, classes or retail. In the event the start date of a training is postponed, refunds will not be given

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE POSTER WITHOUT THIS WEEKS SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL DISCOUNT.

NEW 2019 DAYTIME THURSDAY YOGA TEACHER TRAINING & IN-DEPTH STUDIES COURSE STARTS MARCH 7, 2019

200 Hour Program Approved by Yoga Alliance of 45 Thursday Daytime Sessions.

Starts MARCH 7, 2019. Meets 10:00am-2:00pm with a lunch break. with Richard Schachtel.

This training is limited in size, and we have students in our current daytime and evening 1 year trainings from Bellevue, Sammamish, and eastern suburbs, Tacoma, Everett, Lynnwood, Whidbey, Bainbridge and Vashon Islands, as well as Seattle. Please Register Now to secure your space in the course.

This 200 Hour Course is Approved By Yoga Alliance. Over 125 students have graduated from these 200 Hour trainings with Richard in recent years.

The training is for those wanting to teach yoga, for those wanting to learn more to develop a personal yoga practice, for those currently teaching who wish to develop their skills in learning the highly acclaimed Iyengar Method of Practice and Teaching.

Richard Schachtel is Seattle's most experienced yoga teacher trainer. He has taught special classes for those wanting to be trained to teach yoga since 1986.

He has trained yoga teachers not only in Washington State but teachers from around the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia in his immersion yoga teacher trainings help several times each year in Seattle.

Richard is The founder of The Center For Yoga of Seattle (1980) and continues to serve as its Director.

He has trained 23 times in India with BKS Iyengar, author of Light on Yoga and numerous books, and with Geeta Iyengar, author of Yoga: a Gem For Women, most recently in December 2017.

Richard has taught yoga in Seattle since 1975 and has given workshops in Iyengar Yoga throughout the US and has taught Yoga in China, Australia, and India.

The Training is a Great Mix of Practice: learning the theory and practice of Iyengar Yoga with Yoga Philosophy, Anatomy for Yoga, Teaching Methodology, Practice Teaching and More.* Free Make-ups during the training and 6 months afterwards at the Weekend Teacher Training, at the Tuesday Evening Teacher Training, and at the New Tuesday Daytime Teacher Training projected to start in September 2019.

Alignment Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training in the tradition of BKS Iyengar.

$999 Special Promotional Rate through Midnight Monday FEBRUARY 18, 2018 Pacific Standard Time! There is also a payment plan option where you are able to take the $3,450 course for $1998. This consists of 12 monthly payments of $166.50. This option is available to FEBRUARY 18 and the tab to sign up is below.

ONLY 4 SPACES AT THIS RATE. Regular Fee $3,450.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THIS TRAINING FOR THE LOWEST RATE PAYING IN FULL NOW

*Registration fees are Non Refundable and are not transferable to other trainings, classes or retail. In the event the start date of a training is postponed, refunds will not be given

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE POSTER FOR THIS COURSE WITHOUT THE CURRENT SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL DISCOUNT PRICE.

2019 WEEKEND YOGA TEACHER TRAINING -200 HOUR CERTIFICATE PROGRAM STARTING FEBRUARY 23, 2019! NEW START DATE LIMITED ENROLLMENT

Register Now for Our 6th Annual 1 Year Weekend Yoga Teacher Training with Richard Schachtel and receive a substantial discount. This 200 Hour Course is Approved By Yoga Alliance. Over 125 students have graduated from these 200 Hour trainings with Richard in recent years.
The training is for those wanting to teach yoga, for those wanting to learn more to develop a personal yoga practice, for those currently teaching who wish to develop their skills in learning the highly acclaimed Iyengar Method of Practice and Teaching.

Richard Schachtel is Seattle's most experienced yoga teacher trainer. He has taught Teacher Training Courses for those wanting to be trained to teach yoga since 1986.

He has trained yoga teachers not only in Washington State but teachers from around the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia in his immersion yoga teacher trainings help several times each year.

Richard is The founder of The Center For Yoga of Seattle (1980) and continues to serve as its Director.

He has trained 23 times in India with BKS Iyengar, author of Light on Yoga and numerous books, and with Geeta Iyengar, author of Yoga: a Gem For Women, most recently in December 2017.

Richard has taught yoga in Seattle since 1975 and has given workshops in Iyengar Yoga throughout the US and has taught Yoga in China, Australia, and India.

The Training is a Great Mix of Practice: learning the theory and practice of Iyengar Yoga with Yoga Philosophy, Anatomy for Yoga, Teaching Methodology, Practice Teaching and More.

We expect the training to fill with participants from Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Bellingham, and the northern and eastern Seattle suburbs.

The Training meets mostly on Saturdays 1-7pm with a few Sundays also 1-7pm.

Fees

The Fee for the Training is $3,100. We are Running a Special on This Course for those who Sign Up and Pay in Full by Midnight Monday Pacific Standard Time FEBRUARY 18, 2019, of $999! LIMITED ENROLLMENT.

Register Now to Secure your Space and to Save a Bundle!

Dates of The Training

The course meets for 180 hours in Seattle. There is a minimum of 20 hours of homework. There are Free Make-Ups during the length of this course AND fora period of 6 months after the training ends at our Tuesday Evening Teacher Training as well as at our Thursday Morning Teacher Training Courses.

Please register early. The Training is limited to only 25 students and we often have attendees coming from Olympia, Tacoma, Everett, Bellevue, the San Juan Islands and Seattle.

Here are the 2019 and 2020 Dates: All Times are 1-7pm:

2019

Saturday & Sunday February 23 & 24 2019

Saturday & Sunday March 2, 2019

Saturday March 9, 2019

Saturday March 16, 2019

Saturday March 23, 2019

Saturday March 30, 2019

Saturday & Sunday June 1, 2019

Saturday & Sunday June 8, 2019

Saturday & Sunday June 15, 2019

Saturday & Sunday June 22, 2019

Saturday July 13, 2019

Saturday July 20, 2019

Saturday July 27, 2019

Saturday August 3, 2019

Saturday Sept 7, 2019

Saturday Sept 14, 2019

Saturday Sept 21, 2019

Saturday Sept 28, 2019

Saturday October 12, 2019

Saturday October 27, 2019

Saturday January 18, 2020

Saturday February 8, 2020

Saturday February 29, 2020

Saturday March 7, 2020

Saturday March 14, 2020

Saturday March 21, 2020

Saturday March 28, 2020

Saturday & Sunday June 6 & 7, 2020

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CLICK HERE TO SEE THE POSTER ON THE COURSE WITHOUT THE SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL DISCOUNT RATE.

NEW 7th Annual March 2019 4-Week Immersion 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Approved Yoga Teacher Training March 4-30, 2019

Iyengar Style Alignment Yoga Teacher Training in Seattle With Richard Schachtel

March 4-30, 2019 THE FEE FOR THE TRAINING IS $3,450. WE HAVE A $999 Special rate good only through Midnight Monday Evening
FEBRUARY 18, 2019, Pacific Standard Time! We also have 2 payment plan options: One consists of 5 monthly payments starting immediately of $300, or $1,500 total. The second option is 12 monthly payments starting immediately of $166.50 or $1,998 for the $3,450 course.THE OPTIONS ARE GOOD UNTIL MIDNIGHT MONDAY FEBRUARY 18. The tabs to register for these 2 options is below

WE ARE ONLY OFFERING 4 SPACES AVAILABLE AT THIS RATE!

This Course is meeting soon. Registration is continuing for this training for the remaining spaces.

Richard has over 125 recent graduates of his 200 hour Yoga Alliance Approved Courses.The Course is taught by one on the most experienced yoga teacher trainers in the US

The course starts at 2pm on Monday March 4th and follows the following schedule

Mondays 1:15PM-7:45pm * Course starts at 2pm the first day March 4
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

Typical Day in Teacher Training:

2 Hours Study of Anatomy For Yoga
2 Hours Study of Yoga Philosophy Or Yoga Methodology
Two 2-Hour Yoga Asana & Yoga Teacher Training Classes

The program ends at 7:15pm on March 30th

Limited Enrollment. We have make-ups for up to 32 hours of missed classes at our Wednesday night teacher training After March 30th and at our Weekend Teacher Training also after March 30th.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP NOW FOR LOWEST PRICE WHEN PAID IN FULL AND SAVE!

*This a legal contract where you are promising to pay the remaining payments on time and in full. The payments are non refundable. Transfering to another training must be made at least 1 month prior to this training and costs $350.

*This a legal contract where you are promising to pay the remaining payments on time and in full. The payments are non refundable. Transfering to another training must be made at least 1 month prior to this training and costs $350.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE POSTER WITHOUT THE CURRENT PROMOTIONAL DISCOUNTED RATE

I chose the Center for Yoga and Richard Schachtel for my very first 200 hr yoga teacher certification, and I couldn't be happier with my choice! As a dedicated student of yoga for eight years, my desire for an experienced, wise and senior teacher in an alignment-based practice drove my decision.

Richard is extremely knowledgeable, and he keeps control of his classes so that you are always learning--about every body type, every prop, and you're encouraged to explore what different modifications and props do for you.

I've left this training prepared to begin working with ANY type of body and ANY level of ability, which was my goal.

However, I've also left this training having discovered such an invaluable resource and teacher in Richard that I'm committed to continuing to study with him both to further my own practice and to also continually deepen my understanding of yoga in the Iyengar tradition.

I have chosen to teach yoga to others and share the joy of this self-healing practice, and I'm incredibly grateful to be learning so much from Richard that I can then pass on to my students.


August 18, 2018
Tara took the 4-Week Immersion 200 Hour Training in July 2018

4 MODULE TEACHER TRAINING CHOOSE YOUR OWN DATES OPTION START WITH FIRST WEEK MARCH 4-9, 2019 AND END BY AUGUST 1, 2020

This Choose Your Own Dates Option is designed for those who cannot attend all 4 weeks of the 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Approved Teacher Training Courses in succession. These training weeks are offered 3 times in 2019 3 times, in March, July, and September, and 2 times in 2020.

Those who Select The Choose Your Own Option can attend the Four, 6-Day Module Trainings over the course of 17 months in the Months that are Best for Your Schedule.

You Choose which dates will work for your schedule in 2019, and 2020 but you must take the 4 courses in the correct sequence.

Module 2 can only be taken after Module 1 has been completed.

Module 3, only after Module 1 and 2.

Module 4 only after Modules 1, 2, & 3.

You can even take 2,3 or even 4 Modules in the same teacher training if this fits your schedule.

This 4-week training allows students to be recognized as a 200 HR Registered Yoga Teacher. It is Approved by Yoga Alliance and has had over 125 graduates over the past several years.

We will focus on understanding, practicing and teaching Asana in the great yoga tradition of BKS Iyengar, author of Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, and Light on The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

The course also includes Yoga Philosophy, Anatomy For Yoga, Theory and Teaching Methodology, Pranayama, Student Teaching, Ethics of Teaching Yoga and Much More!

The Fee for the Choose Your Own Dates Teacher Training is $3450.

We are offering A Special This Week For Those That Begins On MARCH 4th, 2019

A Special Rate of Only $1998 is available through Midnight MONDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2010, Pacific Standard for Starting on MARCH 4, 2019 ($3,450 Regular Fee).

ONLY 4 SPACES ARE AVAILABLE AT THIS RATE.

Students learn a great deal about yoga practice, yoga theory, and about teaching in this Foundational Teacher Trainings.

Iyengar Yoga is known for it's immaculate attention to detail, with a strong emphasis on precision and alignment.
Its teachers are trained to make yoga accessible to a wide range of students. Millions of students and teachers worldwide have been influenced by this method of yoga.

Richard Schachtel is one of the most experienced yoga teacher trainers in the USA. He has been giving teacher training courses in Seattle since 1986.

Richard founded The Center For Yoga of Seattle in 1980 and continues to serve as its Director. Since 1980 he has traveled 23 times to India to Train with BKS Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar at their Institute in Poona, most recently in December 2017.

Richard has been a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher since 1984. He also earned a Sivananda Yoga Teaching Certificate in 1974.

Richard worked as one of the 60 Plus Assessors for the BKS Iyengar Association of the United Stated to Certify Teachers in Iyengar Yoga for 20 years.

The Daily schedule for the teacher training is as follows:

Mondays 1:15pm-7:45pm

(Week One of the September Training Start on Tuesday at 2pm)

Tuesdays 1:15pm-10:00pm

Wednesdays 1:15pm-10:00pm

Thursdays 10:00am-7:45pm

Fridays 11:15am-8:00pm

Saturdays 10:45am-7:00pm

Sundays Off

Module 1 can be taken :
March 4-9, 2019
July 8-13, 2019
September 3-9, 2019
March 9-14, 2020

Module 2 can be taken:
March 11-16, 2019
July 15-20, 2019
September 9-14, 2019
March 16-21, 2020
July 13-18, 2020

Module 3 can be taken:
March 18-23, 2019
July 22-27, 2019
September 16-21, 2019
March 23-28, 2020
July 20-25, 2020

Module 4 can be taken:
March 25-30, 2019
July 29-August 3, 2019
September 23-28, 2019
March 30-April 4, 2020
July 27-August 1, 2020

THE FEE FOR THE FOUR 6-DAY MODULES IS $3,450
WE ARE RUNNING A SPECIAL ON THE TRAINING FOR THOSE WHO SIGN UP BY MONDAY FEBRUARY 18TH AT 12:OO MIDNIGHT OF ONLY $1998! ONLY 4 SPACES ARE AVAILABLE AT THIS RATE.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP NOW TO START ON MARCH 4, 2019 FOR THE LOWEST RATE

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP NOW TO START ON JULY 8, 2019 FOR THE LOWEST RATE

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP NOW TO START ON SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 FOR THE LOWEST RATE

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE POSTER ON THIS CHOOSE YOUR OWN DATES OPTION WITHOUT THE CURRENT PROMOTIONAL RATE

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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, 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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