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New Courses Start the First Week of Every Month

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

July COURSES START JULY 1-11.

1-YEAR PRACTITIONER TRAINING WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 6-8PM STARTS SEPT 11. MEETS 45 TIMES!

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

1 YEAR WEEKEND TEACHER TRAINING COURSE STARTED JUNE 1. Spaces available (See TEACHER TRAINING Tab Above)

Drop-ins vary in price: $23 For most classes; ; $18 for Saturday at 9am
(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.

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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 4:30PM-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 for $18 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; 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 SUNDAY JULY 21

    4 Week Immersion Teacher Training 9/3-9/28,2019 On Special through SUNDAY 7/21 for $999. $3,450 regular. NEW DAYTIME YOGA TEACHER TRAINING COURSE STARTS SEPT 10TH & EVENING TEACHER TRAINING COURSE STARTS SEPT 11 BOTH OR SPECIAL THROUGH 7/21 FOR $999! $3,450 Regular Fee. 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

2019-2020 WEEKEND YOGA TEACHER TRAINING -200 HOUR CERTIFICATE PROGRAM STARTED JUNE 1, 2019 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 140 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. The course has only met 5 times and we will provide you a make-up class either in the Tuesday Evening 6-10pm or Thursday Daytime Course 10am-2pm, Or Monday July 8th 2:15pm-7:45pm, Tuesday July 9th 2:15pm-10pm, Wednesday July 10th 2pm-10pm OR in The Upcoming September IMmersion Teacher Training OR the New Wednesday Evening Course starting in Sept 2019 OR the New Tuesday Daytime training starting in Spetember 2019 OR next years weekend program. Students can still join starting on Saturday July 20.

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 $3,450. We are Running a Special on This Course for those who Sign Up and Pay in Full by Midnight Sunday Pacific Standard Time JULY 21, 2019, of $999! LIMITED ENROLLMENT. SPACE STILL AVAILABLE!

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 for a 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 June 1, 2019 Course Started

Saturday June 8, 2019

Saturday June 15, 2019

Saturday 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

3 Saturdays July 2020

1 Saturday August 2020

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

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

13th Annual SUMMER 200-HOUR 4-WEEK IMMERSION TEACHER TRAINING JULY 8-AUGUST 3, 2019

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Alignment Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training in Seattle With Richard Schachtel

July 8-August 3, 2019 The Fee For This Training is $3450. We are Not Admitting New Students Now for This Training as the Course is Underway. The September 2019, March 2020 and July 2020 4-Week Immersions are on Special This Week. See these listing Below

This course meets in Seattle

Richard has over 140 recent graduates of his 200 hour Yoga Alliance Approved Courses. This is a great training and can help you get your personal yoga practice and help you develop valuable teaching skills! This is a powerful course taught by one of the most experienced yoga teacher trainers in the US. This is a course with proven results.

The course starts at 2pm on Monday July 8th and follows the following schedule

  • Mondays 1:15PM-7:45pm(*Starts at 2pm the first day*)
  • Tuesdays 1:45pm-10:00pm
  • Wednesdays 1:45pm-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 August 3th.

Limited Enrollment.

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

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE POSTER WITHOUT THE CURRENT PROMOTIONAL DISCOUNTED 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

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.

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

Teacher Training and In-Depth Studies Sample Teacher Training Class and Q and A Wednesday August 14th 6:30pm-8:00pm with Richard Schachtel Director The Center For Yoga of Seattle

Wednesday August 14, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

If you've been considering a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, now is the time to find out more.

This is a FREE Teacher Training class, provided you sign up Here in advance. No credit card information is required. Space is limited.

Those who arrive without pre-registering, will be charged a drop-in fee of $23.

Please, arrive early at 6:15pm dressed for yoga practice. Q and A session will follow the class. The class is limited to only 20 people so please only sign up if you intend to come and participate. The Session is for those who have not already signed up for a teacher training at The Center For Yoga of Seattle. If you already signed up for one of our upcoming trainings at The Center, please do not sign up for this session so that we can use each space to reach people who have not yet decided to enroll in one of our trainings.

The open house is for those interested in one of our upcoming 200-hour teacher trainings, OR our 1-year Yoga Practitioner Training Courses(no theory, methodology, or Anatomy in the practitioner training).

  • Our Next Evening 1 Year Teacher Training starts on September 11 on Wednesday Nights 6-10pm
  • The 1 Year Tuesday Morning Teacher Teacher Training Starts on September 10th and meets 10am-2pm weekly
  • 8TH Annual Fall 4-Week Immersion Teacher Training September 3-28, 2019
  • 8th Annual Spring 4-Week Immersion 200 HR Yoga Teacher Training March 2-28, 2020
  • Bring your yoga clothes and your questions!

Our Yoga Practitioner Trainings Meet on Wednesday Evenings from 6-8pm starting on September 11th, and on Tuesday Mornings starting on September 10 from 10am-12noon.

Find out why Iyengar Yoga Alignment is the Gold Standard of Yoga Systems.

Experience teacher training from Seattle's most experienced yoga teacher trainer.

Some of the Hallmarks of Iyengar Yoga are:

  • 1. The emphasis on precision of alignment in every pose.
  • 2. The specific and creative use of props that can help to individualize the practice to each student.
  • 3. The important feedback on practice that is given by well-trained competent teachers.
  • 4. Well structured sequences that help the student to progress and to gain awareness.
  • 5. Emphasis on developing the ability to work and stay in the poses in order to gain real benefit as compared to classes which are too fast to experience the full benefit of each pose and do not allow enough time to make adjustments and corrections.
  • 6. The emphasis on practicing a full-range of poses including the highly important inverted poses which are sadly not taught at"gym yoga" classes.

Please sign up early and arrive early for the class!

Richard Schachtel has been training yoga teachers in Seattle since 1986. Over 140 recent graduates are approved by Yoga Alliance. He has taught throughout the US, in India, China, and Australia.

**For those simply wanting to find out about Iyengar Yoga, please see the Trial Iyengar Yoga Classes offered each month for $23.

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8th Annual SEPTEMBER 200-HOUR 4-WEEK IMMERSION TEACHER TRAINING SEPTEMBER 3-28, 2019

Alignment Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training in Seattle With Richard Schachtel

September 3-29, 2019.

The Fee For This Training is $3450. We expect the program to Fill Early. We are running a Special on This Training of $999 through Sunday JULY 21, 2019! We also have a payment plan option where you can take the $3,450 course for $1,998 by making 12 monthly payments starting immediately of $166.50.This option is also only good through Sunday JULY 21, 2019 at midnight. Register for both options below (see grey tabs).

We are only Accepting 25 Students. Register Now and Save!

This course meets in Seattle

Richard has over 140 recent graduates of his 200 hour Yoga Alliance Approved Courses. This is a great training and can help you get your personal yoga practice and help you develop valuable teaching skills! This is a powerful course taught by one of the most experienced yoga teacher trainers in the US. This is a course with proven results.

The course starts at 2pm on Tuesday September 3, 2019 and follows the following schedule

  • Mondays 1:15PM-7:45pm
  • Tuesdays 1:45pm-10:00pm * Starts Tuesday at 2pm 9/3/19
  • Wednesdays 1:45pm-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 September 28th

Limited Enrollment.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP NOW AND TO HAVE A SPACE IN THE COURSE!

*Registration fees are Non Refundable

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE POSTER FOR THIS TRAINING WITHOUT THE CURRENT SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL DISCOUNTED RATE

4 MODULE TEACHER TRAINING CHOOSE YOUR OWN DATES OPTION START WITH FIRST WEEK September 3-9, 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 2 times in 2019 in September, and 3 times in 2020, March, July, and September.

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 140 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 $3,450.

We are offering A Special This Week For Those That Begins On SEPTEMBER 3 2019

A Special Rate of Only $1998 is available through Midnight SUNDAY JULY 21, 2019, Pacific Standard for Starting on SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 ($3,450 Regular Fee). SPACE IS STILL AVAILABLE!

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 1:45PM-10:00pm

Wednesdays 1:45pm-10:00pm

Thursdays 10:00am-7:45pm

Fridays 11:15am-8:00pm

Saturdays 10:45am-7:00pm

Sundays Off

Module 1 can be taken :
September 3-9, 2019
March 9-14, 2020

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

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

Module 4 can be taken:
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 SUNDAY JULY 21 AT 12:OO MIDNIGHT OF ONLY $1998 FOR THE THOSE STARTING IN SEPTEMBER 2019! ONLY 4 SPACES ARE AVAILABLE AT THIS 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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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


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


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


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


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

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