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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.We also have one $10 Drop-In Fridays 10-11am Level 1& 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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    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 JUNE 18

    NEW WEDNESDAY EVENING Teacher Training & in-Depth Studies course Starts June 20, 2018 on Special Through Monday 6/18 $999 regular $3100! BRAND NEW STUDENT SPECIAL 50% OFF A 2 MONTH ONCE A WEEK CLASS JUNE 1-JULY 31! $56-$72 FOR 8-9 WEEKS REGULAR $128-$144 Through 6/18 ONLINE ONLY. EVENING, DAYTIME & WEEKEND OPTIONS! 4 Week Immersion 200 Hour Teacher Trainings 7/9-8/4 OR 9/4-9/28 On Special $999 through 6/18 ONLY $3,100 regular. NEW DAYTIME TEACHER TRAINING STARTS 9/11 ON SPECIAL THIS WEEK for $999 through 6/18. NEW PRACTITIONER TRAINING STARTING JUNE 20, 6-8PM ON SPECIAL FOR $899 through 6/18 $1500 Regular Build a Strong Personal Yoga Practice Beginners are welcome! 6 DAY MODULE AND CHOOSE YOUR OWN DATES 200 HOUR TEACHER TRAININGS ON SPECIAL THIS WEEK UNTIL 6/18. Choose Your Own Dates or 4 Module Start 7/6 or 9/3 on Special for $1600 & $1998. $3100 Regular. *See Teacher Training Overview Page* 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.

NEW 3,4,&5 WEEK COURSES & INTENSIVES START SOON!

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Once, Twice, or Four Time a Week Courses

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Upcoming Teacher Trainings & In-Depth Studies Courses

Teacher Training and In-Depth Studies OPEN HOUSE

200 Hour Programs with Richard Schachtel

Wednesday June 20, 2018 from 6:00pm-8:00pm PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

If you've been considering In Depth studies or Teacher Training, now is the time to find out more.

This is a FREE Teacher Training class. Please arrive early at 5:45pm dressed for yoga practice. Q and A session will follow the class

The open house is for those interested in one of our upcoming 200 hour teacher trainings:

  • The Evening 1 Year In-Depth Studies & Teacher Training starting Soon on Wednesday Nights 6-10pm
  • The 4 Week Immersion Teacher Trainings July 9- August 4
  • The 4 Week Immersion Teacher Training September 4-28
  • The 1 Year Tuesday Morning Teacher Training Starting on September 11th
  • The 4 Week Teacher Training in Goa India November 26-December 22, 2018!

Bring your yoga clothes and your questions!

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

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

Richard Schachtel has been training yoga teachers in Seattle since 1986. Over 125 recent graduates are approved by Yoga Alliance.

***PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED ONLINE HERE SEE LINK BELOW***.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS

**For those simply wanting to find out about Iyengar Yoga, please see the Trial Iyengar Yoga Classes offered each month for $22.

New 2018 Wednesday Evening Teacher Training & In-depth Studies Course Starts June 20, 2018

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200 Hour Program Approved by Yoga Alliance of 45 Wednesday Evenings. Starts June 20, 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 2 current Evening Teacher Training Courses 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.

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 RATE THROUGH MONDAY JUNE 18, 2018 AT MIDNIGHT Pacific Standard Time!
ONLY 4 SPACES AT THIS RATE. Regular Fee $3,100

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE COURSE

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE POSTER WITHOUT THE CURRENT SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL TIME SENSITIVE DISCOUNT

Introduction to Teaching Slower Yoga: a 4 Week Series Plus Optional Learning to Help Out in Slower Yoga Classes in July, September or October (4 Week Sessions)

4 Saturdays in June 2018 June 2-23, 2018 2:30pm-4:30pm

At The Center For Yoga of Seattle 2261 NE 65th Street Seattle, Wa 98115

with Richard Schachtel Founder & Director The Center For Yoga of Seattle Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher Authorized Yoga Alliance Teacher Trainer

Fee: $250 New to The Center $210

Limited Enrollment!

Learning to Help out in Slower Yoga Classes 4 Week Sessions (for those who have taken the 4-week Introduction to Teaching Slower Yoga) Session 1: July 13-August 4 Session 2 Sept 8- 29 Session 3 Sept 29-October 20 Each Session is $100

Every yoga teacher needs to develop skills in teaching yoga to those who need a slower, less strenuous, and one that doesn't stretch doesn't overstretch the students.

In this 4 week Saturday session you will learn:

What are the most effective poses to teach a population that needs a slower approach.

How to use props effectively so that less flexible students can do yoga with good alignment and be stable and safe.

You will experience a variety of standing poses, supported and unsupported backarches, forward extensions, sitting poses on the floor, the effective use of a chair, beginning safe inversions, and relaxation poses.

Richard Schachtel is one of the most experienced yoga teachers in the Northwest. He has taught yoga since 1975 in Seattle, and has taught throughout the US, in Australia, in China (2017), and in India (2017).

Richard has been teaching a Weekly Slower Class for the past 7 years. In these classes, he has learned to modify classic Iyengar Yoga Poses to those who need a softer, less strenuous approach to yoga.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THIS COURSE

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THIS COURSE AS A BRAND NEW STUDENT TO THE CENTER

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR LEARNING TO HELP OUT IN SLOWER YOGA STARTING 7/13/18

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR HELPING OUT IN SLOWER YOGA STARING 9/7/18

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR HELPING OUT IN SLOWER YOGA STARTING 9/28

12th Annual SUMMER 200-HOUR 4-WEEK IMMERSION TEACHER TRAINING JULY 9-AUGUST 4, 2018.

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Alignment Yoga Teacher Training in Seattle With Richard Schachtel

July 9-August 4, 2018 THE FEE FOR THIS TRAINING IS $3,100. A Special rate OF $999 IS AVAILABLE ONLY through Midnight Monday JUNE 18, 2018 Pacific Standard Time.
ONLY 4 SPACES AVAILABLE AT THIS RATE!

This course meets in Seattle

Richard has over 125 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 9th and follows the following schedule

    Mondays 1:15PM-7:45pm STARTS AT 2PM THE FIRST DAY 7/9
    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 7pm on August 4th. Make-ups for missed hours can be taken after the training on Tuesday Evenings from 6-10pm, Thursday Mornings from 10am-2pm, and on Select Saturdays in September & October 2018

Limited Enrollment.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP NOW

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE POSTER WITHOUT THE CURRENT SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL DISCOUNT RATE

6 DAY TEACHER TRAINING JULY 9-14, 2018 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.

You can start off slowly with earning a 200 Hour Teacher Training Certificate by taking the first week in 2018 in either July 9-14 or September 3-9.

After taking this first week of the 4-week training you can take weeks 2,3,4 in either 2018 or 2019.

The Fee for each additional week of the training is also $775 and you can take them during different months the 4-week teacher training intensives are offered as long as you take week 1 before week 2, etc.

To see the daily schedule of this training as well as more information on its content, please see the information above pertaining to the full 4-week Training in July 2018.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS 6 DAY TRAINING JULY 9-14, 2018. LIMITED ENROLLMENT

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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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