3 Week Yoga Intensives
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The Center For Yoga of Seattle’s Intensive Yoga Courses are a terrific way to learn the basic series of postures and to make outstanding and rapid progress in flexibility, strength and stamina.
The AM intensive course takes place Tuesday through Friday and lasts a total of 3 weeks for 12 sessions. The PM intensive course takes place Monday-Friday and last a total of 3 weeks for 15 sessions.
Iyengar Yoga is such a great form of yoga, so unique, and powerful, and of such a high quality that it should not be missed! This form of yoga has it all: focus, concentration, accessibility, variety, energy, excitement, relaxation, and calm.
These type of progressive immersion courses are very rare. We are one of the only places in the Northwest to offer this opportunity.
|15 or 16 Session Progressive Intensive Course
We often offer these classes at substantial discounts especially for early registration. click here to see if any specials are running for the intensives.
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The Benefits of Intensive Courses
Our Level 1 Progressive Intensive Course is specially designed if you:
- Are brand new to Hatha Yoga in general or to The Iyengar Method in particular
- Have been studying another form of yoga
- Have been practicing less than two years
- Are not practicing on a daily basis and want to learn how daily practices are performed
- Want to accelerate your progress
Please note that enrollment is strictly limited and many previous beginner Intensive Courses have been filled to capacity, at times with long waiting lists. You may retake the Level One Course any number of times.
The Level 2 Progressive Intensive Course takes over from where the Level 1 Course ends and is designed for students who:
- Have taken a 4 week intensive
- Have been practicing Iyengar Hatha Yoga for at least 4 months
The Level 2 Intensive Course has a much faster pace than the Level 1 Course. Poses are held longer, and are more cardiovascular and strength-oriented. If you take both levels back to back you will get the most from this very powerful combination.
Taking classes at The Center for Yoga was a very rich experience. The teacher's attentiveness to our movements, as well as the focused attitude of the other students made me very present and motivated to do my best. What I liked the most was to be guided into a pose step by step, while receiving clear instructions about what I needed to do in order to attain optimal alignment in a particular asana.
It has been great to have yoga almost every morning. It makes my day happier and healthier. It's my new joy of life.
I enjoyed the whole Iyengar approach to yoga, which was new to me. In my previous experience ... I tried to go too far in poses in a rapid "flowing" manner. [In Iyengar yoga] I gained more knowledge and didn't injure myself.
It was great to have a dedicated teacher for one month and to be "taught" yoga rather than just participating in a yoga class. I found the intensive physically challenging and intellectually stimulating.
[My experience in the afternoon intensive] was wonderful. We did all sorts of new and interesting things.
[My experience] was very good -- noticeable improvement on an almost daily basis. I got handstand!
[The Afternnon Intensive] exceeded my expectations for myself (what I could do and get out of 4 weeks). And I got a tast of "it" - the feeling of being in the moment with strength and flexibility. Thank you for believing in me and what I could do and pushing me.
[The Afternnon Intensive] was wonderful! I feel encouraged and educated.
[The 5:30am Intensive] was wonderful! I'm just back to yoga after an extended physical illness. This was a fabulous re-introduction to all that I know and could be reminded of. Working pace for poses, etc. was perfect - challenging, strengthening, and restorative.
The [March Weekend Immersion for Beginners] was excellent. Challenging and insightful for all practioners. I would like more 2-day workshops.
I really like the morning intensives. It is a great way to start the day. Sometimes, struggling in a pose, I realize it is the toughest part of my day, which gears me up for whatever may be going on at works.
I'm in LOVE with [the intensive experience]. Very connecting, inward and outward.
A complete transformation. I was feeling tension all over my body before starting yoga - it has done so much to strengthen and stretch my body and my mind at the same time. I no longer feel contracted after days of sitting in a desk chair at work. The class was challenging, but easy to follow at the same time.
Challenging, rewarding, relaxing, fun — all at the same time!
Just wanted to let you know that your intensives were the best yoga classes I have ever taken. A number of variables were responsible for this: a nice facility with plenty of props, good instruction with personal attention (believe me, good instruction is hard to find!), the daily schedule, and reasonable prices, which make it all possible. After 30 days of your Level-1 Intensive, I had a frame of reference and body memory that only very special students can achieve outside of an intensive. I hope your community appreciates what is available there for them.
For the past 10 years, I have relied on jogging as my primary form of exercise. However, in the past year I have developed increasingly intense pain in my hip, lower back, knees and ankles. After the Intensive, there has been a tremendous improvement and I am thrilled to now be almost pain free!
The experience of the Intensive was tremendous! It was more physical than I had expected and pushed me to limits I didn't think my 50-year-old body was capable of. I liked the individual attention and care the instructor had for each student — the fact he remembered our names and how we had done a posture before.
I. M. D.
I felt better, got stronger, lost weight and had more energy. I have never felt more in tune with my body. The intensive course was such a great experience for me — I recommend it to friends! I could really see and feel the progress I was making.
[My experience in the early morning intensive] was excellent! Great way to start the morning. Very specific teaching re poses was most helpful. Has been & continue to be helpful in my home practice.
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.
JoAnn A. Fortman
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.
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.
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.