Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hour Officially Approved Courses by Yoga Alliance

Welcome to the home page for Yoga Teacher Trainings, with Richard Schachtel, Director of The Center For Yoga of Seattle

200 Hour Options 4 Week Immersions in Seattle or Goa India, OR 1 Year Evening, Weekend, or Daytime

1 YEAR WEEKENDS ONLY 200 HR TEACHER TRAINING & IN-DEPTH STUDIES COURSE: Weekend Only Course 2017 Join Course Starting February 3 On Special NOW

2017 -2018 1 YEAR TUESDAY EVENING 200 HR TEACHER TRAINING & IN-DEPTH STUDIES COURSE Meets on Tuesday evenings 6-10pm Starts February 6, 2018

ONE YEAR DAYTIME 200 HR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING STARTS FEBRUARY 1, 2018: Meets on Thursdays 10:00am-2:00pm (See more information below)


6 DAY MODULAR 200 HR TEACHER TRAINING: Take the 200 Hour training in 4 Six Day Modules starting in September, March, May/June or July. There are 2 Options Here: the 4 Modular Tract taking the 4 weeks in a specific order with one track each time the 4 week immersion training is offered OR Choose Your Own Dates Option where you can take the weeks in whatever months the training is offered as long as you take week 2 after taking week 1, etc. See Below for more information on the 4 module Teacher Training AND the Choose Your Own Dates Option.

YOGA TEACHER TRAINING IN GOA INDIA NOVEMBER 3-30, 2017! - 200 Hr Yoga Alliance Approved Course See Information Below

Richard is one of the most experienced yoga teacher trainers in the US. He has been giving yoga teacher training courses since 1986 and has influenced many current teachers in the US and abroad. Richard is an approved Yoga Teacher Trainer with Yoga Alliance to give YA-200 Hour teacher trainings.

We are pleased to offer these high quality and low cost teacher trainings. Affordable yoga teacher training is important to us. Make sure you enroll in a training by a teacher who has taught for at least 15 years. Although this alone is not a guarantee of quality, it does eliminate a fair amount of trainings given by teachers who have not matured in their approach. It takes time to learn how to work with a wide population of students.

Yoga is for everyone and this is especially true for Iyengar Yoga.

We have recently added an option to take the 4 weeks of training in 6 day modules over a period of 7-16 months. A limited number of students can take the first week of training in either March, May/June, July or September and take the second week of training in the next upcoming immersion training. The third and fourth week will meet in the next 2 immersion trainings. This way those who cannot take off 4 consecutive weeks of work can come to Seattle to be trained and still maintain their job and family responsibilities.

We have also created an option to take the 4 sequential courses in a Track of Your Own Choosing. You will still need to take the first week of training first before you can continue with the second week but you can decide in which of the 4 weeks you will be attending each module. See the "Create Your Own 6 Day Module Sequences" below for more information about this option and its pricing.

Our immersion teacher trainings are highly rated by our students. Graduates of courses in 2014 and 2015 rate these courses a 9.5 out of 10!

Overall our ratings are very high:

  • 36% of our recent graduates rated the course as a 10 out of 10.
  • 16% rated the course as a 9 of 10.
  • And 18% rated the course as an 8 of 10.

The Center for Yoga of Seattle is a Yoga Alliance Registered School.

Videos From Teacher Training Courses

Richard shows how to safely open the thoracicdorsal spine back arching over the tressler

Richard shows how to get started in supported bridge

Upcoming 2017-2018 Teacher Training and In-Depth Studies Courses - Registration is now open:

NEW 2017-2018 1 Year Weekend Yoga Teacher Training Course JUST STARTED. SIGN UP NOW AND JOIN BEGINNING February 2018

Register Now for one of our Elite Teacher Training and In=Depth Studies Courses.
A 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Approved Course. Students attend from Olympia, Tacoma, Bellingham, Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland as well as Seattle and other outlying areas. The Training is Limited in Size and will not be offered on the weekend until October 2018. Join Now!

The Fee for the training is $3,100. We are offering this course on Special for $999 only through Midnight Monday October 23 Pacific Standard Time. The course has just met 8 times which you will be able to make-up. We have a number of students who have missed the first 4-7 sessions who have recently just joined the course.

You can start
Saturday October 21, 2017 1-7pm

Here are the 2018 Dates: All Times are 1-7pm:

Saturday & Sunday Feb 3 &4

Saturday March 10
Saturday March 17
Saturday March 24
Saturday March 31

Saturday June 2
Saturday June 9
Saturday June 16
Saturday June 23

Saturday July 14
Saturday July 21
Saturday July 28
Saturday Aug 4

Saturday Sept 8
Saturday Sept 15
Saturday Sept 22
Saturday Sept 29

Save These Dates in 2018 in case we need to make-up classes
Saturday & Sunday October 13 & 14
Saturday & Sunday October 27 & 28


Click here to see the poster without the discounted rate. Note Course Started July 8th and You Can Still Join without waiting til October 2018.

4 Module 200 Hour Teacher Training- START March 5TH, 2018 with Your First Week Of Training!

Take the 4 week teacher training in 2018 with one week in one week in March 2018, one week in June 2018, one week in July 2018, and one week in September 2018. We have our 2018 schedules up below.

The fee for the training starting in 2018 is $3,100. We have this option available for $1600 FOR THE MODULE STARTING ON MARCH 5, 2018. Offer is good through 10/23.

Graduates will be able to register with Yoga Alliance to be recognized at 200 HR RYT's.

We Also have a Choose Your Own Dates Option which allows you to take the 4 courses according to your availability as long as you take the 4 weeks in sequential order(take week 2 after taking week 1 etc). The Choose your Own Dates Option is also on Special through 10/23 for $1998.The regular price is $3100 for this option. In this option you can start in March, May or July 2018 with the first week of the training. You can take weeks 2,3,4 in the same or other months that it is offered provided you take them in the right order.

The 2018 Dates are for the 4 Module Option are:

March 5-10, 2018
June 4-9, 2018
July 23-29
September 24-29

The Daily Schedule is:

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



200 Hour Program Approved by Yoga Alliance of 45 Tuesday Evenings. Starts February 6, 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 current courses attending from Bellevue, Sammamish, and eastern suburbs, Tacoma, Everett, Lynnwood, Whidbey and Vashon Islands, as well as Seattle. Please Register Early to Secure your spot in the training.

Yoga Teacher Training in the tradition of BKS Iyengar.

Pacific Standard Time! ONLY 4 SPACES AT THIS RATE. Regular Fee $3,100

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP NOW Click here to see the poster without the current special promotional price.COURSE STARTS FEBRUARY 6, 2018 NOT OCTOBER 3, 2017


200 Hour Program Approved by Yoga Alliance of 45 Thursday Daytime Sessions. Starts October 5, 2017. Meets 10:00am-2:00pm with a lunch break. with Richard Schachtel. This training is limited to only 25 students and we have students in our current courses attending our 1 year trainings from Bellevue, Sammamish, and eastern suburbs, Tacoma, Everett, Lynnwood, Whidbey and Vashon Islands, as well as Seattle. Please Register Early to Secure your spot in the training.

Yoga Teacher Training in the tradition of BKS Iyengar.

$999 Special Early rate through Midnight Monday October 23, 2017 Pacific Standard Time! ONLY 4 SPACES AT THIS RATE. Regular Fee $3,100.




A 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course in Goa, India is all set for November 3-30, 2017.

The course will be taught by Richard Schachtel, Director The Center For Yoga of Seattle a yoga teacher based in Seattle for over 40 years.

Richard has over 100 recent graduates of his 200 hour Yoga Alliance Approved Courses. This will be his second teacher training in Goa. The first was in November of 2008.

The setting will be the beautiful Yoga Shala at the Artjuna complex in Anjuna, Goa. This is fully equipped Iyengar Yoga Studio with Wall Ropes, Chairs, Bolsters, Blankets, Straps, Pranayama Pillows, and more.The Course fee does not include lodging,meals, and transportation.Inexpensive lodging is readily available in Anjuna for under $15 per day. You can eat very well for under $10 per day. Soon we will be putting up a list of Guest Houses and Hotels to book many of which do not require a deposit to hold a room. Book Your Spot in the Training Now and You will Be In India in November!

Goa can be easily reached by plane from Bombay. It is only a 1 hr flight with many flights each day. Anjuna is about a 1 Hr hour taxi ride from the Goa Airport.

We will meet daily with the following approximate schedule:

  • 10:30am-1:30pm Asana Practice & Teacher Training
  • 1:30pm-2:10pm Lunch Available on Site Additional Fee
  • 2:10pm-4:30pm History or Philosophy
  • 6:00pm-7:30pm Pranayama, Student Teaching, Anatomy
  • We will have 3 afternoons off for beach outings AND
  • There will be 3 Full Days Off

The Fee for the Training is $3,100.

A Special is currently being offered on the course just through Monday October 23, 2017: $999



Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training in Seattle With Richard Schachtel

March 5-31 , 2018 $999 Special rate through Midnight Monday October 23, 2017 Pacific Standard Time. ONLY 4 SPACES AVAILABLE AT THIS RATE!

Registration has recently opened for this training. This course meets in Seattle

Richard has over 100 recent graduates of his 200 hour Yoga Alliance Approved Courses.

The course starts at 2pm on Monday March 5th and follows the following schedule

    Mondays 1:15PM-7:45pm STARTS AT 2PM THE FIRST DAY 3/5
    Tuesdays 1:15pm-10:00pm
    Wednesdays 1:15pm-10:00pm
    Thursdays 11:15am-7:45pm
    Fridays 11:15am-8:10pm
    Saturdays 10:45am-7:10pm
    Sundays Off

The program ends at 7pm on March 31st.

Limited Enrollment. See the 11th Annual summer Immersion Poster above for more information on our 4 week immersion teacher trainings.

No Refunds. No Exceptions. $350 Transfer Fee to Other Training only with 21 days advance notice.


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.


Comments From Students who have taken our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Iyengar yoga tradition. This program is worth going to if you value detailed actions and communication from your instructors to get a deeper understanding of asana. Iyengar is alignment based and focuses on the foundation of the asana. In the Iyengar tradition you will also be introduced to the use of props to modify or deepen your asana. You will be instructed in the proper use of props as well. B.K.S. Iyengar pioneered this approach to make yoga for everyone. You will be teaching many different body types the knowledge is 2nd to none. After many many hours of practice the mind body awareness grows more aligned. Great intro. 200hr course!

Jun 17, 2015

Richard is wise and talent teacher. I am so appreciated when a teacher spends a lot of time discussing alignment and the reason behind why we do certain sequence of poses. I enjoyed paying attention to his teaching style during the teacher training course.

Oct 01, 2015

This school and my teacher hold a sacred place in my heart. I'm extremely thankful for the entire experience and the amount of knowledge I attained while in the school. This is my foundation and my roots to the beautiful path laid before me. Thank you, thank you for being such a special part of my journey! Namaste

Jul 21, 2014

The Center for Yoga Seattle as an Iyengar studio has the best alignment principles and is very good at making sure you can recognize if a person is doing a pose correctly and how to adequately use props to assist in their yoga experience.

Sep 17, 2014

I had a great time during the summer intensive. Learned a lot of fine tuning skills and great methods to teach. I would highly recommend this program.

Aug 06, 2015

The Center for Yoga of Seattle's 1 Year Weekend teacher training program covers considerable breadth of material without sacrificing depth. Of particular note is that this program gives you tools with which to work with individuals of greatly varying physical ability. A very enjoyable experience.

The Center for Yoga of Seattle has a special passion for helping students reach their full potential, safely, and understanding the "why" of everything we did.

Aug 26, 2014

I appreciate the time spent on correct alignment and learning how to do the poses safely. Good intro to the depth and scope of yoga and instilled in me a desire to continue my studies.

Oct 17, 2014

The month long course was hard, but to feel the accomplishment at the end of the training was worth it, I really enjoyed this training. I learned so much and had met some really great teachers. Our instructor knew his material and presented it in the short month I was enrolled. He has a lot of experience and is willing to teach it to anyone who is willing to learn.

October 19. 2015

Iyengar's approach to yoga meets everyone at their level of practice. This training gave me the confidence to offer adjustments in any pose, by bringing the body into alignment which minimizes the potential for injuries.

April 2, 2014

The comradery of the students was excellent. No competition was felt, rather each student supported and helped others daily. The primary instructor was generally kind and sympathetic towards students yet maintained the structure and pace of the intensive training. Sufficient rest was given and encouraged to maintain personal health during the program. I would recommend a longer course rather than so much to absorb in a short intensive training. However, the use of time was excellent.

January 8, 2014

200hr Yoga teacher program was the best experience in this year. I met brave, strong and amazing peers and teachers through this program. I'll never forget this experience. I'll go on my yoga practice to the last breath.

June 24, 2014

[My impression of this trainig was] excellent! It deepened my own practice in addition to enlightening the fundamentals of teaching. while not ready for teaching from this course alone, I now have the skills and knowledge to prepare on my own. [What I liked most about the training was] the practice teaching. That was the most beneficial aspect.

Kennewick, Washington

I was challenged and informed. [The training] was well thought out and enjoyable—just what I was looking for. [I liked] having the opportunity to concentrate on yoga for five days with like-minded people and being exposed to other teachers and different levels of classes. I learned and ... grew from the experience. I will take valuable usable information and skills home with me.

Boise, Idaho

The training was excellent. The material was covered in-depth and presented with precision and clarity. The insights that Richard shared along the way were in valuable. His experience and expertise are shared in a very natural way through his teaching.

I really liked how Richard emphasized correctness while creating an environment that fostered confidence and exploration. Richard was very generous with his knowledge but careful not to overload trainees with too much at one time.

Lebanon, Oregon

You could see that Richard worked very hard to make his classes run smoothly with structure and enjoyed teaching. He flooded our minds with wonderful information that you can actually use out in the real yoga wold. Richard's techings were easy to follow and to the point. And it seems everyone felt very safe asking all kinds of questions. Overall, it was a workthwhile ezperience and I wish I had come sooner!


The Training was first class. I liked taking each subject/pose scientifically... I gained a lot more knowledge and depth of the poses. It will be a great asset to my students and my self. This Intensive further broadened my knowledge of how to present a better class and make yoga invigorating and fun. I'll be looking forward to the next Intensive.

Dillingham, Alaska

The detail and thoroughness with which poses were explored was highly useful. The Training assisted in learning how to read bodies, perform adjustments/variations and to empower my students.

Saskatchewan, Canada

The information presented was well-rounded in that it engaged all the different learning styles; visual, kinesthetic and auditory. Not only was there a wealth of information presented that is useful, I also found the opportunity to observe Richard enlightening — the mastery of his instrument, his mindful presence and teaching style that come to be even more valuable in helping me understand how to teach.

Logan, Utah

I thought the program was a well-balanced mix of watching, talking and doing. It was helpful for me to observe you do the poses, talk us through them, and then to have us do them. But it was especially helpful to observe other people in various stages of mastering the poses. I liked the parts of the classes where we discussed using props and modifying poses so that every student can have a feeling of 'doing the pose.' Overall I thought the training dynamic, positive and supportive.

Norman, Oklahoma

The Training was very worthwhile, giving the aspiring teacher confidence, verbal skills, and helping to sharpen their eye to proper alignment in the asanas and ways the asanas can be taught and modified... I especially appreciated the openness and approachability of the instructor and his effort to get the students to think.

Cataldo, Idaho

The Teacher Training Intensive was just what I needed. Richard did a wonderful job of stretching both my body and mind. He forced me to look at self-imposed limitations and challenged me to perfect each posture in the systematic Iyengar style. I appreciated Richard's experience and ability in looking at the class both collectively and individually, then going with the flow as each asana was introduced and worked on.

Custer, South Dakota

I was very impressed with the Training. I liked the way the poses were broken down to basics, with emphasis on how to adjust the beginning student, how to actually do the physical adjustments, and how to utilize props. I liked the fact that the course covered a little of everything — anatomy, asanas, props, certification, invocation, liability insurance, partner work issues, qualities of a good yoga teacher, working with challenging students, 'yoga manners' and rules to give to students, how to prepare an intro course, etc. I liked the half-day of partner work, where we had an opportunity to verbally practice teaching a couple of asanas. Richard, you are very personable and professional. You have a real sense of mindfulness about you — very focused, nothing wasted in your presentation. I enjoyed your Training very much. The whole group was great and I love Seattle. I'm starting a six-week intro course next week.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

A fantastic course that was very rewarding emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I felt great after the course was over. The week with Richard deepened my appreciation for my own practice of yoga. The intense focus of all of the components of the poses examined was enlightening. I learned how important it is to focus on proper form and the flow of energy that is inherent in each pose.

Bellingham, Washington

Well conceived, clearly stated objectives, purposefully directed, thoughtfully presented and supported with lucid explanations. Richard's approach demonstrated an inspiring respect for his subject, his students and himself. As well, he was able to balance the seriousness of the occasion's intent with a relaxed and friendly openness. Very comfortable and beneficial. I liked the detail combined with depth and scope; had the overall feel of completeness as does well-scripted, -staged and -performed theatre.

Portland, Oregon

Excellent. From a teaching perspective I learned many ways to assist my clients express their greatest potential in the asanas. As a student I am deeply grateful for moving deeper in my own practice. One adjustment Richard gave me relieved tension I'd been feeling in my hip for a great while.

Wichita, Kansas

The Training was very comprehensive. I felt the vital information on helping raw beginners was very thorough. The methods of teaching a beginning posture surprised me. I had no idea working with props could be so beneficial. I thought the Training would be massively difficult, especially with the different levels attending. However, Richard addressed each and every one of our concerns without exclusions. I felt that working with the others was a very important interaction.

Olympia, Washington

Richard is very mentally organized; he would break each pose down, step by step. He was very forthcoming with information, hiding no aspect of his knowledge — hard-won, learned through experience.

Marietta, Georgia

I highly recommend the training. Richard's understanding and teaching of Iyengar Style Hatha Yoga was excellent. The course was presented in a detailed, clear and informative fashion. The atmosphere was very pleasant. I liked Richard's detailed analysis of each pose presented in the course. It proved helpful to understand the importance of detail, to grow not only in my personal practice, but also in becoming a competent yoga teacher.

Polson, Montana

I found the Teacher Training course to be comprehensive, informative, and very valuable to my yoga career. I enjoyed the amount of time we spent on looking at how different people do the poses and the various problems there were with each student.

Naples, Florida

The Course II Teacher Training was very comprehensive and interesting. It fulfilled my expectations and was the perfect complement to the first Teacher Training I took last year. All of the major asanas were explained and demonstrated in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere and you made sure that everyone understood what was being taught. I have to admit that what impressed me the most, as it did last year, is the extensive use of so many props. I think that I am a better teacher now because I have refined my teaching by holding the asanas longer and paying more attention to the details. I have more confidence in my teaching skills because my students tell me I get better and better.

Homosassa, Florida