2 Yoga Teacher Training Groups Starting in March 2024! For Yoga Students who are Dedicated to Iyengar Yoga: The Gold Standard of Yoga Systems. These New Teacher Training Groups Are By Invitation Only. Please Read The Information Below Carefully as to Qualifications for Acceptance
Welcome to the home page for Yoga Teacher Trainings, with Richard Schachtel, Director of The Center For Yoga of Seattle Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher
Richard Schachtel is Seattle's Most Experienced Yoga Teacher Trainer. he has been training yoga teachers since 1986
PART OF OUR NEW 2024
YOGA TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM
GROUP A MEETS ON SUNDAYS
STARTING ON MARCH 2
4 SESSION FIRST COURSE
GROUP B MEETS ON SUNDAYS STARTING on MARCH 30
4 SESSION FIRST COURSE
We are starting a New Style of
YogaTeacher Training Program this Spring
Richard Schachtel is interested in training the next group of Future Yoga Teachers to teach at The Center For Yoga of Seattle
And Elsewhere in The Seattle Area and Western Washington.
The training will be in The Iyengar Tradition, Considered The Gold Standard of Yoga Systems
We Will Be Hiring From Within From These Groups of Students.
Please read the following carefully and Do Not email us, Nor call us, Nor stop by for more information. The qualifications, requirements are listed below. These are Invitation Only Goups
The format and the requirements are completely different from other teacher training courses we have given in the past. Richard has trained teachers since 1986.
The first thing to understand is that this is Not a Teacher Training Course which has a specific starting and ending date.
These are Invitation Only Yoga Teacher Training Groups where qualified Iyengar Yoga Students may be invited to join.
New Students may be admitted in March, May, September and other months in 2024 and 2025.
Those currently enrolled in a Weekly Course at The Center For Yoga of Seattle can talk in person to Richard After one of his classes to express interest and to find out about their readiness to be invited into one of the groups(more on this below).
These Teacher Training Groups are for those who currently attend a Regular Weekly Class with Richard either In-Studio or Online.
The Teacher Training Groups will meet Weekly with Richard in person during Several Months of the Year on Sundays in 2024 and in 2025.
Each single session will have different material or similar material taught in an entirely different manner.
In addition to being in a Regular Weekly Class with Richard admitted students must commit to practice regularly on their own at home. This is known as Home Yoga Practice or Personal Yoga Practice.
The path to becoming a qualified yoga teacher should be understandable and sensible to thoughtful students:
1. You attend regular weekly classes with a Senior Teacher.
This could be one, two, three or four classes per week.
2. At a certain point on the days you are not attending class, you do your own practice at home WITHOUT using audio or video classes to practice with.
3. You begin to suppplement your experience of Regular Weekly yoga classes with occasional weekend workshops .
These 2-3 hour or
2-5 day courses expand you horizons in learning more about the tradition, new sequences, other uses of props or modes of learning.
In these workshops you begin to have more experiences taking you beyond what we do in regular classes.
At the Center For Yoga of Seattle the 3 Biggest Events of the Year are the 5 Day Practice Weeks usually held in July or August and again in December, and the 26 week Pranayama Course Starting in April 2024
4.The Teacher Training Groups allow interested students to further refine their understanding of how to develop a practice and how the experoienced teacher works with different different body types and special needs to help the student to improve and practice intelligently.
Admitted students will learn more of the systematic and methodical Iyengar Yoga Method of teaching and student development.
You cannot learn what is taught here by just being in a regular weekly class.
Learning the Invaluable Art's of Demonstration, Instruction,
and Correction are taught here. Learning how to "See", and much, much more.
You need to be Open to Learning
Receptive to Feedback to be admitted into one off these groups.
There will be some academic work here that will be laid out at another time. Nothing to be anxious about.
5.The other important component to become a teacher is for the qualified student to learn to help out and assist in regular weekly courses.
To be an Assistant for a particular level, the student has to take that class as a student first.
In This New Program we encourage students to enroll In Addition to their Weekly Course where they are working at their particular level, to Enroll in The Friday Nite Slower Course.
Being in this Slower class first as a student, allows the trainee or future trainee to see and experience how an experienced teacher makes the yoga practice accessible to a wide variety of students often with special needs.
You learn many important and creative ways of using props.
To become an assistant in one of our weekly classes you must
1.be taking a regular weekly class with Richard
2.Be Admitted to One
of our Teacher Training Groups
3.Be Practicing on your own
4. having taken the course first that you want to assist in
5.Be given Approval to Assist from Richard
6.You also must be committed to Iyengar Yoga which means you are not studying or practicing other methods of yoga. We don't want students who are not fully committed to Iyengar Yoga to be in This New Training.
Students committed to Iyengar Yoga Only.
This means not just for Assisting but for Being Admitted to one of the groups.
Please don't email or call us about assisting in classes OR Joining One of The Groups.
Richard will talk to you after class provided. you are enrolled for the January/February Session.
You can talk to Richard about assisting in person, if you are in one of the Teacher Training Groups.
WHAT ARE THE TEACHER TRAINING GROUPS?
These groups are Invitation Only Groups for those who study regularly with Richard either in person or Online.
For those in a regular weekly course, you can talk to Richard about your interest in possibly being in one of the groups after your class.
Do Not Email Us or Call Us About The Program. Richard will be happy to talk to those in a regular weekly course,
not drop-in students, nor those who are not currently enrolled in a weekly course.
THE 2 GROUPS
is the more experienced group composed of students who have been attending regular weekly classes for a longer period of time with Richard and have a stronger practice.
They have a more mature understanding of Iyengar Yoga and are more ready to be in a group with similarly committed students.
Group B is for those with less experience in regular classes with Richard but still have potential to eventually be in Group A.
These NewTeacher Training Groups are NOT like common yoga teacher couses where you might meet for a set and arbitrary number of hours. Those courses often admit students who are not qualified to be in a teacher training and are not at the level of quality and depth as a training in Iyengar Yoga taught by a Senior Iyengar Teacher.
For this New Method of Training Teachers only students with Iyengar Yoga qualifications will be admitted.
If you study and practice other methods of yoga this type of training is not for you and you should not asked to be admitted.
To teach Yoga successfully, the trainee needs in simple language a lot of training and feedback, and even more training and more feedback.
Yoga in America is in a pathetic place where unqualified teachers are giving teacher training courses to unqualified students in methods of yoga that are just not effective.
The result is that the field is a mess. The quality is extremely low.
In each session of both teacher training groups, we will work to understand the subject and the practice in a deeper way than in a regular class.
Usually several poses will be studied and practiced in more depth with the end result being that participants will understand why and how we practice the poses in different ways for different reasons, skill level and conditions.
Over time the participants skill levels in practice and observation skills will improve
AGAIN PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL, CALL US, OR STOP BY THE CENTER FOR MORE INFORMATION.
HOW TO FIND OUT IF YOU MIGHT BE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM
You must be a currently enrolled student in our program in a weekly class either in person or online.
If you are in one of our courses in the January and February Session, You can talk to Richard After Class about your Qualifications for being admitted to one of the groups and if he feels you are ready to join either group.
You must be admitted to join one of the groups.
Please keep in mind the Groups are Fluid and being in Group
A for March Session does not Guarantee that you will be admitted in May session in Group A.
We may move students to a different group as time goes on.
Of course some students may still may not be ready to continue to be in a teacher training group and may not be allowed to continue membership in the group for a period of time.
The group membership will evolve over time with more experienced and better qualified students will shift to Group A and the students who have less development will be in Group B.
The Groups will be ongoing. We may change the format in the future but for now and the key word is NOW, this is how we will begin to train those who are interested in starting this path in a more directed, personal and involved way.
No Certification will be awarded.
You will not be an Iyengar Yoga Teacher.
This Onoing Training may help you to become eventually be ready to Pass Iyengar Yoga Assessment to become a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher
.For Every 40 Hours of Weekend Teacher Training a Certificate will be issued announcing that you have completed those 40 Hours of Yoga Teacher Training.
These 40 hours cannot be used for Yoga Alliance Registry.
DATES AND FEES FOR 2024 FOR THE TEACHER TRAINING GROUPS
GROUP A Session 1
for the March session
Meets again on Sundays
April 28, May 5,12, 19
Session 4\Meets again on
for the September Session
Fee: $250 for the November Session
4:00pm-6:30pm March 31,
Fee: $250 for the March/April Session
Meets again Sundays
Fee: $250 for June Session
Meets again Sundays
Fee: $250 for the October Session
Please Understand that we can write more about the program and we may in future emails but this is enough to give some direction for those interested in learning to teach a high quality yoga in the future.
In Sum, if you are enrolled in the January/ February Session you can talk to Richard in person about joining the Teacher Training Groups and your readiiness.
Of course not everyone will be admitted to start in March. Some will join later in the year or perhaps 2025.
Please no emails or phone calls about the program.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR THOSE WHO CURRENTLY TAKE WEEKLY CLASSES EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE
We will admit some students to become members of one of the In-studio in-person Teacher Training Groups
with one important caveat: You will be required to attend at least 10 hours each year of in person classes or workshops with Richard for example 2 days of a August or December Workshop. You need to make some extra effort to appear more in person than just the Sunday Teacher Training Sessions.
Richard Schachtel has been giving yoga teacher training courses in Seattle since 1986. He has trained hundreds of students in his specific teacher training courses. Richard today draws from his over 40 years of teaching in the Iyengar Tradition.
He is the most Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher and Iyengar Yoga Teacher Trainer in The Seattle Area.
Richard has made 23 one and two month study trips to India to work directly with BKS Iyengar, Geeta S. Iyengar, Prashant and Abhijata Iyengar at Their Institute In Pune since 1980.
Richard assisted in medical yoga classes for 20 years.THE BEST WAY TO FIND OUT ABOUT IYENGAR YOGA IS TO SIGN UP FOR A WEEKLY COURSE. SEE ON OUR HOME PAGE THE RED TAB THIS WEEKS SPECIALS. ON THE BOTTOM OF OUR HOME PAGE IS A TAB TO GET ON OUR MAILING LIST TO BE IN TOUCH WITH ALL THAT IS HAPPENING AT THE CENTER FOR YOGA OF SEATTLE BOTH IN-STUDIO AND ONLINE
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
Comments From Students who have taken our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
Sep 17, 2014
Aug 06, 2015
Nesanit Mitiku MD PHD
Aug 26, 2014
Oct 17, 2014
October 19. 2015
April 2, 2014
January 8, 2014
June 24, 2014
Jun 17, 2015
Oct 01, 2015
Jul 21, 2014
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.
Tesla Starr Keehn
Custer, South Dakota