Yoga teachers are, at heart, dedicated yoga students. As students, we are always learning, filling our wells and receiving deeper insights through continued practice and study. As teachers, continued study allows us to expand our repertoire and more fully develop our voices and yogic lifestyles. As practitioners, we seek a sangha, or community, with whom we can share our journey.
8 Limbs Yoga Centers, a state licensed vocational school, invites yoga teachers to join our 500-hour Advanced Teacher Training. Our goal is to provide a program and community to help you prosper – in your practice, in your studies and in your career as a yoga teacher. In this spirit, students will be exposed to a variety of texts, teachers and approaches. Not only will you receive instruction from senior 8 Limbs staff (each with at least 10 years of teaching experience), you will also have the chance to study with internationally renowned teachers such as Rod Stryker, Gary Kraftsow, and Sarah Powers, and less well-known but equally valuable teachers Nicolai Bachman and Shari Friedrichsen.
Most of our classes take place here in Seattle. Our locally-based education format gives students the opportunity to study close to home and integrate your studies “off the mat” into daily life. Enrollment for this program is ongoing. Participants can enroll a minimum of two weeks before the first module they want to take, and continue to register only for the modules they choose, as long as minimum requirements are fulfilled (see below).
Our 500-Hour Advanced Teacher Training will qualify participants for certification as a 500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through the Yoga Alliance. You may join us as a 200-hour RYT through another school, or continue your studies at 8 Limbs upon completion of our 200-hour Teacher Training. This program provides the 300 additional hours of training for 200 hour RYTs to move to this next level of professional development. You may join the program at any time, and finish at your own pace.
“I seriously LOVED this past weekend of Teacher Training. I feel totally inspired and energized.
Signing up for your 500 hour program was one of the best decisions I have made. I am so pleased.”
With a lot of appreciation, Maria Williquette, MA, LMFTA, RYT
Please join us for a Teacher Training Information Session to meet one of the Co-Directors in person, learn about the program, and ask any questions you have about our program. Info Sessions are not required for enrollment.
500-HOUR TRAINING COMPONENTS
The 300 hours of study we offer follow Yoga Alliance Guidelines for 500-hour certification, which are:
- Beyond the Foundations of Yoga – 120 hours
Study therapeutic and advanced asana, traditional pranayama and cleansing techniques, integrating chanting, mantra, and meditation into your teaching and practice.
- Art of Teaching – 50 hours
Learn techniques in teaching, demonstration, observation and methods of assisting & correcting students. Develop your unique teaching style and voice.
- Anatomy & Physiology – 25 hours
Study physical and energetic anatomy and physiology and apply these principles to yoga practice.
- Philosophy & Yogic Lifestyle – 75 hours
Examine principles of yogic lifestyles, ethics, and texts. We will draw from the Yoga Sutras, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, The Upanisads, and from the health science of Ayurveda.
- Teaching Practice – 30 hours
Practice teaching, exchange feedback, and observe others teaching and assisting students. Grow your abilities through the use of audio/video recording and mentorship.
As our program is flexible, exact hours will depend on the modules chosen. Of the 300 contact hours, the following minimums must be met:
- Techniques: 100 hours
- Teaching Methodology: 10 hours
- Anatomy/Physiology: 10 hours
- Philosophy, Ethics, & Lifestyle: 25 hours
- Practicum: 25 hours
In addition to the Core Training Components listed above, we offer studies in: Art of Seeing, Ayurveda, Buddhism, Business of Yoga, Creating a Teaching Specialty, Pranayama, Pre/Postnatal Yoga, Restoratives, Subtle Anatomy, Therapeutics, & Yin Yoga.
APPROXIMATE SCHEDULE FOR WEEKEND MODULES*
Friday, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, 9:30am – 4:30pm
* Prenatal Teacher Training Modules generally run Weds-Fri, 9am-4:30pm
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS
The 500-Hour certification program offers regular 3-day learning modules. Modules are 20 hours of class time. To graduate you must take a total of 300 contact hours, or 15 modules (the Advanced Training Retreat II counts for more than one module). Registration for modules are only open to enrollees in the 8 Limbs 500-hour Teacher Training Program.
Students can participate in these modules at your own pace as budget and schedule permits. Visiting teacher weekends will be enhanced and supported by 8 Limbs senior teachers. You may complete the program over as many years as needed, your enrollment fee covers the first three years of your training. An additional $100 will be charged for each three year period.
Step 2. Send Application Form, Enrollment Form, $100* Enrollment Fee, Headshot, and Copy of 200-hour RYT Certificate to 8 Limbs Yoga Centers a minimum of two weeks prior to your first Training Module
Step 3. We will confirm your completed acceptance within two weeks of receipt of your Application.
Step 4. Register and pay for individual modules (or pay in advance for 12 at once for a discount) once your have received notice of acceptance.
Step 5: Apply for RYT Certification once 12 weekend modules, completion of the Breitenbush Summer Immersion Retreat, research papers, and homework are complete.
*As of July 15, 2015, Enrollment Fee for graduates of 8 Limbs 200-hour Teacher Training Programs is $50 per three years of participation.
ADDITIONAL TRAINING AND MAKE-UP OPTIONS
The 8 Limbs Mentorship may be counted as one module. Click here for pricing and information for this program.To make-up hours missed during a 20-hour Module, students may take up to twelve hours of alternate 8 Limbs workshops/retreats with 500-hour teacher staff over the course of their enrollment. They will be subject to rate of workshop but no additional administrative fee.Participants may also elect to take one outside (non-8 Limbs) workshop or retreat with 500-hour teacher staff to count towards one module (up to 20 hours). Also subject to teacher’s workshop or retreat rate and an additional $25 administrative fee to 8 Limbs.