Seattle adventures, life, home, and coffee—in no particular order
A weekend on Whidbey and an impromptu morning yoga practice on the lawn did more than awaken dormant muscles. It renewed my on-again, off-again desire to teach yoga. Which led me to wonder: As a Seattle-based yogi, what are my teacher-training options?
Bikram’s Yoga College
Yes, Bikram’s proprietary practice is contested by the yoga for all movement, but the Bikram practice is still the only thing that’s come close to my post-workout highs in high school track.
Aspiring Bikram instructors have to be seriously committed, though, to the tune of a trip to LA, CA, for two solid months—sans jobs/lives/income— of training and a whopping $10,900 in fees ($7k in tuition, the rest in lodging).
Because why wouldn’t you want to pay nearly $11k to practice elbow-to-elbow alongside grotesquely sweating humans, gazing at a be-Speedoed man with a ponytail?
One of Seattle’s most highly regarded yoga centers offers a line-up of instructor trainings, ranging from the entry-level 200-hour course to continuing education and mentorship opportunities. Let’s focus on the basics, per their website:
Our 200-hour Teacher Training, which qualifies participants for certification as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance, is made up of two courses. Part One, Basic Training, meets one weekend a month for five months in the fall and winter, and Part Two, Advanced Training Retreat, is a week-long residential retreat at Breitenbush Hot Springs in Detroit, Oregon every April.
The training includes a lengthy list of recommended reading focused on anatomy, spirituality, yoga’s history, and the practice of yoga. In addition to the $2,550 for tuition, 8 Limbs requires that applicants have a minimum of two years yoga asana practice and 6 months personal practice under their belts at start of training.
Pacific Yoga’s RYT 200-Hour Teacher Training
Similar to 8 Limbs, Pacific Yoga spreads their 200-hour training over the course of 7 months:
Each weekend is progressive, integrating practice and conversation over the course of nine months. Students begin and end the program together, developing lasting relationships within the yoga community and are able to take advantage of a small and consistent teaching staff.
The sessions highlight varying topics, each covering asana, pranayama, anatomy, and philosophy focus areas. Tuition is roughly $3,500, depending on payment preference.
On the record: Teacher training isn’t something that I’m prepared to commit to at this point in time.
Off the record: Bikram certification would be amazing, but $10k??? Two entire months away from my family and job? That’s cray! Perhaps someday?
Until then, I’ll be content leading informal yoga sessions with friends.