with Bill and Savonn Wyland
October 2019 – February 2020
at Sellwood Yoga

Apply by September 15th!

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We are currently accepting applications for the 2019–2020 program. Our program is registered and accredited with the Yoga Alliance. The application deadline is September 15, 2019.

We have been a locally owned and family-run yoga and wellness business since 2002. Our flagship yoga studio, Bernal Yoga, is located in San Francisco, CA. Our Sellwood Yoga studio has been open since 2009.

What sets our yoga teacher training program apart is our experience. After several years of running and teaching at our own studios, we know what it takes to teach, and we know what business owners are looking for in new teachers.

Our program captures everything that makes Sellwood Yoga so outstanding. We strive to cultivate a warm, welcoming, and non-dogmatic atmosphere; we believe that yoga is a spacious and flexible practice with room for a tremendous diversity of approaches. Our emphasis is on the benefits of yoga, mindfulness, and healthy living for the whole person.

Our teacher training program will meet you where you are and take you where your inherent strengths lead. We will help you build on those strengths and align them with your vision and goals.

We have an extremely high placement rate for those who want to teach after graduating from our program. Many of our past graduates have gone on to teach at Sellwood Yoga and other studios, while others have decided to continue as students with a deeper understanding and greater appreciation of the role yoga plays in health, healing, and well-being.

If you are interested in finding out more, we’d love to hear from you! Please don’t hesitate to email us at info@sellwoodyoga.com, so we can answer any questions and help you decide if our program is a good fit for you.

Learn more and get answers to FAQs here!

Instructor — Savonn Wyland

Savonn’s approach to teaching is to provide skillful and detailed instruction, non-dogmatic and grounded inspiration, along with mindful intention and awareness. She weaves in many different styles and approaches to her creative sequencing and theme-based classes.

She recognizes the importance of an integrated approach to health and well-being. She believes that yoga and other meditative and expressive arts are a great complement to athletic, professional and creative pursuits.

Her classes, workshops and retreats offer an opportunity to tap into the transformational energy present when a group comes together to practice without losing the power of personal inquiry and expression. Her one-on-one sessions help to better tailor a personal practice, to address individual concerns, modifications and questions, and to make sure the practice stays safe, nurturing and fun.

Instructor — Bill Wyland

Bill Wyland is the co-owner and a managing partner of Align Integrative Wellness, LLC. Together, with his sister Savonn, they oversee the vision, development and growth of their studios: Bernal Yoga, Sellwood Yoga and Align Fitness.

After a career in the labor movement in Washington D.C. and California, Bill changed professions and helped his sister Savonn open Bernal Yoga in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood in 2002. In 2009, they opened Sellwood Yoga, followed by Align Fitness in 2013, both in Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood.

As a studio owner and yoga teacher, Bill’s overall philosophy is rooted in the belief that the practice of yoga is an important piece in the overall approach to healthy living. One should use the skills and awareness yoga creates in all foundations of life, including health, relationships, work and personal evolution.

Bill is a longtime athlete, who began taking yoga classes after college as a way to continue playing sports (injury-free as possible) while getting older. After feeling the positive effects of increased flexibility, strength and awareness, he began to add more yoga classes into his weekly routine.

He got his yoga teaching certification at the Sacred Movement Center for Yoga and Healling in Venice, California, where he studied with Max Strom, Shiva Rea and Saul David Raye. He also has a Thai Yoga Therapy Massage certification from the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California.


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