200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program

Looking to join a top-tier yoga teacher training program? Look no further than Sellwood Yoga. Our locally owned and family-run business has been a staple of the community since 2002, and we’re excited to offer our next 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program from October 2023 to March 2024 (enrollment is now open).

What sets us apart? We’re not just experienced yoga teachers – we’re also seasoned studio and small business owners. In addition to Sellwood Yoga, we owned and operated Bernal Yoga in San Francisco. With nearly two decades of experience operating and teaching at our studios, we know exactly what it takes to succeed as both a teacher and an entrepreneur.

Our program captures everything that makes Sellwood Yoga outstanding. We strive to create a warm, welcoming, and non-dogmatic atmosphere where students of all backgrounds and skill levels can thrive. Our emphasis is on the benefits of yoga, mindfulness, and healthy living for the whole person.

We recommend taking some classes with us before applying for our teacher training program. This gives us a chance to get to know you and ensures that our studio, classes, and teachers are a good fit for you. Also, please read what past graduates have to say about their experiences in the program. 

If you’re ready to apply, simply fill out this form. It includes some questions to help us understand your interest in the program, and it won’t take long to complete. By filling out the form, you’ll be one step closer to starting your 200 Hour Teacher Training path.

We believe everyone has inherent strengths that can be developed and aligned with their vision and goals. That’s why our teacher training program is designed to meet you where you are and take you where you want to go.

Our program has a proven track record of success. Whether you’re looking to deepen your understanding of yoga as a perennial student or have aspirations to become a teacher, our program can help you achieve your goals.

We have an exceptional placement rate for graduates who wish to teach after completing our program. Many of our past graduates have gone on to teach at Sellwood Yoga and other studios, thanks to the comprehensive training and support they receive during their time with us.

However, we also recognize that some graduates may choose not to pursue teaching and instead focus on their personal growth and development. Whatever your goals may be, our program is designed to provide a strong foundation for your yoga journey.

If you’re interested in learning more about our program and how it can benefit you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@sellwoodyoga.com. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you decide if our program is right for you.

Program Details

Faculty

At Sellwood Yoga, we are committed to providing our trainees with the support and guidance they need to succeed. Our faculty, including  siblings and studio owners Savonn Wyland and Bill Wyland, as well as other Sellwood Yoga instructors including Maria Williquette, Nicole Cranston, Christine Morita McVey, Rosey Wyland and others are dedicated to helping you hone your strengths, expand your skill set, and deepen your knowledge.

Throughout our program, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from a diverse range of teachers, including guest instructors such as Margaret Townsend, who are experts in their fields. Our modules cover a wide range of topics, including mindfulness, yoga anatomy, philosophy and spirituality, pranayama and breath work, social justice, trauma-informed yoga, and more.

We believe that our trainees benefit from exposure to a variety of perspectives and teaching styles, which is why we have carefully curated a faculty that represents diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Techniques, Training, and Practice: Asana, Pranayama and Mindfulness

Designed to provide you with a strong foundation in the physical practice of yoga, as well as the breath work and mindfulness practices that are essential to the yoga tradition.

Asana: The physical practice of asana (yoga poses) is often what first brings people to the yoga mat. We explore a few different styles of Hatha Yoga including Vinyasa/Flow Yoga and Gentle & Restorative Yoga. By learning and practicing these different approaches, you’ll develop the skills to teach yoga to students of all levels and abilities, including those who benefit from a gentle, restorative, or therapeutic practice.

  • Skillful, alignment-based teaching principles and practice
  • Adjustments, modifications, and variations
  • Sequencing safe and level-appropriate classes

Pranayama & Breath Work: In the Pranayama & Breath Work component of this module, you’ll explore the formal practice of controlling the breath, which is a key element of yoga. We will cover simple and effective breathing techniques that you can incorporate into your own practice and use in your teaching. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience relaxing and rejuvenating breath work sessions with local breath teacher Margaret Townsend.

Mindfulness and Meditation: we will focus on the importance of mindfulness and meditation in yoga practice. You’ll learn how to reduce the physical and emotional symptoms of stress through mindful practices and meditation. This module is designed to help you cultivate a calm and balanced approach to learning how to become a yoga teacher.

Teaching Methodology and Instructor Skills

In this unit, you will develop the foundational skills and knowledge necessary to become an effective and successful yoga teacher. We will cover a range of topics, including:

  • Effective communication and observation skills: We will help you develop the ability to effectively communicate with and observe your students in order to provide clear and concise instruction and feedback.
  • Teaching and demonstrating styles and skills: You will learn how to effectively teach and demonstrate different styles and skills of yoga, including how to sequence and structure classes, and how to modify poses for different levels and abilities.
  • The role of assisting and recommending variations/corrections: We will cover how to assist and adjust students in poses, as well as how to recommend variations and corrections to help students improve their practice.
  • Time management and setting priorities: We will discuss strategies for effective time management and setting priorities to help you balance your teaching and personal life.
  • Coaching skills: You will learn how to effectively coach students to help them reach their goals and develop their practice.

In addition, we will provide guidance and support for the business side of teaching yoga, including how to market yourself as a yoga teacher, how to find teaching opportunities, and how to create a sustainable and successful yoga teaching career.

Yoga-Related Anatomy and Physiology

The anatomy and physiology module of our teacher training program is an essential component for any aspiring yoga teacher or student who wants to better understand how anatomical differences shape a practice. In this module, you will receive a comprehensive overview of the human body, including how it works and how it relates to yoga poses. Led by Christine Morita McVey, you will be introduced to the the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems and learn how these systems are affected by the practice of yoga.

Through lectures, hands-on exercises, and discussions, you will deepen your understanding of the physical body and its relationship to movement. You will learn about common injuries and misalignments, and develop strategies for addressing them in your teaching. By the end of this module, you will have foundational knowledge of anatomy and physiology that you can apply to your personal practice and teaching. This knowledge will not only enhance your teaching skills but also help you to create a safe and effective practice for your students and yourself.

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, and Ethics for Yoga Instructors

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, and Ethics is an integral part of the teacher training program at Sellwood Yoga. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the ancient foundations of yoga, including select readings of the historically important Yoga Sutras, Upanishads, and Bhagavad Gita. Led by Maria Williquette, this study of traditions and texts will help you honor the past and paths of yoga, keeping the practice sacred.

Furthermore, we will explore the ethical responsibilities that come with being a yoga instructor. You will learn about upholding safe and trusting relationships and boundaries between students and teachers. The module will emphasize the importance of being an effective and responsible yoga instructor. By the end of this module, you will have a deeper appreciation for the philosophical, ethical and service-oriented aspects of yoga, which you can apply to your teaching practice and personal life.

Trauma Informed Yoga: NEW for 2023

Trauma Informed Yoga is a brand-new module offered in 2023. This training will provide you with a foundational understanding of trauma and how it impacts the body and mind. Led by sisters Rosey and Annie, this module will explore the framework of trauma from an individual and collective perspective, allowing for self-reflection, growth, and learning through a trauma-sensitive lens.

The Trauma Informed Yoga module will also offer yoga and mindfulness-based practices to foster resilience and provide tools to support yourself and others on the path of health, healing, and empowered well-being. You will learn best practices to ensure the safety and comfort of individuals who have experienced trauma in your classes. By the end of this module, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to support yourself and your students in their journey towards healing and growth.

Teaching Livestream Classes: NEW for 2023

Teaching Livestream Classes is a new addition to the teacher training program. This section covers the best practices learned from teaching livestream and hybrid classes . Drawing from years of experience and trial and error, this module will provide you with essential knowledge on the best practices for livestream classes,  including how to set up and use the required audio and video technology, as well as streaming platforms such as Zoom, and how to teach effectively in this different medium.

Through this module, you will learn the strategies and techniques needed to make your virtual classes engaging and effective. Whether you are teaching from your home studio or in a hybrid format, this training will prepare you to deliver high-quality yoga instructions. Discover how to connect with your students through a screen and create an authentic and rewarding experience for everyone.

Teaching Practicum

The Teaching Practicum is the culmination of the training, where you will have the opportunity to put everything you have learned into practice and take the next steps towards becoming a confident and effective yoga instructor.

In the Teaching Practicum, you will participate in practice classes where you will give and receive feedback. This will help you refine your skills and improve your teaching abilities. You will also have the opportunity to observe, journal, and discuss classes taught by other instructors. This is a great way to learn from experienced teachers and pick up new techniques.

Additionally, you may chose to assist students while other instructors teach. This will help you develop your teaching skills while working with real students. Finally, you will practice teaching as the lead instructor. This will be your opportunity to shine and demonstrate everything you have learned in the program.

By the end of the Teaching Practicum, you will have gained the confidence and skills necessary to teach yoga on your own. You will have had the opportunity to work with real students and to receive feedback from experienced teachers. This final module will set you up for success as a yoga instructor.

Interested in applying?

 

​Looking to embark on a transformative experience? Our next 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program will take place from October 2023 to March 2024. If you’re interested in joining us, we encourage you to fill out this application form or reach out for more information. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have—we’re here to help!

Timeline, Tuition, and Payment

If you’re interested in the upcoming 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program, we welcome you to reach out to us at info@sellwoodyoga.com. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and help guide you through the application process. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to deepen your practice and share your love of yoga with others. Contact us today!

Currently, we have scheduled the core modules for Thursday nights (6:30-8:30 pm), Saturdays (12:30-5:30 pm), and Sundays (12-4 pm). Please note that we may not require all of these dates for the finalized schedule. There is a possibility that some weekends will be allocated for practice teaching sessions towards the end of the training.

Here are the tentative dates for your reference:

10/19 & 10/21-22
10/26 & 10/28-29
11/2 & 11/4-5
11/9 & 11/11-12
THANKSGIVING BREAK
11/30 & 12/1-2
12/7 & 12/9-10
12/14
HOLIDAY BREAK
1/4 & 1/6-7
1/11 & 1/13-14
1/25 & 1/27/28
2/8 & 2/10-11
2/22 & 2/24-25
2/29 & 3/2-3
3/7 & 3/9-10
Graduation Thursday 3/14

The 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at Sellwood Yoga costs $3500, which includes unlimited regular yoga classes (in studio and/or live stream) from the start of the program until the end. However, the required textbooks are not included in the tuition fee, but you can usually find used copies or borrow them from previous graduates.

Payments: Once accepted into the program, you will be asked to select a payment method and plan (we will go over the options with you). We accept cash, checks, and most credit cards. You will receive $80 in studio credit if you pay by cash or check.

  • Option 1: You can choose to make two payments of $1750, with the first payment due within 14 days of acceptance, and the second payment due within 2 months of the first payment. You can arrange with us to have your card charged for the second payment on a date of your choice.
  • Option 2: You can make four payments of $875, with the first payment due within 14 days of acceptance. The remaining payments will be billed on a schedule agreed upon by you and us, and includes a $100 processing fee.

Please note that if you do not complete the teacher training program, you are still responsible for any remaining payments.

If you need to cancel or withdraw from the program, please send an email notification to info@sellwoodyoga.com.

If you cancel before August 31, 2023, you will receive a refund minus a non-refundable $875 deposit.

No refunds will be given for cancellations made after August 31, 2023.

 

We understand that financial constraints can be a barrier to accessing our training program. Therefore, we offer partial scholarships and work-study options to qualified applicants. If you’re interested in exploring these options, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@sellwoodyoga.com to schedule a time to discuss your needs and situation. We’re committed to making our program accessible to everyone who shares our passion for yoga and teaching.