yoga teacher training

Deepen your yoga practice while learning to help others...


above: The 2013 - 2014 Advanced Teacher Training Group
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Next 200-Hour Teacher Training Starts TBD

frequently asked questions

What is involved in yoga teacher training?
There are many teacher training programs out there, and as of yet there are no required standards. Some programs claim to "certify" you in a weekend. More and more, however, students and yoga studios are requiring instructors to be certified through the Yoga Alliance, which has become the "gold standard" for certification in the US.  Whole Life Yoga's programs are certified at the 200 & 500 hour levels through Yoga Alliance.

Whole Life Yoga's program has a multifaceted approach that includes a combination of classes, clinics, observation, private instruction, and independent study. It also includes practice teaching both to fellow teacher training students and out in the community.

What are the benefits of teacher training?

First and foremost, upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be qualified to teach yoga privately and in multiple group venues, including health clubs and yoga centers.

The benefits of completing an intensive yoga study are not limited to teaching, however. Many students who take teacher training programs never intend to teach. Participants find that in-depth programs deepen their own yoga practice significantly. Since each workshop builds on the one before it, the potential for growth is orders of magnitude larger than the growth that can be attained in a normal group class setting.

Additionally, attending a long term training program gives you the opportunity to connect with and build a community of peers and friends who share your love of yoga. Many people find they stay in close contact with their teacher training classmates for many years to come.

Is Whole Life Yoga's training right for me?
Whole Life Yoga's teacher training is appropriate for individuals who would like to deepen their own yoga practice and those who would like to teach using the viniyoga methodology. Specifically, we recommend this training for any of the following:

Where and when does the training take place?
We will meet weekly for 10 months, from October 1, 2012 through July 29, 2013. Weekly classes will take place on Mondays from 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Monthly clinics generally take place on the 4th Sunday of each month from 12:30 - 5:30 pm, however the first will be on October 7, 2012.

Monday sessions will be at the Phinney Neighborhood Center at N 67th St & Phinney Ave N. Sunday workshops will be at Whole Life Yoga on the corner of N 87th St and Greenwood Ave N.

What does it cost?
We offer several payment plans, and we accept all major credit cards. Total cost of the training depends on the payment plan chosen, as we discount heavily for payment in full. A $250 deposit holds your space. This deposit includes a non-refundable $100 registration fee.

Total training cost, including deposit:

Training cost includes the following: What are the primary focuses of Whole Life Yoga's teacher training?
We offer a well rounded program that covers the core principles of yoga practice and philosophy, including: How can I apply or get more information?
Call Tracy Weber, the program director, at 206-784-2882, or e-mail tracy@wholelifeyoga.com. She will arrange a time to meet with you and discuss your goals, tell you more about the program as a whole, and help you assess if this program is right for you.

About viniyoga

The viniyoga approach is an ancient methodology for customizing yoga practices to individual student needs. This approach has been handed down for centuries in India. In the past 100 years, it has been sustained in India and expanded to Europe and the United States by Krishnamacharya and his son, TKV Desikachar. It has been effectively customized to US audiences through the work of Gary Kraftsow and others in the past 20 years.

As described in the April 23, 2001 edition of Time magazine:

"viniyoga...is the most highly customized form of yoga. Viniyoga teachers cater stretching positions to individual student needs and abilities. Function is stressed over form, with an emphasis on integrating the flow of movement of the breath with the movement of the spine."

Viniyoga is a highly adaptable, meditative style of yoga that coordinates movement with the breath. It is a uniquely healing form of yoga and can be used by people of all levels and physical abilities, including those with limited mobility.

About Whole Life Yoga

Whole Life Yoga is a community-focused yoga studio located near Seattle's Phinney Ridge, Greenwood, Ballard and Green Lake neighborhoods. Our goal is to make yoga available and accessible to all people who could benefit from it, not just those with a high level of fitness or flexibility. We focus on yoga as a way to serve an individual's unique physical condition and lifestyle, not as a means of achieving the "perfect" body or posture. At Whole Life Yoga, you'll find a place to unwind, an opportunity to develop your mind and body, and a community of support for healing and growth.

About the program director

Tracy Weber is both a certified yoga teacher and certified yoga therapist through the American Viniyoga Institute. Her primary teacher has been Gary Kraftsow, author of the books "Yoga for Wellness" and "Yoga for Transformation". She has also taken intensive workshops with other well known teachers, including Margaret Pierce, TKV Desikachar, and Joan Borysenko.

In addition to being an practiced yoga teacher and fitness instructor, Tracy is also an experienced personal coach and counselor. She has led career development and leadership workshops internationally, and has worked with organizations and individuals from all walks of life. She uses adult learning models to make all of her workshops and trainings interactive and fun.

Tracy teaches yoga using the viniyoga methodology. The word "viniyoga" literally translated means "adaptation and proper application". Tracy's teaching philosophy is that yoga postures should be adapted for each individual practitioner. She infuses her trainings with attitudes of caring and student acceptance, and uses yoga tools to help facilitate growth in all areas of life.

Quotes from past students...

"Discovering Whole Life has opened up a new world for me. I'm learning all about yoga and all about me. I've got two small children and was exploring ways to be more centered and present…."

"After I signed up for the teacher training, I was struck with the fear that it might be too daunting. For me, nothing is further from the truth. It's an intensive, vigorous course, but each week we're discovering the richness of the viniyoga style. Tracy's style of unconditional support gives us the freedom to learn, make mistakes and literally fall down trying. There's no sense of unrealistic expectations, competitiveness or intimidation -- we are all there learning everything we can to become the most knowledgeable and compassionate teachers we can be."  Ruth Ann

"This training has met all of my expectations. A joyous, fun and comprehensive way of learning the ancient art."  Rene

"Yoga Training has been life changing. What was to be health and physically focused has grown to be something so much bigger that affects how I approach each and every day."   Suzette

"Your presentation of all aspects of viniyoga has been both fun and very interesting. I look forward to class every week." Barbara

"I had been searching for a style of Yoga to suit my needs after deciding to get certified as a teacher. I wanted a style that would be geared towards a therapeutic approach to meld into my Massage practice. After searching what was available in Seattle and workshops throughout the nation, "Whole Life Yoga" kept being brought to my attention by various sources. I took the hint and cannot be happier. The program is comprehensive, well thought out, balanced with the anatomy, observation principles, benefit and risk assessment of postures, and the more esoteric Sutra and chanting studies.  Tracy is a fabulous teacher, sharing her knowledge selflessly. Her approach is both grounded while letting each student reach for what they need."  Joan

"Both Tracy and the viniyoga approach are so accessible that I can’t imagine anyone NOT benefiting from this training. Krishnamacharya [one of the original founders of this approach] would be pleased."   Jill

"This has been the best experience for me. I love not only learning about Viniyoga, but it has definitely opened new doors in other aspects of my life. I am beginning to explore things about myself as a person, not only physically, but mentally."   Alexa

past teacher training graduation photos


200-hour class #1, graduated september 2004


200-hour class #2, graduated september 2005


200-hour class #3, graduated may 2006


200-hour class #4, graduated october 2006


200-hour class #5, graduated october 2007


500-hour (advanced) class #1, graduated april 2009


200-hour class #6, graduated november 2009


200-hour class #7, graduated august 2010


200-hour class #8, graduated august 2011


200-hour class #9, graduated august 2012


200-hour class #10, graduated july 2013