Yoga Teacher Training

Are you interested in evolving your yoga practice?

Do you want to learn about and explore the depths of your being?

Do you have the desire to gain lifelong skills on how to better navigate the world?

Are you hungry to make a real substantive difference in other people’s lives?

UW Recreation 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program provides the opportunity to step into a voyage of self-discovery, strengthen your physical body, amplify the power of your breath, understand the inner workings of your mind, and learn key methodologies for guiding others in the science and art of yoga.

Steeped in the foundational principles of mindfulness, positive psychology, anatomy and physiology, as well as practical and digestible topics of yoga philosophy, our Registered Yoga Alliance training provides a deep dive into the exploration of not only teaching, but actually LIVING yoga as a lifestyle. Why? For greater wellbeing, skillfulness and lifelong vitality!

Techniques, Training, & Practice
100 Hours

Posture categories (backbends, twists, forward folds, arm balances, and inversions), alignment principles, benefits and contraindications, breath-work techniques, meditation basics, and assisting practice.

Teaching Methodology
25 Hours

Skillful language, principles of assisting (verbal, modeling, hands-on, feel good), intelligent class sequencing, music design, prop usage, non-verbal communication, qualities of a teacher, and business of yoga.

Anatomy & Physiology
20 Hours

A comprehensive overview of the importance of muscles, bones, muscle tissue, internal organs, and body systems and their relationship to the practice of yoga.

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, & Ethics
20 Hours

Exploration of the history of yoga, classical yoga ethos, tantra yoga evolution and the day-to-day applications of philosophical principles to live with integrity and increased fulfillment.

20 Hours

Practice teaching, receiving and giving feedback, learning from peer observation, and practicing all teaching methodology skills covered in the training.

Home Study
15 Hours

Pre and post session readings, videos, and assignments to integrate in-training learning.

*In this training it is our intent to hear, learn from and respect the experiences of all people. We commit to holding space for the truths, realities, growth & healing processes of every individual. We are dedicated to the inclusivity, representation and celebration of the marginalized, underrepresented and/or oppressed students in our community.



Danny Arguetty

Danny Arguetty, M.A., E-RYT 500, is the Mindfulness Manager at the University of Washington, yoga teacher (& trainer), life/health coach, wellness educator, and lover of the environment. He is the author of Nourishing the Teacher: Inquiries, Contemplations & Insights on the Path of Yoga and The 6 Qualities of Consciousness: Practical Insights from the Tantric Tradition of Yoga

Danny has guided workshops throughout the United States, led basic and advanced yoga trainings in the U.S. & India, and has spoken at Facebook, Olson Kundig and Gravity Payments, as well as the University of Washington Foster School of Business, School of Medicine, School of Social Work, and The Whole U. He was adjunct faculty at Williams College, guides a quarterly General Studies course on Mindfulness Practices at UW, and is a former faculty at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.



Alyssa Pizarro

Alyssa Pizarro, RYT 200 focuses on trauma informed trainings with a youth emphasis from Yoga Behind Bars, Street Yoga and Connection Coalition. Alyssa is currently a Development Coordinator at Yoga Behind Bars and has been a yoga instructor at studios, fitness centers, homeless facilities, assisted living facilities, UW Recreation and juvenile detention centers. Alyssa believes in yoga, breath and energy movement for any and every body.





Ansley Silva

Ansley Silva, E-RYT 200 has been teaching yoga since 2008 and has taught yoga at the Universidade Federal de Viçosa, University of Georgia, and Rubber Soul Yoga Revolution & Clown School. Currently Ansley teaches various forms of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness through UW Recreation’s Mindfulness Program.

Her classes cultivate awareness of the physical body in order to live more skillfully, celebrate the beauty of life, unleash creativity, and strengthen a sense of interconnection.

*In addition to these teachers, other instructors currently teaching in our Yoga Programing will be leading classes.



SUMMER 2020 Applications will be taken beginning in February 2020

Training FAQs

Who is this training for?

Current UW Students (Spring 2019), Faculty/Staff, +1 IMA Members, and UW Alumni (space permitting). Take note that pricing differs for non-students, please read below.

Students: You do not need to be enrolled in summer academic classes to attend this training. If you are graduating this spring you are still eligible for student pricing and access to the IMA in the summer (either by purchasing a membership for the summer or being given access during class days/times)

Qualifying +1 IMA members: You can receive +1 pricing and be given access to the building during class day/times by email with required proof of scanned documents (as described in the link after you have filled out your application).

UW Alumni: You can apply to the training however keep in mind that UW Students and Faculty/Staff receive priority (you will know by May 1st if there is space in the training).

How much yoga experience should I have?

At least 6 months of consistent practice (2-3x a week of in class, personal practice or video classes) under your belt. Many people attend a teacher training to deepen their knowledge of postures and philosophy and don’t necessarily end up teaching (although life sometimes has a funny way of working once a YTT is completed).

What style of yoga will I be able to teach?

While our training is steeped in “vinyasa” methodology, all that means is being able to guide postures in a fluid and connected way (that doesn’t mean fast or that you never pause and sustain postures, sustaining is important). After the training you will be able to lead classes that range from gentle, moderate, to more dynamic and heated practices. Our training focuses on teaching to all-levels by weaving in clear posture options and learning how to utilize props to support all students.

What type of certification will I be eligible for?

UW Recreation is recognized by Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga School which means the program meets the standards of a 200-hour program. Most yoga studios, gyms, retreat centers, etc. will only hire yoga teachers that have done a Yoga Alliance accredited 200-hour training. You may choose to become an “RYT,” registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance after your training (although this is not mandatory to teach. You will learn much more about this in the Business of Yoga). This training qualifies you to teach domestically or overseas.

What are the training dates/times?

6/17 – 7/5, 8AM-5PM DAILY M-F (SATURDAY and SUNDAYS OFF, but will have assigned home study and practice). THIS IS AN INTENSIVE.

How much does it cost?

$1,000 for students.

$1,500 for non-students (faculty/staff, spouse/+1).

$2000 for UW Alumni (space permitting).

A non-refundable deposit of $100 due at time of program acceptance to secure your spot.

A payment plan of $300 (students), $467 (non-students), $667 (UW alumni), spread over three months June, July, and August is available. The average yoga teacher training course at most studios costs $2,200-3,000.

Will this training include time to discuss yoga, meditation, and/or mindfulness in the context of larger societal issues?

Yes, the practice of yoga supports us to engage with life more skillfully, enhance our personal vitality and as a result engage with social issues in a way that can create real tangible shifts. We can be invested in our own self-development and wellbeing while also contributing to the larger web. Potential topics on how to move the needle forward may include mental health, social justice, gender, queer , and racial inequities, sustainability, and conscious self-care. We will also discuss the reality that yoga and mindfulness are currently practices dominated by privilege, and how to make them available to a larger more diverse audience.