A collage of photos a variety of people participating in yoga poses.

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?

The 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!

Core Curriculum

Yoga Alliance has implemented a new RYS 200 Standard which we follow:

  • Take note that while we cover all of these categories we do not necessarily cover all information listed in this chart (e.g. we go over meditation but do not dive into chanting or mudras)
  • Our curriculum also includes additional content such as conscious communication, listening skills, and self-development exercises (eye contact, compassion journey, sustaining postures, journaling prompts, etc.).
    • These are lead in dyads, triads, and sometimes groups.
    • The self-development portion is designed to strengthen your awareness muscle for your life off the mat and so you can better work with the skills and challenges that may arise as a guide of yoga.
  • 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 commit to making this a FUN program for people of diverse backgrounds and cultural experiences.


Ashwini Sadekar

Ashwini is a Yoga and Bollywood Dance instructor at the University of Washington. She is a certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher specialized in offering yoga support during prenatal and post-partum. Ashwini has guided various yoga classes in person and online, co-facilitated Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) and conducted meditation and prenatal yoga workshops at UW. Ashwini’s yoga teachings extend beyond Asana practice into honoring yourself and your physical body with compassion to discover and strengthen the mind body breath connection. Her classes incorporate easy to understand posture alignment cues, dynamic fluid movements, nourishing breath exploration techniques, and deep guided mediations.

Ashwini is a former Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer and a current artist and art teacher painting in the tradition of the impressionist. Ashwini enjoys the co-mingle of the analytical left with the creative right brain. Learn more at and


Weekend & Summer Programs

Program Details

Summer Intensive 2023

Details TBD


Winter Weekend Intensive 2023

Training runs Friday, January 6th through Sunday, April 2nd. This program is held in person at the IMA.

· First weekend – Friday, January 6th, 7th and 8th.

· Training occurs each Sunday- January 15th , 22nd, 29th; February 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th; March 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th; April 2nd.

Typical daily schedule:


  • Starts at 8 AM
  • 8-9 Yoga Class/Practice
  • 9-9:30 breakfast break
  • 9:30-12:30 AM session
  • 12:30-1:15 lunch break
  • 1:15-4:30 PM session

-Yoga practices will vary some being in the morning and some in the early evening.

-Some days we might finish early but there will be additional inquires or studies.


Before the training begins there are 35-40 hours of pre-assignments that must be completed before day one.

While unexpected circumstance show up please DO NOT apply if you need to miss any training days (especially the first 3 days). You are only allowed to miss one training days in total during the whole training.

This training is a serious time investment, please ensure it will not interfere with your academic, work, and/or personal life commitments.

Applications will be reviewed and decided upon in November.

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Training FAQs

Who is this training for?

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

UW Seattle Students: You do not need to be enrolled in summer academic classes to attend our summer training. If you are graduating during 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). This training does not count towards any academic credit.

UW Seattle Faculty/Staff: You do not need to be an IMA member, you will be given access to the IMA during class days/times.

UW Continuing Education, Bothell, or Tacoma Students: You would need to purchase a student IMA membership ($70 a quarter) for Winter/Spring or (Spring/Summer for the summer intensive) to be eligible for student pricing. Also keep in mind that UW Seattle students and faculty/staff get priority admission. You would get priority over +1 members and UW alumni and Seattle community.

Qualifying +1 IMA members: You can receive +1 pricing and be given access to the building during class day/times.

UW Alumni: You can apply to the training however keep in mind that UW Students and Faculty/Staff receive priority, (you will know by Mid December (weekend program) and early May (summer program) if there is space in the training).

Seattle Community: You can apply to the training however keep in mind that UW Students, Faculty/Staff, and Alumni receive priority, (you will know by Mid December (weekend program) and early May (summer program) if there is space in the training).

How much yoga experience should I have?

Ideally 6 months of consistent practice (minimum 1x a week of in class, personal practice or video/audio classes) under your belt. This is a suggestion, but not a requirement.

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 of all body types and limitations.

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.

How much does it cost?

$500 for students.

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

$2,000 for UW Alumni (space permitting).

$2,500 for Seattle community (space permitting).

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

Payment Plans: The average yoga teacher training course outside UW costs $2,700-3,900. We DO NOT charge interest on our payment plans.

Payment is required up front

Can I receive financial assistance?

Details TBD


“The UW Rec 200 hr. YTT program was honestly the best decision I made in 2022. It was a life-changing experience for me. All the teachers were so knowledgeable, supportive, and inclusive. They created a safe place for everyone to learn, discuss and express our true selves. The knowledge, tools, yoga family and even the confidence I received during the training will no doubt benefit me for the rest of my life. I am really grateful that I took the opportunity to do it.”

– Qi Duan, Master of Science in Information Management, University of Washington

“The UW Recreation Yoga Teacher Training emphasized a holistic methodology, considering the history of yoga, safety, meditation, postures, diversity, equity, and inclusion and so much more! The instructors, guest speakers, group exercises and curriculum felt very intentional and well planned. Throughout the three weeks, I felt like I was at a “retreat” where I could be in the moment with personal growth opportunities while appreciating my new skills and knowledge to carry me forward as a yoga instructor. I would highly recommend the UW Recreation Yoga Teacher Training Program!”

– Cindy Lopez, University of Washington Alumnus, ‘98

“As an overseas student, I’m really grateful that I signed up for this amazing program: it made my summer vacation so meaningful! Different from other yoga training, the Yoga Theories class at YTT taught me how to perform every movement safely during yoga practice. I learned to protect and control my body while performing beautiful yoga movements. My favorite part of the program was the outdoor yoga sessions we did by the lake: the sun, the breeze, and the noisy ducks made my yoga sessions so enjoyable. During the three Practice Teaching sessions in this program, I also gained a better understanding of myself from the advice given by my students. And this is a very supportive community that I’ve made some good friends here. Thanks to Danny and Ashwini for their help and guidance, I will continue to go far in the field of yoga meditation in the future.”

– Sophia Sun, Journalism major, University of Washington

“This training will change the way you look at how yoga [is] typically taught in the west. Reflecting on what body types and who is privileged in the yoga space, allows us to reimagine the way we teach. Reimagining is the first step to offering yoga that is more inclusive for all bodies, of all ages. No more sequences with endless cat-cows and upward dogs- I am inspired to be more creative with how I teach yoga for the vast majority of people for whom these poses make existing injuries worse.”

– Ramya Kuma, PhD Epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle

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