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 are dedicated to the inclusivity, representation and celebration of the marginalized, underrepresented and/or oppressed people in our community.
    • Our curriculum also includes exploration of yoga and cultural appropriation, sessions/content from and with teachers of diverse backgrounds, and the inquiry (and action steps) on how to invite more diversity into the yoga/mindfulness world (which is still lacking).



Danny Arguetty


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. Learn more at

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

Derek Harris


Derek has been a yoga student for over a decade and a teacher for the past several years. He has taught yoga online, through UW Recreation, and the YMCA of Greater Seattle. A lifelong student, Derek is currently in graduate school at Seattle University for a Masters of Psychology in pursuit of becoming a clinical therapist. He is an advocate for using somatic movement as an exploration of the self and to gain deeper understanding of the emotional states that live within the body.

When not studying or teaching, Derek can typically be found outside in nature. An avid outdoor enthusiast, his favorite way to pass the time is clinging desperately to a cliff face or riding entirely too fast on a plank of wood down a mountain covered in snow.



Additional instructors who will be leading speciality sessions and supporting the training. These are all amazing human beings and stellar instructors! (Allé, Alyssa, Damithia,  Josephine, Reyna, & many more).


Weekend & Summer Programs

Program Details

Summer Intensive 2022

  • Training will run Monday June 13th to Friday July 1st. Monday through Friday.
  • Weekends off (although some training assignments are still given on these days). Final times TBD.
  • If you are graduating in the spring you can still get our student pricing.

Applications will open February 2022

Weekend Program 2022

You are required to have a minimum of 6 months of consistent (1-2x a week) yoga practice (live classes, personal practice, or guided video/audio classes) experience to be eligible for this training.

This training runs from January to June over Winter & Spring Quarters, every other weekend, in-person (no remote/virtual option) at IMA Studio 316:

JAN 21, 22, 23 (this includes a Friday and you can’t miss any day during this first weekend)
FEB 5/6 & 19/20
MARCH 5/6 & 19/20
APRIL 2/3 & 16/17 & 30/May 1st
MAY 14/15
JUNE 4/5

Typical Daily Schedule: 

8-9 a.m. Yoga Practice
9-9:25 a.m. Breakfast Break
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. AM Session
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch Break
1:15 p.m. – 5 p.m. PM Session

9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. AM Session
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch Break
1:15 p.m. – 5 p.m. PM Session

AM and PM sessions will be a mix of philosophy, anatomy, posture labs, methodology, teaching practice and guest speakers/facilitators.

  1. In-between training weekends you are required to attend at least one yoga class weekly and show instructor signature as proof.
  2. Before the training begins there are 15 hours of pre-assignments that must be completed before weekend one. There are additional assignments in-between training weekends.
  3. While unexpected circumstance show up please DO NOT apply if you need to miss training days (especially the first 3 days). You are only allowed to miss two training days in total during the whole training.
  4. This training is a serious time investment, please ensure it will not interfere with your academic and work commitments before applying.

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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 must be a current IMA member to receive the discount. For IMA membership pricing please visit our membership page. Summer trainings require a summer membership. Weekend training require a winter and spring membership.

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 would get priority admission. You would get priority over 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, most often we have spots available (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, most often we have a few spots available (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?

At least 6 months of consistent practice (1-2x a week of in class, personal practice or video/audio classes) under your belt. Many people attend a teacher training to deepen their knowledge of postures, mindfulness 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 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 (REDUCED, was $1,000).

$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 (if you are a student and this is a barrier let us know and we can reduce the deposit amount).

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

Weekends: Five payments (after deposit, first training weekend of each month) of $80 (students), $280 (non-students), $380 (UW alumni), $480 (Seattle community), due on the first day of training for each month.

Summer Intensive: Three payments (after deposit) (May 1st, June 1st, July 1st) of $133 (students), $467 (non-students), $633 (UW alumni), $800 (Seattle community).

Can I receive financial assistance?

UW Recreation believes that yoga and mindfulness is better for everyone when our student instructors are racially and ethnically diverse, and reflect the makeup of our university community. We are offering opportunities to support UW students who are interested in teaching yoga and/or mindfulness but who may not be able to pay the full price of our training.

You may request funding for up to 90% of the cost of the training (full training for students costs $500). Funding is limited.

We will email you with an update if you have been selected and the amount. In your application, you will be encouraged to tell us about your financial need and how an investment in you as a future yoga/mindfulness instructor also advances UW Recreation’s goals to be a more inclusive, affirming, and diverse organization that supports minoritized communities.

Apply here for financial assistance.

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.

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