"It's the difference between jumping in a puddle and swimming in the ocean." - Recent graduate to newly registered trainee
Information Session: Saturday, November 4 from 2:30 - 3:30pm - save me a spot
For those seeking to become yoga teachers, incorporate yoga technologies into their current profession or simply desire a profoundly deeper practice.
Participants will learn the fundamentals of a comprehensive Hatha yoga practice including alignment-based asana; pranayama; meditation; anatomy and physiology specific to yoga; a study of the Chakras; Ayurveda (the sister science of yoga); and yogic philosophy as described in the Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali.
Emphasis will also be placed on the techniques of teaching, including use of voice and body language; learning to observe bodies, modify poses and sequence classes with ample time allotted to “practice teaching” throughout the program. Even if teaching is not the ultimate goal, learning to articulate the principles just studied is a powerful learning tool.
Participants will also explore the business side of teaching yoga so that those interested will emerge confident and ready to start teaching after graduation. A growing body of research shows yoga to be an effective discipline that health care professionals are incorporating into their patient care and education. Mental health counselors, physical therapists, massage therapists, life coaches and more have found that the training they received from this program enhanced the care they provided to their patients and clients. Hear more in their words.
The 8 week ends of training culminates in a powerful 3 day retreat where participants have an opportunity to advance their teaching skills, practice in depth and have one-on-one time with their mentor. Past trainees have found this to be a highlight of their experience and a welcome opportunity to spend time contemplating their future in yoga as well as celebrating all that they have achieved with their new found community.
Three Trees Yoga is recognized by the Yoga Alliance as a RYS (Registered Yoga School) and graduates will be eligible to receive their RYT 200 Hour certification upon completion of the program. Graduates will be well-trained professionals ready to teach a variety of yoga classes with confidence and skill. Although employment is not guaranteed, a strong effort will be made to guide graduates towards appropriate teaching opportunities if desired.
Three Trees Yoga participates in MYCAA - a program that pays for spouses of active military duty to complete the Three Trees training.
"The Three Trees 200 hour Advanced Practice Program was like attending a yoga retreat every month for a year."- Susan Schmidt, mEd, PCC
Training includes 9 intensive weekends between February and November.
Program includes 180 contact hours with our instructors and 20 hours of non-contact hours as required by Yoga Alliance.
Training Dates: 2018
Feb. 16-18, 2018
March 16-18, 2018
April 20-22, 2018* Special Guest Rolf Gates
June 15-17, 2018
July 20-22, 2018
Aug 2016- no study weekend
Sept 21-22, 2018
Oct 19-21, 2018
Nov 9-11, 2018 from Friday 9 am to Sunday 1:30pm (retreat at Harmony Hill -this is the second weekend of the month, not the third)
* We are thrilled to announce a special guest teacher for the April 2018 module: Rolf Gates, author of the bestselling books on yogic philosophy,
Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, and the newly released: Meditations on Intention and Being: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, Mindfulness and Compassion, conducts yoga workshops, retreats, teacher trainings, and coaching and mentorship programs throughout the U.S. and abroad--and online. Rolf and his work have been featured in numerous media, including Yoga Journal, ORGINS, Natural Health, People Magazine, and Travel and Leisure's 25 Top Yoga Studios in the World. This weekend is included with your tuition.
This school is licensed as a private career school by the state of Washington under Chapter 28C.10 RCW.
Typical Week End Schedule
"The most impressive aspect of your training program was the organized structure that kept the large group focused and always on track, yet there was still humor and fun." - Jan Semsak Hilger
4 - 5pm Check-in and lifestyle discussion
5 - 7 Teacher-led asana practice & technique lesson
7 - 7:30 Dinner break
7:30 - 8:30 Students practice teaching
12:30 - 2:30pm Anatomy lecture or other focus topic
2:30 - 4:30 Teacher-led asana practice and technique lesson
4:30 - 5 Yoga Nidra
5 - 5:30 Dinner break
5:30 - 7:00 Philosophy
7:00 - 8:30 Students Practice teaching
9-10am Chakra lecture
10-12:00pm Teacher-led asana practice and technique lesson
12:30-1:00pm Lunch break
1:00-3:00 pm Ayurveda Lecture & discussion (topics will vary per weekend)
3:00-4pm Meditation and Restorative Yoga
4:00-5:00pm Small group break-outs and review
5:00-5:30pm Homework assignments; weekend review in large group and Q & A
"This program will forever change you for the better. It is not only the most thorough and comprehensive, the teachers are knowledgeable, approachable, open and supportive." - Rachelle Koren
Suzy Green-Cindrich: Co-founder of Three Trees Yoga and co-director of the Teacher Training and In Depth Studies program. Suzy has been blessed with many amazing teachers. She started taking yoga classes while on vacations with childhood friend Fenella Lindsell, founder of Yoga Bugs UK. Years later, Jeni’s encouragement to join her for teacher training gave her the opportunity to commit to yoga on a deeper level. She plans to be teaching handstand into her 80’s.
Karen Schwisow: Co-founder of Three Trees Yoga and co-director of the Teacher Training and In Depth Studies program. She has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2004 with particiular emphasis on mindfulness. She often relies on the words of these wise teachers: Kathryn Payne, "Just teach some poses and let the yoga do the work." and Eckhart Tolle " If you think you have something specific to teach you are in trouble. But if you stay grounded in presence whatever you say will be beautiful."
Jeni Martinez: Co-founder of Three Trees Yoga and co-director of the Teacher Training and In Depth Studies program. She has taught Hatha Yoga since 1990. When her first yoga teacher, Renee Taylor, encouraged her to do yoga teacher training back in 1989, she never intended to actually teach yoga but was excited for the opportunity to deepen her practice. Looking back, she is so grateful to Renee for starting her on the path to what has since become her life’s work and her joy!
Dhaval Dhru, MD: Ayurvedic practitioner and yoga instructor at Three Trees Yoga. Dr. Dhru leads Ayurvedic seminars and retreats both nationally and internationally. As a retired ENT surgeon, he combines a unique background in Western medicine with the Eastern healing practice of Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga.
Richelle Ricard, LMP: Richelle is the founder, teacher and developer of physiology curriculum as The Yoga Engineer (formerly known as Body of Knowledge). She has been a Licensed Massage Practitioner, owner of Unity Therapeutic Bodywork and Movement and owner and teacher at Universe City Yoga as well as a Co-Founder of Seattle Bodywork Cooperative. Richelle combines her knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology and healthy yoga alignment in an engaging and accessible way.
"This was one of the greatest experiences of my life." - Gene Elick
Tuition (based on class hours): $3200
Administrative fee: $250 ($100 nonrefundable)
Total course fee: $3450
Discounted fee of $3150
if paid in full by January 20, 2018
Payment plan available:
$250 Administrative fee to register ($100 nonrefundable)
Tuition: 10 monthly payments of $320 (February 1 - November 1)
There is no additional fee for the retreat. The cost of room and board for that weekend is included in the tuition.
Only acceptable forms of payments are cash, check, Visa or Mastercard. Checks should be made out to Three Trees Yoga & Healing Arts Center.
Cancellations before the start of the program: payments are refunded minus $100 administrative fee.
"I appreciated the great team of teachers- each with their own expertise. The course was fun, informative and professional. I felt supported and encouraged the entire time and was given the foundation to be a great teacher." - Kristin Peterson
Make a deposit to reserve your place in the program. Your acceptance into the program comes after review of your application. If your application is denied for any reason, your deposit is fully refundable. The link below will open a new window where you can make payment. Upon completion, return to this page and finalize your place with step 2, the application.
Enrollment will be confirmed upon deposit and full review of your application.