Our Approach: Invest in You. Then, Prepare to Teach.

**Our current class of 2017 is full.  Check back soon for Class of 2018 details.**

Invest in you. As a student in Twist Yoga’s teacher training, you’ll deepen your own practice and get better at being yourself.

For sure, you’ll get stronger physically. More importantly, you’ll empower yourself to facilitate change in your own life through yoga’s transformational teachings. Self limiting thoughts and actions will have less of hold on you.

Then, if you feel the call to inspire others, you’ll be prepared to teach. At Twist Yoga, we’ve always believed the best instructors teach from a place of deep wisdom. After building clarity in your own practice, you’ll have a foundation for helping others to develop their own.

Rather than craft a program that is just for deepening your practice or just preparing you to teach, we’ve created a space for both. First, you’ll deepen your personal knowledge of the 8 Limbs of Yoga, including yoga lifestyle, asana and meditation.

Then, if you feel called to inspire others, our 200-hour, Yoga Alliance certified and licensed Washington vocational school program prepares you to teach yoga with clarity, compassion, and confidence.

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What you get

Your personal practice will deepen. You will be qualified to register with the Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level. You will have the ability to confidently stand up in front of students anywhere and offer a meaningful yoga class. You will be guided and supported every step of the way by inspiring and experienced Twist Yoga teacher trainers, Leslie Whitecrow, RYT-500 and Michele Hausman, E-RYT 500, assisted by Meghan Sultenfuss, PT, RYT & Jen Mitchell, E-RYT 500, M.Ed.

Who should enroll

Any student of yoga (we recommend 6-12 months of regular practice prior) is welcome to apply for our teacher training program. It is meant to deepen the student’s personal practice while also setting the foundation for those interested in teaching yoga.


Leslie Whitecrow, RYT 500
Leslie Whitecrow, RYT 500

Leslie was first introduced to yoga in 2007 in the midst of a very challenging time in her life. Seeking peace, physical movement, reprieve, and community, Leslie was happily surprised to find that yoga provided all of that and more. In 2012 she decided to take the plunge and completed her 200 hour certification through YogaWorks. Always wanting to seek deeper Leslie began to teach while simultaneously pursuing her 500 hour certification, completed with Twist Yoga.

Jen Mitchell
Jen Mitchell

Jen has over 18 years of experience in the classroom, both as a high school teacher and yoga teacher. Her contribution to the training will be in teaching methodology and the business of yoga.

Michele Hausman
Michele Hausman

Michele has always been a student of movement; ballet, jazz and aerobics. She
has also always been a student of human behavior. Majoring in psychology at college and dabbling in Myth and Jungian psychology.

Meghan Sueltenfuss
Meghan Sueltenfuss

Meghan attended Boston University and graduated with her B.S. in Health Sciences in 2003, and her M.S. in Physical Therapy in 2005.


  • Yoga philosophy and ethics
  • The art of teaching yoga
  • Asana alignment
  • Language, voice awareness & learning methods
  • Sanskrit
  • Anatomy for Yogis
  • Pranayama
  • Chanting & mantra
  • Actual teaching practice
  • Independent study: Personal practice, asana classes, one-on-one work with teacher/mentor


Included in the coursework: The 200 hour training is comprised of 140 hours of teacher/student classroom hours and 60 hours of independent study (6 hours self-selected workshops/trainings with RYT teacher of choice + 54 hours of self-study including but not limited to  assigned readings, personal asana practice and assigned homework), to be completed over a 6 month period.

Schedule (Check back soon for class of 2018, beginning January, 2018)

Our 200 hour training is comprised of two training sections.

  • Part one includes in-studio trainings at Twist Yoga in Downtown Edmonds, beginning the 4th Friday of each month, except May, when me meet the 3rd weekend to accommodate Memorial Day.
  • Part two is a five-day intensive residential retreat in June, 2017, at Breitenbush Hot Springs


Training dates and times for 2017 (check back soon for Class of 2018 details):

  • Part one training weekends: Friday – Sunday: Jan 27-29, Feb 24 – Feb 26, Mar 24 – 26, Apr 28 – 30, & May 19 – 21.
  • Weekend training hours include Fridays, 9:30-5:15. Saturday, 9:30-6. Sunday, 10:15-4.
  • Part two: 5 day intensive, culminating training retreat at Breitenbush Hot Springs, June 25-29


Aside from your instruction, included in your tuition is:

  • Training & reference manual
  • All inclusive 5-Day training retreat (a $1000 value) at Breitenbush Hot Springs in June, 2017 (shared cabins)
  • Unlimited yoga classes (a $645 value) at Twist Yoga from January 27 – June 29, 2017


Applicants must have at least one year consistent yoga practice with a Yoga Alliance certified instructor. Students must complete an application to be considered for Twist Yoga Teacher Training.

As a teacher trainee, you will be expected to :

  • Take a minimum of two classes per week at Twist Yoga, exceptions will be made for students residing outside a 10 mile radius.
  • Establish a healthy home practice.
  • Attend all portions of all weekend intensives*
  • Complete 2-3 hours of reading and/or homework per week.
  • Procure books for required reading list.
  • Completion of required reading assignments and homework turned in on time.
  • Passing grade of 76% on final exam.
  • Attendance at culminating teacher training retreat.
  • 3 hours of observation of yoga classes
  • One-hour private one-on-one with one of our faculty members.
  • Complete 6 hours of self-selected workshops/trainings with RYT teacher of choice


* The 200-hour certification is based on classroom hours with your trainer. For this reason, any hours missed must be made up with our instructors at our private training rate of $55 per hour.




2017 tuition and payment options:

  • Pay in full: A total of $3,295* (Oct 15 early registration pricing) if paid in full by check by December 15.
  • Payment plan option: A total of $3,450* (early registration), then balance in 5 equal monthly installments charged to cc on file.

Tuition includes:


All training hours, all inclusive 5 Day June yoga training retreat at Breitenbush Hot Springs Resort (double occupancy – an $1000 value) and unlimited yoga classes (a $645 value) at Twist Yoga from January 27 to June 29.

Tuition does not include required books & materials for training, 6 hours of independent study of student’s choice, and transportation to/from training retreat.

Early-registration discounts:

  • You’ll receive $200 off full tuition of $3495 if we receive your application prior to Oct 15.
  • You’ll receive $100 off of full tuition if we receive your application prior to Nov 15.
  • Absolute deadline to apply: January 15.

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Reading List

We at Twist Yoga think the following texts are a must for any serious yogi’s library; so much so that they are on the required reading list for our Twist Yoga Teacher Training

  1. Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar
  2. Bringing Yoga to Life, Donna Farhi
  3. Jivamukti Yoga, by Sharon Gannon and David Life
  4. Functional Anatomy of Yoga, by David Keil.
  5. The Heart of Yoga, by TKV Desikachar

Teacher Training Recommended Reading List:

– Yoga Anatomy, Kaminoff/Matthews

– Hatha Yoga Pradipika,
– The Little Book of Hindu Deities
, Sanjay Patel
– The Upanishads, Anonymous
– Eastern Body, Western Mind, Judith Anodea
– The Breathing Book, Donna Farhi
– Anatomy of Movement, Blandine Calais-Germain
The Heart of Yoga, TKV Desikachar
– Yoga for Wellness, Gary Kraftsow
Light on Prahayama, BKS Iyengar
Bhagavad Gita, Barbara Stoler Miller
– Meditations for the Mat, Rolf Gates
– Healing Mantras: Using sound affirmations for personal power, creativity and healing, by Thomas Ashley Farrand
– Yoga & Ayurveda, by Dr. David Frawley