Our Approach: Get better at being you. Then, prepare to teach.

Class of 2020 (our 10th!) begins January 17, 2020. 

Be better at being you. Twist Yoga’s 200 Hour Yoga School is open to those with a curiosity for the life-altering powers of yoga.  As a student, you’ll deepen your practice and get better at viewing your life through the lens of yoga.

For sure, you’ll get stronger. You’ll probably make some lifelong friends & connections. More importantly, you’ll empower yourself to facilitate shifts in your own life through yoga’s transformational teachings.

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

We take education pretty seriously.  Our lead training director Jen holds a masters degree in education, developed the original PE yoga program in Edmonds School District, and is a lifelong learner with over 3,000 hours of yoga training education. Twist Yoga’s education programs meet 2020 updated Yoga Alliance registry standards and are also licensed as a vocational school by the state of Washington.

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What you get

Your personal practice will deepen. Your understanding yoga will deepen. You will be qualified to register with the Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level. You will have the ability to confidently offer a meaningful yoga class. You will be supported by lead training director, Jen Mitchell, M. Ed, E-RYT 500, KRI, joined by Meghan Sultenfuss, PT, RYT, Melissa Lange, BS, ERYT, and Elizabeth Snyder, ERYT 500.

Who should enroll

Any curios student of yoga who is dedicated to learning 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.

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Jen Mitchell, ERYT, M.Ed.
Jen Mitchell, ERYT, M.Ed.

Lead trainer.

A veteran educator since 1986, Jen wholeheartedly believes each student is their own best teacher.  Acting as training director, she draws on her 20 years’ experience in the classroom, 22+ years teaching yoga and thousands of hours being first and foremost a student of yoga herself.  Click here for a complete bio.

Meghan Sueltenfuss, MSPT, PT, PYT
Meghan Sueltenfuss, MSPT, PT, PYT

Anatomy, applied anatomy and kinesiology.

As a physical therapist and yoga therapist, Meghan integrates the scientific understanding of anatomy and physiology within yoga asana. Meghan does not ask you to memorize bones and muscles; her teachings offer the opportunity to learn through lecture and experiential practice to personally gain a deeper understanding of your amazing body.  Click here for a complete bio.

Melissa Lange
Melissa Lange

Ayurveda & lifestyle.

Melissa received her degree in Nutrition and Exercise Science from Bastyr University in 2013. As a lifelong student, she continues to study a variety of education courses in the areas of yoga, Ayurveda and plant-based nutrition. Melissa loves creating curriculum  materials that allow students to be an active part of the conversation, and strives to make holistic lifestyle practices more accessible.  Click here for a complete bio.

Elizabeth Snyder
Elizabeth Snyder

Teaching methodology.

A lover of intentional movement, Elizabeth is passionate about offering thoughtful and well sequenced classes. As the Teaching Methodology trainer, she is pulling from her decade of experience (first as a dance teacher, and now as a yoga teacher) to share how to intelligently build a class and then confidently stand up and lead it.

Coursework

  • Yoga philosophy and ethics
  • The art of teaching yoga
  • Asana alignment
  • Language, voice awareness & learning methods
  • Sanskrit
  • Anatomy for Yogis
  • Applied anatomy
  • Pranayama
  • Practice teaching

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

Our 200 hour training is comprised of:

  • In-Studio training.
    • Training weekends beginning the 3rd Friday of each month
    • 1st Thursdays of each month (Feb – June), 5:30 – 9pm.
  • Yoga retreat – a five-day yoga retreat June 14-18, 2020, at Breitenbush Hot Springs

Training dates and times for 2020;

  • 2020 training weekends, Friday – Sunday.
  • The first Thursday of each month (Feb – June), 5:30-9pm.
  • Weekend training hours include Fridays, 9:30-5:00. Saturday, 9:30-5. Sunday, 10:15-4.
  • Part two: 5 day culminating training retreat at Breitenbush Hot Springs, June 2020

Aside from your instruction, included in your tuition is:

  • Training & reference manual
  • A yoga retreat! A 5-Day training retreat (a $1000 value) at Breitenbush Hot Springs in June. (shared cabins, no bath. Upgrades available)

Requirements

All students of yoga with a desire and dedication to learn about the practice encouraged to apply.  Trainees:

  • Enjoy a healthy home practice.
  • Attend all portions of all weekend intensives (although make up opportunities exist)*
  • Anticipate 1-2 hours of reading and/or homework per week.
  • Procure books for required materials list.
  • Completion of required reading assignments and homework turned in on time.
  • Passing grade of 70% on final exam.
  • Attendance at culminating teacher training retreat.
  • 2 hours of observation of yoga classes
  • Complete 6 hours of self-selected workshops/trainings with RYT teacher/studio 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.  It is possible to miss up to an entire weekend and attend one of our weekend CEU’s + meet with trainer for 1.5 hours so save on training rate.

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Investment

2020 tuition and payment options:

  • Pay in full: A total of $2,795* (Oct 15 early application pricing) if paid in full by check by December 15.
  • Payment plan option: A total of $2,995* (early registration), paid in 5 equal monthly installments charged to cc on file.

Tuition includes:

  • Your tuition includes an all inclusive 5 Day June yoga retreat to Breitenbush Hot Springs (A $1000 value!).
  • Tuition also includes all training hours + training manual.

* Early bird pricing (apply by Oct 15). Add $100 after 10/15 and $200 after 11/15. 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 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 5.

Scholarship:

Twist Yoga School accepts scholarship applications for our RYT 200 Yoga School in an effort to create more inclusivity in yoga.  Currently, we offer up to 70% tuition relief to curious and committed students whom:

  • Identify as marginalized and faces systemic economic, political, social and cultural barriers, many of them embedded in local laws and social norms. Marginalized communities often include, but are not limited to: rural populations, person with disabilities, refugees, immigrants, BIPOC, indigenous populations, ethnic minorities, members of LGBTQ+ community.

For scholarship information, please email our education director: jen@twistyogaedmonds.com

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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. Functional Anatomy of Yoga, by David Keil.
  4. 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