Our Approach: Get better at being you. Then, help others.

Begins January 20, 2023.  

We help yoga-lovers – who want to be part of something special – immerse themselves in the life-altering powers of yoga.

As a student, you’ll deepen your practice and dive into your own life using the lens of yoga to sharpen your embodiment and self-awareness.

For sure, you’ll get stronger.

You’ll probably make some lifelong friends & connections, with the opportunity to grow from the community that yoga fosters.

More importantly, you’ll empower yourself to make radical yet sustainable shifts in your own life.

And bonus!  Janell, our joyful and wise lead trainer will help you learn how to thrive in your health & wellness with her career experience in natural health therapy, knowledge of Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. Because having the tools to feel well for the rest of your life is potent and practical.

If you feel the call to help others, we will offer you the tools to teach.

We believe the best instructors guide from a place of their own unique internal wisdom:  As you build clarity in your own practice, you’ll learn how to help others develop their own.

Intentionally limited to 16 trainees.

Enrollment status: 16 15 spots remaining. 

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What you get

You’ll have fun!  You’ll make friends and be forever connected to 11 other yogis in your training class. Your personal practice, self-awareness & understanding of yoga will deepen. You will be qualified to register with the Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level.  You will be supported by our trainers and your fellow trainees.

Who should apply

Yoga-curious individuals who love learning, are ready to be part of something pretty special and are ready to dive in to their own life. (Be ready: things will likely change!)

How is Twist Yoga School different?

Oh, you mean what sets us apart from the dizzying amount of teacher training options offered in the PNW alone?

First of all: We’re funny AF and won’t take ourselves too seriously because we’re too old for that nonsense. (Well, one of us is anyway, 😃 ) . And: we subscribe to a model of learning that’s meant to be enjoyable & relevant to your life Plus: We limit enrollment because we care more about your experience than cashflow.

Second, if you want the credentials, we have them.  Twist Yoga’s education programs already meet 2020 updated Yoga Alliance registry standards and (unlike most programs) are licensed as a vocational school through the state of Washington.  We’re seasoned veterans:  We’ve been a Yoga School since 2009 and have trained hundreds of teachers.  Also, collectively, our trainers:

  • hold a masters degree in education,
  • developed the original PE yoga program in Edmonds School District,
  • have a masters degree in physical therapy
  • are lifelong learners with tens of thousands hours of collective yoga training education.
  • have been training yoga teachers for a really long time.
  • (That’s the short list)


Lead Trainer

Janell began practicing yoga consistently as an avenue of self-care during her decade of social work with homeless women. Within this intense environment, the practical benefits of asana, pranayama and meditation became immediately apparent.

She completed her teacher training in 2005 and advanced teacher training in 2006 with 8-Limbs Yoga Center, and has deepened her direction towards yoga as a therapeutic modality in her studies with Tias Little, as well as numerous trainings from other accomplished teachers.

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

Assistant trainer.

Teaching something or another since 1986, Jen wholeheartedly believes each student is their own best teacher. Acting as training director, she draws on decades of mistakes & foibles which have enabled her to laugh at herself and see things clearly, 24+ years as an educator and thousands of hours being first and foremost a student 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.


  • Yoga philosophy
    • Yoga sutras
    • History of yoga
  • Yogic lifestyle
    • Meditation
    • Pranayama
    • Asana
    • Ayurveda
  • Anatomy for Yogis
    • Applied anatomy
    • Asana alignment
    • Energy/subtle body
  • Teaching methodology
    • Language, voice awareness & learning methods
    • Cueing
    • Finding your voice
    • Practice teaching
    • Business of yoga
    • Your authentic brand

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.

Class of 2023: Training dates, times & location**:

  • January 20, 21, 22 (Friday 8:00*-4:30pm, Saturday 9:30-6pm, Sunday 10-4:45pm)
  • February 2 (online, Tuesday 5:30 – 8:00pm)
  • February 16, 17, 18 (Friday 9:30-4:30pm, Saturday 9:30-6pm, Sunday 10-4:45pm)
  • March 7 (online, Tuesday 5:30 – 8:00pm)
  • March 17, 18, 19 (Friday 9:30-4:30pm, Saturday 9:30-6pm, Sunday 10-4:45pm)
  • April 4  (online, Tuesday 5:30 – 8:00pm)
  • April 21, 22, 23 (Friday 9:30-4:30pm, Saturday 9:30-6pm, Sunday 10-4:45pm)
  • May 2  (online, Tuesday 5:30 – 8:00pm)
  • May 19, 20, 21 (Friday 9:30-4:30pm, Saturday 9:30-6pm, Sunday 10-4:45pm)
  • June 6 (online, Tuesday 5:30 – 8:00pm)
  • June 16, 17, 18 (Friday 9:30-4:30pm, Saturday 9:30-6pm, Sunday 10-4:45pm)

* Jan 20 begins at 8am with welcome breakfast.

** In-person training locations: Friday (Richmond Beach), Saturday (Edmonds), Sunday (Richmond Beach). In the event of weather-related or mandated shut downs, all meeting times will be moved to Zoom.  All subject to change.


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

To earn certification, trainees will:

  • Enjoy a home practice.
  • Attend all portions of training (with advance planning, or in case of emergency, make up opportunities exist)*
  • Anticipate 1-2 hours of reading and/or homework per week.
  • Complete homework on time & pass final exam
  • Complete 2 hours of observation of yoga classes
  • Complete 6 hours of self-selected study topics

Make up hours

The 200-hour certification is based on classroom hours. Hours missed must be made up with our instructors at $85 per hour.  To save on make up rates, is possible to miss up to an entire weekend with advance notice – or in cases of emergency – and attend one of our weekend CEU’s + meet with trainer for 3 hours + pay 3-hour studio rental.

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Investment: Tuition options

  • Earliest bird (10/15 application deadline): $2795*
  • Early bird: (11/15 application deadline): $2895*
  • General enrollment (apply after 11/15): $2995*
  • Absolute deadline to apply: January 5.

Need a payment plan or would rather use a credit card?  No problem, just add $200 to each tuition category.

* Price if paid in full by check by 12/15. Tuition does not include books & supplemental materials for training (aside from included manual), or 6 hours of independent study of student’s choice



Twist Yoga School accepts scholarship applications in an effort to create more inclusivity in yoga.  Currently, we offer one 25% & one 50% tuition relief to curious and committed students whom:

  • Identify as marginalized and face 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

Required Reading List

  1. The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice, Desikachar
  2. Functional Anatomy of Yoga: Guide for Practitioners and Teachers, by David Keil
  3. Bringing Yoga to Life, by Donna Farhi.