Phinney Ridge Yoga offers both a 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Approved Teacher Training Program and an Advanced 300-Hour Yoga Alliance Approved Teacher Training Program! Learn more about our 200-Hour Program! Learn more about our Advanced 300-Hour Program: The Art of Adaptation.


Offered in a convenient monthly format over 15 months, it will be held in Seattle at our beautiful Phinney Ridge Yoga Studio. Generally, we meet once per month on Saturdays, from 1:00 – 6:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 1 – 4:00 p.m. with two extended weekends during the training. There will also be some other elective courses to choose from to fit your interests and schedule.


The teacher training will be Facilitated by CHRISTY FISHER with guest teacher JULIE HSU.

Christy is the most compassionate and informed yoga teacher I have ever known.
—Maya V.

Julie has broadened my understanding of meditation and opened my mind to the possibility of spirit. Every class is a surprise and a gift.  —Lisa A.

This Yoga Teacher Training program is for you if you:

  • Would like to become a certified Hatha yoga teacher.
  • Are not interested in becoming certified but simply want to deepen your practice.
  • Would like to learn from some of Seattle’s most experienced teachers.
  • Want to gain important skills teaching beginning and intermediate level Hatha Yoga classes, and in the Art of Adaptation – making yoga accessible to people with physical limitations or chronic health conditions.
  • Are ready and interested to go on a life changing journey with a supportive community of like minded individuals.
  • Would like to develop lifelong tools to lead a yogic lifestyle.
  • Are interested in deepening self awareness, authenticity and clarity around your own life’s purpose.

About the Instructors:

CHRISTY FISHER is a certified yoga therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapy (C-IAYT), a Kripalu Yoga teacher at the professional level, and has practiced yoga for over 25 years. She is also a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst and brings over 20 years of somatic education and yoga training to her teaching. She is passionate about making the transformational practice of yoga accessible to all abilities from athletes to people with physical limitations and chronic health conditions. Along with directing Phinney Ridge Yoga, she has taught for the National MS Society Washington State Chapter, Cancer Lifeline, and the Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Association. 

JULIE HSU has pursued intensive studies in yoga since 2003 with Kripalu teacher Ken McCray and then with her current teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll. She completed 200 hour teacher training in the Pranakriya tradition with Yoganand in 2008 and her 500 hour advanced certification in 2011. She brings a passion for philosophy and history of yoga to her classes which are known in Seattle for their transformational depth. When Julie is not teaching or practicing yoga, she is enjoying soaking up every minute of her son’s childhood and serving in her other role as a veterinarian.

Please click here for more information on the 200 hour training.


What Phinney Ridge Yoga Teacher Training graduates say about their experience…

When I began the 200-hour Teacher Training Program at Phinney Ridge Yoga I was transitioning out of a profession I had done for over 30 years. I was not sure how to navigate this change, but the nine-month course designed by Christy Fisher and Julie Hsu was the perfect choice and helped me grow in ways I could not have imagined before I began. The supportive structure of deep listening and emotional support I received from both the teachers and my fellow students was an evolutionary journey and continues to enrich my life and my practice to this day. – Deborah Walker

When I began my 200-hr teacher training at Phinney Ridge Yoga, I was unsure that I could succeed. Through the perceptive and gentle coaching of Christy Fisher and other compassionate teachers, I found a depth of inquiry, a safe space to learn and unfold, and a passion for teaching I never could have suspected. I’m so happy to be teaching adaptive Yoga grounded in that training today. – Sara Christiann Dwyer

Christy’s Adaptive Yoga approach has been indispensable to my teaching. My training provided me with the knowledge and confidence to offer modifications for my students with a variety of abilities and needs. Christy’s wealth of insight and experience continues to support and inspire me. – Laura Harkewicz

Even as an experienced yoga instructor I felt there was a depth of knowledge I could gain from taking this training with Christy. Now a couple years out I can safely say I was right! Wow! My practice and teaching have grown and I feel comfortable teaching all bodies and ages. I would not be the instructor I am today without this training. – Jacquie Hanson

I had been practicing yoga for a few years and had no desire to teach. But I did want to learn more about yoga, better understand and improve my practice, and perhaps learn something about myself. In the course of my 200 Hour certification Christy and her crew at Phinney Ridge Yoga exceeded my expectations. Christy and her staff are extremely knowledgeable, highly trained, conscientious, and caring of their students. – Brian C.

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