Ripple Yoga Teacher Training



Nine weekends to a profound experience and transformation.  The Ripple Yoga teacher training requires no prior Yoga experience and is a step by step building process leading up to over 200 Asanas (physical poses) and 50 Pranayama techniques (breathing) which will allow the teacher to guide many styles of practices including Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative and Yin Yoga.

The Ripple Yoga Teacher Training Program has been developed to both transform ourselves into our personal best and also prepare us to teach yoga on a deep and meaningful level that will enhance the student experience beyond just Asana.  The course is steeped in the practices that Sarvesh (Gary) studied and learned during his 6-month stay in the Ashram in Pondicherry, India.  In addition, the course includes Sarvesh’s extensive experience from his 2,000 hours of teaching Yoga and tailors the entire curriculum to teach authentic Yoga effectively to the Western culture.  Whether you are looking to teach Yoga or take your personal practice and spiritual development to a new level, the Ripple Yoga Teach Training Program may be for you.

During this 3 month program, we will expand the consciousness through the application and study of the Eight Limbs of Yoga as outlined by Maharishi Patanjali by way of the Yoga Sutras and the techniques of Swamiji Gitananda Giri, the Lion of Pondicherry.  We will study and understand the meaning of Tantra, Yantra and Mantra and its applications in the practice of Yoga.

Once the trainee has completed the Ripple Yoga teacher training program, the trainee will receive a teaching certificate outlining the accomplishments of the program.  The teacher will be able to competently teach and lead many styles of classes including Vinyasa Power and Flow, Hatha, Restorative, Traditional Yoga as taught at Ripple Yoga and Yin Yoga.  Additional teacher trainings will not be required to teach these different styles of classes.  The trainess will also be well versed in the 8 limbs of Yoga as outlined by Maharishi Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, over 200 Asanas, 50 Pranayama techniques, anatomy of the human body and mind, the Chakras, multiple upper level practices in Pratyahara (sensory control), Dharana (concentration) and Dyana (meditation), basic Sanskrit reading skills, Yantra (the Yogic science of name and number) and Mantra (chanting).

The course is a combination of weekend study and participation in regular classes in the studio during the week and is under the direction of Yogasadhaka Sarvesh Naagari.

“I have completed two teacher trainings, one 200 hour program here in the United States and the 2,000 hour 6 month program at the ashram in India.  Both experiences I would rate as a top-5 experience in my life that were full of personal enrichment, growth and challenges.  The experience of a Yoga teacher training fills the soul with an unmatched beauty and self-awareness that I have not been able to duplicate with other experiences.  The trainees bond into a team and help support each other and rise to the occasions on the challenging path of self discovery.”

~ Sarvesh Naagari, Owner, Ripple Yoga.

Course Curriculum, all hours are approximate

  • Study of the Yoga Sutras – 20 hours
  • Offsite Studies – 5 days, mid-course
  • Hatha Yoga – 40 hours
  • Pranayama – 40 hours
  • Yantra, the Yogic study of name and number – 6 hours
  • Yama and Niyama – The Emotional Rebalancing Program– 10 hours
  • Upper level practices (Pratyahara, Samyama) – 20 hours
  • Physical, Emotional, Mental Cleansing (Shat Karmas) – 20 hours
  • Mantra – 15 hours
  • Basic Sanskrit – 4 hours
  • Teaching Philosophy, Including Class Styles and Sequencing – 20 hours
  • Business of Yoga – 2 hours
  • External Reading, Study and Writing – 30 hours
  • Karma Yoga – 10 hours

The total course is between 200 and 250 hours.  The training certificate will be for 200 hours.

Anatomy – note that anatomy is taught concurrent with the entire course where applicable.  We focus on the anatomy of circulatory system, the respiratory system, the endocrine system, the musco-skeletal system and the nervous system and the brain.

Offsite information

We will move offsite for a 5 day stay where we will continue with course curriculum but also complete some of the shat karmas, fasting, periods of Mauna (silence), extended Mantra and meditation.  The location will be within an easy drive from Seattle and will be held in October.  Lodging in this space is not included in the tuition but is expected to be about $400 per person for the 4 nights.  We will go from Thursday to Monday so as to minimize the impact on the regular work week.

Program Dates

Teacher Training will begin in Winter/Spring 2018.


$3,250.  Includes unlimited practice at Ripple Yoga during the course.  Lodging costs during the offsite are not included but are expected to be approximately $400 per person. Tuition can be paid up front or in 3 or 4 monthly payments.  Tuition books the trainee into all other sessions.

Application Process

Please also feel free to contact Sarvesh (Gary) with any questions either by phone at 206-491-7778 or email,


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 Teacher Training FAQ
1.  Is this course certified by Yoga Alliance?  Please note that Yoga Alliance does not provide certifications.  They are a registry and as an organization they provide basic guidelines for teacher training programs.  The Ripple Yoga teacher training program far exceeds the Yoga Alliance guidelines.  Registering with YA is not required to teach yoga however certain studios do require registration.  Because Ripple Yoga wants to ensure that its Teacher Trainees have all the job opportunities that are available in the market to them, Ripple Yoga will be registered Yoga Alliance by the time the teacher training program starts and all teachers will be able to register with the RYT-200 designation once they complete the program.  Ripple Yoga itself does not require Yoga Alliance registration to teach.
2.  I have no intention of teaching, is this program right for me?  Absolutely.  This program is designed for both students wishing to teach and students wishing to take their practice and self awareness to a new level.
3.  Where is the training held?  The training will be held entirely at the Ripple Yoga location in South Lake Union, with the exception of the 5 day offsite.
4.  Is any Yoga experience required?  No!  The teacher training is a step by step process that can be taken by someone completely new to Yoga.
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