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journey into health, well-being, and the art of yoga

yes, this journey will get you a 200-hour certificate and so much more...

yoga & mindfulness training for those who wish to learn in-depth understanding and won't settle for less.

Online and/or

We don't like to call our training 200-Hours because we offer so much more than most Yoga Alliance Schools. Our curriculum goes above and beyond what most competitors require and cover. We believe that to understand, live and teach yoga; you need more than just script memorization.

Spira's training is based on Mindfulness education; you will become:

  • more resilient to adversity

  • more present to joy

  • more efficient at work.


Mindfulness teaches us to engage with our friends and family and work in a more productive and emotionally rewarding way.

This training is registered with Yoga Alliance.

why learn with us

Yoga is not just a workout. Yoga is a philosophy and a meditative art. Therefore, we should first focus on living our yoga, then if we feel the call to teach, step into teaching. A well-rounded teacher training should be about enabling students to think, research, and understand how to live and teach yoga.


Spira DOES NOT believe in teaching script memorization and set-sequences. A teacher should understand technique and methodology and construct his or her classes in a way that is safe and creative in mind and body and appropriate for the students who are in class. A well-rounded teacher has a strong grip on anatomy, mindfulness meditation, philosophy, history, and an everlasting passion for connecting with people and learning.

Quality and Credentials

program cost
The journey starts Oct 11 2024

$600 non-refundable deposit  to secure your space (100% of the deposit is applied toward your tuition)


$3,600  (full cost, including deposit)


Final payments are due at the start of instruction. Spira tries to accommodate students who need a longer time to pay off tuition. Email Dora for a payment plan.


For the last twelve years, this training has sold out! Make sure to pre-register. This is a unique teaching curriculum that you will not find in other studios.



  • renew your self
  • gain resilience 
  • find clarity
  • become a better version of yourself
  • become a teacher

9-month program

This is an extended course over a year, meeting for one weekend per month. A total of 14 hours/module of class time, plus individual reading and practice on your own time.

Yes, a year seems like a long time, but it is precisely because of its length that it is so ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL BUSY ADULTS. Meetings are only for 14-17 hours a month. In between, take your time reading amazing books and practice yoga as it fits your schedule.

Take it as online distance learning or in-studio in Issaquah

Family and Work-Friendly Schedule for Weekend Modules:

  • Fridays, 6:00pm – 10:00pm - via zoom

  • Saturdays, 11:30am – 4:00pm - In Studio or zoom

  • Sundays, 11:00am – 3:00pm - In Studio or zoom

Friday nights will always be via zoom. And Saturdays and Sundays will be in our Issaquah studio.

Zoom is provided on weekends per request as needed by students for health or travel reasons.

October 2023 - June 2024 school year dates are the following:


  • October 11-13

  • November 8-10

  • December 6-8


  • January 10-12

  • February 7-9

  • March 7-9

  • April 4-6

  • May 2-4

  • May 30 - June 1

  • June 13-15 -Graduation


40 Days of Introspection Workshop is part of Teacher Training! We will offer these lectures online to make your attendance easier.


The 40 Days workshop will be:

  • every Thursday for 2 hours via zoom

  • From January 16th-February 27th 5:30-8 pm

(Recording will be available if you miss the lecture)

You will have reading and homework assignments between our meetings.




Who should take this training?


  • Wonderful Self-Enrichment for those who DO NOT want to teach.

  • In-depth amazing curriculum for those who WANT TO teach.


This training is perfect for the practitioner who wishes to deepen their yoga practice, deepen their knowledge about mindfulness, meditation, history, philosophy, anatomy, and self-awareness.


Spira does have a lot of practice teaching during teacher training, but practice teaching can teach you about self-awareness, so you will find it useful whether you are taking the course for self-enrichment or as teacher training. We also have a lot of lectures and book discussions.


Spira’s Teacher Training structure is perfect for the working adult with a family since the meeting times allow you to work around your busy schedule. There is no need to put your life on hold. Meetings are Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday once, once a month for 9 months.


Attendance requirements


Our training exceeds 200 hours to allow people a bit of flexibility. Our curriculum is nine months long; it is not realistic to demand perfect attendance since occasional flu or family situation does not discriminate between regular time and yoga teacher training time. You can miss three days or a one-weekend block and still have enough hours for the certificate.


We always send out review notes and homework assignments via email. Dora is also available for a quick catch-up with a cup of tea.


What will you learn during Spira’s teacher training?


You will learn the art of mindful self-awareness, meditation, the history of yoga, and how to be well-rounded in classical yogic texts. You will dive into anatomy, nutrition, and self-care including making time for your own practice. We will discuss students’ different learning styles, different teaching styles, hands-on assisting, the business of yoga, and more. You will study sequencing and the safe and healthy choreography of asanas. You will learn the art of mediation, its historical roots, and how it developed into a modern mindfulness practice. Your trainers will artfully overlay ancient yoga teachings and embed them into modern science.


We want to make sure that you will feel comfortable teaching at any level; from total beginners starting yoga later in life to advance yogis and flexible gymnasts in their twenties.


At Spira, we teach from a deep understanding of anatomy. We keep our classes very much rooted in Western traditions utilizing mindfulness techniques.  You will learn how to teach yoga without preaching a particular spirituality.


Completing Teacher Training at Spira will allow you to inspire people from gyms to yoga festivals.  The training is also open to folks who simply wish to deepen their knowledge in the field of yoga and gain a better understanding of their own practice.






Yoga poses

Indian history, religion and literature


Public speaking

Mindfulness and self awareness practices

Resiliency, stress reduction

Holistic approaches to interpersonal relations

Body and energy languaging

Yoga sequencing

Different yoga styles

8 limbs of yoga  and life

still have questions?

Benefits of our unique extended schedule

This is an extended course over 9 months meeting for one weekend per month. Besides being family and working adult-friendly, this structure also allows you to read more books, learn more interesting data from all the traditions (modern science and traditional yoga), and truly dwell in the teaching of yoga art and the yoga lifestyle. It also provides enough time to practice teaching yoga so that you feel more ready to jump in and actually teach a class by the time of graduation.

your teachers

Spira offers a deep curriculum that goes beyond what is required by Yoga Alliance. Your experienced teachers include:


  • Dora Gyarmati – Lead Teacher ERYT – creator of Spira methodology. Dora has 14 years of teaching experience and keeps her knowledge fresh by taking philosophy, history, and anatomy courses at universities.

  •  Elena Soles, PT, DPT, CAFS– Anatomy lectures

  • Brenda Schornak -RYT – Assisting teacher throughout the 200 hour lecture


Dora will be present throughout all the hours. She is the lead teacher, lecturer and the creator of the curriculum. She will help you through the practice teaching exercises. She believes in upholding the highest standards for quality of education but she also wishes to provide a loving family environment. She will be there for you if you need help throughout the year. She also has her two dogs with her at all times, Panni (a standard poodle) and Albert (a maltipu) is ever present in the studio during the trainings. Students often find their presence calming and centering.


required reading

The following reading list, which is subject to change, will be part of the program.  No need to buy or borrow these books before our first meeting:


  • The Key Poses of Yoga – Ray Long MD FRCSC


  • The Heart of Yoga by Desikachar

  • Chakras and their Archetypes - Ambika Wauters

  • Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt

  • Teaching Yoga – by Mark Stephens

  • Awareness– The Perils and Opportunities of Reality by Anthony de Mello

  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

  • A Liberated Mind by Steven C Hayes PhD

  • Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson

  • The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga – Ray Long MD FRCSC – optional during 200 hours

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