We offer our program in a convenient monthly format over 1 year and with options to participate in-person at our beautiful studio in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle or live online through our Zoom platform. In-person class size is limited to 9 students and Zoom online to 10 students. Generally, we meet once per month on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 – 6:30 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, JULIE HSU, and FRANCES HAMMOND.

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 and enrich 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 Kripalu Yoga teacher, a Yoga and Movement Therapist (C-IAYT, C.M.A), an artist, and choreographer. She has been teaching somatic based yoga and movement practices for over 24 years. She is particularly drawn to working with people who live with chronic pain; injuries, neurological conditions, and Cancer. Along with directing Wallingford Yoga, she has taught for the National MS Society, Cancer Lifeline, and the Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Association. Christy is also entering her 4th year of study and clinical internship to become an Ayurvedic Practitioner with Dr. Marc Halpern and the California College of Ayurveda.   

I can’t say enough good things about Christy Fisher’s teaching style. I have been to several yoga studios throughout the years and have found that not all teachers walk the talk of compassionate guidance or non-judgmental instruction. However, Christy does. Her approach to teaching is the embodiment of compassion, skillful articulation of movement (internal and external) and an understanding of how to facilitate her students in having their own experience… urging them to connect the movement with the breath. No doubt, her experience as a dancer and choreographer inform her practice. She seems to know how to talk just enough to guide you through the class and how to stop talking enough to allow you your own experience of the asanas. I have been taking yoga with Christy for a couple years now and I couldn’t be more impressed or appreciative of her skills. -Maya V.

JULIE HSU’S love for yoga began in 2003 when she discovered the asana (posture) practice of yoga. Overtime, she realized that yoga had much more to offer than just the physical benefits. As her personal practice grew, Julie wanted to be able to bring yoga to other people. She completed 200 hour teacher training in the Pranakriya tradition with Yoganand Michael Carroll in 2008. Julie’s desire to continue to learn from Yoganand led her to complete 500 hour advanced certification in 2011. Julie has been teaching yoga for over a decade and she also completed a 300 hr training under Dr. David Frawley and is an Ayurvedic Life-Style Consultant. In December 2020, Julie also completed her 300-hour yoga teacher training with Anand Mehrotra in Sattva Yoga.

Julie teaches a range of classes from very gentle to more vigorous, and always in a manner that allows introspection, true to the Pranakriya tradition. Pranayama and meditation, slow transitions from posture to posture, and adequate time in each posture give her classes a meditative quality. At the same time, Julie’s sense of humor and relaxed attitude create a laid-back environment in which to fully experience yoga. To find out more about Pranakriya yoga go to the Class Descriptions page. When Julie isn’t practicing or teaching yoga, she is enjoying every moment of her son’s childhood or working in her other role as a veterinarian.

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.

FRANCES HAMMOND is a Seattle-based yoga teacher and barre instructor since 2009. She emphasizes comfort and ease of movement while exploring the balance of breath, effort and stillness. In June 2019, Frances completed her additional 300 hours of advanced yoga training in the Art of Adaptation. She plans to continue this work by specializing in yoga for spinal health.

Yoga helps Frances find stability and joy on and off the mat, and she hopes to share that search with students of any ability or impairment. She is mother to a pandemic baby who keeps her busy and currently teaches her a lot about developmental movement. She is also the companion and co-parent of a very small Yorkshire Terrier named Mochi. After savasana, you can spot Frances at various restaurants, fitness studios and walking around Seattle.

I have been practicing yoga for many years but when I started practicing yoga with Frances a few years ago, it made a really big difference in my mental and physical well-being. I have had several challenges over the years including a hip replacement and brain cancer. Frances focuses on balance, strength and stability and I realized that after each of her classes I felt so good. Frances makes sure to always give options for each pose and by focusing on seemingly small adjustments she achieves amazing results. My hip is better than it has been since the surgery and my neck has so much more mobility. I am grateful to have Frances and my instructor and don’t know what I would do without her. — Mary Berray

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


What Wallingford Yoga Teacher Training graduates say about their experience…

When I began the 200-hour Teacher Training Program at Wallingford 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 Wallingford 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 Wallingford 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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