We are thrilled to bring you Be Yoga Burien's first Teacher Training, coming Fall 2017. 

After years of our students requesting, we are finally ready in body mind and heart, to offer you our first ever Yoga Teacher Training.  Co-Directors, Nina and Audrey felt called to begin our first of 3 modules with The Classic 26 & 2, otherwise known as Bikram Yoga this Fall.  We will then offer Vinyasa as the second module beginning January 5th, followed by Yin & Yoga Nidra as the third module in Spring. 

Read more about who we are below.

A Topic Based Outline 

History, Philosophy, Life Style & Ethics of Yoga

We’ll study both the history of yoga and its many lineages and styles and yogic philosophy and how we might apply it to our daily lives. You’ll read and discuss the first yoga sutra in depth and the 8 limbs of yoga from the yoga sutras. You’ll choose a related topic of interest and develop an essay about it.
Required reading: THE YOGA SUTRAS OF PATANJALI by Patanjali, The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele, LIGHT ON YOGA by B.K.S. Iyengar (revised edition preferred).  Suggested reference books (not required): HATHA YOGA PRADIPIKA (any version) and AMERICAN YOGA: THE PATHS AND PRACTICES OF AMERICA’S GREATEST YOGA MASTERS by Carrie Schneider (out of print, but can still be found), and THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI by Paramahansa Yogananda.

Sanskrit Names of Yoga Poses & the Greeting of Namaste

During the training, you’ll learn the Sanskrit names for the poses studied as well as the Sanskrit names for philosophical concepts such as “sukha & sthira” (effort & ease). Because you’ll learn a few words each session and we review the Sanskrit on a regular basis, you’ll be surprised how much Sanskrit you’re able to retain by the end of the training. We’ll explore interpretations of “namaste” how it’s used in Indian culture and how to use it naturally in a yoga class.

Working Definitions Applicable to the Practice of Teaching Yoga

We’ll examine the language and definitions applicable to yoga teaching, getting very clear about the differences between trainings and workshops and between all of “leading,” “instructing,” and “teaching” and where all these intersect. We’ll explore your practice vs. your teaching and how these two aspects of your yoga will now each inform the other and how they are also not the same.

Intensive Study & Practice of Postures

Each teacher training session includes a physical practice seeded with teaching topics.  You’ll attend in-depth posture clinics designed for you to progress and further your own practice, while developing your perspective into that as a yoga teacher. You’ll be asked to observe a number of classes  throughout the course of the training.

Alignment & Modification of Poses

During the training we’ll go through all of the poses and discuss the alignment and form of each pose and how to teach it. We’ll discuss various to modification or simply how and why to back off of a posture for students with injuries or lack of flexibility or strength. We’ll empower you with techniques for how to offer up challenges to students who are ready for more.

Anatomy & Physiology

Our training will have a comprehensive anatomy section led by special guest teacher Suzanne Hite. She’ll teach functional anatomy, so that you'll understand how to use it wisely in your teaching. During this session you’ll learn how to look at someone and better read their body and well as get to know your own body better.

Class Sequencing and Planning

You’ll be given the 26 & 2 60-minute sequence (created by your trainers) to use with cues for timing. You’ll be given a dialog with step by step instructions for how to move students in and out of postures with care and precision.

Your Calling, Your Voice, and Authentic Dialog Delivery

We’ll explore what yoga means to you and what’s inspired you to deepen your practice or even to teach. We’ll discuss both your physical voice and practice the authentic delivery of dialog. We’ll discuss the qualities of a yoga teacher, communication in a group setting, the student learning process, practice really seeing your students and making your teaching a service to them...and what to do in those moments when you’re not feeling that connection.

Practice Teaching

From the beginning of the training, you'll start practice teaching poses and sequences as you learn them. We'll slowly and intelligently add a more material until you have taught a full class. Throughout this process you are given a lot of support, constructive feedback, and encouragement in your teaching.


You’ll practice different pranayamas (breathing techniques) and learn how to teach them appropriately and effectively.  We'll cover Pranayama Standing Deep Breathing, "breathing normal", 80/20 breathing, breathing in the sit up, and Kapalbhati Breathing.

Deepen and Further Your Own Yoga Practice

As well as practicing a full class every day, you'll get plenty of personal assistance and help with your poses and encouraged to deepen your practice and to set and achieve goals within it.


Our meditative focus will be primarily on the “moving meditation” of a physical practice. We’ll get to the mind through the body.

The Many Possible Paths of a Yoga Teacher & The Business of Teaching Yoga

Included will be a section on the many different ways one might use their teacher training and another on how to go about finding work as a yoga teacher and how to market yourself. There will be time during this session to ask questions.


Classic 26 Yoga Teacher Training

Fall 2017

Required Pre-reading list (Please read before the first day of training.)

General: THE FOUR AGREEMENTS by Don Miguel Ruiz (Note: We have chosen this book along with THE YAMAS & NIYAMAS as an essential part of prepping for our work together as a learning community.)
Philosophy: THE YAMAS & NIYAMAS by Deborah Adele (Please pick one of the yamas or niyamas that speaks to you or relates to your life in some way and write an essay on the topic. Bring it with you on the first day.)
History & Lineage Discussion: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI by Paramahansa Yogananda up to the name of Bishnu Ghosh. (Please note the page number.)

Additionally, please find an article on the topic of “being coachable,” read it, print it out, and bring it on your first day. (This is yet another bit of prep for our work together.)

Required Reading throughout the Course

General: THE BE YOGA BURIEN YOGA TEACHER TRAINING MANUAL, Fall 2017 (to be provided 9/8/2017)

Suggested Reference Books (Not Required)

General: BIKRAM’S BEGINNING YOGA CLASS by Bikram Choudhury & Bonnie Jones (Please note that this is the first edition of Bikram’s book. It was originally published in 1978 and has an orange cover. You can find it under Amazon used books.)
Anatomy: THE KEY MUSCLES OF YOGA by Ray Long

Audrey’s been practicing yoga since the 1990’s and teaching yoga in four different styles for years. She’d practiced in various styles, but it took the hot room to show her that yoga was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Audrey considers teaching yoga to be an expression of her calling, which that all beings be self-realized. She strives to make all of her classes as rich as possible. She's passionate about teaching yoga in a way that is equally accessible and yet challenging to all levels from beginning through advanced simultaneously. Audrey’s first yoga teacher certification was with Bikram Choudhury in 2002. She remains passionate about this style of yoga. In 2004 and 2005 she completed vinyasa teacher trainings with Baron Baptiste (Level 1 & 2). During this time, she also completed 3 trainings with local teacher Lisa Black (again in the style of Baptiste), including the TAP program, which is dedicated to hands on adjustments. Thinking of her beloved nieces and nephews, Audrey completed the Rainbow Kids Yoga teacher training in 2009 and a Next Generation Yoga training in 2015. Though teaching in very physical styles, she is also drawn to more passive practices such as yin yoga and yoga nidra. One consistent piece of feedback Audrey has always received is about the quality of her voice. Yoga Nidra put her voice to use in a new way. In 2009, she completed a local training with Laura DeFreitas in Richard Miller’s iRest method followed immediately by a teacher training with Richard Miller himself. Regarding yin yoga, Audrey is self-taught in the style of Paul Grilley having studied everything that he and his senior teachers have ever published. She's been teaching yin since 2009. In 2011, she was asked to train her peers at Fusion Hot Yoga in the style of yin yoga. Over the years, Audrey’s mentored yoga students into yoga teachers and yoga teachers into better yoga teachers. She's honored to have been asked by Nina Granatir, owner of Be Yoga Burien to co-direct the studio’s teacher trainings.


Nina is the Director of Be Yoga Burien, which she founded in 2011.  Nina is impassioned by yoga and the ways it connects to life off of the mat. She began practicing in 1993. She was immediately in love with the practice of yoga as it began to transform life on physical and emotional levels. She has studied many styles over the years, learning from various traditions such as Anusara, Bikram/Ghosh/Sanchez lineage, Yin, and Vinyasa/Baptiste Method. She completed her teacher training with Bikram Yoga Head Quarters in 2005, in 2013 with Tony Sanchez, with Baptise Institute in 2015, and received her Barre certification with Hot Body Barre in 2015.

In addition to her passion for teaching yoga and barre, one of Nina's greatest joys is to train and develop her teaching staff. She has mentored countless new and experienced yoga teachers over the years, and recognizes that in training and developing others, she too is transformed.  Nina says, "Teaching yoga is the true gift of my life; it gives me the continuous opportunity to be a student."

200 Hour Training in the Style of the Classic 26 & 2 Fall 2017
Friday Evenings and Saturdays & Sundays all day from 9/8/2017-11/5/2017

Thank you for your interest in BYB’s Yoga Teacher Training! This 200-hour yoga teacher training in the style of the Classic 26 & 2 offers its participants the tools to skillfully and confidently teach all levels yoga classes. The maximum number of trainees is set at 25 and each will be assigned a group mentor.

Application Process:

We review applications on a first-come first-served basis. We expect the program to fill to capacity. Please submit your  application processing fee of $50 (nonrefundable if accepted). You’ll be notified by Be Yoga Burien of program acceptance status within 10 days of Be Yoga Burien receiving your application. Once you have received a notice of acceptance to the program, we ask that you pay the deposit of $500 (nonrefundable) to hold your place in the program within 10 days of notification or by 8/1/2017, whichever is first. The deposit will go towards the balance of your tuition. Tuition is $2500 if paid in full on or before 8/1/2017. After that, tuition is $2800 and must be paid on or before 9/8/2017. If you’re not accepted into our program, we’ll return your application fee. If you’re accepted and you decide not to attend, we’ll retain the fee for the work we do in processing your application.

Application Checklist:  

  • We suggest that you take at least 5 classes at Be Yoga Burien. We highly recommend that you take a class with each Nina and Audrey. This will help to ensure that you have a good experience in our program.

  • Completed 200 hour application form attaching extra pages if necessary

  • $50 non-refundable application fee (Please check payment method below.)

  • Paid by check written out to “Be Yoga Burien,” attached to the application or in an envelope

  • Paid by credit card or debit card in person or via the Be Yoga Burien Website

  • Address the envelope and deliver in person to the studio ½ hour before or after any scheduled class or send by certified mail to:

Be Yoga Burien
Attention: 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
636B SW 152nd Street
Burien, WA 98166

Contact us with questions: nina@beyogaburien.com

BE YOGA BURIEN TEACHER TRAINING APPLICATION  (Click here for a printable application )

200 Hour Training in the Style of the Classic 26 & 2 Fall 2017

Friday Evenings and Saturdays & Sundays all day from 9/8/2017-11/5/2017

Name: ______________________________________________________________________

Telephone: _______________________Email: ______________________________________

Address: ________________________________City, State, Zip: ________________________

Why are you interested in taking the Be Yoga Burien Yoga Teacher Training? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Please describe your yoga experience. Which styles, for how long, and how many days a week?

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Which yoga teachers have had the greatest impact on you and why? _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 


Do you have any teaching experience yoga or otherwise?  Please tell us about it.


Please list any injuries or surgeries with date of occurrence. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Are you currently taking any medications? If yes, please describe. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Tell us anything else about yourself that you think is pertinent to who you are in relation to yoga, teaching, or where you are at this moment in your life. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Signature Date

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Your signature indicates that you have read, understood and agree to all of the requirements for the Be Yoga Burien Yoga Teacher Training. Should you withdraw for any reason after the course has begun, all fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Please note that completion of our training doesn’t guarantee a teaching position at Be Yoga Burien.

If you are interested in staying onsite at Audrey’s Home Sanctuary during the intensive sessions, you may contact her at audreybenton@gmail.com. This will be a separate investment via Airbnb. There are limited spaces.

Application Checklist – Be Yoga Burien Only Please:  

Date application packet received: _____________________________  

Recommended 4 classes practiced at Be Yoga Burien (1 with Nina; 1 with Audrey)
200 Hour application form complete.
$50 application fee:  Paid by check, attached to the application or in an envelope.  Paid by credit card or debit card  (Circle.)

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