Teacher Trainings

300-Hour Teacher Training


In our 300-hour program, you'll learn two full-class sequences: a hatha class, consisting of 35 poses and eight pranayama, and a power vinyasa class that is accessible and challenging for students of all practice levels. You'll  have more than 10 hours of yoga anatomy training, taught by a medical doctor and yoga teacher. You'll also walk away with a solid understanding of what yoga is, as a result of the philosophical lecture series (see topics below). This program is taught by YFL Co-founder, Raj Patra, and a collection of senior teachers. More than 90% of our graduates get the opportunity to teach public yoga classes at Yoga for Life.

Our program also includes: 

  • How to access and deepen yoga poses and vinyasa

  • How to safely instruct and align poses, while offering modifications using verbal and physical adjustment

  • Major yoga philosophy and history texts (reading list provided upon application)

  • The history and future of yoga from the East to the West

  • Public-speaking, voice projection, leadership skills and classroom safety skills

  • How to work with and accommodate students of all skill levels

  • Meditation practices, yoga nidra, and active, passive and dynamic asanas

  • Subtle body anatomy, including the chakra and bandha, and their significance in an 8-limb practice

  • Overviews of various styles of yoga, including Universal YogaTha (Yin)Yoga Nidra, etc.

  • How to become a yoga professional or entrepreneur in a competitive market

  • How to embody the principles of yoga to continue to further your own external and internal practices

  • Yoga Philosophy lectures cover topics such as: Tantrik yoga, History of yoga, Karma, Dharma, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Samskaras, Major styles of yoga in modern times, Role of music in yoga, Essential differences between Hinduism and Buddhism, Playbook of Happiness.


September 04 - November 03, 2019
Wednesdays: 6–9 PM
Fridays: 4:30–7:30 PM
Saturdays and Sundays: 8:30 AM–4:30 PM

Wednesdays are reserved for lectures on yoga history and philosophy. On Fridays, we cover pranayama, bandha, and the lesser-known topics and practices of yoga. Weekends typically start with yoga classes, followed by posture break-downs, sequence analysis, anatomy and posture alignments, and dialog practice in small groups and one-on-one.

Syllabus and coordinating dates provided upon submission of application, deposit payment and acceptance.

Program tuition: $3450 (includes four months of unlimited membership at YFL from Sept to Dec)

Early registration tuition: $3250 (if registered by June 30, 2019)

Application process is simple: Fill out the application form thoughtfully. We will notify you if you are accepted to the program within 10 days. Once accepted, sign a registration form and pay a $500 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot. We’ll start sending you communications and reading lists thereafter.


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We offer training programs that continuously surpass all standards set by Yoga Alliance. The curriculum ensures our yoga practitioners and teachers grow to understand an authentic yoga lineage, while learning about anatomy, alignment and complex sequencing theories. Our advanced training programs also offer life skills and health information grounded in the yogic tradition.

Its focus of yoga theory, anatomy, and facilitation of asanas, alignment, and pranayamas is exceptional.
— Yoga Alliance Review, 2018
It was a life changing experience. I learned a lot about myself, yoga, and emotions that I didn’t quite understand at the the time.
— Yoga Alliance Review, 2016
The teacher training was a fantastic journey where the owners and teachers are truly dedicated to bringing knowledge and their experience to their students. Not only is one challenged but the rewards of improved self awareness, vast knowledge of yoga, anatomy, energetics, its history, and the amazing connections formed, will leave one with utmost gratitude and appreciation.
— Yoga Alliance Review, 2014
I got a lot more out of it than I originally expected; I thought I would come out a Yoga Instructor, but instead I also came out a Yogi. It was truly an eye-opening and life-changing experience.
— Yoga Alliance Review, 2016
I was very impressed with the level of training I received at YFL. The program was well put together and encompassed a well rounded mix of theory and practical. The teachers are dedicated and very knowledgeable. I would recommend this program to anyone looking to deepen their own practice, satisfy curiosity or broaden their understanding of what yoga is.
— Yoga Alliance Review, 2017
... YFL is truly committed to their trainees and are willing to help along the way. In times I felt overwhelmed, but very supported by the instructors and leaders. I love that I have made YFL my home! I would highly recommend anyone in the Portland area to look into this teacher training!
— Yoga Alliance Review, 2017
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Raj Patra (YFL Co-Founder)

Over the the past four decades Raj has studied in the lineages and inspirations of Yogananda, Sri Anandamayi Ma, Swami Vivekananda, Bishnu Ghosh, Dr. A. G. Mohan, Zhander Remete, 17th Gyalwa Karmapa of Kagyu Lineage, venerable Chöje Lama Phuntsok Rinpoche, and most importantly, Guruji Andrey Lappa, founder of Universal Yoga and teacher of Tantrika. Raj is well-versed in systems of Hatha yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and its western derivations, Bikram yoga, Power yoga, Yin yoga, Shadow yoga, and the extensive system of Universal Yoga and Shiva Nata (Dance of Shiva), and has spent time in Ramakrishna Mission, Dakshineshwar Temple, Balur Math Vivekananda Institute in Kolkata, and Karma Lekshey Ling monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. Read More.

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Ashley Paul

Ashley has been practicing yoga since 2011 and started teaching in 2012 after completing her first teacher training at Yoga For Life. Her teachers include Raj Patra, Kelly Suttell, and Guruji Andrey Lappa within the lineage of Universal Yoga where she continues to educate herself on all aspects of Yoga. With a keen eye for anatomy and safety, a drive towards progress, and a a relentless dedication to the path of Yoga she will help you reach your potential in her fun and challenging classes.

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Dr. Patti Shelton

Dr. Shelton deeply immersed in the study of the human body. Her background is in Neuroscience and Medicine. She studied for many years at the University of Washington, receiving a Bachelor's in Neurobiology and then a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree.

She did her first yoga teacher training with former Buddhist monk Seongyoon Lee of Yoon's Yoga Bliss, and then became certified to teach yoga with Ali Valdez of Sattva Yoga. She has also become certified to teach yoga to kids with Liz Doyle of Little Friends Yoga, and to pregnant women and new mothers with Anne Phyfe Palmer of 8 Limbs Yoga. She has spent several years studying meditation (including techniques for teaching meditation classes, small groups, and private meditation coaching sessions) with Dr. Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine, both celebrated authors and meditation guides, and have been certified for this as well. Through all of these practices, she unites body, mind, and spirit into the unified flow of life.

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Kelly Suttell (YFL Co-Founder)

Creator of Kinetik Yoga (TM), and a Reiki Master, Kelly started practicing yoga in 2003, after she started experiencing more chronic and acute neck and back pain due to the combination of congenital spondylolisthesis and a more sedentary professional life. After countless MRIs, physical therapy, acupuncture, and other rehabilitative modalities, Kelly turned to yoga. Since then, a holistic and complete yoga practice and life philosophy has been a key contributor towards preventing her chronic pain.

Kelly is incredibly grateful to her teachers. She credits Ali Valdez, Yoga Master, Guruji Andrey Lappa, Erika Ebbeson, and Marie Manuchehri for their inspirational influence on her teaching style, creativity, and overall outlook on life.

When not in the studio, Kelly is constantly reading about yoga and attending workshops, classes, and lectures from leading teachers, including A.G. Mohan, Ana Forrest, Rod Stryker, and Zander Remete. Kelly has practiced a variety of styles and systems of yoga, including Ashtanga, Hatha, Iyengar, Mysore, Vinyasa, Universal, Yoga Nidra, and Yin/Tha yoga, but primarily teaches Vinyasa, Universal, and Yin/Tha. She aims for a teaching style that is heart-felt, compassionate, a caring, yet focused on anatomy, rehabilitative, and meditative. Read more.