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Embodied Seasons, A Seasonal Workshop Cycle with Stacia Valley

Selected Sundays, 11:30am – 2:30pm, $75 per workshop
Autumn Equinox, September 23, 2018
Winer Solstice, December 16, 2019
Spring Equinox, March 16, 2019
Summer Solstice, June 23, 2019

Four times a year, Stacia offers an opportunity to deepen your relationship with the seasons. Guided by our body’s first blueprint – mother earth – and the wisdom of the elements, these workshops will give you direct experience receiving the life force of the seasons. Each workshop includes a crafted selection of activities, reflections, rituals and ceremonies that might include: 

  • Collective Altar: Helps us remember the nature and elements of the season; brings us to the spirit, magic, creative and artistic part in each of us
  • Ceremony: Guides us to honor planetary influences and other invisible forces, drawing them closer to us, aiding our decisions and actions
  • Guided Meditation: Connects our spirits to the greater whole and roots us deeply into the earth
  • Movement: Brings the elements of our bodies – muscle, skeleton, fluids – into rest and reception
  • Breathwork: Acknowledges and encourages our relationship with air, both in us and around us, both in giving and receiving

Each season carries a flavor from the one preceding it; each casts its influence on the one to follow. Yet there is no beginning and no end to the cycle of the seasons. Like the seasons, Embodied Seasons workshops altogether form a whole – which like every cycle is more complete when the full cycle has been experienced. However, each workshops can be taken individually, gleaning the specific qualities of the season in focus:

For details on registration, what to bring, what to offer and what to expect, pease contact Stacia at or 206-819-3194

Crown Hill Arts Festival

Saturday evening, November 3rd
Postponed. Check back in November for new date.
$5 donation
This year’s building wide celebration has a new twist. Bring Your Own Picnic! Picnic tables will be set with table cloths for you to enjoy the food and beverage of your choosing. Performances will include teachers and students from the Taj, ARC Ballet, and maybe even a little “Acid Queen” from Gilbert & Sullivan’s production of “Tommy”!

Pictures from a Pilgrimage: 37 Days on the Camino de Santiago with Theresa Elliott

Saturday, November 10, 4:00 – 5:30pm
4:00 – 5:00, slide show and discussion
5:00 – 5:30pm, Sangria and mingle!

Join Theresa for a slide show presentation and excerpts from her blog of her recent 500+ mile walk across Spain on the well known pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago. Some of the movies kinda have it right, but see a non-Hollywood version of this extensive trek by a real human who not only lived to tell the tale, but thrived. RSVP appreciated by not required at

Theresa in her favorite outfit. That’s right, Söx-n-Sañdàls TM

Master Class Series with Theresa Elliott
A Training for Yoga Teachers, 2018

For instructors and students seeking depth and clarity in asana and vinyasa
with Theresa Elliott
9 Selected Friday’s starting October 5

Deadline for Registration: September 15

Dive into alignment, movement principles and innovative yoga techniques over a 7 month progressive series. Training will begin with a general outline of proposed topics (standing poses, twists, inversions, etc) and be fine tuned as the series progresses. Students will have input into the curriculum by answering questions regarding their interest sent out prior to each session.

A 200-hour certificate or instructors consent, sense of humor.

2018: Oct 5, Nov 9, Dec 7
2019: Jan 4, Feb 1, March 1, March 29, April 26, May 24

Full series of 9 sessions: $950
Friends & Family: Bring a new friend to Taj Motion and pay $1600 for 2! A $300 savings for those signing up for the full series.
6 sessions: $700

To Register
Make check and send to: Taj Motion, 9250 14th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117

Refund policy

Payments are refundable minus a $50 administrative fee up to 14 days before the series begins. Up to 13 days before, 50% of payment is refundable, unless your spot can be filled, in which case minus a $50 admin fee. No refunds on payments the day the series starts!

Photo Yoga Shop, 2019 with Theresa Elliott and Dale Peterson

Shoot Date, Summer/Fall 2019
Preliminary Saturday workshops (required first time): TBD 
Want a high-quality photo of yourself to market your teaching, to document a pose in your life, or just for fun? Learn how to prepare for a photo shoot to get your best shot! Have your picture taken by professionals to create yoga images for use in flyers and web sites, or to give a loved one.
Series begins with two Saturday workshops in preparation for the photo shoot, and culminates with Dale photographing while Theresa “spots”, checking alignment, facial expressions and placement.
You will receive 5 professional images in digital format. Includes a post-shoot consultation with Theresa to review and select images.


A behind the scenes look. Theresa works with Binka Popov on alignment during the photo shoot.
Full Workshop (required 1st time), $545
Repeat Participants, $395
Registration Deadline: TBD
For a PDF brochure for registration, email
Refund Policy
Payments are refundable minus a $50 admin fee up to September 15th. No refunds after that time.

Summer 2018 Yogadance Intensive with Theresa Elliott

New Dates! June 18th – 22nd
9:30 – 4:00pm (includes lunch break)
This 5-day intensive will delve into the rich relationship between music, body and mind through the study of Yogadance. Posture, stylized yoga sequences, and a broad range of music will be explored and combined to create a set work of yoga choreography.

Theresa Elliott has developed and refined a unique methodology of instruction for her original content and choreography over the last 28 years. Through deconstruction, intellectual engagement and physical repetition, she teaches the relationship between the stillness of stationary posture, the transitions of vinyasa, and the expression of Yogadance.

The intensive culminates in an informal performance at the annual Taj Yoga Summer Works in Progress show, Friday evening, June 22nd. Performing is an exciting way to share and inspire others, and strengthens the group bond forged through the week. Participation in the performance is optional and highly recommended.

Intensive Recommendation
A solid understanding of standing poses, healthy backs and knees. How to prepare and what to bring will be included in the con rmation email.


Early Bird Registration: $650 by May 15th.  $700 after
Bring a new student or family member and pay $975!

For a full brochure, email


Introduction to Yoga Weekend Workshop with Kathleen Meehan Lorenzo

Stay tuned for new dates. Let us know if you are interested:

This weekend workshop will start from the very beginning, cover common beginning postures and give a broad glimpse into what a safe yoga practice is. The workshop is progressive, with an emphasis on alignment, prop work and safety, and helps prepare you for ongoing, beginner-level yoga classes. Perfect for anyone new to yoga or for those who are familiar with yoga, but still want a structured approach to the basics.


Taj Yoga 200 hour Teacher Training

The Taj Yoga 200 hour Teacher Training is a comprehensive program of asana, pranayama, philosophy, and spiritual study. Our program integrates alignment-based asana technique with principles of foundational movement, and is accompanied by an in-depth study of key philosophical texts and pranayama practices.  Our mission is to develop discerning teachers through an emphasis on personal practice, preparing graduates with the tools and understanding to teach yoga with confidence and clarity.

Asana and Anatomy:

The foundation of our training includes a thorough study of the fundamental yoga postures, from the perspective of both the student and teacher. Understanding the principles of asana, in combination with individual details of each pose, facilitates clarity in verbal communication and physical demonstration. The study of the human body in asana is further explored in the anatomy section of the training.

-Technique of Alignment and Precision
-Anatomy and Physiology
-Adaptations of Poses
-Developing a Personal Practice

Pranayama and Meditation:

Observing the breath leads to new levels of awareness in body and mind. Various techniques are practiced to adjust the timing and effects of the breath. Each student learns to develop a practice suited to their individual needs, opening the doorway to states of mental clarity and meditation.

-Breath Awareness
-Learning to Sit
-Location, Ratio and Kumbhaka

Yoga Philosophy and Self Study:

Philosophical texts form yoga’s spiritual foundation and are essential to understanding the roots of practice. Through study of traditional literature, we explore the lessons yoga has to offer in supporting us in our daily life.

-The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
-Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads

The Art of Teaching:

Teaching yoga is a craft unique to each individual. It requires a commitment to personal practice and a keen understanding of the human body and mind. A skilled teacher is attuned to the needs of the individual student, while creating a space of awareness for the group as a whole.

-Use of Voice, Body Language
-Asana Sequencing
-Hands on Adjustments
-Student/Teacher Relationships
-Seeing and Understanding Bodies
-Classroom Management and Logistics

Marketing and Business:

There are many avenues for teaching. All share the need to understand state and city laws, as well as offering authentic communication and marketing in order to thrive as a yoga teacher.

-Securing a business license
-Yoga Insurance
-How to apply for teaching positions
-Social Media and Email Marketing

The Trainers:

Michelle Befus: E-RYT 500, YACEP
For over 20 years, Michelle has studied movement, breath and balance; earlier as a professional ballet dancer and as a yoga teacher today. Her accessible, grounded classes integrate anatomical precision, thoughtful vinyasa transitions, breath awareness and intelligent sequencing. Michelle’s articulate, down-to-earth approach educates and inspires, offering techniques that facilitate healthy movement patterns and elevate mind-body awareness. Her primary teachers are Theresa Elliott and Kathryn Payne of Pacific Yoga, with whom she completed her 500 hour Advanced Studies Certification.

Kathleen Meehan Lorenzo: E-RYT 500, YACEP
Kathleen's yoga teaching is rooted in her belief that anyone can do yoga and that all bodies are yoga bodies. She helps her students meet themselves where they are in the present moment and encourages them to employ safe movement and awareness. She also invites students to include a sense of physical and mental challenge in their practice. Kathleen’s focus on anatomy and alignment is motivated by her continued curiosity about the human body and how it works. She is fascinated by the inherent connection between the body and the mind and how the practice of yoga strengthens that connection. She continues to study with Theresa Elliott and is a graduate of the Pacific Yoga 500 hour Advanced Studies program.

Additional Trainers:
Theresa Elliott
Dylan Noebels

2019 Schedule:
Jan 25-27
Feb 22-24
March 22-24
April 19 - 20 + April 27th
May 17-20
June 7-9
July 12-14
Aug 9-11
Sept 13-15
Oct 11 - 13
Nov 8-10
Dec 6-8

Friday: 12:00-6:00pm
Saturday: 12:00-6:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-4:00pm

Make-Up Policy
Students can miss up to 5 hours of the training without make-up. Beyond 5 hours, students must make up time missed within the corresponding category by attending additional classes and/or private sessions. All make-up classes are at an additional cost to the student, and must be approved by a Lead Trainer.

Option 1: $3,400 paid in full at time of application
Option 2: $3,600 paid in 5 installments. A $1500 payment is due at the time of application, along with four $525 checks dated March 1, April 1, May 1, and June 1. Checks will be deposited on the indicated dates. Please note: If you miss a weekend, you are still responsible for the payment.

Download the application here.

We offer a scholarship option. To apply, email, with the following:
1) Why are you requesting a scholarship?
2) Two letters of recommendation
Scholarships awarded up to 50% off total tuition cost.

Refund Policy
There are no refunds or credits on any deposited payments after the training session begins. This includes full or partial payments. If the program is full, or your application is denied, all payments will be refunded in full. Full refund policy can be found on the application.

Open House Dates:
Sunday, October 21st at 4:00pm
Friday, November 30th at 5:30pm

Questions? Contact Michelle at

Pacific Yoga Teacher Training

Originally The Yoga Tree Teacher Training (1996 - 2003) was created and taught by Kathryn Payne and Theresa Elliott. The program was renamed Pacific Yoga Teacher Training and Advanced Studies in 2003 and moved to Taj Yoga in 2004, the studio founded by Theresa. Pacific Yoga offered both 200- and 500- hour programs until 2014, when the partners retired the training.
The program was unique in it’s approach. Both Kathryn and Theresa’s extensive knowledge of the practice allowed them to create original content and teaching methodologies, and with the exception of anatomy, the entire program was taught by just the two partners.
Often called “The Harvard of Teacher Trainings,” Pacific Yoga included the full spiritual practice of yoga, trained hundreds of teachers, and had a deep impact on yoga in the Seattle area.
Both Kathryn and Theresa continue to teach.


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