The longest running yoga studio in SW Washington, celebrating our 18th year!
We are located at 1101 Broadway St #216 above Chamber of Commerce, downtown.

200 Hour Yoga Teacher

200 Hour Yoga Alliance approved Certification program


Next Training Starts September 2018 and runs to February 2019!

For more information or how to start elements of the program earlier: contact Melonie @ 360.521.1609
This is a course in personal development. This program is designed to immerse you in all aspects of yoga. It is much more than a course in learning yoga poses and getting a certificate to teach. In this course you will develop and personally explore practices of yoga such as meditation, philosophy, breathing techniques(pranayama), balanced diet(Ayurveda), affirmations, sanskrit, along with the skills you will need to be a top teacher of Hatha Yoga.


This program has 3 core focuses:

History: To explore the philosophical schools, thought process and practices that yoga is based on.
Alignment: Learn principles of alignment that you can apply to any pose or movement system
Art of teaching: Design classes, practice effective verbalizing instructions and learn to see and adjust detailed alignment in your students.

Wether you end up teaching or not, this program will shape your life and understanding of yourself. Our students are people who want to explore the nature of their mind, open their hearts more fully and wish to align their bodies for greater freedom. This program is intensive and detailed.
If you are already a yoga teacher from a style of yoga thats emphasize wasn't strong in anatomy and alignment, adjustments or philosophy, this program can be a great resource of continuing education for you. Teachers from our school come from all professional backgrounds.

Please note, we have a separate website for our Training programs:

Visit for course details, schedule, syllabus, fees and registration

Next scheduled courses starting: September 2018

$3400 program, $200 early bird discount, register and pay in full by August 1st 2018!

Applications due by August 15th 2018, pre-requisite: 1 year of taking classes with a teacher, and 10 hours minimum of study with Melonie Nielsen, program director.

Core weekend dates:

Sept 15th & 16th

Oct 20th & 21st

Nov 17th & 18th

Dec 15th & 16th

Jan 19th & 20th

Feb 16th & 17th

View a snapshot of a Teachers Training class:

Melonie Nielsen

Dr. Mathew Zorn


The teacher-training program offered at Vancouver Yoga Center by Melonie was exceptional. It had a wonderful balance of philosophy, alignment principles, demonstrations, and teachign opportunities. Melonie created a safe and supportive enviroment that allowed each student to explore and develop his/her own teaching style. The class was multifaceted and presented the material in a logical sequential manner that built on previous learning. The class also included a focus on the individual students personal health and included multiple ideas and practices to enhance physical, mental and emotional health. I recommend it highly. terry 2017

There is so much depth to this course. The best money I have spent in the last five years! ~Katie 2017

Yoga turned me inside and out to follow my purpose and live more authentically. I lost 35#, got off 3 medications, got married, moved and folloing my passion. I highly recommend this teacher training course. It must be experienced. Change will occur; in the meantime, "dont give up before the miracle happens". ~Betta 2017

I gained the most from the yoga philosophy, what I have walked away with is the knowledge to search for the self. This will be an ongoing study for me. ~2015 Teachers Training

I would recommend Melonie's Yoga Teacher Training for anyone looking to deepen their practice. She helped me expand my knowledge of yoga philosophy, history, Ayurvedic philosophy, anatomy and sequencing. This experience has changed my life and has helped me sculpt who I am in this realm of teaching or sharing yoga. I will cherish what I have learned with Melonie and appreciate the perspective on life that she has shared. I feel I have learned how to safely and effectively teach yoga, but more importanly I have learned how to share this transformative experience - Yoga. Melonie is intensely personal, supportive and full of care in her teaching. I am forever touched and forever grateful. ~Kristin P 2015 Yoga Teacher Teacher Training 

I began yoga with Melonie over two years ago and instantly fell in love with the way she teaches. The desire of pursuing deeper knowledge and understanding of yoga had been with me for a while, but she made me want to transcend further and share the passion with others. In taking the Teacher Training course with Melonie she helped me strengthen my personal practice as well as give me a deeper understanding of the philosophy of yoga and how bodies move through poses. I recommend this course to anyone who wants to pursue this career or to anyone just wanting to deepen their own practice. ~2015 Teacher Training

I feel like this course has set me up for success as a yoga teacher, and it has also given me invaluable tools for my personal life. Melonie is an inexhaustible source of experiential wisdom and insight. The curriculum she has set up is engaging, both fun and challenging. Melonie is an inspiration, sure to transform your yoga! ~Stanton L 2015 Teacher Training

I took Melonies Teacher Training course as a chalenge to myself having recently become an empty nester. I was afraid to sign up because I didnt think I knew enough and would not be able to keep up physically or mentally. How Very happy and grateful I am that I did go through this program! It was challenging, fun, inspirational, practical, helpful and Melonie is a true teacher. She doesn't just know her topics inside and out but she can teach them. Being able to teach what you know is a true gift and Melonie meticulously knows her subjects. The content of the course, the books needed, the homework, were all applicable to furthering my knowledge of yoga as well as applicable to life. Ive become more confident in the techniques and knowing who I am. It is well worth your time, energy and commitment. Melonie is supportive and encouraging throughout the whole process and does and excellent job of providing information, tools, advice and caring about your own personal success through your own personal journey. I cannot recommend this course highly enough! Betsy R ~ 2015 Teacher Training

This course exceeded my expectations. I loved the lectures, the great speakers, and the challenges. The tools provided (readings, handouts, CD's) are extremely vauable to me. ~2014 Teacher Training

When i decided to enroll in the Teacher's Training course I thought I would learn some asanas, alignment principles and gain a better understanding of yoga. However, soon after the program began, i found myself on a journey towards Peace, Joy and Contentment in my life. The tools provided in the course, not only prepare you to be a Yoga Teacher, but provide everything needed to begin your journey to find your True Self. ~ 2014 Teacher Training

I have much better body awareness and I have learned a lot more about myself then i ever imagined. Whether you plan to teach or not, this is a great program to gain better understanding and awareness of your body and how to get the most benefit of your practice. Melonie makes it fun and easy to understand. ~ 2014 Teacher Training. 

I greatly value the information and techniques I learned from the Yoga Repatterning teacher-training course. The information was organized, well rounded, and well presented. The instructor was always present in our classes and always available to answer any questions we had about the course. I highly recommend this program and will participate in any other teacher-training programs they offer! -2013 Teacher Training

I learned so much about alignment! Wow - I think about asanas and my everyday posture in a whole new way. ~ 2013 Teacher Training

I loved the training and tried to put my everything into it. Thanks for your love and devotion to teaching! ~2013 Teacher Training