Workshops • Intensives • Teacher Training

Day After Thanksgiving Work Off

Friday, November 25
9:30am - 12:00noon
$35, preregistration required by November 23

It’s Black Friday and the mall beckons. How about a little pro-active stress relief before you go? Move through Thursday’s turkey, mashed potatoes and tofu with grace and dignity, and have an internal moment or two before braving the holiday season. All levels welcome.

Preregistration: email

Good Bye 2016

Saturday, December 31st
9:30am - 12:00noon
$35, preregistration required by December 28

Come say goodbye to 2016 with the “best of” moving yoga patterns of the year. All levels welcome.

Preregistration: email

In the Pocket: 4 days of deceleration through vinyasa, asana and kinetic meditation with Theresa Elliott

Thursday, January 26 - Sunday, January 29, 2017 (20 hours)

To be "In the Pocket," is to be in the flow of time, connected and unhurried. Take your time, and decelerate through slow motion vinyasa, wide-brain stationary balance poses, and seated kinetic meditation.

         Be in the pocket.

The body offers us numerous pathways into the parasympathetic nervous system, our natural intelligence that takes us inward. Learn how to “tap in” and apply existing somatic networks to the practice of yoga, both in movement and in stationary balance. May include some music.

Theresa has taught “Accessing the Parasympathetic Nervous System,” a workshop exploring the different body systems that take us into “wide brain” (meditation and deep internal awareness) for more than 20 years. She applies this knowledge to everyday life issues including inability to sleep, PTSD, and the ever present Poodle Brain that plagues our culture.

Note: Pranayama will not be a primary focus. Students should be relatively healthy and clear on their limitations as this is not a therapeutic intensive.

Thursday and Sunday, 9:30am - 4:00pm (includes lunch break)
Friday and Saturday, 11:30am - 6:00pm (includes lunch break)

Early Bird Registration by January 1, $450 After, $500
Bring a new student or family member and pay $600 for two, a $300 savings!

Email for a PDF brochure

Make check and send to:
Taj Yoga / 9250 - 14th Ave NW / Seattle / WA / 98117
Include the event you are registering for, your name(s) and email address for confirmation.

Refund Policy
Payments are refundable minus a $50 admin fee up to January 19. After January 9 but before the intensive starts, refunds minus 50% of payment, unless your sport can be filled, in which case minus a $50 admin fee. No refunds on payments the day the intensive starts.

Photo Yoga Shop, 2017 with Theresa Elliott and Dale Peterson

Photo shoot date: Saturday May 6
Preliminary Saturday workshops (required first time): April 1 and 22, 11:30am - 2:00pm

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.

Full Workshop (required 1st time), $545
Repeat Participants, $395

Registration Deadline: March 20, 2017

For a PDF brochure for registration, email

Refund Policy
Payments are refundable minus a $50 admin fee up to March 20th. No refunds after that time.

Summer 2017 Yogadance Intensive with Theresa Elliott

July 10th – 14th
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, July 15. 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 confirmation email.


For a full brochure, email

Refund Policy
Payments are refundable minus a $50 admin fee up to 7 days before the intensive begins. 6 - 1 day before, refunds minus 50% of payment, unless your sport can be filled, in which case minus a $50 admin fee. No refunds on payments the day the intensive starts.

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.

Kathryn can be reached at:,
Theresa can be reached at: