Now Enrolling Fall Session!

The Bellingham Yoga Collective yoga school offers education and immersion as a way for passionate students to dive deeper into the traditions, teachings and practices of yoga, whether the intent is to teach or not!  


Yoga School is offered in the format of two 100 hour immersions, The Path & The Practice. They can be taken individually for personal growth and targeted skill building or taken together. If taken together, you will meet the Yoga Alliance Requirements for a registered teacher at the 200 hour level. 


Claire Stetina (E-RYT500, YACEP, LMT, Owner) began to develop this program while teaching full time in San Francisco. The program launched in Seattle where she graduated dozens of teacher trainees and refined the curriculum and content. Now the program lives at BYC. Join Claire Stetina, Liza Higbee-Robinson, Jacque Sweet, and other in house teaching faculty as well as visiting guest teachers for specialty subjects.


Part 1 - The Path (100 Hour Immersion)

Sept 17th-Oct 24th (no class oct 1-3)

Part 2 - The Practice (100 Hour Immersion)

Oct 29th - Dec 12th 2021 (no classes Thanksgiving week)


Thursday 6 - 9pm

Friday 6 - 9pm

Saturday 11-7pm


Yoga does not care about your story, your limitations, your past experiences and abilities. When we commit to the practice, yoga will meet us where we're at and Serve.

Atha Yoga Anuasanam, NOW is the time for yoga.

Part 1 - The Path (100 Hours)

Yoga is not just a physical practice of poses. Yoga is a set of practices and tools that has evolved for thousands of years as a system to help us wake up in our lives. Yoga is a lifestyle and an anchor to which we can navigate in relationship with everything around us. This 100 hour immersion is designed to deliver tools to commit to the lifestyle of a yogi.  This immersion also focuses on functional body mechanics and alignment of poses and building a safe, sustainable progressing yoga practice.



Meditation practices

Pranayama (Breath work) classes

Ayurveda Immersion

Philosophy Classes

History of Yoga

Bhakti Immersion (Yoga of The Heart)

Yoga for Self Care

Asana Labs: How To Do Poses Properly

(Can be taken alone or as part one of two of Bellingham Yoga Collective's 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training)

Dates: Sept 17th - Oct 24th 2020 (Six Weeks)


Part 2 - The Practice (100 Hours)

This 100 Hour Immersion is designed for you to gain the technical skills to be able to effectively step into the role of a yoga teacher.   Each class involves workshop style, hands on curriculum building the skills necessary to teach yoga. This program aims to prepare students to teach Vinyasa Flow classes and Hatha Alignment classes (class styles found at The Bellingham Yoga Collective) This immersion will culminate in trainees teaching live classes to friends, family and the public.







Asana Labs: How To Do Poses Properly

Practice Teaching

Yin Yoga Immersion & more!

Dates: Oct 29th - Dec 12th 2020 (Six Weeks)

(No classes Thanksgiving week)

(Requirement: Must take Part One: The Path (100 Hour immersion) or have successfully completed a different teacher training at the 200 Hour Level)


Secure your space with a $250 deposit per 100 Hour Immersion ($500 total *non refundable)

Payment Plans Available!




Please be sure you can commit to this program before you enroll. All payments are non refundable, but are transferrable toward other BYC events/ classes and teacher trainings. Once the program begins, payments are non refundable and non transferrable.  Thank you for your understanding with this policy as so much time and heart go into creating these programs. Due to COVID19 this fall program 2021 payments are refundable only if we have to change the dates of training program due to safety considerations. 

To become a registered yoga teacher at the 200 Hour Level you must complete Part One and Part Two within 16 months.

perks about training

+ During immersion you will receive a free yoga membership  

+ Upon successful completion of 200 hours you will be eligible to teach 'community classes' at the studio.

2020 Scholarships

BYC is proud to offer two scholarships for the Fall 2021 teacher training program:

Lynn Heimsoth Memorial Scholarship: Lynn Heimosth was a beloved member of BYC and the Principal of Sunnyland Elementary in Bellingham. She dedicated her life to the education of youth and she was devoted to her mindfulness practice. She visited BYC 3-5 times a week and she is dearly missed within our walls. Lynn's life was taken from her early and this scholarship is available for someone currently working in the Bellingham School District who would like to use a yoga teacher training certificate and skills to integrate the tools of mindfulness into the education industry. This scholarship will be awarded to one person as 50% off tuition of yoga teacher training.

BIPOC Scholarship: BYC is committed to increasing the visibility and voice of black, indigenous and peoples of color in the yoga industry.  This is a recurring scholarship offered to one person each fall and spring program. The recipient of this scholarship will be offered 50% off tuition of yoga teacher training. 


"I enrolled in a teacher training led by Claire in the Fall of 2018. When I first enrolled, I didn't know Claire very well and had taken a few classes before starting the training. Immediately after attending the first teacher training class she led, I knew I was in AMAZING hands. Claire is a unique teacher with expertise on anatomy /alignment and also expertise on yoga philosophy and bhakti. During TT, Claire gave us "above-and-beyond" exposure to anatomy in teacher training, something that defines her training from all other 200hr trainings. She also built a stronger community between the yoga school students by chanting, singing and meditating all together - truly my favorite part of training were our TT kirtans. She was warm, thoughtful and supportive during the entire TT process and beyond. After teacher training, I enrolled in Claire's advanced anatomy workshop because I couldn't get enough of her teachings and guidance. Beyond that, we were able to build a close, trusting relationship during TT. Claire was significantly helpful in beginning my yoga teaching experience by coordinating the free community class schedule. I enrolled in her mentorship program where we focused on getting teaching experience to increase my chances of being hired to teach public classes. In just a few months, she spoke on my behalf to the owner and I was hired on the sublist. Now, just 10 months later, I teach 4 permanent public classes a week and have been overwhelmed with teaching opportunities. Claire has been a defining person in my personal yoga journey - starting with TT, continuing to advanced trainings and then through to teaching public classes. She was supportive and encouraging in the transition from yoga school to yoga teaching, making it a much smoother process for me. I will continue to study with Claire and would ABSOLUTELY do 200hr with her all over again if I could. 



Claire Stetina is a yoga educator, yoga teacher (E-RYT 500, YACEP) and Certified Massage Therapist offering public classes, workshops, retreats and trainings throughout the West Coast and beyond.  Claire has completed over 500 hours of massage therapy and formal anatomy training as well as over 1500 hours of yoga teacher trainings.  Claire became a faculty member of Yoga Flow SF teacher trainings and education programs in San Francisco in 2016 then went on to develop the curriculum as Director of Urban Yoga Spa's 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Seattle, WA. Now, Claire is the Owner of The Bellingham Yoga Collective where she offers education, mentorship for new yoga teachers and immersion for passionate students as an offering to go deeper into the tradition and extensive practices of yoga and mindfulness. Specializing in joint protection and alignment styles as well as the practices of Bhakti yoga (yoga of the Heart), she is able to translate the practices to students in a exciting, clear and infectious way. Claire is in a life-long love affair with yoga, her mission is to make the practices, traditions and teachings relevant, transformative and sustainable. Claire has studied with Katchie Ananda, Annie Carpenter, Janet Stone, Rusty Wells, Harvey Deutch PT and Eric Rubin DC.


Jacque Sweet is an RYT-500 yoga teacher, yoga educator and a teacher mentor for BYC. Her teachings  stem from her extensive study of the Anusara Yoga Methodology, a Hatha style of yoga with  strong emphasis on alignment starting in the foundation of a pose, a deep connection with our  breath and upholding quality of the heart while meditatively moving. Her specialties in class  theme-weaving, functional movement and refinement in speaking principles of alignment bring  a sense of body integration to her students that resonate a transformative opening from the  inside out. Her background in professional communications, nursing health sciences, nutrition  and healing herbs, and fine restaurant management have all been contributors to Jacque’s  success in fostering strength, compassion, and wellness within her community. For Jacque,  the life-long study and practice of yoga continues to ignite curiosity within and offer whole  body sustenance over and over again. She values studentship as a necessity to become an  expert in any trade and she is committed to her own continued education. She will always  support her students to seek inspiration and acquire appropriate resources to find the  knowledge and experience opportune for infinite growth. Active listening and effective dialogue  tools are offered through Jacque’s mentorship as well as technical resume writing, skilled  observation and creative input. She is passionate in sharing what she has learned from many  great teachers and her life journey to present day. 


Liza Higbee-Robinson (E-RYT200) is a Pacific Northwest-grown yoga teacher who lives and teaches in Bellingham, WA. She experiences yoga as a creative, generative, healing practice that guides toward new ways of knowing and growing, honoring and trusting, opening and connecting. As an instructor, her primary influences are Rishikesh Hatha, Vinyasa, and Anusara Yoga.  Over the years, Liza has integrated prenatal and trauma-informed trainings and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) techniques in her teaching. Since studying with Melissa Longfellow and becoming a yoga teacher in 2014, Liza has led students of diverse age, physical ability, and experience through more than 3,000 hours of yoga offerings in the Salish Sea region. When Liza takes the seat of yoga teacher, her work is to hold space for others to land in their bodies, attune to their breath, and open to what this moment holds. She crafts energizing and empowering flow sequences that instill a sense of play and exploration, often building to a peak pose, like an arm balance or backbend. While attending to sustainable alignment in every classand encouraging students to practice from a place of authenticity and self-care, Liza also interweaves reflective yogic themes that invite students to offer the good that comes out of their practice out into the world. Off the mat, Liza spends as much time as possible in the great outdoors with her family. Trailrunning, hiking, biking, bird watching, wild foraging, beach combing, and gardening are some ofher favorite ways to connect with nature.


Ally is an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the years of practice and study she has formed a deep love for the gift of restorative yoga and the power of practices that encourage slowing down. It is through bringing awareness to the nervous system and the incredibly supportive postures that Ally has experienced immense healing and an understanding of why this is so important. Having studied restorative yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater and other great teachers, Ally has gone on to offer this practice in studios, corporate offices, client's homes, schools and different rehabilitative spaces over the last 6 years. Ally's teachings are reflected through a trauma-informed lens and she has extensive experience working with students of all ages and backgrounds. Her relationship with yoga birthed a way for her to feel a sense of belonging and form a deeper relationship with her ancestry, and the rich traditions & wisdom embedded in her lineage. Ally is grateful to share yoga from this place, but even more so to forever be a student.