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200 YTT

Our 2024 program starts September 27!

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Start planning and reading now.

Do you have a passion to deepen your knowledge and experience of yoga or sharing the joys of yoga with others?

Whether your goal is to become a certified yoga teacher or just to deepen your own personal practice and understanding of yoga, the Sakhi Yoga School will give you a thorough foundation on which to build, and then will guide you into a deeper exploration of the practice and understanding of yoga.

The Sakhi Yoga School is a Yoga Alliance Registered School, founded in 2011.  The Sakhi 200-Hour Program is a 9-weekend, comprehensive curriculum of study and practice, providing a uniquely focused exploration into the life-changing practice of yoga. Drawing from ancient and classical teachings of Yoga, as well as contemporary knowledge of the body and mind, this teacher training course is designed to expand one’s experience of yoga beyond asana on the mat, and into the farther reaches of yoga’s potential to create a life of fulfillment and bliss.  The Sakhi program was created by Maxine Deutschendorf and  Pamela Cauthen Meriwether, E-RYT 500, who leads most of the segments in the curriculum.  Guest lecturers also contribute to the 70+ years of combined teaching expertise in our faculty. 

The scope, depth, and personal approach of this course have been designed to develop practitioners who embody yogic philosophy, and are able to share with others an authentic practice of yoga. Your knowledge of Yoga philosophy, practices, and teaching methodologies will be enriched, to your own benefit and to the benefit of those you may choose to guide along the yoga path.

As a Yoga Alliance Registered School, the course hours will be recognized as a Yoga Alliance Teacher Registration at the 200-hour level (RYT200). Yoga Alliance is a non-profit organization that maintains education standards and a national registry of Registered Yoga Teachers. For more information on Yoga Alliance, visit

Are you ready to transform? If so, please complete the application above. 

200-Hour  Schedule 2024-25

  1. September 27-29

  2. October 18-20

  3. November 8-10

  4. December 6-8

  5. January 10-12

  6. February 21-23

  7. March 21-23

  8. April 4-6

  9. *May 2-4

Weekends 3-7:
Fridays 5:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday 10:30am-6:30pm
Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm 

Weekends 1,2, & 8:

Fridays 5:30pm-8:30pm

Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm

Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm 

*Weekend 9:

Fridays 9:00am-6:00pm

Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm

Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm

***Note: You will also be responsible for taking 20 asana classes with Pam

(or approved teachers) over the course of 9 months.

The Rooted Community
141 S. Shandon Street, Suite F
Columbia, SC 29205


*Amba Rate - $2590  (significantly discounted for those with reduced means)

*Kama Rate - $2790  (low end of the standard rate)

*Seva Rate - $2990 (encouraged for those who can afford to pay a little more so we can offer assistance to those with lesser means)

*Sangha Rate – + a partial scholarship  (offered on a rolling basis, dependent on Seva registrations, and based on need)

During this 9 weekend life-changing journey, you will explore and come away with:

  • Enhanced personal practice and understanding of the importance of continued practice and study.

  • A better understanding of the breadth and depth of Yogic philosophy and its attendant activities (including nutrition, devotion, service, and ethics).

  • Working knowledge of the Yogic body, from both the Western (anatomical) and Eastern (energetic) perspectives.

  • A supportive mentor, with whom you will be connected throughout the course.

  • How to assess and communicate to a classroom with increased observation, listening, and communication skills.

  • How to develop an integrated, safe, and uplifting class plan.

  • Sequencing for multiple experience levels and for desired energetic effects.

  • An understanding of Asana as a metaphor.

  • Experience in apprentice teaching with primary instructors.

  • Pranayama: anatomy and energetics of breath.

  • Teaching alignment, modifications, and giving adjustments.

  • The study of the seminal philosophical texts of Yoga, notably The Bhagavad Gita and The Yoga Sutras.

  • Basic Sanskrit for Yoga.

  • Principles and practices of meditation, mantra, and kriya.

  • An understanding of the Chakras and Nadis.

  • Energetics and the Doshas, Gunas and Prana Vayus.

  • Ethics, responsibilities, and business of teaching Yoga.

Reading List:

  • Light on Yoga ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

  • Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha ~ Swami Satyananda Saraswati

  • The Heart of Yoga ~ T.K.V. Desikachar

  • The Secret of the Yoga Sutra, Samadhi Pada ~ Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

  • The Bhagavad Gita ~ translated by Eknath Easwaran

  • The Key Muscles of Yoga ~ Dr. Ray Long

  • Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness ~ Eric Schiffmann

  • The Untethered Soul ~ Michael A. Singer 

More Testimonials:

  • "Diving into the deepest places within myself, this program completely changed who I am as a person, how I love, how I view the world around me, and how I see others. This journey has been nothing short of magical and I thank those who were a part of it from the beginning as well as those who joined me along the way. Yoga has become a part of my entire being and I look forward to sharing all this love, passion, and knowledge with my friends, my family, and my community." ~ Jeanean 

  • “Today, I graduated and received a certificate of completion, but what I really received was lifelong friendships, a new perspective on life, a sense of peace and calmness, and a desire to continue learning. I couldn't have asked for better teachers, a better mentor, nor could I have handpicked better classmates to be alongside within this journey!”  ~ Jennifer 

  • "I am honored to be a part of the Sakhi family. The foundation, that this school and its wonderful teachers have given me, has set me on a stable path of yoga both personally and professionally. Going through this teacher training is one of the best decisions I have ever made." ~ Travis 

























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