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300-500 YTT

Our next program begins in August 2023!

The Sakhi Yoga School was founded on the principle of sangha (community) and sakhi (friendship).  The ancient teachings of yoga emphasize the importance of walking this path with others, not alone.  One of the unique benefits of enrolling in the Sakhi Yoga 300-hour teacher training program is becoming part of a close-knit, supportive community of teachers and practitioners that welcomes yogis from all backgrounds and traditions. Rather than amassing a variety of elective weekend workshops, the Sakhi curriculum methodically builds as we progress through the program, for a richer understanding, while simultaneously strengthening our sangha in South Carolina. In addition to cultivating life-long friendships, you will emerge with the comprehension of the deeper meaning of yoga and the ability to transmit your wisdom and knowledge effectively to others. 



We believe in the value and importance of in-person learning and cultivating a strong community. This program will include 12 in-person weekends, 15 virtual evening classes, and a final week spent in residence at the Himalayan Institute. Each year’s class is restricted in number, allowing for ample one-on-one interaction and rich group discussion.  This program is designed to give you a deeper dive into the practice and understanding of yoga, in a very intentional way. The Sakhi Yoga School differs from schools that are comprised of optional, elective weekend courses, that may or may not weave together to create a deeper understanding of self and this practice.  Our studies will methodically build as we progress through the program, for a deeper, richer understanding.  Each of the four quarters is focused on one of the Four Gates of Freedom as defined in the Yoga Vasistha.


Quarter One – Self-Inquiry 

  • 4 in-person weekends

  • 4 virtual evening classes


Quarter Two – Self-Mastery 

  • 4 in-person weekends

  • 4 virtual evening classes


Quarter Three – Contentment 

  • 4 in-person weekends 

  • 4 virtual evening classes


Quarter Four – Sangha/Community

  • Six days in residence (included in tuition) at The Himalayan Institute                                 in Honesdale, PA

  • 3 virtual evening classes

  • Sri Vidya and the Inner Shrine

  • Graduation


Learning Highlights


  • Enhance your knowledge of the anatomy of yoga and understanding of physiological problems and structural limitations


  • Explore the profound teachings of Sri Vidya that lead you toward embodying the wisdom, power, compassion, beauty, and joy of Sri


  • Complete the Four Desires process based on Rod Stryker’s book; identify your Dharma Code or life purpose and how to sustain alignment with it


  • Deepen your understanding of Ayurvedic principles and learn how to apply them in your practice, life, and teaching


  • Understand the five Prana Vayus & how to work with them, using asana, pranayama & mantra


  • Explore yoga as a supportive tool for depression and anxiety


  • Experience ancient meditation techniques and learn how to teach them in a meaningful way


  • Tap into your internal well of creativity, learning to design practices that will support you and your students in a profound and practical way


  • Become more familiar with the Koshas (five sheaths or layers) and develop a relationship to those layers in practice and teaching


  • Learn ancient mantras and study the science of sound


  • Study Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra and The Hatha Yoga Pradipika in-depth, as a guide for “living your yoga”, on and off the mat


  • Discover your authentic voice, learn to use it more effectively & elegantly, in a variety of arenas


  • Refine your skills in purposeful sequencing for specific energetic outcomes


  • Develop your online instruction skills and understanding of how to serve students’ needs through this medium



Reading List

  • The Secret of the Yoga Sutra ~ Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

  • The Practice of the Yoga Sutra ~ Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

  • Autobiography of a Yogi ~ Paramahansa Yogananda

  • Yoga & Ayurveda ~ Dr. David Frawley

  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika ~ Swami Satyananda Saraswati: commentary by Swami Muktibodhananda

  • Living with the Himalayan Masters ~ Swami Rama

  • The Four Desires ~ Rod Stryker

  • Vishoka Meditation ~ Pandit Rajmani Tigunait


*Amba Rate - $3900 (significantly discounted for those with reduced means)

*Kama Rate - $4400 (low end of the standard rate)

*Seva Rate - $4900 (encouraged for those who can afford to pay a little more so we can offer assistance to those with lesser means)

*Sangha Rate – Partial scholarships offered on a rolling basis, dependent on Seva registrations.


Details and Inclusions

  • A $200 non-refundable application fee will hold your spot and be deducted from your total rate.

  • Cash, Check, Zelle, and “PayPal: Friends & Family” payments (to 803.606.8829) are accepted, with no additional fees.  

  • Credit card or “PayPal: Services” payments are accepted, with a 3% fee added to the total. 

  • Four Desires Workbook and Sakhi Manual are included.

  • Accommodations during the week in residence at The Himalayan Institute are included, based on double occupancy with shared baths.  

  • Meals, transportation to and from the institute, books and incidentals are not included.

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