Sakhi Yoga
Now offering advanced 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Designed for experienced yoga practitioners, who have already received their 200-hr certification, and wish to deepen their personal practice and teaching skills.

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.

In light of the current pandemic, the first quarter will be completed entirely on-line.  A determination on the format of the remainder of the course, based on the health and safety of the students and faculty, will be made at the end of 2020.  The program is divided into 4 quarters, each of which is focused on one of the Four Gates of Freedom as defined in the Yoga Vasistha.
Quarter One – Self-Inquiry :
·     One night a week, Wednesdays 6:00-9:00pm for 12 weeks
·     Two weekends:

  • The Four Desires Part 1

  • The Four Desires Part 2

Quarter Two – Self-Mastery:
·     One night a week, Wednesdays 6:00-9:00pm for 12 weeks
·     Two weekends:

  • Yoga & Resilience

  • Yoga as a Healing Pathway

Quarter Three – Contentment:
·     One night a week, Wednesdays 6:00-9:00pm for 12 weeks
·     Two weekends:

  • Advanced Anatomy for Yoga

  • Tantra & the Himalayan tradition

Quarter Four – Sangha/Community:
·      One  week in residence at The Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA

  • 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 and 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 in-depth, as a guide for “living your yoga”, on and off of the mat

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

•    Refine your skills in purposeful sequencing for specific energetic outcomes

•    Develop your observation skills and understanding of how to serve students’ needs

Reading List
The Practice of the Yoga Sutra ~ Pandit Rajmani TIgunait
Autobiography of a Yogi ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
The Path of Fire and Light: Volume 1 ~ Swami Rama
Yoga & Ayurveda ~ Dr. David Frawley
Hatha Yoga Pradipika ~ Swami Satyananda Saraswati: commentary by Swami Muktibodhananda
Living with the Himalayan Masters ~ Swami Rama
Vishoka Meditation ~ Pandit Rajmani TIgunait