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300-Hour Tantric Yoga Teacher Training

with Karina Guthrie + Natalie Backman

Rooted in tradition with room for innovation.
Nurtured and guided through devotion to the Divine Feminine.

153 Lessons

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153 Lessons in Embodied Sakti:

300-Hour Training Details

Training Schedule

Module Dates + Times

Gathering Details

Zoom Link

Reading List

Required + Recommended Reading

Mentorship Groups + Accountability Buddies

let's get together

Embodied Sakti Sangha Contacts

may we grow, develop, transform and transcend in the nurturing support of genuine spiritual community

Bridging Course: Review of Vinyasa Krama

Introduction to Vinyasa Krama

Wise Progression, Meaningful Sequencing

Sequencing for Energetics - a Brahmana Practice

Wise Progression, Meaningful Sequencing

Sequencing for Energetics: a Langhana Practice

Wise Progression, Meaningful Sequencing

Bridging Course: Review of the Subtle Body

What is the Subtle Body?

from the mundane to the sacred...

The Koshas

The Five Sheaths of Human Existence

The Nadis

Resource: The Royal Path by Swami Rama & my studies with Tracee Stanley

The Chakras

Vortices of Prana

Bridging Course: Review of Samkhya + Tantra

Recording of Live Session

An Introduction

What is Tantra?

The Sublime World of Tantra

Historical Overview of Tantra

for perspective

Tantric Yoga

a systematic approach to practice

Overview of Samkhya

The descent of consciousness into matter

1. Samkhya + The Wisdom Goddesses of Tantra

Recordings of Live Sessions

The Tantric Worldview

the sacred pervades all

What is Shakti?

the feminine aspect of the divine : pure power + creative energy


is Shakti a women?

The Forces of Shakti

a deeper understanding

The Hindu Pantheon

a family tree

Sri Vidya

the path of the divine feminine

The Tantric Samkhya model

Who am I? Why am I here?

Samkhya + The Yoga Sutras

Samkhya through the lens of the Yoga Sutras

What are the Mahavidyas?

Ten Tantric Wisdom Goddesses


the Goddess of Revolution


the Saving Word

Lalita Tripura Sundari

the Beauty of the Three Worlds


the Mother of Worlds

Tripura Bhairavi

the Terror of Awakening


Radical Self-Transcendence + Consciousness Beyond the Mind


the Crone Goddess of Disappointment


the Stunning Effect of Grace


the Utterance of the Divine Word


the Lotus Goddess of Delight

A deep dive into Kali

the goddess of radical transformation


a life free from harm

Loving kindness practice

of the Buddhist Tradition

Chaos + Compassion

a Panel Discussion about the role of the Divine Mother in a year like 2020

Group Discussion

is this a Religion?

Home Study

to enjoy at your leisure

2. A Yogic Understanding of the Mind

Recordings of Live Sessions

Module Two


The Goddess who guides us through transformative change

Lesson on Om

Commentary from The Secret of the Yoga Sutra: Samadhi Pada by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

Unveiling the mystery of the mind

the core of Yoga philosophy and practice

Sanskrit Terminology

Key concepts for understanding mind

Navigating our Obstacles

Sutras 1:30-1:32

Various aspects of the mind

at a glance

Citta Prasadana

Sutra 1:33

Śhiva Saṅkalpa Sūktam

a mantra for nurturing auspicious thoughts

Timeline of the development of Yoga and Tantra

from the Vedic period until now...

The Vedantic Model of the Mind

Abhyasa and Vairagya

Kriya Yoga


3. The Real Life Story of the Devimahatmya

Recordings of Live Sessions

Module Three

Cultural + Historical Backdrop

a brief history

Origins + Structure

of the Devimahatmya

The Devimahatmya

In Praise of the Goddess

Cruelty + Compassion

Sutra 1:33 continued

Navaratri, Navarana Mantra + Devi Mahatmya

Om Aim Hrim Klim Chamundayai Vicche


Hymn to the Invincible Devi

Your Mythic Journey

Becoming the Hero of your own Battle

Lalita Tripura Sundari

Lalita Tripura Sundari contemplation questions

4. The Mystical Nature of Sanskrit + Mantra

Recordings of Live Sessions

Module Four


Bhuvaneshvari contemplation questions


A Vibrational Language

What is Mantra?

And why is it important?

So Ham

The Universal Mantra

Accessing the Chakras through Mantra

For Embodiment + Purificaiton

Embodied Shakti

Shakti Bija Mantras

From Jealousy to Happiness

a continuation of Sutra 1:33

Mantra Sadhana

Source: The Secret of the Yoga Sutra: Sadhana Pada by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Open Mantras of our Tradition

Gayatri + Mahamrityunjaya

The Sri Sukta in Practice

The Vessel of Tantric Elixir

5. Bhakti - From Discipline to Devotion

Recordings of Live Sessions

Module Five


Austerity destroys impurities...

Tripura Bhairavi

the Fierce One


From Discipline to Devotion

From Self-Righteousness to Non-Judgement

Conclusion of Sutra 1:33

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya

The Nine Processes of Bhakti

Central components of Krishna bhakti

Bhakti and the Bhagavad Gita

Bhakti contemplation questions

6. Wise Progression In Practice + Life

Recordings of Live Sessions

Module Six

Prayers of the Himalayan Tradition

Prayers of the Himalayan Tradition

Vinyasa Krama

Wise Progression In Practice + Life

Foundations of Vinyasa Krama

the Nature of Sequencing

Principles of Sequencing

The Three Touchstones of Practice

To create an intentional, purposeful, beneficial practice we need three things...

Sequencing for the Vayus



Puraka and Rechaka




Agni Sara

Pranayama for Brahmacharya

Pracchardana Vidharana

Pranayama for Brahmacharya

Shambavi Mudra

Pranayama for Brahmacharya


Chinnamasta Contemplation Questions

7. Harnessing Prana

Recordings of Live Sessions

Module Seven


the void

Dhumavati Contemplation Questions


What is Prana?

the primordial ripple of the life force

Prana Sakti

the inexhaustible elixir of life



the expansion of the life force

Prana Anusandhana

the seven preparatory pranayamas

Pracchardana Vidharana + Chaturtha Pranayama

Advanced Pranayama

Avidya + our Pranic Field

the veil that hides our inner light

Prana in Practice

Cultivating Pranic Sensitivity


Building Vital Force

Prana Vayus

Become familiar with the presence of Prana in your body and mind

Working with the Prana Vayus

Integrating all five Vayus for a smooth, serene relationship with Prana.

Tantric Meditation + Yoga Nidra

Recordings of Live Sessions

Module Eight

Tantric Meditation + Yoga Nidra

Experiencing Sattwa by Way of Rajas + Tamas

Establishing Your Asana

Steadiness and Ease in your Meditation Seat

The Role of Prana in Meditation

Reminders for the Breath

Prana Dharana

Preparing the way for Meditation

An Introduction to Vishoka Meditation

Meant for your personal practice - only to be taught upon completion of the Vishoka Meditation Teacher Training through the Himalayan Institute.

Soham Pranayama

Connecting to the Eternal Nature of the Breath

Yoga Nidra

An Understanding of the History + Context

The Eight Limbs of Yoga Nidra

The Four States of Consciousness

Deep Relaxation


Sankalpa in Yoga Nidra

Utilizing Mantra in Yoga Nidra

Living Dharma

Recordings of Live Sessions

Module Nine

The Bhagavad Gita

The Song of God

What is Dharma?

Our soul's innate desire is to thrive.

Desire + The Soul

Excerpts from The Four Desires by Rod Stryker

The Nature of Fulfillment

Lasting Fulfillment

The Four Desires

Dharma, Artha, Kama + Moksha

Connecting with Your Dharma

a system for gaining clarity

Stepping Into Being Seen

The Balance of Surrender and Self Effort

Working in Partnership with the Divine


the Utterance of the Divine Word



1000 Names of the Goddess

Recordings of Live Sessions

Module Ten

‘I Can, I will, I Must!’

Crafting a compelling Sankalpa

Conflicting Desires

Identifying our Vikalpas

Identify Your Vikalpa

What is your deepest driving desire?

Let your Shadow Inform your Light

Creating a Sankalpa

A Sakti Sukta

verses from the Saudnaryalahari by Sri Shankaracharya