Sakti Sadhana

200-Hour Tantric Yoga Teacher Training

with Natalie Backman + Chrissie Chung


Immerse yourself in the world of Traditional Tantric Hatha Yoga and follow the path of the Masters of the Himalayan Tradition. Set out on the journey which will eventually yield life's greatest reward...a remembrance of who you truly are.


Intention of this Training

Our intention is to share the teachings and practices of the Sakta Tradition of Tantric Yoga in a way which touches your heart and transforms your life.


Sakti Sadhana is a deep exploration of yourSelf through the lens of the ancient wisdom bodies of Yoga and Tantra. This 10-month 200-hour training will introduce you to the vast and glorious world view of Tantra and grant you a transformative experience through the teachings and techniques of yoga.

Rooted in the teachings of the Sakta Tradition, as passed down by the Himalayan Masters, Sakti Sadhana draws from Classical Yoga, Tantra and Vedic Philosophy to create a holistic approach to practice and life. It is designed as both a means for developing your personal experience of yoga as well as a training to foster ethical, empowered, impactful yoga teachers.

What Makes Sakti Sadhana Unique?

Every module of Sakti Sadhana is mindfully crafted for an immersive experience combined with practical, effective teaching methodology. The modules are woven together in a wise progression to deliver genuine knowledge and appreciation of the teachings, the techniques and the Tradition. Several of the modules feature guest teachers, who are extraordinary experts in their fields. These teachers add a rare wisdom and experience to the training. I am grateful for and humbled by their participation.



145 Lessons

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145 Lessons in Sakti Sadhana:

Welcome to Sakti Sadhana

Schedule

Dates + Times

Zoom Details

How to Prepare

Adopting a Yogic Lifestyle

Reading List

parceled out by month

Practice Reflection Form

Please complete following every complete practice - Asana and/or Meditation

Homework Google Drive

Mentorship Information

Email Addresses for your YTT Cohort

What is Yoga? MODULE ONE

Weekend Schedule

Recordings of Live Sessions

Meditation Practice

The Himalayan Tradition

Love all, hate none. Embrace all, exclude none.

Prayers of the Himalayan Tradition

Prayers of the Himalayan Tradition

The Wisdom Body

The Vedas, Tantra & Classical Yoga

The Yoga Sutra

Through the lens of the Himalayan Tradition

Classical Yoga

Sutra 2:28

The Yamas & Niyamas

Sutras 2:30-2:46

A Comfortable and Steady Seat is Asana

Establishing your Meditation Seat

Categories of Asana

Understanding the function of each Category

Tantric Yoga

a systematic approach to practice

Preparation: Purification & Strengthening

Stages One + Two

Diaphragmatic Breathing & Sama Vritti

Pranayama Homework: Teaching Even, Balanced Breath

Saturday Practice Sequence + Recording

Beginner's Practice

Sunday Practice Sequence + Recording

Practice Reflection

Please complete following every complete practice - Asana and/or Meditation

Ahimsa

Knowledge Assessment

Take your time...please complete by next session

Wise Progression MODULE TWO

Recordings of Live Sessions

The Parashakti Invocation

Mantra Homework

The Three Rivers

Tantra, Yoga & Ayurveda

The Three Touchstones of Vinyasa Krama

Tapas - Smarana - Vinyasa Krama

The Aim of a Vinyasa Krama Practice

It may not be what you think...

The Five Essentials of Complete Practice

Principles of Sequencing

How to Sequence an Impactful Yoga Practice

Energetics & more

Details to Consider in a Vinyasa Krama

Extensions

Category of Asana

Surya Namaskar A

Asana Homework: Teaching Sun Salutations

Practice Reflection

Please complete following every complete practice - Asana and/or Meditation

Knowledge Assessment

Take your time...please complete by next session

Your Subtle Body MODULE THREE

Links to Live Sessions

Links to Live Sessions

Gayatri Mantra

Mantra Homework

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

Nadi Shodhana

Pranayama Homework: Teaching Alternate Nostril Breathing

The Vayus

The Winds of Prana

The Chakras

Vortices of Prana

Chakra Awareness

Resource: my studies with Tracee Stanley, the Himalayan Tradition

Introducing the Moon

Resource: my studies with Yogarupa Rod Stryker

Forward Bends

Categories of Asana

Practice Reflection

Please complete following every complete practice - Asana and/or Meditation

Knowledge Assessment

Harnessing Prana MODULE FOUR

Links to Live Sessions

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

Mantra Homework

What is Prana?

Resource: The Practice of the Yoga Sutra, Sadhana Pada by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

Prana Sakti

the inexhaustible elixir of life

Introduction to Pranayama

the expansion of the life force

Avidya + Our Pranic Field

the veil that hides our inner light

Prana Anusandhana

the seven preparatory pranayamas

Prana through Relaxation

Resolving Tension, Revealing Prana

Prana in Practice

Cultivating Pranic Sensitivity

Twists

Categories of Asana

A Stable Mind

Resource: my studies with Yogarupa Rod Stryker

Practice Reflection

Please complete following every complete practice - Asana and/or Meditation

Knowledge Assessment

Take your time...please complete by next session

Tantric Meditation MODULE FIVE

Links to Live Sessions

Links to Live Sessions

Vishva Deva Mantra

Mantra Homework

Kriya Yoga

Tapas, Svadhyaya, and Ishvara Pranidhana

The Kleshas

The Five-fold Afflictions

Samadhi

the end goal

Vishoka Meditation

A Traditional Tantric Sequence for Meditation

Establishing your Asana

Steadiness and Ease in your Meditation Seat

The Breath + Meditation

Reminders for the Breath

Sohum Pranayama

Pranayama Homework: Teaching Seamless Breath

Laterals

Categories of Asana

Introducing the Sun

the dawning of higher awareness + expansion

Practice Reflection

Please complete following every complete practice - Asana and/or Meditation

Knowledge Assessment

Take your time...please complete by next session

Understanding Anatomy MODULE SIX

Links to Live Sessions

Links to Live Sessions

Bare Bones of Yoga

The Respiratory System

The beauty and potential of your breath

Anatomy of the Brain

On Your Nerves

Backbends

Categories of Asana

Practice Reflection

Please complete following every complete practice - Asana and/or Meditation

Knowledge Assessment

Take your time...please complete by next session

Ayurveda + Self Care MODULE SEVEN

Links to Live Sessions

Links to Live Sessions

Adopting a Yogic Lifestyle

Daily Purification

What is Ayurveda?

The Science of Self-Care

The Purpose of Ayurveda

Three primary purposes & gifts of Ayurveda

Five Elements, Tridosha & Gunas

As is the microcosm, so is the macrocosm

Prakruti & Vikruti

Finding harmony...

Discover Your Dosha

Take the Quiz to Determine Your Ayurvedic Constitution

Vata, Pitta, Kapha

Looking at the doshas in more detail

The Ayurveda of Yoga

How Ayurveda Informs our Sequencing

Healing the Doshas through Yoga

Balancing the symptoms of excessive Vata, Pitta + Kapha

Ojas, Tejas + Prana

Fundamentals of the Subtle Doshas

Agni

The Importance of Digestive Fire

Five Elements & Food

Ayurvedic Recipes

Kitchari, Golden Mylk + Rasayana

Self Care

Dinacharya & Ratricharya

Abhyanga

Worshipping your body, accepting and appreciating your physical form exactly as it is.

Know + Heal Yourself through Ayurveda

Prakriti + Vikriti

Home Study

Vinyasa Krama Self-Assessment + Optional Kitchari Cleanse

Practice Reflection

Please complete following every complete practice - Asana and/or Meditation