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  • Testimonial

    “Over the last two years I have been lucky enough to experience first-hand the vibrance, inspiration and pure joy that Samantha brings to her yoga and Shakti Yoga Dance classes.  She creates a place that is challenging yet free of judgment, where we grow our practice, take risks and feel safe.” - Nancy Sharpe


Please contact Samantha for pricing, dates of trainings or any further information.

If you are doing the training for your own joy and personal expansion, there is no prerequisite other than you must be in good physical shape, and have a minimum of two years of Yoga.

To become a Shakti Yoga Dance instructor, you must hold a 200 hour certification with YA, or have comparative training.

The foundational 25 hour course work certifies you as a Shakti Yoga Dance Instructor.

Dance, or other movement background, is not required, though it’s helpful.

The first training hands you tools and confidence to teach five original Shakti Yoga Dances.  To help you keep the dances fresh, vibrant, and exciting, you may return for tune ups, questions, and review. New rounds of training begin ever few months, offering  different dances.  You may come to learn one, or sign up for all five.

After the first 20 hour training, if you are not in proximity to attend in person, you may purchase a manual for each new training, or purchase solo dance.


hand standEach dance is delineated through its: synopsis, music, mudra, chant, and poem, along with a class format providing a simple but specific warm up of what bodies need in order to execute that dance.

Every original choreography is has a line by line structure of photographs and detailed Asana instruction.

There is a dictionary of poses, both Sanskrit and English, which offers clarity and depth when instructing. Being able to give verbal cues throughout each dance at the right moment is important for ease in linking the poses.


The body begins to dance as spirit as you repeat and incorporate the richness within the connective tissue.  This translates directly to other aspects in your life, and in your teaching.  You begin seeing new possibilities and opportunities to re-choreograph life, as well as Asanas.

These dances on the mat, like all dance, induce a greater state of theta brainwaves, which facilitate access to creativity, healing, and intuition.  The majority of all communication is non-verbal, and it is this that connects us.  The intuitive, sensory sea of the third eye, the Ajna Chakra, whose seed sound is Om, whose color is violet, whose issue is the spiritual path, is a beneficiary of, and a servant to Shakti as she dances us.


Moving from the core is instilled by the constant use of bandhas throughout each dance. This enriches an ability to  easily access both physical and  emotional depths in other aspects of life.

Through expanding intuitive, the ability to express mudra, chant, poetry, music, breath, and asanas, deepens, becoming more transformational. As Joe Campbell wrote, “We find tracks that have been waiting for us.” We don’t need more data, or speed. The earth is asking us to awaken our 6th sense, to increase theta states of childlike wonder, to nurture the biology of innovative expression.

Many people who have wanted to dance, but didn’t feel they could, love the experience of a structured Yoga-choreography that creates a safe container. Being led step by step into deep waters allows the body to eventually swim sensuously and courageously far out to sea.

Shakti Yoga Dances challenge and encourage innovative teaching methods. They keep the mat fresh and alive. Like all Yoga, they demand we stand totally present, releasing worry, stress and depression. They instruct the body to give itself over to something greater than self.

These dances that call Shakti into us, offer another way to enter the Practice, especially when in the doldrums. The music begins, muscle responds, the breathe expands, and the brain can’t help but follow.

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Shakti Yoga Dances are rituals of remembrance. We remember our potential. We remember we are not separate from one another. We remember we are light-bodies.

There is a tribal joining that happens through the rituals of Shakti Yoga Dances. It’s lovely to dance alone, but far more powerful to become part of a community moving more joyously through the world in song and dance. We shift from shadow and depletion into Grace and healing, and we need this now more than ever.

Who benefits most? There are modifications within each dance, and there are simple as well as advanced dances. This wide spectrum make them available to all levels, but having a strong Practice makes the process easier and the layers more accessible.

Oscar Wilde was correct when he said, “The final mystery is oneself.” Shakti Yoga Dances induce a magical consciousness to re-connect us to more of our mystery. Because they contain a toolbox of energies, including layers of the subtle body: chakras, koshas, vayus, and gunas, the dances become very personal, and as you repeat the moves, you open those places within-waiting and wanting expression.

Expectations when instructing the Shakti Yoga Dances

The dances change you, as you change them.  Enriching your beautiful nature is part of the nature embedded in the choreography. What you bring to the dance, not only your physical prowess, but your sympathy, empathy, and heart-knowledge, engages and impacts your students directly and profoundly.

Much of the learning comes from repeating the choreography, so that it seamlessly connects, not only asana to asana, but breath to breath, from feeling to choreography. You must be comfortable enough with the dance to call each move before it happens, and easily cue breath and timing of each link.

Shakti Yoga Dances support your personal Practice.  As you expand your knowledge and use of the subtle body layers, you add your expertise, and your story to the whole.


Please contact Samantha for pricing, dates of trainings or any further information.