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Led by Tamisha J. Ponder, Sankofa Yoga is a Vinyasa-Hatha based school that teaches a method that balances instruction, engagement, alignment, breath, and fluid movement. The Sankofa Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) program encourages yoga as a lifestyle, a theory, and a practice. Our approach to asana practice is rooted in the Vinyasa yoga tradition and inspired by Power, Yin, and Traditional Hatha Yoga. 

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program

November 2021 - July 2022

Sankofa Yoga 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training Program provides trainees with the tools to develop a sense of personal power, overcome self-limitation, resource community and return to the source. Our approach to instruction reflects philosophy, accessibility, community, and is designed to reach the masses to bring yoga, mindfulness, and meditation to all. We encourage balance; thus, after completion of this course students will be able to lead various types of yoga classes, such as Vinyasa Flow, Deep Stretch and Power Yoga enabling them to teach in any setting and engage community while doing so. 


In addition to monthly training sessions, students are also required to commit to a daily practice, complete homework assignments, and attend yoga classes with senior teachers at Sankofa Yoga; there are no additional fees. Our program has been designed to exceed the 200-hour Teacher Training program standards for registration with Yoga Alliance. Upon completion of this course, students will be eligible to apply for registration with Yoga Alliance to become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT).



We will meet once a month in-studio on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays over the course of eight months as the training course is taught in nine intensive weekends.

Thursdays:      6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Fridays:           6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturdays:      8:30 am – 5:45 pm

Sundays:         8:30 am – 5:30 pm


Additional Coursework Hours: Independent Study Hours (reading, journaling, personal yoga and meditation practice)



  1. November 11 -14, 2021

  2. December 16 – 19, 2021

  3. January 13 -16, 2022

  4. February 10 – 13, 2022

  5. March 17 – 20, 2022

  6. April 21 – 24, 2022

  7. May 12 -15, 2022

  8. June 9 – 12, 2022

  9. July 7 – 10 , 2022

See Course Details for attendance policy. 


The cohort is limited to 10 students. The cost of our 200-hour Teacher Training is $3,000 and is payable as follows:


  • 10% Early Bird Discount is available for those paying in full by October 11, 2021

  • Payment Plan Option: $300 non-refundable deposit, followed by 9 equal monthly auto-payments of $300 due on the 1st of each month starting November 1, 2021.​



Applicants will be required to submit an information form and pay the non-refundable $300 deposit to gain entry into the 200hr Sankofa Yoga Teacher Training Program. See steps below:

1) Download Course Details

2) Submit Information Form

3) Enroll with $300 deposit


To be notified if spaces become available, click here.

If you have any questions, please email us at here or call 240-786-7182.


Tamisha J. Ponder found yoga at a time when her years as a community organizer had taken a toll on her well-being. Learning how to navigate stress and anxiety through her own yoga practice, Tamisha decided to become a yoga teacher in 2012 to share with her community. She is an E-RYT 200, RYT-500, RPYT, Reiki Master Teacher, Thai Massage Specialist, Fertility Doula, Birth Doula and founder/owner of Sankofa Yoga and Wellness Center. She is currently completing her doctoral degree in Language, Literacy and Culture and holds a master's degree in Women's and Gender Studies: Health and Sexuality, and a bachelor's degree in Journalism with minors in History and Black Women's Studies. Tamisha is rooted in community healing and community advocacy. For more details, click here.