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Led by Shawn J. Moore, the Sankofa Yoga and Mindful Rebel

 Inward Illumination™ Meditation Teacher Training Program encourages meditation as a lifestyle, a theory, and a practice. Our approach to meditation explores the concept of the koshas and how they can be integrated into meditation teaching and practice.

75 Hour Meditation Teacher
Training Program

May 2024 - June 2024

The Inward Illumination™ Meditation Teacher Training Program (MTT) will explore the concept of the koshas and how they can be integrated into meditation teaching and practice.


The training is framed by an in-depth study of each Kosha, including its characteristics, functions, and how it relates to meditation practice. This would be followed by practical training in various meditation techniques that target each of the Koshas.


Through a combination of theory, practice, and feedback, you will gain the skills and confidence to teach meditation classes that integrate the koshas and create a transformative experience for your students. You will also deepen your own personal practice and cultivate a deeper connection with each layer of the human experience.


By by investing in the training, participants will:

  • Deepen your understanding of meditation through both informational content and experiential practice.
    Receive mentoring, including personal “office hours”, and live and recorded group conversations.

  • Establish the tools, experience, and guidance to further your own meditation practice.

  • Practice leading meditations and receive constructive feedback

  • Develop the confidence, vocabulary, and presence to successfully lead others in meditation 


In addition to bi-weekly training sessions, students are also required to commit to a daily meditation practice, complete homework assignments, meet asynchronously with fellow trainees, and attend meditation classes at Sankofa Yoga; there are no additional fees. 

Upon completion of the coursework and evaluation, participants will receive a certification of completion.  For those that are Yoga teachers this will then enable you to register with Yoga Alliance for Continuing Education Credits (YACEP.)


The training course is taught in five virtual sessions, with a required in-studio closing weekend. This format supports students having time to integrate the material, meet independently with cohort-members between live virtual sessions, complete homework assignments, and prepare for assigned  practice sessions. All content will be housed within Thinkific, an online learning platform.  NOTE: We employ a screens-on policy for virtual sessions.


Virtual Synchronous Dates

Training Orientation & Compliance Meeting 

Sunday, May 5: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. EST 

(Mandatory for all trainees, non-negotiable)


Module 1 | Stability - Meditation Foundations & the Physical Posture

Monday, May 6: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. EST 


Module 2 | Vitality - Working with the Breath and Subtle Energy 

Monday, May 20: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. EST 


Module 3 | Clarity - Understanding the Mind in Meditation

Monday, June 3: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. EST 


Module 4 | Intuition - Connecting to Our Inner Wisdom

Monday, June 17: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. EST 


Module 5 | Joy - Sharing from the Heart 

Monday, July 1: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. EST 


Optional Office Hours via Zoom (Dates are tentative and subject to change)

  • Friday, May 3: 12 pm - 1pm EST

  • Friday, June 28: 12 pm - 1 pm EST

  • Friday, July 12: 12 pm - 1pm EST



  • Saturday, July 20: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Half Day Meditation Sit, Dharma Talk Practice, Honoring Your Seat of the Teacher

  • Sunday, July 21: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Community Class Teaching, Closing Ceremony 


Additional Coursework Hours: coaching, reading, homework assignments, journaling, meditation practice

*See Course Details for guidelines on in-studio participation, attendance policy and schedule conflicts.



Q: Who is this training for?

Our meditation teacher training is designed for individuals who have a strong interest in meditation and mindfulness practices, and are interested in sharing these techniques with others. The training is open to anyone who has an ongoing personal meditation practice of at least one year, with at least a commitment of three to four meditation practices a week.  With a consistent meditation practice, this training welcomes those who wish to become certified meditation teachers, as well as for those who simply wish to deepen their own personal practice. Our program is perfect for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals, therapists, or anyone who is interested in incorporating meditation and mindfulness practices into their work or personal life. Our meditation teacher training program is not an immersion or workshop; rather, a training course for those with the intention to complete all requirements for certification.


The in-studio closing weekend will be held in-person at our studio, 302 Main Street, Laurel, MD, if health and safety conditions permit. We are in accordance with Prince George's County Executive Orders. In the event we must pivot, livestream/online learning will be set in place via Zoom. To view our training facility, click here.

*See Course Details for information on attendance policy.


The cost of our 75hr Inward Illumination™ Meditation Teacher Training (MTT) is $1149 and is payable as follows:


  • Payment Plan Option: $300 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit, 3 equal monthly payments of $285 due on May 1,  June 1, on July 1.

  • 10% Early Bird Discount is available for those paying in full by April 22, 2024

*See Course Details for information on tuition/refund policy.


Interested in teaching meditation have questions or need more information? Find out more at our virtual info sessions and learn how our MTT program can help you on the path to holding space for self-inquiry and exploration. Join us at our virtual info sessions on Sunday, March 24 @ 12:30 PM EST and Monday, March 25 @ 7:15 PM EST. RSVP here. Please note that spaces may fill up before this information session takes place. 


If you are interested in joining our MTT, please complete the following steps. Applicants will be required to review the attached course details in entirety, submit an information form and pay the non-refundable and non-transferable $300 deposit to gain entry into our Inward Illumination™ Meditation Teacher Training Program. Once all three steps are completed, you're in! See steps below:

1) Download "Course Details"

2) Submit Information Form

3) Enroll with $300 deposit

If you have any questions about any of this material, please email here or call 240-786-7182.


Shawn J. Moore is a career educator, yoga teacher (E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®), sound and reiki practitioner, meditation teacher, Yoga Nidra facilitator, and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, all focused through a Buddhist lens and 17 years of personal practice. Residing at the intersection of leadership and mindfulness, Shawn creates sacred spaces for stillness and self-inquiry to help changemakers align their strengths, intention, and impact. Through his integrative approach, he holds transformative containers for self-renewal, personal discovery, and capacity-building that ease clients on their journey towards peace, clarity, and freedom. In addition to holding community space through classes, he provides training in leadership and strengths-based development, and workshops in mindfulness, meditation and sound healing.  He has contributed workshops, practices, and educational opportunities for celebrities like Questlove, and various yoga studios and colleges, Yoga International, Omstars, Melanin Moves Project, the Human Rights Campaign, Spotify and Lululemon. He currently serves as the Community Engagement Specialist for Muse®, the neuro-technology, brain health, and meditation company. To learn more, click here.


What do our graduates say

about the experience?


PICTURED ABOVE: Our first group of graduates, LUMINOUS ELEVEN, graduated in July 2023! To learn more about their work, click here

‘This training expanded and stretched me beyond what I expected in the best way. I learned tools that helped me to personally grow and in this growth I feel more confident as a teacher to guide others through their own meditation transformation.’


‘This program offered me the space to explore and deepen my knowledge of self. It has allowed me to cultivate more inner awareness which ultimately equips me with better tools to guide others through their own process.’


‘This training was really helpful in expanding my knowledge about meditation. I would recommend this course to anyone that is looking for more self discovery, guidance on how to expand their practice, find their niche, or how to make their presence known in the meditation field.’


‘This meditation training offers a great variety of philosophy, history, techniques, and practice teaching to cultivate your own personal meditation path as well as prepare you to lead others on their meditation path! It was an amazing time of reflection and growth, I highly recommend it!’

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