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Led by Reiki Master Teacher Dr. Tamisha J. Ponder, our certification program upholds the Usui System of Reiki as a deeply intuitive tradition encouraging self-healing, self-discovery, and space holding. Our approach is rooted in education and community. 

Usui Reiki Certification Program

Reiki (pronounced RAY-KEY) translates in Japanese to mean “Universal Life Energy.” It is an ancient healing technique, for use on self, others, animals, plants, and the Earth. Reiki has been used for centuries to achieve balance in the mind, body, and spirit and treat physical and emotional imbalances. It is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Benefits include:​

  • Create a deep state of calm and relaxation

  • Inner peace + clarity

  • Release emotional blockages

  • Relieve stress

  • Release muscle tension

  • Help relieve pain

  • Accelerate healing

  • Support the body’s natural ability to heal itself

  • Combines well with other healing methods to enhance results


The Usui System of Reiki (Usui Shiki Ryoho) was founded in the late 19th century by Dr. Mikao Usui. Usui Reiki has three levels, each with attunements (meaning your energy is raised to the higher frequency of Reiki energy). Reiki energy can only be channeled by people who have been attuned or initiated by a certified Reiki Master Teacher. 


Are you interested in learning this ancient healing practice? Take a look at our courses, and join our next Reiki training session. Instructed by Reiki Master Teacher, Dr. Tamisha J. Ponder, you will leave each course with a different level of understanding of the history and application of Reiki, as well as a deepening and cultivation of your energetic gifts.


Usui Reiki Level One

​In this course, students will be introduced to the history and general principles of Reiki, learn the basic hand positions for treatment, and will practice Reiki on themselves and others in the class. This course is held virtually on day one and in-studio on day two. See course details below.

Tuition: $175

Usui Reiki Level Two

​This course is open to any current Level 1 Reiki practitioner who is looking deepen their knowledge. Students receiving Level 2 attunements are provided a higher level of energy vibrations and will learn 3 Reiki Symbols. This course is held in-studio. See course details below.

Tuition: $275 

Usui Reiki Level Three: Master/Teacher

​This course is for those desiring to become a Reiki Master or teach Reiki. Levels 1 and 2 will be reviewed and student will deepen their knowledge, work toward becoming a Reiki Master and learn how to attune others. NOTE: This training will be available in 2024. Those interested in this level may also find interest in our Reiki Refresher Mentorship Course for preparation. 


Reiki Refresher Mentorship Course [VIRTUAL]

​Has it been a while? New in your practice? This virtual 4-week course is open to any current Level 2 Reiki practitioner who is looking to: 1) refresh their knowledge; 2) gain additional hands-on experience and receive guidance; and 3) build confidence as a Reiki practitioner. Reiki Refresher courses are designed to address any concerns or questions since your last Reiki training. Each week students will take a deeper dive into the foundations of Reiki and subtle energy, broach various modalities, and learn how to make Reiki sustainable as an offering. Additionally included in this course: self-study (homework assignments, journaling, personal meditation practice); distance reiki session; and a private coaching session with Tamisha. This course is will give you the tools to get back on track and ​give you the confidence you need to deepen your practice. Offered virtual-only, the sessions will be recorded if you have to miss.

Dates: TBD

Location: Virtual. The course will be recorded if you have to miss a session.

Note: If you received your Level 1 & 2 with another teacher, please click here to complete our information form. 

Tuition: $300 

Energetic Awareness for Womb, Fertility, Prenatal and Postpartum Support

​This course is open to any currently Level 2 or 3 practitioner looking to expand their Reiki practice to offer healing support to womb/reproductive health, fertility, pregnancy and postpartum. We will discuss important education and tools to work specifically with the reproductive system, womb center, and to provide support for birthing individuals. Because this is a continued education, you should have some experience in offering Reiki services to others before incorporating this curriculum. To be notified when registration opens, click here.



To be notified of our next Usui Level One training, click here.


To be notified of our next Usui Level Two training, click here.

NOTE: If you received your Level 1 with another teacher, please click here to complete our information form.

COURSE DETAILS: Usui Reiki Levels 1 & 2  will be held in-person at our upstairs studio/training facility (if health and safety conditions permit). The program reserves the right to cancel or postpone any training before it begins. In that case students will either be contacted to reschedule, be refunded in full, or given studio credit. If a student can no longer attend a training session, the program will not give any refunds, however, such amount can be applied towards a future training program . If you have any questions, please email us at here or call 240-786-7182.


Dr. Tamisha J. Ponder is a Reiki Master Teacher, E-RYT 500, Thai Massage Specialist, Fertility Doula, Birth Doula and co-founder/owner of Sankofa Yoga and Wellness Center and Sankofa Health Center. She holds a PhD 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 a member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals and is rooted in community healing and community advocacy. To learn more about Tamisha, click here.

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