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Teaching Authentically: 5-Week Mentorship Program

Begins Saturday, September 5, 2020


Did you recently complete a yoga teacher training and looking for a personalized experience with a mentor? Are you looking for ways to continue your education and find your voice authentically as a teacher?


Invest in yourself with our 5-week mentorship program designed to support new teachers gain the confidence and skills to teach yoga comfortably, design safe and sensible classes with effective cueing, and most importantly establish their voice as teachers. This mentorship program will leave with you with take-away tools to make your practice and teaching easy to implement and in your authentic voice.

Our mentorship program features:

  • Yoga Cueing & Modifications

  • Class Sequencing & Playlists

  • Teaching effectively virtually and hybrid

  • Deeper exploration of the Niyamas

  • Infusing your passion into your classes

  • Private Coaching Session with Tamisha

  • Your sauce! Your Ase’! Your Je ne sais quoi!

This program is designed to support up to 7 committed yogis who are ready to dive deeper and teach authentically.

Meeting Dates:

Saturday, September 5 @ 10AM - 12PM EST
Saturday, September 12 @ 10AM - 12PM EST
Saturday, September 19 @ 10AM - 12PM EST
Saturday, September 26 @ 10AM - 12PM EST

Location: The group sessions will be held in-studio with a virtual option.


Investment | $497

The cost of the Teaching Authentically Mentorship Program is $497. All applications require a $97 non-refundable deposit. Registration closes on September 2nd or when full.


Payment plan available upon request. Email

This program qualifies for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits (CEC)

Intro to Energy and Sound Healing

Sunday, September 20, 2020 

Are you curious about sound healing and energy work, but don’t know where to start?


Join co-facilitators Tamisha J. Ponder and Shawn J. Moore in this knowledge-share workshop designed to support energy and sound practices on your spiritual journey.


Energy healing is a holistic practice that uses life force energy to remove blocks, stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal, re-balance, and improve overall well-being. Sound healing, a modality of growing popularity, is based in the principle of consciously harnessing the vibrations of sound to expand consciousness, promote wellness in the body, and tap into our inner personal power. 


This workshop is the first of a three-part series to cultivate energy and sound practitioners who are interested in learning how to hold space. 


Participants will be introduced to the concepts of energy healing, sound healing, frequency, and resonance; explore its connection to the chakras and koshas; and learn how modalities like meditation and Reiki help to cultivate these energies. The experience will close with a chakra-balancing meditation and sound experience. 


Date: Sunday, September 20, 2020 10am - 4pm. 


Location: This is a virtual workshop.


Tuition | $247

The cost of Introduction to Energy and Sound Healing is $247. All applications require a $97 non-refundable deposit. Payment plans available upon request with final workshop balance due one-week prior to workshop. Email

Registration closes Sunday, September 13th or when full. Limited spaces available! 


POST WORKSHOP SUPPORT: An optional 30-minute Q&A follow-up group webinar to integrate the energy deeper.

This workshop qualifies for five (5) Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits (CEC)


Part 1 – Energy/Sound Foundations and Personal Practice 

Part 2 – Facilitating and Holding Space and for Others (2021) 

Part 3 – Energy and Sound Immersion/Certification (2021)

Teaching Prenatal Yoga: Mini-Immersion

Saturday, October 3, 2020 

Are you a yoga teacher or birth worker looking to deepen your knowledge of prenatal yoga? Join us for our prenatal yoga immersion! Our 7-hour, Yoga Alliance approved, course will provide foundational knowledge and an in-depth look at the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and empowers instructors to practice and lead prenatal students through a safe, effective basic yoga practice.

Learn the principles of practice of prenatal yoga and experience the variety of ways you can teach and modify classes for prenatal students in mini-immersion program.


We will introduce appropriate prananyama, asana and restorative poses for pregnancy per trimester; benefits of meditation and stress reduction; and discuss common physical issues that occur during pregnancy.


Participants Receive:

  • 7 hours of live instruction

  • Training Manual

  • 7 contact-hours CEC for Yoga Alliance

  • Certificate of Completion


This course will be presented hybrid (you have the option to attend in-studio or Zoom online live stream).


Tuition: $199 | Payment plans available upon request. Email

This mini-immersion qualifies for seven (7) Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits (CEC) and is great introduction to our 40-hr Prenatal Yoga Teaching Training to take place at a later date.

Usui Reiki Level 1

Sunday, October 11 

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.

Are you interested in learning this ancient healing practice? Join our next Reiki training session.​

In Usui Level 1, 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.

Date: Sunday, October 11 | 9am – 12:30 pm


Location: The training will be held in-studio. 5 spaces available.


Tuition | $175

The cost of the Reiki Level 1 Certification is $175. Tuition comes with a training manual and frameable certificate.

Social Justice According to the Yamas & Niyamas

Begins Thursday, October 22

While asana, the physical postures, is one of the 8 limbs of yoga, the full experience of yoga comes through the principles and practices found in the other seven. Join us as we dive deeper into two of those, the Yamas and Niyamas, which are the restraints and observances thought of as the guidelines, tenets, ethical disciplines, and precepts of yoga. Learn how these principles work together to achieve social justice.


Join Tamisha, yogi, community organizer, anti-racism trainer and social justice scholar as we explore these ethical principles of yoga through the lens of social justice.


This 5-week series is the first of a three-part program designed to take a deeper expansive and critical dive into yoga. Learn to embody the true meaning of yoga in your everyday life, discover yogi-activists historical and present, and critically examine how yoga’s ethical practices help to provide the framework for social justice.  


Each meeting includes lecture, supplemental readings, critical analysis, group discussion and the intuitive space to personally examine how the yamas inform us in our growth as social justice warriors.


Meeting Dates:


  • Thursday, 10/22: Ahimsa | 7PM- 8:30

  • Thursday, 10/29: Satya | 7PM- 8:30

  • Thursday, 11/5: Asteya | 7PM- 8:30

  • Thursday, 11/12: Brahmacharya | 7PM- 8:30

  • Thursday, 11/19: Aparigraha | 7PM- 8:30


This course is open to everyone! You do not have to be a yoga student, yoga teacher or activist to participate. This course calls for folks who are ready to deepen their understanding of yoga and social justice and want to evoke action to accompany their practice.


Location: This is a virtual course.


Tuition | $247

The cost of Social Justice According to the Yamas is $247. All applications require a $97 non-refundable deposit. Payment plans available upon request.


Required Course Materials:

The Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele

Additional readings will be provided.

This course qualifies for eight (8) Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits (CEC)


Tamisha J. Ponder is an E-RYT 200, RYT-500, Reiki Master Teacher and founder/owner of Sankofa Yoga and Wellness Center. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in Language, Literacy and Culture completing oral history research on Undergraduate Black Women Activists During Black Lives Matter 2014-16. Holding 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 more details, click here.

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