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Sakhi Yoga Teacher Training - Offered by Maxine Deutschendorf and Pamela Meriweather

Do you have a passion to deepen your knowledge of yoga or to share the joys of yoga with others? Whether your goal is to become a certified yoga teacher or just to deepen your own personal practice and understanding of yoga, this program will give you a thorough foundation on which to build.

The Sakhi Yoga School is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered School, founded in 2011. The Sakhi Program is an 8-month, comprehensive curriculum of study and practice, providing a uniquely focused exploration into the life-changing practice of yoga. Drawing from ancient and classical teachings of Yoga, as well as contemporary knowledge of the body and mind, this teacher training course is designed to expand one’s experience of yoga beyond asana on the mat, and into the farther reaches of yoga’s potential to create a life of fulfillment and bliss. The Sakhi Program was created by Maxine Deutschendorf, E-RYT 200, and Pamela Cauthen Meriwether, E-RYT 500, who will lead most of the segments in the curriculum. Guest lecturers will also contribute to the Sakhi experience, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our students.

The scope, depth, and personal approach of this course have been designed to develop practitioners who embody yogic philosophy, and are able to share with others an authentic practice of yoga. Your knowledge of Yoga philosophy, practices and teaching methodologies will be enriched, to your own benefit and to the benefit of those you may choose to guide along the yoga path.

As a Yoga Alliance Registered School, the course hours will be recognized as a Yoga Alliance Teacher Registration at the 200-hour level (RYT200). Yoga Alliance is a non-profit organization that maintains education standards and a national registry of Registered Yoga Teachers. For more information on Yoga Alliance, visit

During this eight-month, life-changing course, you will explore and come away with:

  • An enhanced personal practice and understanding of the importance of continued practice and study.
  • A better understanding of the breadth and depth of Yogic philosophy and its attendant activities (including nutrition, devotion, service and ethics).
  • A working knowledge of the Yogic body, from both the Western (anatomical) and Eastern (energetic) perspectives.
  • How to assess and communicate to a classroom with increased observation, listening and communication skills.
  • How to develop an integrated, safe and uplifting class plan.
  • Sequencing for multiple experience levels and for desired energetic effects.
  • An understanding of Asana as metaphor.
  • Experience in apprentice teaching with primary instructors.
  • Pranayama: anatomy and energetics of breath.
  • Teaching alignment, modifications and giving adjustments.
  • Restorative Yoga and the Stress Cycle.
  • The study of the seminal philosophical texts of Yoga, notably The Bhagavad Gita and The Yoga Sutras.
  • Basic Sanskrit for Yoga.
  • Principles and practices of meditation, mantra and kriya.
  • Introduction to the five Koshas.
  • An understanding the Chakras and Nadis.
  • Energetics and the Doshas, Gunas and Prana Vayus.
  • Ethics, responsibilities and business of teaching Yoga.

Sakhi Yoga Teacher Training Program

Are you ready to transform? If so, please fill out the application below.

2017 Sakhi Yoga Teacher Training Schedule:
  • Weekend 1: January 26- 29*
  • Weekend 2: February 17-19
  • Weekend 3: March 24-26
  • Weekend 4: April 21-23
  • Weekend 5: May 19-21
  • Weekend 6: June 9-11
  • Weekend 7: July 28-30
  • WWeekend 8: August 25-27
  • Weekend Hours:

    *First weekend only:
    Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm
    Friday 11:00am-6:00pm
    Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm
    Sunday 9:00am-6:00pm

    **Eighth weekend only:
    Friday 1:00pm-6:00pm
    Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm
    Sunday 9:00am-6:00pm

    All remaining weekends (2-7):
    Fridays 5:30pm-8:30pm
    Saturdays 9:00am-6:00pm
    Sundays 9:00am-6:00pm

    **Note: You will also be responsible for taking 20 additional classes with Maxine & Pam (or approved teachers) over the course of 8 months.

    Sakhi Yoga Reading List

    • Light on Yoga ~ B.K.S. Iyengar
    • Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha ~ Swami Satyananda Saraswati
    • The Heart of Yoga ~ T.K.V. Desikachar
    • The Secret of the Yoga Sutra, Samadhi Pada ~ Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
    • The Bhagavad Gita ~ translated by Eknath Easwaran
    • Yoga Anatomy ~ Leslie Kaminoff
    • The Untethered Soul ~ Michael A. Singer


    Fit Columbia
    2002 Blossom Street
    Columbia, SC 29205
    (803) 529 - 4075

    Sakhi Yoga Cost:

    • Paid in full by January 1, 2017 - $2250 (Save $510)
    • Make 3 payments of $830 on 1/1, 3/1, 5/1 - $2490 (Save $270)
    • Make 6 payments of $460 on 1/1, 2/1, 3/1, 4/1, 5/1, 6/1 - $2760

    Learn More:

    Attend a yoga class taught by and a Q&A session led by Maxine and Pam. This is an opportunity to experience a class taught by us, get answers to any questions you may have and receive additional information that you may find helpful.

    Classes and Q&A will be held at Fit Columbia on

      Sunday, October 23, 2016 // 10:30 am - 11:30 am - Yoga Class // 11:30 am - 12:00 noon - Q&A - Maxine Sunday, November 20, 2016 // 10:30 am - 11:30 am - Yoga Class // 11:3- am = 12:00 noon - Q&A - Pam