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SAKTI SADHANA

 

200-Hour Tantric Yoga Immersion + Teacher Training

March - December 2023

Immerse yourself in the world of Traditional Tantric Hatha Yoga and follow the path of the Masters of the Himalayan Tradition.

Set out on the journey which will eventually yield

life's greatest reward...

a remembrance of who you truly are.

INTENTION

Our intention is to share the teachings and practices of the

Sakta Tradition of Tantric Yoga in a way which

touches your heart and transforms your life.

 

Tantra is the all-encompassing source of wisdom and techniques at the heart of Sakti Sadhana. It is as practical as it is profound. It's general intent is to ensure that you are forever connected to the inherent sacredness of life and to elevate your relationship to your life and your Self. The wisdom of Tantra sheds light on everything, from the most practical and worldly, to the most subtle and sacred. In order to fully understand and experience the scope and ultimate promise of Yoga, we draw from the wisdom of Tantra - perhaps the most life-affirming and all-inclusive spiritual system ever developed, and the light of a living tradition.

 

Sakti Sadhana is a deep exploration of yourself through the lens of the ancient wisdom bodies of Yoga and Tantra. This 10-month 200-hour training will introduce you to the vast and glorious world view of Tantra and grant you a transformative experience through the teachings and techniques.

Rooted in the teachings of the Sakta Tradition, as passed down by the Himalayan Masters, Sakti Sadhana draws from ancient wisdom to create a holistic approach to modern practice and life. It is designed as both a means for developing your personal practice and as a training to foster ethical, empowered, impactful yoga teachers.

WHAT MAKES SAKTI SADHANA UNIQUE?

 

Every module of Sakti Sadhana is mindfully crafted for an immersive experience

combined with practical, effective teaching methodology. The modules are woven

together in a wise progression to deliver knowledge, appreciation, and direct experience

of the teachings, the techniques and the Tradition.

 

The Training...

MODULE ONE : WHAT IS YOGA? 

Let's explore the historical context of yoga through the Vedas and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. What is yoga, precisely? How does it look in theory and in practice? How can we embrace it as a lifestyle, rather than merely exercise on a mat? In this module you will also be introduce to the Himalayan Tradition and what it means to study under the guidance and support of a living lineage.

MODULE TWO : WISE PROGRESSION

How can we maximize the various components of a complete Tantric Yoga practice (postures, breath, relaxation, meditation + more) for the most impactful practice? In this module we will learn more about each of these various components and discover wise ways to select and sequence them in order to create a truly transformative experience for our students and ourselves.

MODULE THREE : YOUR SUBTLE BODY

We are more than flesh and bone. Tantric Yoga gives us tools for understanding, uncovering, and utilizing our subtle nature to help us maximize our practice, and our experience of being human. In this module we will explore the koshas (layers of the self), the nadis (energy channels), chakras (energy centers), our pranic field, and more. We will also play with effective ways to weave subtle body techniques into the complete practice.

MODULE FOUR : HARNESSING PRANA

What is the nature of the life force known as Prana? How do we develop sensitivity to it, Increase our access to it, and work with it to expand capacity for growth and evolution? One of my favorite modules, this is where the magic begins, taking the practice from one of a purely physical experience to one in which we can sense that we are not, and never have been, alone.

MODULE FIVE : TANTRIC MEDITATION

Meditation is the pinnacle of the complete Tantric Yoga practice. Why? How can we develop a meaningful meditation experience which nurtures and nourishes us and makes us eager to come back for more?

MODULE SIX : UNDERSTANDING ANATOMY

This module is an examination of the major bones, muscles + joints involved in the asana practice, as well as an understanding of the nervous system and how we can access it through the body, the breath, and our mind's power of concentration. We will discuss the difference between the form and the function of the various categories of yoga postures, how to optimize safety by offering modifications appropriate for a wide range of students.

MODULE SEVEN : AYURVEDA + SELF CARE

Ayurveda is the sister science of Yoga. Where Yoga is primarily oriented toward spiritual endeavors, Ayurveda is oriented toward health through balance of the various bodies. In this module we will explore a selection of approaches to maintaining this balance such as diet, self-care, prescriptive approaches to asana, pranayama and meditation, and more.

MODULE EIGHT : THE BEAUTY OF TANTRA

Tantra is an ancient body of wisdom, a worldview, and a system of techniques which help us to maximize our experience of being human. Embracing the truth that all of creation is sacred, Tantra is that which moves us toward an embodied experience of this truth by helping us manage our energy, accelerating our progress, touching our hearts, and protecting us along every step of the path.

MODULE NINE : LIVING DHARMA

Dharma is one of our soul's four primary desires. It is the desire to fulfill your unique desire. In this module we will begin to discover what this purpose is, what may be standing in your way of fulfilling it, and how to overcome those obstacles. This Tantric approach to self-discovery has the potential to be truly life changing.

MODULE TEN : BHAKTI & MANTRA

As we discovered in Module One, Yoga is so much more than a physical practice. It is a spiritual path. In this module we will entertain one of the most elusive elements of Yoga, Ishvara Pranidhana - trustful surrender. We will also enjoy the bliss inducing practice of Bhakti, and the swiftest path to samadhi (enlightenment), Mantra Sadhana.

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The Commitment

SAKTI SADHANA meets one weekend each month for ten months. We begin in March and conclude in December. All sessions are taught live, virtually, via Zoom. They are also be recorded. This enables us to create an international community inclusive of many diverse truths and experiences. In addition to the live sessions, SAKTI SADHANA also offers substantial on-going support throughout the month via an online course platform. This support includes a robust digital manual, recordings of all live sessions, and small group to receive one-on-one support and develop meaningful connections as a community.

2023 SCHEDULE

 

Exact Dates TBD


MARCH What is Yoga?


APRIL Wise Progression


MAY Your Subtle Body


JUNE Prana 


JULY  Meditation


AUGUST Understanding Anatomy


SEPTEMBER  Ayurveda + Self Care


OCTOBER  The Beauty of Tantra


NOVEMBER Living Dharma


DECEMBER Bhakti + Mantra

 

Saturdays + Sundays

 

Times TBD

 

All Sessions are Recorded

Your Guides...

Natalie Backman + Chrissie Chung

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Yoga has given me an entirely new lease on life. I was once anxiety-riddled, validation-seeking, victim-identifying and doubtful of my worth.

I am now joyful, peaceful, mentally and emotionally stable (most days...) and grateful to be alive.

 

My relationship with yoga spans twenty years and I've been devoted to sharing the teachings for nine.  In that time, yoga has grown from a purely physical experience to a holistic reintegration with my soul. It is my life's purpose and my spiritual path.  

 

A 500-hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, and teacher of teachers, I remain a lifelong student of the Himalayan Tradition. I am profoundly grateful to enjoy the guidance of Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and the support of the unbroken lineage of Himalayan Masters, reaching back several thousand years.

 

I share a modern approach to traditional tantric yoga interweaving asana, pranayama, yoga nidra, mantra, meditation, and more. All I offer is in honor of the Divine Mother and I teach only what I have embodied through direct experience. I guide with the intention to facilitate sacred remembrance of Self.​

A certified Yoga Nidra and Vishoka Meditation Teacher, I endeavor to provide a means for true and thorough transformation. It would be an honor to guide you through a journey of healing and help you lay claim to yoga's promises: ultimate freedom and lasting fulfillment.  Jai Maa.

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It started in India with a 200-hour training in Ashtanga Vinyasa, and I haven’t looked back since. This was just the scratch on the surface of something vast & beautiful, and I’ve continued to train and study, understanding & unpacking what Yoga truly means for me.

 

The last five years have seen me traveling around the world, teaching on numerous Yoga Teacher Trainings in India, in studios from UK to Bali, and retreats in South Africa & Europe.

 

My heart is now firmly rooted in sharing the incredible and far-reaching potential of practice, using its various tools as a means to serve the individual in finding their own unique way to live wholeheartedly, playfully & with joy. 

 

Learn to embrace your practice as a spiritual science. Move with purpose, breathe with wisdom and start the journey of turning your attention in, returning to a state of Being that is inherently whole. Expect deep practices intertwined with philosophy, intelligent manipulation of the breath, self study, contemplation, and the greatest gift, meditation.

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Apply

If you are interested in joining us for this intimate teacher training, please complete the application at your earliest convenience. And if you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to reach out directly via NatalieBackmanYoga@gmail.com.

We look forward to learning about you and hopefully supporting you on your path!  Chrissie and I

will be in touch to schedule an interview upon completion of your application.

Jai Maa!

 

xx Natalie + Chrissie

FINANCIAL INVESTMENT

$3,108

 

$608 Deposit

Deposits are non-refundable, but are transferrable to another training within two years

 

Payment Plans + Scholarships Available

 

Please specify your needs in the application

 

A scholarship application will be provided upon request

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