Shakti Initiation

We kindly ask that you complete the following:

  1. Review costs, dates and accommodation details at www.shakti-initiation.com.
  2. Read carefully through the Admission Requirements and Pre-Training Curriculum Requirements as listed below.
  3. Fill out the following the digital application form (available once you click Apply Now below).
  4. Include a copy of your 200-hour yoga teacher-training certificate and a current photo of yourself.
  5. Include a non-refundable $50 application fee using the link on our website to the paypal account for Pranaji L3C. Alternately, you can make checks payable to Chow Mei Jovinna Chan and sent to this address:
    Chow Mei Jovinna Chan
    PO Box 1897
    Lenox, MA 01240

We will send you an email of our admission decision. We reserve the right to request an additional phone interview necessary in order to arrive at an admissions decision.

NOTE: On-site housing is limited, so early registration and payment is strongly suggested to avoid disappointment. Your spot is secured only after acceptance and you then pay the deposit, and we process on a first come first serve basis. You will happily be added to a wait list should the program fill and an opportunity for another date is needed.

Shakti Initiation 300-hour advanced yoga leadership certification

General Training Admission Requirements:

  1. AGE: You must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. LANGUAGE: If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate English Language competency as our trainings are in English.
  3. PROFESSIONAL STANDING: You must be a 200hr certified yoga instructor with experience teaching.
  4. PHYSICAL, MENTAL, and EMOTIONAL PREPAREDNESS: Instructing yoga requires being an emotional, physical and mental container for others. You must demonstrate medical and mental-health readiness before and during the program in order to fully participate and potentially complete the training.

Distance Learning Curriculum Requirements:

If you are accepted and pay your deposit, the training begins with the following:

1. BOOK STUDY GROUP & WEEKLY CONFERENCE CALL FROM SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER

We will connect once a week every Wednesday 7:30-9pm EST to dialogue via conference call or via a recording of that call afterwards about the following books that count towards your Yoga Alliance 300-hr certification.

Our first call will be two hours 7-9 so each sister gets 2 min to introduce yourself to the group

During this time, you are required to write two posts a week on Facebook and a final written assignment at the end of each month:

The following books will be discussed in detail during weekly conference calls with your instructors and fellow students:

The Secret Teachings of Plants by Stephen Bruehner pgs 1-161
The Tao of Leadership by John Heider
Prana and Pranayama by Swami Niranjananda Saraswati
The Subtle Body by Cyndi Dale – selected chapters
The Bagavad Gita translation by Eknath Easwaran

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2. JOIN OUR CLOSED FACEBOOK GROUP

We ask students to join Facebook, as we use this platform to post homework assignments and discuss readings. You are welcome to use a fake name if you would prefer.

Our Shakti Initiation group will be a closed, private group, so participants have the option of ensuring that posts will not be made public if that is a preference.

3. ADOPT A GODDESS AND A MUDRA

Each participant will adopt one goddess and one mudra to explore both prior to and during the training program. We suggest you base your choice on a facet of yourself or your life that you would like to deepen, such as compassion, clear righteous fury, abundance, or passion. You will present both your goddess and mudra during our time together.

4. 15-MIN DAILY MINDFULNESS PRACTICE

You are required to practice 15 minutes of mindfulness a day during your four months of pre-training hours. Your mindfulness practice will emphasize the content of that month, and could be experienced through traditional seated meditation, or simply by applying mindfulness to daily activities like walking, washing dishes, jogging, etc.

5. COLLAGES

Before departure, you are required to create collages made out of photographs, magazine cuttings, pieces of fabric – be creative! These collages will travel with you to your program destination and be shared with the group.

    1. Make one collage for each chakra (7 pages total)
    2. A valentine to yourself and the world from you

You are welcome to bring a photocopy of the final products if you would prefer, and be sure not to bring precious photos as they could get lost or damaged.

6. SHARING RESOURCES

Prior to departure, you will bring 5 of your favorite poems and 5 favorite yoga class songs on a thumb drive to share with everyone in your program.

7. A GIFT

For the women’s only programs, please bring one accessory (e.g. necklace, bracelet, etc) that you can wear throughout the training and to then gift to one of your fellow participants at the end of the program.

8. 30-DAY POST-PROGRAM SADHANA FOR 500 HR CERTIFICATION

After the program you will have a be assigned sadhana buddy. For 30 days following the program, you will support each other as a pair in implementing your inspirations and transformations.

In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.

You dance inside my chest
where no-one sees you,
but sometimes
I do,

and that sight becomes this art
~ Rumi

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