Classical Hatha Yoga

200-hour In-Depth Studies & Yoga Alliance Accredited Teacher Training Program

This program is for the dedicated student seeking an in-depth understanding and practice of Hatha yoga and meditation, as well as preparation and training for becoming a teacher in this tradition.

Integrate the teachings of the eight-limbed path, with a strong focus on classical yoga philosophy, practice, physical anatomy as well as energetic anatomy, including the chakra system, and the many aspects of yogic lifestyle.  Understand the effects and applications of this practice, and ways to offer it to diverse populations and in a variety of settings.

 Take the next step in your journey.

Travel the the eight-limbed path to experience the wisdom and balance of yoga in the classical tradition.  Not just a physical practice or exercise regimen, but a way of life.  Perfect for deepening your personal commitment, for aspiring yoga teachers, and for anyone seeking greater clarity, connection, and inner peace in these challenging times.

Take advantage of these offerings with a selection of weekend or intensive schedules.  Trainings are held in DFW and Chicago, and include an immersion retreat to allow you to embody the spirit and practices of the traditions, and experience the support of community on your journey.

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Upcoming Course Dates, Locations & Details

Training hours are specific to location and program type.  Class observation and practice teaching is required for those wishing to pursue the full certification for accreditation with Yoga Alliance, and is in addition to the dates below, to be pursued at your convenience, and to be concluded within three months of the last training date.  Please pack a vegetarian lunch, snacks, and beverages for refreshment during each training session.

Monthly Weekends, Monthly Weekdays

Dallas - Ft Worth

Develop your knowledge and surround yourself in a loving, supportive yoga community at a convenient pace.  Gain deep understanding of yourself and the yoga tradition, while gaining skills as a teacher.

Participate in day-long weekend or weekday training sessions, plus enjoy special Friday evening training events once a month to add dimension and expand your practice.  Includes a convenient, semi-local 3-day retreat that will allow you to truly embrace and embody the teachings.

Our eight-month program gives you broad and deep experience, allowing you to integrate your learnings and develop your teaching style holistically over time.

2018 Fall/Winter Programs


Monthly Weekend Track: 

Fridays, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, and Saturdays & Sundays, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Oct 12th - 14th  |  Nov 9th -11th  |  Dec 7th - 9th  |  Jan 11th - 13th  |  Feb 15th - 17th  |  Mar 8th - 10th  |  April 12th - 14th {Retreat Weekend - Tentative}  | May 6th - 10th 

All required contact hours are covered during the scheduled meeting times for this track.  Attendance is required at all sessions.


Monthly Weekday Track: 

Monday - Friday  9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Oct 15th - 19th  |  Nov 12th - 16th  |  Dec 10th - 14th  |  Jan 14th - 18th  |  Feb 11th - 15th  |  Mar 4th - 8th  | April 12th - 14th {Retreat Weekend - Tentative}  | May 6th - 10th 

All required contact hours are covered during the scheduled meeting times for this track.  Attendance is required at all sessions.


2019 Winter/Spring Program

Monthly Weekend Track:

Fridays, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, and Saturdays & Sundays, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM



Please Note:   Unless otherwise indicated, students will also be required to attend additional workshops/extended practice sessions with the Lead Trainer outside of the regular class meeting times. The schedule for these events will be posted on the first day of training.

Weekday Daytime Convenience, Fast Track Option


Weekly training sessions envelop you in the classical tradition with daytime convenience!  Allow this to be your oasis for dedicated practice and supportive community.   Gain deep understanding of yourself and the yoga tradition, while developing your skills as a teacher.

Our three- and six-month programs accelerate your learning as an experienced practitioner, yet give you the space, time and personal attention you need to integrate your knowledge and put it into practice, in the midst of your busy schedule.


Our Fast Track program for experienced yogis allows you to complete Teacher Training quickly and efficiently.

Fall 2018 3-Month Fast Track Program

Begins this Fall:  Get Your Training in Just 2 Days a Week!

Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:30 - 2:30 PM, October - December 2018

+ Yogic Lifestyle Intensive Immersion Weekend Retreat October 4th - 8th

Contact us for details and to register today.


Immersion Training Experience

Local & Away Retreats

As a part of your training, or as an intensive immersion, enjoy a retreat to truly embrace and embody your practice!  Experience a complete yogi lifestyle first-hand in a fun and intensive practice environment, along with plenty of relaxation  and fun with your fellow trainees.

Overnight accommodations will be available on site for an additional cost at your option as a part of local training programs, and be within a 1 1/2-hour drive of the primary training site.

Chicagoland - Yogic Lifestyle Intensive Immersion:  October 4th - 8th, 2018  Contact us to register now!

2017 - 2018 Course Tuition & Fees


Registration Fee   non-refundable, due at time of application  $250

Tuition Paid in Full, due 14 days prior to course start date     $2999  

Tuition by Installment, monthly payments     $3299

A limited number of work-study scholarships for up to 50% tuition credit may be available.  Please apply for consideration.

Please note:

Summer Immersion Retreat day fees and meals included.   Overnight accommodations available at additional cost, if desired.

Textbooks are required and optional textbooks are recommended, at student's expense.  Please visit our Book Shop to purchase.



Interested in a day of personal study? Need CEUs?

We also offer a Modular Flexible Day Training option for Teacher Training, In-Depth Personal Studies and CEUs!

Half Day | 9:00AM - 1:00PM includes complete Hatha Yoga & Meditation practice, lecture, class discussion, and more to expand your practice and your spirit. $75

Full Day | 9:00 AM - 4:30PM includes the entire morning as described above, in addition to a deeper dive during the afternoon. Explore longer, deeper meditations and other practices, additional lecture and discussion, interactive partner and small group activities, and more! $140

Special dedicated practice events are also available to day students, at the rate provided for that event. ** Please note hours and other details for special practice events on the workshop schedule.

Reservations are recommended, to ensure availability and materials.

Please note, Modular Day Training option is available to Teacher Training candidates for the rates above plus an additional Practicum fee.  All sessions and requirements of the training must be completed for certification.  Personal study and/or CEU students will not qualify for certification unless enrolled in and participating in the complete 200-hour program.



Classical Hatha Program Lead Trainers:


'Samadhi' Donna Witters Banks, E-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP, IKYTA is the founder of Studio Samadhi, with trainings in the Dallas - Ft. Worth, Texas area, Chicago, Illinois suburbs, and destination retreats.

She has been dedicated to yoga and meditation for nearly 20 years, with well over 3000 hours of teaching experience, in addition to over 10 years teaching other forms of fitness and wellness, and instituting corporate wellness programs.  Her personal practice and dynamic teaching style are rooted in her study of Kundalini and Ashtanga yoga, as well as the meditation techniques of Buddhism and the Raj Yoga tradition of Brahma Kumaris.

Samadhi's training, teaching, and mentoring work focuses on the transformational benefits of both Hatha and Kundalini yoga techniques for mind, body, and spirit. In addition to her 200- and 500-hour certifications in Hatha Yoga, she is a Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, and has studied with teachers of other paths of the Kundalini Tantra as well.  Her primary teaching specialties are Classical Ashtanga Yoga and Kundalini, and she also enjoys teaching Vinyasa Flow, Yin, and Viniyoga-inspired classes.

In addition to her work with adults, she is a Radiant Child (RCYP) Level III children’s Kundalini yoga teacher, and offers the The Indigo Project Children's Yoga Specialty Teacher Training for the RCYT designation.

As a Reiki Master Teacher, she also teaches energy work and has a passion for our natural potential for health and well-being, regularly mentoring others.  Her integrated approach to energetic awareness and holistic wellness has been effective and inspiring for students in her group classes, Teacher Training, In-Depth Personal Yoga Studies program, and private sessions, and in her own recovery from colon cancer. She also uses her lifelong background as an artist and passion for decorating to co-create calming, serene interior spaces for her private clients.

Samadhi embraces yoga as a lifetime journey of self-discovery, consciousness, and evolution.


Jace Maxwell, E-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP, is the owner and Managing Partner of the Roanoke location of Studio Samadhi, and is well-loved there for her bright energy and compassionate spirit.

Throughout her childhood and teenage years, Jace struggled with her weight, depression, and body image issues. Jace was in college when she discovered yoga.

Her initial focus was on meditation and the more spiritual aspects of this tradition.  Learning the history of yoga and the mythology that is deeply interwoven pushed her to dive deeper into all aspects of Yoga. In an effort to deepen her meditation practice, she started a daily asana (physical yoga) routine with a few girlfriends. After a few months of regular practice, she knew she had found the missing piece to finding her inner happiness.

As Jace continued a regular asana practice, she realized that she wasn’t just healing herself on the inside.  Over time, she worked her way to a healthy weight. At that point, she realized by learning how to love herself, she had finally stopped worrying about her body image and found a healthy path to a healthy mind and body.

Jace is a Reiki Master and teacher, as well.  She has her 200 and 300 hour certification in Hatha Yoga, is a certified specialty teacher of Children's Yoga (RCYT), and has taught over 2000 hours of yoga classes.  She is continually inspired by yoga’s transformative power—both internally and externally, and finds it to be a source of love and strength. She strives to bring a sense of fun, freedom and kindness to her classes, and hopes to impart nuggets of yogic wisdom along the way.

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Get in touch today to express your interest, and allow us to answer any questions or concerns you may have.  Speak directly with our lead teachers for advice and guidance.