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.  A Teacher Practicum including assignments, yoga and meditation practice, 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.

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.

2019 Retreat Dates Coming Soon!

Contact us for details and check back often for upcoming schedule.


Recent Past Retreats:

Chicagoland - Yogic Lifestyle Intensive Immersion:  October 4th - 8th, 2018  | Lake Geneva, WI

Dallas - Ft. Worth -- Yogic Lifestyle Intensive Immersion, July 8th-20th, 2018  | Still Waters Retreat Center, Springtown, TX

2019 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 Trainer:


'Samadhi' Donna Witters Banks, E-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP, NBC-HWC, 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 the Kundalini and Ashtanga traditions, 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 also Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) certified and has studied with teachers of traditional paths of Kundalini Tantra as well. She is a Radiant Child (RCYP) Level III children’s yoga teacher, and offers the The Indigo Project Children's Yoga Specialty Teacher Training for the RCYT designation. 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 the lifetime journey of self-discovery, consciousness, and spiritual evolution.

Next Steps...

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.