Kundalini Yoga & Meditation In-Depth Studies

Yoga Alliance 200-hour Credentialed Teacher Training Program

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

Recognized and credentialed by Yoga Alliance and taught by Lead Trainers with over 20 years of experience, you will receive over 220 hours of training, including 180 hours of classroom time, over 40 hours of self-study and Practicum, plus direct one-on-one mentorship to enhance your journey of self-transformation.   You will get the experience you need to teach others with wisdom and compassion, with a solid foundation of knowledge to build confidence.

An Integrated Experience - To Take You Deeper

This program integrates the traditional and contemporary teachings, with a strong focus on philosophy, energetic anatomy and the chakra system, and yogic lifestyle, with an underpinning of the anatomical structures and functions of the human body and how it operates, to better comprehend the roots, reasons, effects and applications of this practice.  We also offer a dedicated focus on how to bring this practice to diverse populations, to make it accessible and its benefits attainable.

With a very spiritual yet non-religious approach, our accredited Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training program is suited to everyone, regardless of background or beliefs.  We believe the teachings of yoga are for all, and are meant to be understood philosophically and scientifically, without dogma or idolatry, for the purpose of freeing us into the limitless possibilities of our True Selves.

As yogis, it is our mission is to break down barriers to spiritual growth on every level.   Through this program, you will endeavor on a transformational journey, become free of self-limiting beliefs, understand your unique power and purpose, and learn to share your light.

Join us to explore your True Self and prepare to alight on your highest path.

Why Study Kundalini?

Through the deeper study of Kundalini yoga and meditation, we refine ourselves as individuals and contributors to the whole, as we clear subconscious patterns, imbalances, and detrimental behaviors, and uncover Truth.  We unveil our ultimate potential and highest purpose, and are able to find contentment and happiness beyond the fluctuations of our daily lives.

Students of our school become knowledgeable, well-rounded, and safe practitioners and teachers of this method of yoga, embodying its messages and practices, and serving as an example of the benefits of a yogic lifestyle. Graduates are able to effectively convey the wisdom of the tradition and inspire others to explore these teachings.

Deepen your commitment.  Find clarity.  Cultivate Light.


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Upcoming Course Dates, Locations & Details

Training hours for the dates below are per location, though generally in the range of 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM.   Additional practice hours for early morning and evening sadhana events will be scheduled and announced in class.   Intensives run from early morning until late night for a complete immersion experience.  Class observation, participation, 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 Training, Workshops & Retreat


Day-long training sessions envelop you in the Kundalini teachings in a monthly mini-retreat format!  Allow this to be your getaway for your practice, and surround yourself in loving, supportive community.  Gain deep understanding of yourself and the Kundalini tradition, while developing your skills as a teacher.  Includes a convenient, local 4-day immersion that will allow you to truly embrace and embody Kundalini.  Our 11-month program gives you the space, time and opportunity to integrate your knowledge and put it into practice in your life, with flexibility for your busy schedule.

Training Location:  Rising Lotus Healing Center, Homer Glen, IL

2020 Program Training Dates:
January 4th - May 3rd, 2020
Jan 4th-5th
Jan 25th-26th
Feb 8th-9th
Feb 16th - Sadhana only
Feb 22nd-23rd
Mar 7th-8th
March 15th - Sadhana only
Mar 21st-22nd
Apr 4th-7th (Intense training)
Apr 18th-19th
May 2nd-3rd

Class meets:
10am - 6pm on Saturdays
10am - 5pm on Sundays

* Monthly group sadhana and seasonal workshop attendance as well a training immersion intensive is also required.  Schedule available at first course meeting and online at studiosamadhi.com/chicago/.


Intensive Immersion Retreat

Dallas - Ft Worth

Take a deep dive into the teachings of Kundalini with our full lifestyle immersion intensive!  Develop your knowledge and surround yourself in supportive community as you devote yourself to your practice and training within our retreat-based format.

Gain deep understanding of the tradition, while developing your skills as a teacher. Allow yourself to truly embrace and embody Kundalini for this special experience that will transform you from the inside out, in a safe, supportive setting, surrounded by nature.

Our retreat location in the beautiful, wide-open Texas countryside, just 45 minutes from DFW airport, will allow you the personal time and space you need to comprehend and integrate deep truths and how you can fulfill your highest purpose on this path. The amenities you'll enjoy while you're there will ensure this is not only a journey to remember spiritually, but a comfortable one for your mind and body as well.

Post-Intensive practice, teaching practicum assignments, exclusive online community and Facebook group, mentoring, and virtual group meetings will help you integrate your learnings holistically over time

Training Location:  Still Waters Retreat Center, 403 CR 3672, Springtown, TX

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All training will be residential, on-site. Prepare to live and breathe Kundalini. Prepare to TRANSFORM.

Teacher Training candidates also complete Practicum and mentorship sessions post-retreat.


Course Tuition & Fees

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

Tuition Paid in Full, due at time of registration or as specified for retreat-based programs     $2999

Tuition by Installment, monthly payments*     $3299  

*Registration fee + 50% down due at time of enrollment or by the specified deadline per course; balance auto-billed monthly through course start date.  Installment plans are not available for Intensives, unless registered early and paid in full by start date of training.

Additional Details:

Immersion Retreat fees.   Overnight accommodations for all retreats are at additional cost, and include meals and shared rooms.  Reservations must be made separately by the deadline specified per program.

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


Work-Study Program

A limited number of work-study scholarships for up to 50% tuition credit may be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please apply for consideration.  Please note, scholarships are NOT available for fast track or retreat-based programs due to the nature of these commitments.

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Lifestyle Immersion Retreats

Locally & Away

Enjoy a summertime immersion retreat to truly embrace and embody Kundalini!  Experience a complete yogi lifestyle first-hand in a fun and intensive practice environment, along with plenty of meditation, relaxation and outdoor activities with your fellow trainees.

Overnight accommodations will be available on-site for an additional cost at your option, with fresh, healthy meals included as a part of the  retreat package.  Locations will be within a 1 1/2-hour drive of the primary training sites as part of local programs.  Attendance at retreat is required for Teacher Training certification.

2020 Kundalini Retreats

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2021 Kundalini Retreats

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Past Intensives

DFW:  Saturday, July 7 - Friday, July 20, 2018, Springtown, TX

DFW: Quarterly Intensive Program @ Blue Anjou, March 2017 - January 2018, Lewisville, TX

CHICAGO:  Thursday, October 4 - Monday, October 8th, 2018, Lake Geneva, WI

DFW: July 2017

Personal & Professional Studies

Continuing Education

Interested in a day of personal study? Need Continuing Ed?

We also offer a Modular Day Training option for In-Depth Personal Studies and CEUs.  Our Lead Trainers are E-RYT and YACEP-credentialed with Yoga Alliance, providing industry-recognized continuing education for professional yoga teachers.

Modular Schedule & Rates

*Exact times may vary according to studio and program schedule.

Half Day | 9:00AM - 1:00PM includes complete Kundalini 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

Early morning Sadhana practice is also available to day students as noted by asterisks above, by donation. ** Please note on Sadhana days, class begins at 8:30AM, instead of the usual 9AM

Reservations required to ensure availability and materials.

Please note, these rates reflect an "audit" basis for the course as intended for Continuing Education.  Teacher Training candidates enroll at the regular tuition rate and registration fee listed under Course Tuition & Fees.  All sessions and requirements of the training must be completed for certification, including Practicum.  Personal study and/or CEU students will not qualify for certification unless enrolled in and participating in the complete 200-hour program.  You are welcome to begin as a Continuing Education student.


Kundalini 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. For the past many years, 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 ...

Your education is an investment and intention for your future.  Let us help with any questions or considerations you may have, and allow us to lend our experience to guide you.  We are happy to take your registration today - just call or text us at 972-822-6004 or apply online now.