250 hours program - OCTOBER 2023 - MAY 2024

Early bird with discount and advance payment by June 15, 2023.

Regular applications after 15 June are possible until 20 September 2023, or until the places are filled.
The program will take place live in the studio and / or online, depending on the given situation.

Shakti Dance® the Yoga of Dance – combining yoga and dance. Shakti Dance® is inspired by Kundalini Yoga as thought by Yogi Bhajan and was created by Sara Avtar Olivier from UK based on her life-long dance experience and over 20 years of practicing and teaching Kundalini yoga. Shakti dance offers joyful, graceful and healthy yogic path through the conscious practice of dance. Yoga means union. Union of our finite consciousness and the infinite consciousness, true self and personality, eternal and mortal. Practicing yoga involves conscious presence in yogic asana. The yoga of dance involves brining conscious presence in dance movements. We dance with awareness on breath and body movement becoming one with our own creative expression emerging from deep within.

Shakti Dance® is the Yoga of Dance that combines breathing, movement, singing and sinking into most beautiful music. It is one of the most unique forms of practice. It applies yogic philosophy and different dance styles together in most beautiful manner including phases like gentle stretches, free movement, different dance forms, beautiful meditation and deep relaxation. As a practice Shakti Dance® is suitable for everyone; you can find beautiful, deep and healthy path to yourself and your life.

Shakti Dance® Teacher Training Level 1 is suitable for everyone, even for those who don’t see yourself as a Teacher of Shakti Dance®.

Shakti Dance®, the ‘Yoga of Dance’ is rooted in the technology of Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan. The discipline was developed by Sara Avtar, with the blessing of Yogi Bhajan, in 2001. Shakti Dance® shares the common goal with Kundalini Yoga of expanding consciousness to unfold and express our soul potential in daily life.

Vitality • Radiance • Awakening • Soul Expression

An academically extensive, while deep, and beautifully transformative training awaits you. The program has been developed to directly embody all theory experientially.

You will learn to practice and teach a unique entwinement of yoga and dance. Embodying the teachings, you will be energised, your mind awakened and spirit elevated, as you merge with the life force and give expression to your soul impulse…

You will learn different yogic techniques and dance-styles and how they are interwoven and sequenced, according to their qualities and energy levels – as ‘tools’ to stimulate and rebalance the pranic flow in mind and body.

The system of Shakti Dance® illumines a delicate synergy of practice with mindfulness, synchronised to mantra:

  • rhythmic breath,
  • cyclic flowing movement,
  • free dance
  • relaxation
  • movement meditation, and
  • silence

The resultant tapestry induces a unique space of consciousness – a relaxed atmosphere of ‘harmonious attunement’, characteristic to Shakti Dance®. This subtle space releases blockages and deep conditioning, inducing inner healing and awakening. It opens us up to our core vibration, cascading into free dance and the expressive fullness of aware Being.

Learning to practice and teach Shakti Dance® opens up a vibrant source of creativity, lending form and expression to each teacher’s unique gifts. Regular practice expands horizons for clarity of purpose, facilitating the realisation of soul potential. As a Shakti Dance® Teacher, in elevating you are elevated!

This Training Program culminates in the certification as an Instructor of Shakti Dance® Classes or workshops of 1-3 hours.

  • The training consists of 24 days of 180 classroom hours,
  • plus another 30 hours of early morning practice (sadhana)
  • and 40 hours of personal study (reading and practicing the techniques at home)
  • a total of 250 hours.

Depending on whether the modules are in a more or less intensive format, the duration of the training is over a period of between six months to a year.

Sara Avtar generally teaches on all Level 1 Teacher Trainings in collaboration with other Shakti Dance Teacher Trainers who have been trained by her. drugimi učitelji-trenerji Shakti Dancea, ki jih je izšolala. Poleg Sare Avtar bodo na treningu poučelave še trenerke Abiola, Dunia in Nataša Siri Amrit.

Physical Body ~ Lakshmi: Radiant Embodiment
Principles of Harmonious Movement ~ Bandhas ~ 5 Elements & Postural Alignment ~ Rhythmic Breath ~ Dynamic Cyclic Asanas ~ Sequencing Movement & Graceful Flow

Energy Body ~ Kali: Transformational Release
Systems of Yogic Anatomy: Vayus, Chakras, Nadis, Meridians, Rasas ~ Frequency & Electromagnetism ~ Pranayama in Motion ~ Different Qualities of Dance

Mental Body ~ Saraswati: Creative Consciousness & Geometry of Mergence 
Aspects of Mind ~ Meditation ~ Focus & Mindfulness in Motion ~ Influence of Mantras, Mudras, Musical Rhythm and Sacred Geometry ~ Celestial Communications ~ Mantric Choreographies

Yogic Philosophy
Patanjali ~ Vedanta ~ Samkhya ~ Bhakti Tradition

Hindu Mythology
Shiva & Shakti ~ Three Principle Gods & Goddesses

Dynamic Structure of the 8 Phases of a Class

Development & Growth as a Teacher
Acquistion of Techniques ~ Integration of Effects of Practice ~ Role & Expression of a Teacher


  • 30.09. – 01.10. 2023   INTRO WEEKEND / What is yoga / Shakti / Dance
  • 26 – 31. 10. 2023   PHYSICAL body 1-6 / 3 Gunas / Breath-Movement / Shakti streching / Patanjali
  • 15 – 17. 12. 2023   ENERGY body 1-3 / Yogic anatomy / Samkhya
  • 20 – 21. 01. 2024   ENERGY body 4-5 / Yogic anatomy / Deities  / 5 Vayus
  • 23. – 25. 02. 2024  ENERGY body 6, MENTAL body 1-2 / Nadis / Pranajama / 9 Rasas /Free Dance
  • 21 – 24. 03. 2024   MENTAL body 3-6 / Sound&Mantra / Dance steps / Sacret geometry / Mind / Meditation
  • 20 – 21. 04. 2024   METHODOLOGY & ETHICS 1-2 /Code of ethics / Preparation for exam
  • 17 – 19. 05. 2024   EXAM

The program will take place live in the studio and / or online, depending on the given situation.

The completion of the all the requisites of this Level 1 Shakti Dance® Teacher Training program will qualify participants to teach Shakti Dance® as Level 1 teachers. After that you can continue education at Level 2 trainings and become international teacher.

The Following Requisites must be Satisfied for Qualification as a Shakti Dance® Level 1 Teacher:

  • 180 classroom hours
  • 40 hours of self-study* and written summaries
  • Full payment of the Training Program fees
  • Practice teaching of a Shakti Dance class with peer review from the trainer and fellow students
  • Participation in at least 10 mornings of sadhana (early morning spiritual practice), during the training program In addition to the training program, attend 30 hours ( 30h x 60min.) of Shakti Dance regular classes or workshops, with any previously Certified Shakti Dance teacher (not from your training group). The time period given for this completion is from 3 months before training begin, until 6 months after end of training.
  • When training takes place in all forms: live in the studio, online and hybrid, it is desirable to have a live presence in the studio whenever possible for the participant, depending on the epidemiological situation. Otherwise, the mandatory min. live participation in the studio is 7 days of your choice + mandatory 2 days of the exam on 21 and 22 May 2022.
  • Completion of any extra Self-Study Assignments in order to recuperate missed classroom hours**
  • Completion of any Follow Up Tasks after the Practical Exam
  • Pass the Shakti Dance® Level 1 Practical and Written Exams***
  • Complete all the training requirements no later than six months after the end of the Training Program. An extension may be granted by official request to the program organizer and Shakti Dance Academy.
  • Final decision for qualification lies with the Lead Trainer and the Shakti Dance® founder Sara Avtar Olivier.

The 40 Hours of Self-Study include:

  • Personal practice of specified yoga-asanas and Shakti Flowing-Asanas
  • Personal practice of specified meditations and/or Celestial Communications,
  • Keeping a diary of experience during the practice of specified meditations and/or Celestial Communications
  • Personal practice of specified Standing Sequences and/or Mantric Choreographies
  • Reading of course manual or hand-outs during the Program
  • Background reading of suggested books
  • Short essays of theoretical nature and summaries of diaries relating to personal experiences during the 40-day practice of Shakti Dance.

** Trainees may miss up to 2 days of training
to be admitted to the practical exam,
but they will have to be recuperated as per the instructions of the Trainer. Certificates will not be issued until all modules have been recouped – even if the exam has been passed.
A minimum 7-day live presence in the studio is mandatory.

*** The Final Examination Consists of:

A. Practical Exam (17 – 19 May 2024)
1. Leading all or part of a Shakti Dance class
2. Performing a specified Shakti Dance Mantric Choreography
3. Developing, presenting and leading a Celestial Communication
4. Demonstrate answers to oral questions
5. Trainees may also be given follow up tasks after the exam to be completed before qualification

B. Written Exam
Answering a written take-home exam which will be submitted by email within May 3th 2024.

General rule for missed training days during Shakti Dance Teacher Training Level 1:

In the case of emergencies, participants can miss 2 training days, which they may recuperate at home. This is only if these 2 days do not include Curriculum Days 3 to 6 of the training Physical Body 1-4. If one of these key days is missed, they must be recuperated in another teacher training. Participants recuperating missed course time at home will be set Self-Study Assignments and personal practice relevant to the course material. This will then be submitted as an extra certification requirement. If more than 2 days are missed, these will need to be recouped by attending another teacher training elsewhere and/or at another time.

In order to be admitted to the final practical exam, participants can miss a total of only 4 training days. Otherwise they will not have the necessary experience. These will need to be recuperated as above.

Certificates will not be issued until all modules have been recouped – even if the exam has been passed.

Academy Membership:

The Tuition Fee for this Training Program includes inscription for Annual Membership to the Shakti Dance® Academy. All Participants of this Training Program become Trainee Members of the Shakti Dance® Academy for the duration of the Training or up to one year after inscription. All Academic Members of the Academy are eligible to access the Reserved Area of the Shakti Dance® Academy website. ( more about benefits of membership is in SDTTL1 contract)

PRICE: The price of education will be announced in April – May 2023

Please be aware that there is limited space on this training. Therefore, if you are seriously considering enrolling for this training, please be sure to send in your application as early as possible and making the advance payment of 500 € (non-refundable deposit) by 20.09.2023.
It includes: Tuition fees, technical support, teaching materials, organization costs, exam certification, royalty payment for training program and 60€ for 1 year of Shakti Dance Academy Membership.

The whole program is in English. Material (text book for teacher training level 1) is in English.

Early Bird: 


Installment payments: 

Accommodation and food are covered separately.

NOTE: If you require an invoice, please contact us at, before making any payment by bank transaction!


Plesni Studio Intakt
Tugomerjeva 12, 1000 Ljubljana
Namen: SD TTL1 2021
Bank Address: Nova KBM d.d, Ulica Vita Kraigherja 4, 2000 Maribor, Slovenija
IBAN: SI56 0400 1004 7454 717

Please notice that a payment of complete tuition is obligatory even in the case of dropping from the participation at the teacher training at any point from any reason. For certification the participant is entitled to attend the missed modules (up to 6 days) max. 6 months after passing the exam at any of the forthcoming teacher trainings in Europe. (more details in SDTTL1 Legal Disclaimer)

Registration and information: 
003861 41 203 527 (Nataša Siri Amrit)

Close to Dance Studio Intakt are many hostels and hotels for good price and places with good food.

PS INTAKT, Poljanska c. 59, 1000 Ljubljana – Slovenia

mobi: 00386 41 203 527 (Nataša Siri Amrit)

I took a Shakti teacher training course ten years ago. The experience marked me strongly, I can say that the course was something that decisively influenced the direction of my life. To pass from the mind to the body, to the feelings, to feel what the silence within oneself means and then to create one’s own, completely authentic movement from this silence. For the first time in my life, it happened to me that my soul spoke from within me through movement. I met anew.
The teacher training course offers this supportive environment where such a powerful transformation can take place.

I taught Shakti dance regularly, twice a week for 5 years. I led workshops in Slovenia, in the USA and Shakti Dance Yoga retreat on the island of Hvar in Croatia. I can say with certainty that Shakti dance brings a person back into genuine contact with themselves, redirecting them from the mind to the heart. With this practice, the quality of life is simply more beautiful, better, enriched by the presence and awareness of the vastness of the spirit within us.

Ana Rozman – Tarandeep Kaur

Through the meetings, the participants became more and more connected, guided, accepted and heard by the teachers. The small details made it clear that the methodology used to carry out schooling was carefully thought out and uniform. That our hours spent together were an investment in maintaining the fluidity of the body and expanding the knowledge within each of us. When the answer comes before you ask a question. And only then you realize how important it is – just for you.


The school really works on raising awareness and the process of schooling itself is transformative in nature and covers in depth or. real knowledge. The experience has brought me to accept everything as it is, whether I like something or not. Special thanks to teachers Sara Avtar and Sat Darshan, from whom I learned in silence.


I had many challenges with this training which are connected with my body, my mind, my private life and many changes which have occur.. I become more conscious of my body, body movements, coordination, in emboding certain quality, theme…. And also, it was interesting and challenging to work in such a circle of women where we both reflected and encouraged each other when some of us fall, the others would catch her… When one cried, all of us cried; some with tears, some silently from within. A profound bonding was created and that is something very special and strong. And needed.
Big thanks to all of You who were/are part of this Shakti dance journey, thank You for Your devotion, energy, time, love, knowledge, patience, grace…
It is an honour to be part of this Shaktiland with You.



Enormously acquired knowledge, in addition to dance movement knowledge and new perspectives on numbers, sound, space… also personal change, both internally and in view of the outside world functioning. Through the schooling process I gained a lot.




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