Cultivating Presence

Advanced Therapeutics and Metta Infused Yoga

A 300 Hour Yoga Alliance Approved Teacher Training Program

Experiential Anatomy, Fascia in Asana, Injuries and Concerns of the Spine and more

with Samantha Akers E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, CMT, MFRT

Join Samantha Akers, C-IAYT, ERYT500, CMT, MFRT, for this fun, in-depth and radical training in holistic applications of yoga for EVERY body.  This 300-hour training is perfect for those teachers that are interested in taking their yoga practice a step further, into the world of “experimental anatomy and alignment”, fascia in asana, teaching special conditions, underserved groups and those with specific injuries/concerns of the spine.  You will develop eyes to see mis-alignments and learn how to skillfully support growth and change, work with a trauma informed heart to support the nervous system through Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga as well as how to infuse Metta and Mindfulness into classes, one on one sessions and in your own daily lives.


Sam teaches from the lens of Buddhist practices. She also incorporates secular mindfulness techniques and talks with Rick Hansen and Kelly McGonigal.  When it comes to meditation practices, she feels it is important to find the “map” or the way that works for you, and there is no one way.  She uses the Theravada Buddhist map as it works skillfully to help us build the Wisdom aspects of practice while Metta grows Compassion and non-violence, in the heart.  There will be meditation each morning, Dharma talks and discussions, on the many ways that practices, not specifically Buddhism, can be helpful for trauma, depression, and anxiety.

There will be partner work, one on one and group teaching, classroom observation and trainees will attend classes with Sam at Om Shala.  Because we all learn in different ways, this training offers different ways to practice, absorb and embody the teachings.  Sam loves to get creative with learning! Please also note that there will be some fluidity in the weekends, based on questions and flow that naturally occurs.

Sam is passionate about sharing knowledge, laughter, and love.  She feels it is vital that we begin to connect on deeper levels, with one another.  To begin to see the truth of how we can be helpful and supportive through Compassion and the Wisdom of getting to know the body.  In this way, we can aid in the release of some suffering. Her interest in offering her 300-hour program is that teachers will be able to go out into the world and offer students and clients a WHOLE system of working with, seeing, and growing kindness for all parts of themselves.

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Investing in your skills as a professional educator is a decision that benefits your students, your employers and your personal practice. A modular program allows some flexibility in completing your program. The following pricing information is for those interested in the full certifying program and have already completed a 200 hour training registered through the Yoga Alliance.

Attention Early Bird! Enroll by February 28! Tuition is $3,250 if Full Tuition Paid or Deposit paid by February 28 with remaining balance by April 18, 2020.

Full price Tuition is $3,450

Payment plans and limited scholarships available. If program does not fill to capacity we will open to individual weekend enrollment and intensive format students!

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Let’s Connect.

We love to get the chance to meet potential students and answer questions about the program. There will be three opportunities in early 2020 to meet the Sam and guest faculty, explore the studio and ask any questions you may have. Attend the info night at receive $50 off your full program tuition.

“I was driven to enroll in Samantha’s Restorative Teacher Training after only one class with her. Her curriculum is very thorough, you learn how to accommodate postures for various injuries or mild disabilities. This gives you an advantage when teaching a group class and helps you to further design therapeutic programs for your clients. Her passion and knowledge about restorative yoga and breathing techniques shine through in her teaching style. This training has influenced my teaching style tremendously. Whether you want to continue and teach or enhance your understanding of RY, this training will educate, enlighten and empower you on your yoga journey. I consider Samantha a mentor and plan on continued trainings at TheraYoga!” – Adina Schwartz, OTR/L, RYT

"I thought I knew what yoga was. I was so wrong. Sam helped me understand that there was a different way, a deeper practice, and I profoundly and completely recommend her teaching to anyone who can feel the path stretching before them. Who feel that little flicker of the divine beat a steady tattoo in their heart space. If you are looking to hone that heart to see what lies at the center, this practice is your knife. And the journey is so indescribably worth it's while. With a whole heart I invite you on the first steps and recommend without reservation Samantha Akers." – Jack K

Do you want to be able to assist a more diverse population of students in your public and private classes?

Sam Akers draws from 20 years of experience in assisting all kinds of people in addressing their pain through yoga therapy and Metta.


“I have had the most healing and informative 3 day training. The lecturing was always interesting and applicable to my current life situations. Sam was very adept at meeting the participants limitations, and especially helped me rise above certain physical and emotional issues. The after-training instructions are succinct with ongoing in and out of classroom support continues to enrich my current yoga practice.” -Basia Haridass Tacik, MaEd.

About Samantha Akers and her Journey with Yoga and Metta:


Samantha Akers began practicing yoga in 2000, after being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. She credits Restorative Yoga and meditation, to her healing. She began teaching yoga in 2002, receiving her first certification in Hatha and Kundalini with Karuna Yoga in Los Angeles. She went on to graduate from her 500 hour program in 2009. She then became increasingly interested in the Therapeutic Style of Iyengar Yoga and studied Therapeutics with Judith Lasater, Leeann Carey and Russ Pfeiffer. Samantha is also a massage therapist, specializing in combining mindfulness with bodywork, earning her certification from one of the only 1000 hour programs in Los Angeles, in 2009.

She is also a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) and sees over 50 private students a month, mixing modalities of yoga, meditation and bodywork.

She began studying mediation with Pema Chodron in 2000. Her current teachers are Shinzen Young and George Haas at Against the Stream in LA. In 2012, she opened TheraYoga Studio in Los Angeles, bringing the TheraYoga Method (TM) to the community and now teaches regular weekly classes at Om Shala Yoga in Arcata, CA as well as Metta meditation circles and retreats and workshops world-wide.

I have always felt that every yoga class with Samantha Akers is like a mini teacher training and/or workshop. I have been a student of hers for almost two years and I highly respect her teaching, which was what prompted me to do her Yin Yoga Training. She differentiates Yin from Restorative Yoga and critiques her own teachers on how they misrepresent poses for the average practitioner. Sam brings a calm, approachable, and informative teaching to her training. She is very knowledgeable in the body and does a great job breaking down concepts that I would otherwise be lost and confused within translation. I like how Sam not only critiques the images that are presented to yogis, but also explains why it is harmful to practitioners, as well as providing an alternative to fit individual needs.  -Joe RYT200

This training will help teachers feel more confident working with students of all backgrounds. Enthusiastic practitioners will learn to address imbalances and injuries with the latest evidence based therapeutic practices, in an incredibly supportive and warm environment.

Does it sound like this training could be the next step for you?

Sam is not only a knowledgeable, skilled leader and teacher, but her warm, positive nature is unmatched. She makes all of her students feel at ease in their own skin. I have had the pleasure of experiencing her as a teacher, mentor, body worker and employer and she has exceeded my expectations in every capacity. She is a true gem; when you work with Sam, you feel like you have hit the jackpot.

We will be excited to offer some of the content of this program as free-standing weekend modules open to public enrollment!

Look for details and dates later on this Fall