Teacher Training


These are only estimated dates. As soon as we have 5
students committed. We will solidify the dates and begin.

38 Tuesdays, 6-9pm, March 7 - November 28 (no class July 4)
Depending on schedules, we could start earlier in the afternoon.
This could also happen on Thursday evenings, if need be.

9 Weekends (TBD): Saturday & Sunday, 1-5pm  

Contact Anna if you're interested or have questions. Hope you'll join us...


TUITION: $3,200 if paid in full at least 1 month before the start date. $3,400 if paid in full after that, but before the start date. Monthly payment plan is available, due on the first class of each month at $400 per month, with an initial payment of $800 due before the start date (so no payment in the last month) for a total of $3,600. Make a payment!

Anna Winkler will be the primary teacher, with assistance from other Shakti Teachers and perhaps some outside teachers as well for Anatomy & Philosophy. The style you will learn to teach is Alignment Based Classical Hatha Yoga.

Enjoy FREE Yoga Classes at Shakti during your training!



Anna (Amba) Winkler, Director of Shakti Yoga & living arts, E-RYT500, YACEP, NJ LMT

Anna has been practicing and teaching yoga since 1989. She was originally certified through the Sivananda Yoga Organization, where she served as a volunteer staff member for over 6 years. Among many other things, she assisted in the Yoga Teacher Training courses and modeled for 2 yoga books during her time there: Yoga, Mind and Body and 101 Essential Tips: Yoga.

Anna has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 1997 with Eddie Stern and numerous other authorized teachers, including Pattabhi, Saraswati, Manju and Sharath Jois, Nancy Gilgoff, Tim Miller, and others. She as been teaching Ashtanga since 2002. Anna has been sudying and practicing Iyengar Yoga at Studio Yoga in Madison (and with other Senior Iyengar teaches) since 2007. She received her second 500 hour teaching certificate from Theresa Rowland of Studio Yoga in 2014. 

Anna teaches an Alignment Based Hatha Yoga class. Her Ashtanga classes are also alignment influenced. Anna has been teaching in the Maplewood area since 2001, Sheis the founder and director of Shakti Yoga & living arts since June 2005 (formerly the Yoga Room in Millburn). 

Anna is a Licensed Massage Therapist, practicing since 2014. She has been practicing Thai Massage since 2001, Thai Abdominal Massage since 2015 and Myofacial Release Massage since 2016. She is a certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant from the Kripalu School of Ayurveda's first graduating class of 2006. She has been working with Young Living Essential Oils since 2007 and practicing Raindrop Technique since 2008. She is also an Independend Distributor of BEMER (for increased microcirculation).

Anna graduated from Nalanda Institute's Contemplative Psychotherapy Program (Compassion Module) in May, 2021. In March, 2022, she became a certified Compassion Based Resilience Training (CBRT) teacher, also with the Nalanda Institute. She looks foward to sharing these teachings in the communtiy.

Anna is honored to serve on the Board of Directors and as a teacher at the Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing, a retreat center in Cragsmoor, NY (near Ellenville/Pinebush), founded by her teacher, Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche.


Anna's teaching style is both challenging and nurturing.
With a dash of humor, a focus on alignment and sometimes
just going with the flow, her classes will leave you
feeling worked, yet tranquil and energized.



Andre Witek will introduce concepts, techniques and practices for understanding therapeutic yoga.

Ellen Kaplan will introduce you to the Iyengar Yoga method, using language, demonstration and props to encourage an awareness of alignment in your poses.

Emily Ramos will go over teaching methodologies including use of voice, identifying and understanding your particular learning and teaching style and how to teach to all types of students.

Ires Wilbanks will introduce you to teaching Prenatal Yoga.

Milena Rubinstein will introduce you to the classical Hatha Yoga system, Integral Yoga.

Trish O'Gorman will introduce you to the practice of Kundalini Yoga.



To receive your teaching certificate you must attend the entire program of 181 contact hours. You can miss up to 12 hours of this, but anything more than that must be made up in a private session (1 hour private tutoring per 3 hours missed) at a rate of $95/hour. If you miss more than 19 contact hours, you cannot make it up in private sessions and you will not receive a teaching certificate, even though you have paid in full for the training.

You must complete all homework assignments (including teaching, giving and receiving feedback) and the final exam.



You will need your Yoga Teacher Training Certificate of Completion (received at the end of the training. Go to www.yogaalliance.org and follow the directions there.


"I met Ambaji at the Sivananda TTC at Uttarkashi. I had already been practicing and teaching for a sometime and was looking for a teacher who could advance my personal and teaching practices. Ambaji's clear, detailed and anatomically precise instructions fulfilled me. I thought I had a well developed breath capacity but was introduced to an entirely new diaphragmatic awareness. Her warmth, compassion and ability to spot the mental flaw that holds you back from performing an asana properly is what I seek to give to my students as well. I highly recommend her yoga training course to both the newbie and advanced."  ~ Surabhi Rathod
"Amba,or Anna Winkler,was my asana teacher when I took the Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peeth Teacher Trainning Course in Uttarkashi, north India.I was inspired by Ambaji a lot. She was always full of energy and longing for teaching us everything she knows. She was so experienced, dedicated and kind. It seems every class was not enough time coz Ambaji always wanted to share more knowledge and skills about yoga. Apart from class, she also is our good friend, always took photos of us, to help us keep the best memories of India. I feel so grateful living and learning with Ambaji for one month. I will always remember “chest up” and keep practicing in my entire life. OM!" ~ Jubing Zheng (Chinmayi)
"My yoga teacher training at Shakti was one of the most transforming experiences of my life.  It was so worth the effort and focus it required of me and has served me well as the foundation of my yoga practice in the years since.  The training was varied, covering so many areas beyond the in-depth asanas I expected to learn to become a teacher.  Some examples: anatomy, lovingly offered support for practice teaching (a scary thought for this introverted soul), study of the yoga sutras, chair yoga, use of props, chanting, meditation, pranayama.  There was even one class conducted entirely in the dark and another given over the phone on a snowed-in evening! Anna is a wonderful, talented, genius of a teacher with a strong intuition for what her students need.  Take this training and you will learn not only yoga, but will also gain insights into yourself and into all that yoga has to offer us all in this wacky world we live in." ~ Susan Pendleton
'I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2012 with Anna Winkler. I found it to be one of the most enriching experiences of my life. Learning yogic philosophy and gaining a deeper understanding was life changing for me. I am forever in Anna’s debt. She has boundless knowledge in so many different areas of yoga, and teaches with humility and patience. I highly recommend this training." ~ Jane Guzzi

"I completed Anna's Yoga Teacher Training in 2011 and have been grateful ever since. She is extremely kind and patient as well as very knowledgeable in classical yoga texts and teaching asanas. But, what sets her apart from other teachers and their teacher training programs is her ability to know what each student needs, and to focus her teaching to meet that need. Once you understand, you can pass that knowledge on to your students. If you are taking this training to teach classes yourself or just to deepen your own practice, you will not be disappointed. I highly recommend Anna's YTT." ~ Kim Reynolds



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