'Samadhi' Donna Witters Banks, E-RYT 500, YACEP, IKYTA, is the founder of Studio Samadhi, with local trainings in the Dallas - Ft. Worth and Chicago areas, as well as destination trainings and retreats, and an online yoga studio, samadhionline.com. She is a regular presenter at The Theosophical Society in America, and featured speaker and teacher for wellness conferences and events.
Samadhi has been dedicated to yoga and meditation for over 15 years, with well over 2000 hours of teaching experience, in addition to over 10 years teaching other forms of fitness and wellness in her earlier experience. Her personal practice and dynamic teaching style are rooted in her study of Kundalini and Ashtanga yoga, 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.
She holds 200- and 500-hour certifications in Hatha Yoga, as well as certification as a Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, and has studied with teachers of other paths of the Kundalini Tantra as well. For many years, Samadhi has been central in driving awareness and practice of Kundalini Yoga in the Dallas - Ft. Worth area, and now brings this mission to the western suburbs of Chicago and beyond.
She is a Radiant Child (RCYP) Level III children’s Kundalini yoga teacher, and owner of the The Indigo Project Children's Yoga 95-hour Specialty Teacher Training for the RCYT specialty designation with Yoga Alliance.
As a Reiki Master Teacher, she also teaches energy work and has a passion for our natural potential for health and well-being, regularly training, attuning, and mentoring others in this work.
Samadhi's 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, as well as in her own recovery from colon cancer.
In addition, she uses her lifelong background as an artist and passion for decorating to co-create calming, serene interior spaces for her private clients. You can find her yoga-inspired retail at shopskina.com online, and her personal blog about holistic, environmentally responsible living at thousandstarsinajar.com.