At Shakti Yoga Academy, we believe that yoga is more than just an asana practice and through this journey, our goal is to help you tap into your inner power through self discovery and get in touch with the essence of what yoga is all about. You will come out of this training with the knowledge and confidence needed to begin teaching yoga and to begin transforming lives. Lead teachers Andie Chiasson and Sarah Zimmer will guide you on this epic path with humor, kindness and a sense of community.

To get a deeper feel for the program and the faculty, we highly encourage you to attend classes with Andie and Sarah prior to application to make sure you resonate with them as teachers as this is an intimate program and it is important to have a balanced relationship with your mentors and gurus.

Shakti Yoga Academy is partnered with 409 Fitness Studio and is located at 409 West 3rd Street in downtown Thibodaux, LA.


Important information:

Application fee: $25 (non-refundable)
Application fee must be paid via cash, check, PayPal or Venmo to lead trainer Andie Chiasson prior to your application being considered.
Shakti Yoga Academy Application



~$2700 if paid in full on or before August 15th~
This includes access to all yoga classes at 409 Fitness Studio over the duration of the training, all weekend training sessions and a teacher training manual.

~$3,000 if using payment plan or paying after August 15th~
A limited number of need-based work-study scholarships are available.


Regular Weekend Commitments:









(First Friday 1pm-9pm, subsequent Fridays are listed below)

Friday 6p - 9pm

Saturday 9a - 6pm

Sunday 9a - 4pm


*Sacred Music Yoga Festival in March TBD

**Other event dates TBD

***Practitioners will be required to take 2-3 studio classes per week

For more information or to complete an application, contact andie@409fitnessstudio or call 985-688-2040.

The beginning of the process will be self-exploration and how it relates to yoga. We'll practice asana, meditation, breathing, mantra, history, stories of yoga mythology, poems music and more. The second part of this journey will be studying and practice of teaching skills, use of props, adjustments, construction and sequencing of classes and more.

You will be required to commit to weekly studio practices with the facilitators (which is included in the cost of the program) as well as service hours and homework assignments between meetings.

Graduates who fulfill all the requirements of the program will receive a teaching certificate and will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level.