Online Mentorship for Yoga Teachers
Integrate sacred wisdom into your busy life on and off the mat so you can confidently take the next best step as a guide, facilitator, and leader in your community.
You graduated from a life changing yoga teacher training and now you're realizing,
SACRED RETURN is an online mentorship program designed for yoga teachers and dedicated practitioners, like you, looking for continued support and refresher courses so you can integrate what you've learned into your life and community offerings with clarity.
SACRED RETURN is a place for you to continue heart-centered, raw, and real conversations about theory and practice, intention and impact, and science and spirit in a space that values diversity, transparent conversations, and personal growth.
SACRED RETURN leads with love, curiosity, and dignity. No one has all the answers. No one will always get it right. Having a mentor and group you can lean into when things feel unbearable, confusing, and uncomfortable is key to not getting stuck or stopping. We use the Yamas, Niyamas, and the sacred texts and teachings of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Chinese Medicine to guide us.
With weekly online mentorship sessions, you'll find support in untangling the inevitable knots of being a guide and teacher, uncovering and leaning into your strengths, and how to lead with integrity and confidence.
Not everyone who graduates from a yoga teacher training is meant to be an asana teacher.
The world needs teachers who are willing to live their Yoga, do the inner work, sit in discomfort, and use the fuel of this sacred work to see and create healing and awakening in their communities.
Around the globe, yoga teachers, like you, have been deeply touched by the practices and wisdom of yoga.
You committed a lot of time and money to learn more and become a "Yoga Teacher."
Your yoga teacher training was more than you ever expected. It was life-changing.
Then you graduated. You and your yoga sisters and brothers took off to spread your wings and fly.
And that’s when you realized, "WHAT NOW?!"
Life after teacher training or immersion can be lonely and confusing.
You find yourself on a spiritual path among people who don’t get you or you crave returning to the comfort of a heart-centered community that cares about your growth, healing, and awakening.
Yoga was never meant to be figured out alone.
Whether you just graduated or took your teacher training years ago, having a yoga mentor and community to integrate all the information you learned, continue to cultivate the seeds your teachers and books planted, and a safe place to dive into the subtle, sacred, and science all-in-one is hard to find. That's why SACRED RETURN was established.
Here you can talk the spiritual talk, the deep, dark, messy, confusing aspects of awakening, healing, and becoming, and know people will be nodding their heads because they get you, are willing to hold space for you, and know your liberation is tied to theirs.
Weekly Online Sessions
Times are in EST
Together on Zoom
Weekly Mentorshiop - community gathering, online mentorship, and Q&A with host, Haunani Chong Drake
Weekly email with resources, seasonal wisdom and practices
Integrate Sacred Wisdom
Optional paid plans starting at $14/month are available to receive access to libraries of content you can use for Yoga Alliance continuing education recertification hours
14.4 min Seasonal Meditation
Seasonal Ayurveda-Inspired Practices
Yoga Teacher Resources to help you feel clear and confident
BENEFITS & Discounts
For paid members
Discounted private sessions with Haunani
Discounts to events and workshops
Special invitations to member's only events and workshops
Integrate Yoga & Ayurveda. As a modern, worldly seeker of Truth and wisdom, juggling many to-do lists, learning Yoga without Ayurveda is like trying to understand a book with missing chapters. You will learn Ayurveda as a tool for empowerment and self-healing that beautifully integrates your yoga wisdom into daily and seasonal practices. This knowledge will help you tailor nourishing life routines and yoga practices for yourself and your students. You’ll never be left without a theme ever again.
Leadership training. Using the wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda, you’ll be asked to do the work, sit in the discomfort, and apply the wisdom to your busy life. After all, Yoga and Ayurveda are experiential paths. Living your yoga on and off the mat, you will develop the skills of a conscious leader.
Focuses on building foundations on and off the mat for balanced and connected living. Yoga and Ayurveda guide us to become masters of change and adaptability with less flailing and more ease.
Embraces and encourages you to step into the sacredness of life. We move from fitting in to standing firmly in our own light. From right and wrong to embracing humanity's many perspectives. It is a sacred process of returning to your light within, the heart’s song and voice within that wants you to be YOU.
Encourages you to BE YOU! After all, no one does it better. There is no one else on the planet like you and the World needs your special talents, gifts, and energy to flow freely. Are you ready?
Meet your host
Becoming an international Yoga and Ayurveda educator and facilitator was never the "plan," but after 20 years of living, breathing, studying, and sharing Yoga, Ayurveda, and Chinese Medicine nourishing life practices around the globe, I find myself offering more and more mentorship, business, and healing support to Yoga Teachers. And, I LOVE IT!
My experience goes beyond the mat and into the world of traumatic healing, subtle energy modalities, and modern allopathic medicine. After a life designed to enter allopathic medical school, my own lifelong digestive challenges, chronic pain, cystic acne, and emotional suffering due to trauma lead me to seek more holistic forms of healing. I became so obsessed with the whole-person experience I felt and experienced through Yoga and Ayurveda, I wanted to know more. I wanted to know the whys, the hows, and all the ins-out-outs of Asian Medicine. Abandoning my dreams of being an orthopedic hand surgeon, I graduated from Pacific College of Health Sciences with a Masters's Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine (yes, I’m a Licensed Acupuncturist in the United States), completed the Ayurveda Wellness Counselor program from Kerala Ayurveda Academy, and continued to study Yoga and Ayurveda with various teachers and lineages in the United States. I am a life-long learner and will always consider myself a student of these ancient wisdom traditions.
In the past decade, I have co-created and co-lead teacher trainings, created and co-lead yoga and wellness retreats in the United States, Costa Rica, and the Kingdom of Bahrain, taught at corporations and corporate conferences, taught at small studios and big gyms, taught private clients in my own clinic to therapeutic yoga in a major military hospital, created Integrated Yoga Anatomy curriculum and manual for Yoga Teacher Trainings, co-founded Kingdom of Bahrain’s first certified SUP yoga classes and a SUP Yoga Teacher Training, developed and lead my own 200-hour yoga teacher training in Okinawa, Japan, helped run studios, support yoga studio owners, lead workshops for yoga teachers, and have taught for every age and a variety of abilities. Again, this was never "the plan" but I admit, I am obsessed with all things Yoga, Ayurveda, and Chinese Medicine.
Enough about me. I want to know more about you! Please send me an email and tell me what you love about yoga or what questions you have about SACRED RETURN.
Is SACRED RETURN right for you?
Maybe you’re the reading-type and you just want to read everything possible before you click or fill-out anything.
I get you. You’ve Got Questions — I’ve Got Answers
Sacred Return is right for you if:
You want someone to help you integrate and digest the information you learned in your training or immersion without investing in a 300-hour yoga teacher training (maybe later, but for now you’re ready to get comfortable with the information you learned).
You finished a yoga teacher training and are now asking yourself, “Now what?” Haunani will ask you the right questions to help you find clarity in your next best step.
You are feeling alone after your training and want to stay connected to a community because you really loved the discussions and accountability with other heart-centered transformational leaders.
You fell more in love with yoga during your training but now realized you didn’t really learn “how to teach.”
You want to learn more about Ayurveda and/or Chinese Medicine and how to this wisdom is deeply connected to Yoga, healing, and your own personal growth and connection to others.
You started teaching but deep inside you still doubt yourself and have sooooo many questions.
You are looking for mentorship from an experienced Yoga and Ayurveda teacher who has a knack for making complex concepts practical and easier to understand.
You are excited about receiving support and encouragement from other yoga teachers who took different training so you can broaden your perspective and learn from others in a heart-centered, open forum.
You are ready to unleash your self-expressed essence as a guide and leader.
You consider yourself a modern yoga teacher who lives a busy modern life with to-do lists, places to go, and people to see. Another way of putting this, you’re not living in an ashram or living a monastic yoga lifestyle.
You value self-growth, finding SOULutions, and being a proactive participant in your life and your community.