Workshops

WORKSHOPS: All workshops are Yoga Alliance approved YACEP workshops

For further details of each workshop please click on the “+” .
Please note payment must be made to reserve your place

 

 

UNDERSTANDING BUDOKON YOGA: 17 MARCH 2018 with Mandy Hewlett



Mandy Hewlett qualified as a certified Budokon Teacher, having trained with the founders of the Budokon Academy,  Cameron and Melayne Shayne. Mandy is also a Vinyasa Flow teacher whose approach to Budokon and Yoga whose speciality is Yoga for Sports, and she is presently the yoga coach for the Stormers rugby team.



 

ADVANCED YOGA PRACTICE: SHORT COURSES with Catherine Wilkinson: MAY 2018 onwards



Courses: 4 weeks 

75 minutes per session


Tuesdays or Thursdays 10am to 11.15am. Trainees will be able to do either day or both days. Only 8 people will be accepted per course. 



May:            Arm balances

June:           Inversions

August:        Backbends


Cost: R600 per course


Often we find that we are not able to self practice as life presents its busy self in our way. We try to go to classes where we might be able to practice a peak pose once, every few months. Very rarely do we get an opportunity to really analyse poses, work on them in an intelligent way and build up to a final pose through a focused practice on correct physiology (muscle action) and joint movement. 


In these short courses we will focus on a particular area for a 4 sessions. We will steadily work on a practice that will help us build the correct strength for the poses we are working on. We will use equipment when we need to, rings, bars, chairs, the wall to help us get there. We will explore different exercises and movements that we can build into our yoga class. 


Teacher

Catherine is the lead 500 hour Vinyasa Teacher on the Wellness Connection Teacher Training courses. 


“Claire Weight: 500 hr Teacher. Adult & Kids Yoga Teacher. Founder of Yogalini Yoga. 200 hr Yoga Teacher Trainer

There is a big emphasis on teaching intelligently and wisely. Catherine’s knowledge of anatomy is unprecedented. The course is very hands on with loads of practical information that is translated into my practice and my yoga teaching. Catherine has an amazing ability to really see each and every student, and help us improve in all areas of our yoga practice. Catherine’s love of all things yoga shines through in every detail of this course


50 hour May YIN YOGA TEACHER TRAINING WITH Carla Collins


50 Hr Yin Teacher Training – May 2018



50 hr Wellness Connection Yin Yoga Teacher Training course




Accredited by Yoga Alliance YACEP continuing education for existing Yoga Teachers


Dates:

26 May: 10.30 – 6.30pm

27 May: 8 – 6.30pm

9 June: 10.30-6.30pm 


Homework:

Sequence preparation work.


Cost:

R4,000 Deposit R1000 to secure your place. EFT Date of workshop and YOUR name REFERENCE


Yin Yoga is a subtle, deep and powerful approach to Yoga.  It is an individually adapted, slow and meditative asana practice combined with internal awareness. Asanas are practiced in a passive way with relaxed muscles.



Course Outline

Philosophy of Yin Yoga

Understanding the philosophy and origins of Yin: both its differences and similarities with other styles of yoga and how it applies to the practice.


Yin Yoga Anatomy and Poses

An exploration of 30 of the more common yin yoga asanas; and what happens beneath the skin as we shift shapes as well as the intelligent use of props based on the individuals needs.


Learning how to observe, prop poses and adjust

Learn how to see what each individual needs in each pose. Using props can be plentiful and fun, as well as creative. How to use props, both studio props and household items to prop and adjust Yin Poses for different indiviudal needs.


The Nature of Connective Tissue

An overview of the structure of connective tissue: how it differs from muscle and why it bares importance in a yin practice.


Meridians

We will look at the Meridian system as it appears in Chinese Medicine and applications to the practice of Yin.


Creating a class, for yourself or your students

How to theme; sequence and verbally construct an engaging class; learning to balance words with silence.


Meditation

Exploring mindfulness; meditation and breath work and its integration within this yoga practice. Learn to teach and to hold the space in silence.


Teacher

Carla Collins is a 200 hr and 
500 hr Registered Yoga Teacher, as well as a Teacher Trainer on the Wellness Connection Yoga 200 hr Teacher Training courses.  Carla teaches both Yin and Vinyasa Yoga, and has an in depth understanding of anatomy, injury, modifications and adjustments. 


“Carla has a lovely way of communicating, a sincere interest in helping you. I love her classes especially her attention to adjustments” Anonymous feedback 200 hr Teacher trainee



HANDSTAND WORKSHOPS:  Learn the skills needed to build a strong foundation to hold a stable and controlled handstand.These workshops are for those just beginning to learn to handstand as well as those looking to learn more advanced handstands including straddle handstand press and pike press. You will be taught exercises to take home for you to build the correct strength and mobility for happy hand standing. YACEP credits with the Yoga Alliance


IMPROVING WRIST AND SHOULDER FUNCTION FOR HANDSTANDS AND ARM BALANCES: 9 JUNE WITH RICHARD DEAN SUMARES
Functional Range Conditioning


Functional Range Conditioning: How to increase joint mobility & endurance for Yoga WITH RICHARD DEAN SUMARES



Workshop:  9 June 10.30 – 1pm 

Where: Wellness Connection Studio

How much: R300 EFT Date of workshop and name REFERENCE



ACCREDITED WITH THE YOGA ALLIANCE as a Continuing Education Programme for Yoga Teachers


We all want to be able to do handstands, the splits,  arm balances and backbends – the big glamorous yoga poses. But so often our joints range of motion prevents us, often causing pain. But we keep trying, by repeating the same pose again and again and again with little improvement, and frequently more joint soreness. 


An example would be the arm balance Bakasana or handstands.  Think of the perfect Bakasana, straight arms, leaning far over your wrists….and the wrist ache you experience afterwards, stopping you from practicing the pose again. Simply put, your wrists are not strong or mobile enough to carry the load of your body weight.


How much wrist extension do you have access to under your own control? In other words, how much can you bend your wrist backward (without help from your other hand) the way you need to when you do bakasana or a handstand? If you can only move your wrist 45 degrees, we have to ask why we expect our wrist not to hurt when we extend it to over 100 degrees in Bakasana?


Improving your joints range of motion (mobility) will go a long way to help you in your practice—it will help you improve your strength and your mobility and aid you in accessing  more optimal positions, and more importantly healthier, injury free joints


So how can you improve your range of motion for the sake of your movement efficiency and safety?


Introducing the concept of FRCFunctional Range Conditioning


Functional range conditioning (FRC), developed by musculoskeletal expert Dr. Andreo Spina, is a comprehensive joint training system that essentially helps you move better.


Teacher Richard Dean Sumares, a registered FRC practitioner and 200hr Yoga Teacher will guide us through an introduction to FRC related to Joint Health and Longevity, Joint Strength  and Mobility/ Flexibility related to Yoga Poses.


RESOURCES:


Interview with Dr Andrea Spina 


https://gmb.io/episode-68/


https://www.functionalanatomyseminars.com


I WANT TO LEARN HOW TO DO ALL THOSE YOGA POSES with Catherine Wilkinson: JULY 2018



Course: 4 days 

Saturdays 28 July, August 4, 11 and 18th – 11 – 3 pm


Cost: R 1600 per course 


You may find that it is really difficult to pick up how to do poses within a class. Its too fast, the poses may not be explained, and everyone seems to be able to do them except you!  You would like to get better at our practice but maybe cant afford a private teacher and YouTube videos are not helping! You have even thought about doing a Teacher Training course just to get to know how to do the poses and to improve your practice. 


In this short course we will focus on teaching the bigger poses that are often not taught in a general yoga class. We will look at arm balances, backbends and inversions. We will break down the poses, to help us build the correct strength, flexibility and balance to work safely towards the pose. 


Teacher

Catherine is the lead 500 hour Vinyasa Teacher on the Wellness Connection Teacher Training courses. 


“Claire Weight: 500 hr Teacher. Adult & Kids Yoga Teacher. Founder of Yogalini Yoga. 200 hr Yoga Teacher Trainer

There is a big emphasis on teaching intelligently and wisely. Catherine’s knowledge of anatomy is unprecedented. The course is very hands on with loads of practical information that is translated into my practice and my yoga teaching. Catherine has an amazing ability to really see each and every student, and help us improve in all areas of our yoga practice. Catherine’s love of all things yoga shines through in every detail of this course


50 HOUR TEACHER TRAINING COURSE: KIDS YOGA TEACHER TRAINING - AUGUST 2018 with Claire Weight


2018 August: Kids Yoga Teacher Training course



 


 


YOGALINI 50 hrs Yoga for Kids Teacher Training


Dates: August 4th and 5th


Times:

4th 10.30  – 6:30pm

5th 8 – 6pm


Cost: R3 500

Deposit R1000 due to secure your place



  • Assist at 2 Yogalini kids yoga classes

  • Teach 1 Yogalini kids yoga classe

  • Sequencing and Kids Class preparation 25 hours 


The course is for anybody who loves working with children and loves yoga, for parents and teachers interested in new, creative, fun and healthy ways to connect with their children and family.


The Yogalini Kids Yoga course is balanced with theory and practical lessons, discussions, play and lots of fun. You will be left with loads of inspiring ideas to create original, captivating yoga experiences for kids of all ages through specific tools, games and activities.


Accreditation: The Yogalini kids yoga course is accredited by both The Wellness Connection, the leading Teacher Training School in South Africa (www.wellnessconnection.co.za) as well as by the Yoga Fellowship of South Africa (www.ytf.org.za)



 


The Yogalini Kids Yoga Course is accredited by the Yoga Alliance as a 50 hour YACEP accredited course for existing Yoga Teachers


 


Claire Weight qualifications:



  • 500hr Yoga Teacher

  • Experienced 200 hr Registered Yoga Teacher -E-YRT 200

  • LEAD teacher trainer of The Wellness Connection Adult 200hr Teacher Training

  • Online Kidding Around Yoga certification (Kidding Around Yoga United States) Yoga for Kids Certification

  • On line Kidding Around Anatomy for Kids certification

  • Yoga4Kids Module 1 and 2 certification

  • Scoliosis Programme: Rachel Jesien 


The course will teach you the management techniques and tools to empower children and instill in them a love for yoga. The general outline for the two day course would be as follows: (structured around age groups 4 – 7 years old and 8-12 years old)


Overview



  • Benefits of yoga for children

  • Overview of children’s anatomy and developmental stages 

  • Meditation and breathing techniques suitable for children

  • Explanation of yoga to children and what it can do for them

  • Asanas (poses)

  • Introduction to healthy lifestyle and nutrition

  • Story themes, games, dances and putting classes together (ages 4-7 and 8-12)



 


50 HOUR TEACHER TRAINING COURSE- YOGA THERAPY FOR BACK CARE TEACHER TRAINING: 16&17 September WITH Claire Weight




15 September 10.30 – 6.30pm & 16 September. 9 – 5pm     


Cost: R2,500 Deposit R1000 to secure your place

EFT Date of workshop and YOUR name REFERENCE


 


Teacher: Claire Weight is a qualified Yoga for Back Care specialist who qualified under the 2 main Back Care Yoga Teachers in the United States. Claire’s interest is in individual yoga work for people who have a variety of back problems. Her speciality is in Scoliosis. Claire is also a 200 hr and 500 hr Registered Yoga Teacher, and a lead trainer on the Wellness Connections 200hr Yoga Teacher Training courses. Claire teaches both adults and kids yoga, and has her own successful Kids Yoga Teaching company http://www.yogalini.org.za



“Claire makes an effort to make every individual feel special, as well as challenging them to be the best that they can. Definitely a breath of fresh air, and an amazing yoga teacher” Anonymous 200hr Teacher training feedback 


For more details http://wellnessconnection.co.za/yoga-teacher-training/2017-september-kids-yoga-teacher-training-course/


 

50 hr TEACHER TRAINING COURSE - ADVANCED SEQUENCING WORKSHOP 13 & 14 October WITH CATHERINE WILKINSON




Accredited by Yoga Alliance YACEP continuing education 


Dates:

13 October: 10.30 – 6.30pm

14 October: 8 – 5pm


Cost:

R1,500 EFT Date of workshop and YOUR name REFERENCE


The Wellness Connection’s speciality is Peak Pose sequencing for classes. We teach trainees to understand the anatomy of a peak pose and how to translate this knowledge into flow yoga where you can target your classes anatomical and physiological needs, with instruction, to help them access more challenging poses. 


This advanced sequencing course will encompass joint anatomy and muscle physiology of forward bends, backbends, twists, inversions and arm balances. You will learn about ranges of movement of joints, what muscles actually do when we stretch them, how to engage muscles for poses within a flow class, and what types of muscle strengthen is beneficial for advancing our yoga practice. 


Creating a class, for yourself or your students

How to theme; sequence and verbally construct an engaging class; using anatomy and physiology knowledge


Teacher

Catherine is the lead 500 hour Vinyasa Teacher on the Wellness Connection Teacher Training courses. 


“Claire Weight: 500 hr Teacher. Adult & Kids Yoga Teacher. Founder of Yogalini Yoga. 200 hr Yoga Teacher Trainer

There is a big emphasis on teaching intelligently and wisely. Catherine’s knowledge of anatomy is unprecedented. The course is very hands on with loads of practical information that is translated into my practice and my yoga teaching. Catherine has an amazing ability to really see each and every student, and help us improve in all areas of our yoga practice. Catherine’s love of all things yoga shines through in every detail of this course


50 HOUR TEACHER TRAINING COURSE: RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR STRESS DISORDERS OCTOBER 2018 with Carla Collins


Dates:

27 October: 10.30 – 6.30pm

28 October: 8 – 5pm


COST: R2,500


Carla Collins is a 200hr and 500 hr Vinyasa Teacher, as well as a lead teacher on the 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training courses at the Wellness Connection. 

In addition Carla is a Yin and Restorative Yoga teacher whose speciality is working with the elderly and people with post traumatic stress disorder and other stress symptoms such as anxiety. 


This course will give you the tools to work using Restorative Yoga Techniques with different groups of people. The emphasis will be on teaching you well researched Restorative Yoga methods which include how to assess how to communicate, sequence, and if and when to appropriately adjust groups of individuals who may be experiencing anxiety, stress, or mild dementia. 


 

FOR YOGA TEACHERS: ADJUSTMENTS AND ASANA RECAP:  25 November WITH Laura Norton


YOGA TEACHERS: ADJUSTMENTS AND ASANA RECAP:  Forgotten everything you learned on your 200 hour Teacher Training course? Or just feel like you never felt comfortable enough to really adjust people? Come and be reminded of fabulous adjustments in standing poses,

forward bends, back bends and inversions. 


25 November  

Times: 10.30 to 1pm

Cost: R300 EFT Date of workshop and YOUR name REFERENCE


 


YOGA ALLIANCE ACCREDITED as a Continuing Education Programme for Yoga Teachers.


Teacher Laura Norton

Laura is a registered 200 hr and 500 hr Teacher, as well as a Lead Teacher Trainer on the Wellness Connection 20o hr Yoga Teacher Training course. Laura spent many years under the tutelage of David Jacobs, a Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher in South Africa, as well as gaining her Vinyasa/Ashtanga credentials.


“Laura’s enthusiasm and knowledge of yoga poses, and different yoga styles is unbelievable. She has such a practical, lively approach to teaching. Fabulous scope of knowledge, very efficient and fun ways of delivering that content” Anonymous feedback from 200 hr Yoga Teacher Trainee