SPACE UPDATE: 3 SPACES AVAILABLE
Advance your teaching and your practice to become a Registered Yoga Alliance 500 hr Yoga Teacher
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE AN ADVANCED PRACTITIONER NOR BE A TEACHER.
SPACE UPDATE: 3 SPACES AVAILABLE
PAYMENT IN FULL:
Non Wellness Connection 200hr Teachers R21,000 before course start date. Deposit of R3,500 to secure your place
Payment Plan option: Deposit R3,500 1 September, 1 October and 1 November 3 payments of R6,330. Total R22,490
Wellness Connection 200hr Teachers, students and unemployed persons. R18,500 before course start date. Deposit of R3,500 to secure your place
Payment plan option: Deposit R3,500. September, October and November payments of R5,500. Total R20,000
Please see Payments page for cancellation details.
Deposit of R3,500 to secure your place.
All course materials as well as vegan and vegetarian catered lunches daily
SAMPLE SCHEDULE please click here for a more detailed version of content and day scheduling. 300hr YTT Detail
WHY DO THE COURSE
This is our 4TH 300 (500HR RYT) course. This is when your love of yoga will soar. You will commit to studying on a much deeper level, to become a more empowered, skilful, yoga practitioner. Often 200hr Yoga Teachers are nervous of doing an advanced course fearing that they do not have enough teaching experience and/or their practice is not advanced enough. What matters is your love of yoga. The advanced course is advanced in that we will inspire you, you will go deeper enhancing your yoga knowledge, your practice, your teaching (if you teach) and you will leave loving and knowing yoga even more.
Please contact Catherine if you have any queries, as simple as they may seem. We are happy to help you.
We work from an environmental retreat studio using solar, rain water and environmental building, lowering our overheads, enabling us to lower the cost of the Teacher training courses. We only accept a small group of students believing that this enables a higher standard of Yoga Teacher Training and individual attention to each student.
Our studio is the most highly rated studio for Yoga Teacher Training in South Africa. Yoga Education and Training is what we specialise in. All our courses our Yoga Alliance (US) accredited.
We were the first studio to be qualified to offer the Advanced 300/500 hr Yoga Alliance approved Teacher Training in South Africa. All of our staff are 500hr Yoga Alliance Teachers, the highest qualification one can have.
We are hugely experienced in both 200 and 300/500 hour Yoga Teacher Training. To date we have run over 20 Yoga 200 hr Teacher Training courses and 3 Yoga 300/500hr Yoga Teacher Training courses.
THE COURSE: The course content is broken down into a lot of detail at the bottom of the page.
We love all Yoga styles. We teach Intelligent Pirate Yoga (we borrowed that name too!) – Vinyasa Flow in style but we borrow from all types of yoga. If it works intelligently we will use it it. We borrow from Ashtanga, Iyengar, Forest, Synergy, Pilates and Gymnastic movements.
PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE
This course gives you the time and the assists to help you to break down most of the advanced poses so that you can understand what your body and mind needs to do to work safely towards a pose. We do a significant amount of practical training on the course. We ask everyone what they would like to work on, and we build a programme to suit the groups needs. We see transformations in your practice BECAUSE on top of classes and pose workshops we add training time daily to work on non-yoga strengthening and flexibility work.
We also understand that most people shudder when they hear the word….anatomy… so for those that fear anatomy, be assured EVERYTHING you learn is completely related to yoga poses – we get up and move and point and see, adjust, laugh, play……and understand. Pose anatomy is our passion and we really know our stuff. We will teach you about your whole body in yoga, how to use your feet in backbends and inversions, how to protect your knees in lotus, use your quads to learn how to drop back, how much hip external rotation you need for different poses and why you need hip external rotation for splits, how the lumbar spine hardly twists, just how much backend do you have in your thoracic spine for those big backbends, what the shoulders really need to do in poses. Be prepared to be surprised.
Whilst it is important to understand how to safely practice, we are movement optimists. When we load progressively and understand the anatomy of a pose we can play and advance safely. You will learn about injury prevention through an understanding of what each pose needs, where the dangers are and how to manage prevention of injury through strength and mobility work that is an adjunct to your and your students yoga practice.
Normal vinyasa flow classes do not help many people advance their practice, and frequently lead to injury and no strong progress. Advanced Sequencing is what we specialise in at the Wellness Connection, a understanding of the anatomical and cognitive (brain action) needs of a peak pose, and a knowing of how to bring those elements into a well designed Vinaysa Flow class for all levels of practitioners.
CLASS & WORKSHOP STRUCTURE
You will learn how to structure peak poses classes, private sessions, for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. You will be taught how to create workshops and courses including beginner courses, different groups of poses (inversions, arm balances, backbends). You may not be teaching but this will help you understand how to structure your own yoga sessions.
We cover Yin, Restorative and Trauma Yoga in depth as well as the neuroscience behind these types of yogas. We explore how the Nervous System reacts to Breath and Mediation.
We will be consistently adjusting each other throughout the course. You will be taken through the fine details of adjusting from an anatomy and psychosocial perspective that will leave you confident to provide skilled adjustments to your clients.
The 300/500hr Yoga Teacher Training course is taught by Catherine Wilkinson, Laura Norton, Carla Collins and Claire Weight, all Experienced 500hr Teachers (E-RYT 500). All teachers have been lead trainers on over 20 Yoga Teacher Trainings and have thousands of hours of teaching time registered with the Yoga Alliance. All teachers have studied extensively specialising in yoga pose anatomy and anatomical advanced sequencing for peak poses, as well as their own specialised area of yoga.
Catherine’s speciality is yoga pose anatomy and sequencing. She has studied anatomy and physiology at BSc and Masters level, as well as studying yoga anatomy and sequencing with Jason Crandell (jasonyoga.com) and Yoga Biomechanics and Stretching with Jules Mitchell (www.julesmitchell.com)
Laura has extensive Iyengar training with David Jacobs, as well as yoga anatomy training. Laura runs her own Aerial Yoga Teacher Trainings and has her own studio, the Yoga Mala.
Claire’s main speciality is in the use of Yoga for all spinal issues and injuries. Claire has spent a year studying with New York Yoga Back Health spine specialist Alison West (www.yogaunion.com) specialising in back pain, back health care and scoliosis.
Carla is our Yin, Restorative and Trauma Yoga
specialist. Carla studies include the Neuroscience and Psychology of Trauma Yoga for PTSD and Anxiety in London.
Sandy Cornish: 500 hr Teacher. Yoga Teacher City Rock Cape Town
To all you Yogis out there, I highly recommend this course as the teachers are warm, funny, and very knowledgeable in yoga asana and anatomy. I have found this course very helpful in my teaching and my confidence in sequencing has improved. I have also noticed that I have become more confident in hands on adjustments when previously I felt unsure. My personal practice has deepened too. Light and Love. Sandy
Beverley Slauck: 500hr Teacher. Yogazone, Yoga Spirit and B Yoga teacher. The course was absolutely brilliant and transformed my teaching completely! It was not only anatomically extremely informative but loads of fun too. The course has a unique way of making you think about the body, and how we need to sequence to make all the poses more accessible, comfortable for all body types and shapes, and safe too. My own practice has improved tremendously as well. I am very thankful for all the continued help (you can always ask anything at any time!). I would definitely recommend the course to anyone who wishes to improve their own practice and teaching.
Claire Weight: 500 hr Teacher. 100hr Back Care teacher. Scoliosis specialist in Yoga. Adult & Kids Yoga Teacher. Founder of Yogalini Yoga. 200 hr Yoga Teacher Trainer
The 500 hr TT is well structured, well presented, professional, interesting, challenging, exciting, huge fun and jam packed with up to date well researched information. 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.
Mandy Hewlett. 500hr Teacher. Stormers Rugby Yoga Coach. Sports Yoga Teacher Trainer.
Catherine is an exceptional teacher who puts her heart and soul into every class she teaches. Catherine possesses a knowledge and wisdom way beyond that of any yoga teacher I have encountered. Her knowledge of anatomy is exceptional in the Yoga world and her personal approach to teaching was something I had never encountered before, nor since. Catherine has put her all into designing courses that produce knowledgable, caring and careful teachers. I would absolutely recommend the TT to anyone who loves Yoga as much as I do. It will never be a wasted experience
Carla Machen. 500 hr Teacher. Yoga Teacher Velocity Sports Lab, 200 hour Lead Teacher Trainer
Catherine is a wonderful facilitator and teacher (with a wicked sense of humour!) who pays great attention to details and fosters enquiry from us all. The sessions are filled with information and opportunities for practical application. My practice has grown, my knowledge has expanded, my teaching has evolved and my perception of yoga has changed and as a result I am far more confident in my teaching and myself. A brilliant investment.
Rolaine Patterson. Owner YamaYoga. 500hr Teacher. This is an empowering course. I strongly believe as instructors we should always be enquiring about each individual student’s needs, body type, proportions, restrictions and know how to apply safe, effective modifications for them as individuals. After this course with the Wellness Connection I understand how to inspire and assist my students on a much deeper level, from a grounding in knowledge and compassion. And in return I have seen my students learn and flourish. And even now, long after the completion of the 500hr TTC, we teachers are all still connected at the Wellness Connection, continuing to learn, and share our experiences.
We do not provide accommodation, however the Wellness Connection Studio is situated in a ‘holiday’ area with many, many Air BnBs and lodges within walking distance to suit all budgets. We suggest you search Air BnB Hout Bay Longkloof Road area. Please ask if you need any more help.
The course consists of 300 hours of advanced Yoga Teacher Training, which, with your Yoga Alliance approved 200 hour training certificate, comprises the 500 hours needed to register with the Yoga Alliance.