6 April – 2 May 2020
Advance your teaching
 and your practice to become a Registered Yoga Alliance 500 hr Yoga Teacher

This course is for qualified 200 hr Yoga Teachers only


Non Wellness Connection 200hr Teachers R21,500.  Deposit of R4,000 to secure your place. Residual payment due 4 weeks before course start date        

Wellness Connection 200hr Teachers, students and unemployed Teachers:  R19,000.  Deposit of R4,000 to secure your place. Residual payment due 4 weeks before course start date.  

Please see Payments page for cancellation details.


All course materials as well as vegan catered lunches daily

SAMPLE SCHEDULE please click here for a more detailed version of content and day scheduling. 300hr YTT Detail

This is our 4TH  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. 

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 will help you WORK TOWARDS a pose by building your strength and flexibility. 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  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. 



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.

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. 

Mandy Hewlett. 500hr TeacherStormers 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

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. 


Bianca McHarg Owner B-Yoga Studio. 500hr Teacher.It’s hard to think of my 300 hour advanced TT experience as anything other than life changing. This was because everything I thought and felt about yoga was turned on its head and shaken up! At Wellness Connection you are challenged to not only look at what and how you teach… but also why? 

This is where Catherine and her team are in a league of their own. No other yoga institution puts anatomy first.  At Wellness Connection I was taught not to just accept what was put in front of me, but rather to practice, research, question and discover. This TT quite literally changed my life.

And I’m pretty sure it will change yours too.  Namaste

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.