500hr Yoga Teacher Training Cape Town April 2019

Intensive 300 hr (500 hr RYT) Yoga Alliance approved Yoga Teacher Training. 
Advance your teaching and your practice to become an Registered 500 hr Yoga Teacher
15th April to 10th May – including 4 Public Holidays
See below for Testimonials


This is the real Yoga Teacher Training course. This is when you, as a Yoga Teacher, commit to studying on a much deeper level, to become a more empowered, skilful, centred  teacher and practitioner. This course provides a very high standard of education, which will inspire your teaching and your practice. 

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. 


Most of us would like more time and more knowledge to help us work towards the bigger peak poses. 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 towards a pose. Note that we say work towards a pose – everyone has different advantages and disadvantages and we embrace that.  We will cover all inversions, backbends, arm balances and many more poses. 

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 will become second nature to you.  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. 

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. 


The tools you learn in anatomy and pose breakdown leads us directly onto teaching. Like yoga teachers, each client wishes to work to their safest but best practice. And our job as teachers is know how to help them as individuals in a secure, focused and intelligent way.

Normal vinyasa flow classes do not help many people advance their practice, and frequently lead to injury and no safe progress.  Advanced Sequencing is a understanding of the anatomical and cognitive (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) 


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. 

After the contact hours have been completed you will be asked to do a small yoga research project. You will choose an area that is of interest to you. Past 500 hr topics have included yoga and PTSD, the cervical spine in shoulder stand, can you actually stretch your hamstrings, yoga for cyclists, breath work and asthma and many more topics.  You will be asked to submit this research by 15 June  2019. 

You will be doing homework that is relevant to the course content. You will prepare asana analysis, peak pose sequences, workshops and/or courses. 

The 300/500hr Yoga Teacher Training course is taught by Catherine Wilkinson and Laura Norton, both Experienced 500hr Teachers (E-RYT 500). Both teachers have been lead trainers on over 20 Yoga Teacher Trainings and have thousands of hours of teaching time registered with the Yoga Alliance. Both teachers have studied extensively specialising in yoga pose anatomy and anatomical advanced sequencing for peak poses. Both teachers are registered Lead Teacher Trainers on the 200 hour, 300 hour and 500 hour yoga teacher trainings at the Wellness Connection. 

Catherine Wilkinson. Lead 200hr & 500hr Teacher Trainer                           and                                                       Laura Norton Lead 200hr & 500hr Teacher Trainer







Testimonials and References









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 
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 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


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. 

R21,000 before course start date.             
R18,000 for Wellness Connection 200hr Teachers, students and unemployed persons
R36,500 (R32,500 for students/Unemployed) for both the 200hr and the 300hr Teacher Training courses. Must be completed together.

Direct Debit: Deposit R3,500 and 3 payments of R6,330. Total R22,490 
Wellness Connection Yoga 200 hr Teachers please contact for details.
Please contact us for a payment plan if doing both 200hr and 300hr together. 
Please see Payments page for cancellation details.

All 500hr Wellness Connection qualified teachers 
Kaya Bryce  MyUtopia, Yogazone
Bev Slauck Yogazone, YogaSpirit, B Yoga
Celeste de Bryun. Studio owner Move Me Mind Body Joburg. www.movememindbody.co.za
Celeste Cohen. Studio owner. Sky above Studio https://skyaboveyogastudio.com
Laura Norton. 200hr and 500hr Teacher Trainer. Studio owner. The Yoga Mala www.facebook.com/theyogamala/
Rolaine Paterson. Studio Owner. Yama Yoga www.yamayoga.co.za
Bianca McHarg. Studio Owner. B Yoga. Byoga.co.za
Sandy Cornish: Teacher. City Rock. MyUtopia
Claire Weight. Teacher Trainer. Wellness Connection 200hr, Kids Yoga Teacher Training, Back Care Teacher Training
Kristina Holland: Pregnancy Teacher Trainer 
Mandy Hewlett: Advanced workshop teacher, Sports Yoga teacher, Velocity Sports Lab, B Yoga
Carla Collins: Wellness Connection 200hr Teacher Trainer, Yin Teacher Trainer. 
Kaya Bryce: Yoga Zone, My UtopiaTeacher
Bev Slauck: Teacher:Yoga Spirit, Yogazone, Yoyoga, B Yoga Teacher. Synapticyoga.co.za
Sian Williams: Studio owner. Glow Prenatal Yoga. Pregancy Yoga Teacher Trainer
Lauren Burger: Teacher: Sangha Spot
Nicole Mackintosh: Teacher: YogaBodySpace
Penny Cooper: Teacher: Yoga Body Space & My Utopia
Romy Paul: Teacher: The Yoga Mala
Wendy Paarman: Teacher. Wendy Yoga
Delayne Badenhorst: Teacher: Delayne Yoga
Carishma Basday
Ceri Berry
Veronique de Vries
Kelly Shreuder
Julia Thomashoff

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.