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300 LEVEL TRAINING - 250 hours: Feb - July 2019

Share your love of yoga and become a qualified, confident teacher! The 300 Level YAI accredited teacher training course runs over a period of 6 months. The course is accredited by Yoga Alliance International (300 level). The actual number of hours on our course is over 250 so you will be ready to teach a yoga class with confidence on completion!

The next course begins on Sunday the 9th Feb and ends on the 20th July 2019 


  • Duration: Six Months (Saturdays from 10:30am till 2:30pm and on Thursdays from 5:30 till 8:30pm)
  • Investment: R13 900.00 (includes text book, TTC manual, lectures, etc). there is a 10% discount if you pay the full amount upfront (R1380.00 off the total which comes to R16 500.00, including the residential weekend).
  • The fee can be paid in monthly instalments (6 to 8 months maximum).
    A non-refundable deposit of  R3900.00 secures your placement on the course.

*Please note the course fee excludes the following:
1. Our compulsory weekend residential training (May 24- 26, Fri-Sun) at Clear View Lodge in Magaliesburg (Cost R3950.00)
2. A CPR course for those wanting to teach (R300.00 valid for 2 years)
3. Any fees payable to Yoga Alliance International or any other accrediting body a student wishes to register with. Students qualify for a discounted rate as the course and school are certified by YAI.

Total Fees: R17 850 (excluding the CPR certificate)
It will be expected of you to do self-study and to develop your own personal yoga practice. Estimated time required: Minimum 1 hour per day. This is necessary for you in order to be able to teach yoga from a point of personal experience and not merely from poses learned in a book.
In order to gain practical experience it will be expected of you to attend a minimum of three yoga classes a week either at Shakti Yoga Centre or at a yoga school closest to you. If the classes are done with another teacher a register must be signed documenting your hours. You will also be required to teach at least ten 60 - 75 minute classes as part of your course. You will receive written feedback on each class.
You will also have the option to specialise in Kids, Pregnancy or Aerial Yoga once you have completed the TTC. Please contact Taryn Elise for further details.
Curriculum & Schedule
  • Introduction: What is Yoga?
  • The history and origins of Yoga
  • The principles of yoga (how does it work) and the science behind Yoga
  • The different systems of Yoga
  • The different styles of Hatha Yoga
  • Application of yoga and the relevance of yoga today
  • The General Benefits of Yoga
  • The differences between yoga and exercise
  • The stages of Yoga
  • Distractions and Obstacles in Yoga
  • The Yoga Philosophy
  • Daily Yoga Practice- the benefits and how to design your own personal practice for improved health and general well-being

The YTT program focuses on classic Hatha yoga postures with emphasis on inner awareness and importance of breath. The training provides a holistic approach to yoga, combining Hatha yoga instruction, meditation, chanting, pranayama, anatomy and physiology.

  • Learn the basics of the most important yoga postures
  • Learn how to modify the postures to suit your goals and flexibility
  • Experience the vital link between yoga postures and meditation
  • Explore the important topics of Raja yoga and the yoga sutras of Patanjali
  • Ensure a safer and deeper practice by learning anatomy and physiology
  • Learn to teach those with special needs: senior citizens & children
  • Develop confidence in your teaching skills
  • Learn how to organise and present classes. etc.
  • We will also have a lecture on how to advertise your classes and market yourself as a teacher

Functional Anatomy

Basic understanding and overview of each of the following:
  • The Skeletal System
  • The Main Muscle Groups
  • Digestive and Respiratory System and the associated meridians
  • Common injuries in yoga and how to avoid them
  • Emergency treatment (those wanting to teach will be required to complete a basic CPR course)

Asana (Postures)- Beginners Group

The effects, benefits, and contra-indications of each asana (posture) group will be covered in detail.
  • Part 1: Anti-rheumatic group
  • Part 2: Digestive group
  • Part 3: Energy Balancing group
  • Standing Asanas
  • Meditation Asanas
  • Relaxation Asanas
  • Vajrasana (thunderbolt) group of asanas
The art and science of Sequencing (How to put a yoga class together). The principles and methods needed to design an appropriate yoga class.

Asana (Postures)- Intermediate Group

The effects, benefits, and contra-indications of each asana (posture) group will be covered in detail.
  • Backward Bending Asanas
  • Forward Bending Asanas
  • Spinal Twisting Asanas
  • Inverted Asanas
  • Balancing Asanas

Breathing techniques

The effects, benefits, and contra-indications of each breathing technique will be covered in detail.
Abdominal Breathing, Thoracic Breathing, Yogic Breathing, Alternate Nostril Breathing, Cooling Breath, Hissing Breath etc

Other Modules

  • Bandhas and Mudras (to control the energy flow in the body)
  • Yogic Cleansing Practises (these will be done over the weekend retreat, please note attendance is compulsory). Dates will be discussed with the group.
  • The Seven Main Energy centres in the body (chakras)
  • Therapeutic Yoga (general introduction)
  • Yoga for Children – approach, pre-cautions and hints
  • Yoga for Pregnancy – approach, pre-cautions and hints
  • Yoga as an aid for obesity, nervous tension, anxiety, depression, etc
  • Relaxation: Techniques and Principles
  • Meditation: Definition, principle, approach and different techniques
  • Introduction to Ayurveda (Indian natural healing and lifestyle system)

Self Discovery

Who am I?: Success and personal discovery through finding your purpose, passion and potential.
Power and Fear: Recognising personal and collective fears. Changing fear to power.


Theoretical and practical examinations will take place throughout the course. Class test will be written at most lectures and assignments will also be given. A minimum of 90% class attendance is required. At the end of the course you will receive a certificate (accredited with Yoga Alliance International) from Shakti Yoga Centre if all the criteria have been met.

After this you can apply with the YAI and the Yoga Teachers Fellowship for membership.
You are welcome to do the course purely to deepen your own understanding of Yoga but you will still be required to write the same tests and practical exams for those wanting to teach. Physical, mental and emotional commitment are expected of all students that want to enroll for the Teachers Training Course. Please ensure that you have the required time and commitment to complete the course.
International Standards
For those wanting to become accredited yoga teachers you will be assisted in registering with the Yoga Alliance International. This is a once off fee of 200 Euros and will give you life time membership.

This course meets all the criteria for international yoga standards and is fully accredited by Yoga Alliance International (based in India) for SYC to offer 300 and 500 level training.


SYC is a member of the YAI global yoga network