About Us

Ananda Sanga Educational Institute (ASEI) is an academic institute in South Africa dedicated to spreading the ancient Art and Science of Yoga to humanity. The Centre was started by Dr Anne & Dr Martin Combrinck in 1991.

We are dedicated to quality holistic yoga education and training, nationally and internationally. This is achieved by imparting the ancient knowledge of Yoga to sincere students for integration of "body, mind and soul. "

We maintain and honour the ancient yoga teachings, while making them relevant and practical in the present day and age. Our aim: To promote ethical, integrated yoga principles in a way that is compatible to all traditions, cultures and social groups.

Ananda Sanga, started in 1991, is inspired by he spiritual teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic "Autobiography of a Yogi". We offer Kriya Yoga courses, based on the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda.

Ananda Sanga Educational Institute (ASEI) is the trade name under Pranava Institute (Pty) Ltd (registration No: 2011/121974/07) - a legal entity registered in South Africa.

Our Yoga Style 

Our teaching style is spiritually based with Integral & Vinyasa hatha yoga traditions. This yoga teaching is that of classical hatha yoga within a framework of Integral Yoga, based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda (1887 – 1963) and the Vinyasa Krama principles of Sri Krishnamacharya.

Integral Yoga is based on Patanjali's Yoga Sutra and is all encompassing: - all religions, castes, creeds. Vinyasa is a flow style of yoga asana building up to a crescendo (most difficult pose in the class time), then calming down to relaxation, pranayama and yoga nidra. It uses synchronisation of breath, movement and mind resulting in a healthier person along with a perceptual shift of life and world.

What is taught to the student is relevant at that specific time, place, season/weather and age (Ayurveda principles). This means anyone can practise our yoga style. It is a practice that develops us from the inside, strengthening our weaknesses, supporting our emotions, and re-connecting us to universal consciousness or spirit.


Professional Teacher Training 

Since 2012, Ananda Sanga has been turning dedicated yoga practitioners from around the world into capable and well-qualified Yoga Teachers.

Our training has modernised to become an intensive practical training on the premises, as well as online training in the comfort of their homes. Our Yoga Trainers have extensive yoga experience spanning more than 35 years and are qualified Yoga Therapists.

Our training courses are aligned according to international standards and we are an international Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance - South Africa.

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Extensive Curriculum 

Our yoga training curriculum is very comprehensive and cover all aspects pertaining to yoga. Some of the topics included in our Yoga Training curriculum:
* Yoga history & philosophy.
* Raja Yoga and meditation.
* Patanjali's Sutras.
* Class planning and principles and adaptations.
* Applied Anatomy & Physiology.
* Ayurveda principles.
* All aspects of Yoga Therapy etc.

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Emphasis of our Yoga Trainings 

The emphasis of this Yoga Teacher Training is to produce international well qualified and dedicated Yoga Teachers, with an understanding of the theory and practice of classical yoga postures. The postures will be taught with respect to correct spinal alignment, inner focus, and proper breathing. The training will also focus on the foundational knowledge of traditional yoga postures and develop an understanding of the principles of vinyasa, counterpose, and modification. Read more

'Our Yoga Training is geared to develop students as excellent Yoga Teachers.'

Career Opportunities 

A career in Yoga offers you a multitude of career opportunities nationally and internationally. Some of the possible career options are:
* Health Industry e.g. lifestyle.
* Fitness Industry e.g. teaching at a gym.
* Sport Industry e.g. Yoga Therapist.
* Recreation and Leisure Industry e.g. onboard a cruise ship.
* Education Sector e.g. community etc.

Training Delivery 

Our education and training takes place at Ananda Sanga, Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa. The institute is situated in the most beautiful part of the country, surrounded by mountains, sea & vineyards. Limited Student Accommodation is available at the centre. Contact us for more information.

Yoga Links and Resources 

Some yoga related links and free resources are available here.


Last Updated: May 2019