| Ananda Sanga Yoga Centre
following is your guide to the Yoga Teacher Training Program. You will
find detailed information to help you make an informed decision.
to your 3 weeks immersion in the Yoga Teacher Training! Our
education and training takes place at Ananda Sanga, Somerset West, Western
Cape, South Africa. The yoga centre is situated in the most beautiful part of
the country, surrounded by mountains, sea & vineyards.
with Yoga Alliance (SA), this Yoga Teacher Training program certifies graduates
as 200-Hour Yoga Teachers.
Training focus on Classic Yoga - hatha yoga postures with emphasis
on inner awareness and importance of breath (Integral Vinyasa Yoga). As
the second oldest Yoga Training school in South Africa, we strive to produce exceptional
qualified Yoga Teachers all over the world. Become skilled to be a powerful,
confident, positive Yoga Teacher.
training provides a holistic approach to yoga, combining hatha yoga
instruction, meditation, chanting, pranayama, anatomy
* learn the basics of the most important yoga
* 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;
* spend 2-3 hours a day enjoying and absorbing yourself into hatha yoga;
* learn to teach those with special needs: senior citizens & children;
* develop confidence in your teaching skills;
* learn how to organise and
present classes, etc.
the following requirements does not guarantee a place on this training. Final
selection is made subject to the availability of places, your motivation for enrolling
and other entry requirements where applicable.
1. Grade 12 Certificate or
2. Over 18 years of age.
3. Some basic yoga background.
you fulfill the above requirements, please answer the following questions and
return to us via Email, including
your name and contact details:
1. How long have you been doing Yoga?
How often do you practice Yoga (times per week)?
3. Are you familiar with
Meditation? Yes/No & Explain.
4. Are you familiar with the philosophy of
Yoga? Yes/No & Explain.
of Daily Schedule
YTT will be filled with exciting challenges each day. Please be prepared
to focus your energy on the training. Ensure you are well rested each evening
in preparation for the early morning start time. Remember, this is an Intensive
Immersion - it's hard work, but wonderful work!
& Dinner|| || |
Meditation & Raja Yoga|| |
- 9h30 ||Breakfast||
is available having met the following course requirements:
* attend all
* complete and pass written exams;
* complete and pass
* complete required online and practical trainings.
- 14h00 ||Lunch|
& Raja Yoga|
subject to change)|
you Ready for a Yoga Intensive?
When considering our Intensive Immersion
program it is really important to ask yourself: "Am I Ready for the Intensity?"
want to ensure that Students are prepared. This program is living, eating, practicing,
learning and breathing yoga from the moment you arrive, until the moment
you leave. You have to be prepared mentally and physically as the days are long
and a well-rested evening is important. Even though we share this with all students
in advance, sometimes students can be overwhelmed by the amount of learning and
focus that is required. It is hard work, hard play, but most importantly, it is
a life changing experience. Although we are practicing and learning in a beautiful
setting, during your training there is no allotted time to explore the area. Your
training days are devoted to helping you become the very best Yoga Teacher you
can be. While we do provide periods of downtime in which you can catch your breath
and process what has been taking place physically and mentally, these times of
reflection will take place on-site. Please plan to explore and discover the country
you are visiting before or after your teacher training.
Your Yoga Teacher Training program will be capped at
12 students. It is small enough to ensure an intimate environment and large enough
to ensure a dynamic, engaging and holistic experience.
Study with Ananda Sanga?
Our Yoga Teacher Training is more
than simply "learning to teach yoga." The program is designed
to show our commitment to you as you entrust us with your journey.
are some of the unique program benefits you will enjoy:
We feel the minimum 160 contact hours (required by Yoga Alliance) is not enough
to provide students with the essential tools to be successful teachers. Therefore,
we ensure that the entire program, including meals & down time, we always
to incorporate some aspect of the curriculum to ensure students with added success.
Every single hour of the program counts towards your training.
* Class sizes
range from 8 to 12 students - never more, thus ensuring personal attention.
Every student is evaluated in a complete Practicum Class. No student will ever
leave the program without having taught a full class to their peer group, teachers
and others we may invite when space allows. Students also take part in written
evaluations. It is important for both you and us to know that the curriculum has
* The meals provided are nourishing, healthy and filling to ensure
you have ample energy to feed your being during training,
* We strive to produce
exceptional qualified Yoga Teachers all over the world and thus we train you to
be a skilled, powerful, confident and positive Yoga Teacher.
* Our program
follows the set guidelines created by Yoga Alliance, plus we offer students
the opportunity to learn more than just Asana. Our curriculum of topics include:
Chakras, Meditation, Pranayama and Ayurveda, etc,
giving you a truly holistic experience.
* Students have direct access to the
two Principle Teachers each day of the program, including access outside of the
Your Yoga Teacher Training Teachers are committed
to Your Success, Your Experience and helping You to learn to Live Your Yoga!
Anne (Annapurna) Combrinck
Martin (Maheswara) Combrinck
NHDip (Chem) 1984; Yoga Teacher Certificate: 1986; Yoga Therapy Teacher Diploma:
1996; Ayurveda Practitioner Certificate: 1996; PhD (AM): 2015|
is one of the founders of Ananda Sanga Educational Institute since 1991.
Teaching yoga since 1987. Lecturer and course facilitator for Yoga Teacher Training
(YTT) & Yoga Therapy Teacher Diploma at Ananda Kutir Ashrama, Cape Town, since
1997. She is the Senior Trainer of Yoga Teachers at Ananda Sanga since 2002.
gave up a career at the CSIR, in Analytical Chemistry and Marine Research in 1992
(from 1977) to teach yoga and study further in the wellness and health field.
She regularly writes articles for health magazines on yoga and related issues.
has studied Kriya Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda in the USA and India with respected
and well-known teachers. She has also completed study in various short courses
in Nutrition; Touch for Health; Specialised Kinesiology; Brain Gym; Educational
Kinesiology; and Vision Improvement, amongst others. She is also a facilitator
and trainer in Emotional Freedom
Technique (EFT) & MYYO
1986; Yoga Teacher Certificate: 1996; Yoga Therapy Teacher Diploma: 1999; Ayurveda
Practitioner Certificate: 1999, Laughter Yoga Trainer & Coach: 2007; PhD (AM):
is one of the founders of Ananda Sanga Educational Institute since 1991.
He studied Kriya Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda in the USA
and India with respected and well-known teachers.
spending 14 years in the media industry, he decided to remodel his focus to mind/body
strategies. He is one of the trainers of Yoga Teachers at Ananda Sanga
, since 2002. He lecturers on yoga, meditation, laughter yoga and ayurveda, nationally
is a qualified Laughter Yoga Professional Trainer & Coach and the founder
of the Laughter Doctor.
He also initiated the
Yoga Sanga Conference & Festival in 2013.
& Martin are married and have a son Roshan and live in Somerset
West, South Africa since 1991.
Fees | Payment Dates | Refund Policy
Program Fee: R22 500 (including deposit fee)
R4000: Once accepted - to secure your place.
Fees Include: Breakfast, program tuition, training manual, online study,
listing on website, certificate & administration. (Textbooks are purchased
directly by the Students).
Fees Exclude: Lunch, dinner, required textbooks, any transport costs &
to your Yoga Teacher Training is quite simple and accessible from anywhere on
the globe. The centre is about 40 minutes from Cape Town international
airport. All Students are expected to be on site by 4pm on the start of the course.
All Students depart the Centre after lunch on the last day of the course. Please
do not book flights for your training until you receive the travel confirmation
notice from our administration.
& Refund Policy
Prices quoted in South African Rands (R).
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), Cash, Bank Transfer (all refunds
are issued in the same format they were made)
& Deposit Fee
* Upon application for the program the Application Fee
is due & payable.
* All prices are inclusive of tax.
* Upon acceptance
into the program (via email confirmation), students are required to submit a non-refundable
deposit within 21 days.
of Program Fees
The full balance of program fees are due 35 days
prior to the start date of the program.
The final date to cancel for the yoga training and not be responsible for the
final payment, is 60 days prior to the start date of the program.
* No refunds
will be granted 59 days or less, prior to start date of program, or thereafter.
Student will provide written notice via email,
to request to withdraw from the program. The email must arrive within the period
of 60 days or more before the program start date, to be deemed official notice
and to not be charged for the program.
* Should a student opt to transfer the
program dates a R1500 transfer fee will apply. Transfers are not available
once we are within 60 Days of the start of the original Program applied for. At
this stage the Refund Policy details apply.
* The Application & Deposit
Fees are non-refundable. If a student opts to withdraw from the program at any
point, the fees will not be refunded.
Full refunds of all fees will be issued if the YTT cannot move ahead for any reason
that is of no fault or not related to the students applying (i.e. minimal attendance,
* Ananda Sanga reserves the right to cancel the course 21 days before
proposed date of commencement of the course.
* In case of a student's medical
emergency any time prior to the start of program, full credit will be issued with
official documentation from a Medical Doctor, to be used for future programming.
In case of a student's medical emergency at any time during the program, fees
credit will be granted, and the student may continue on during an upcoming scheduled
Asked Questions (FAQ's)
this the initial training for Yoga Teachers?
Yes, this is first program
that all prospective teachers attend. There are opportunities for teachers to
continue on with advanced programming thereafter. When you complete our 200-Hour
Yoga Teacher Training program you will be certified to teach Hatha Yoga Classes.
Age an issue?
Yoga knows no age and it is never too late or too early to
start. All students must be a minimum of 18 years of age to take the program,
but from there on everyone is welcome in our programs. For Advanced Yoga Training,
you will need to have completed your Leve 1 (200-hour) training first.
if I am new to Yoga?
Everyone is new to Yoga each and everyday. There is
no perfection in Yoga, so everyone is welcome at the level they are at. In the
program, we all start from the beginning, together!
I need my Yoga Mat?
Yes, please bring along your yoga mat and any other
yoga necessities. .
Is this yoga training just for people wanting to
No, absolutely not! Anyone wishing to delve deeper into their
practice is welcome to join us. The skills and tools we learn in the program can
be applied to many aspects of life. Yoga does not just happen on the mat - it
happens in every moment!
Do I need to be fluent in English?
welcome students from all backgrounds and ethnicities. Due to the intensity of
the program, we require all students be fluent in the English language (reading,
writing & speaking).
I Automatically Graduate if I Attend?
No. In order to successfully graduate
from any Training program we offer, you must successfully meet all the graduation
criteria. Unfortunately, it serves no purpose for us to simply pass students who
are not ready or able to teach. It is unfair to you, to the public you may teach
and to the integrity of our programming.
At the beginning of program the criteria
will be clearly laid out as to the requirements for successful graduation. It
is our aim and commitment to ensure students leave our programs ready. If the
rare case this does not happen, the student will not be certified to teach.
there official Evaluations & Examinations?
Yes. All students will complete
1 practicum (teaching a full class), 2 multiple choice assessments, and 1 final
written exam at the centre. Thereafter over six months, a monthly multiple choice
assessments are required.
| Karma Clean Student Responsibilities
The Centre does not have daily
housekeeping during the stay, so it it extremely important that everyone assists
in keeping the space tidy. During the training, each person will also be assigned
to a small daily task to assist of the overall maintenance of the Centre - this
should take 15 minutes of your time each day, and it benefits the whole group.
This is part of Karma Yoga.
Are my Accommodations & Meals included?
breakfast is included. The other meals are not included in your program fees.
We offer limited shared accommodation for students on a first come basis. Contact
us for more information.
Is there an option to stay on-site or arrive
earlier to the Venue?
Unfortunately, no. You can stay in the local town
nearby if you opt to arrive early.
are some Meals in Silence?
Your entire day of programming contributes to
your hours for the training. Some of the meals that are in silence specifically
contribute to your meditation practice and the hours we allot.
do you cover 200 Hours in 3 weeks?
In 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training -
160 hours must be contact hours - where you have access to 1 or both Principle
Teachers. Every hour you are in this training, starting on Day 1 and with the
exception of lunch and dinner, is allocated to this total. Silent meals are inclusive
in your hours as they are teaching periods. During meals that are not silent,
but require Karma Service, the time is also accounted for. This also applies if
Karma Yoga happens outside of meal times. Yoga is about an entire experience.
How you carry yourself at all times, from the time you arrive in the yoga centre
in the morning until the final session of the evening, is part of the entire experience
of Yoga and every one of its elements. Focus on the present, every hour of every
day. Let everything else go and be fully immersed. We
ask that during this program you live your Yoga and that is much more than
simply learning postures. Additional non-contact hours are part of your pre-program
requirements before you start the program. These are in addition to the 180 and
are also accounted for and why they must be successfully completed.
this Training an Intensive Immersion?
We want to ensure that students are
prepared for the intensity of the program. It is hard work, hard play, but most
importantly, it is a life changing experience. Although we are practicing and
learning in beautiful places around the world, during your training there is no
allotted time to explore the area. Your training days are devoted to helping you
become the very best yoga teacher you can be. While we do provide periods of downtime
in which you can catch your breath and process what has been taking place physically
and mentally, these times of reflection will take place on-site. Please plan to
explore and discover the country you are visiting before or after your teacher
How can I view my E-books if Electronic Devices are not allowed
in the Yoga Classroom?
E-readers and Tablets are welcome in the space for
the sole purpose of viewing E-textbooks. Phones are not acceptable viewing devices
as they are far too small for images and general reading. No data should be active
on these devices while in the yoga centre. This is the only exception regarding
I would like to bring along a family member or
friend to my training ~ Is that an option?
Yes - there is no reduction
in cost if you opt to stay in their room. The full price applies to you as the
student as we book our set area based on specific numbers. We suggest that this
is a time for you! It is intensive program and there is little or no time to spend
with people outside your peer group.
Is there time for other activities
during my stay?
We suggest that you extend your stay, or arrive early if
you would like to take part in other activities. During Yoga Teacher Training
there is no allotted time to experience the local area.
There is a small shopping centre and a ATM within walking distance
from the the yoga centre.
Are special dietary needs accommodated?
provide a vegetarian diet at the yoga centre.
Wi-Fi & Cellular
Wi-Fi access is available & complimentary, but limited to
certain areas and the connection tends to be slow - any connection that is utilised
is meant solely for quick email checks, and not live streaming or downloads. Note:
During the training sessions no electronic devices will be allowed for use. There
is little time to use services outside of the program, so be mindful of what you
really need to bring along. When in classes, we want you to "let go"
and be present!
Do I pay any additional Tax?
No. The pricing
you see is already inclusive of all tax.
Is the water safe to drink?
The water is safe to consume. Water is available to you all-day and we suggest
you bring along a re-usable water bottle to re-fill throughout the day. Water
and tea is available throughout the balance of the day.
alcohol, smoking & drug use?
We ask that all students to refrain from
alcohol and drug use during the program. Prescription medication is acceptable
assuming it is not being used recreationally. Smoking is not allowed on the premises.
I leave the program, will I be able to teach public classes?
Rest-assured that our program is not just a cookie-cutter program designed to
get students in & out the door as quickly as we can. Our focus is you, the
student, and the student becoming the teacher. Your teaching will be a direct
reflection of our program and our intention is based on providing you with all
the tools you need to succeed. We will have failed our students if we have provided
them with anything less.
Can We Help?
have questions about the Yoga Teacher Training? Our Centre is here to assist as
you consider joining us for the Yoga Teacher Training. We are available 7 days
a week, so please connect with us and let us know how we can help! We
want to ensure that this Yoga Teacher Training program is truly the program that
reflects what you are seeking. Please
contact us with any other questions or
Steps to Apply for Our Yoga Teacher Training
you are ready to make the commitment to join us for the Yoga Teacher Training,
please follow these steps:
STEP 1: Complete the online
STEP 2: Await confirmation of acceptance (via email within
STEP 3: Our Team Leader will guide you through the rest of the process.