Frequent Questions About Our Trainings
'Where Yoga Becomes a Way of Life'
What makes the Ananda Sanga Teacher Training unique?
The lineage and teaching of Ananda Sanga Yoga is a uniquely modern, individualised and integrated approach to the ancient science of yoga. We provide a comprehensive foundation for all aspects of yoga. This includes the comprehensive studies of the practice and teaching of subtle anatomy, pranayama, kriya yoga; meditation and aurveda. The Ananda Sanga Yoga Teachers learn to teach compassionately, confidently and safely and to respect every individual student. Our philosophy is to recognise the inherent strengths of each student and to enhance these strengths through personal practice.
Is the Yoga Teacher Training (Level 1) a full-time yoga program?
There is a 3 week of intensive Yoga Teacher Training at Ananda Sanga, where we deal with all the practical aspects of the training. This is followed by a period of 6 months of online study, assignments and tests, covering the theory of the course and allowing trainees to integrate the knowledge and start applying it.
What are the yoga certification requirements?
See the yoga training for our certification requirements.
Does Ananda Sanga offers Advanced Yoga Training?
Yes we do. Our Advanced Yoga Teacher Training (AYTT) consists of different modules. Each module 'specialises' in a certain field and has a certain number of hours allocated to it. These hours are added up and together with teaching experience you can obtain a Yoga Teacher Level-2 (500 hour) qualification. You have to be a qualified Yoga Teacher (Level 1 -200 hours) to enrol.
Are the Yoga Teacher Trainers qualified?
Anne and Martin, the two principle academic staff at the Institute, have over 45 years of Yoga Teaching experience between them and have been training yoga teachers for over a decade. They have done intensive study with many world-renowned yoga teachers, gurus and doctors, both in South Africa, India, USA and other countries. They have hosted and organised workshops for many great teachers at Ananda Sanga as well. They are both qualified Yoga Therapist.
They have taught Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda workshops internationally and locally in all types of environments, for example in corporate settings for International and local companies; health resorts and spas; senior citizen living facilities and groups; schools of all levels - nursery to high school; other cultural and support groups such as Scouts, stroke support, depression support, Hospice Care-givers, etc. They also have taught yoga on a voluntary basis to delinquent children in recovery homes and orphanages.
Are there any per-requisites for the Yoga Teacher Training (Level 1)?
Yes, we do have admission requirements:
* Been practicing yoga for more than 1 year. If not, there is a Yoga Foundation Module available.
* Successfully attained Matric or equivalent schooling.
* To apply for any of the the Yoga Trainings -> click here.
Do I have to be an expert in yoga to do the training?
Expert - no - however, you certainly have to know the basics of yoga including how to do a variety of asana (postures). On this course, we teach you how to teach yoga not how to do yoga. That is why one of the pre-requisites is at least 18 months of yoga class experience. Our YTT program is an inclusive program. Since yoga is an individual practice, we expect and welcome different levels of physical ability. Your commitment and desire to deepen your understanding of yoga are most important.
What style of Yoga do you teach during your training?
Our teaching style is spiritually based (Paramahansa Yogananda) with Integral & Vinyasa Hatha Yoga traditions. We adhere to the yogic principles of Patanjali and emphasise the importance of asana (posture), breath, mind and body. Yoga is all encompassing and the students need to have a good foundation in yoga in order to be excellent yoga teachers.
Can I start teaching after a qualify as a Yoga Teacher?
Yes, you can start teaching groups of people at a beginner's level as you build up your confidence and experience. However, we always advise newly qualified teachers to continue with Advanced Yoga Training as the field of yoga is so vast - it is after all thousands of years old and so there is a lot to learn!
Is your Yoga training according to international standards?
Yes, all our yoga trainings are according to international standards. We are a recognised international Yoga School and our qualified yoga teachers are able to teach all over the world.
Where does the training take place?
All our yoga training takes place at our yoga centre in Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa or online studies are also available.