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Why You Should Make Yoga Teaching Your Career

Yoga Teacher Training Course

Life Retreat Studio brings you our annual ISHTA Yoga Teacher Training Course / Immersion.  The Course is presented in a way that is suited to anyone who wants to learn more about yoga. This highly recommended YTTC is for those wishing to qualify as an Internationally Certified Ishta Yoga Teacher.

Course Information

Modules 1 and 2 are open to anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge.  As well as deepen their practice and understanding of yoga. All three modules are required to qualify for the 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Certificate.  Our course facilitator is the highly respected, Sevak Hari Singh (Ryan G. Edmonds).  As well as several other knowledgable and inspiring guest trainers and speakers.

Please email us for all of the prices and upcoming dates. We are also offering extremely affordable payment plans:  info@liferetreat.co.za

Module 1 – Immersion

This stand-alone module is compulsory for those who wish to train and certify as a yoga teacher. As well as or for those who wish to immerse themselves in yoga philosophy. Therefore, this is the perfect way to delve into the Age-old Yogic Wisdom. In addition, we will delve into learning from the Age-old Ayurvedic Lifestyle and philosophy.

For ISHTA YTT Certification (to become a yoga teacher) you need to have done this module. 

Module 1 Includes: 

Introduction & Welcome + Opening Ritual (Friday evening) 
– Weekend 1: Yoga Philosophy (History, Origins, Ancient Texts, Eight Limbs) 
– Weekend 2: Meditation & The Mind (Pranayama 101)
– Weekend 3: Ayurveda & Yogic Lifestyle 

Venue – Life Retreat Studio, Lourensford Estate

Module 2 – Immersion

This stand-alone module is compulsory for those who are training to achieve the  ISHTA YTT Certification (to become a yoga teacher).  Likewise, for those who wish to immerse in yoga philosophy more deeply. Learn more about the physiology and anatomy of yoga.

Module 2 Includes: 

Introduction & Welcome + Opening Ritual (Ritual) 
– Weekend 1: Energetic Anatomy (Chakras, Mantras, Sound, Colour)
– Weekend 2: Anatomy, Asana & Alignment 
– Weekend 3: Physiology & Asana (Physical & Energetic) 

Venue – Life Retreat Studio, Lourensford Estate

Module 3 – Yoga Teacher Training Certification

The final module is only open to those who wish to certify as an Internationally Registered Yoga Teacher. Above all, it is the ‘crowning-jewel’ of the accumulated training. 

On this 7 days intensive retreat, you will immerse yourself in yoga.  The Retreat teaches the conscious living, on all levels. Surroundings will be natural to best support this process. Experience an ashram lifestyle (from pre-sunrise spiritual practice, to end of day closing ritual) so as better to understand & progress along the yogic path. This will certainly be an incredible life-changing experience.

This period includes theory, practice, and development of your unique teaching toolkit (in preparation for certifying practical assessments & theory exam).

Module 3 Includes:

  • Teaching style
  • Creating & holding space
  • Hands-on adjustments
  • Building confidence in yourself & your students
  • Class structure & sequencing,
  • Ethics
  • Setting yourself up as a professional Yoga Teacher. 


[Time needed to take off from work will be five working days, and a weekend]

Venue – Away (To be confirmed upon registration) (Western Cape)


Queries? info@liferetreat.co.za

Questions & Answers

What if I want to learn a bit more about yoga, but I don’t want to qualify as a teacher?

This course is designed in such a way that even those who want to immerse themselves in the ancient wisdom and philosophies of yoga can do so. As well as not having the pressure of exams and assessments. If you wish to understand yoga on a deeper level, modules one &/or 2 are perfect for you.

Where can I practice Yoga during the Course?

During the course, you are welcome to attend Yoga classes FREE OF CHARGE at Life Retreat Studio 

I am new to yoga – is this a problem?

Anyone can do Modules 1 & 2.  Beginners will get a lot of practice during the training. Although to qualify as an ISHTA Yoga Teacher, you need to be fully committed to the practice, and studies.  Following your completed exams and practicals, you may only certify. However, we need to clarify that you and your facilitator are confident in your fluent understanding of the terminology, physical, philosophical and other integral aspects.

Do I need to do ALL the Summer or Winter Module together?

Students could do (for example) Module 1 in Summer, and Modules 2 and 3 in Winter.  You receive credits for all modules done, but they do need to be done in order (over any period).

What is ISHTA Yoga?

It is a school of yoga that was formed in South Africa several decades ago by Kavi Yogiraj Mani Finger. It must be remembered that this system is a lineage school of yoga, drawing from direct teachers of ancient sources. ISHTA yoga holds a proud direct line of teachers going back thousands of years. The name is extraordinary on many levels. It also stands for Integral Hatha, Tantra & Ayurveda (or Integral Hatha & the Tantric Arts). 

Who would certify me as an ISHTA Yoga teacher?

ISHTA Teacher-Trainer signs your certificate, Ryan Edmonds (Sevak Hari Singh), endorsed by YTF Chairlady, Marina Contardo, and registered through the International Yoga Fellowship (IYF).

How many hours?

Our 200HR yoga teacher certification module is 200 contact hours (in-class time), and 50 signed-off classes.

There will be a later option to do an additional 300 HRS Advanced Teachers Certification.

50 signed-off classes? Where do I do these?

Anyone doing the first two modules, or the full TTC, will qualify for complimentary studio access at LIFE RETREAT STUDIO for the duration of their module/s. Classes may be done during this time. If students wish to do classes at other studios, that is their prerogative.

What if I miss a lecture/weekend?

The 200 hours is critical for the completion of the course, particularly to qualify as a Yoga Teacher. Should you wish to certify, these hours must be made up in private sessions with the lecturer/s – at a nominal fee.

Does one need to belong to any particular spiritual/religious path to become a yoga teacher?

Not at all. Yoga means Union. Despite your personal beliefs or Religion, yoga will enrich these, and open your mind and heart to exploring other paths.  Even if only for the duration of the course. 

Will students be required to do homework?

Students are encouraged to implement the tools and teachings into daily life. Specific creative assignments, readings, and journalistic reflections will be required. These will be especially relevant for those pursuing the full TTC.

What benefits will this course have?

This depends on your intentions.  In this case, whatever you need, this course will be a catalyst to deliver on your intentions. Spiritual growth. Healing. Learning. Self-awareness & personal confidence. A new career. As well as going deeper into a positive relationship with your body. Learning the ancient wisdom, and breathing fresh new life into a lineage of thousands of years.

The biggest bonus is that you will be able to start Teaching Yoga immediately and in addition, the qualification will enable you to teach anywhere in the world.

What if I do not reside in Cape Town

We are holding YTTC Training in Johannesburg, Durban, France & India

Please feel free to contact us on info@liferetreat.co.za for further info.

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