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Ekam Yoga Ashtanga Practitioner Training

March 13, 2012

Ekam Yoga will be offering a Yoga Alliance, USA accredited 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, beginning July, 2012. Please contact us if you would like to receive more information.


  • An ashtanga vinyasa practice of at least 3 months. You will be required to practice for one month at Ekam Yoga prior to the start of the teacher training (exceptions may be given, let us know your situation).
  • The ability to devote three months to the practice of yoga, asana, pranayama, and meditation plus full participation in all weekend seminars, in addition to your regular life.
  • The desire to deepen and expand your personal practice of yoga, and to share your practice with others.
  • Completion of the application form and a non-refundable deposit of R3000.

Purpose: The purpose of this training is to broaden your awareness of yoga practices, philosophies and traditions in order to deepen your self-practice and communicate your knowledge of yoga to others. This is a practical training that fulfils the Yoga Alliance, USA requirements for a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT). It is structured around the eight limbs (ashta-anga) of yoga and a daily practice of ashtanga vinyasa yoga. It is meant to open your awareness to what is out there, not dictate a single point of view. The course is founded around core yoga scriptures (Bhagavad GitaHatha Yoga Pradipika, and the Yoga Sutras), practice of the eight limbs, and hands-on experiential learning. This course is intended to challenge and stretch you, but it is only the beginning. A Yoga Alliance-recognized RYT-200 certificate is issued upon completion of the course requirements and proven competency in the ashtanga vinyasa primary series.

At the completion of this training you will be fully grounded in your ashtanga vinyasa practice, be able to lead a counted ashtanga vinyasa class, and be familiar with verbal and manual adjustments for postures in the primary series.

Format: The course duration is 12 weeks. Only 12 students will be enroled to optimize the learning environment. Training takes place in addition to your current life schedule; therefore you may need to adjust your schedule to meet the course requirements. A vegetarian diet is recommended and a 6-day/week yoga practice is required. In addition, attendance is required at all weekend seminars.

Cost: R15,000. Cost includes:

  • Over 200 contact hours with YA registered E-RYTs and other specialists in their fields.
  • Practical training in yoga asana, pranayama and meditation, 6 days/week at Ekam Yoga for the course duration.
  • Weekend seminars covering yoga techniques, training and practice, teaching methodology, anatomy and physiology, and yoga philosophy, lifestyle and ethics.
  • Course binder and all required reading/listening materials.

Required Reading: Course materials will be provided in the form of a binder at the beginning of the course. Texts include:

  •  Ashtanga Yoga As It Is, Matthew Sweeney
  • Yoga Mala, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika,
  • Yoga Sutras, Patanjali

Instructors: Sarah Yates, E-RYT 200, Olivier David, E-RYT 200, and more!

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