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March 2014 Ekam Yoga 200hr Teacher Training in JHB.

January 31, 2014

Ekam Yoga Ashtanga Practitioner Training.
Ekam Yoga will be offering its second Yoga Alliance, USA registered 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, tentatively beginning 2 March 2014. Please contact us on if you would like to receive more information.

• An ashtanga vinyasa practice of at least 3 months. I ask that you practice for one month (February) 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 R4000.

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YTT Ekam Yoga Studio Jhb

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 Gita, Hatha 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.

The course duration is 12 weeks. Only 8 students will be accepted 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: R 16,000.
Cost includes:
• Over 200 contact hours with Yoga Alliance 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.

Course Director: Sarah Yates, E-RYT 200.

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Ekam Yoga is a Yoga Alliance, USA registered Yoga School.Ekam Traditional Ashtanga Yoga Studio Jhb

14th February 2014 at Ananda Kutir Ashram: The origins of Yoga & Vedanta.

January 29, 2014

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What is Yoga? What is Vedanta? Where do these traditions come from? How do they relate to one another? In this talk Swami Vidyananda will give insights into the origins of these ancient spiritual traditions that still guide spiritual seekers in this day and age.


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Date and Time:  Friday, 14th February at 18h30.
Venue:  Ananda Kutir Ashrama. 24 Sprigg Road, Rondebosch East, Cape Town.
No need to book.

E-mail: or visit


28th February 2014 – 2nd March 2014 Ekam Yoga hosting Michael Gannon for a series of awesome workshops.

January 28, 2014

ATTENTION all Jozi Yogi Bears!

Ekam Yoga will be hosting international yoga teacher Michael Gannon for a series of workshops to rock your Ashtanga and move your Vinyasa to a deeper level.

Ekam Traditional Ashtanga Yoga Studio JhbBe sure to book the dates in advance to make sure you are part of this exciting learning experience:

28 February at 6-8:30pm. R450. Chinese Martial Arts Centre, 63 Tenth St. Parkhurst, Jhb.

“The Science of the Ashtanga “vinyasa system”

1 March, 10am-12:30pm. R450. Chinese Martial Arts Centre, 63 Tenth St. Parkhurst, Jhb.

“Ashtanga Rocks”

1 March, 2pm-4:30pm. R450. Chinese Martial Arts Centre, 63 Tenth St. Parkhurst, Jhb

“Opening Your Lotus – Elements of Sitting”

2 March, 12:30pm-2:30pm R450Go-Yoga Jozi, Thrupps Centre, Illovo, Johannesburg. Contact

“Power Vinyasa”

Michael Gannon, aka, The Yoga Dealer, is a renowned Yoga teacher. As his biography states, “After studying in India with the late Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, learning the 1st, 2nd and 3rd series of the traditional Ashtanga system, he was authorized directly by Jois in 2001 to teach.  Since then, he spends the year traveling and teaching workshops, trainings and retreats in The Americas, UK, Europe, Africa and Asia.”

Michael Gannon hosted by Ekam Yoga

His training and experience over the years is testament to his respected reputation and large following as a result of sharing his unique teaching style by training over 250 teachers worldwide in his GAVY Teacher Apprenticeships.

So, mark your calendar, save your moola and move your digits to contact Sarah Yates of Ekam Yoga to secure your spot! or visit


24 May 2014: White Tantric Yoga Workshop, Cape Town

January 24, 2014



Yoga4Kids Teacher Training Course 2014 Information.

January 23, 2014


Yoga4Kids – Well-being for the next generation Teacher Training Course 2014.

 Overview & Certification.

Overview Yoga4Kids has successfully being teaching our yoga, mindfulness and wellbeing programs for children in South Africa since 2003. We are represented at a number of schools and studios in Johannesburg and Cape Town and will expand to Kwa-Zulu Natal in 2014. Since 2005, we have been blessed to share the curriculums of our Teacher Training Modules with many magnificent people.

The Yoga4Kids Teacher Training for children’s yoga is divided into four Modules.

Module 1 is comprised of a 2-day weekend course. This course is open to all people who would like to know how to bring yoga, meditation, soul awareness and mindfulness to children.

Module 2 is comprised of a 2-day weekend course and a minimum of 12 hours practical classroom experience. This practical experience will be obtained as you attend, observe and teach the Yoga4Kids children’s yoga classes offered at the schools and studios. This includes our remedial and special needs classes.

Module 3 is comprised of a 4-day course.

Module 4 is comprised of 80 hours of teaching.

We encourage you to participate in the Modules best suited to your goals and current skill-set. For example, Module 1 may be sufficient training if you are already a qualified yoga instructor interested in teaching to children or if you are a parent wanting to bring yoga and mindfulness into your home.

Modules 1 – 3 cover 120 hours of Teacher Training. Those hours will be divided between:

Workshop attendance & participation,

Teaching & attending the Yoga4Kids children’s yoga classes,

Writing lesson plans, and

Doing homework as assigned during each of the modules.

Combined with the 80 hours of teaching for Module 4, you will have completed a total of 200 hours once your full training is complete. An outline of each of the four Modules is given in Section 4 of this document.

Becoming a Certified Children’s Yoga Teacher.

This section details the steps you must take should you wish to become a certified children’s yoga teacher. Once you have completed Modules 1 and 2, Yoga4Kids will issue you a certificate of competence and you will be able to start your journey of teaching children yoga. You will then be required to teach for a further 80 hours (Module 4) under the supervision of the Yoga4Kids head office and complete Module 3 in order to receive your certification from the Yoga Teachers Fellowship of South Africa. This will accredit you as a certified children’s yoga teacher. Module 4 will be completed in your own time and you will be remunerated for the children’s yoga lessons you teach to accumulate the required 80 hours. All lessons must be logged and supervised by the Yoga4Kids head office.

Section 2 – Who Should Take This Training.

Children’s Yoga Teacher Training is about teaching children how to:

Go within & listen to their soul self,

Have fun in a creative & non-competitive space,

Live in harmony with themselves & others,

Balance mind, body and self, and

Change state & manage energy levels.

The Teacher Training is for yoga teachers, teachers at school, therapists and any person interested in starting a new career teaching children’s yoga. It requires that you have a very good understanding and knowledge of yoga and its disciplines. Where you begin this life-long learning process is entirely up to you. However it is imperative that you learn the way of yoga and are in a practice of yoga in order to be a good teacher.

Section 3 – Fees, Training Dates & Venues.

Please note the following which applies to all South African training dates & venues given below: Vegetarian lunch & refreshments will be served.

Training is held over Saturday & Sunday from 9:00am – 5:00pm each day.

You must wear loose-fitting clothing and please bring your own yoga mat & writing materials.

Fees are as follows:

Module 1 – R3 300, (includes training manual, yoga postures workbook and a certificate)

Module 2 – R3 500, (includes training manual, and a certificate of competence).

Module 3 – R3 500, (includes certificate). Please note that a minimum of four, enrolled persons are required to open Modules 1 – 3.

The training details for 2014 are given below. If any venue/s must be changed, all registered clients will be notified accordingly.





 Good Vibrations Health Sanctuary (9A 11th Avenue in Rivonia)   Corner of 11th Avenue & Homestead Road

 22 & 23 Feb  29 & 30 March  24 & 25 May  26 & 27 July  23 & 24 Aug  25 & 26 Oct

 26 & 27 April  28 & 29 June  27 & 28 Sept

 30 May – 2 June  25 – 28 July  14 – 17 Nov

Cape Town

 Deer Park Café (2 Deer park Drive West in Vredehoek)  For directions, please contact the Cafe at 021 462 6311 or

 1 &2 Feb  1 &2 March  10 & 11 May  7 &8 June  13 & 14 Sept

 22 & 23 March  12 & 13 April  12 & 13 July  11 & 12 Oct

 8 – 11 Aug  17 – 20 Oct


 True Origins Studio (Dunkirk Estate in Salt Rock – North Coast of KZN) 

 1 &2 Feb  12 & 13 April  5 &6 July  6 &7 Sept

 17 & 18 May  4 &5 Oct  5 – 8 Dec

Section 4 – Content of Modules.

Module 1- Theory / Cost: R3 300.00 The focus with Module 1 is how to bring yoga, heart and wellbeing to children and the following topics are covered:

Exploring the emotional & physical benefits of yoga exercises for children.

Structuring a yoga class for children.

Teaching children how to breathe deeply bringing a calm & mindful way to their lives.

Practical examples of meditative & energizing breathing exercises.

Preparing children for warm-up or Asana.

Exploring story & yoga Asana.

Creating stories for the main part of yoga classes for children.

Exploring yoga, games, imagination & music for yoga classes for children.

Exploring affirmations, meditations & visualizations for yoga classes for children.

Learning Savasana & how to bring relaxation to children.

Teaching yoga to children with special needs.

Module 2.

Practical Classroom Experience & Theory / Cost: R3 500.00 Practical Classroom Experience For this component of Module 2, we expose you to eight age-appropriate, classroom teaching experiences and two remedial classroom experiences. You will teach two age-appropriate classes for discussion and feedback. This practical training can commence at any time upon your completion of Module 1.

Theory : The focus with this module is on children ages 8 – 12 with the exploration of orientation and life skills applications for them in conjunction with yoga. Module 2 covers the following topics:

Bringing the study of mind, body & self into your children’s yoga practice.

Teaching children about colour & colour therapy.

Bringing an awareness of the chakras & their associated yoga postures to children.

Creating an awareness of the senses for children & the life skill applications associated with those senses.

Working together using partner postures.

Teaching older children yoga sets.

Structuring a yoga class for older children that explores discipline & mindfulness while still being fun.

Module 3 – Workshops / Cost: R3500.00.

We will be offering a host of workshops for 2014 which will fall over a four day period some of which will include the following:

Creative writing & journaling.

How to teach mindfulness to children.

A practical on children’s yoga games using hoops, sticks and other props.

How to run children’s yoga as a successful business including A – Z guidelines on creating a successful yoga class & being the best teacher that you can be.

In depth look at teaching children with special needs.

A themed-lesson plan workshop.

Bringing Kundalini Yoga to children.

How to teach yoga to mothers with their children (from the age of 2).

Nutrition & cooking for children.

Module 4 – 80 Hours of Teaching.

You can either teach with Yoga4Kids at one of our schools/studios, or you can teach independently at a school or studio in your area. If you teach with Yoga4Kids you will be remunerated and must commit to a minimum of one year’s time. If you teach independently, you must log the premises, students and times with Yoga4Kids head office so that we are able to closely monitor your lesson plans, teaching days and level of competence.

Section 5 – Booking & Payment.

Booking Your Space To reserve and secure your space in any of the three Modules for the Yoga4Kids Teacher Training, please email, (see addresses below), the following:

Dates & location where you would like to take your training

Your complete contact details including email address and phone number/s.

Your proof of payment.

For more information, contact:

Suzie Manson: Mobile: 083 299 6555. Work: 032 482 0015. Email: or

Please visit us at

for information on all that Yoga4Kids offers.

Discount Offered Should you wish to sign up for all three modules, a discounted, total rate of

R9 000.00 will be charged. This will be a once off payment. If you sign up for two modules, a discounted total rate of R6 300.00 will be charged. This will be a once off payment.

Payment Plans If you would like to handle your fees on a payment plan, Yoga4Kids requests the following:

A deposit of R1 500 is required to reserve your space for each of first three modules.

A deposit of R3 000 is required to reserve your space for both Module 1 and Module 2.

Any balance owing on any of the three Modules, must be paid on, or before, the weekend in which the training is taking place.

Banking Details:

Suzanne Manson FNB Randburg Branch Code: 254 005 Account No: 62055 357 555.

Section 6 – Client Testimonials.

”I never thought I would be good at teaching yoga to children, but I was very aware of how beneficial it would be for children to start yoga from a young age. My adult yoga students pushed me to teach yoga to their children and the Yoga4Kids course was a fantastic, ideal learning experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and Suzie put all the scattered bits and pieces that I had read and gathered over the years into a neat, easy to use package. It gave me the tools and confidence I needed to make teaching yoga to children a reality. Her course left me feeling empowered and rearing to go and I am enjoying the many benefits of brining yoga to young children.” – Carla De Gouveia, Pretoria

“As an adult yoga teacher, the Yoga4Kids teacher training module 1 was an enlightening experience, fuelling my inner child, releasing my creativity and inspiring me to teach yoga to children. I look forward to providing children with a safe space for self-expression. Suzie is an inspiration in herself, her love of her work and her understanding of children is contagious.” – Cathy Rogers (The Breathing Space), Johannesburg

“Hi Suzie, Once again thanks for an awesome weekend. For the first time in a long time I have unwavering faith for I know with every fibre of my being and that I am on the right path, that I am exactly where I am supposed to be and my soul is singing.” – Tamar Botha (Dakes), Johannesburg

“Thank you so much for what we’ve learnt over the past weekend, I came home feeling so relaxed and mostly excited about teaching yoga to kiddies. I really believe that this is what I’d love to do and would love to see where we could be able to work together if possible.” – Debbie De Beer, Benoni

“I am writing you just a few lines to tell you, once again, how much I enjoyed the course and how great your teaching was! You really inspire people. Your energy, sweetness, positive attitude and feelings are so contagious…Thanks for your passion in teaching children (and in training us to do so!) and also for your professionalism. Much appreciated.” – Barbara Vitti, Italy

“Thank you so much for the great course…it was very inspiring and opened up a whole new approach for me!! You have a fantastic energy and I am sure a special gift to work with kids.” – Jane Teffrey-Goatley, Knysna

“The Module 1 training was so amazing, thank you for bringing such a divine teaching to my heart, mind and body. The children’s yoga is more special that I expected it to be, it blew me away completely. I find myself thinking about it all the time! At first I thought that I was simply processing the weekend, but, now I know that I am crazy in love with it and that I want to teach yoga to these little angels.” – Tanjia van der Walt, Centurion.

We hope you find the information provided helpful and look forward to training with you in the near future. If you have any additional queries, please contact Suzie Manson.

© Yoga4Kids

Bringing her sunshine to YAA is Sharni Quinn of Follow the Sun Yoga!

January 23, 2014

A warm hearted welcome to SHARNI QUINN of FOLLOW THE SUN YOGA to the Yoga Awakening Africa family!

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Sharni is a Yoga & Lifestyle Coach and brings her special ray of light into every heart & soul she teaches enabling each person to shine brighter and live their true potential. As Sharni says:

“I always say, ‘Yoga is not about touching your toes…. It is about opening your heart.’ It is also a continual discovery of one’s self, an exploration, and a life long journey. A journey I would like to share with you. Let’s inspire each other, light up each other’s lives and “Follow the Sun”.

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Be sure to look out for Sharni’s workshops throughout the year to help you on your personal transformation and if you want to have a taste of the “Eat, Pray, Love” experience, then make a note of Sharni’s “Eat, Play, Yoga, Bali Journey 2014.”

After a successful Bali adventure in 2013, Sharni will embark on another Yoga, Beach, Travel retreat to spread the love and the sunshine within from 24th June 2014 to 4th July 2014!

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“Yoga on the beach, yoga in a local studio, peaceful meditations, cycling through the rice paddies, snorkelling in crystal bay, relaxing on the beach, sipping on cocktails… and discovering ways to follow your sunshine.
Dates: 10 Day Yoga Journey from the 24th June till the of 4th July 2014
Flights: International flight leaves from Cape Town International Airport
Accommodation: 4 nights staying at Artini 2 Cottages in Ubud, 4 nights staying at Lembongan Bay Shore Huts on Nusa Lembongan tropical island.
Cost: R25 500 (R7 700 deposit to be paid by 1st February 2014 to secure your place)
Included: Yoga & meditation classes, eco cycle tour, snorkelling trip, flights from Cape Town on Singapore Airlines, breakfast at all accommodation, visa, travel insurance, airport tax, all tips and gratuities, yoga mat.
Follow your bliss to Bali.
Contact Sharni Quinn on 0719542816 or for more details

Whether it is here in Cape Town or in Bali, follow your heart and follow your sunshine with Sharni!


Time to get your Gear on in Jozi with Yoga Shmoga!

January 23, 2014


Lucinda and her fabulous Yoga Shmoga wear is coming to a studio near you from the 26th January 2014 to the 1st February 2014!

Check out the different flyers for the dates and studio names to make sure you are there to get the Yoga wear that suits you best! Go on – Spoil yourself! You deserve it!!!

List of Studios striking a pose with Yoga Shmoga:

– Bikram Fourways

– Encore Studio

– Go Yoga

– Haum of Yoga

– Living Yoga

– Yoga Republic

– Zen Hot Yoga

View the Yoga Shmoga flyers for dates!

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And…the YAA family grows bigger with Suzie Manson & her team from Yoga4Kids!

January 22, 2014


Welcome to Yoga4Kids to the YAA community!

Yoga is indeed for everyone no matter what age! This is especially true and important for children from toddlers to young teenagers! Yoga is enormously beneficial to assist with concentration, co-ordination, physical development and strength as well as mental and emotional well-being. And if that’s not enough to convince your child to get on the mat…. Yoga is also super cool and guaranteed to be loads of fun!

Suzie Manson is the founder of Yoga4Kids and together with her dedicated team, they have been teaching  yoga and life skills to children of various age groups since 2003! This established school of kids Yoga is South Africa’s leading provider of children’s yoga classes and children’s yoga teacher trainings. Yoga4Kids is represented nationally with teachers in  Ballito/Umhlanga, Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Suzie Manson is the founder and owner of Yoga4Kids and runs the Yoga4kids program and classes in Ballito and oversees the Teacher Training across South Africa for aspiring practitioners and teachers who wish to further their teaching education for children. For further information please contact Suzie on 083 299 6555 or e-mail:


Suzie Manson.

Anja Neugebauer is the teacher for the Yoga4Kids classes offered in Cape Town. Anja completed her Yoga4kids Teacher Training course in 2009 and assists Suzie with the Teacher Training course in Cape Town. For more information on classes taught in Cape Town or to reserve your space for your children, please contact Anja Neugebauer on 072 313 3499 or e-mail:


Anja Neugebauer.

If you live in Johannesburg Nathalie Fagan is the primary contact person for Yoga4Kids in the area. She teaches YogaTots, YogaKids and YogaTeens at a variety of schools and studios across Gauteng. She also now assists Suzie with the Teacher Training in Johannesburg. Contact Nathalie on 084 341 2833 or


Nathalie Fagan.

Yoga4Kids is about the embark on another Teacher Training course nationally. Watch this space for venues and dates!!! Coming soon…

For more information please visit



Get your gear on with YOGA SHMOGA!

January 22, 2014

A warm and loving welcome to LUCINDA VAN ROOYEN of YOGA SHMOGA to YAA!!!

Founded in 2009 in Dubai, Lucinda launched her Summer Yoga Shmoga collection back home in the summer of 2010 in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Knysna. Thanks to her active wear manufacturing and marketing background Lucinda has given the SA Yoga community a range of clothing to wear on and off the mat to match the various styles of Yoga on offer. Lucinda works tirelessly with great passion, enthusiasm and a wickedly wild sense of humour to bring Yoga apparel to studios and markets all over South Africa! Take a breath, connect and strike a pose with Yoga Shmoga!


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To find out more visit or e-mail Lucinda on


25th – 28th April 2014 – Silent Reflections, Yoga & Meditation Retreat with Lyndel Daly, Life Coach & Author.

January 21, 2014

Immerse yourself with Yoga, Meditation, Self- Help Guided Coaching sessions and the serene, majestic nature surrounds of Rusty Gate Farm near Greyton in April 2014 with Lyndel Daly of Daly Dynamics. Lyndel is a Life Coach, author of the book, “Operation Self Transformation” and is a self transformation facilitator.

The gentle Hatha Yoga and Meditation will be guided by certified and experienced teacher Ronel Rocher.

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