YTTC 500

DO YOU WANT TO BECOME A YOGA TEACHER? – Next Course Starts Jan 2019

This 500 hours INTEGRAL HATHA YOGA Programme creates a context and an environment for people to prepare themselves within a community of open-minded collaborating individuals, each exploring their own mission in life and developing the skills needed to make it a reality through transformation and manifestation.

In a world of increasing complexity and ambiguity, with ever-multiplying challenges and opportunities, there is a critical need for skilled instructors that are knowledgeable beyond mere physical practice. This course is designed to stimulate and revolutionise an individual’s perceptions of yoga practice and how it connects to every aspect of growth.


Yoga Teacher’s Fellowship (YTF) approved and accredited.


The course consists of intensive yoga practice combined with lectures and theory on essential topics. Interactive group work is integral to the course dynamic. Students work together with teacher Willie Cloete to explore the curriculum, clarify its applications and to cultivate clear communications and connectivity from start to finish. The course includes a compulsory retreat (cost of the retreat is not included in the course fee).


Yoga Pranam understands that work and family commitments prevent people from immersing themselves in a consecutive daily training course. So we have designed a course to both intensify the experience and economise the time that students are immersed in the curriculum agenda per week. This 50 week (1 year) long course will include:

  • Attending a minimum of 3 yoga classes of 1 ½ hours per week with course presenter or your own teacher, which gives you a total of 198 hours.
  • Attend a theory class of 4 hours per week, this gives you a total of 192 hours.
  • Attend the scheduled 2 x 4 day retreat (compulsory) during the course, this adds 144 hours to your training.
  • Total training hours: 534 hours


To maintain an acceptable level of training and standard, students will be required to:

  • Register as soon as studies start as an Associate Member of the Yoga Teacher’s Fellowship of SA.
  • Attend at least 90% of all classes and activities.
  • Complete assignments at the end of each module successfully.
  • Write two theoretical exams of three hours each at the end of the course.
  • Teach three yoga classes to demonstrate your ability to structure and integrate course contents in a practical environment.


You should consider this yoga teacher training course if you:

  • Have a deep passion for yoga & learning
  • Already have a knowledge of the yoga postures
  • Have a regular advanced practice of 3+ years (We need a letter from your current teacher to confirm this and a recommendation from your teacher that you are ready for TTC.)
  • Would like to move your yoga practice to another level
  • Would like to consider becoming a yoga teacher


Cost for the Yoga Teacher Training Course is R17000.00 and includes all course material except prescribed handbooks and costs for the retreats. This cost includes your attendance of two yoga classes per week with the course presenter for the year. A deposit of R7000 is required to book your place as space is limited on the course. The balance of R10000 can be paid in 10 installments of R1000 each over 10 months or the full amount as soon as the course starts. A 7.5% Discount is available for immediate settlement of the full amount as soon as the course starts.


In order to facilitate the learning process and curriculum the following books are prescribed and compulsory:

  • Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
  • Anatomy of the Moving Body by Theodore Dimon Jr


We draw a detailed cross section of how each aspect of the physical yoga can offer different insight into a broader approach to practicing and teaching.

Foundational Principals:

Module 1:             Week 1 – 10

Module 1               Origins and a short history of Yoga

Module 2               The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Module 3               Understanding the difference between Yoga and Yoga Therapy

Module 4               Asana and Alignment

Module 5               Yoga: Isometric and Isotonic

Module 6               The effect of Asana on the Body’s Systems

Module 7               Eight limbs of Hatha Yoga

Module 8               The Nadis, Granthis, Chakras and Kundalini

Module 9               Science of the Breath

Module 10            Meditation Techniques

Practical Asana Component:

  • Pawanmuktasana Part 1
  • Pawanmuktasana Part 2
  • Natural Breathing & Abdominal Breathing
  • Pawanmuktasana Part 3
  • Yogic Breathing
  • Yoga for the eyes
  • Nadi Shodhana Pranayama
  • Relaxation Asanas
  • Meditation Asanas
  • Sheetali Pranayama

 Assignment: As at the end of each module

Foundational Principals Continue:

Module 2:             Week 11 – 19

Module 11            Samkhya and Vedanta

Module 12            Discussion of Yoga and Religion

Module 13            The Science of Yoga Nidra

Module 14            The Five Koshas

Module 15            The Great Paths of Yoga: Bhakti, Karma, Jnana, Raja

Module 16            The Four Means  – a journey into spirituality: Detachment (vairagya), Discernment (viveka), Six virtues (shat sampat), Desire for Liberation (mumukshutva)

Module 17            RETREAT

Module 18            Understanding the concepts of: Karma, Reincarnation, Moksha

Module 19            Mudra, Mantra & Shatkarmas

Practical Asana Component:

  • Vajrasana Group of Asanas
  • Seetkari Pranayama
  • Standing Asanas
  • Bhramari Pranayama
  • Surya Namaskara
  • Ujjayi Pranayama
  • Revision of Asanas
  • Revision of Pranayamas

Assignment: As at the end of each module

Anatomy and Physiology

Module 3:             Week 20 – 34

Module 20            What is Anatomy and Physiology

Module 21            Anatomic terminology

Module 22            The Muscular System

Module 23            Anatomy of the Head and Neck

Module 24            Anatomy of the Spine and Trunk

Module 25            Anatomy of the Thorax and Abdomen

Module 26            Anatomy of the Shoulder and Upper Limbs

Module 27            Anatomy of the Pelvis and Lower Limbs

Module 28            Allopathic versus Homeopathic Interventions

Module 29            Yoga and High Blood Pressure

Module 30            Yoga and Back pain/Sciatica

Module 31            Yoga for management of Diabetes and Obesity

Module 32            Yoga and the Digestive System

Module 33            Yoga for strength and Flexibility

Module 34            Diet and Nutrition

Practical Asana Component:

  • Ma Prithvi Namaskara (Mother Earth Salutation)
  • Padmasana Group of Asanas
  • Bhastrika Pranayama
  • Backward Bending Asanas Part 1
  • Backward Bending Asanas Part 2
  • Kapalbhati Pranayama
  • Forward Bending Asanas Part 1
  • Forward Bending Asanas Part 2 Moorcha Pranayama
  • Spinal Twisitng Asanas
  • Inverted Asanas Part 1
  • Inverted Asanas Part 2
  • Surya Bheda Pranayama
  • Balancing Asans Part 1
  • Balancing Asans Part 2

Assignment: As at the end of each module


Module 4:             Week 35 – 40

Module 35                            Understanding the Archetypes or Purvajas

Module 36                            What is Bandhas

Module 37                            Understanding the Granthis

Module 38                            Understanding the Psychological Blocks or the Kleshas

Module 39                            Bhavana (Emotional Transformation)

Module 40                            Becoming Mindful and practicing Mindfulness

Practical Asana Component:

  • Advanced Group Asanas Part 1
  • Moola Bandha
  • Advanced Group Asanas Part 1
  • Uddiyana Bandha
  • Advanced Group Asanas Part 1
  • Jalandhara Bandha

Assignment: As at the end of each module

 Teaching Methodology

Module 5:             Week 41 – 48

Week 41                                Preparation Techniques: Researching a class, Structuring a class, Sequencing a class

Week 42                                Presenting Techniques: Personal-,  Non-Verbal-, & Interactive Communication

Week 43                                Safety First and Yoga Ethics

Week 44                                Relaxation and Relaxation Models

Week 45                                How to Gain Experience through Teaching

Week 46                                Basic Business Fundamentals

Week 47                                Legal Issues and Yoga

Week 48                                Practical Information to Get Started

Practical Asana Component:

  • Maha Bandha
  • Asanas for Back pain/Sciatica
  • Practical Yoga Class Presentation
  • Revision of Asanas
  • Revision of Pranayamas

 Assignment: As at the end of each module

 Week 49                Theoretical Exam Week

Week 50                RETREAT/GRADUATION


If you are interested in doing this YTTC with me, or require more information or confirmation of accreditation, please leave a comment with your name and contact details and I will contact you.

Please note:

  1. You must reside in South Africa in the Pretoria/Johannesburg area to do this course.
  2. You must have a teacher and must have done yoga without breaks with this teacher to qualify.
  3. A DVD is not a teacher and I will not accept you based on your home practice via DVD.


Are you a yoga teacher and in need of a course that you yourself can present? My course is available to yoga teachers who want to go this route. At a minimal fee (R3000 per student/teacher) you will receive a hard copy for yourself as well as the number of students you have enrolled. You will receive a course file with notes for yourself and you’ll have open access to a platform where you can ask questions and clarify problems you may have.

Why should you choose my course?

  • The syllabus has been designed and constructed in such a manner that it is not specific to any particular style of yoga such as Integral, Sivananda, Ashtanga, Bikram or Vinyasa.
  • The syllabus is generic and focus on yoga philosophy, psychology, anatomy and practical aspects such as sequencing, business aspects and teaching in general.
  • The Practical Component (the asanas, pranayams etc) can be tailored according to your specific style that you teach.
  • My course has been approved and endorsed by the Yoga Teacher’s Fellowship which is a member of the International Yoga Federation.

You can leave us a message on our Contact page, we shall get back to you as soon as possible.

Blessings, Om’s & Prems


3 thoughts on “YTTC 500

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    Christa said:
    February 18, 2016 at 15:00

    Willie has been my yoga teacher for the past 9 years and completing the YTTC500 course with him last year was one of the highlights of my yoga practice to date. Willie is a kind and compassionate teacher and this course is much more than just lectures, classes and assignments. It is a spiritual journey that takes you deep into your own psyche and challenges you to change and grow so that you can become the best yogi and teacher that you can be. Through certain aspects of the course and Willie’s expert guidance I gained the self confidence that I needed to be able to present a well thought out and balanced class.
    This course is extremely comprehensive and will give you a sound knowledge of all aspects of Yoga including Yoga philosophy, Anatomy and Physiology, Pranayama, asana, meditation and a whole lot more.
    If you are passionate about your practice and eager to take it to the next level, this course will help you achieve that
    Christa Engelbrecht

      Willie Cloete responded:
      February 24, 2016 at 13:32

      I am honoured to have been your teacher and it was a journey for me as well and I salute you for that. It is with a glad and joyful heart that I send you into the world to spread the teaching of Yoga.

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