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The Jivananda Yoga School RYS is registered with Yoga Alliance, USA to teach 200 hour yoga teacher training courses. The teachers that complete the course are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance and receive a certificate recognised worldwide. Christine is an E-RYT 500 teacher. She is registered to teach 200 hour and 500 hour courses. She currently teaches philosophy on the Akhanda Yoga 500 hour course held in Rishikesh, India at the Anand Prakash Ashram in November/December each year as well as the full 200 hour course at Jivananda in Durban.

The course syllabus is:


Includes asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques. Trainee teachers are required to do their own daily practice incorporating asanas, pranayama and meditation.

Teaching methodology

Includes principles of demonstration, observation, assisting/correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, the student's process of learning and business aspects of teaching yoga.

Anatomy and Physiology

Includes both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).

Yoga Philosophy

Includes the study of yoga philosophies, yoga lifestyle and ethics for yoga teachers.

Christine and Howard - Founders of the Jivananda Centre

Includes practice teaching, receiving feedback, observing others teaching and hearing/giving feedback, as well as assisting students while someone else is teaching.

The course is run over 12 weekends, from 8am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. It is generally held on the first and third weekends of each month. However, should one of the students have a wedding or something really important we can move a weekend back. It is important that everyone completes all the hours in a stress free environment. It takes about six or seven months. Running it over an extended period allows the trainee teachers time to assimilate, practice and incorporate what they have learnt into their practice and lives. Yoga is not an exercise class; it is a way of life. The teacher must embody this way of life as much as possible.

Students completing the course always comment that the profound effect on their own lives and their own transformation during the course is what stands out most.

The students receive comprehensive notes and worksheets, a philosophy manual, a copy of the Bhagavad Gita as well as text books on Asanas and Anatomy and Physiology.



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