200 hour Yoga Teacher Training
Mar 01, 2019, 6:30 PM – Mar 03, 2019, 5:00 PM


For both Mel and Steven yoga has been a way to do what they love and to help others in finding more mental and physical freedom. Join these two experienced yoga teachers for a unique 200hr part time yoga teacher program in Johannesburg and get ready to experience true transformation of body, mind and heart! Our program is certified by the international Yoga Alliance.

Yoga Teacher Training Johannesburg - Melanie Castleman
Yoga Teacher Training Johannesburg - Steven Heyman
Yoga Teacher Training Johannesburg


This teacher training program runs over the course of 5 months and consists of 8 compulsory weekends (the last of which is away on a retreat). The space in between the weekends will allow you to return to your daily life and integrate the new information, experience, and inspiration.


You will work on every aspect of a yoga practice, from learning the basics of anatomy of the human body, understanding alignment, purpose and variations in foundational yoga poses, intelligent sequencing for a yoga class, to using your voice and body language to give precise and clear instructions. But more importantly this program will leave you with new friends for life and a renewed confidence, focus and energy to step into the best version of yourself!



Fri 6.30-9pm: asana alignment & hands-on adjustments



7-9am: 2 hour complete yoga practice with meditation, kriyas, pranayama and asana, led by Mel and/or Steven

9-10am: bring and share breakfast and break

10am-1pm: asana alignment & hands-on assists

1-2pm: lunch break

2-5pm: anatomy, history, philosophy, tradition and other workshops


  • Asana practice

  • Pranayama, kriyas and meditation practice

  • Asana alignment study

  • Hands-on assists

  • Anatomy and Physiology 

  • Sequencing

  • Journaling

  • Yoga History, Philosophy & Tradition

  • The Business of Yoga


Before we learn to teach yoga to others, we need to practice these yoga poses and sequences ourselves. In the mornings you will be guided through 120 minute complete, intelligently sequenced vinyasa practice led by Mel or Steven (or both) that will allow you to experience your physical edge and grow as a practitioner. You’ll learn to work with your own body in a more skillful, effective, and efficient way in order to build depth in your practice for years to come.




While a lot of practitioners come to yoga for the physical benefits, this is just the tip of the iceberg. We will be working towards flexibility, strength and balance not just on a physical level, but also on a mental and spiritual level. This is where our daily practice of pranayama (breathing techniques and control), kriyas (cleansing practices) and meditation (mind training) will provide us with the tools to make this a deeply transformative experience on every level. 




Starting with foundational yoga poses and gradually moving on to more advanced poses and variations, students will learn all the key elements, benefits, anatomical details, variations, common misalignments and contra-indications for each pose. An important part is also to learn how to give precise verbal cues to get into and out of the pose and make adjustments while in it. This module will also include strength and flexibility training, partner work and the use of walls and props to make the poses more accessible. 




Hands-on assists can be a very powerful way for a yoga teacher to connect with students one on one, and to teach students correct alignment in a pose. Participants will learn to visually analyse their students’ alignment and to approach them with safe, confident and effective hands-on assists to enhance their experience in the yoga class. 




This module is presented by a physiotherapist who is also a qualified yoga instructor. In order to guide yoga practitioners safely and effectively through a yoga sequence, a good understanding of the human anatomy is required. We have 5 x 3hr dedicated workshops to learn about the bones, muscles, connective tissue and systems at work in our body in relation to a yoga practice. A thorough understanding of this will help keep your students safe and to design sequences to target a particular part of the body. 




This training is rooted in the vinyasa style of yoga, in which practitioners move through a sequence of interlinked yoga poses. The yoga teacher has a lot of freedom in this style to choose the poses and the theme and vary them for each class. Learning intelligent and effective sequencing is therefore an important module in a vinyasa teacher training and students of this program will learn all the tools to put together and teach a great yoga sequence. Upon finishing this program, yogis will walk away with a template of a well-rounded yoga session which they can adapt to any length and level of the class required. 




Yoga has a long and rich history which has developed into a myriad of different contemporary yoga styles. While it is good to adapt our yoga practice to our modern day lifestyles, we also want to stay true to and rooted in this long tradition and continue to apply ancient lessons and techniques in our yoga teaching. 




Yoga as business and industry is growing at an exponential level worldwide and offers many opportunities for yoga teacher entrepreneurs to make a living or supplement their income. We will discover what makes a great yoga teacher and how to develop your own personal brand and income from this. Participants will learn hands on how to put together yoga events, workshops and retreats and how to build an online presence as a yoga teacher and influencer to stay connected with your followers. 



- minimum one year of regular and consistent yoga practice

- be sincere about your practice but at the same time not be too serious about it

- be joyful, positive, curious and open-minded 

- be social and prepared to go through a challenging physical, mental and spiritual journey with a like minded group of people


R25 500

R23 000 (for registration and payment before 1 Jan 2019)


A first commitment payment of R7000 confirms your spot (non-refundable)

Other payments refundable up to 45 days before the start of the training. Option to transfer any payments made to the next year’s training. 


Price includes: 


- 16 x 2 hours asana, pranayama and meditation classes taught by Mel and Steven

- unlimited yoga classes for 5 months at Yoga Experience in Illovo

- unlimited Yoga in the Park classes for 5 months with Yoga Works 

- all course materials

- 5 x 3hr anatomy workshops for yoga teachers 

- business of yoga workshop

- an introduction to mindfulness workshop

- a SUP (stand up paddle board) yoga class

- an introduction to thai yoga massage workshop

- a yoga photography workshop

- a voice and body language workshop

- a yoga photo shoot with a professional photographer

- one on one meetings with Mel and Steven to discuss your progress, questions and feedback


Price does not include: 


- food/accommodation during the course

- compulsory 2 night weekend retreat early August (max 1500 ZAR pp)


1/ 1-3 March

2/ 29-31 March

3/ 12-14 April

4/ 10-12 May

5/ 31 May - 2 June

6/ 28-30 June

7/ 12-14 July

8/ 26-28 July (this last weekend will be held away on a retreat)


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