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Become a Qualified Yoga Instructor

The Academy of Yoga & Ayurveda was established in response to the heartfelt desire of yoga therapists in South Africa to share their profound passion for yoga. For yoga to be taught in a way that is both safe and welcoming, making it accessible to everyone.

Find out more about our journey together

Group Course, Individual Attention

There are numerous options out there and finding the perfect course can be a real challenge. Our programmes are curated with expert level education, to qualify you as a 200hr or 300hr Integral Hatha Yoga Teacher. The hybrid training offers the best combination of in-person and online training.

If you’ve been practising yoga for some time and feel uncertain about your readiness, then we are here to guide and support you with patience and enthusiasm.

Our goal is to assist you in navigating this uncertainty with confidence, discover your authentic self and abundant potential.

We prioritise creating qualitative, personalised attention for individuals who are genuinely prepared and motivated to succeed. If this sounds like you, schedule a free 20 minute consultation with Nina to see if this training is right for you.

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Learn Ayurveda

This ancient practice, the Knowledge of Life, is the core of our teachings and training. We are the only training in South Africa to include this fundamental principle in an accessible and comprehensive manner.

Learn Ayurveda

This ancient practice, the Knowledge of Life, is the core of our teachings and training. We are the only training in South Africa to include this fundamental principle in an accessible and comprehensive manner.

By Caring Instructors

Our team was built from friendship and passion. You will find knowledgeable, supportive, well-trained professionals to guide you along.

Hear it for Yourself

Life changing – thoroughly enjoyed the course, most educational, enriching and allows for much personal growth with the guidance of the teachers.

Rabia Brey

This course is highly recommended for anyone wishing to deepen their existing practice, and who is prepared to put in the work to benefit fully from the rich knowledge and experience of the instructors.

Piera Abbott

I would strongly recommend the AYA yoga teachers course to anybody interested in furthering their knowledge and skills in the practise of yoga.

Nalini Palay

My heart felt thanks and deepest gratitude to the AYA teachers and the beautiful students I was blessed to have this magnificent journey with. Thank you.

Caron Tomblin

The teachers had a lot of amazing knowledge and I feel like I learnt A LOT throughout the year. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone becoming a yoga teacher.

Paula Reisdorf


Nina Saacks

At 19, Nina found yoga, joining her parents in regular classes in Muizenberg. After qualifying from Ananda Kutir Ashram in 2003, she began teaching, drawn to yoga’s diverse elements. With a positive, humorous style, her sessions are fun, honest, and inclusive, reflecting her supportive approach.

Jennifer Stephens

Originally from England, Jennifer found her yoga path at Ananda Kutir Ashram in 1995, amidst a corporate career. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training Course in 1999 and became a Yoga Therapist and Ayurveda Practitioner in 2003. Jennifer, now dedicated to teaching, training teachers, and promoting yoga therapy, founded Shambhavi in 2011, an Ayurveda products company supporting community outreach.

Pramilla Vassen

Integral Hatha Yoga Teacher and Ayurveda Practitioner, Pramilla trained at Ananda Kutir Ashram. A pioneering force in South Africa, she advocates for yoga and elevates Ayurveda. With a decade on the Allied Health Practitioners Council of SA, Pramilla embodies yoga’s sanctity, offering programs and holistic wellness at Chandi Yoga & Wellness in Claremont.

Yoga Alliance International Africa Accredited

Our course is Yoga Alliance Internationally certified. 

YAI is an organisation devoted to nurturing authentic Yoga traditions throughout the world.

Once you have qualified as a 200hr or 300hr Yoga Teacher with us, you can apply to register with Yoga Alliance International.

For more information on YAI, click here.

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Interested in Learning More?

Find out more about the course by booking a 1 on 1 conversation with Nina where you can discover if this is the right path for you. Consultations are completely free, just book a slot using the calendar below.