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With over 50,000 classes under our belt, a network of 250+ teachers and nearly 100,000 happy customers, we’ve learned a lot about what it takes to be a great yoga instructor and thrive in an increasingly competitive industry.

Our approach to yoga teaching training is aligned perfectly with our overall brand values

We’re practical people – we ground everything we do in reality. We question what others might assume and we deliver what’s practically required to achieve the desired results in the optimum way.

We respect the past while embracing the future – we’re humbled by the thousands of years of yoga tradition that’s come before us, but are focussed on ensuring that it stays totally relevant today and in the future.

Our yoga teacher training

Our aim is to take people who are passionate about yoga and turn them into great yoga teachers with promising yoga careers ahead.

  • All 2019 dates below!

  • Pretoria based

  • R23,000 full price or R20,000 early bird price for the whole qualification (no hidden extras).

  • Full 200hr Vinyasa Flow YTT (you will be a fully qualified yoga teacher at the end of the course)

  • Led by Mischa Els and Rowen Brown of Hotpod Yoga Pretoria

Meet our Lead Teachers

Mischa Els

Back in 2015, Mischa opened the zips to Hotpod Yoga Pretoria. She has been teaching yoga for 6 years, with more than a thousand teaching hours. She has taught in various yoga teacher trainings in South Africa, and is now trail blazing to bring South Africa’s first international teacher training.

She studied and assisted under lead teachers Nick Higgins and Charlie Morgan at Hotpod Yoga UK. She aims to offer a high-quality Yoga Teacher Training in SA, developed by experts from around the globe. Mischa is thorough, and pays special attention to hands-on adjustments. She teaches postures in a simple yet dynamic way, bringing out the best in every individual she teaches. Her teachings are down-to-earth and clear, made simple for aspiring yoga teachers to learn and apply. Her classes are accessible, great fun, and influential. Mischa studied yoga in India, and also has experience in Thai yoga body work, pilates, meditation, and gymnastics.

Rowen Brown

Rowen has been practicing as a professional Biokineticist for 6 years. He focuses on injury treatment and prevention through restoring the human body with optimal alignment and movement techniques. He has worked with top athletes, such as Caster Semenya and the South African Olympic rowing team. Rowen has a passion for helping people realise the need for movement in a well-developed way. Naturally, he leaned into yoga and started teaching at the Hotpod Yoga studio in Pretoria, where he shares his deep understanding of alignment.

2019 Training Dates

Weekender Courses:
  • 2019 - 2021 dates available on request
  • Courses run 08:30am - 05:30pm
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Month Intensive Courses:
  • 2019 - 2021 dates available on request
  • 5 days a week. Monday - Friday
  • Courses run 08:30am - 05:30pm
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Why HPY Teacher Training?

There are loads of teacher trainings out there and lots of them are great! So, rather than starting another great yoga teacher training course in the same mould as the others, we’ve decided to approach it in a genuinely different way. We’ll of course cover every critical element necessary to give you a solid and rich yoga foundation, but we also want to go above and beyond what you might expect.

We prepare people to become great teachers, not spiritual preachers, wellness gods/goddesses or enlightened gurus. We’ve used our experience managing tens of thousands of classes, hundreds of teachers and nearly 40 yoga businesses to build a teacher training that is built to help people teach. Here’s a few insights to our approach:

Learnings and expertise from outside the world

We use learnings and expertise from outside the world of yoga to enhance our teachers’ skills. These include the following areas:

Performance and public speaking – the world of business and theatre helps us learn about dealing with nerves and performing under pressure.

The human body – the world of sports and medicine helps us take a practical look at what we’re made up of.

Customer experience – retail expertise helps us understand how to build customer relationships, read body language and deal with difficult people!

Brand and marketing – communications experts help us teach you how to market yourself and build a brand to help you achieve what you want to achieve in your teaching career.

We embrace design & technology

We’re a visual brand that embraces technology and design to enhance learning – we won’t be loading you up with photocopies from ancient textbooks, we’ll provide you with beautiful, easy-to-digest materials for you to refer back to for life as well as immerse yourself in during the course.

We give practical experience

We give people teaching experience while they learn. Students will be teaching from the start of the course to the end – starting small and growing as we go on. Teaching is a fast learning curve if you’re thrust into the fore – so that’s just what we intend to do.

Actual teaching is our focus

We cover all bases, ensuring a strong foundation across all the key pillars of yoga tradition and history but we focus predominantly on what’s practically important to be a great teacher.

Free yoga!

You can come to classes on the house – as part of the course, you’ll be getting involved in a range of classes from across the yoga spectrum but as well as that you’ve got unlimited Hotpod classes during your studies.

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