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29 Day 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Casa Umoja, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Yoga Teacher Training in Zanzibar

200 hr yoga teacher training in the Art and Science of Yoga, a teacher training program with focus on creative Vinyasa flow, dynamic Hatha based on Ashtanga, Yin yoga, pranayama, meditation, chanting, yoga philosophy and studying the link between what yogis has been saying for thousands of years and what scientist are only starting to discover and explore now.

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  • Yoga manual
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation and pranayama
  • One stand up paddle board yoga session
  • Certificate to register with Yoga Alliance
  • Daily breakfast, brunch, and dinner
  • 28 nights accommodation

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  • Garden

Casa Umoja guesthouse is surrounded by a big tropical garden which invites to relax and enjoy the pleasures of the island.

The entrance gate is a few steps away from the white sandy beach and the blue ocean.

Casa Umoja is a one-storey house with five rooms. Additionally, it offers four bungalows which are embedded in the spacious tropical garden. Well decorated rooms each with its private veranda, shower with wc, fans, cold and warm water, breakfast and much more. Please note that there is no air conditioning in the room, only fans.

Please note that the teacher training Asana classes will take place in a Garden View Shala, a 10-minute walk away from Casa Umoja.



  • 07.30: Coconut and fruits
  • 08:00: Asana practice, pranayama, and meditation
  • 10.00: Brunch and Break
  • 11.30: Anatomy
  • 12.30: Teaching methodology and art of adjustments
  • 14.00: Lunch and swim break
  • 16.00: Philosophy
  • 17.30: Asana practice, pranayama, and meditation
  • 19.30: Dinner

Off day on Sundays. Arrival, welcoming, opening, and introduction on Sunday at 17.30. The training starts on Monday. Closing Ceremony: Last Saturday night. Departure: On the last Sunday. Any additional night before or after the training can be booked and paid directly with Casa Umoja.


A year or more of regular yoga practice. Sincere and enthusiastic yearning to learn more about yoga on every level: meditation, pranayama, philosophy, anatomy, teaching methodology among others.

This course will enable you to:

  • Understand and share the knowledge and transformational powers of yoga
  • Understand and teach links between yoga and science
  • To instruct and align the body verbally and through hands-on adjustments
  • Incorporate yoga philosophy concepts into your classes
  • Unleash your life force energy through pranayama
  • Becoming mindful through meditation
  • Understand the power of our thoughts and intention and taking responsibility for our lives in every aspect
  • Create creative flowing and aligned orientated yoga classes

Zanzi Yoga School is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance

Study materials

You will need to purchase and bring the following books along:

  • Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques by Mark Stephens
  • Functional Anatomy of Yoga by David Keil
  • Online Anatomy Course for TT Programs by David Keil
  • The Path of the Yoga Sutras: A Practical Guide to the Core of Yoga by Nicolai Bachman
  • Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual by David Swenson
  • The Vortex: Where the Law of Attraction Assembles All Cooperative Relationships by Esther Hicks



  • Learn techniques and tools in teaching yoga through different yoga styles: Vinyasa Flow, Dynamic Hatha based on Ashtanga, and Yin yoga
  • 1 x Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga sessions
  • Alignment workshops - Demonstration, observation, modifications, adjustments, and clear instruction cues of asanas
  • Art of Adjustments - Verbally and Hands-on


  • Learn what pranayama is and why we are practicing it
  • Practicing and learning how to teach different pranayama techniques


  • OM Mantra Meditation
  • Dynamic Dancing Meditation
  • Silent meditations


  • Science of sound
  • Chanting OM

Teaching Methodology

  • Qualities of a yoga teacher
  • Principles of observation
  • Principles of modifications
  • Principles of adjustment
  • Sequencing creative and intelligent flowing classes
  • Alignment principles and learning how to sequence the different categories of asanas: (standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists, arm balances, hip openers, core awakening, and inversions)
  • Giving clear, precise verbal cues
  • The yoga profession

Yoga philosophy and ethics

  • Applying Pantanjalis yoga sutras practically into your life and learn how to incorporate the teachings into your yoga classes.
  • Understanding what yoga is and why we are practicing it.
  • Gain an understanding of the benefits yoga has on the body, mind, and spirit
  • Learn how yoga serves as practical psychology transforming and empowering us to live our full potential.
  • Studying the history of yoga and how it has evolved
  • Lifestyle and ethics for yoga teachers

Anatomy (physical and energetic)

  • Gain an understanding of the subtle energetic anatomy: chakras, nadis, grantis, koshas, gunas, tattvas, doshas, 5 pranas, bhandas, and how yoga influences our energetic body.
  • Functional anatomy in yoga
  • Common yoga injuries and how to avoid them
  • Understanding the physiological systems of the body and the influence of yoga on the bodily systems.


  • Practice teaching one to one
  • Practice teaching groups
  • Giving and receiving adjustments
  • Modifications and Variations
  • Teaching a mini-workshop
  • Giving a 10 min lecture
  • Receiving and giving feedback
  • Observing others teaching

Science and yoga

  • Learn about the links between the latest scientific research of subtle energy and what the ancient yogis have been saying for years.
  • Understand the links between scientific research on the electromagnetic heart, neuroscience, scientific analysis of the human energy field, and yoga


Marisa van Vuuren

Retreat location

Zanzibar can be described as both mysterious and romantic. It is also the evocation of exotic, an archipelago nestled in the Indian Ocean which is 37 kilometers off shore from Tanazania. It is a destination that is not only mysterious, but legendary as well.

From this remote outpost, at the hub of the monsoon trading routes, history was enacted. Journeys of discovery were planned, Sultanate empires were established, and the first medieval global village was founded. Zanzibar retains the imprint of its historic legacy in the tumbling streets of Stone Town, in the Arabic-inflected Swahili language and the rare antiques of the bazaars and markets.

The haloes of its idyllic beach and the fragrant spice plantations make Zanzibar the ultimate Indian Ocean destination and the jewel in East Africas crown.


  • Airport and stone town, 1 hour and 15 minutes


Daily brunch and dinner are included in the price (no dinner included on Sundays / off days).

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

Things to do (optional)

  • Read on your free time
  • Relax and enjoy the pleasures of the island
  • Walk on the sandy beach

What's included

  • 28 nights accommodation at Casa Umoja
  • Brunch and dinner
  • Fruits and coconut in the morning
  • Yoga certification which will allow you to register with Yoga Alliance International
  • Yoga manual
  • Yoga tuition

What's not included

  • Books
  • Online anatomy training of 55 USD
  • Lunch
  • Dinner on Sundays (off days)
  • Transport from airport to hotel

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Saturday February 27, 2021
Departure: Saturday March 27, 2021

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