Exploring Yoga and Holistic Living on a Teacher Training with Inner Wellness Studio
Inner Wellness Studio, based in the heart of Durban, is a holistic yoga sanctuary that specialises in offering yoga teacher trainings that encourage their students to explore their love for yoga through meaningful learning experiences. We got in touch with Diego Baldi, founder and lead teacher of Inner Wellness Studio, to hear all about what you can expect on their upcoming teacher trainings!
Diego was introduced to Yoga by his sister Bianca, who gave him his first copy of B.K.S. Iyengar’s “Light on Yoga.” At only 16 years of age Bianca was studying and teaching yoga with the Young Yoga Institute in the South Coast, where they grew up, and encouraged him to attend his first yoga class at the early age of 13.
“What started as a physical interest inspired me towards a more conscious and compassionate mindset; supporting and transforming different aspects of my life. “
Around 2009, while studying and living in Cape Town, Diego was introduced to the “Art of Living” practices. With the introduction to kriya yoga, pranayama, mantra, and meditation Diego was led towards the more subtle aspects of yoga. He has since completed many teacher training courses, locally and in India, including Iyengar Yoga, Hatha, and Kundalini Yoga & Meditation. This holistic background inspires an integrated and therapeutic approach to practise and teaching. “It is essential to be able to teach people of different backgrounds and to develop the sensitivity to meet practitioners individual health needs.”
Inner Wellness Studio intends to serve as a platform for people to rediscover wellness and a deeper sense of inner peace. “We strive to provide expertise through an integrated approach to yoga and holistic living, supporting each student to establish their unique balance in health.”
“The idea to start hosting trainings came about as a natural progression” says Diego. He goes on to explain that his intention was to share the authentic teachings of yoga with more people on a healing path. “The teacher training serves as a platform to be of service to others and through others, to serve the greater community.
Since hosting their first 200 hour teacher training course in 2014 Inner Wellness Studio has continued to host 2 courses a year. These courses are mostly run on alternate weekends over the course of 4 months, making it more accessible to those who work full time.
This year Inner Wellness Studio is hosting 4 courses; including two 200-hour and one 300-hour in Durban as well as a 200 hour, 4-week residential course at Pumula Retreat.
“We’re really looking forward to sharing a more extensive syllabus that focuses on what we believe are some of the most important areas for study and teaching of Yoga in these times; starting with yoga for women’s health, pregnancy, children and going deeper into the remedial and medical aspects of Yoga & Ayurveda.”
Those who complete an Inner Wellness Studio Teacher Training can look forward to an integrated approach to yoga, covering everything from asana to nutrition. “We are truly humbled by the wealth of knowledge and insight that Yoga continues to share” says Diego, going on to explain that their teacher trainings are based on a holistic framework of Yoga and Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is an essential element of their teacher training syllabus. Yoga & Ayurveda are sister sciences, complementary to each other. The knowledge of Ayurveda allows practitioners to understand their unique needs and how to live and practice yoga to regain and sustain balance and health.
The training courses emphasise alignment principles, vinyasa, restoratives, mindfulness and pranayama. Women's health is foremost and therapeutic variations are given for menstrual health and hormonal balance. The understanding of women’s health is supported by the research and experienced based knowledge of Geeta Iyengar, as well as several other practitioners and health professionals.
“Our teacher training aims to offer teachers the broader scope of yoga and give them tools to be sensitive to differing needs.”
“Each training course is unique” says Diego, explaining that each training is shaped by the needs of the individuals that make up the group and the energy each one brings to the space. “It is heartwarming to see practitioners develop in yoga and find the confidence to go out and share the benefits of yoga with their friends, family, and community.”
When asked about his favourite part of the courses Diego went on to highlight the opportunity to go more into the lifestyle, nutrition, and philosophical aspects of yoga, important topics that you don’t usually get to elaborate during group classes. Proper nutrition and lifestyle are essential on the path to transformation. Seasonal cleansing, cooking courses, and promoting healthy whole foods are weaved in throughout the training.
The main objective of the courses is to facilitate the learning process through continuous discovery and experience. “We encourage practitioners to stay devoted to their self-practise and self-care. Only this way can one develop the more nuanced learning that can comes from personal experience.”
“The highlight of it all is truly just seeing the students’ progress and benefit throughout the whole process – completing the course inspired and equipped to share Yoga with their family, friends and community.”
If the Inner Wellness philosophy resonates with you, join them for one of their upcoming Teacher trainings:
If you’re looking for an integrated study and practice of Hatha, Kundalini and Ayurveda to facilitate the transformation and evolution of the student in a holsitic way.
If you’re looking for a comprehensive study designed to encourage a profound experience of Yoga, overcoming limitations of body and mind then join their 200 hours in Durban:
If you’re looking for an immersion style training from sunrise to sunset, practicing and learning, uninterrupted by many of the distractions of secular life.