Alignment Based Vinyasa & Restorative Yoga

28-day Residential Retreat | 1-28 November

with Inner Wellness Studio at Pumula Retreat, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

This 28 day Yoga Teacher Training was created by Pumula Retreat & Inner Wellness Studio to provide students of yoga a tranquil, natural space to learn and practise. The guiding intention of our teaching is to present a method that is accessible to people from varying backgrounds. We give special attention to the fundamentals of alignment in asana practice, using props as a support to deepen the experience of the postures. Essential to this approach is a mindful progression of vinyasa, preparing us to unfold harmoniously and intelligently in yoga. To promote balance in the body and mind we integrate the principles of restorative postures and breathing, which increase our capacity to truly rest and renew.

Pumula Retreat is idyllically surrounded by nature, in the lush southern coastline of KwaZulu-Natal. To experience yoga surrounded by trees, wildlife, seashells and the ocean breeze inspires a more meaningful connection to nature and the simple things in life. In accordance with traditional yogic wisdom we will integrate the study of Ayurveda, the vedic knowledge of life and wellness. Our culinary team will create delicious and nutritious vegetarian/vegan meals that will support a balanced state of mind and body.

A Residential Retreat Training gives us the opportunity to immerse completely into the study and practise of yoga. In the 28-days that you will be with us at Pumula Retreat we will cover 200 hours at a pace that is comfortably structured for a complete experience of learning in wellness.

Course Syllabus

You will be supported and guided to understand and safely teach:

  • Alignment Essentials: Fundamental Asanas
  • Forward & Lateral Extensions
  • Back Extensions
  • Abdominal Toning
  • Inversions
  • Restoratives & Pranayama
  • Surya Namaskar
  • Ayurveda
  • Energetics
  • Physiology & Anatomy
  • Philosophy
  • Teaching Methodology & Adjustments
  • Yoga for Menstrual Health


Monday to Saturday - Training

Sunday’s - Rest + Sunrise Nature Meditation Walk in nature and/or other activities*

Daily Schedule

The following schedule is subject to the natural ebb & flow of life. We will do our best to follow the structure but will remain flexible and willing to adapt as necessary.

5am - Wake up
5:30 to 7am - Mantra & Pranayama
7 to 7:30am - Herbal Tea
7:30 to 9:30am - Asana Practice
9:30 to 10:30am - Breakfast
10:30am to 1:00pm - Theory & Methodology Lectures/Dialogue Sessions
1 to 2:00pm - Lunch
2 to 2:30pm - Nature Meditation Walk
2:30 to 4:30pm - Workshop
4:30 to 6pm - Self-practice & Study
6 to 7pm - Dinner
7 to 8pm - Evening Program*
9pm - 5am Noble Silence

*optional/weather permitting

Inner Wellness Studio Teachers

Diego Baldi is the founder and lead teacher of Inner Wellness Studio, a holistic wellness practise based in KwaZulu-Natal, specialising in integrative nutrition, yoga and teacher training. Diego first learned about yoga at the age of 13 when he accompanied his sister to a class one day. Later on she gifted him the book “Light on Yoga” by BKS Iyengar which further inspired him towards more conscious moving and living. Over the last 10+ years he has been practising, teaching and studying with people from diverse backgrounds throughout South Africa, Mozambique and India. He has been formally trained in Vinyasa Hatha Yoga & Ayurveda, Kundalini Yoga & Meditation, and Iyengar Yoga. Additionally, his love for food and nutrition has inspired numerous vegetarian cooking courses and workshops based on Ayurvedic principles for healthy eating and living.  

Maria Victoria is from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. In 2016 she traveled to India with the intention of immersing herself into the study and practise of yoga - after having stumbled into the practice in 2013, when an injury to the tailbone demanded a complete change in lifestyle. In 2016 she completed a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh and continued with her practise and studies in the south of India, where she began to engage with ayurvedic diet and lifestyle principles. It was there where her path crossed with Diego’s and she decided to travel to South Africa and continue her studies with Inner Wellness Studio. She draws from her background in social sciences and education to promote an engaging, supported, and inclusive learning environment. Her personal experience with yoga for menstrual health has inspired her to share this transformative knowledge and integrate it into her teaching.

Inner Wellness Studio has been conducting Yoga Teacher Training since 2014, offering over 2,400 hours of study, practise and inquiry in yoga to students from South Africa and abroad.

Our RYS®200, RYS®300 & YACEP® certificate courses are registered with Yoga Alliance®. Diego is registered as an E-RYT®500 and Maria Victoria is registered as a RYT®500 with Yoga Alliance.

Pumula Retreat Team

"The Dream House with the Magic Garden"

After meeting 16 years ago in South Africa and many years travelling and working overseas together, Lucie and Scott have decided to settle down in Scott’s home: his beloved South Coast of Kwazulu Natal . They had dreamed about an amazing property in the neighbourhood for years and decided to make their dream come true by starting a yoga and wellness retreat.

Lucie & Scott

Lucie is a 500hr certified yoga teacher. She completed her trainings in India in Iyengar, Sivananda, Multi-style and Yoga Therapy. She has participated in numerous yoga retreats in India, France, Spain, USA and South Africa. These experiences enabled her to gain valuable knowledge and understanding of how retreats are run and what makes them so unique. Nature, facilities, accommodation, food, teachers and management are paramount to a successful retreat. 

Scott is passionate about nature and music. Amongst the trees or the waves are where he feels most at home and finds true happiness. His skills in building and carpentry have helped them create an incredibly special space to share with others. Lucie is French and Scott is South African.

Their journey has taken them to many places around the world, thus bringing an international experience of languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, and some IsiZulu are spoken at Pumula Retreat), cultures, and cuisine to their home.

Chef Kristin McKenzie

Kristin is passionate about creating delicious nutritious food. She has been a vegetarian since childhood and became a vegan as a teenager. These were lifestyle choices made from a deep sense of connection with animals and a desire to live more gently on the Earth. Kristin caters for all kinds of special diets (ie: elimination diets).

As a young woman, she experienced a health crisis that put her on the path of nutritional healing. She became an apprentice on an organic farm where she learned to grow and prepare food and has been living a "garden to table" lifestyle ever since.

She came to South Africa from Canada in 1995 and she, her husband and their 2  free-range children have a small organic farm where they grow a variety of fruits, nuts, and vegetables. She offers plant-based cooking workshops and catering to individuals and yoga retreats. When she is not in the garden or the kitchen she loves to practice yoga, Reiki and 5 Rhythms. 


Starting at R34,400* for shared accommodation, including:All Teacher Training Course fees, materials, classes and workshops.

  • All Teacher Training Course fees, materials, classes and workshops; including 7 day seasonal cleanse and Ayurvedic cooking course
  • Accommodation from 31/October-28/November
  • 3 daily vegetarian/vegan meals, beverages, and healthy snacks prepared by resident chef Kristin Mackenzie
  • Full access to all Pumula Retreat communal spaces; including a Yoga resource library, pool, lounges, and 5 acres of indigenous gardens

Single & double occupancy rates available upon request. All rooms at Pumula Retreat offer beautiful, clean, and comfortable accommodation with stunning forest and sea views!

Flexible Payment Options Available

Not included in this rate:

  • travel and transportation costs
  • activities outside of TTC schedule (i.e. massages, tours, etc.)

Reserve Your Space

There are only 12 spaces available. Registration will close by 10/Oct or when course is full, whichever comes first. To secure your space you must:

  1. Complete our online registration/health history form. Under course code/name enter PumulaTTC19. You will be contacted within 48hrs with details to finalise registration.
  2. Make a deposit of ZAR 7,000*.
  3. Balance is due by course 17/October/2019.

To pre-register and receive more information follow this link:

*Terms and conditions apply. Deposit and course fees are non-refundable.