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23 Dec 2017   Shanti Gowans


Live…Learn…Teach Yoga

Deepen your practice. Spiritualise your yoga. Learn how to convert your calling into your vocation. Change your life and the lives of others. Teach what you love. Be the kind of leader and change agent the world most needs right now. 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. 
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” 
                                                                Margaret Mead

Yoga is the ultimate science of human transformation. Health Institute Australia’s Yoga Teacher Training program is the culmination of four and a half decades of Shanti Gowans’ experience in teaching yoga to monastic and lay students, and training yoga teachers. It provides a comprehensive, fully integrated curriculum, in three parts, that far surpasses the standards set by the industry, and produces exceptional teachers who are recognised as gurus in their field of influence. You too can reap the rewards of this education in your personal life, with your work, for economic benefit and in local and international arenas. 

The trendiness of popular yoga will have us believe that Yoga is just a vehicle for exercise. However, Yoga is so much more. Yoga is an ancient science that will radically transform your life and thought processes to readily manifest health, abundance and happiness into your life. It is a powerful, transformational practice and an ideal way of self-cultivation that leads to physical and mental health and healing, spiritual and moral development, ethical behaviour and ultimately better society.

Shanti Yoga has evolved from a traditional lineage of authentic, classical yoga through the mind of a deeply experienced Yogi with 45+ years of experience of teaching in the West.

It integrates and incorporates the knowledge, philosophies and practices of traditional yoga, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras with contemporary developments in yoga that are universal and of direct relevance to the current stage of evolution in our western society. 

Shanti Yoga teacher training is based on personal growth, helping others, shedding the ego and turning negativity into positive thinking and actions, to awaken the world. When you study to be a Yoga Teacher at Health Institute Australia, your course will involve much more than just downward dog, handstands or sun salutations, and also much more than just textbook learning. You will be taught the history of Yoga, along with its philosophy, and psychology and learn a wide range of practices and skills to gain the ideal preparation for your future.

All your course materials are provided, and you will have the bonus of experiencing your life at spiritual retreats. There is no enticement to spend money on additional requirements in the form of packages, workshops, seminars, and so on, for deepening your knowledge and practice.

Competition is not factored in, nor encouraged. The energy at Shanti Yoga’s Health Institute Australia is uplifting and infectious. Over the years, we have seen thousands of lives touched, changed, transformed and saved by the revolutionary, creative experimenting that has had people falling in love with their yoga again, or for the first time, whilst never stop their exploring. 


Part 1: 10553NAT Certificate IV in Yoga
Comprehensive training in Self-care for Healthy Living
Part 2: 10554NAT Diploma of Yoga Teaching
Learn to Teach for Life Education and Life Skills
Part 3: 10555NAT Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching
Leading and Managing Yoga Health Services

Each part is conducted over 52 weeks, comprising an academic year of 40 weeks duration, with breaks.

In the first year, Certificate IV in Yoga, 10553NAT (CRICOS Code: 087989G)

Our flagship training curriculum is an exhilarating 10-part experience that harmonises twenty-first century science and ancient wisdom in one eye-opening path to self-empowerment. Utilising communication, drama, dance, chantining, explorative, comtemplative and experiential approaches to learning, see yourself blossom into your best self. Balance your mind, body and spirit. It’s combined personal and professional development as you learn the practical applications of the healing art of yoga and its principles in all realms of life in the foundational year: Certificate IV in Yoga-self-care for life. 

Second year, Diploma of Yoga Teaching, 10554NAT (CRICOS Code: 087990D)

You learn the art and skills to transform your life and the lives of others towards health, wealth and happiness. The training delivery is consistent and effective across all trainers who deliver your classes, with model session plans that link to government regulations and standards for your accredited course and its units of competency.    Helped by detailed scripts, practicum and feedback, you will be certified to teach through your Diploma of Yoga Teaching and Life Skills, and will leave this training with the ability to teach a 55 minute Shanti Yoga stretch and tone Yoga class, as well as the tools to work with students with a variety of different goals and abilities.

Here is how it works:

• Lectures, tutorials, discussion assists you establish a deeper level of understanding.
• Practice and Analysis is where you take what you have learnt in the lectures and put it into practice, so that you are prepared to help your students through the same process.
• The Application Phase during tutorials is where you learn the craft of teaching, with skills assisted with the help of peers in your program and the teacher. 
• Assessments make sure that you have understood everything from the lectures, practice and anslysis sufficiently. 

Third year, Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching, 10555NAT  (CRICOS Code: 087991C)

Learn how to expnd your career opportunities in and beyond the classroom. Take your education further, gain deeper understanding and develop skills to influence curriculum, modify teaching methods and take on leadership roles. Grow your professional and career path focusing on five leadership attributes:

• Lead self
• Shape Projects
• Achieve outcomes
• Drive innovation
• Engage systems.
Note: Some Project based activities are joint Diploma/Adv Dip. students.

If you are a fit for needs, suitable, and wish to practice teaching to gain experience, HIA could invite you to deliver its curriculum that is within your scope @100 hours/year and you will be covered by liability insurance. 

Each year is comprised of:


On the mat and meditation cushion, which, in an ideal world would equate to 10 hours a week to accrue 400 hours a year of matwork with a teacher. The Shanti Yoga™ clear teaching style and Shantiji’s relaxed sense of humor will provide you with a complete yoga, breathing, relaxation and meditation practice that teaches you how to express your life’s true purpose creatively and confidently.


Certificate IV in Yoga, 10553NAT

20 weeks of peaceful, instructional tutorials, per academic year, provide the Shanti Yoga™ curriculum on Monday evenings, 4:45-8:15pm. These are conducted in discrete modules, which wholistically meld into the syllabus. They accrue 80 course hours per year and are streamed. They can also be attended by skype. Tutorials are supported by instruction during ‘mat’ hours.

Diploma of Yoga Teaching, 10554NAT

For the second year, tutorials are conducted on Monday afternoons, from 2-5pm. Regardless of your level of experience, you are guaranteed to gain practical skills for transformation through attending lectures, practices and discussions. They accrue 60 face-to-face course hours per year and can be attended by skype. 


What’s it all about?: The Yoga Sutras
Thursdays 2-3:30pm.
10 weeks.
Autumn and Spring terms
Drama Games and Improvisation
Thursdays 2-3pm.
Summer and Winter terms.
Children’s Yoga Instructor Workshop
Weekend workshop + volunteer teaching
• 28, 29 April 2018
• 20, 21 Oct 2018




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About Shantiji

Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.

Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television... Read more about Shantiji's biography

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