Yoga Teacher Training - MelbourneYoga for Life


Comprehensive Training in Self Care for Healthy Living. 

Spiritualise your yoga. Build the foundations to teach what you love, 

change your life and the lives of others. 


Yoga is the ultimate science of human transformation. Health Institute Australasia's Yoga Teacher Training program is the culmination of five 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, holistic 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 forty-five 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 yoga 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 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. 

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. 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: 

Yoga for Life is a 600 hour, foundational training for a deeper understanding of yoga self-care for life that will inspire you with a creative engagement with Yoga from the ground up. Even if you have absolutely no past experience of yoga, you are able to apply.
N.B. Yoga for Life is required foundational training in Yoga and not a teaching qualification, You need to complete Yoga for Life and Yoga Teacher Training to become a fully qualified Shanti Yoga instructor.
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i. Fundamental classroom practice in Melbourne  
Students attend classes for one academic year, namely 40 weeks at Southern Yoga and Health Centre. This will be for 40 weeks duration, and included in your fees.
- Classes are conducted during school terms.
- Term breaks are during school holidays.
- There are no classes on public holidays.
Alternatively, at any one or several yoga school/s, with any yoga teacher who is certified as an accredited HATHA YOGA TEACHING member of a Yoga Association. In this case, you must fund your own class attendance.
Note: Contact journal with face-to-face hours of attendance must be signed off and dated by the approved instructor of the day. 
2. Asana, Pranayama, Nidra and Tutorials with Shanti Gowans and team on the Gold Coast
Alternatively, one face-to-face weekend of intensive study and practice with Shantiji and team, on the Gold Coast. Inclusive of return airfare (Melbourne-Gold Coast/Brisbane), 2 nights shared accommodation and 6 vegetarian meals and tuition. Friday evening 5 pm to Sunday 4pm. Date to be decided by mutual agreement, in accord with the scheduled list of HIA retreats.
Where: Nirvana Wellness Retreat Sanctuary, 87 Binnaburra Road, Beechmont. Queensland.
3. Study Units for Yoga for Life
  • Self mastery 
  • Yoga and Ayurvedic health and principles for self-care
  • Yoga history, literature, and philosophy 
  • Yoga postures from head to toe, asana
  • Yoga breathing, pranayama
  • Yoga relaxation, nidra
  • Yoga concentration, motivation, memory retention, dharana
  • Yoga meditation, dhyana
  • Yoga sound, chanting, mantra, kirtan, bhajan, sanskrit
  • Yoga practices for ethical living
- Student is provided 10 on-line course manuals (one at a time) from HIA for completion.
- Student has the option of skyping tutorials on Monday afternoon, 2:15-4:30pm, for 20 weeks. 
- Skype attendance is not compulsory. Student can study with the learning aids provided to complete the assignments. The notes are well written and easy to follow. 
  • HLTAID003        Provide first aid certificate is also part of the course and must be studied in your first year.             It is a pre-requisite for industry placement. It is delivered externally and not inluded in your course fees. If you do not hold a current Senior First Aid certificate, HIA can assist you to arrange this; additional course fees apply. Alternatively you can complete Senior First Aid at an outside provider and provide HIA with a certified copy of your certificate prior to Clinic/Placement. 
4. Resources - included in your fees
Overview and Introduction Manual (online)
Course Manuals 1-10 (online)
Healthy Body module (online)
Yoga and Ayurveda Dictionary
Concentration and Study Skills (online)
Easy Guide to Meditation (on line)
Healing Yoga. Ease head, neck and shoulder stiffness, tension and pain (on line)
Sun Salutations, the Yogic way to Fitness (on line)
Sankalpa - Workbook
Shanti Yoga Wellbeing - Level One  
Samadhi - 67 mins. CD   
Hatha Yoga - 63 mins. CD
Yoga for Health and Fitness - 54 mins. CD
iv. Contact Journal
Student I.D. (for concession on transport, movies etc.)

N.B. Additional course notes are provided in subsequent levels of teacher training, and incur additional fees.

5. Our Gifts to you 

Make your own way up to S.E. Queensland, and

Attend Children's Yoga teacher training 2 day workshop. Workshop is optional and complimentary to course students. Fees for resources apply. Children’s Yoga teacher training workshops in 2019: 

27,28 April 2019, 10am-5pm

9, 10 November 2019, 10am-5pm

More information:

Spend one week of complementary class attendance on the mat and meditation cushion, at The Shanti Yoga Health Institute Australasia, Southport campus, Gold Coast. 
- hours as per attendance, to be signed off.

• Whilst you are a current, financial student of the course, you are welcome to attend residential weekend retreats at Nirvana Wellness Retreat Sanctuary, Beechmont (@ 18 hours per weekend), which includes accommodation, meals and activities @ special student concessional rates

Heal yourself, heal the world. 

Here are some reasons why you should choose to study with us:

  • 45+ years of providing yoga and ayurvedic education in Australia

  • Students are able to receive payment plans to do our courses

  • Text books and manuals for our courses are included in our course fees

  • Yoga Retreat accommodation, meals and tuition at Nirvana Wellness Retreat Sanctuary, in the hinterland of the Gold Coast and return airfare are included in your course fees

  • Flexible payment options.


- Admission is for the student who has applied only.
- Unused portions of course are not refundable or transferable. 

Fees for Domestic students 

Yoga for Life

•  Tuition and resources $7000
Classes, Teacher Training, Community Events and more.

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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