Australian Government Accredited
Yoga and Ayurveda Courses

Yoga Teacher Training and Ayurveda Training

Austudy and CRICOS approved - 5 Qualifications


Just learn the Truth. Approach a guru with humility. Inquire from them submissively and render service. The self-realised can impart transcendental knowledge for they have seen reality.
                                                                                                                          Bhagavad Gita 4:34


Shanti Yoga is the flagship product of Health Institute Australia.  In addition to Yoga classes, Health Institute Australia  offers a range of courses. These include accredited Yoga Teacher Training, Ayurveda Practitioner training courses, soon to come, English, and many short courses.


Health Institute Australia is a Government Registered National Training Provider (RTO). Our Yoga Teacher Training and Ayurveda courses are government accredited and CRICOS approved, so that domestic students can apply for Austudy or Youth Allowance, and international students can get a student visa for up to 3 years for their Advanced Diploma study..


Please visit our website, to view or enrol in the courses we offer, including:-

Yoga is the most complete form of mental, physical and spiritual activity. This three-tiered program of in-depth study, marrying ancient wisdom and modern science, is designed to stimulate and stretch your mind, multiply your skill-sets, provide you with advanced training tools, and set you on your path to becoming amongst the top professionals in the field of yoga. This holistic, integrated approach to training ensures optimal results, further enhancing your vocation and is beneficial to you in the following ways:
At a basic level
It gives you a structured systematic system of exploring and emphasising 8 powerful skills to deal with different situations in life and emerge successfully in every situation.
At an informative level
It gives you more knowledge and information about the history and philosophy of Yoga and Vedanta that is rooted in the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Brahma Sutra, the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras. Also covered are the physical anatomy and physiology of the human body, together with its equivalent psychic anatomy.
At an applicable level
This program teaches you how to live life, with powerful practices that are applicable to infinite life situations, minimise stress and lethargy and maximise peacefulness and bliss. You master physically and through teaching, gentle Shanti yoga classes and Shanti Yoga sequences, yoga breathing and deep relaxation.
At a much advanced, spiritual level
This training opens your eyes up to the Ultimate Truth, after which there is no looking back. The knowledge of Self breaks all your myths about who you think you are, and you experience the Truth about who you really are. You will be able to move beyond emotional imbalance, anger and misery once you have completely understood the Truth. There is nothing ambiguous about yoga. It answers all the questions of life. 
Ancient wisdom together with modern science
Yoga's changing role in society has integrated spirituality and medicine to effectively aligns these worlds, bringing the mind-body practice of yoga into a realm that overlaps healthcare. This practice leaves you feeling elated and relaxed rather than exhausted, and delivers a sense of wellbeing and balance which is so beneficial in dealing with the stresses of the modern world. A deeper understanding of the healing properties of yoga, in terms of the psycho-physiological underpinning of its curative effects provides a part in the care of clinically ill patients. 
Shanti Yoga is a study of the grounded, humble and gentle stages of one's journey through life. In the introductory level, one trains to overcome arrogance (which is the primary obstacle to learning) by simply being present. In the next stage, progress focuses on cultivating sharp, vibrant and uplifted energy through natural discipline. Overcoming the traps of judgement and doubt, the progressing student is able to accomplish his or her activities with a sense of nobility and ease, which is demonstrable through the movements of body, breath and mind. The Shanti Yoga Diploma of Yoga Teaching training is a vocational course and needs the time to equip you with the skills and personal wisdom required to set you up in a yogic path that develops vision, integrity, clarity and service in a life career. Hence the training is holistic and detailed and involves making sure that learning is thorough and unhurried. Advanced Diploma allows you to explore the application of yoga, teaching in various environments and circumstances. 
Fee Help
As a nationally registered training provider of government accredited courses, financial assistance is available for qualified candidates in the form of austudy, abstudy and student rent assistance. Please note that HIA is not a non-profit, has no endowment fund and receives no federal or state funding for its programs. Candidates may also be eligible for payment plans from the college.
The Institute comes to you - Distant Learning
Cert IV Yoga is foundation practice in a learner’s journey. In the course package for Cert IV Yoga, Health Institute Australia provides distance ed students with the following practicum and learning aids:
- Beginners Shanti Yoga DVD
- 2 yoga practice CDs by Shanti Gowans, namely Hatha Yoga and Yoga for Health and Fitness
- Pranayama and Mindful breathing practice CD by Shanti Gowans, namely: Breathe for Health
- Nidra practice CD by Shanti Gowans, namely: Samadhi.
You will need to document your practice in the journal provided and have the oppotunity to attend tutorials by skype for the theoretical and philosophical aspects of the course, or simply study the notes provided by yourself, and email your homework.
To provide our students with the most immersive learning experience, we conduct practical assessment workshops for Diploma of Yoga teacher training at facilities throughout the country. 

In order to achieve certification, you must, to our satisfaction, complete and submit all pre-training homework assignments, attend every session of the contact hours during the actual face-to-face immersion program and residential retreats, achieve competency in both written and oral exams conducted during your training, complete all assignments given during training and complete and submit all supporting documentation and reading and writing assignments relating to post-training internship. Please note that during the course of your study, you will be expected to begin shifting to the norms and etiquette of traditional and classical yoga, especially in relation to non- smoking, drugs, alcohol, wholesome yoga-ayurvedic diet, language, behaviour and lifestyle. An ernest desire to help spread the teachings of Shanti Gowans, being connected to the larger Shanti yoga community, and the applicant's sincere desire to beceome a Certified Yoga Instructor are all noble reasons, worthy of yoga lifestyle modifications.

The Shanti Yoga Teacher Training Course is a wonderful way to start a new career in health care as well as for personal growth and development. 
For information regarding the courses, workshops, teacher training immersions, topics covered and clinics offered, please visit the revelant areas of this website and Health Institute Australia's website.


Delivery of recognised Ayurveda training in Australia, must come as part of the Australian Government Health Training package. Every five years the government reviews the courses, and the Health Training package has currently undergone such a situation. Training colleges will not longer be able to issue qualifications for Cert IV Ayurveda HLT41212 after 5 August 2016. This has influenced our training and decisions. 
We all agree that learners are entitled to graduate with a qualification that most closely represents the current needs of industry. A qualification being superseded or discontinued indicates that industry needs have changed to the extent that the previous qualification is no longer suitable. In this context, Health Institute Australia has come to a decision regarding teaching Ayurveda courses as outlined in the Health Training Package, and as we will no longer be able to issue qualifications for Cert IV Ayurveda HLT41212 after 5 August 2016, we have decided to discontinue offering Cert IV Ayurveda HLT41212, and will be offering Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle ConsultationHLT 52615.
There are 13 units of competency for the Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation, as listed below. We teach the core ayurvedic units of competency in modules and embedd the common units into these, so that they are contextualised. 
HLT52615 – Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation OVERSEAS STUDENTS WELCOME
CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
CHCPRP003  Reflect on and improve own professional practice

HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
HLTAID003  Provide first aid
HLTINF004   Manage the control of infection
HLTWHS004  Manage work health and safety
HLTAYV001  Develop Ayurvedic practice
HLTAYV002  Make Ayurvedic lifestyle assessments
HLTAYV003  Provide Ayurvedic bodywork therapies
HLTAYV004  Provide Ayurvedic lifestyle advice
HLTAYV005  Provide advice on Ayurvedic nutrition
The fee for Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation is $15,000.
There are two intakes a year. The next intake for the course will commence on 25th January 2016 and be completed by 9 December 2016. 
Learn how your body works
Health is the most valuable asset you have. 
- Empower yourself by learning how your body works and how to stay healthy. 
- Discover how to interpret the signs and symptoms your body is giving you.
Combined personal and professional development
- Study with Health Institute Australia for a fresh perspective on the wisdom practice of natural health and wellbeing that balance your mind, body and spirit, for wealth, health and happiness. 
- Empower your passion for improving people’s health. 
- Build the knowledge and skills to open your own clinic.
Personal learning experience
At Health Institute Australia (HIA) you learn with real teachers, in real time. You won’t feel like a number. With small, teacher-to-student ratios, at HIA you can connect with your teachers and fellow students. This offers you a more personal, rich and rewarding, learning experience
Study-Life-Work Balance
We know that most of our students lead busy lives with many competing demands on their time.  This is why HIA offers tools that enhance Study-Life-Work balance that includes the guided practice of yoga, deep conscious relaxation and meditation. 
Blended learning
Fit study around your lifestyle, with our flexible, blended learning that allows you to get the most out of your study and your current life.
moving on from Cert IV in Ayurveda, HLT41212 

Because of industry changes, a government decision has been announced that Cert IV in Ayurveda HLT41212 will be superceded by Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation, HLT52615. This is a more robust 


Firstly, Cert IV Ayurveda is still available and nationally recognised. However, after 5th August 2016, Training Colleges will not be able to issue qualifications for the course as it is currently coded (HLT41212), and those Institutions and Colleges who still choose to offer Cert IV Ayurveda will need to privately seek registration with ASQA, and if accepted, can continue to teach the qualification at that level, under the new course code.
Health Institute Australia will continue a teach-out period to enable the students who have previously enrolled to complete their course. However, it is important to not that this qualification will still be recognised for practice
Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestlye Consultation HLT52615 OVERSEAS STUDENTS WELCOME

From the intake in January 2016, and forwards, Hedalth Institute Australia will be offering Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consulting, HLT 52615. This qualification will provide you with the minimum qualifications to adhere to ASQA’s new standards; teach you how to design personalised Ayurvedic programs for your clients, develop your clinical and leadership skills, advance your knowledge of herbs, nutritional medicine and Ayurvedic treatments, provide you the information to confidently handle patients and improve your professional development. 


LIVING ENGLISH, Education for Life

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process, and therefore must be conducted following the principles of assessment, and the evidence collected meet the rules of evidence.




Take your life to the next level. We want you to be successful.

                                                                                                Shanti Gowans

I have spend over four decades teaching in the specialised fields of Yoga and Ayurveda in Australia, deconstructing, breaking the work down into its essential parts, reordering it and then designing it into modules with exercises to teach the most important elements in the right order,  We have used our years of experience in education, training and transformation to design the material, structure it with great care and detail, and deliver remarkable tools, techniques and insights that make our courses the best available. They are content rich and provide you with more than a superficial introduction to this transformative work. Our text books and audio recordings are perfect supplements to the core trainings of the courses. These are not 'bonuses' in the marketing sense, they are authentic optimisations which are awesome, and offer a robust training if you beleive that you still ahve much to learn, practice, grow and teach. I hope you can join us on this life changing journey. 


We wish you all success in your studies, your interest in full self actualising and employing Health Institute Australia’s courses as a tool to grow, develop and reach your full potential. With these aims you must surely succeed in your aspirations to make a difference in your own and other people’s lives.

Our track record is impeccable. Health Institute Australia welcome’s you to join us in celebrating and deepening the commitment to a renewal of humanity, health and wellbeing. Let us use this unique opportunity to begin a great and momentous turning. 
Shanti Gowans
Shanti Yoga
Health Institute Australia

• National Provider Number 30834 • CRICOS Provider Number 03098E

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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