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. 

"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples."
                                                                                                                Mother Teresa
Yoga Teacher Training is at three formal, Australian government qualification levels. Each level is 600 hours and is the underpinning leve for the next qualification. Taking into consideration student life-work-study balance, each level generally takes a year to complete.
Level 1: 10553NAT    Certificate IV in Yoga 
Level 2: 10554NAT    Diploma in Yoga Teaching 
Level 3: 10555NAT    Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching
With your Certificate IV Yoga studies, you deepen your knowledge and practice. It is comprehensive training in self-care for healthy living. This year is about learning how to be a student i.e. learning how to learn, and spiritualises your practice.  It is not a teaching qualification.
Your Diploma of Yoga Teaching studies provides life education and life skills. You learn how to convert your calling into a vocation and teach what you love to change your life and the lives of others. 
In the Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching you learn to be the kind of leader and change agent the world most needs right now by expanding your career in the management of Yoga Health Sciences, beyond the classroom.
"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. The Health Institute Australia's Yoga Teacher Training program is the culmination of four 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 40+ 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. 

10553NAT Certificate IV in Yoga: part 1
Comprehensive training in Self-care for healthy living
10554NAT Diploma of Yoga Teaching: part 2
Life Education and Life Skills
10555NAT Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching: part 3
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. 
Course Units
YOGDSM401A Self Mastery $2995
YOGAAH402A Yoga and Ayurvedic Health and Principles for Self-care $2995
YOGYHP403A Yoga history, literature, and philosophy $1595
YOGPYP404A Yoga postures from head to toe, asana $2995
YOGDYB405A Yoga breathing, pranayama $1995
YOGDYR406A Yoga relaxation, nidra $2995
YOGDEC407A Effective concentration, motivation, memory retention, dharana $1995
YOGDMS408A Yoga meditation, dhyana $1995
YOGPYC409A Yoga sound, chanting, mantra, kirtan, bhajan, sanskrit $1550
YOGYEL410A Yoga practices for ethical living $1995
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 external provider and submit your certified copy of your certificate prior to Clinic/Placement. 
Second year, Diploma of Yoga Teaching, 10554NAT (CRICOS Code: 087990D)
Being a yoga teacher is more than just knowing how to 'perform' an asana. it is also about where to place it in relation to other poses to produce the desired effect, which is the art of sequencing. You learn the art and skills to deliver a potent practice and 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. 
Course Units
HLTCOM405D Administer a practice  - on line $495
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status - on line $495
YOGCYC501A Vedic philosophy and Yogic concepts  $2550
YOGCOM502A Yoga and Ayurveda Health - Level 2550
YOGIYA503A Instruct Yoga Asana $5000
YOGIYB504A Instruct Yoga Breathing $2550
YOGIYR505A Instruct Yoga for Relaxation $2550
YOGIYC506A Instruct clients in the use of yoga for Effective Concentration $2550
YOGCYM507A Conduct Yoga Meditation $2550
YOGLYC508A Lead Yoga Chanting $1550
YOGPYL509A Yoga Leadership $2550
Third year, Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching, 10555NAT  (CRICOS Code: 087991C)
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. 
Course Units
BSBFLM303     Contribute to effective workplace relationships - on line $495
BSBSMB404    Undertake small business planning  - on line $495
BSBSMB405    Monitor and manage small business operations  - on line $495
CHCPRP003    Reflect on and improve own professional practice  - on line $495
HLTAAP003      Analyse and respond to client health information  - on line $495
CHCPRP005    Engage with health professionals and the health system - on line $495
HLTCOM503D  Manage a practice  - on line $495
HLTHIR501C    Maintain an effective health work environment  - on line $495
YOGLYS601A   Lead yoga sessions for youth (Education for Peace: Peaceful Warrior). Weekend tutorial $2995
YOGYBC602A  Instruct yoga for back care (Healthy back facilitator training). Weekend tutorial $2995
YOGAYP603A   Instruct clients in advanced yoga postures. Weekend tutorial $2995
YOGIAB604A    Instruct advanced yoga breathing. Weekend tutorial $2995
YOGIAR605A    Instruct advanced yoga relaxation
                          (The art of slowing down to create meaning, purpose, fulfillment). Weekend tutorial $2995
YOGIMM606A   Instruct clients in the use of mindfulness meditation. 4 x Residential weekends $3000
YOGYSN607A   Plan and Deliver Yoga Programs to Special Needs Clients
                          (Yoga for healthy ageing. Facilitating Chair Yoga) Weekend training. $2995
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 each term i.e. 20 weeks a year
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
2018 Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching, 10555NAT  
Advanced Diploma level, workshop tutorials are conducted on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. They cover:
  • Facilitating Yoga for Youth: Education for Peace 24, 25 February 2018
      - The Peaceful Warrior. Practising Peace 
  • Yoga for back care  17, 18 March 2018
    - Healthy Back care Facilitator Training
•     Abundance and Creativity 22 April 2018
  • Asana - the next level.  19, 20 May 2018
Join the sacred space where you give yourself permission to take care of yourself first and foremost, replace negative self-talk with love, be yourself, tell the truth through your body (- not your image: your body does not lie), and do the inner work of making peace with your body.  
  • Yoga Programs for Special Needs Clients 23, 24 June 2018
     - Yoga and the art of healthy ageing. 
Growing old is a privilege. Yoga can (and should) be adapted to a human being's personal needs that change as they age. This is Living better longer.
     - Facilitating Chair Yoga 
  • Pranayama - the next level. 25, 26 August 2018. 
Yoga teachers talk about the breath incessantly, and yet most students struggle to practice correctly in class, and almost no students are using yogic breathing outside of class - do you?. Breathing is a powerful tool that allows the individual to take conscious control over their autonomic nervous system. This course includes 25+ pranayama practices to help you as a teacher and student understand how to use breath more effectively. You will learn:
- Basics of yoga breathing in various types of yoga classes (it’s not all the same)
- How to start teaching breath in the supine position
- Fundamentals of up and down regulating as well as balancing breath
- Breathing practices pertinent to cleansing, activity type, time of day and so on
  • Yoga Nidra Facilitator Training 15, 16 Sept 2018
     - The art of slowing down to create more meaning, purpose, fulfillment. 
  • Yoga Teacher Professional Development 10, 11 November 2018
     - The Future of Heath and Wellbeing. 
     - Insight into the Art of Teaching Yoga. 
  • Meditation - the next level. 4 complementary residential weekend meditation retreats: 
      4 residential weekend meditation retreats. 2018 dates are:
       2-4 Feb. 1-3 June. 3-5 Aug. 13-15 Oct.
Can you learn to be successful in life from people who are not? These ingredients lie in how you harness your personal power, which is the empowerment that practising with a teacher provides. Empowerment will allow you to take your dreams and make them come true. It will enable you to be fearless, and equip you to take immediate and long term, massive, repeated action and never give up until you can live your dreams. 

On the other hand, many people who "practice" yoga, do so mindlessly, and lack these abilities, and while they still have the same yearnings and desires as everyone else, yet they stay stuck and unfulfilled. They never make their dreams come true. Their lives are an endless series of “what if” questions they ask themselves. They feel powerless in their lives, and live forever at the whims of others which can include nasty bosses, credit card companies, or others trying to hold them back. They never discover the secret to incredible power that is hidden within them. But harnessing this power can be more than just a dream or fantasy. You are already on your way to achieving your potential.
Spend a peaceful and wholesome weekend with Shanti Yoga teachers and mentors, fellow learners, and attendees from the general public. There are 4 optional residential retreats per year that are included in your course curriculum for study-work-life balance. They are a bonus and a gift from Shantiji and no fees are levied for twin-share accommodation. There are no rain checks for this gift, and unused portions of the retreat (or parts of) are forfeited. Upgrade to a single room are based on availability and incurs a fee. Special meals also incur an additional fee.
Retreats are Healthy Living Immersion Programs that offer you a holistic approach to health. This means that you focus not only on the health of the body, but also on the mind and heart and environment, helping you discover a new level of wellness and vitality thorugh study-work-life balance. Four complementary residential weekend retreats per qualification, which accrue 18 hours per retreat, Friday 4pm to Sunday 4 pm.
Cert IV & Diploma Yoga Residential Retreat themes:
  • Believe in Yourself
  • Meaning, Purpose, Happiness
  • Cook Taste, Heal: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
  • Training the Mind in emotional Intelligence - Lojong

Adv Diploma Yoga Residential Retreat themes:

  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Calm Abiding: Am I the cause or am I the effect? 
  • The Heart of Understanding: Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra
  • Peace in every breath
Immersion in Indian Arts and Culture are optional, but recommended. These are included in your course curriculum to deepen your study and life experiences. They are a bonus and a gift from Shantiji and no fees are levied. There are no rain checks for this gift, and unused portions (or parts of) are forfeited.
  • Bharat Natyam: Mudras and classical Indian dance, ancient style, more than 2000 years old, from South India
  • Bollywood choreographed dance, contemporary, informal, fun, catchiness of the musicality, beat and storytelling.
  • Sanskrit calligraphy and sound
  • Kirtan: Sacred chanting

In addition, students can avail themselves of the facilities and itineraries provided by Shanti Yoga to Tour India - as per prices on itinerary selected.

Cert IV YOGA 10553NAT
Weekly Institute Attendance
January and July intake:
Monday        9am - 7:00pm (7 hrs)
Wednesday  4:30 - 9:00pm (4.5 hrs)
Thursday      10:30am -1:30pm (3 hrs)
April and October Intake: 
Monday        9am - 4pm (7 hrs)
Tuesday       4.30 - 9 pm (4.5 hrs)
Thursday      10:30 - 1:30pm (3 hrs)
Diploma YOGA 10554NAT  
Jan and July intake
Monday        1pm-7:30pm
1pm Philosophy talk and discussion
2-3:15pm: Chanting / 2:15-5:15pm Tutorials (6 months)
5:30pm Yoga Stretch and Tone
6:30pm Bollywood dance
Wednesday 4-9pm
4-4:45pm Children's Yoga
5:30pm Yoga Stretch and Tone
6:30pm Yoga Nidra
7:30pm  Yoga Peace
Thursday 10:30-1:30pm
10:30 Yoga for Stress Release
11:30 Yoga easy and gentle
12:30-1:30 Mindfulness meditation
2-3:30pm Yoga Sutras/Drama
Indian Arts and Culture OPTIONAL. No fee for course students
Kirtan, Bhajan, Mantra               Alternate Mondays 2-3:15pm    
Bollywood choreographed dance, contemporary, informal, fun.  Mondays 6:30-7:15pm
Sanskrit                                       Monday       5 March 2018  2-5pm. 
Sutras                                         Thurs 2-3:30pm. • 19 April - 28 June  2018 • 11 Oct - 13 Dec 2018
- Full time students must complete their lecture, tutorial and attendance and exams within the allocated period.
- It is mandatory to sign off hours attended immediately after each and every attendance (class, tutorial, retreat, whatever) and student log books need to be kept current. They remain the property of the Institute in your file for assessment validation.
Two options are being offered: 1. Full time, face to face and 2. Distance Learning.
1.  Full time, face-to-face learning. There are 4 intakes a year:
     January (Summer intake) • April (Autumn intake) • July (Winter intake) • October (spring intake)
2.  Distance and on line learning - start anytime.
      Duration of correspondence study
Cert IV Yoga – 1 year
Dip Yoga – 2 years
Adv Dip Yoga – 3 years
Dip Ayur – 1.5 years
Adv Dip Ayur – 3 years
Ongoing Course INTAKE & END Dates
Course start: Tues 18 April. 2017.    Course end; Th 29 March 2018. Autumn intake
Course start: Mon 10 July 2017.       Course end: Fri 29 June 2018. Winter intake
Course start:Tues 3 Oct 2017.          Course end: Fri 21 Sept. 2018. Spring intake
Two options are being offered
Full time. 4 intakes a year:
• January (Summer intake) • April (Autumn intake) • July (Winter intake) • October (spring intake)
Distance and on line learning - start anytime.
Self Mastery
Yoga Concentration
Yoga Health
Yoga History
 Yoga Asana
Yoga Breathing
Yoga Relaxation
Yoga Meditation
Yoga Chanting, Kirtan, Bhajan, Mantra
Yoga Leadership
Weekly Institute Hours. Feb - June 
Monday Discussion: 1-2pm. Tutorial 2-5pm Yoga.5:30-6:30pm.  Bollywood dance 6:30-7:15pm (7hrs)
Wednesday 5.30-8:30pm (3hrs)
Thursday 10.30am-1.30pm (3hrs) + 2-3:30pm (1.5 hrs) 
Indian Arts and Culture OPTIONAL. No fee for course students
Kirtan, Bhajan, Mantra               Mondays 2-3:15pm.    
Bollywood choreographed dance, contemporary, informal, fun.  Monday 6:30-7:15pm
Sanskrit                                       Monday       2-5pm.  • 5 March 2018 
Sutras                                         Thurs 2-3:30pm. • 19 April - 28 June and 11 Oct - 13 Dec 2018
Tutorials 2018:
Monday evenings 2-5pm.
20 weeks during Summer and Autum terms (i.e. Jan - June)
Monday evenings 2-5pm.
20 weeks during Winter and Spring terms (i.e. July - Dec)



Weekly Institute Attendance
Monday        1.00 - 2pm + 4-7:30pm- (4.5 hrs)
Tuesday       6.30 - 9pm (2.5hrs)
Wednesday  6:30 - 9pm (2.5hrs)
Thursday 10.15am-1.30pm (3.25hrs)
Teaching: 100 hours
Facilitating Yoga for Youth              
Education for Peace:  The Peaceful Warrior. Practising peace                   
24, 25 February 2018                                     
Healthy back facilitator training      
 Instruct yoga for back care                 
17,18 March 2018
22 April 2018
Asana - the next level                    
Facilitating Hatha Yoga
 Instruct advanced yoga postures            
19, 20 May 2018                             
Facilitating Yoga for Special Needs
Yoga and the art of empowering ageing
 Facilitating Chair Yoga  
23, 24 June 2018                            
Pranayama - the next level              
Instruct advanced yoga breathing.  
 Esoteric anatomy: Kundalini, Chakras etc.          
25, 26 August 2018                                        
Yoga Nidra facilitator training         
The art of slowing down  to create meaning, purpose, fulfillment
15, 16 Sept 2018                          
Meditation - the next level     
4 residential retreats:
2-4 February 2018          
1-3 June 2018                   
12-14 October 2018                 
7-9 December 2018              
Yoga Teacher Professional Development    
Insight into the Art of Teaching Yoga 
 The Art of Being…in business   
 Abundance and Creativity
 Mindful Leadership, Change and Innovation  
Building Resilience
Presence and Communication       
The Future of Heath and Wellbeing
What Building a High Performance Life really means in Yoga 
 10, 11 November 2018        
The Yoga Sutra  
Thursdays 2-3:30pm
19 April - 28 June 2018
11 Oct-13 Dec 2018
• Bhagavad Gita
BSBFLM303C Contribute to effective workplace relationships
BSBSMB404A Undertake small business planning  
BSBSMB405B Monitor and manage small business operations 
CHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practice  
HLTAP501C Analyse health information  
HLTCOM406C Make referrals to other health care professionals when appropriate 
HLTCOM503D Manage a practice  
HLTHIR501C Maintain an effective health work environment  
Indian Arts and Culture OPTIONAL. No fee for course students
Bollywood choreographed dance, contemporary, informal, fun. Mon 6:30-7:15pm
- Full time students must complete their lecture, tutorial and attendance within the allocated period.
- It is mandatory to sign off hours attended immediately after each and every attendance (class, tutorial, retreat, whatever) and student log books need to be kept current. They remain the property of the Institute in your file for assessment validation.
The Art of being in Business             Pre-req: None
Assisting and Adjusting                     Pre-req: Diploma of Yoga Teaching
Avatar Program                                 Pre-req: None
Children's Yoga Teacher Training     Pre-req: None. Blue card necessary
Effective Concentration                    Pre-req: None
Facilitating Hatha Yoga                    Pre-req: Dip of Yoga Teaching
Getting on better with people           Pre-req: None
Mindfulness meditation                    Pre-req: None
Nidra, the yogic art of relaxation      Pre-req: None
Positive Thinking                              Pre-req: None
Pregnancy Yoga                               Pre-req: Dip of Yoga Teaching
The Yoga Sutras                               Pre-req: None
Yoga massage                                 Pre-req: Cert IV Yoga.
Monday 22 January 
Monday 16 April 
Monday 16 July 
Monday 8 October 
Term   Dates                                                           Length
Term 1 Monday 22 January - Thursday 29 March 10 weeks
Term 2 Monday 16 April - Friday 29 June              11 weeks
Term 3 Monday 16 July - Friday 21 September     10 weeks
Term 4 Monday 8 October - Friday 14 December 10 weeks
2018 Cert IV & Diploma Yoga Residential Retreat 
  • Believe in Yourself                                                 • 16-18 February   • 17-19 August
  • Meaning, Purpose, Happiness                              •  23-25  March       •  7 - 9  September
  • Cook Taste, Heal: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body     •  15-17 June         • 27-29 July
  • Emotional Intelligence and Wellbeing                    •   11-13 May         • 26 - 28 October
2018 Advanced Diploma Yoga Teaching Residential Retreats
  • Calm Abiding  2-4 February
  • Mindfulness Meditation 1-3 June
  • Love is the answer, Peace is the way The Heart of Understanding: Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra: 12-14 October
  • Peace in every breath: 7-9 December
Tuesday 29 January        
Tuesday 23 April         
Monday 15 July    
Tuesday 8 October 
Term   Dates                                                           Length
Term 1 Tuesday 29 January - Friday 5 April          10 weeks
Term 2 Tuesday 23 April - Friday 28 June             10 weeks
Term 3 Monday 15 July - Friday 20 September     10 weeks
Term 4 Tuesday 8 October - Friday 13 December 10 weeks
Monday 28 January            
Monday 20 April                
Monday 13 July 
Tuesday 6 October 
Term   Dates                                                           Length
Term 1 Monday 28 January - Friday 3 April            10 weeks
Term 2 Monday 20 April - Friday 26 June               10 weeks
Term 3 Monday 13 July - Friday 18 September      10 weeks
Term 4 Tuesday 6 October - Friday 11 December  10 weeks

Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teacher Training 10555NAT

An Opportunity Not To Be Missed
Deepen the spirituality and efficacy in your practice of Yoga and Life.
Expand your services to your yoga students and in the community.
Fees:                                                                                                                            Domestic     International
To repeat Adv Dip Yoga,
or if you recently graduated with your govt. accredited Dip of Yoga Teaching             $  6500        $9750
If you have not studied the govt accredited Diploma of Yoga Teaching course,          $15,000       $19500
Payment plan incurs a 10% admin fee. 
Late payments incur a penalty.

Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teacher Training 10555NAT

An Opportunity Not To Be Missed
Deepen the spirituality and efficacy in your practice of Yoga and Life.
Expand your services to your yoga students and in the community.​

The Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching and Leadership is a outstanding 600 hour course, which is the culmination of an extensive 1800 hour yoga teacher training program. It is designed to provide an intensive, developmental experience with wonderful resources that enables high potential yoga leaders, through robust and intensive engagement and participation in a mentored and peer-oriented leadership development experience, deepen your understanding and knowledge base, and expand your services to your students and in the community.

It will be conducted over a 2 year period, with space to assimilate the teachings and to accommodate those of you who live interstate. 

Participants engage in a deep exploration of their own strengths, weaknesses and opportunities as they relate to building and maintaining highly effective yoga classes and expand your services. In addition to delivering exceptional, professional development, the program equips participants with the insights, skills and confidence to accelerate their own career progression and sets out to create powerful role models for future yogi leaders.

The Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching and Leadership Program is grounded in principles of authentic leadership and values-based leadership. It is enriched by a framework that focuses on interpersonal and behavioural dynamics central to the successful management and leadership of others. (The program does not deal with the technical or administrative aspects of management). The program adopts a blended learning methodology that is based on proven principles of adult learning (combining mentor and peer knowledge - sharing, experimental exercises, practical workplace application, self-analysis and reflection).

Throughout the program, learnings are related back to the day-to-day realities and challenges of each participant. This process is enhanced through participant-generated discussions that unlock the existing skills and experience within the group. The coaching and peer mentoring process within a program of co-participants, is fundamental to the program and greatly enhances the learning process.  During the program, participants engage deeply with their fellow cohorts. Over the 24 month duration, the group develops into an invaluable peer network.

The Advanced Leadership Program is delivered in a blend of face-to-face, ‘real time’, interactive tutorial-workshops which enables a physical connection and networking opportunities, and a gift of four (4) residential (accommodation and meals included) silent meditation weekends at Nirvana Wellness retreat. These allow participants the space to work through their own processes in a way that is both non-judgemental and accepting. 

To our previous students
To those of you who have undertaken studies with Shantiji prior to government accreditation of the courses, and those students who may have completed the new government accredited courses which are: Cert IV Yoga (the awakening course), Diploma of Yoga Teaching (the teaching course) and Adv Dip. Yoga (the leadership course), Shanti Yoga is integral to who you are teachers. Many of you have drunk from the well that is deep with experience, knowledge and authenticity, and now reflect as best you can, and in as many ways that you naturally can, the grace and generosity of the teachings that you have learnt from Shantiji, to your students. 
As this could be the final course that Shantiji teaches herself, Health Institute Australia have decided to waive the pre-requisite qualification of Diploma of Yoga Teaching for previous course students and subsume the Diploma curriculum into the Adv Dip. to enable some of you who have done your studies a long time ago to upgrade to the most current qualification.  

Course Overview

Mat practice is necessary and the honour system applies. If you are local and would like to do your mat practice at a Shanti yoga centre, please enquire about attendance. 
-  Monthly Weekend tutorials (see schedule below) are provided for face-to-face learnng, or can be attended on skype.
-  Teaching practicum - 100 hours
-   Business challenge project
Residential retreats in silence at Nirvana Wellness retreat on the Gold coast are a gift to you. They are optional and non-transferable.
- Course materials
- Tuition and training. Face to face, and online.
- Retreats inclusive of accommodation, meals and program
- Student card
- Discount for full fee, or Payment plan
- Assessment
- Qualification.
Participants undertake pre-reading in order to maximise their learning experience throughout the program. At this stage, you must reflect deeply on your own career journey and aspirations.
• Reflections of a Yogi by Shanti Gowans
• Bhagavad Gita - on line:
• What's it all about: Veda, Yoga and the Unbroken Whole by Shanti Gowans
2018           PROGRAM PARTICIPATION                                                                     RESOURCES  
Session 1:  Calm Abiding retreat                                      Weekend 2-4 Feb 2018        MAHA SATI PATTANA          
Session 2:  Facilitating Yoga for Youth                              24-25 Feb 2018                    PRACTISING PEACE   
                   Education for Peace: Peaceful Warrior    
Session 3:  Healthy Back Facilitator Training                    Sat & Sun 17,18 March        HEALTHY BACK
Session 4:  Abundance and Creativity                               Sunday, 22 April                   ABUNDANCE
Session 5:  Yoga Sutra: VIBUTHI PADA                           Th 19 Apr 2-3:30pm              THE YOGA SUTRA     
Session 6.  Asana - the next level                                     Sat & Sun 19,20 May           ADV DIP ASANA MANUAL
                   Mindful Leadership, Change and Innovation                                                BHAGAVAD GITA
Session 7:  Mindfulness Meditation retreat                        Weekend 1-3 June               MAHA SATI PATTANA   
Session 8:  Facilitating Yoga for Special needs             
                   Yoga and the Art of Healthy Ageing               23 June 
                    Facilitating Chair Yoga                                  24 June 
Session 9:  Training the Mind retreat                                Weekend 3-5 Aug                  LOJONG
Session 10.  Pranayama - the next level.                         Sat & Sun 25,26 Aug             BREATHE FOR HEALTH
                   Building Resilience
                   Presence and Communication                                                                     INNER PEACE HANDBK
Session 11. Yoga Nidra. Facilitator training          .           15,16 Sept                             YOGA NIDRA
                   The art of slowing down
                   to create meaning, purpose, fulfillment
Session 12: Yoga Sutra: Kaivalya Pada                           11 0ct-13 Dec                        THE YOGA SUTRA                                           
Session 13:  Love is the answer, peace is the way           Weekend 12-14 Oct              THE HEART SUTRA 
Session 14:  Yoga Teacher Professional development     10, 11 Nov
                   The Future of Heath and Wellbeing
                   Insight into the Art of Teaching Yoga                                                           TEACHING YOGA
                   What Building a High Performance Life really means in Yoga
Session 15: Peace in Every Breath retreat                       Weekend 7-9 Dec 
Graduation Ceremony 
Weekly Institute Practice and Attendance (local and CRICOS international students only)
Monday        1.00 - 2pm + 4-7:30pm
Tuesday        6.30 - 9pm (2.5hrs)
Wednesday   6:30 - 9pm (2.5hrs)
Thursday     10.15am-1.30pm (3.25hrs)
Teaching:     100 hours
- Full time students must complete their lectures, tutorials and attendance within the allocated period.
- It is mandatory to sign off hours attended immediately after each and every attendance (class, tutorial, retreat, whatever) and student log books need to be kept current. They remain the property of the Institute in your file for assessment validation.
Mindfulness (Maha SatiPatthana Sutra)
Training the Mind retreat (Lojong)        
Love is the answer, peace is the way (The Heart Sutra)                            
Peace in every breath
Indian Arts and Culture OPTIONAL. No fee for course students
Kirtan, Bhajan, Mantra                Alternate Mondays 2-3:15pm.
Bollywood choreographed dance, contemporary, informal, fun.  Monday 6:30-7:15pm
Sanskrit                                       Monday       2-5pm.  • 5 March 2018  • 5 November 2018 
Sutras                                         Thurs 2-3:30pm. • 19 April - 28 June  2018 • 11 Oct - 12 Dec 2018
When home is too distant, you can join the information highway from your own lounge room. Off campus, distance education is by correspondence, via notes, text books, CDs and video. The syllabus and fees are exactly the same as studies on campus. With home study, you can save time, start any time you choose, retain your current job and lifestyle, learn at your own pace with no class room competition, and have ample time for completion. You can email us your assessment assignments, and if you have questions, and we will do our best to answer your questions and concerns on email, and if you want to talk to us, our teachers get onto skype with you for one-to-one coaching or discussion that you may need help with, for up to 1 hours a month for 12 months. 
By your choice and initiative, 
- You can interact personally, on skype, with your instructors, who are certified master trainers in the Health Institute Australia systems.
Our tutorials and classes are not pre-recorded lectures. They are live classes, where you can interact with your instructors, and fellow students, and where you can ask questions.
- You have a personal mentor
In an ideal world, your mentor would be one of your instructors, who can answer your general questions, offer assistance and ensure you get the support you need.
- You can receive free coaching sessions should you need them, by skype, for up to 1 hour a month, for 12 months.
- You have a personal support team, a built-in support of a group of 3-4 fellow students. You can celeberate your success and wins, discuss practices, be part of the philosophical discussions, case studies and scenarios that come up during practicum. You are likely to find that your fellow students turn into lifelong friends.
- Practice, practice and more practice. You develop foundational practice skills, plus processes, templates, scripts, tools and so much more to help progressively build your learning skills, teaching skills and yoga living skills.
Certificate IV in Yoga and Life Education - distant education course. Govt. accredited
Course code: YOGc-CertIV
Course Duration: usually 12 months
1.         TEXT BOOKS - listed alphabetically
1.1       Concentration
1.2       Easy Guide to Meditation
1.3       Healing Yoga
1.4       Healthy Body
1.5       Making Life Work
1.6       Salute to the Sun
1.7       Yoga and Ayurveda Dictionary
study in this order
2.1       Introduction
2.2       Self Mastery
2.3       Yoga Concentration (dharana)
2.4       Yoga Health
2.5       Yoga Relationships
2.6       Yoga Postures (asanas)
2.7       Yoga Breathing (pranayama)
2.8       Yoga Relaxation (nidra)
2.9       Yoga Meditation (dhyana)
2.10     Yoga Chanting (Sanskrit calligraphy, pronunciation and sound)
3.         PRACTICE CDs
3.1       Hatha Yoga
3.1       Yoga for Health and Fitness
3.3       Samadhi
4.         PRACTICE DVD
4.1       Shanti Yoga wellbeing
            Shanti Yoga tee
            Shantiyoga Shoulder bag
Prerequisite: None
Qualification: Cert IV in Yoga
Assessment: Written correspondence
Investment: $6500 for domestic students
Investment includes: Learning aids: Text books, Cds, DVD, Study Manuals and notes. Living yoga on the mat and at retreat. Assessment. Certification.
This course is ideal for the novice or existing practitioner for personal development and also as foundational study for a teaching qualification. It offers the perfect opportunity to holistically extend your knowledge and practice in a fulfilling way. In this course there is no fixed starting dates, no requirement for class attendance, you can study at your own pace and you have the flexibility to practice with the DVD pertaining to cert IV studies, as well as the CDs provided to extend the complexity of hatha practice. Full tutorial support is offered through the length of your study. You can start straight away if you choose.
  • Inviting people who have been doing yoga from any school or lineage, with a minimum of 3 years experince and involvement with yoga.
  • Short Course: 3 full days of face to face training
  • Delving into the beauty and mystery of who you are.
  • Connect to a strong and supportive global community of Shanti Yoga teachers and students.
  • Learn from the first lady of yoga. Shantiji has been teaching and evolving Shanti Yoga for over four decades, and is one of the most experienced yoga teachers on the planet.


Immerse yourself in Shanti Yoga. Develop skills for life, personal development and growth, as well as for teaching. Get equipped with fantastic tools to help you celebrate your magnificent authentic self such as exquisite Shanti yoga breathing, asana, chanting, nidra, setting an intent, and so much more, involving intensives that are both practice and training simultaneously.
Connect to profounf healing depths and use yoga to transform physical and emotional pain towards feeedom and healing. Become a more powerful and passionate teacher: Learn how to heal injuries, work through trauma, problem-solve, work with any body, learn to sequence advanced poses, give out-of-this-world hands on assists (that will have your students wanting more!)… 
Develop, and discover, your own unique gifts as a teacher and human being. Understand your own challenges, and thus teach from a place of Truth. Learn to design your life in a way that makes you proud of yourself. 
Make quantum leaps in your own yoga practice. Learn through experience; class sequencing, working with injuries and energy, modifying poses, therapeutic hands on assists, teaching all levels and private classes.
Overview and Introduction
Asana Manual 
10 Modules Manual
Healthy Body - A&P study for Yoga and Ayurveda - on line
Contact Journal
On line study.
An accredited Cert IV in Yoga, Accredited code 10553NAT certificate
when assessments are submitted and competent.
 Shantiji leads opening session
Adv Dip.Teachers and Shantiji facilitate asana workshops
Day ends with Yoga Relaxation (Yoga Nidra) and satsung with Shantiji
Yoga Meditation (dhyana) and spiritual discourse with Shantiji
Adv Dip. Teachers and Shantiji facilitate asana workshops
 Day ends with Chai and Chant with Shantiji and teachers
 Yoga Breathing (Maha Yoga Pranayama) with Shantiji
Adv Dip. teachers and Shantiji facilitate asana workshops
Yoga from the ground up Masterclass with Shantiji.
2018          Term Dates                            
Term 1        Monday 22 January - Thursday 29 March. 10 weeks
Term 2        Monday 16 April - Friday 29 June. 11 weeks
Term 3        Monday 16 July - Friday 21 September. 10 weeks
Term 4        Monday 8 October - Friday 14 December. 10 weeks
2019           Term Dates                            
Term 1        Tuesday 29 January - Friday 5 April. 10 weeks
Term 2        Tuesday 23 April - Friday 28 June. 10 weeks
Term 3        Monday 15 July - Friday 20 September.  weeks
Term 4        Tuesday 8 October - Friday 13 December. 10 weeks
2020          Term Dates                            
Term 1        Tuesday 28 January - Friday 3 April. 10 weeks
Term 2        Monday 20 April - Friday 26 June. 10 weeks
Term 3        Monday 13 July - Friday 18 September. 10 weeks
Term 4        Tuesday 6 October - Friday 11 December. 10 weeks
Date 2021             Holiday    
January 1 Friday    New Year's Day    
January 26 Tues    Australia Day        
April 2 Friday        Good Friday    
April 4 Sunday      Easter Sunday    
April 5 Monday      Easter Monday    
April 25 Sunday    Anzac Day    
May 3 Monday       May Day    
June 14 Monday    Queen's Birthday    
August 2 Monday   Picnic Day      
October 4 Monday  Labour Day, Queensland
December 24 Fri    Christmas Eve    
December 25Sat    Christmas Day    
December 27 Mon  Boxing Day    
December 31 Fri    New Year's Eve    

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

India-Nepal Tour

Travel with Shanti & Peter Gowans this November for a trip of a lifetime. 

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