Shanti Yoga Health Institute Australasia
Business Name: Shanti Yoga Health Institute Australasia ABN 53 625 888 726
Address: 1/126 Scarborough Street,
Southport, QLD 4215, Australia
CEO: Shanti Gowans
Phone: General enquiries: +61 7 5531 0511 Student enquiries: +61 7 5532 2001
SHANTI YOGA™ is a holistic comprehensive system of yoga developed by yoga master Shanti Gowans. Shanti Yoga is integrated yoga made easy.
Yoga Teacher Training and Ayurveda Courses
Shanti Yoga Health Institute Australasia offers courses in Yoga Teacher Training, Ayurveda and more. Our Shanti Yoga Centre is our campus for both domestic and international students.
Daily Classes and community events
At our Shanti Yoga Centre we also offer daily classes in Yoga, Pranayama Breathing, Meditation, Relaxation, Bollywood dancing and more. We also offer community events to provide the community with an opportunity to enjoy the company of like-minded people.
Workshops and short courses
We offer a variety of workshops and short courses including yoga short courses, various non-accredited courses and workshops and retreats. See our Events Calendar.
We have a 70-acre sanctuary in the Gold Coast hinterlands (the Nirvana Wellness Retreat) where we offer residential retreats. See our Events Calendar for special events and workshops.
Consultations and Treatments
Contact us to book an Ayurvedic consultation and/or treatment.
Visit our Shanti Yoga Centre or online shop for a variety of books, ayurvedic medicines, yoga accessories and more.
Shanti Yoga Centre
We are not just a yoga centre. We are your other home. We are an amazing healing place with an incredible healing vibe and an atmosphere of fun, support and peace.
At present, the Shanti Yoga Centre offers:-
- Yoga classes and workshops
- Yogic studies and yoga teacher training
- Meditation classes and courses
- Personal growth
- Ayurvedic studies and practitioner training
- Herbal remedies and treatments
- Wonderful massage therapy
- Meditation retreats at our Nirvana Wellness Centre in the Gold Coast hinterlands
- Vegetarian meals & Cooking classes
- Health management
- Living English classes
- Public speaking through drama
- Chanting (kirtan)
- Classical Bharat Natyam and contemporary Bollywood Indian dance
- Trips to India
Our Shanti Yoga Centre, including our yoga studio and campus, is located on the beautiful Gold Coast of Australia, with proximity to shops, beaches, libraries and other facilities.
Ayurveda and Yoga School
Our Shanti Yoga Centre houses the Health Institute Australasia, an Ayurveda and Yoga School. In addition to various courses, we have developed numerous educational programs in the form of interactive community lectures, workshops, series, and seminars as well as courses to meet the needs of the twenty-first century.
Please note, the Shanti Yoga Health Institute Australasia and Health Institute Australasia Pty Ltd are one and the same organisation. Shanti Yoga Health Institute Australasia is a business name owned by Health Institute Australasia Pty Ltd.
We offer the highest yoga qualification you can obtain not only in Australia but in the world.
Our courses are listed in more detail on our HIA website www.healthinstitute.edu.au.
We offer the highest yoga qualification you can obtain – not only in Australia, but in the world – with our Advanced Yoga Teacher Training course being 1800 hours.
Company details: Health Institute Australasia Pty Ltd ABN 53 625 888 726
126 Scarborough Street,
Southport, QLD 4215, Australia
- Our CEO
- Our Team
- Our Advisory Team
Our team is led by CEO Shanti Gowans, born in India. After completing her BA at the University of Mumbai, Shanti spent several years travelling around the world as an international guest speaker with global and cosmic perspectives. Whilst on the speakers’ circuit, Shanti taught and lectured with Deepak Chopra in Sydney, Australia.
Shanti also brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs which appeared on Australian national television for 3½ years on channel 10.
Shanti Gowans is truly a remarkable and inspirational teacher and has developed life-changing courses with true dedication and respect for the ancient and authentic science of yoga and ayurveda.
In addition to Shanti Gowans, our staff are truly unique in that we possess a team of hand-picked in-house professionals who have been selected for their commitment and dedication to providing high levels of service to our students.
Please click on the “Our Team” tab above to see our Team members.
- Peter Gowans, Dip Ayurveda
- Financial director for The Health Institute Australasia
- Director, Nirvana Wellness Retreat
- CEO One World Productions
Peter Gowans is the student financial director for The Health Institute Australasia. He owns and operates the beautiful Nirvana Wellness Retreat in the hinterland of the Gold Coast. Peter Gowans holds a Diploma in Ayurveda from his studies with Prof. P.H. Kulkarni.
More about Peter Gowans
In his ‘other’ profession, Peter Gowans is the CEO of the highly versatile One World Productions, with wide-ranging interests in the performing and visual arts. Having worked for the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) in Melbourne, where he cut his teeth in television production and filmmaking, Gowans has directed and produced a wide range of documentary films and features, drama, art and culture, religious services, sports coverage, news magazines, and lifestyle programmes.
Peter Gowans has a passion for social justice and improving the lives of people through community initiatives. He is an active member of the Rotary Club Broadbeach, working to provide support services for a plethora of charity work including Polio Plus, Scooters, Marine reach for the Pacific, Cope (limbs for mine victims in Laos) and for street and working children on the Gold Coast.
- Hilary Sullivan, Grad Dip Ed., B.A. Adv Dip Yoga, Cert IV Ayur. Cert IV TAS
- Vice Principal. Principal lecturer for Cert IV Ayurveda at the Health Institute Australasia
Hilary has a background in teaching yoga and ayurveda. She is currently the Vice Principal of the Health Institute Australasia and its public relations coordinator.
More about Hilary Sullivan
After a long love affair which included ongoing studies and practice in Yoga and Ayurveda, Hilary taught yoga for The Meditation Institute, Gold Coast, where she was also design consultant and Public Relations Coordinator. From 2004-09 Hilary was CEO of City Yoga Studio, Sydney, where she was the principal teacher and practised as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant.
Hilary returned to the Gold Coast in 2010 when she completed her Advanced Diploma in Yoga and is currently the Vice Principal of Health Institute Australasia and its public relations coordinator. Hilary visited Indian with Shantiji and is current secretary of AAPA, the Australasian Ayurvedic Practitioners Association.
- Sonja Stauder, B.A. (Japanese and Law). Adv Dip Yoga. Adv. Dip Ayur, Cert IV in Business Studies
- Director of Education and Studies and Culinary Arts, The Health Institute Australasia
- Ayurvedic Practitioner
Sonja Stauder is the director of Education and Studies and Culinary Arts at the Health Institute Australasia. She is the current treasurer of AAPA, the Australasia Ayurvedic Practitioner’s Association.
More about Sonja Stauder
She has visited India five times and is the current treasurer of AAPA, the Australasian Ayurvedic Practitioners Association.
- Dr. Manish Patwardhan, M.D. (Ayu), F.I.I.M
- Ayurvedic Studies Adviser @ the Health Institute Australasia
- CEO Spa Consultants, India
- Joint Director: Institute of Indian Medicine
Dr. Manish Patwardhan is an Ayurvedic Physician and Consultant and a postgraduate doctor in Ayurveda, who has undertaken studies in the medical school for 9 years. He has been teaching and consulting for the Health Institute Australasia since 1996.
More about Dr. Manish Patwardhan
He has been joint Director of the Institute of Medicine, a faculty member of Ayurveda Academy, Pune, India, and is currently the CEO of Spa Consultants, the largest Spa Consultancy in the Indian subcontinent with a high profile in the training of Ayurvedic spa therapies. He is the President of Indian Spa and Wellness Association (ISWA) and the ‘Association Liaison’ of the Asia Pacific Spa and Wellness Coalition (APSWC).
A keen observer, good analyser, precise planner and an excellent executor and teacher, Dr. Patwardhan has brought Health Institute Australasia’s program in Ayurveda to newer heights. He is the brainchild behind HIA’s Diploma of Leadership and Management, specialisation Spa.
- Sue Green, Adv Dip Yoga, Cert IV TAS
- Lecturer for Cert IV Yoga and Life Education & Cert IV Workplace Assessment and Training
Sue Green hails from high-level management in the hospitality industry, where she has worked for over 20 years. Sue has been teaching yoga for the Shanti Yoga Health Institute Australasia since 2010.
More about Sue Green
Sue started her love affair with yoga in 2001 and has been a student of Shantiji since. Sue is now resident on the Gold Coast and has been teaching yoga for the Health Institute Australasia since 2010. In her other life outside Yoga, Sue works at the Library in Bond University. Health Institute Australasia is pleased to welcome Sue’s calm, mature and well-balanced approach to life and her multi-tasking skills and contribution to the lecturing team at Shanti Yoga Health Institute Australasia.
- Dalal Soltan, B.Ph.Sc.
- Office Administrator, Shanti Yoga Health Institute Australasia
Born in Egypt, Dalal grew up in UAE until she graduated from high school. Dalal studied pharmaceutical science for 5 years in Egypt (Assiut University), where she graduated in 2004.
After working as a Pharmacist in the UAE for 8 years, Dalal came to Australia with her family (her husband and 2 kids), and she has been working at the Shanti Yoga Centre since February 2016.
More about Dalal Soltan
- Trainee pharmacist
- Registered Secondary Pharmacist
- Registered Chief Pharmacist
- Manager of a pharmacy
Dalal then came to Australia with her family (her husband and 2 kids), and she has been working at the Shanti Yoga Centre since February 2016.
- Rebecca Sinclair, BA Psychology Syd Uni
Ayurvedic Cert 4 Lifestyle Consultant
Cert 4 Yoga Education, Dip of Yoga Studies and Adv Dip in Yoga
Adv Dip of Psychotherapy
- Marketing Manager, Shanti Yoga Health Institute Australasia
I’m a Sydney girl born and bred and over the years I have developed a passion for Yoga, my life changed forever when I met Shantiji. In the early days I trained with Shantiji and then developed a small yoga studio which I nurtured for 9 years.
More about Rebecca Sinclair
- Cheryl Anne Stubbs, Adv Dip Yoga, Dip Yoga Teaching, Remedial Massage.
- Lecturer for Diploma of Yoga Teaching
Cheryl commenced Shanti Yoga™ in 2005 and obtained her Cert IV in Yoga and Life Education in 2008, and her Diploma in Yoga Teaching in 2010 from the Health Institute Australasia. Cheryl is currently finishing her Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching and has embarked upon study for facilitating Meditation part 1 this year with the Health Institute Australasia.
More about Cheryl Stubbs
Cheryl obtained her certificate in remedial massage from the Health Schools Australia, Qld. in 1988, and certificates in Human Health Sciences from the University of New England, NSW in 1999. Her love of nature took her to Africa, where she obtained her certificate in Game Ranging from the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, South Africa in 2003.
Cheryl commenced Shanti Yoga™ in 2005 and obtained her Cert IV in Yoga and Life Education in 2008, and her Diploma in Yoga Teaching in 2010 from the Health Institute Australasia. Cheryl is currently finishing her Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching and has embarked upon study for facilitating Meditation part 1 this year with the Health Institute Australasia. We welcome Cheryl to the team of accomplished yoga teachers.
- Nicole Ugarte, Adv Dip Yoga, Cert IV Ayurveda; RN
- Director: Naturelink Landscapes and Design
Nicole came upon Shanti Yoga™ and has undertaken extensive training with the Meditation Institute and later Health Institute Australasia, qualifying with an Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching and Leadership in 2010. En route to her Adv Dip, Nicole has undertaken training and study in several other Yoga and health qualifications, including Children’s Yoga Instructor training, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and Traditional Ayurvedic Relaxation Massage training.
More about Nicole Ugarte
Nicole went to primary school at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Kensington (Sydney) and then the Star of the Sea, here in Southport, where she obtained her Senior Certificate, and then went on to be a registered nurse. After a career in nursing, spanning from 1984 to 1997, Nicole took a sabbatical to enjoy her family and three children and search for the meaning of life.
She came upon Shanti Yoga™ and has undertaken extensive training with the Meditation Institute and later Health Institute Australasia, qualifying with an Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching and Leadership in 2010. En route to her Adv Dip, Nicole has undertaken training and study in several other Yoga and health qualifications, including Children’s Yoga Instructor training, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and Traditional Ayurvedic Relaxation Massage training.
Nicole is a wife, mother of three gorgeous children, loves to travel (she has been to India with Shantiji on three occasions) and teaches yoga at the Shanti Yoga Centre in Southport.
- Louise Hall, B.Ed Mus, L Mus A, Adv.Dip Yoga, Cert IV in Small Business
- Artistic Director, Theatre LOTE Fantastique
Louise began studying yoga with Shanti Gowans twenty-five years ago, when she was teaching in secondary schools and performing. After completing a yoga teacher training course in 1992, she went on to teach yoga in schools and in community centres in Melbourne.
More about Louise Hall
In 1999 after living and working as an actress and theatre student in the UK, Louise moved to Sydney to co-manage and teach at City Yoga Studio, Sydney.
Professionally Louise has also worked as a music teacher, playwright, composer, director, performer, and business owner of a language-based theatre-in-education company Theatre LOTE Fantastique!
- Lyn Moore, Dip Library & Info Studies, Dip. Yoga Teaching, Cert IV Yoga Ed., Cert IV TAE
Lyn had the privilege of studying under Yoga master Shanti Gowans at the Meditation Institute/ Health Institute of Australia from 2000-2006, attaining a Certificate IV in Yoga Education and Diploma of Yoga Teaching.
Lyn has taught Yoga for the Meditation Institute at centres in Southport, Merrimac, and Harbour Town.
More about Lyn Moore
Beyond Yoga Lyn has a Diploma of Library and Information Studies, Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training and a full-time job as Manager, Customer Services at the Bond University Library.
Lyn is deeply grateful to find Shanti Yoga™ and the Shanti Yoga Health Institute Australasia.
Lyn has taught Yoga for the Meditation Institute at centres in Southport, Merrimac, and Harbour Town.
- Lynanne McKenzie, M.Ed., BA., Pregnancy Yoga, Dip Yoga
Lynanne’s yoga journey was inspired by the authenticity, compassion and guidance of Shantiji and the teachers at the Shanti Yoga Centre. She has studied Cert. IV in Yoga, followed by the Diploma in Yoga Teaching.
The traditional living principles and teachings of yoga resonate with her; in particular the principles of compassion for all living things, non-violence, and truthfulness which have been embraced as an integral part of her life.
More about Lynanne McKenzie
Beyond yoga Lynanne is a wife, the mother of three adult children and has a fulfilling job in research development, supporting members of the Griffith Institute of Educational Research at Griffith University. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University with a double major in urban geography and Australian history and a Master of Education from QUT. She is currently researching in the area of distributed leadership.
Life is a journey and regular yoga practice supports and enhances that journey. Lynanne cherishes the opportunity to share this understanding and experience with others willing to grow with her.
- Christine Starmer, Higher Art Certificate, Wollongong College of Fine Art. Cert IV TAE
Christine currently teaches mandala construction and creative arts at The Health Institute and Nirvana Wellness Retreat (2011-current).
Christine is passionate and enthusiastic about what she teaches which is conveyed through the wonderful art work that her students create. Even total beginners feel a sense of achievement with Christine’s encouragement.
More about Christine Starmer
Since then Christine has travelled to London and Paris in pursuit of inspiration from the world’s finest artists and has had group and solo exhibitions in several art galleries, including being a yearly exhibitor in the Jupiter’s Art Prize and the Gold Coast City Council and Art Gallery. Her most recent solo exhibition was in 2013 at Welch Street Art Gallery, Gold Coast.
Christine has also been engaged in the construction of stage sets, costume design and masks, for performances and eisteddfod, Expo 88 Brisbane, Labrador Primary School (1997-2001), Silkwood Steiner School (2001-2005), and murals at Southport High School and Benowa High School (2005), with ongoing domestic commissions for murals.
Christine currently teaches mandala construction and creative arts at The Health Institute and Nirvana Wellness Retreat (2011-current). Christine is passionate and enthusiastic about what she teaches which is conveyed through the wonderful artwork that her students create. Even total beginners feel a sense of achievement with Christine’s encouragement.
- Dr. Shilpi Bose Roy BAMS
Dr. Shilpi Bose Roy BAMS is an experienced, trusted, patient-focused doctor with a long history of serving patients by successfully diagnosing and treating them with Ayurvedic medicines, procedures, lifestyle and dietary changes and exercises, suggesting and conducting panchkarma (various massages, sudation and enema) therapies as required on the basis of their diagnosis, with good knowledge of Allopathic medicines as well.
More about Dr Shilpi Bose
Her previous experience was in helping with general surgeries, deft in the day-to-day management of ICU (Intensive Care Unit), Gynecology and Obstetrics and is an expert in maintaining the daily report/records of patients.
- Dr. Swapnil Daspute MBA. BAMS. FIIM
Dr. Daspute qualified with his Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery in Dec 2005, and was honoured as a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Medicine in February 2011. He completed an MBA course in 2012, and is registered with state council of Indian Medicine.
Dr. Daspute works closely with Dr. Manish Patwardhan and is Director of Pre-Opening, Training and Quality at Spa Consultants, India.
Our Advisory Board
OUR ADVISORY BOARD provides the objective advice found to be most successful for creating effective policies, choosing best practices, setting expectations with respect to time, responsibilities, outcomes, organisation, communication, information and opening hearts and doors. Shanti Yoga™ teachers, administrators, strategic planners, directors of education and curriculum and our CEO regularly liaise with the people on our advisory board to look at implementing change in the existing Teacher Training courses.
- CEO and Founder, Health Institute Australasia, Mrs Shanti Gowans
- Director, NirvanaWellness Sanctuary, Mr Peter Gowans, CEO, One World Productions
- Ayurvedic Studies Adviser Dr. Manish Patwardhan, BAMS, CEO Spa Consultants
- Ayurvedic Studies, Short Courses Dr. Swapnil Daspute MBA. BAMS. FIIM
- Ayurvedic Studies, Weekend revisions, Dr. Shilpi Boseroy BAMS
- Ayurvedic Studies, Diploma. Ms Hilary Sullivan GradDipEd. B.A. Adv.Dip.Yoga, Dip. Ayur
- Mental Health Adviser Ms Pam McAsey, M.A. Clinical Psychologist
- Director of Practice & Education Qld. Ms Sonja Stauder, B.A. Adv Dip Yoga. Adv. Dip Ayur
- Director of Practice & Education Syd. Ms. Rebecca Sinclair, CEO, City Yoga Studio, Sydney
- Director of Practice & Education Mullum. Ms. Linda Bailey, CEO Yoga Peace Centre, Mullumbimby
- Director of Practice & Education Melbourne Dr. Robert Campbell
- Adviser, Melbourne Ms. Christine Villiers, CEO, Southern Yoga & Health Centre
- Adviser, Melbourne Ms Linda Leah, M.A., CEO Yoga Dance, Melbourne
- Director of Classical Indian Dance Ms Kamala Shakti, B.A. B.Ed, CEO Padma, A Step Ahead
- Director of Languages, Communications, Performing Arts, Music and Drama, Ms Louise Hall, B.Ed Mus, L Mus A, Adv.Dip Yoga
- Research Adviser Dr. Shane McIver, Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne
- Our Culture
- Our Values
Our Shanti Yoga Centre maintains an uplifted and supportive healing environment that fosters a community of health practitioners, teachers, students, interns and volunteers that helps you co-create and contribute to an enlightened world.
By incorporating the distinctive teaching of Shanti Gowans, we blend:-
- The holistic discipline of yoga
- The medical discipline of Ayurveda
- The spiritual philosophy of Vedanta
- Interfaith ideas from the East
- Practices from current Western thinking.
The Shanti Yoga Centre culture, atmosphere and environment is one of colour, unpretentiousness and friendliness. This:-
- Is conducive to the management of stress
- Promotes mind-body health and wellbeing which helps slow down the ageing process
- Helps create a more meaningful life.
Please click on the “Our Values” tab above.
Our values drive us. They include:-
- Mindful awareness.
- Responsible participation in professional and social life.
- Respect for others and their rights with dignity.
- Understanding and respecting the importance of the environment and the world in which we live.
- Commitment to being sincere and open in our dealings.
- Commitment to strive relentlessly to constantly improve our team.
- Serve. Love. Give.
Shanti Yoga Health Institute Australasia background
Shanti Gowans developed the comprehensive system of yoga called Shanti Yoga™ when she first moved from India to Australia in 1972. In 1995, Shanti Gowans registered the educational faculty ’The Meditation Institute’ which later on in 2003 became a Registered Training Organisation offering accredited courses in Ayurveda and Yoga. In 2010 Shanti and the team decided to change the name of the training organisation to Health Institute Australia, now Health Institute Australasia broadening the scope of study options for students.
Yoga and Ayurveda Training
Developing Ayurvedic and Yoga Practitioners that comply with the rules, regulations and standards of the countries in which we operate has been a strong focus for the Health Institute Australasia. However, we have always known that just herbs and medicines or yoga postures are not enough for natural wellbeing. This is why we are fully dedicated to bringing about Health and Wellness Training programs for both individuals for personal health and professionals.
With 4 decades of providing education in Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda, many of our graduates have established and successful yoga centres right across Australia and worldwide.
The purpose of education is to culture a person’s mind so that they can accomplish all their aims in life.
A message from the CEOMy deepest wish is to you attain inner happiness with ease.
May the path of pursuing your purpose (dharma) be smooth for you.
No matter what obstacles you may encounter,
May you prevail with an unperturbed heart.
CEO, Shanti Yoga Health Institute Australasia
and founder of Shanti Yoga™
We look forward to having you on board at the Shanti Yoga Centre.
Shanti Yoga Health Institute Australasia
Shanti International College
Shanti Yoga™ and Ayurvedic Wellness
Health Institute Australasia
Health institute Australasia Pty. Ltd.
The Meditation Institute
Nirvana Wellness Sanctuary