Can I do my required classes at another studio?

You are required to participate, observe and assist in Essence of Living (The Daily Dose studio, if in Melbourne) classes. Our teachers have also been trained through the Essence of Living Academy ensuring you a consistent education.

Can I assist/adjust anyone?

As a part of your training you will be assisting in classes by taking part in physical adjustments. You will organise with a fellow teacher trainee to adjust them throughout a class, and you can then reciprocate by being adjusted by them in another class. While you are in training you cannot adjust anyone and everyone in a class.

It is important that the classes you intend to assist in are taught by a Level 2 teacher, so they have the necessary skills to teach the class and also assist you with your adjustments. When training begins, you will be given the names of these teachers so you can schedule these assists.

Can I observe anyone?

You are required to participate, observe and assist in Essence of Living (The Daily Dose studio, if in Melbourne) classes. Our teachers have also been trained through the Essence of Living Academy ensuring you a consistent education.

What if I can’t attend a day of training?

Students are expected to attend all classes. If unable to attend a session, it is the student’s responsibility to make other arrangements.  Please contact us in writing to arrange (emails are acceptable). Additional costs may apply.

If there is a compassionate reason for missing the original class, please notify us. At the discretion of Essence of Livings, some fee reductions may apply.

What happens if I don’t get my course work done in 6 months?

All written and practical assessments must be completed in order to receive certificates. All evidence for assessment must be submitted within 6 months of the course start date. You can submit evidence twice, within 6 months of the start date. After that, additional costs may apply at an assessment rate of $110 an hour.

How ‘good’ do I need to be to become a teacher?

How ‘good’ someone is at yoga or Pilates is very subjective. We only ask that our trainee teachers have a passion for the practice, initiative and a heartfelt wish to help others.

Of course, there is a physical component to our teacher training courses. We suggest you have a regular practice before signing up for training. If you are concerned, please contact us to discuss.

I can’t touch my toes, can I be a yoga teacher?

Touching your toes is not a prerequisite for undertaking yoga teacher training! We only ask that our trainee teachers have a passion for the practice, initiative and a heartfelt wish to help others.

Of course, there is a physical component to our teacher training courses. We suggest you have a regular practice before signing up for training. If you are concerned, please contact us to discuss.

I don’t have the money to pay for training right now, can I still apply?

We understand that the cost of our courses may be out of reach for some. We also want all aspiring teachers to have the opportunity to train with us. With this in mind, we offer payment plans as well as scholarships.

How many students will be on the course?

Our programs are capped at 30 students.

How much work am I expected to do outside of the face-to-face training?

As well as your face-to-face training, you are required to participate, observe and assist in a number of classes. Outside of this, you will need to spend time completing your assessment pieces. Every student is different, so it is difficult to estimate how many hours this course work will take. Please read over the list of assessments carefully, to determine how long this may take you to complete.

What are my job prospects are completing teacher training?

Essence of Living teachers are highly regarded and many find teaching work soon after completing training. As with any job, your commitment, skill and initiative are important factors leading to your employability. We will provide you with the highest level of training, and the best business advice we can, but it is up to you to put this into practice when looking for work.

How soon can I start teaching after the course finishes?

Once you complete all of the course requirements (classes, assists, observations and assessment) to a satisfactory level, you will receive your certification. Once you have received your certification you can begin teaching.

Who’s the course recognised by?

Our yoga teacher training courses are recognised by Yoga Alliance. Our Pilates teacher training courses are recognised by Fitness Australia.

What separates The Essence of Living Academy teacher training from other courses?

Our teacher training courses have been running for almost a decade, producing highly regarded yoga and Pilates teachers. Our primary facilitator, Michelle Cassidy, brings her wealth of knowledge and experience to each course – distilling the wisdom and practical expertise she has gathered (and continues to gather) from the hundreds of hours of yoga and Pilates training she has done.

Essence of Living Academy teacher training goes above and beyond. For instance, our 200HR Yoga Level 1 actually clocks in at 320 hours of training – well above the requirements for this level. This time includes time spent actually teaching classes!

An education at EOL will set you up for going into the business of yoga and Pilates – covering marketing and practical business skills; something not seen in other training courses.

Finally, our courses are not simply attendance based. You will be required to sit exams and submit assessment, ensuring you develop high level teaching skills and graduate with the best prospects.

If you’d like to know more, please get in contact with us.

What do I need to bring?

Your mat, a towel, water bottle, pen, notepad, snacks/food (you will have breaks to leave the studio, if you’d like to purchase food) and a change of clothes. You’ll be getting sweaty, so always bring along a fresh set of clothes and some deodorant for your comfort and the comfort of your fellow students!

The Essence of Living studio is located only a short walk from the beach, so you might want to bring swimwear and beach towel so you can have a dip.

Do I get a discount if I do the next training?

Combine Yoga Teacher Training with the Pilates Teacher Training to receive a $1000 discount off the combined total.

No other discounts apply. However, as an Academy Alumni, you will be eligible for special Alumni rates on all Essence of Living classes after you finish.

When does the 5% discount end?

You will receive a 5% discount if paid in full 8 weeks prior to course commencement.

Will I be able to teach after this training?

Our training course includes actual teaching, not just theory. This will set you up for stepping onto the mat to teach once you have completed your training.