At the Essence of Living Academy on the Gold Coast Australia we are deeply dedicated to training outstanding yin yoga teachers. Our teachers are well-respected and sought after in the yoga industry. Essence of Living yin yoga teachers are trained in a respectful manner in order to honour the traditions of this practice while also remaining considerate of the ever-evolving yoga world.

The Essence of Living Yin Yoga (100HR) training takes place at the Essence of Living studio on the stunning Gold Coast, Australia. Our training program truly over delivers, providing you with 110 hours of training, including 98 of face-to-face learning. Find out course dates, requirements and a course overview below.

Gold Coast Course

19th – 28th March 2018
Lectures and training: 8 Day Intensive, Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 4pm


4th August – 26th August 2018
Lectures and training: 4 weekends, Saturday & Sunday, 7.30am – 4pm


Where: Essence of Living, Mermaid Beach

Participation: 18 scheduled classes (included in course cost)

Observations: 1 class

Or reserve your spot by emailing or calling 07 5526 6600

Melbourne Course

13th November – 24th November 2017

Lectures and training: 2 Weeks, Monday – Friday,  7.30am – 4.00pm. (Includes 30 minute pranayama/meditation and 90minute practice with Cara)

Where: The Daily Dose Studio, Balaclava  

Participation: 18 scheduled classes  (included in course cost). Participation can be completed at The Daily Dose Studio in Balaclava and/or at Live Life Well Studio in Chelsea (included in course cost)

Observations: 2 classes


Or reserve your spot by emailing or calling 03) 9530 3659

Course Cost

$2145 (Payment plans available. Click here for more information).

The course cost includes all all required classes (participation, observation and assists), weekend workshops (with your course facilitators and guest experts), course workbooks, and a studio branded singlet.

Receive a 5% discount if paid in full 8 weeks prior to the course!

Course Outline

Yoga Philosophy
  • Apply yoga philosophy and history to yoga instruction
  • Develop and apply awareness of specific pranayama to yoga instruction
  • Provide advice to clients on the steps of meditation
  • Utilise a broad knowledge of yoga philosophy and history in yoga planning and programing
Group Yoga Training
  • Develop a broad knowledge of yoga asana and adjustments
  • Instruct Surya Namaskar, standing, balancing, backbending, twisting, forward bending, hip opening and inversion postures
  • Apply safe sequencing, teaching method, adjustments and assists for Surya Namaskar, standing, balancing, backbending, twisting, forward bending, hip opening, inversion and savasana
  • Instruct and monitor yoga programs
  • Plan and deliver group yoga sessions
  • Deliver approved community yoga programs
Anatomy and Physiology

Apply anatomy and physiology principles in a yoga context

Exercise Programming
  • Plan and deliver yoga programs
  • Plan and deliver an athlete-specific yoga program
  • Undertake long term yoga programing
  • Apply exercise science principles to planning yoga exercise
  • Plan and deliver personal yoga training


In order to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to be a yoga teacher, there are a number of assessments required as a part of the course.

  • 20 class participations (can be signed off before course commencement)
  • 1 class observation report
  • 2 one hour class deliveries (with your fellow teacher trainees)
  • 1 written exam
  • 4 reflective essays/book reports
  • 4 two minute presentations on assorted topics

Many of these pieces of assessment will be delivered during your training, however you do have a total of 6 months to complete all of your assessment.



Required reading

There are a number of books required to complete the course, these will be referenced within the training. You do not have to read them cover to cover before training commences.

  • Insight Yoga – Sarah Powers
  • Yin Yoga – Paul Grilley
  • The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind – Shunryu Suzuki

Online retailers we suggest to find your materials include Book Depository, Amazon and AbeBooks. Fishpond.






A typical day at Essence of Living Yoga Teacher Training

7.30am – 9am
Meditation & yoga practice
9am – 10am
Morning break
10am – 12pm
12pm – 12.30pm
Lunch break
12.30pm – 2.30pm
2.30pm – 3pm
Afternoon break
3.00pm – 4.00pm
Yoga Practice

Course Facilitators


Michelle Cassidy is the founder and operator of Essence of Living Yoga & Pilates studio and Teacher Training Academy on the Gold Coast. After first discovering Yoga and Pilates at the young age of 16, Michelle knew this was her calling and she wanted to share both the spiritual and physical benefits of the practice with others.

Michelle Cassidy

Primary Facilitator

Erin had been teaching Physical Education and Chemistry in high schools for several years since completing a graduate entry Bachelor of Education (following a Bachelor of Exercise Science). It is this wealth of hands on experience in the classroom which gives Erin the ability to make anatomy and physiology accessible to teacher trainees.

Erin Bourne


Judes Yang is a heart centered spiritual guide who teaches slow moving, soul awakening Yin yoga classes. She is also the founder Sahaja (yoga mats that give back!) which are available to purchase in the studio. Judes has been teaching yoga for over ten years and has studied with the likes of Shiva Rea and Sarah Powers.

Judes Yang

Course Facilitator

Johny Yang


Sam Foster