Advance your yoga studies with our Advanced Teaching, Sequencing & Adjusting (200hrs) course and grow from the foundations of your Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training. This course is a wonderful opportunity to go deeper into the study of yoga principles, philosophy, asana, pranayama and meditation, but more importantly the study of the ‘self’. We feel that the learning journey of a yoga practitioner and teacher is a life-long journey, and goes far beyond the physical. We study the awakening of deeper levels of the energetic body as well as the attunement to the subtler messages of the body’s intelligence. Michelle Merrifield combines her experience and knowledge with specialist guest teachers to offer one of the most exciting and diverse trainings, enabling you to truly reach your highest potential as a yoga teacher and practitioner.

The Essence of Living Advanced Teaching, Sequencing & Adjusting (200hrs) training takes place at the Essence of Living Tallebudgera Valley Retreat on the stunning Gold Coast, Australia. Our training program truly over delivers, providing you with 200 hours of training, including 160hrs of face-to-face learning. Find out course dates, requirements and a course overview below.

Course Dates

8th – 17th February 2021 | 10 days consecutive | 7am – 4pm

Location: Tallebudgera Valley Retreat


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Course Cost

$3850 (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, day retreat and a studio branded singlet.

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

Course Outline


Advanced Techniques Training/Practice

Includes advanced asana, energetics, biomechanics, intelligent sequencing skills married with traditional yoga fundamentals. These hours are a mix between analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques and the guided practice of the techniques themselves. Both areas receive substantial emphasis.

Advanced Teaching Methodology

Includes principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, the students’ process of giving and receiving feedback.

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers

Includes the study of yoga philosophies, yoga lifestyle and ethics for yoga teachers. Includes a deeper discovery of traditional yogic texts and teachings and how to both translate and teach them to the modern practitioner.


Includes planning and delivering multiple specialised classes, receiving and giving feedback, observing others teaching. Also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching as well as when teaching classes for assessment.


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.

  • 40 class participations (can be signed off before course commencement)
  • 10 class observation reports
  • 20 class assists
  • 3 one hour class deliveries (with your fellow teacher trainees)
  • 1 written exam
  • 6 reflective essays/book reports

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.

  • Flow – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Becoming Supernatural – Dr. Joe Dispenza
  • Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse
  • Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself – Dr. Joe Dispenza
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika – Muktibodhananda Swami
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
    We recommend The Essence of Yoga: Reflections on the Yoga Sutras by Bernard Bouanchaud

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

7.00am – 9.30am
Meditation, pranayama and 1.5 hour yoga asana practice
9.30am – 10.00am
Breakfast and a swim in the creek
10:00am – 12.30pm
Teaching techniques or sequencing.
12.30pm – 1.00pm
Lunch break
1.00pm – 4.00pm
Asana, adjustment or class delivery practice.
Reflection on the Patanjali’s yoga sutras

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

Clare Merrifield is a beautifully organic yogini who will surprise and delight you with her amazing classes. Clare’s classes are the perfect blend of dynamic movement and scintillating stillness.Clare has completed Lance Shuler’s (Inspya Yoga) Yoga Level 1 training and Radiantly Alive’s Level 1 training. Clare has also mentored on the Radiantly Alive’s teaching course six times.

Clare Merrifield


Andrew Mournehis graduated from the Phoenix Institute of Australia in 2001 with a very clear vision that his gifts and passions were best directed in the power of group, archetype, mythology and the potent healing energy that is exchanged in each others stories, both personal and universal. Being an already established yoga teacher, he has spent the past 16 years facilitating many healing groups, workshops, intensives and retreats both nationally and internationally working with the healing potential of both Yoga and Transpersonal work.

Andrew Mournehis

History and Philosophy