At the Essence of Living Academy, we are devoted to training amazing Yoga and Pilates teachers.

The teachers trained at Essence of Living are sought after and recognised as some of the best in the industry. At Essence of Living we equip you not only to be a brilliant teacher, but we also prepare you for the business of yoga and Pilates.

The Essence of Living courses are registered with Yoga Alliance and Fitness Australia, offering you the highest level of qualifications.

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25hr Meditation & Pranayama Retreat (Tallebudgera Valley)

23rd & 24th January

Deep dive beyond the body & the mind. This will be an insightful journey for anyone wanting to deepen their own knowledge and integration of the vast ocean of meditation and pranayama tools and techniques used by the sages of the ages.

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200hr Yoga Teacher Training - Intensive (Tallebudgera Valley)

1st - 26th February

Acquire the skills & expand your knowledge necessary to teach a variety of Yoga classes. Registered with Yoga Alliance 200hr Certification, we offer our students the highest standards for their future success.

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Pilates Mat Teacher Training - Intensive (Tallebudgera Valley)

22nd February - 12th March | Early bird ends 11th January.

This course is ideal for pilates enthusiasts and those wanting to teach pilates. We focus on the classic pilates method with a systematic approach that teaches our trainers to be capable and dynamic pilates instructors.

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25hr Kickstart your Teaching Career - 2-Day Training 

(Tallebudgera Valley)

20 & 21 March | Early bird ends 30th January.

This course is ideal for brand new yoga & Pilates teachers that have just graduated, or for those teacher trainees that might have graduated a while ago but haven't started teaching yet. This course will catapult you into a successful teaching career! Together we complete the 'essential bits' of business setup, the 'legal stuff' - pre-teaching requirements, and the 'must-learns' for newbie teachers. The opportunity to ask ANY questions about any part of becoming a teacher. 

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Heart-to-heart in person Teacher Trainings

Direct absorption of our teacher's teachings

Held at our stunning Tallebudgera Valley Forest Academy with a mixture of practical, theory and observation hours, and self-directed assessment, all of our teacher trainings over-deliver every step of the way.

Master Trainings

Starting 1st February

Starting 22nd February
Early bird ends 11th Jan!

Starting 7th June
Early bird ends
26th April!

Short Courses

Combine any of these heart-to-heart in person courses and any online courses to a total of 300hrs to receive an EOL 300hr Teacher Training Certificate!

Starting 26th April
Early bird ends
15th March!

Starting 23rd January

March 20 & 21
Early bird ends 30th January!


Starting 17th May
Early bird ends
5th April!

Starting 11th October!

Online Offerings

Learning online has never looked so good!!

– Start ANYTIME and go at your own pace! 

– 6 months access to work your way through the content

– PLUS each course has its own exclusive EOL Academy Facebook group with a monthly Q&A with Michelle Cassidy

– Combine any of these online courses and any of our heart-to-heart in person courses to a total of 300hrs to receive an EOL 300hr Teacher Training Certificate!

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Michelle Cassidy

Academy course creator & head facilitator

  • Advanced Diploma in Recreational Fitness
  • Business Degree majoring in Marketing
  • International Advanced ‘Stott Pilates’ Mat course with Reformer Apparatus Training
  • ‘Body Control Pilates’ Mat Course
  • ‘Yoga Arts’ 200hr intensive Teacher Training in Ubud, Bali,
  • ‘Brahmani Yoga’ 500hr intensive Ashtanga Teacher Training in Goa India
  • ‘Jivamukti Yoga’ 300hr intensive Teacher Training plus 500hr apprenticeship in New York
  • Trained with Dena Kingsberg for 4 years, completing her one year committed practitioner Ashtanga intensive in Byron Bay
  • Paul Grilley 100hr yin in Mexico along with 50hr Chakra Theory & Meditation, plus 50hr Patanjali training in California
  • 2x 100hr philosophy courses with Alana Kaivalya & Power Living
  • Barre training with Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred Devito (Exhale)
  • 3 month intensive ‘International Thai Massage’ Teacher Training in Chiang Mai Thailand
  • One-year Holistic Health Coaching course with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition
  • Kinesiology with Ranee Zeller from Bayside Kinesiology
  • Tony Robbins Date with Destiny in Gold Coast, Business Mastery in Vegas, Life Mastery & Wealth Mastery in Fiji, Ultimate Relationship program in Hawaii
  • Brendan Burchard Peak Performance training in San Diego
  • Rod Stryker Vinyasa Krama & Kosha, Kriya, Yoga Master Trainings & Empowering the Heart continuous education