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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Be More, Do Less - Sacred Saturday (Gold Coast)

1st June 2024 | 7am - 11am | Early bird ends 23rd April 2024

This Sacred Saturday will guide you, transform you & empower you with life skills that will support you & heal you by realigning your mind, body & breath back to balance.

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200hr Vinyasa Yoga Weekend Teacher Training  (Gold Coast)

17th August - 13th October 2024 | Early bird ends 29th June 2024

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. This course runs over 9 weekends.

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Pilates Fitness Weekend Teacher Training (Gold Coast)

5th October - 17th November 2024 | Early bird ends 17th August 2024

This course is ideal for pilates enthusiasts and those wanting to teach Pilates for fitness. Using the foundations of the classic Pilates method, in this course you will learn how to create fun, modern classes that move to the beat! Our systematic approach teaches our trainers to be capable and dynamic Pilates instructors.

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100hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training (Gold Coast)

21st - 31st October 2024 | Early bird ends 9th September 2024

This course will inspire you to teach a safe and effective Yin Yoga class that will suit all different skeletal variations and health conditions. You will learn different practices to awaken the meridian channels of the body, creating an overall feeling of calmness and contentment for your students.

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100hr Yoga Sequencing & Adjusting (Gold Coast)

11th - 22nd November 2024 | Early bird ends 30th September 2024

Go deeper into the study of yoga principles, philosophy, asana, pranayama and meditation, but more importantly the study of the ‘self’. 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.

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Got questions?

Michelle (owner of Essence of Living and facilitator of the Teacher Training Academy) would love to give you a call to discuss any of her trainings!

Simply use the booking form to select a time.

Heart-to-Heart in person Teacher Trainings

Direct absorption of our teacher's teachings

Held at our stunning Gold Coast 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


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!


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

– Combine up to 50 hours of 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