At the Essence of Living Academy on the Gold Coast, Australia we are deeply dedicated to training outstanding philosophy courses for both teachers and practitioners. Our teachers are well-respected and sought after in the industry. Essence of Living philosophy graduates 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 Yoga Philosophy (50hr) Course 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 60 hours of training, including 40 hours of face-to-face learning. Find out course dates, requirements and a course overview below.

This training will allow you to dive deeper into the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. You will unpack them, dissect them & understand them with the guidance of a teacher. Over five intimate days nestled into the trees of the Gold Coast Hinterland you can loose yourself in the wisdom of the sages with like minded lovers of ancient philosophy. Limited spaces. Bookings essential.

Students will be eligible to receive a 50 hour certification upon completion of all course work. This certificate can be used towards a 300hr yoga teacher training.

Gold Coast Course

27th – 31st July 2020

Lectures and training: 5 days, Monday – Friday, 7am – 3pm
Save $120! Early bird ends 12th June 2020!

30th August – 3rd September 2021
Lectures and training: 5 days, Monday – Friday, 7am – 3pm
Save $120! Early bird ends 16th July 2021

Where: Essence of Living Tallebudgera Valley Retreat

Participation: 5 full days of training (included in course cost)

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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

Course Cost

2020 – $870

2021 – $995. Early bird $875!

The course cost includes all required classes and course workbooks.

You can find our refund and cancellation policy here.

Course Outline

Yoga Philosophy

Includes the study of Patanjali Yoga Sutras, 196 Sutras compiled into four chapters; Sadhanapadah, Sadhanapadah, Vibhutipadah, Kaivalyapadah and how to firstly intellectualize and then integrate these ancient teachings into a practical and useful system for life.


Includes practice sharing practical philosophy, receiving feedback, listening to others sharing and giving feedback.


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

  • 1 written exam
  • 4 reflective essays on each chapter of the Yoga Sutras
  • 4 two minute presentations on the Yoga Sutras

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.
Receive a 50 hour certification upon completion of all course work.

Required reading

There is key website you can use to complete the course, this will be referenced many times within the training. You do not have to read the website from start to finish before your training commences.

  • – Yoga Sutras

This is an extensive resource with hundreds of hours of potential reading on the topic of Yoga Sutras. We strongly advise to dig deeper into the hyperlinked teachings available under each sutra for an even more extensive understanding of the topic.

A typical day at Essence of Living Yoga Teacher Training

7 – 7.30am
7.30 – 9am
9 – 9:30am
9.30am – 12pm
12 – 12.30pm
12.30 – 3pm