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 theEssence of Living Tallebudgera Valley Retreat 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

17th – 28th May 2021

Lectures and training: 8 consecutive days, 7.30am – 4pm
Where: Essence of Living Tallebudgera Valley Retreat

Save $1921 Early bird ends 2nd April 2021.

Participation: 20 scheduled classes (included in course cost)

Observations: 1 class

Or reserve your spot by emailing or calling 07 5526 6600

Melbourne Course


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: 20 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

$1592. Early bird $1400! (Payment plans available. Click here for more information).

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

You can find our refund and cancellation policy here.

Course Outline

Techniques, Training and Practice

Includes yin yoga postures & practices. 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.

Teaching Methodology

Includes principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, the students’ process of learning and business aspects of teaching yoga.

Anatomy and Physiology

Includes both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and energy anatomy and physiology (nadis, meridians, etc.). Includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice.

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers

Includes the study of yoga philosophies, yoga lifestyle and ethics for yoga teachers. Includes an introduction to Buddhism and Ayurveda and how yoga relates to them practically and spiritually.


Includes practice teaching, receiving feedback, observing others teaching and hearing and giving feedback.


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

7.00am – 8.00am
Meditation & Pranayama
8.00am – 9.00am
Yoga asana
10am – 12pm
Teaching Methodology
12pm – 12.30pm
Lunch break
12.30pm – 2.30pm
Buddhism Philosophy
2.30pm – 3pm
Afternoon break
3.00pm – 4.00pm

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


Johny Yang