At the Essence of Living Academy, we are committed to training world-class yoga teachers. Teachers who respect and honour this eternal practice and those teachers who have come before us. The teachers trained at Essence of Living are sought after and recognised as some of the best yoga facilitators in the industry. At Essence of Living we equip you not only to be an amazing yoga teacher, we also prepare you for the business of yoga. Our training is not only for aspiring yoga teachers, many students take on our training in order to deepen their own personal practice and delve deep into the philosophy beyond the mat. The Essence of Living course is registered with Yoga Alliance, offering you the best quality yoga education. We welcome you to the Academy!

The Essence of Living Yoga Level 1 (200HR) training takes place in two locations, at the Essence of Living Tallebudgera Valley Retreat and the Live Life Well Studio in Melbourne. Our training program truly over delivers, providing you with 320 hours of training, including 200hrs of face-to-face learning. Find out course dates, requirements and a course overview below.

Gold Coast Course

8th August – 11th October 2020
Lectures and training: 10 weekends, Saturday & Sunday, 7.00am – 4:00pm

Save $480! Early bird ends 26th June 2020.


1st – 26th  February 2021

Lectures and training: 20 consecutive weekdays (Monday- Friday), 7.00am – 4:00pm

Save $480! Early bird ends 18th December 2020.

Where: Essence of Living Tallebudgera Valley Retreat

Participation: 40 scheduled classes (included in course cost)

Observations: 8 classes

Assisting: 10 classes

Optional: Ashtanga Intensive, Monday to Friday, 5.30am – 7.00am.

Optional: 108 Sun Salutations.

Or reserve your spot by emailing or calling 07 5526 6600

Melbourne Course

Starting Monday February 10, 2020

20 full Days total:

  • Monday 10th Feb – Friday 14th Feb (5 days)
  • Monday 17th Feb – Friday 21st Feb (5 days)
  • Thurs 27th Feb – Sun 1st Mar (4 days)
  • Thurs 5th Mar – Sun 8th Mar (4 days)
  • Sat 14th Mar – Sun 15th Mar (2 days)

Lectures and training (Includes 30 minute pranayama/meditation and 90minute practice with Cara)

Where: Live Life Well Studio, Level 1, 409 Nepean Hwy, Chelsea, VIC, 3196  

Participation: 40 scheduled classes  (included in course cost).

Observations: 8 classes

Assisting: 10 classes

Or reserve your spot by emailing or calling (03) 9773 9486

Course Cost

$3980. Early bird $3500! (Payment plans available. Click here for more information.).  Combine Yoga Teacher Training with the Pilates Teacher Training to receive a $1000 discount of combined total.

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.

All EOL Yoga 200hr graduates receive 20% discount: 25hr, 50hr & 100hr Master Trainings!

You can find our refund and cancellation policy here.

Course Outline

Yoga Philosophy
  • Apply yoga philosophy and history to yoga instruction
  • Develop and apply awareness of specific pranayama to yoga instruction
  • Provide advice to clients on the steps of meditation
  • Utilise a broad knowledge of yoga philosophy and history in yoga planning and programing
Group Yoga Training
  • Develop a broad knowledge of yoga asana and adjustments
  • Instruct Surya Namaskar, standing, balancing, backbending, twisting, forward bending, hip opening and inversion postures
  • Apply safe sequencing, teaching method, adjustments and assists for Surya Namaskar, standing, balancing, backbending, twisting, forward bending, hip opening, inversion and savasana
  • Instruct and monitor yoga programs
  • Plan and deliver group yoga sessions
  • Deliver approved community yoga programs
Anatomy and Physiology

Apply anatomy and physiology principles in a yoga context

Exercise Programming
  • Plan and deliver yoga programs
  • Plan and deliver an athlete-specific yoga program
  • Undertake long term yoga programing
  • Apply exercise science principles to planning yoga exercise
  • Plan and deliver personal yoga training
Special Populations
  • Develop and apply an awareness of specific populations to yoga delivery
  • Plan and deliver yoga to older clients with managed conditions
  • Work collaboratively with medical and allied health professionals
  • Interact effectively with children
  • Plan and deliver exercise to apparently healthy children and adolescents
Client Screening
  • Provide yoga orientation and health screening
  • Undertake client health assessment
  • Apply motivational psychology to provide guidance on yogic behaviour and change to meet health and wellness goals
  • Undertake appraisals of functional movement
Business Skills
  • Marketing small yoga business
  • Undertake small yoga business planning
  • Plan a home-based yoga business
  • Plan small yoga business finances
  • Provide healthy eating information to clients in accordance with recommended guidelines
  • Plan and deliver yoga programs to support desired body composition outcomes


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)
  • 8 class observation reports
  • 10 class assists
  • 5 one hour class deliveries (with your fellow teacher trainees)
  • Business Plan (including market research)
  • 2 written exams (yoga philosophy & asana and anatomy)
  • 3 reflective essays/book reports
  • 6 two minute presentations on assorted topics
  • Develop client screening appraisal
  • Personal Development plan

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.

  • The Heart of Yoga Developing a personal practice by T. K. V. Desikahar
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika – Muktibodhananda Swami
  • Breathe Bend Blossom – Michelle Merrifield (purchase in studio or online)
  • The Key Poses of Yoga – Ray Long
  • The Key Muscles of Yoga – Ray Long

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 – 7.30am
Meditation & pranayama
7.30am – 9.00am
Yoga asana
9:00am – 9.30am
9.30am – 11.30am
Teaching techniques or sequencing
11.30am – 12.00pm
12.00pm – 2.00pm
Asana, Adjustment or class delivery practice
2.00pm – 2.30pm
2.30pm – 4.00pm
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

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


Jema Lee is a nutritional educator, wellness coach, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and self-health teacher. Known for her integrity, warmth, ability to communicate a sometimes overwhelming topic and her no-gimmick approach.

Jema Lee


As Sharon continued teaching through both her pregnancies she became even more aware of these benefits during the pre and postnatal months and discovered how yoga can actively prepare you for a natural birth. Sharon teaches regular Prenatal, Mother & baby yoga and general yoga classes on the Gold Coast.

Sharon Little

Pre and Postnatal Yoga

Natalie completed her Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) in 2012. Natalie strived to expand her skills as a yoga teacher completing more training; Radiant Child III, My Health Yoga Level I and Essence of Living Level I and II.

Natalie Olsen

Children’s Yoga

Dr. Rama Prasad has taught, presented and practiced Ayurveda internationally for over 25 years. Dr. Prasad's presentation style is an absorbing with pure devotion and a strong sense of logic. He promotes Ayurveda education with science and common sense so that students and practitioners get an accurate understanding of its principles and application.

Dr Rama Prasad