200hr Yoga Teacher Training

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 (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.

This training also requires participants to complete an online progressive learning course to give an even broader understanding of Yoga History & Philosophy which will be further deepened in the face to face learning environment. This course is included in the price of your 200hr Yoga Level 1 enrolment.

All Essence of Living 200hr Yoga students will receive 3 months access to EOL TV.


Course cost

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

The course cost includes all required classes (participation, observation and assists), workshops (with your course facilitators and guest experts), 3 months access to EOL TV, 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.

Our upcoming courses

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7th February - 4th March 2022

Lectures and training: 20 weekdays, Monday - Friday 6am – 2pm
Save $480! Early bird ends 20th December 2021.
Includes 3 months access to EOL TV!

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3rd - 28th October 2022

Lectures and training: 20 weekdays, Monday - Friday 6am – 2pm
Save $480! Early bird ends 15th August 2022.
Includes 3 months access to EOL TV!

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Where: Essence of Living Tallebudgera Valley Retreat
Participation: 40 scheduled classes (included in course cost)
Observations: 8 classes
Assisting: 10 classes

Or reserve your spot by emailing [email protected] or calling 07 5526 6600

Course Outline


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 x class participations (can be signed off before course commencement)
  • 8 x class observation reports
  • 10 x class assists
  • 5 x one hour class deliveries (with your fellow teacher trainees)
  • 1 x written exam (yoga philosophy & asana)
  • 3 x reflective essays/book reports
  • 6 x two minute presentations on assorted topics
  • Develop client screening appraisal
  • Personal Development plan
  • Complete our online course Yoga History & Philosophy

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.


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.

Course Facilitators

Meet our lovely teachers

Michelle Cassidy

Primary Facilitator

Erin Bourne


Jema Lee


Hollie Bradley

Pre and Postnatal Yoga

Natalie Olsen

Children's Yoga

Avishai Barnatan


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