200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

This course will provide you with the foundational certification required to be able to teach Yoga, but it is so much more than that. You will be challenged, uplifted and supported to become the best version of yourself and to truly LIVE Yoga.

In the words of one of our alumni, our course is "Life changing - every person I have seen come out the other side of Essence trainings is more grounded, confident & purposeful".


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!

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 12 months access to EOL TV from the time that you register to the course. 

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While you can scroll down and find all of the information about dates, cost, location, assessments and facilitators, we think it's amazing to discuss such a life changing opportunity with a real person!

Michelle has been running Essence of Living since 2004 and these teacher trainings are truly her passion. She would LOVE to discuss any questions you have! 

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Upcoming 2024 Courses

Weekends: 17th August - 13th October 2024

Lectures and training: 9 weekends | Saturday + Sunday | 7am - 2pm

Where: Essence of Living | Gold Coast

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$1592 x 3 monthly payments

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Upcoming  2025 Courses

Intensive Hybrid Course: 10th - 21st February 2025

Lectures and training: 10 days in person | Monday - Friday | 6am - 2pm

Where: Essence of Living | Gold Coast

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$934 x 3 monthly payments

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The course cost includes workshops (with your course facilitators and guest experts), 12 months access to EOL TV, and course workbooks.

Class participations and observations not included in course cost.

All EOL Yoga 200hr graduates receive 20% discount on future courses!

You can find our refund and cancellation policy here.

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 session participations (can be 20 online sessions)
  • 8 x session observation reports
  • 10 x session assists
  • 5 x one hour session deliveries (with your fellow teacher trainees)
  • 1 x written exam (yoga philosophy & asana)
  • 2 x Yoga Centre Reports
  • 3 x 1000 word reflective essays/book reports
  • 6 x two minute presentations on assorted topics
  • Develop client screening appraisal
  • Personal Development plan
  • 5 x¬†online course modules - Yoga History & Philosophy | Anatomy | Personal Trainer | Special Populations | Pregnancy & Postnatal Fitness

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 or purchase before training commences.

  • The Heart of Yoga Developing a personal practice by T. K. V. Desikahar
  • Breathe Bend Blossom – Michelle Merrifield (purchase in studio or online)

Online retailers we suggest to find your materials include Book Depository, Amazon and AbeBooks. Fishpond.


  • Mala Beads
These are an incredible investment to support your spiritual practice. If you don't have any, I highly recommend https://www.mirabaimalas.com/ as they are made in the motherland, India and every sale supports those less fortunate.

Course Facilitators

Meet our lovely teachers

Michelle Cassidy

Primary Facilitator

Erin Bourne


Jema Lee


Stephanie Boniface


Natalie Olsen

Children's Yoga

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