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Level 1/18 Rawlins street, Southport QLD 4215 | National Provider No. 45524 CRICOS No. 03791F


Ayurveda and Yoga School

The Health Institute Australasia is an Ayurveda and Yoga School located on the beautiful Gold Coast of eastern Australia.  We have developed numerous educational programs in the form of interactive community lectures, workshops, series, and seminars as well as diploma courses to meet the needs of the twenty-first century.  The Health Institute Australasia is Government Accredited as a registered training organisation offering flexible payment plans. Government subsidies such as Austudy and youth allowance are available for eligible domestic students.

We offer the highest yoga qualification you can obtain not only in Australia but in the world.Our courses are CRICOS approved, allowing international students to obtain Australian visas for up to 3 years. The Health Institute Australasia is the ONLY college in Australia that offers a Government Accredited Yoga Teacher Training program to International students so they can obtain student visas to study in Australia. We offer the highest yoga qualification you can obtain – not only in Australia, but in the world – with our Advanced Diploma course being 1800 hours.

Company details: Health Institute Australasia Pty Ltd  ABN 53 625 888 726

We offer the highest yoga qualification you can obtain not only in Australia but in the world.


Our team is led by CEO Shanti Gowans, born in India. After completing her BA at the University of Mumbai, Shanti spent several years travelling around the world as an international guest speaker with global and cosmic perspectives. Whilst on the speakers’ circuit, Shanti taught and lectured with Deepak Chopra in Sydney, Australia.

Shanti also brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs which appeared on Australian national television for 3½ years on channel 10.

Shanti Gowans is truly a remarkable and inspirational teacher and has developed life changing courses with true dedication and respect for the ancient and authentic science of yoga and ayurveda.

Our Team

In addition to Shanti Gowans, our staff are truly unique in that we possess a team of hand-picked in-house professionals who have been selected for their commitment and dedication to providing high levels of service to our students.

  • Peter Gowans, Dip Ayurveda
  • Financial director for The Health Institute Australasia
  • Director, Nirvana Wellness Retreat
  • CEO One World Productions

Peter Gowans is the student financial director for The Health Institute Australia.  He owns and operates the beautiful Nirvana Wellness Retreat in the hinterland of the Gold Coast. Peter Gowans holds a Diploma in Ayurveda from his studies with Prof. P.H. Kulkarni.

  • Hilary Sullivan, Grad Dip Ed., B.A. Adv Dip Yoga, Cert IV Ayur. Cert IV TAS
  • Vice Principal. Principal lecturer for Cert IV Ayurveda at the Health Institute Australasia

Hilary has a background in teaching yoga and ayurveda. She is currently the Vice Principal of The Health Institute Australia and its public relations coordinator.

  • Sonja Stauder, B.A. (Japanese and Law). Adv Dip Yoga. Adv. Dip Ayur, Cert IV in Business Studies
  • Director of Education and Studies and Culinary Arts, The Health Institute Australia
  • Ayurvedic Practitioner

Sonja Stauder is the director of Education and Studies and Culinary Arts at the Health Institute Australia.  She is the current treasurer of AAPA, the Australasia Ayurvedic Practitioner’s Association.

  • Dr. Manish Patwardhan, M.D. (Ayu), F.I.I.M
  • Ayurvedic Studies Adviser @ the Health Institute Australia
  • CEO Spa Consultants, India
  • Joint Director: Institute of Indian Medicine

Dr. Manish Patwardhan, Ayurvedic Physician and Consultant, a postgraduate doctor in Ayurveda, who has undertaken studies in the medical school for 9 years has been teaching and consulting for The Health Institute Australia since 1996.

  • Kamala Shakti, BA., Grad Dip Ed., Business Computing, Grad Dip. Library and Info. Studies
  • Artistic Director, Padma-A step ahead
  • Director, Indian Dance @ The Health Institute Australia

Kamala Shakti is the artistic director of Padma with innumerable performances and workshops, and implementing full length productions with Arts organisations, BEMAC, Arts Queensland, QUT, and other educational institutions. Kamala Shakti has been conducting Health Institute Australia’s Indian dance curriculum since 2007.

  • Sue Green, Adv Dip Yoga, Cert IV TAS
  • Lecturer for Cert IV Yoga and Life Education & Cert IV Workplace Assessment and Training

Sue Green hails from high level management in the hospitality industry, where she has worked for over 20 years.  Sue has been teaching yoga for the Health Institute Australasia since 2010.

  • Dalal Soltan, B.Ph.Sc.
  • Office Administrator, Shanti Yoga Health Institute Australasia

Born in Egypt, Dalal grew up in UAE until she graduated from high school. Dalal studied pharmaceutical science for 5 years in Egypt (Assiut University), where she graduated in 2004.

After graduating from Assuit University in Egypt in 2004, Dalal went back to the UAE where she met her husband, and worked (from 2005 –  Nov 2013) as:-

  • Trainee pharmacist
  • Registered Secondary Pharmacist
  • Registered Chief Pharmacist
  • Manager of a pharmacy

After working as a Pharmacist in the UAE for 8 years, Dalal came to Australia with her family (her husband and 2 kids), and she has been working at the Shanti Yoga[/no-exlanation] Centre since February 2016.

HIA’s background

Shanti Gowans developed Shanti Yoga when she first moved from India to Australia in 1972. In 1995, Shanti Gowans registered the educational faculty ’The Meditation Institute’ which later on in 2003 became a Registered Training Organisation offering accredited courses in Ayurveda and Yoga. In 2010 Shanti and the team decided to change the name to Health Institute Australia (now Health Institute Australasia) broadening the scope of study options for students.

Nationally Recognised Training

Developing Ayurvedic and Yoga Practitioners that comply with the rules, regulations and standards of the countries in which we operate has been a strong focus for the Health Institute. However, we have always known that just herbs and medicines or yoga postures are not enough for natural wellbeing. This is why we are fully dedicated to bring about Health and Wellness Training programs for both individuals for personal health and professionals. Our training and courses are fully compliant with the Australian Skills Quality Authority. This means that you can be assured of our commitment to the highest quality education available, and that your qualifications are recognised Australia wide and beyond.

With 4 decades of providing education in Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda, many of our graduates have established and successful yoga centres right across Australia and worldwide.


The purpose of education is to culture a person’s mind so that they can accomplish all their aims in life. – Shanti Gowans

The purpose of education is to culture a person’s mind so that they can accomplish all their aims in life. This education should enable you to develop within yourself the ability to make the best use of your gifts, talents, personality, surroundings, and circumstances so that you are on your way to accomplish the maximum in life for yourself – and then you can make this world available to others.


Studies at the Health Institute Australasia provide a complete, in-depth education, with a curriculum that will enable you to become knowledgeable in your chosen field of study, together with personal development as a responsible human being, fully grown in all the values of life, and established in higher consciousness and understanding.

We wish you all success in your studies, your interest in full self-actualising and employing the Health Institute’s courses as a tool to grow, develop and reach your full potential. With these aims you must surely succeed in your aspirations to make a difference in your own and other people’s lives. The Health Institute Australasia welcomes you to join us in celebrating and deepening the commitment to a renewal of humanity, health and wellbeing.

Shanti Gowans

CEO, Health Institute Australasia

Take your life to the next level. We want you to be successful. – Shantiji