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Yoga represents universal aspirations, ideals, sentiments and practices for a harmonious life.

Shanti Yoga™ is a unique and integrated system of yoga developed by yoga master Shanti Gowans. The Shanti Yoga program is a holistic program for body, mind and spirit. Physically, Shanti Yoga™ presents a form of gentle, relaxing exercise, that strengthens the joints, muscles, tendons and bones, increases flexibility, stimulates the circulation of energy in the body, and enhances mental clarity. This provides the foundations for sitting meditation practice towards emotional wellbeing, peace of mind and enlightenment. Slow movements, mindful stretching, floor, sitting and standing postures, internal self-massage, yogic breath work together with meditation allow healthy individuals to maintain physical and mental wellbeing.

There are 3 parts to the government accredited Yoga Curriculum.

Each part can be studied as a stand alone course, or can be enrolled for as a multi-tiered course, cumulatively, as 2 or 3-year study.

PART 1 - Cert IV Yoga 10885NAT, Cricos Code 105455G
The foundational course in Yoga for Life, 600 hours, 1 year

PART 2 - Diploma of Yoga Teaching 10886NAT, Cricos Code 105456F, 1200 hours. 2 years
This course includes the foundational course in Yoga for Life, as your first year of study, with credit transfers and 600-hours of course-attendance obtained for completion of 10885NAT Certificate IV Yoga.

PART 3 - Advanced Diploma of Therapeutic Yoga Teaching 10887NAT, Cricos Code 105457E, 1800 hours. 3 years.
Includes the foundation study of Certificate lV Yoga, Diploma of Yoga Teaching, and further study towards imparting the therapeutic science and art of Yoga. Credit transfers for 10886NAT Diploma of Yoga Teaching and 1200 hours.

These three courses have been accredited by the Australian government and are eligible for overseas student visas to study in Australia.

Each part is conducted over 52 weeks, comprising an academic year of 40 weeks’ tuition, with breaks, aligned with Queensland school terms. Each term is of 10 weeks’ duration, thus there are 12 weeks of term breaks. Attending classes is optional for students during their term breaks.

Full-time students must complete their lecture, tutorial, and class attendance within the allocated period. Online access and class attendance will terminate at the course-end date.

Course extensions must be applied for within the student’s course time frame.

It is mandatory to sign off hours attended immediately after each and every attendance (class, tutorial, retreat, etc.), and student logbooks need to be kept current. They remain the property of the Institute in the student’s file for assessment validation. Some tutorials, retreats, and student activities are conducted over weekends.

Course Requirements for Full-Time, 2 and 3 year Fixed Program on Campus, or online.

The training program offers the opportunity to complete the Diploma of Yoga Teaching and/or the Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Yoga Teaching, either over a minimum of 3 years as a full-time fixed program (2 years for Diploma in Yoga Teaching) or the opportunity for distance education with flexible learning and one-weekend attendance per year at retreat, and another intensive week of training at the Institute for the second and third year of study. These are included in the fees.


Each year develops trainees to a particular level of depth, and while some trainees may elect to complete all three years of the program, others may find the first or second year sufficient for their purposes. The entire course is structured on 1800 hours.

Training is set at a minimum number of hours, and trainees are encouraged to take a self-directed learning approach. Thus a person can choose their own pace and learning style and can invest additional hours as they wish, in order to derive more benefit from the training provided.

Each training year has requirements for the Advanced Diploma, plus a set of more general requirements which must be satisfied in order to progress to the next level. Demonstration of progression in terms of an explicit list of personal competencies is essential for progression to subsequent years and a Personal Process Journal.

Entry Level is a one year course in foundational principles and practice. 10885NAT: Cert IV in Yoga.
Foundational studies in the first year (Cert IV) introduce trainees to the core principles of the Yoga discipline, through an integrative approach of theory, skills and practice. There is a component of attendance and completion of personal training hours on the mat/meditation cushion with an approved Shanti Yoga instructor, or via manuals, notes, digital audio-video material for distance education; at retreats, in lectures, and training sessions, with written work, and study of prescribed texts. The main focus is on establishing an initial experiential familiarity with the wholistic fundamentals of Yoga.

This is followed by a one-year instructor’s course, 10886NAT, Diploma of Yoga Teaching.
In the second year (Diploma) training builds on the basis of the first year, but emphasises the application of the principles of working with people under supervision. Neither flashy techniques nor clever interventions are seen as essential abilities for a teacher of Yoga. Rather, authentic relating, presence, clear self-awareness, and unfettered observation constitute the underpinning requirements of Yoga teaching at the Diploma level. There are components of attendance at retreats, in lectures, and training sessions with class participation; an essay about the prescribed text, and one’s personal process essay, and two seminar presentations on Yoga.

By the third year, learners hone in on their skills to a high level of competence to a Master Instructor course 10887NAT, Advanced Diploma of Therapeutic Yoga Teaching.
At Advanced Diploma, the Yoga teacher is a midwife, assisting a process which has its own natural rhythm of unfolding and which primarily requires an ability to be finely tuned to the training components and the needs of the moment. Study groups are structured by trainees throughout the three years, providing a forum to extend their learning and build mutual support in the study process. Attending tutorials, discussion groups, retreats, touch-the-earth days, Shanti Yoga and HIA events etc.with a cohort of fellow students and tutors enables this to be experienced formally and informally. A manual of exercises and discussion topics is provided which can be used in the study sessions. During the training year, 45 hours of group study time must be completed. They may contain between 2 to 4 participants. The structure is flexible in terms of frequency and duration.

For On-campus students, each year is comprised of one-third theory + two-thirds Practice.

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