highest yoga qualification in the world

Adv. Diploma of
Yoga Teaching


About this course

In level 3, the Advanced Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training, you learn to be the kind of leader and agent for change that the world needs most right now, by expanding your career in the management of Yoga Health Sciences, beyond the yoga studio. This year of study comprises 15 units of competency.

Leading and Managing Yoga Health Services. Provides yoga teachers with complementary, adjunct therapy to integrate into the career life of a yoga teacher, in addition to creating potential opportunities for new income streams.

This qualification arises from the industry’s vision for future services in yogic health and a vision for what the workforce for yoga teachers of the future will look like. After much consultation and many discussions, a revised structure for the yoga courses was created and units were revised and updated to reflect the feedback received. (Consultation arises from industry needs from employers delivering yoga health services; Registered Training Organisations delivering yoga health and or community services training; Peak bodies, unions, and professional associations operating in the care and support industry).

The primary purpose of this qualification is to equip the participant with advanced skills and knowledge to become a senior yoga teacher and to be able to teach yoga to a wider and diverse audience. Thus it has been designed to train the yoga teacher of the future to address yoga workforce development priorities, support what is in place, and address barriers to workforce development and activities. In addition, the yoga teacher will implement the healing code of yoga in the therapeutic aspects of its path of practice.

The learning outcomes in this program enable individuals to transfer and apply advanced theoretical concepts and technical skills to a range of situations. It offers opportunities to explore yoga teaching at an advanced level with an understanding of the physical, emotional, and restorative effects of yoga postures, yoga breathing, and relaxation, together with facilitating students in asana work. Such skills can be applied across a range of roles in a variety of contexts. The course is designed to equip yoga teachers with the skills to analyse, diagnose, design, and execute judgments across a broad range of technical and management functions; generate ideas through the analysis of information and concepts at an abstract level; demonstrate a command of wide-ranging, highly specialised, technical, creative and conceptual skills; and demonstrate accountability for personal and group outputs.

In this course participants will:

  • learn about the stages of health and to instruct a deeper level of yoga health to individuals and in groups
  • develop advanced skills on how to structure and effectively teach a yoga class to a variety of levels and ages
  • learn to teach advanced yoga asanas correctly with yoga breathing and safety features
  • execute the principles of alignment and adjustment of advanced yoga postures
  • teach advanced yoga exercises with integrity in small and large groups
  • teach a series of advanced yoga exercise routines
  • teach advanced pranayama (yoga breathing) techniques
  • teach advanced yoga nidra (deep relaxation)
  • teach specialised yoga concentration
  • learn about the biology of belief and to develop advanced interpersonal skills, whereby you are teaching people, not just poses.
In conclusion, the potential Yoga instructor will need to demonstrate a broad knowledge base incorporating theoretical concepts with substantial depth in Yoga postures, breathing, meditation and relaxation and apply these skills to a range of situations and special needs; and as a yoga instructor, will be directly responsible for the achievement of group/individual outcomes.

The Advanced Yoga Therapeutic Teacher Training is a pathway towards complementary medicine courses such as the Ayurveda Healing Practitioner Course. Graduates of Yoga can further their studies in the field of yoga together with ayurvedic medicine and therefore be able to offer an extensive range of services to their clients whilst running their own business.

Expand your career opportunities in the management of Yoga Health Sciences in and beyond the classroom and yoga studio. Take your education further, gain a deeper understanding and develop skills to influence curriculum, modify teaching methods and take on leadership roles where you learn to be the kind of leader and agent for change that the world most needs right now.

Grow your professional and career path focusing on five leadership attributes:
• Lead self
• Shape projects
• Achieve outcomes
• Drive innovation
• Engage systems.

Note: Some Project-based activities are joint activities for all three years of study.

If you wish to practice teaching to gain experience, and are a suitable candidate, HIA could invite you to deliver its curriculum that is within your scope @100 hours/year and you will be covered by HIA’s liability insurance.

Health Institute Australasia's Advanced Diploma of Therapeutic Yoga Teaching is the highest Yoga qualification obtainable, not only in Australia, but in the world.

CRICOS 105457E
On Campus
Mixed Delivery*
TOTAL 2690 hours*
Advanced Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training - 1800 hrs.
*Supervised 1890 hours. Unsupervised 800 hours.
*Due to the intense teaching praticum and involved nature of this course, many course participants choose to enrol into our CERT IV (1 year) or Diploma (2 years) level courses first. However, if you are certain of your choice, you can enrol directly into this 3 year course, in which case your first year will be completion of CERT IV level (600 hours), second year completion of Diploma level (600 hours), and third year completing your Advanced Diploma level with an additional 600 hours. READ MORE ABOUT OUR ACCREDITED YOGA TRAINING HERE.
IELT score 5.5 is required for international students
Advanced Diploma of Therapeutic Yoga Teaching
Enterprise Units
NAT10887001 Lead yoga sessions for youth (190 hours)
NAT10887002 Instruct yoga for back care (190 hours)
NAT10887003 Instruct clients in advanced yoga postures (290 hours)
NAT10887004 Instruct advanced yoga breathing (200 hours)
NAT10887005 Instruct advanced yoga relaxation (200 hours)
NAT10887006 Instruct clients in the use of mindfulness meditation (200 hours)
NAT10887007 Plan and deliver yoga programs to special needs clients (195 hours)
NAT10887008 Instruct Yoga, mindfulness and Ayurveda for mental health and suicide prevention (50 hours)
NAT10887009 Instruct the yogic principles for health, wealth, and wisdom (20 hours)

From The Health Training Package: Business Training Services Package and Community Services Package
BSBLDR301 Support effective workplace relationships (40 hours)
BSBESB401 Research and develop business plans (50 hours)
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice (120 hours)
CHCPRP005 Engage with professionals and the health care system (40 hours)
HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information (60 hours)
Mixed Delivery: Year 1 and 2, if done online, can be started at any time
On Campus: there are 4 intakes per year that align with QLD school terms
2024 Starting Dates
22 January
15 April
8 July
30 September
2025 Starting Dates
28 January
22 April
14 July
7 October
Term Dates 2024
Monday 22 January 2024 – Thursday 28 March 2024
Monday 15 April 2024 – Friday 21 June 2024
Monday 8 July 2024 – Friday 13 September 2024
Monday 30 September 2024 – Friday 13 December 2024
Term Breaks 2024
Friday 29 March 2024 – Sunday 14 April 2024
Saturday 22 June 2024 – Sunday 7 July 2024
Saturday 14 September 2024 – Sunday 29 September 2024
Saturday 14 December 2024 – Monday 27 January 2025
WORKSHOPS AND TUTORIALS conducted on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Effective solutions to ‘depressing’ Critical Stress, Anxiety, Pain, and Suffering.

Expand your teaching vocabulary, allowing you to explain and demonstrate the healing essentials with confidence and safety
Eliminate your own habitual ‘body, mind and emotional baggage’, and clear out the obstacles that are blocking the ‘flow’ of your life force and spirit, so you can come home to the heart of your yoga healing service.
Sacred Remedy: Sacred Movement. Sacred Breath. Sacred Rest
Overview and Objectives
Core Principles
Have your students and clients actually participate, and love you for helping them feel wonderful.

Peace Education
Conflict Understanding and Resolution
Cultivating Fearlessness

Managing the back in crises
Yoga for preventing and easing back pain
Healthy back care facilitator training

This is a unique, holistic, comprehensive, and integrated approach to managing and preventing back pain, which is the third most common reason for visits to the medical clinic, one of the most common reasons for missing work, and the single leading cause of disability. Yoga has been shown in numerous studies to be an effective practice for preventing and relieving back pain.


Creating the future of yoga, arising from profound insights into creative and effective ways to reap the health benefits of yoga
- improve body awareness and proprioceptive awareness
- reduce joint discomfort and the risk of injury
- reduce pain
- train the nervous system
- make traditional yoga poses accessible
- improve mobility
- help students who feel stiff or tense find more range and ease in their practice
- improve overall strength and control through your range of motion
- implement new standards of excellence in flowing, sequencing strategies and arrangements

I love the Shanti Yoga method that I have curated and developed over the last 50 years, because of its effectiveness. It is safe, accessible, and has been of so much help and benefit to countless people that have engaged in its practice. Shanti Yoga Mindful Movement teachers deconstruct an asana-only-practice, and join the sacred space where you give yourself permission to take care of yourself first and foremost, replace negative self-talk with love, be yourself, express what is, the truth through your body (not just your image - your body does not lie!), and do the inner work of making peace with your body. The practice aims to produce a balancing effect on the nervous system of parasympathetic dominance. This state encourages the ‘rest, relaxation, rejuvenation and regeneration response’. When your practice feels good to do while you are doing it, and gives you energy while allowing you to be happy and relaxed at the same time, then you are more likely to practice regularly. You are also more likely to feel that sharing this beneficial and healing energy and loving information is worth spreading in your life to those around you.

Shanti Yoga Signature series:
Face Yoga
Yoga for your eyes
Yoga for thoracic spine and neck mobility and health, and the wisdom of jalandhara bandha
Yoga for shoulders
Yoga for pelvic floor health
Yoga for core strength
Yoga for neuromuscular aging
Yoga for depression and anxiety
Yoga for posture improvement
Yoga and the Vagus Nerve
Developing stress resilience
Dancer Spring
Lover Summer
Wild Thing Autumn
Teacher Winter

Yoga teachers talk about the breath incessantly, and yet most students struggle to practice correctly in class, and almost no students are using yogic breathing outside of class - do you? Breathing is a powerful tool that allows the individual to take conscious control over their autonomic nervous system. This course includes 25+ pranayama practices to help you as a teacher and student understand how to use breath more effectively. You will learn:
Basics of yoga breathing in various types of yoga classes (it’s not all the same)
How to start teaching breath in the supine position
Fundamentals of up and down regulating as well as balancing breath
Breathing practices pertinent to cleansing, activity type, time of day, and so on

The art of slowing down to create more meaning, purpose, fulfillment

In this course, you will learn about the four states of consciousness in Yoga, described as dreaming, sleeping, waking, and turiya, the stage beyond, which is equivalent to the highest stages of meditation or yoga nidra. You will also learn key yoga teachings about sleeping and dreaming, and the role these plays in our lives and health. At the most fundamental level, Yoga nidra, relaxes and heals. It’s mindfulness based stress reduction. At its most profound, you will be awakened to the fourth dimension, the transcended state of consciousness. When administered skillfully, Yoga Nidra can serve as a tool to change unhelpful mental patterns, wrong self-perception and even heal many of the effects of trauma.

How yoga can help foster greater mental and emotional balance.
Change your body, change your mind
4 complementary residential weekend meditation retreats:
Choose 4 residential silent weekend meditation retreats from the following retreat scheduled in: Feb. June. Aug. Oct. Dec.
For dates, go to: www.nirvanawellbeingretreat.com.au

Children’s Yoga
Pregnancy Yoga
Yoga for midlife empowerment: Fostering mind-body wellness for life
Yoga and the art of healthy aging
Facilitating Chair Yoga

Yoga for Special Needs, NAT10887007
Growing old is a privilege. Yet the struggle to stay mobile and active after a certain age, which is very necessary to prevent disease and mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, is very real for many people. The ageing population and those who suffer from premature ageing are at far higher risk of suffering from chronic diseases and the pain that goes with them, as well as from viruses due to compromised immunity.

Yoga can (and should) be adapted to a human being’s personal needs that change as they age. It is essential that we move beyond postural-based, fitness-driven practice and nurture safety, balance, strength, and mobility.

Shanti Yoga reveals the secrets of longevity and happiness: how to eat, how to move, how to work, how to rest, how to foster collaboration and community, and how to find your purpose and bring satisfaction to your life. It provides an in-depth look at how we can take greater control over the living processes, from the cradle to the grave, using yoga as an approach to whole mind-body wellness, to help you discover how to grow old while being forever young.

Instruct yoga, mindfulness, and Ayurveda for mental health and suicide prevention. NAT10887008

Instruct the yogic principles for health, wealth, and wisdom, NAT10887009

An abundant life is one in which we have the consistent ability to create, explore, and experience a full life, ‘rich’ with meaning. Most of our issues come from a fear and scarcity mindset. This mindset is rooted in a low sense of self-worth, which further reinforces it. The more you heal, empower and create yourself, the more expansive you become. The more you expand, the more you find new opportunities and connections or relationships together with ideas that will radically increase your well-th (health is your first wealth) and overall feelings of abundance.

Reality is not set in stone. It adapts and changes conforming to the stories you believe about it. A low sense of self-worth accompanied by limiting beliefs will lead you to make choices that disempower you, as well as attracting stories that are not aligned with your true, creative, self-loving, and abundant nature. Let’s change the self-destructive story.

Insight into the Art of Teaching Yoga
Living the Yoga Sutras: Ancient wisdom for modern
The Bhagavad Gita approach to a spiritual life of courageous action
Yoga for wellness and self-care.
Enhancing Well-being.
The Future of Health and Wellbeing.
Insight into the Art of Teaching Yoga
The Best Ways to Teach Yoga to Beginners

DIGITAL TEXTBOOKS AND STUDY GUIDES, listed alphabetically (12)
Asana Manual
Breathe For Health MP3 & Book (received in Year 2)
Facilitating Chair Yoga
Meditation, The Journey Home
Peace Begins With You ((eceived in Adv Dip of Therapeutic Yoga Teaching, Year 2)
The Art Of Slowing Down To Create More Meaning, Purpose, Fulfillment.
The Art Of Teaching Yoga
The Best Is Yet To Be
The Peaceful Warrior. Practicing Peace
Yoga For Back Care
Yoga Nidra, The Sleep Of The Yogi

Breathe for Health MP3/CD

Induction and Student Manual (received in Adv Dip of Therapeutic Yoga Teaching, Year 1)
Student ID Card (received in Adv. Diploma of Therapeutic Yoga Teaching, Year 1)
Induction lunch (received in Adv. Diploma of Therapeutic Yoga Teaching, Year 1)
Contact Diary

• What’s it all about?: The Yoga Sutras
Usually Autumn and Spring terms.
• Drama Games, Public Speaking, and Improvisation. Usually Summer and Winter terms.
• Children’s Yoga Instructor Workshop
Weekend workshop + volunteer teaching
• 100 hours of teaching

From the HLT Health Training Package administered by the © Commonwealth of Australia
• HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information

From CHC Community Services Training administered by the © Commonwealth of Australia
• CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
• CHCPRP005 Engage with professionals and the health care system

From BSB Business Services Training Package administered by the © Commonwealth of Australia
• BSBLDR301 Support effective workplace relationships
• BSBESB401 Research and develop business plans
• BSBESB406 Establish operational strategies and procedures for new business ventures

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With over 40 years of providing education in Australia, many of our alumni have made Yoga their way of life and have established successful studios around Australia, and worldwide.

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