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Yoga Teacher Training – Melbourne / Victoria

Yoga Teacher Training – Melbourne / Victoria

Certificate IV in Yoga (accredited course code 10885NAT , CRICOS code 105455G) from the Health Institute Australasia is part of our Yoga Teacher Training Core Program. It is a 600-hour Government Accredited, Austudy and CRICOS Approved Course.


Certificate IV in Yoga – Melbourne
Begin the journey of Yoga Teacher Training, and get your Certificate IV in Yoga from the Health Institute Australasia without leaving Melbourne. In cooperation with the Southern Yoga Health Centre in Moorabbin, Victoria, or a teacher of your choice (registered with a bona fide Yoga Association), you can now do your fundamental classroom practice in Melbourne.Mandatory Classroom Attendance
We offer 3 options for mandatory classroom practice (see below for more details). One option is for 40 weeks (4 consecutive terms, each of 10 weeks duration) of classroom practice at Southern Yoga Health Centre in Moorabbin, Victoria; this will be included in your course fees. Health Institute Australasia will provide all course material and optional Skype tutorials.  We also provide a free gift. See below for more details.


If you do not opt for classes at Southern Yoga Centre, nor any other Yoga Studio in Melbourne (for instance if you live in Country Victoria), then you may study online. In addition to online studies, you are required to do one face-to-face weekend of intensive study and one week of practice with Shantiji and team, on the Gold Coast. We will provide your return airfare (Melbourne-Gold Coast/Brisbane), 2 nights shared accommodation and 6 vegetarian meals and tuition at our Nirvana Wellness Retreat, and a week on the mat, in our Shanti Yoga Centre at Southport, with homestay or camping in the Centre itself. Date to be decided by mutual agreement.

Our Certificate IV in Yoga will help you cultivate a healthy body and a clear mind through the Shanti Yoga method of integrated yoga practice.  It is suitable for both beginners and those who are experienced in yoga practice.


Nationally and Internationally Recognized Qualifications
Our yoga teacher training courses are fully compliant with the Australian Skills Quality Authority. This means that your qualifications are recognised Australia-wide and beyond. A Certificate IV is the first step towards gaining a Diploma. To become a fully qualified yoga instructor, students must complete the Diploma of Yoga Teaching. Read more about Australian Qualifications.

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Benefits of Distance Learning

Our Yoga training courses are government accredited, so your qualifications will be recognised Australia-wide and beyond.
Your online course syllabus is identical to the course studied on campus.
  • Off campus
    Our distance education is via online tutorials and also by correspondence – via text books, CDs/MP3 and video/MP4.
  • Practical experience
    For domestic students, some minimal on-campus attendance is required. Your on-campus practical experience can be concentrated into one visit to our beautiful facilities, reducing your fares and time away from home. See below for details.
  • Skype/Zoom (optional) 
    Tune in and be part of the group discussions, questions and answers. Please contact the college each time to make suitable arrangements.
  • Private 1-1 tuition
    You will receive private one-on-one tuition with the Health Institute Australasia’s Yoga lecturer: 30 minutes once a month for 12 months. This is not compulsory, and must be arranged by the student with the College. Please note, over and above this duration will incur private tuition fees @ $75 per hour.
  • Same fees and syllabus.
    The syllabus and fees are exactly the same as studies on campus
  • Keep your job. Start anytime
    With home study, you can save time, start any time you choose, and retain your current job and lifestyle
  • Self-paced
    With distance learning, you can learn at your own pace with no classroom competition, and have ample time for completion.
  • Time Effective
    With home study, you save time. You can start when you like, and study where and when you want, fitting your studies around your job and lifestyle, freeing up the time you would normally spend in travelling to and from classes.

Starting Date and Duration of Course

Course duration:
The duration of your Certificate IV in Yoga by correspondence is a maximum of 12 months, and another 12 months maximum for the Diploma, and another 12 months maximum for the Advanced Diploma; the actual duration depends on how quickly you wish to complete your qualification.

In this distance-learning course, there is no fixed starting date, no requirement for class attendance, you can study at your own pace and you have the flexibility to extend your completion after the 1st year for an additional 2 years.

Full tutorial support is offered through the length of your study. You can start straight away if you choose.

Campus Attendance Requirements

For practical classes and experience, we require you to attend:

  1. 1 week of unlimited attendance at our Shanti Yoga Gold Coast studio.  Currently, there are 23 classes in a week which correspondence students can attend.
  2. + 1 FREE weekend of residential yoga retreat at our beautiful Nirvana Wellness Retreat, Gold Coast (correspondence students only) (all meals, accommodation and activities included, but airfares are not included)

Read more about our location and facilities.

Homework and assessment

Modules are presented sequentially, and include a list of questions/tasks/projects to be submitted by email upon completion of the particular subject.  Upon The Health Institute Australasia receiving your homework, our qualified assessors will mark your papers and if deemed satisfactory, will open up the next module. These accrue towards a competency-based assessment. The turn around time allowed for the assessment of your work could be up to 3 weeks.

You will have to sit a Final exam which will include questions from all the Units of Competency.

You need to keep a tally of your hours in your student contact diary for submission at the end of the course.

Course Details

Qualification Certificate IV in Yoga
CRICOS Course Code 105455G
Accredited Code 10885NAT
Delivery mode Online study
(online option is available for both domestic & international students).
Duration 52 weeks
Start Dates You can start anytime.
Hours 600
Awarded by Health Institute Australasia
Pre-requisites None
Fee Click here for forms, fees and policies
Entry requirements IELTS score 5.5 is required for international students

Certificate IV in Yoga represents the foundation course in Shanti Yoga, meticulously designed and taught by Shanti Gowans and Shanti Yoga teachers. It is a complete introduction to the foundations of yoga and its wisdom traditions, designed to be applied to the complexity of our daily lives and to develop health, courage and sanity in these troubled times of uncertainty.

This course helps you deepen your own practices and understanding of the philosophy and psychology of Yoga. It is suitable for both beginners and those who are experienced in yoga practice.

Commence your formal studies with yoga for self-maintenance and establish the foundational curriculum and groundwork for all subsequent training. The Certificate IV in Yoga course is the foundation for a progressive, deep, exploration program of yoga and yourself. It introduces participants to several basic practices of yoga drawn from the unique lineages of Hatha (Tantra) and Raja Yoga, Samkhya and Vedanta. The training delves into:-

  • The ethical principles (yamas) and observances (niyamas)
  • The postures (asana)
  • Breathwork (pranayama)
  • Deep yogic healing relaxation (nidra)
  • Concentration and meditation (dharana and dhyana)
  • Dietary understanding and purification
  • Physical and subtle anatomy
  • Philosophy
  • Scriptural study
  • Pedagogy
  • Yogic lifestyle

… and includes actual experiential practices, lectures, sat sang, kirtan and darshan.

Unit Code Unit Description
1 NAT10885001 Develop and implement a personal self mastery action plan
2 NAT10885002 Apply the principles of Ayurveda self-care for health
3 NAT10885003 Apply yoga history, literature, and philosophy to own practice
4 NAT10885004 Perform a range of common Yoga postures
5 NAT10885005 Develop yoga breathing techniques
6 NAT10885006 Develop and apply yoga relaxation techniques
7 NAT10885007 Use Yoga techniques to develop effective concentration
8 NAT10885008 Develop and apply meditation skills
9 NAT10885009 Perform yoga chanting
10 NAT10885010 Adopt yoga practices for ethical living
11 HLTAID011 Provide first aid



The program and curriculum revolves around super health in the following:

  • Sharira – optimum health for the body.
  • Sundara – rejuvenation, anti-ageing, beauty and inspiration
  • Shudha – detoxification, for purity of mind and body
  • Sukha – emotional de-stress and happiness
  • Santosha – contentment
  • Shakti – energy and positivity
  • Shanti – peace, peace, deep peace

Classroom Training:

You will have 1 week of unlimited attendance at our Shanti Yoga Gold Coast studio. Currently, there are 23 classes in a week which correspondence students can attend.

Online Lectures and tutorials, topics include:

  • Self Mastery
  • Yoga Health: Nutrition, Lifestyle and Ayurveda
  • Yoga History, Philosophy, Ethics and Relationship
  • Yoga Body: Anatomy and Physiology, Postures and Principles of Practice (asana)
  • Yoga Breathing (pranayama)
  • Yoga Relaxation (nidra)
  • Yoga Concentration (dharana)
  • Yoga Meditation (dhyana)
  • Yoga Sound (mantra, kirtanbhajan and Sanskrit)
  • Yoga Leadership

Residential weekend yoga retreats ‘Living Yoga’ of psycho-spiritual development
which include shared accommodation, delicious vegetarian meals, program and yoga duties.

Experience the transition from practising yoga to living yoga. All weekends at our Nirvana Wellness Retreat include Friday evening pranayama (breathwork), early morning meditation and/or yoga and sat sung (discourse and discussion), Saturday afternoon yoga nidra (deep relaxation), an evening program such as kirtan (chanting), Shanti yoga, spiritual cinema, nature walks, the opportunity to be involved in the farm experience, twin-shared accommodation, delicious Ayurvedic, vegetarian meals and karma yoga, the art of performing actions without expectations.

During the one-week retreat you will learn about some of the following topics:

  • Healthy mind, healthy body
  • What is your dharma?
  • Meaning, purpose and happiness
  • Believe in yourself, transform your life
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Ayurvedic nutrition

Note: Massages, wellness treatments, single room upgrade and special diets are available as optional extras.

Course curriculum is changed periodically to reflect the changing needs of the profession, to retain leadership in academic standards, and to fulfil the changing needs of the end user in the world.

What you get


Inclusive in the fees for this course are the following:

+ CD’S:

Course manuals – core units will be sent one module at a time; upon the successful completion of the assignments within each module you will be issued with the next module.


You will get a Contact Journal for monitoring your attendance.


You will be provided with a Student ID card which is for concessions on transport, movies etc.


Self Mastery
Yoga Health
Yoga Relationships
Healthy Body
Yoga Postures (asana)
Yoga Breathing (pranayama)
Yoga Relaxation (nidra)
Effective Concentration (dharana)
Yoga Meditation (dhyana)
Yoga Sound (Sanskrit calligraphy, pronunciation, chanting)
Yoga Leadership and business skills


Included in your fees are:-

  1. 1 week of unlimited attendance at our Shanti Yoga Gold Coast studio.  Currently, there are 23 classes in a week which correspondence students can attend.
  2. + 1 FREE residential yoga retreat at our beautiful Nirvana Wellness Retreat, Gold Coast (correspondence students only). All meals, accommodation and activities are included, but airfares are not included. (Massages, wellness treatments, single room upgrade and special diets are available as optional extras.)

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body and Ayurvedic cooking retreat
What is your Dharma? Meaning, Purpose, Happiness
Believe in Yourself, Transform your Life.
Emotional Wellbeing


N.B. Additional course notes are provided
in subsequent levels of training, namely
– Diploma of Yoga Teaching
– Advanced Diploma of Therapeutic Yoga Teaching.


You will receive a Certificate IV in Yoga at the completion of your course. A Certificate IV is required before you can proceed to earning a Diploma. It does not qualify you to be a yoga teacher, but is a required preparation for a Diploma course.

Internationally recognised qualifications. The Health Institute Australasia is a Government registered training organisation (RTO). Our RTO code is 45524. Our Government Accredited training and courses are fully compliant with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) which is the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector. This means that your certificate and qualifications are recognised Australia-wide and beyond.

Certificate IV in Yoga qualifies individuals with a broad range of specialised knowledge and skills in various contexts to undertake their own skillful practice and as a pathway for further learning.

Graduates of Certificate IV in Yoga will have broad factual, technical and theoretical knowledge in the specialised field of yoga. When you graduate, you will have:

  1. Cognitive skills to identify, analyse, compare and act on yoga information from a range of sources
  2. Cognitive, technical and communication skills to apply and communicate yoga solutions to a range of predictable and unpredictable problems
  3. Specialist yoga skills to execute routine and non-routine yoga tasks and functions
  4. Communication skills to share your yoga learning

The volume of learning serves as a fitting foundation for entry level to the Diploma of Yoga Teaching and Advanced Diploma of Therapeutic Yoga Teaching.

What is Yoga?

Yoga represents universal aspirations, ideals, sentiments and practices for a harmonious life. It stems from an Indian art of freedom and wellness that has been practised for over two thousand years.

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 well-being.

This course is accredited:


This is the first step towards the highest yoga qualification you can obtain not only in Australia but in the world with our Advanced Diploma course being 1800 hours.


Our online yoga teacher training 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 40 years of providing education in Yoga, many of our graduates have successfully right across Australia and worldwide.

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