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Our Upcoming Courses

Essence of Living Academy held at 
Live Life Well Studio
Level 1, 409 Nepean Hwy, Chelsea, Victoria


Pilates Mat
Teacher Training

At the Essence of Living Academy we are committed to producing the most outstanding Pilates teachers. Our Pilates teachers are trained in the latest techniques, with a focus on providing the best support for students. Essence of Living Pilates teachers are well respected and sought after within the Pilates industry.

The Essence of Living Pilates Level 1 teacher training takes place in two locations:

- Essence of Living Tallebudgera Valley Retreat in Queensland

- Live Life Well Studio in Melbourne


Our training program truly over delivers, providing you with 300 hours of training, including 194 of face-to-face learning. This course is approved for 15 CEC’s from Fitness Australia.

Find out course dates, requirements and a course overview below.

2023 dates to be released


Course Cost

$3820 Full Cost

 $3438 Early Bird
(Payment plans available). 
Combine Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga 200hr Teacher Training to

 receive a $1000 discount of combined total.

The course cost includes all required classes (participation, observation and assists), workshops (with your course facilitators and guest experts), course workbooks.

All EOL Pilates graduates receive 20% discount: Barre & 25hr Master Trainings!

You can find our refund and cancellation policy here.











    - Apply yoga philosophy and history to yoga instruction - Develop and apply awareness of specific pranayama to yoga instruction - Provide advice to clients on the steps of meditation - Utilise a broad knowledge of yoga philosophy and history in yoga planning and programing
    - Develop a broad knowledge of yoga asana and adjustments - Instruct Surya Namaskar, standing, balancing, backbending, twisting, forward bending, hip opening and inversion postures - Apply safe sequencing, teaching method, adjustments and assists for Surya Namaskar, standing, balancing, backbending, twisting, forward bending, hip opening, inversion and savasana - Instruct and monitor yoga programs - Plan and deliver group yoga sessions - Deliver approved community yoga programs
    Apply anatomy and physiology principles in a yoga context
    - Plan and deliver yoga programs - Plan and deliver an athlete-specific yoga program - Undertake long term yoga programing - Apply exercise science principles to planning yoga exercise - Plan and deliver personal yoga training
    - Develop and apply an awareness of specific populations to yoga delivery - Plan and deliver yoga to older clients with managed conditions - Work collaboratively with medical and allied health professionals - Interact effectively with children - Plan and deliver exercise to apparently healthy children and adolescents
    - Provide yoga orientation and health screening - Undertake client health assessment - Apply motivational psychology to provide guidance on yogic behaviour and change to meet health and wellness goals - Undertake appraisals of functional movement
    - Marketing small yoga business - Undertake small yoga business planning - Plan a home-based yoga business - Plan small yoga business finances
    - Provide healthy eating information to clients in accordance with recommended guidelines - Plan and deliver yoga programs to support desired body composition outcomes


In order to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to be a pilates teacher, there are a number of assessments required as a part of the course.

  • 40 class participations (can be signed off before course commencement)

  • 6 class observation reports

  • 4 one hour class deliveries (with your fellow teacher trainees)

  • Business Plan (including market research)

  • 1 written exam

  • 2 reflective essays/book reports

  • Develop client screening appraisal

  • Personal Development plan

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 before training commences.

  • Return to Life –  Through Contrology by Joseph Pilates

  • The Pilates Method –  Physical and Mental Conditioning by Philip Friedman and Gail Eisen

  • Pilates Anatomy – Rael Isacowitz & Karen Clippinger

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


Course Facilitators


Cara Walsh

Primary Facilitator


Erin Bourne



Jema Lee



Course Outline

Still Have Questions?

Or want to chat about it in person?

Book a phone-call with Cara

"Irrespective of whether you want to teach yoga or not I recommend this course for anyone who wants to develop themselves, better themselves or even learn to love and trust in themselves and the world around them"

- Julie Heerebrand  

“I liked everything about this course. This is one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. I have learnt so much and have grown so much and have been opened up so much from this course. Michelle is such an amazing teacher. I have been so inspired to come into my own light and be my best through this course. The level of instruction was epic. The level of inspiration completely surpassed anything I had expected. Every second was mind, body and soul strengthening. Michelle enlights a level of inspiration in her students that is breathtaking. A complete and groundbreaking course that combines the innovation of Jivamukti, the sacredness of Bali and the tradition of India”.  – Diana Charabin

“I liked absolutely everything about this course. I enrolled to learn 
more about yoga and to gain more physical fitness, the course far exceeded this. I enjoyed the intimate format, the asanas taught and the information provided on yoga. I really appreciated Michelle’s encouragement, one-on-one instruction and admired the way she encouraged individuality and worked at bonding the students”.– Jenny Smith

“I just loved this course! I loved the yoga and I loved the Pilates. I have learnt SO much. All effort was made to ensure we received all of Michelle’s knowledge – nothing was held back.  There was constant encouragement and unlimited assistance to make sure we received all the information and guidance we required, Michelle was always there to answer our questions and help us in anyway, and continues to do so even now that the course has finished. I loved that we were pushed beyond our comfort zone. It was challenging, but you feel yourself improving so much and so quickly because of it. I have met so many wonderful people through this course and made some beautiful friends J”.  – Radha Melis


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