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200hr Yoga
Teacher Training

At the Essence of Living Academy, we are committed to training world-class yoga teachers.
Teachers who respect and honour this eternal practice and those teachers who have come before us. The teachers trained at Essence of Living are sought after and recognised as some of the best yoga facilitators in the industry. 

At Essence of Living we equip you not only to be an amazing yoga teacher, we also prepare you for the business of yoga. Our training is not only for aspiring yoga teachers, many students take on our training in order to deepen their own personal practice and delve deep into the philosophy beyond the mat. The Essence of Living course is registered with Yoga Alliance, offering you the best quality yoga education. We welcome you to the Academy!

The Essence of Living Yoga (200HR) 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 320 hours of training, including 200hrs of face-to-face learning. Find out course dates, requirements and a course overview below.

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Our upcoming courses

Essence of Living Academy held at

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2023 dates to be released

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Course Cost

$4776 Full Cost

$4296 Early bird


$1000 deposit to secure your spot

Combine Yoga Teacher Training with the Pilates 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.
You can find our refund and cancellation policy here.









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Any questions about enrolment, please email us:


Course Outline

    - 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 yoga teacher, there are a number of assessments required as a part of the course.

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

  • 8 class observation reports

  • 10 class assists

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

  • 1 written exam (yoga philosophy & asana and anatomy)

  • 3 reflective essays/book reports

  • 6 two minute presentations on assorted topics

  • Develop client screening appraisal

  • Personal Development plan

  • Complete our online course Yoga History & Philosophy (this is included in the cost of the course)


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.

  • The Heart of Yoga Developing a personal practice by T. K. V. Desikahar

  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika – Muktibodhananda Swami

  • Breathe Bend Blossom – Michelle Merrifield (purchase in studio or online)

  • The Key Poses of Yoga – Ray Long

  • The Key Muscles of Yoga – Ray Long

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



Cara Walsh

Primary Facilitator


Erin Bourne



Jema Lee


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


“There are so many things I absolutely loved about this course. I loved the amount of information we get about all aspects of yoga. I learnt SO MUCH! I loved the in house teaching (actually teaching each other). I loved the homework – I think coming up with classes and actually teaching them really helps us understand everything from sequencing to counting to what will and won’t work. I love how everything is explained in detail, so we fully understand why we are doing everything. I love the atmosphere here with all the teachers, they are more than willing to give advice and help if we need it, Live Life Well Studio is truely a magical place.There couldn’t be a more perfect course. I think Cara is amazing, she continues to inspire me everyday - once you've done a course at Live Life Well, you're a friend for life, the intimate nature and low class numbers mean you get the time and attention to really grow. The opportunities available to graduates of the course are incredible - most of us now teach regular classes ”. – Ashley Jeges

“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

“I really enjoyed the focus on positive re-enforcement and the nurturing supportive space created. It felt non-threatening and inclusive. Getting to know the other girls has been wonderful. Michelle is approachable, inspiring, real and supportive. The feedback given has been constructive and useful. I have adored doing this, even more than I anticipated and would recommend it anyone wanting to take their yoga practice to the next level”.
– Rachel Harwood

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