500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training 

The Classical Traditions of T Krishnamacharya & TKV Desikachar - brought to life for you today

A Yoga Australia Registered Course


Welcome seeker, we are so happy you're here

Mid-year intake for our 2024-25 WEEKEND course,
commencing AUGUST 24, 2024.
See below for dates.


Get a sneak peek of who we are and what it's like to study at The Yoga Institute in this video:


2024-25 Course Dates

Friday Course

Course commenced in March 2024.

Enrolments for this course are now closed. 

20 Friday Training Days (On average once a fortnight) plus 3 days supervised teaching days
+ 9 Live Webinars
+ Supervised Practicum and Supervised Teaching
+ Mentoring
+ Self-paced learnings via our learning portal 

Click Here for 2024 Training Dates

2024 Fridays: 6:30am  - 4:30pm 

Day 1: Friday 8th March

Day 2: Friday 22nd March 

Day 3: Friday 5th April 

Day 4: Friday 12th April 

Day 5: Friday 3rd May 

Day 6: Friday 17th May 

Day 7: Friday 31st May 

Day 8: Friday 14th June 

Day 9: Friday 28th June 

Day 10: Friday 5th July 

Day 11: Friday 26th July 

Day 12: Friday 9th August 

Day 13: Friday 23rd August 

Day 14: Friday 6th September 

Day 15: Friday 20th September 

Day 16: Friday 27th September 

Days 17-19: 3-Day Onsite Intensive: Friday 18th October  - Sunday 20th October (Supervised Peer Teaching, 2 of 3 days compulsory) 

Day 20: Friday 1st November 

Day 21: Friday 15th November

Day 22: Friday 29th November 

Day 23: Friday 6th December 


Live Webinars - Wednesday Evenings, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

About once a month ~ Dates TBC (also recorded) 

Weekend Course

We are now taking enrolments for a mid-year intake for the 2024-25 Weekend course. 

The first part of the course will be offered from August to December, 2024.

The remainder of the course will be offered in 2025.

Course includes

+ Training Weekends (approximately 1 weekend per month)
+ Regular Live Webinars
+ Teaching Practicum 
+ Mentoring
+ Self-paced learnings via our learning portal 

Click Here for Weekend Training Dates

2024 Weekend Dates

First part of the course being offered in 2024

Weekend 1: August 24 & 25

Weekend 2: September 21 & 22

Weekend 3: October 12 & 13

Weekend 4: November 16 & 17

Weekend 5: December 7 & 8

Remainder of the course being offered in 2025. Dates TBC

Live Webinars (also recorded) -

Wednesday evenings, 6:30 - 9:00 pm.

About once a month ~ Dates TBC

Is This for Me?

  • Embarking on a yoga teacher training is a big step ~ How do you know it’s right for you?

    Are you:

    • Ready for a fresh change, passionate about yoga and inspired to share it with others?
    • Wanting to understand the deeper layers of yoga, and not just the asana (postures)?
    • Feeling the calling to move forward in your personal development and to explore your full potential?

    The 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training is an inspiring and transformational journey for our future yoga teachers.

    We really value you as a student and make sure to nurture and support you throughout your journey to becoming an incredible yoga teacher and help you become the best version of yourself.

    Your self understanding and connection deepens as you progress through the course, supported by your mentor and your ongoing personal practice.

    Whenever your inner voice tells you it's time, you can feel confident in the knowledge that The Yoga Institute has been helping people emerge as capable and confident yoga teachers for two decades. 

    We are not a yoga studio who trains people to be yoga teachers on the side. We are a dedicated yoga training, education & advocacy institution. Our core focus is helping you be the yoga teacher you aspire to be. 

    We would love you to come learn and grow with us!


  • This unique part-time (500 hour) yoga teacher training course gives you:

    • Eligibility for full (Level 1) membership with Yoga Australia – become a registered yoga teacher
    • The skills, knowledge and confidence to go out and teach integrated yoga practices to groups and individuals
    • A wonderful community of like-minded fellow students and yoga teachers
    • The foundations for further studies in Yoga Therapy
    • Ongoing personal practice development, teaching guidance and study support from an experienced mentor-teacher
    • Positive changes in mind and body through the powerful transformative effects of a tailored, regular personal practice
  • If upon completion of the course you decide you didn't receive a valuable educational experience, we will refund your course fees less your $500 course deposit.

    Terms & Conditions

    To be eligible to receive a refund, the student must:

    • Have met the attendance requirements of the course (minimum 80% attendance)
    • Have completed all course components and submitted all course assessments
    • Participate in a face-to-face exit interview with the Course Director so we can understand how we can deliver a better student experience in future
    • Accept that exercising their right to receive a refund makes them ineligible to receive a graduation certificate from The Yoga Institute
  • For students who want to deepen their Yoga practice but aren't sure whether they're ready to commit to a full Teacher Training program, we offer a 100hr Yoga Studies and Teacher Training Foundations course.

    This course is the first part of our 500-Hour Teacher Training and gives you a pathway to go on and complete the full course if and when you decide you're ready.

    Read more

Will I Be Good Enough?

If you're asking yourself this question you are not alone! Listen to our graduate Annie Kirkman talk about her experience studying with us

Read more testimonials




What Will I Learn?

You will learn so much more than just how to teach asana postures. By the end of the course you will have the skills, knowledge and confidence to develop and teach fully integrated practices for groups and individuals that include asana, pranayama, meditation, mudras, mantra & sound, yoga philosophy and more. The course curriculum covers:

Yoga History, Philosophy, Ethics and Lifestyle, including:
  • Overview of the history and development of Yoga throughout the ages
  • Study of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras – the ancient teachings considered to be the “Heart of Yoga”
  • The application of these ancient teachings for modern living
  • Introduction to other classical teachings of Yoga
Yoga Anatomy, Physiology and Subtle Energy Systems, including:
  • Applied western anatomy and physiology
  • Subtle yogic physiology and energy systems of prana, nadis, kundalini, chakras and mayas
Yoga Techniques and Integrated Yoga Practice, including classical and modern techniques of:
  • Asana (yoga postures)
  • Pranayama (breathing techniques)
  • Meditation
  • Mantra, sound and visualisation
  • Principles of yoga practice
  • Attendance at general yoga classes
  • Development of a guided personal yoga practice
  • Professional mentoring
  • Optional retreat experience
Teaching Methodologies and Integrated Teaching Practice, including:
  • Yoga practice planning and development
  • Teaching group classes
  • Teaching private classes
  • Assisting teaching and supervised teaching practicum
  • Residential Teaching Weekend

With our focus on yoga tailored to individual needs, The Yoga Institute’s Yoga Teacher Training course gives you the foundations for post-graduate training in Yoga Therapy.


"Teach what is inside you. 

Not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other" 

 - Tirumalai Krishnamacharya

How is it Structured?

Classroom Learning
  • In-person classroom-based training days 
Online Learning
  • Pre-recorded online content 
  • Live webinars
Individual Mentoring Sessions
  • 8 mentoring sessions
  • Includes development and guidance of student’s personal yoga practice, study supervision, mentoring as a trainee teacher, and supervision of assisting & teaching practicum
General yoga classes*
  • Average of one class per week, throughout the course
  • At The Yoga Institute or other suitable Yoga centres
Regular Personal Practice (at home)
  • In addition to attendance at general Yoga classes, students will have a personalised home yoga practice developed and guided in individual mentoring sessions
  • This may include asana, pranayama and meditation
  • Plus a written journal for guided self-reflection
Teaching Practicum
  • Assisting, supervised and independent group teaching experience through practicum programme
  • One-on-one personal practice case studies

*  Please note: cost of general yoga classes are not included in course fees 

Since 2001 we've taught and mentored hundreds of students who have gone on to become amazing yoga teachers. We've grown a beautiful community of people who have changed their own lives and the lives of others through exceptional yoga teaching. We are humbled to have been part of so much positive change.

We hope you'll join us for the next step on your yoga journey...



What's My Next Step?

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Access our 2024 prospectus here!

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Contact us here with any questions or to join the waitlist for intakes yet to be confirmed, we'd love to help you. 

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Our Weekend intake commencing August 2024 is open for enrolment!

Secure your place with a deposit to get your enrolment underway 

Not sure if you want to be a yoga teacher?  Or not yet able to commit to extensive training? 

Studying yoga is for everyone.  You can study yoga purely for enjoyment and an enriching personal development journey!  If this sounds like you, you may like to consider our 100-hour Yoga Studies course


"Don't Burn Your Opportunities for a Temporary Comfort"  -  Anonymous

Let's Chat

We'd love to chat and learn more about your path in Yoga and how we can support you. We're available Tuesdays to Fridays if you have any questions. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is on The Yoga Institute Faculty?

This course is led by Senior Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, Registered Psychologist, PhD Graduate and Course Director, Michael de Manincor.

Michael is joined by an incredible faculty of senior yoga teachers and yoga therapists. Learn more about our faculty: The Yoga Institute Faculty


Come enjoy Saturday morning yoga with us!

The flagship class in our Cammeray studio is our Saturday morning class at 7:30am, lead by a rotation of our highly-respected faculty members, including Michael de Manincor.   You can come meet members of our training and mentoring faculty at this Saturday morning class. No booking is required.  Simply drop-in ($25 cash casual visit).  See the Cammeray Yoga Timetable for more details. 

Is This a Registered Yoga Teacher Training Course?

Yes, this course is registered with Yoga Australia.

Yoga Australia Registered Course

Yoga Australia has determined that the minimum training requirement to become a registered yoga teacher in Australia and be eligible for full membership of the association, requires a yoga teacher to have completed at least 350 hours of training over a minimum of 1 year.


  • Completion of our 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course (500hrs) meets all the requirements to become a full member (Level 1) with Yoga Australia.
  • This qualification gives you eligibility for professional indemnity insurance.
  • Completion of certain modules from the 500-Hour training will give you course credits toward the postgraduate Yoga Therapy Training Course with The Yoga Institute.
Are There Any Pre-requisites or Prior Learning for This Course?
  • It is desirable (but not essential) that you have been practicing Yoga regularly for at least two years, and have a commitment to further study and practice of Yoga in the tradition of T Krishnamacharya.
  • As Yoga is designed for the needs of each unique individual person, there is no requirement for particular levels of fitness or ability to do Yoga postures.
  • This program includes intensive periods of study and Yoga practice, and require dedication and commitment to self-discovery through Yoga.
  • Acceptance into the course is subject to the discretion of the course director.
  • If you have undertaken related studies, recognition of prior learning (RPL) can be explored with the course director.
What Style of Yoga Does The Yoga Institute Teach?

Our approach to Yoga is based on the world-renowned teachings from the tradition and lineage of T Krishnamacharya (often described as the ‘father of modern yoga’) and his son TKV Desikachar.

The focus is on integrating all aspects of yogic practice including asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, mudras, philosophy and psychology, and adapting all practices to the individual.  The emphasis is on applying the ancient wisdom and practices of yoga to the challenges of modern lives.

As Krishnamacharya said: “Yoga must be made to suit the individual, not the individual to suit the yoga.”

Are There Any Assessments in This Course?

To gain certification and registration as a Yoga Teacher, a variety of assessments are required. These include demonstration of knowledge, competencies and skills relevant to each course unit; commitment to regular personal Yoga practice; and competence in skills required as a Yoga Teacher.

Minimum of 80% attendance is required for completion of all courses. In special circumstances, alternative arrangements may be made with the course director to meet the requirements of the course. For those who wish to participate in a course for their own personal development and experience of Yoga, and do not wish to be certified as Yoga Teachers, no formal assessments are required.

Some people get nervous at the prospect of assessments. But you can relax.

Firstly, by writing down your understanding of various topics, you not only get a chance to receive feedback from our highly experienced panel of teachers (helping you know if you're on the right track), but this simple act of writing and journalling can be an incredibly powerful way to process information and really cement your learnings. 

It's one of the reasons we don't offer a super-intensive training programme all squeezed into consecutive days or weeks; our Teacher Training programme integrates into your real life, giving you time and space to reflect. We want you to have a chance to process information, practice things at home and allow new knowledge to be retained well.  

Secondly, we will give you suggested due dates to help keep you on track, but if you need more time to complete an assessment, we give you this flexibility to work through assessments at your own pace.  We know people learn better when relaxed! 

Why 500 hours?
Most people who want to share their love with the world love learning about yoga, and continue to learn as they move through life, honing their skillsets and taking their own yoga deeper and deeper. So the question is, why not start with a comprehensive training and give yourself every opportunity to start teaching feeling confident and capable of looking after everyone. 
Our two decades of experience helping people become yoga teachers tells us that our course helps people emerge from training feeling confident, ready to look after anyone who walks into their class.  We are immensely passionate about helping people be the best yoga teacher they can be: confident, capable, able to hold space for others and keep them safe, while exploring new boundaries for growth, on all levels. 
We encourage you to do research and compare what it may cost to obtain 500-hours of training with us, versus what it may cost to reach 500-hours in a piecemeal fashion over time. 
Perhaps almost as important as the number of hours is how the course is structured.   While very intensive courses where people take time out of their lives for a short period to feel immersed in yoga can be thrilling and invigorating, they may not provide time to reflect, practice and allow information to 'drop' into long-term memory.  Intensive courses can feel like a retreat - delicious in their own right - but may not help you feel as prepared and confident to go out and start teaching. 
We have designed our course to be part-time for this reason.  Yes, you will still need to summon discipline to make time for practice, research, reflection and assessments, but in this manner, your yoga becomes a natural part of your everyday life, integrated into your real life ..... and this is where sustainable shift occurs.  Transformation shows up in your life. 
When you see life differently, your teaching is taken to a new level.  You are not merely teaching from a place of simply memorising knowledge and techniques; you begin to teach from a place of embodied wisdom.  You teach what you know to be true, with every cell in your being. 
What Further Training Can I Do After This Course?

Completion of this course gives you eligibility for a range of further post-graduate training including Pre-and-Post Natal Yoga, Advanced Pranayama, and more Sutras Studies with Michael.  Plus, existing yoga teachers can progress to our  highly respected Yoga Therapy Training post-graduate course. 

Are there any required textbooks for this course?

Yes. There are 3 required texts:

  1. The Heart of Yoga by TKV Desikachar 
  2. Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews (2nd or 3rd edition)
  3. Our in-house Asana manual which is available for purchase when you begin your studies.
How Big are Class Sizes?

We love to aim for a sweet spot of somewhere around 10-20. This means you learn from each other and have some fun, but we can still give people quite a personalised training experience, with plenty of attention and care. 

How Long Does the Course Go For and Is There a Time Limit to Finish?

Our 500-hour course is a part-time course, blending into your regular life. We want students to weave yogic practices into their lives for the long-term, and our course helps you practice this, all the way through. 


Our Friday and Weekend training group intakes begin in February each year, and our third intake (referred to as the 'Hybrid' group) generally begins around May.   


All 3 intakes have contact hour classes (either online or in the studio) until around November or December.   


It is possible to finish the entire diploma in the same calendar year if students wish. 


However, because our course has a significant practicum component. as well, some students choose to take a slightly more relaxed pace and are still working through the practicum component of their studies into the following calendar year.   This is absolutely fine!  


In fact, you have up to 2 years to complete the requirements of your diploma studies.  


If you have not completed your diploma studies in 2 years, your mentor and our course director Michael, will work together to see if there are components you would benefit from reviewing again in order to graduate.   


For previous students who did not quite finish: Contact us for a chat. 


What Will I Need at home For This Course?

Time in between classes is a valuable time to allow information to 'drop' so you can process it retain it in your long-term memory. 

It's also when you will do personal practices, nourishing yourself in your own journey, and practising different techniques at home, so you can come to us with questions in the classroom.  

You will need access to a computer or laptop so you can access readings and other materials at home in between classes. We use the user-friendly learning portal, Teachable.  

Let your family/housemates grow accustomed to you needing a quiet space for yourself on a regular basis to go deeper in your journey. 

Ideally you will have a yoga mat for home use too.    

What if My Preferred Intake Has Already Begun?

Late enrolments are generally possible into intakes that have already commenced (size allowing). 

In many ways, missing the first day(s) is no different to missing a day later on in the training programme, and here at The Yoga Institute, we have a multi-layered support system in place to help students who have to miss a day here or there.   We know this will happen, this is life!


In addition to direct access to the teachers and course director, you also have a dedicated mentor and a study buddy.  We make it easy to catch up if you are unable to join us on occasion for your scheduled class. 


If your preferred training group intake has already begun, call for us a for a chat.  We can help you determine how best to catch up and find solutions for you.  If enrolments have closed because the group is at a size where we prefer to cap class size, we can add you a waitlist for a potential start later on.  Your input can help guide us around whether we need to open another group for enrolment.  

What's It Like Studying at The Yoga Institute?

You will be warmly welcomed and supported through this big step in your yoga journey. 

We are proud to be a training centre that has been training people to become yoga teachers for two decades.  Not even the pandemic has stopped us from being here to keep the river flowing, to keep helping people learn to be beacons in the service of others. 

We will stay in close contact with you in the lead-up to your course commencement and throughout your training. 

You will choose one of three intake groups in which to commence your training: Fridays, Weekends or our Hybrid group (slightly higher ratio of online learning).  In reality, you can mix and match across all 3 timetables as you need.  

Our Friday group comes to our Cammeray studio every fortnight (with a few breaks). 

Our Weekend group comes to our Cammeray studio for a Saturday and Sunday one a month. 

Our Hybrid group starts out online and then later in the year comes to our Cammeray studio for a few visits. This group particularly appeals to people who may not live in Sydney but wish to study with us. 

All groups come together in a monthly evening webinar, and also at our popular yoga retreat weekend (around October). 


You will be given access to our learning platform,  Teachable, where you can access materials at home in between classes.  

You will also be matched to one of our amazing mentors for one-on-one support and guidance.   

Our Cammeray premises are welcoming, cosy and simple, with a home-like quality. We don't try and make our premises look like a page from Vogue Living, yet so many of our students tell us when they come to our premises, they feel like they have "come home".  We put our energies into providing an authentic and transformative experience for students. 

We keep our premises cleaned and sanitised for your protection and we love seeing students bonding, laughing and sharing a cup of tea in our cosy lounge and kitchen area. People continually tell us about the uplifting energy they feel in our beautiful Cammeray studio, describing it as their "happy place". 


Timetabled classes last until around November, and it is possible to complete all requirements in the same calendar year.   However, some people like to take more time completing the assessment and practicum components of our course, and this is absolutely possible. 

You can read some of our students' comments here



Does The Yoga Institute Help With International Student Visas?

No.  The Yoga Institute does accept students outside Australia (who have obtained appropriate visas via another channel), however we cannot assist with international study visas. 

Can I do this Course For My Own Personal Development or Mental Health?

Studying yoga can be of benefit to anyone, and students do not have to know for sure if they would like to teach at the conclusion of the 500-hour course.   

(If you're unsure if you would like to teach, you may also like to consider our 100-hour course if you prefer to start with a smaller commitment) 

Unlike some other training courses which rush students through to receiving a certificate, both our 100-hour and 500-hour courses are part-time and stretch over time, allowing you to benefit from:


 - Time to really process and cement learnings 

 - Time to practice certain techniques at home to embody what you're learning, and then re-group with mentors or classmates for unpacking these learnigs and debriefing 

 - Time to do readings, watch videos and progress through assessments designed to cement learnings, at your own pace through our online learning portal 


The net effect of this approach is that students receive so much more than an exciting download of new and fascinating information.  They see how these learnings show up in their own body and in their own lives, leading to cases of personal transformation.

This is the power of yoga. 

A new self emerges that is never the same person that started the course.  Outlook on life is altered.  Relationships with others improve. Qualities like resilience, compassion, equanimity, presence and calm are all increased.  


We passionately believe that any Teacher Training course that focuses on providing a certificate as fast as possible without holding space and time for people to blossom and grow, should be questioned.   

Yoga teachers have an enormous mantle of responsibility in this rapidly-changing and often confusing and frightening world, to act as educator and guide to empower other people in their holistic health (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual).   


The world needs many careers, and exercise instructors are one of them, helping people improve one corner of their health.   But a yoga teacher offers people a chance to learn how to create change and transformation on many levels, not just physical.  And to be an authentic yoga teacher, we need to meet and confront ourselves first.   This is what a quality yoga course will offer you.  




I started the course several years ago, can I just come back and finish?

Course fees cover a 2-year period, Year 1 being the first calendar year you commenced Teacher Training.    

If it has been more than 2 years since you commenced Teacher Training with us, you can contact us for a discussion and we can propose a way forward for you. 


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