We are now taking Expressions of Interest for the Weekend intake course in 2024
11 Training Weekends (Approximately 1 weekend per month, 23 training days, including supervised teaching days )
+ 9 Live Webinars
+ Supervised Practicum and Supervised Teaching
+ Self-paced learnings via our learning portal
Weekend 1: March 9th & 10th
Weekend 2: April 6th & 7th
Weekend 3: May 4th & 5th
Weekend 4: June 1st & 2nd
Weekend 5: June 29th & 30th
Weekend 6: July 27th & 28th
Weekend 7: August 24th & 25th
Weekend 8: September 21st & 22nd
Weekend 9: October 18th to 20th (including Friday Oct 18th, onsite weekend retreat, Supervised Peer Teaching, 2 of 3 days compulsory)
Weekend 10: November 16th to 17th
Weekend 11: December 7th & 8th
About once a month ~ Dates TBC (also recorded)
We are now taking Expressions of Interest for the Friday intake in 2024
20 Friday Training Days (On average once a fortnight) plus 3 days supervised teaching days
+ 9 Live Webinars
+ Supervised Practicum and Supervised Teaching
+ Self-paced learnings via our learning portal
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 29th 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 Weekend Retreat: 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
About once a month ~ Dates TBC (also recorded)
We are now taking Expressions of Interest for the Hybrid intake in 2024
First module (approximately first 100 hours) 100% online, live (select weekends) & self-paced. Intake then joins one of the in-person intakes in our Cammeray studio around July onwards.
This intake has a slightly higher ratio of online learning (and self-motivation) in the earlier stages of training. It may suit those who cannot travel to Cammeray as easily or frequently, or those who simply need a little more flexibility in the first part of the year.
Embarking on a yoga teacher training is a big step ~ How do you know it’s right for you?
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:
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:
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.
If you're asking yourself this question you are not alone! Listen to our graduate Annie Kirkman talk about her experience studying with us
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:
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
* 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.
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
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.
Yes, this course is registered with Yoga Australia.
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.
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.”
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!
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.
Yes. There are 3 required texts:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1/498 Miller St
Cammeray NSW 2062, Australia
The Yoga Institute acknowledges the Cammeraygal people of the Eora nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our centre is based. We also acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, on which our community live, learn and practice. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.
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