Yoga Teacher Training Diploma 2021

Become a Registered Yoga Teacher and Deepen Your Practice

"I’ve benefited immensely from the one-on-one mentoring which allowed me to practice yoga, pranayama and meditation throughout lockdown and beyond. Completing this course is the best thing I have done in years and I’m truly excited about where it will take me!”
2020 Teacher Trainee

“Whilst on stand down, studying yoga is what kept me grounded (and sane!). I initially joined the course as ‘life enhancement’ to sit alongside the rest of my life. But I have walked away with a completely transformed mindset and new found purpose in life. Not only has my life been enhanced, but all those around me are benefiting from it too.”
2020 Teacher Trainee

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2021 Course Dates

It's Not Too Late to Join Us for 2021 - Mid-Year Bridging Course Starts 5th June

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Mid-year Bridging Course includes: 

Self-study as it suits you using our online learning platform

Face-to-face training in our Cammeray studio: 

Saturday June 5th - 9:30am to 5:30pm 
Sunday June 6th - 9:30am to 5:30pm
Monday June 7th - 9:30am to  5:30pm
(plus an extra day that suits our students)

Live online webinars (also recorded): 

Saturday June 12th - 9:30am to 5:30pm (with 7:30am online yoga class) 
Sunday June 13th  - 9:30am to 5:30pm (with 7:30am online yoga class) 
Wednesday June 16th - 6:30pm - 9pm

(And then the ability to choose any one of our 3 training streams  - FRIDAYS, WEEKENDS OR IMMERSION - to join going forward. See below for full dates of each stream)


Dedicated mentoring sessions

You get the benefits of real-time access to our amazing faculty, plus time and space at home to process the information and have adequate experiential learning.   

You can do the Bridging Course as a standalone 100-hour course, or you can do it as the first 100 hours of our 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training Diploma. 

Sydney - Fridays

Mid-Year Bridging Available

Commenced Friday 12th February 2021

20 Friday Training Days (Including morning yoga class of integrated yoga techniques) + 9 Live Webinars + Teaching Residential + Self-paced Learning

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Fridays: 6:30am - 4:30pm

12th February
26th February
12th March
26th March
23rd April
7th May
21st May
4th June
Bridging Course students can join the Friday group from here
18th June
25th June
16th July
30th July
13th August
27th August
10th September
17th September
22nd October
5th November
19th November
26th November

Live Webinars - Wednesdays: 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Dates TBC

Teacher Training Residential (assessable)

Thursday (evening) 14th to Sunday (afternoon) 17th October

Graduation Ceremony

Date TBC

Sydney - Weekends

Mid-Year Bridging Available

Commenced Saturday 27th February 2021

10 Training Weekends (20 training days including morning yoga class of integrated yoga techniques) + 9 Live Webinars + Teaching Residential + Self-paced Learning.

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Weekends: 7:30am - 5:30pm

Weekend 1: 27th Feb & 28th Feb

Weekend 2: 27th Mar & 28th Mar

Weekend 3: 1st May & 2nd May

Weekend 4: 29th May & 30th May

Bridging Course students can join the Weekend Group from here 

Weekend 5: 26th Jun & 27th Jun

Weekend 6: 31st Jul & 1st Aug

Weekend 7: 28th Aug & 29th Aug

Weekend 8: 18th Sep & 19th Sep

Weekend 9: 6th Nov & 7th Nov

Weekend 10: 4th Dec & 5th Dec

Live Webinars - Wednesdays: 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Dates TBC

Teacher Training Residential (assessable)

Thursday (evening) 14th October to Sunday (afternoon) 17th October

Graduation Ceremony

Date TBC

Sydney - Immersions

Mid-Year Bridging Available

Commenced Saturday 17th April 2021

3 Training Immersions - 20 days total (Including morning yoga class of integrated yoga techniques) + 9 Live Webinars + Teaching Residential + Self-paced Learning.

100hr Option (available online)

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Immersion 1 - Live Online:

Morning yoga class: 7:30am - 8:45am
Online classroom learning: 9:30am - 5:30pm

Saturday, 17th April & Sunday, 18th April
Saturday, 8th May & Sunday, 9th May
Saturday, 22nd May & Sunday, 23rd May
Saturday, 12th June & Sunday, 13th June
Wednesday, 16th June (6:30pm - 9:00pm)

Pre-recorded Webinars: 

4 Recorded Webinars - duration of 2.5 hours each. To be watched in weeks 1, 2,  3 and 4
Bridging Course students can join the Immersion group from here 

Immersion 2

Morning Yoga Class: 7:30am - 8:45am
Weekend Training: 9:30am - 5:30pm
Weekday Training: 9:00am - 5:00pm
8 Days Face to Face: Saturday 14th August -  Saturday 21st August
Wednesday Evening Webinars: (6:30pm - 9:00pm)
1st September, 15th September, 6th October

Teacher Training Residential (assessable)

Thursday (evening) 14th October to Sunday (afternoon) 17th October, 2021

Immersion 3

Morning Yoga Class: 7:30am - 8:45am
Weekend Training: 9:30am - 5:30pm
Weekday Training: 9:00am - 5:00pm
4 Days Face to Face: Thursday 2nd December - Sunday 5th December
Pre-recorded webinar: To complete in final week

Graduation Ceremony

Date 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 Yoga Teacher Training Diploma 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.

  • 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 Teacher Training diploma 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.

How is it Structured?

Classroom Learning
  • Classroom-based training days (regular training days plus teaching residential)
Experiential and Self-directed Learning
  • Online learning - mix of live webinars and self-paced material
  • 20 hours of online Yoga Anatomy training
  • Guided home study
Individual Mentoring Sessions
  • 2 sessions per term throughout the course (total of 8 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 teaching experience through practicum programme
  • 3.5-day residential intensive*
Graduation Ceremony
  • Presentation of graduation certificates at a special ceremony

*  Please note: Teaching residential accommodation and meals and 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...



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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

Is This a Registered Yoga Teacher Training Course?

Yoga Australia Register 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 1yr Yoga Teacher Training Diploma 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 Diploma 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.

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 our Yoga Therapy Training course, and other continuing education and post-graduate training courses

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
  3. Our in-house Asana manual which is available for purchase when you begin your studies.
How is The Yoga Institute managing things through the Covid-19 pandemic?

Throughout 2020 we adapted delivery of our programs to continue providing a great experience for our students whilst adhering to all government guidelines to keep everyone safe and well. We will continue to respond and adapt as the situation unfolds. Read more

What happens if we get a 'third wave'?

We have the tools and experience to continue providing a wonderful learning experience for our students no matter what the pandemic brings. Read about our students' experience of studying with us in 2020.

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