Certificate IV in Yoga (accredited course code 10553NAT, CRICOS code 077504F) from the Health Institute Australia is part of our Yoga Teacher Training Core Program. It is a 600-hour Government Accredited, Austudy and CRICOS Approved Course.
What is Certificate IV?
Nationally and Intfyernationally Recognized Qualifications
Our yoga teacher training courses are fully compliant with the Australian Skills Quality Authority. This means that your qualifications are recognised Australia-wide and beyond. A Certificate IV is the first step towards gaining a Diploma. To become a fully qualified yoga instructor, students must complete the Diploma of Yoga Teaching. Read more about Australian Qualifications.
2016 Starting Dates:
You may choose one of four possible start dates in 2016:
- Summer Intake: Mon 25 Jan 2016 – 9 Dec 2016
- Autumn Intake: Mon 11 April 2016 – 31 March 2017
- Winter Intake: Mon 11 July 2016 – 23 June 2017
- Spring Intake: Tue 4 Oct 2016 – 15 September 2017
WEEKLY INSTITUTE ATTENDANCE
Monday 9:15 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Thursday 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
INDIAN ARTS AND CULTURE (OPTIONAL)
Thursday 4.30-5.15pm Mudras and Classical Indian dance
Thursday 5.30-6.15pm Yoga Stretch and Tone
Thursday 6.30-7.15pm Bollywood – contemporary Indian dance
- Full time students must complete their lecture, tutorial and attendance within the allocated period.
- It is mandatory to sign off hours attended immediately after each and every attendance (class, tutorial, retreat, whatever) and student log books need to be kept current. They remain the property of the Institute in your file for assessment validation.
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|Qualification||Certificate IV in Yoga|
|CRICOS Course Code||077504F|
|Delivery mode||On-campus or by correspondence
(correspondence option is not available for international students).
|Start Dates||25 Jan 2016, 11 Apr 2016, 11 Jul 2016, 4 Oct 2016
(You may choose one of four start dates in 2016)
|Awarded by||Health Institute Australia|
|Fee||Click here for forms, fees and policies|
|Entry requirements||IELTS score 5.5 is required for international students|
Certificate IV in Yoga represents the foundation course in Shanti Yoga, meticulously designed and taught by Shantiji and Shanti Yoga teachers. It is a complete introduction to the foundations of yoga and its wisdom traditions, designed to be applied to the complexity of our daily lives and to develop health, courage and sanity in these troubled times of uncertainty.
This course helps you deepen your own practices and understanding of the philosophy and psychology of Yoga. It is suitable for both beginners and those who are experienced in yoga practice.
Commence your formal studies with yoga for self maintenance and establish the foundational curriculum and groundwork for all subsequent training. The Certificate IV in Yoga course is the foundation for a progressive, deep, exploration program of yoga and yourself. It introduces participants to several basic practices of yoga drawn from the unique lineages of Hatha (Tantra) and Raja Yoga, Samkhya and Vedanta. The training delves into:-
- The ethical principles (yamas) and observances (niyamas)
- The postures (asana)
- Breathwork (pranayama)
- Deep yogic healing relaxation (nidra)
- Concentration and meditation (dharana and dhyana)
- Dietary understanding and purification
- Physical and subtle anatomy
- Scriptural study
- Yogic lifestyle
… and includes actual experiential practices, lectures, sat sang, kirtan and darshan.
Core Units of Competency
|Unit Code||Unit Description|
|2||YOGAAH402A||Yoga and Ayurvedic Health and principles for self-care|
|3||YOGYHP403A||Yoga history, literature, and philosophy|
|4||YOGPYP404A||Yoga postures – asana|
|5||YOGDYB405A||Yoga breathing – pranayama|
|6||YOGDYR406A||Yoga relaxation -nidra|
|9||YOGPYC409A||Yoga chanting, kirtan, bhajan, sanskrit|
|10||YOGYEL410A||Yoga practices for ethical living|
|11||HLTAID003||Provide first aid is part of the course and must be studied in your first year. It is delivered externally and not included in your course fees.|
If you are a domestic student and elect to study by correspondence:-
- You will be required to attend 1 week of unlimited attendance on our campus (the Shanti Yoga Gold Coast studio) – (instead of classes 3 days per week)
- + You will receive 1 FREE residential yoga retreat (instead of multiple weekend retreats) at the Nirvana Wellness Retreat, Gold Coast (correspondence students only – airfares not included)
- + You will receive a Student I.D. (for concession on transport, movies etc.)
The majority of your units can be completed via distance education with the facilities of on-line Skype tutorials, fully comprehensive lecture notes unit by unit, resource materials, homework and assignments.
The flexibility of correspondence allows you to start at any time. Correspondence can take advantage of our private 1-1 Skype tutorials with our lecturers (optional); these can be arranged at a mutually suitable time, 30 minutes once a month for a duration of 10 months. The duration of correspondence study is a minimum of 1 year and maximum of 3 years; this depends on how quickly you wish to complete your qualification.
Read more on our Online Yoga Teacher Training page.
Yoga has been shown to positively benefit one’s emotional, mental and social well-being.
This course provides the student with the confidence and skills, in a mix of fundamental yoga theory and practices. It introduces the student to practical experience in yoga asana (postures), pranayama (yoga breathing), nidra (yoga relaxation), meditation, mantra, chanting, yoga health, with an introduction to the basic study of anatomy and physiology, ayurveda, yogic cooking, yogic and life philosophy including the fundamentals of self mastery, concentration, leadership and ethics. It also covers the deep and historical origins and background of yoga.
Certificate IV in Yoga is the starting point and foundation for core studies, in a hierarchy of yoga education and practical skills. While it is the prerequisite, and essential for entry into the Diploma of Yoga Teaching, Cert IV Yoga is not a teaching qualification by itself.
It is also the common, first, academic year, and provides the underpinning and foundational knowledge and skills whereby students without any previous study in yoga can enrol to undertake higher education in the form of the Diploma of Yoga Teaching and Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching. Students experience a culturally rich, academically rigorous, integrative and holistic approach that sets them up for a successful study experience that leads to a wholesome, richer life.
What is included in this foundational course?
The program and curriculum revolves around super health in the following:
- Sharira – optimum health for the body.
- Sundara – rejuvenation, anti-ageing, beauty and inspiration
- Shudha – detoxification, for purity of mind and body
- Sukha – emotional de-stress and happiness
- Santosha – contentment
- Shakti – energy and positivity
- Shanti – peace, peace, deep peace
Fundamental classroom training:
Class attendance. On the mat and meditation cushion, in an ideal world would equate to 10 hours a week to accrue 400 hours a year. The Shanti Yoga™ clear teaching style and Shantiji’s relaxed sense of humor will provide you with a complete yoga, breathing, relaxation and meditation practice that teaches you how to express your life’s true purpose creatively and confidently.
Face-to-face practice on the mat and meditation cushion includes:
- Nidra (deep relaxation and self healing)
- Pranayama (yoga breathing)
- Bharat Natyam (classical Indian culture and dance)
- Bollywood (contemporary Indian dance)
- Kirtan (chanting)
- Darshan (philosophy & discourse from the wisdom teachings and discussion with Q&A)
- Karma Yoga (selfless service)
10 full days of peaceful, instructional tutorials, per academic year, provide the Shanti Yoga™ curriculum in a concentrated full-day format, from 10am-4pm are conducted on a Sunday for the first year and are in discrete modules, but wholistically meld into the syllabus. They accrue 80 course hours per year and can be attended by Skype.
SPRING (2015) & SUMMER (2016) INTAKES
31 Jan Self Mastery
7 Feb Yoga Concentration
21 Feb Yoga Health
6 Mar Yoga History
20 Mar Yoga Asana
24 Apr Yoga Breathing
1 May Yoga Relaxation
8 May Yoga Meditation
22 May Yoga Chanting, Kirtan, Bhajan, Mantra
5 June Yoga Leadership
AUTUMN (2016) & WINTER (2016) INTAKES
17 July Self Mastery
31 July Yoga Concentration
7 Aug Yoga Health
21 Aug Yoga History
4 Sept Yoga Asana
16 Oct Yoga Breathing
30 Oct Yoga Relaxation
6 Nov Yoga Meditation
20 Nov Yoga Chanting, Kirtan, Bhajan, Mantra
4 Dec Yoga Leadership
Residential weekend retreats
Spend a peaceful and wholesome weekend with Shanti Yoga teachers and mentors. There are 4 optional residential retreats per year that are included in your course curriculum. They are a bonus and a gift from Shantiji and no fees are levied for twin-share accommodation. Upgrades to a single room are based on availability.
Retreats are Healthy Living Immersion Programs that offer you a holistic approach to health. This means that you focus not only on the health of the body, but also on the mind and heart and environment, helping you discover a new level of wellness and vitality. Friday 4pm to Sunday 4 pm.
RESIDENTIAL WEEKEND RETREATS 2016
SPRING (2015) & SUMMER (2016) INTAKES
12-14 February 2016: Meaning, Purpose, Happiness
11-13 March, 2016: Believe in Yourself, Transform your Life
15-17 April, 2016: Emotional Wellbeing
13-15 May 2016: Cook, Taste, Heal: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
AUTUMN (2016) & WINTER (2016) INTAKES
22-24 July: Cook, Taste, Heal: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
12-14 Aug: Believe in Yourself, Transform your Life
9-11 Sept: Meaning, Purpose, Happiness
21-23 Oct: Emotional Wellbeing
Note: Massages, wellness treatments, single room upgrade and special diets are available as optional extras.
Course curriculum is changed periodically to reflect the changing needs of the profession, to retain leadership in academic standards, and to fulfil the changing needs of the end user in the world.
Your Certificate IV In Yoga Package includes:
Inclusive in the fees for this course are the following:
+ Course Manuals:
+ Contact journal
class attendance for your period of study
at the Health Institute Australia as per the timetable:
Hatha Yoga, stretch and tone
Nidra, deep relaxation & self healing
Meditation, focus and concentration
Pranayama, breathe and heal
Kirtan, chanting, sound and vibration therapy
Darshan, philosophy & discussion with Shanti Gowans
Bharat Natyam, classical Indian culture and dance (optional)
Bollywood – contemporary Indian dance (optional)
Yoga Postures (asana)
Yoga Breathing (pranayama)
Yoga Relaxation (nidra)
Effective Concentration (dharana)
Yoga Meditation (dhyana)
Yoga Sound (Sanskrit calligraphy, pronunciation, chanting)
Yoga Leadership and business skills
+ Living Yoga:
2 residential weekends of psycho-spiritual retreats during your course
(including shared accommodation, meals, program and yoga duties)
Massages, wellness treatments, single room upgrade and special diets are available as optional extras.
Topics for Cert IV Yoga course students:
Healthy Mind, Healthy Body and Ayurvedic cooking retreat
What is your Dharma? Meaning, Purpose, Happiness
Believe in Yourself, Transform your Life.
N.B. Additional course notes are provided
in subsequent levels of training, namely
– Diploma of Yoga Teaching and Life Skills
– Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching and Leadership.
You will receive a Certificate IV in Yoga at the completion of your course. A Certificate IV is required before you can proceed to earning a Diploma. It does not qualify you to be a yoga teacher, but is a required preparation for a Diploma course.
Internationally recognised qualifications. The Health Institute Australia is a Government registered training organisation (RTO). Our RTO code is 30834. Our Government Accredited training and courses are fully compliant with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) which is the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector. This means that your certificate and qualifications are recognised Australia-wide and beyond.
Certificate IV in Yoga qualifies individuals with a broad range of specialised knowledge and skills in various contexts to undertake their own skillful practice and as a pathway for further learning.
Graduates of Certificate IV in Yoga will have broad factual, technical and theoretical knowledge in the specialised field of yoga. They will have:
- Cognitive skills to identify, analyse, compare and act on yoga information from a range of sources
- Cognitive, technical and communication skills to apply and communicate yoga solutions to a range of predictable and unpredictable problems
- Specialist yoga skills to execute routine and non-routine yoga tasks and functions
- Communication skills to share their yoga learning
What is Yoga?
Yoga represents universal aspirations, ideals, sentiments and practices for a harmonious life. It stems from an Indian art of freedom and wellness that has been practised for over two thousand years.
Shanti Yoga is a unique and integrated system of yoga developed by yoga master Shanti Gowans. The Shanti Yoga program is a holistic program for body, mind and spirit. Physically, Shanti Yoga presents a form of gentle, relaxing exercise, that strengthens the joints, muscles, tendons and bones, increases flexibility, stimulates the circulation of energy in the body, and enhances mental clarity. This provides the foundations for sitting meditation practice towards emotional wellbeing, peace of mind and enlightenment. Slow movements, mindful stretching, floor, sitting and standing postures, internal self-massage, yogic breath work together with meditation allow healthy individuals to maintain physical and mental well-being.
This course is accredited:
Highest yoga qualification in the world
Nationally and Internationally Recognized Qualifications
- BONUS! 10% discount off 2nd year.
Receive a 10% discount for your second year of studies if you enrol for 2 years (in the Diploma course)
- BONUS! 10% discount off 2nd year and a FREE 10-day retreat in 3rd year.
Receive a 10% discount off your second year and a FREE 10 day yoga retreat in your third year if you join for 3 years (in our Advanced Diploma Course).
- Note: These discounts apply for upfront payment only.
Both the above incentives do not apply if you are on a payment plan.
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