About Us

Ayurveda and Yoga School

The Health Institute Australasia is an Ayurveda and Yoga School located on the beautiful Gold Coast of eastern Australia.  We have developed numerous educational programs in the form of interactive community lectures, workshops, series, and seminars as well as courses to meet the needs of the twenty-first century.

We offer the highest yoga qualification you can obtain – not only in Australia, but in the world – with our Advanced Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training course being 1800 hours.

Company details: Health Institute Australasia Pty Ltd  ABN 53 625 888 726
126 Scarborough Street,
Southport, QLD 4215, Australia

Shanti Gowans, yoga teacher trainer

Shanti Gowans,  CEO, Yoga Teacher Trainer

Our team is led by CEO Shanti Gowans, born in India. After completing her BA at the University of Mumbai, Shanti spent several years travelling around the world as an international guest speaker with global and cosmic perspectives. Whilst on the speakers’ circuit, Shanti taught and lectured with Deepak Chopra in Sydney, Australia.

Shanti also brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs which appeared on Australian national television for 3½ years on channel 10.

Shanti Gowans is truly a remarkable and inspirational teacher and has developed life changing courses with true dedication and respect for the ancient and authentic science of yoga and ayurveda.

Please click the “Our Team” tab above to see our team members.

In addition to Shanti Gowans, our staff are truly unique in that we possess a team of hand-picked in-house professionals who have been selected for their commitment and dedication to providing high levels of service to our students.

Peter Gowans

  • Peter Gowans, Dip Ayurveda
  • Financial director for The Health Institute Australasia
  • Director, Nirvana Wellness Retreat
  • CEO One World Productions

Peter Gowans is the student financial director for The Health Institute Australia.  He owns and operates the beautiful Nirvana Wellness Retreat in the hinterland of the Gold Coast. Peter Gowans holds a Diploma in Ayurveda from his studies with Prof. P.H. Kulkarni.

Hilary Sullivan

  • Hilary Sullivan, Grad Dip Ed., B.A. Adv Dip Yoga, Cert IV Ayur. Cert IV TAS
  • Vice Principal. Principal lecturer for Cert IV Ayurveda at the Health Institute Australasia

Hilary has a background in teaching yoga and ayurveda. She is currently the Vice Principal of The Health Institute Australia and its public relations coordinator.

Sonja Stauder

  • Sonja Stauder, B.A. (Japanese and Law). Adv Dip Yoga. Adv. Dip Ayur, Cert IV in Business Studies
  • Director of Education and Studies and Culinary Arts, The Health Institute Australia
  • Ayurvedic Practitioner

Sonja Stauder is the director of Education and Studies and Culinary Arts at the Health Institute Australia.  She is the current treasurer of AAPA, the Australasia Ayurvedic Practitioner’s Association.

Dr. Manish Patwardhan

  • Dr. Manish Patwardhan, M.D. (Ayu), F.I.I.M
  • Ayurvedic Studies Adviser @ the Health Institute Australia
  • CEO Spa Consultants, India
  • Joint Director: Institute of Indian Medicine

Dr. Manish Patwardhan, Ayurvedic Physician and Consultant, a postgraduate doctor in Ayurveda, who has undertaken studies in the medical school for 9 years has been teaching and consulting for The Health Institute Australia since 1996.

Kamala Shakti

  • Kamala Shakti, BA., Grad Dip Ed., Business Computing, Grad Dip. Library and Info. Studies
  • Artistic Director, Padma-A step ahead
  • Director, Indian Dance @ The Health Institute Australia

Kamala Shakti is the artistic director of Padma with innumerable performances and workshops, and implementing full length productions with Arts organisations, BEMAC, Arts Queensland, QUT, and other educational institutions. Kamala Shakti has been conducting Health Institute Australia’s Indian dance curriculum since 2007.

Sue Green

  • Sue Green, Adv Dip Yoga, Cert IV TAS
  • Lecturer for Cert IV Yoga and Life Education & Cert IV Workplace Assessment and Training

Sue Green hails from high level management in the hospitality industry, where she has worked for over 20 years.  Sue has been teaching yoga for the Health Institute Australasia since 2010.

Chiyoe Murata

  • Chiyoe Murata (Coco), BA. Dip Remedial Massage
  • Massage Instructor

Japanese-born Chlyoe Murata (Coco) has a Bachelor’s degree in Management from the Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan. Passionate about health and wellbeing, Coco has trained in Japan in Thai Traditional Massage and Chinese Reflexology. Coco studied Ayurveda in India at both the basic and advanced therapist certificate courses. In Australia, Coco has studied Cert IV in Massage Therapy, Cert IV in Aromatherapy and the Diploma of Remedial Massage before joining HIA as a student for Cert IV in Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation. Coco uses a holistic approach of body, mind and spirit in her treatments and believes that massage offers a range of benefits beyond simply relaxation healing.

Irina Ludu

  • Irina Ludu, BA
  • Office Administrator, the Health Institute Australasia

Born in Romania, Irina graduated in Marketing in 2008 and worked in the Marketing and Advertising industry until 2011. She then decided on a change of career and became a qualified English teacher. Since then she has travelled and worked with her New Zealand partner in Romania, Malaysia and Azerbaijan. After a long cold windy winter in Azerbaijan, they decided to move to the sunny Gold Coast.

Irina became interested in meditation during her travels in South East Asia where, for the first time, she was able to still her mind at a Buddhist centre in Kuala Lumpur. After arriving in Australia, Irina attended her first yoga class at the Shanti YogaCentre and felt a deep connection with the place. Irina currently works as an office administrator at the Shanti Yoga Centre and Health Institute Australasia and practices Yoga, Meditation and Bollywood Dance.

HIA’s background

Shanti Gowans developed Shanti Yoga when she first moved from India to Australia in 1972. In 1995, Shanti Gowans registered the educational faculty ’The Meditation Institute’ which later on in 2003 became a Registered Training Organisation offering accredited courses in Ayurveda and Yoga. In 2010 Shanti and the team decided to change the name to Health Institute Australia (now Health Institute Australasia) broadening the scope of study options for students.

HIA organisational chart

Nationally Recognised Training

Developing Ayurvedic and Yoga Practitioners that comply with the rules, regulations and standards of the countries in which we operate has been a strong focus for the Health Institute. However, we have always known that just herbs and medicines or yoga postures are not enough for natural wellbeing. This is why we are fully dedicated to bring about Health and Wellness Training programs for both individuals for personal health and professionals.

With 4 decades of providing education in Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda, many of our graduates have established and successful yoga centres right across Australia and worldwide.

A message from the CEO
The purpose of education is to culture a person’s mind so that they can accomplish all their aims in life. – Shanti Gowans The purpose of education is to culture a person’s mind so that they can accomplish all their aims in life. This education should enable you to develop within yourself the ability to make the best use of your gifts, talents, personality, surroundings, and circumstances so that you are on your way to accomplish the maximum in life for yourself – and then you can make this world available to others.

Studies at the Health Institute Australasia provide a complete, in-depth education, with a curriculum that will enable you to become knowledgeable in your chosen field of study, together with personal development as a responsible human being, fully grown in all the values of life, and established in higher consciousness and understanding.

We wish you all success in your studies, your interest in full self-actualising and employing the Health Institute’s courses as a tool to grow, develop and reach your full potential. With these aims you must surely succeed in your aspirations to make a difference in your own and other people’s lives. Take your life to the next level. We want you to be successful. – Shantiji The Health Institute Australasia welcomes you to join us in celebrating and deepening the commitment to a renewal of humanity, health and wellbeing.

Shanti Gowans
CEO, Health Institute Australia

We look forward to having you on board at the Health Institute Australasia.
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