Certificate IV in Yoga (accredited course code 10885NAT , CRICOS code 0100557) from the Health Institute Australasia is part of our Yoga Teacher Training Core Program. It is a 600-hour Government Accredited, Austudy and CRICOS Approved Course.
Do you live in Melbourne?
Begin the journey of Yoga Teacher Training, and get your Certificate IV in Yoga from the Health Institute Australasia without leaving Melbourne. In cooperation with the Southern Yoga Health Centre in Moorabbin, Victoria, or a teacher of your choice (registered with a bona fide Yoga Association), you can now do your fundamental classroom practice in Melbourne.
Mandatory Classroom Attendance
We offer 3 options for mandatory classroom practice (see below for more details). One option is for 40 weeks (4 consecutive terms, each of 10 weeks duration) of classroom practice at Southern Yoga Health Centre in Moorabbin, Victoria; this will be included in your course fees. Health Institute Australasia will provide all course material and optional Skype tutorials. We also provide a free gift. See below for more details.
Do you live in country Victoria?
What is Certificate IV?
Nationally and Internationally 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.
Some classroom practice is required, and you have a choice of 3 options if you live in Victoria.
Option 1: Yoga classes with Southern Yoga and Health Centre.
Once you enrol with HIA and are accepted, then we contact Southern Yoga in Moorabbin and make the arrangements for your attendance at their classes. You must attend classes for one academic year, namely 40 weeks at Southern Yoga and Health Centre. This will be for 40 weeks duration, and is included in your course fees.
- Classes are conducted during school terms.
- Term breaks are during school holidays.
- There are no classes on public holidays.
Option 2: Another yoga school of your choice
You may attend any one of several yoga schools, with any yoga teacher who is certified as an accredited HATHA YOGA TEACHING member of a yoga association. In this case, you must fund your own class attendance.
Option 3: A week’s intensive at our Shanti Yoga Centre and a weekend retreat
If you do not opt for classes at Southern Yoga Centre, nor any other Yoga Studio in Melbourne (for instance if you live in Country Victoria), then you can attend one face-to-face weekend of intensive study and a week of practice with Shantiji and team, on the Gold Coast.
We will pay your return airfare (Melbourne-Gold Coast/Brisbane) for:-
- 1 week of unlimited attendance at our Shanti Yoga Centre on the Gold Coast, with homestay or camping in the Centre itself. Currently, there are 23 classes in a week which correspondence students can attend.
- + 1 FREE week of residential yoga retreat at our beautiful Nirvana Wellness Retreat, Gold Coast (correspondence students only) (all meals, accommodation and activities included, but airfares are not included)
Read more about our location and facilities.
Contact Journal required
Health Institute Australasia will provide all course material and optional Skype tutorials. We also provide a free gift. See below for more details.
- 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 logbooks need to be kept current.
You will be provided with course notes which are complete and are:
- Easy to learn
Uses a main point outline method of presentation. Course notes are exceptionally clear and well organised as well as remarkably concise.
- With audio and video back-up where necessary
It has become possible for students living in isolated locations to study this course at home while still having confidence that the techniques are being learned correctly.
- Written for Westerners
Simplified so that somewhat archaic formats and complicated Sanskrit language has been re-written in English.
Includes basic principles and practices.
The material and exercises are geared towards practical application in your own life and the lives of those you will assist or consult.
- Learning Resources
Course notes are exceptionally clear, use a main point outline method of presentation, are well organised, remarkably concise and easy to learn. They are simplified and written for Westerners, so that somewhat archaic formats and complicated Sanskrit terminology has English translations. They outline the objective of the lesson, how this is delivered and the expected learning outcome. The material is geared towards a practical study plan and its application in your own life and further.
Homework and assessment
Modules include a list of questions to be submitted upon completion of the particular subject. Upon The Health Institute receiving your homework, our qualified assessors will mark your papers and submit a student report on a competency based assessment.
|Qualification||Certificate IV in Yoga Education|
|CRICOS Course Code||0100557|
|Delivery mode||On-campus or by correspondence
(correspondence option is not available for international students).
|Duration||Maximum of 12 months. An extension of time may incur additional fees.|
|Start Dates||Correspondence students can start anytime.|
|Awarded by||Health Institute Australasia|
|Fee||Click here for forms, fees and policies|
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|
|1||NAT10885001||Develop and implement a personal self mastery action plan|
|2||NAT10885002||Apply the principles of Ayurveda self-care for health|
|3||NAT10885003||Apply yoga history, literature, and philosophy to own practice|
|4||NAT10885004||Perform a range of common Yoga postures|
|5||NAT10885005||Develop yoga breathing techniques|
|6||NAT10885006||Develop and apply yoga relaxation techniques|
|7||NAT10885007||Use Yoga techniques to develop effective concentration|
|8||NAT10885008||Develop and apply meditation skills|
|9||NAT10885009||Perform yoga chanting|
|10||NAT10885010||Adopt yoga practices for ethical living|
|11||HLTAID003||Provide first aid|
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
You will have 1 week of unlimited attendance at our Shanti Yoga Gold Coast studio. Currently, there are 23 classes in a week which correspondence students can attend.
Online Lectures and tutorials, topics include:
- Self Mastery
- Yoga Health: Nutrition, Lifestyle and Ayurveda
- Yoga History, Philosophy, Ethics and Relationship
- Yoga Body: Anatomy and Physiology, Postures and Principles of Practice (asana)
- Yoga Breathing (pranayama)
- Yoga Relaxation (nidra)
- Yoga Concentration (dharana)
- Yoga Meditation (dhyana)
- Yoga Sound (mantra, kirtan, bhajan and Sanskrit)
- Yoga Leadership
Residential weekend yoga retreats ‘Living Yoga’ of psycho-spiritual development
which include shared accommodation, delicious vegetarian meals, program and yoga duties.
Experience the transition from practising yoga to living yoga. All weekends at our Nirvana Wellness Retreat include Friday evening pranayama (breathwork), early morning meditation and/or yoga and sat sung (discourse and discussion), Saturday afternoon yoga nidra (deep relaxation), an evening program such as kirtan (chanting), Shanti yoga, spiritual cinema, nature walks, the opportunity to be involved in the farm experience, twin-shared accommodation, delicious Ayurvedic, vegetarian meals and karma yoga, the art of performing actions without expectations.
During the one-week retreat you will learn about some of the following topics:
- Healthy mind, healthy body
- What is your dharma?
- Meaning, purpose and happiness
- Believe in yourself, transform your life
- Emotional wellbeing
- Ayurvedic nutrition
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:
Course manuals – core units will be sent one module at a time; upon the successful completion of the assignments within each module you will be issued with the next module.
+ Contact journal
+ Tutorials via live webinar
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:
Included in your fees are either:-
- 40 weeks (4 consecutive terms, each of 10 weeks duration) of classroom practice at Southern Yoga Health Centre in Moorabbin, Victoria
- 1 week of unlimited attendance at our Shanti Yoga Gold Coast studio. Currently, there are 23 classes in a week which correspondence students can attend.
- + 1 FREE residential yoga retreat at our beautiful Nirvana Wellness Retreat, Gold Coast (correspondence students only). All meals, accommodation and activities are included, but airfares are not included. (Massages, wellness treatments, single room upgrade and special diets are available as optional extras.)
During your week-long retreat, you will learn about some of the following Topics:
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
– Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching.
Internationally recognised qualifications. The Health Institute Australasia is a Government registered training organisation (RTO). Our RTO code is 45524. 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. When you graduate, you 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 your yoga learning
Our Gifts to You
Make your own way up to S.E. Queensland, and
- Attend Children’s Yoga teacher training 2-day workshop. The workshop is optional and complimentary to course students. Fees for resources apply. Children’s Yoga teacher training workshops in 2019:
9-10 November 2019, 10am-5pm
More information: https://www.shantiyoga.com.au/events/childrens-yoga-teacher-training-course/
- Whilst you are a current, financial student of the course, you are welcome to attend residential weekend retreats at Nirvana Wellness Retreat, Beechmont (@ 20 hours per weekend), which includes accommodation, meals and activities @ special student concessional rates
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
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