16 August – 2 October  2015

31 January – 18 March  2016


Price $7250 (includes all meals and accommodation)

Earlybird Price $7150

*Earlybird – offer only available for bookings made more than 8 weeks prior to course commencement.

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A Nationally Recognised and Vocationally Respected QualificationAQFColourLogoforwebsite

Byron Yoga Centre’s Certificate IV Yoga Teacher Training Course represents one of the highest possible qualifications in yoga teaching that is recognised both in Australia and internationally. This 800 hour qualification comprises of a 7 week intensive residential course plus pre and post course elements through online correspondence.

Obtaining the Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching effectively doubles your qualifications in yoga teaching.  Not only is it recognised with Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia, but it is also an ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) accredited national course, which can enhance its international standing because Australia has one of the most internationally recognised vocational education systems anywhere in the world. Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching meets the requirements of quality assurance contained in the Australian Qualifications Framework.

RTO No. 91522 | Course Code. 10540NAT | CRICOS Code. 03418E


Double the qualification in Yoga Teaching

If you’re serious about making yoga teaching your profession then you won’t find a higher-level qualification than Byron Yoga Centre’s Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching. In order to offer this ASQA nationally recognized course, Byron Yoga Centre is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), and all our trainers are nationally recognised Training and Assessment trainers and assessors.

The Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching (10540NAT) is Austudy approved. The course includes Level I and II teaching qualifications and is fully recognised with Yoga Alliance (500 hours) and Yoga Australia (350 hours).

Course Content: dedicate yourself to your yoga studies

With an academically robust timetable spanning 7 full-time weeks, this course offers you the opportunity to really deepen your yoga studies both in terms of the theory and practice of teaching yoga safely and with a solid knowledge base.

“This course was exactly what I wanted. Not only developing my personal yoga understanding but providing a solid foundation for sharing skills in an accessible and safe way. I feel equipped to provide stimulating, safe and grounding yoga classes for the public and cannot wait to begin the next stage of my yogic journey.” – Chloe, Certificate IV Graduate, 2011.

The course is comprised of 10 units of competency that are transferable within the ASQA education system. These are;

  • YGTWOR401A Work within a yoga school framework
  • YGTPRC402A Perform a range of Yoga practices
  • YGTTEA403A Teach a general yoga class
  • SISXOHS101A Follow occupational health and safety policies
  • HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • HLTCOM404C Communicate effectively with clients
  • HLTCOM405D Administer a practice
  • TAEDEL401A Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning
  • CHCRH503B Develop leisure and health programs for clients with special needs

The course is a Centrelink approved short course. You may apply to Centrelink for Austudy, the Education Supplement or the Education Entry Payment.


Course schedule

Here’s an overview of the course components:

  • Attend regular early morning and evening meditation, pranayama and asana classes with a focus on sequencing of postures from 6.00 – 7.45am and from 7.00 to 8.00pm
  • Attend practical and theory sessions between 9.00am and 12.30pm, then 2.00pm and 5.30pm.
  • Regular workshops presented by guest speakers on specialised yoga
  • Trainees participate in five general yoga classes per week, with a focus on deepening their understanding and practice of yoga sequencing, adjustments, corrections and use of props
  • Spend a minimum of one-and-a-half hours per day doing assignments such as practising and recording meditation and pranayama sessions, doing anatomy and physiology homework, or answering questions on previous day’s subjects
  • As part of the Level 2 course, trainees will gain valuable teaching experience at public classes at the Byron Yoga Centre – morning classes at 6.00am and afternoon classes at 4.00pm

Teaching Faculty

Under the guidance of Byron Yoga Centre’s Director and veteran yoga teacher, John Ogilvie,  the teaching staff on this course are all experienced and dedicated. You’ll be inspired by our resident and guest yoga teachers alike, who ‘walk their talk’, living the yoga lifestyle, and are all knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects.

Other teachers include:

Kara Goodsell | Michael Nazar | Davina Kruse | Maria Kirsten

“I have absolutely loved my time here. Love the teachers. Love learning. Love yoga! Thank you.” – Certificate IV Graduate, 2011

Training Location – Byron Yoga Centre

The Course is held at our peaceful training venue in Byron Bay – within walking/bike-ride’s distance from Byron Bay’s town-centre and beaches.

“This environment that you all continually create is so valuable. I have never felt more supported and safe in my entire life than I do here at Purna. I never want to leave. I have such love, admiration and respect for absolutely everyone here. You are all absolutely fantastic!” – Certificate IV Graduate, 2011.

Course Package for Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching Teacher Training includes:

  • Full time seven week training – lectures and supervision  – 7 days per week
  • Comprehensive Training Manuals and Journals
  • Onsite twin/triple share accommodation
  • All meals, snacks, teas

*Required texts and DVD’s are an additional cost.

Entry Requirements

  • A pre-requisite to the course is that you have a minimum of one hundred and twenty hours of class asana (posture) practice over a one to two year period
  • We also require that you have a history of regular committed practice of yoga at home over a period of at least one to two years
  • Fitness industry applicants holding a Certificate III in Group Fitness may require less yoga practice
  • Documented evidence of an IELTS score of 5.5 is required


Byron Yoga Retreat Centre Accommodation


Share accommodation is available at our specially designed yoga centre. This accommodation is clean and simple, with shared rooms and bathrooms. Trainees in residence are expected to be cigarette, drug and alcohol free and are asked to maintain silence (where practical) in the mornings before 9am and after 9.30pm and at ALL times in the rooms. We also ask that you be mindful that the residential accommodation is a place of study and learning, and that socialising can be done at local cafés or the beach. We also ask trainees in residence to be vegetarian on site. If you are happy with the above conditions, we recommend that trainees do stay in the residential accommodation to gain the most from the course.

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Non-Residential Option

If you prefer to source your own accommodation in the Byron area (a car is then recommended) we offer the course at a non-residential price of $6,150. Meals are still provided in this package as the intensitiy of the schedule leaves very little time to prepare and take your own meals, and taking sattvic meals as part of the group is an integral part of the training.


Many students report the food at Byron Yoga Centre to be a highlight. Gathering around the large dining tables together with fellow students and teachers, you’ll make new friends, whilst enjoying our healthy, vegetarian meals that are served three times a day. Our menu is perfect for supporting your yoga practice: market fresh and organic, where possible, and designed along Ayurvedic principals to be light and cleansing. We also cater to allergies and food intolerances.


Byron Bay – General Information

byron-yoga-byron-lighthouse-4Cape Byron is Australia’s most easterly point, located on the North Coast of New South Wales. With its numerous beaches, unspoilt hinterland, and relaxed lifestyle, Byron Bay is a popular tourist destination. It is also a place where artists, musicians, dancers, writers, surfers, healers and of course yogis express their diversity and individuality.

The town has all major facilities: a hospital, cinema, supermarket, health food stores and great restaurants, as well as a flourishing alternative health industry. Bicycle is the easiest way to get around town and easily organised through Byron Yoga Centre.

The average summer temperature is 21C – 28C, and average winter temperature is 15C – 21C, There are also periods of heavy rainfall, especially in summer. The area has a total annual rainfall of 1734mm. Byron Shire has a population of close to 30,000, while the town of Byron Bay has a population of about 9,000.

Byron Bay is located just off the Pacific Highway, 800kms north of Sydney, 175kms south of Brisbane. Airports are located in Ballina (30mins south) or Coolangatta (60mins north) and buses and trains arrive regularly.

The following websites provide information about Byron Bay and the surrounding area:

www.byronbay.com  | www.echo.net.au | www.byronbaynow.com | www.byronbay.org


All bookings must be paid in full 6 weeks before course start date. You may book after this time depending on availability. We offer internet banking and credit card facilities.


Should an application to a course not be successful, the applicant will be notified within one to two weeks and the full deposit paid will be immediately refunded. The same will happen if a course is cancelled. Click here for full details.

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