Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training 200 hrs


Next available course: 4 November - 13 December 2019

Do you love yoga and would like to make a living by following your passion? Would you like to deepen your practice and learn to live a wholesome yogic lifestyle? Are you keen to immerse yourself in an inspiring spiritual environment that is applying yogic wisdom in all areas of life, from nutrition to meditation, from physical movement to spiritual practice? Then join us at the Krishna Village for our 6 week full immersion Yoga Teacher Training.

Love life, live yoga!

In our modern society, yoga has been deconstructed to be only a shadow of its complete whole. It is far from the complexity and power of the original yogic wisdom, which spans all areas of life and provides a holistic system of health, wellbeing and spiritual connection.

At the Krishna Village, we are aiming to revive and teach yoga in its wholeness, so you can BE a yogi, rather than just DO some yoga. Our Yoga Teacher Training is therefore a full immersion program that spans 6 weeks and will allow you to experience yogic living in its entirety. From daily morning yoga to seva in our organic gardens, from philosophy classes to healthy food preparation, from Kirtan singing to mantra meditation you will live and breathe yoga, while being immersed in a kind, loving and supportive community. You will not only learn all required practices to become a fully accredited yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, but will also gain teaching practice with real students through our retreat centre - first co-teaching with fellow trainees and then bit by bit growing into teaching your own classes.

Keen to come along but you don't want to become a yoga teacher?

Then have a look at our YTT Immersion Retreat option.

Vinyasa yoga teacher training

  • Full immersion program that spans 6 weeks, living in a fascinating, vibrant community of about 75 yogis, travellers and spiritual seekers on an eco farm between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast in Northern NSW, Australia.

  • Nourish your soul with Yoga Teacher Training (Vinyasa style) that addresses the science of yoga holistically including postures and philosophy as well as Ayurveda, Kirtan, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, meditation and mindfulness.

  • Live and breathe the spirit of Bhakti Culturethe yoga of love

  • Teach classes with REAL students while being guided and supported by a team of internationally experienced yoga teacher trainers.

  • Attend Business and Leadership Coaching classes

  • Gain Yoga Alliance international certification and some hands on business training to run your own heart centred yoga business 

To see if this experience is for you, read our FAQ for Yoga Teacher Trainees and have a look at our Code of Conduct.

If you are dealing with any physical or mental health issues, please also check our Are you ready page to make sure this is a suitable course for you.

Affordable Yoga Teacher & Instructor Training Courses Near Byron Bay, NSW

Yoga teacher training is one of the best choices you can possibly make for our health and vitality, whether you choose to train to pursue a career path on a full-time basis or as a part-time job, or you come along to take your personal development to a deeper level. Yoga teacher training at Krishna Village – conveniently located half way between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast - is one of the best and most reasonably priced courses you will find in Australia. Our training program includes everything you need to become a certified yoga teacher and make sustainable lifestyle changes that will allow you to truly walk your talk.
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Our Affordable Yoga Teacher Training Near Byron Bay Comes In Different Courses

If you are looking to train in the Northern Rivers region between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast we have got two full immersion yoga teacher training courses available:

  1. Our 200hr teacher training is a 6-week yoga instructor course that takes you from practitioner to teacher level while living and breathing a holistic yoga lifestyle. 
  2. Our 300hr course is a 5-week training that takes your yogic practice to the next level and deepens your understanding and experience of yoga, meditation and embodied sadhana.

It is advisable to start off with the 200-hour Level 1 qualification after which you will be a certified yoga teacher, eligible for international accreditation with Yoga Alliance. After gaining some teaching experience you can add the 300-hour teacher training course to broaden your understanding and skill set and be eligible for accreditation as a 500-hour yoga teacher. 

How To Start Our Yoga Teacher Training Near Byron Bay

  1. First, book your course as early as possible. Krishna Village is a very popular training provider and our courses can fill up pretty quickly. As soon as you book, you will receive a series of pre-study emails which will allow you to come well prepared and get a head start on your studies.
  2. Once your booking is confirmed, you will be able to join us for 6 glorious weeks of training.  Accommodation options vary and you can choose between camping, dorms, twin share rooms and single rooms.
    • Massages
    • Reiki sessions
    • Life coaching
    • Delicious Jeeva juice
  3. Yoga teacher training is an excellent opportunity to detox and refresh your body. The Krishna Farm has been producing organic veggies for over 40 years and we grow as much of our own food as we can. We provide 3 delicious meals per day, with vegan lunches taking place at the Krishna Village Community kitchen, and vegetarian breakfast and dinner – mostly Indian style - provided by our temple. All our food is prasadam – sacred food prepared in a consciousness of gratitude and loving service to the Divine. We also have a fully equipped community kitchen that you can use to make your own meals if you like.
  4. When the six-week course is complete you will have gained much more than just a yoga certification. You will have learned about healthy, yogic living and your stay at Krishna Village will have given you all the tools you need for a sustainable lifestyle change and a successful yoga career.
  5. Once you have completed your yoga teacher training, you will be a certified yoga teacher and can start helping others and reap all the great benefits that are associated with this career path. You also have the option to take the 300hour yoga teacher training course or to pursue other courses available at Krishna Village.

Be A Better Instructor With Our Byron Bay Yoga Instructor Course

Being a yoga teacher is one of the most rewarding careers in the world, and the yoga industry is experiencing an unprecedented growth. That being said, yoga is so much more than an ‘industry’ or a fitness fad - yoga means ‘union’ of body, mind, and spirit. Living and breathing the spirit of yoga every day benefits you and your environment in so many different ways! A consistent yoga practice will make a tremendous difference in your overall health and mental wellbeing, and will help you conquer stress and negative emotions by tapping into a more balanced, equipoised state of mind. 

How to Decide if Choosing a Byron Bay Yoga Teacher Training is Right for You

Deciding to embark on this fulfilling and challenging adventure is a big decision. It represents a new direction for your life and a new focus that could come to grow into a lasting career. Yoga teacher training can put you on an exciting path towards enriching the lives of others by empowering them to strengthen their mind, body and soul.

If you are on the fence and trying to decide whether a yoga instructor course is right for you, here is a closer look at some steps you can take to make up your mind.

Is Byron Bay the right location for your Yoga Teacher Training?

When choosing the right place to do your yoga instructor course, factors like cost and quality of life are important. For many people considering Yoga Teacher Training, India seems to be the place to go. Yet bear in mind, that aside from a far and expensive trip, you might also have to face challenges like Delhi belly (sickness if you have issues with the food), sub-standard accommodation and a language barrier.

Doing your Yoga Teacher Training in Byron Bay (or at Krishna Village, in the less touristy and significantly more affordable hinterland) might give you a more healthy and wholesome experience in a safe first world country, and allow you to have your community of fellow yogis close by, rather than spread out far and wide.

Do you want a greater understanding of your body and its abilities?

Undertaking yoga instructor training will take your learning to the next level. As a student, you will have gotten to grips with a range of postures and how your body expresses them. When you undertake formal training, you will find that you will enjoy a much deeper understanding of your body and how you can better serve it.

If you are looking to really take your yoga practice to the next level, becoming a teacher is a valuable step towards advancing your skills.

Do you enjoy forging new relationships?

Throughout your training and your career as a teacher, you will meet and bond with motivated, inspired people who will forever hold a place in your heart. By the end of your experiences together you will have a special understanding of one another, and this connection will help your students feel comfortable and cared for.

The best yoga teacher training will put an emphasis on this connection, helping you to explore interpersonal relationships so you can make each class a powerful, uplifting experience for your students.

Do you have confidence in your abilities?

Over the course of your journey to becoming a yoga teacher, there will be lots of ups and downs along the way. It can be both physically and emotionally demanding, and it is important that you have a

deep-rooted confidence that will help you pick yourself up each time and come back even stronger.

If you believe that you have what it takes, you will find that you can become a more resilient and confident person, and those characteristics will help you to empower yourself and your students.

Are you intrigued by spiritual practices?

By closely studying the yoga sutras, you will gain a deeper understanding of spiritual practices. At Krishna Village, our affordable yoga teacher training will give you the skills and abilities you need to connect on a deeper level and completely transform your life.

This learning and experience will, in turn, make you a more effective and empathetic yoga teacher who can help your students get the most from their own experiences.

Krishna Village is NSW's best yoga retreat for people looking to relax & recharge. We offer yoga teacher training for visitors who want to become yoga instructors. If you are looking for a retreat, we offer yoga classes, meditation and spiritual retreats to help you relax. Enquire online or call us to learn more.

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Meet your teachers

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The Krishna Village can host up to 75 people in a combination of rooms, dorms and camping spots. There are usually around 30 full time volunteers who work in our organic gardens and maintain the grounds, 15-25 retreat guests or Karma Yogis and up to 20 yoga teacher trainees.

All rooms have shared amenities. The amenities block includes showers, toilets and a coin operated laundry (byo laundry powder).

Common areas include the kitchen & campfire area (the heart of the Krishna Village), the reading room (with Internet hotspot) and the yoga hall where we gather for classes. 

Single, twin share & double rooms

The Krishna Village has 3 double rooms (1 big bed), 5 twin share rooms (bunk bed) and 8 single rooms. They are all set in former shipping containers that have been renovated and turned into simple but comfortable accommodation. All Twin Share rooms are equipped with bunk beds. Bedding is being provided but you bring your own towels and toiletries. 

4-share dorms

We offer a female and a male dorm - each for up to 4 people - and one 3-share dorm. The dorms have bunk beds and wardrobe space for your belongings, and bedding is provided.They are simple, older rooms and about 100m from the amenities block.

Camp ground

Set among beautiful mango and lychee trees in our eastern garden, our camp ground can host up to 20 tents and 5 camper vans. The area for the vans is equipped with electricity. The amenities block is only 50m away.

Please note: If you are interested in staying at Krishna Village as a volunteer after your Yoga Teacher Training, we require 2 weeks notice before the end of the course. You can learn more about our volunteer stay here.

Graduate success stories

Meet Yoga Teacher and Film Maker Giulia Lops from Brasil and find out what she loved about her time at the Krishna Village, what she learned about her Dharma and where her yoga journey has led her since completing her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Krishna Village in 2017.

Meet Yoga Teacher Winter Harvey from Hawai'i and find out how she scored her dream job at a popular Honolulu yoga studio straight after her Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training at Krishna Village, and why she flew half way around the globe again to complete her Level 2 training here, too.

Graduate Eleonor shares her epic story: The Swedish traveller came to Krishna Village and decided to do her Yoga Teacher Training here with us and only months later, back in Sweden, got offered to take over and run a yoga studio - the Mandala Soul Studio. How is that for manifestation skills?!

Upcoming dates

6 Week Trainings

4 November - 13 December 2019 (early bird rate until 16 September 2019)

3 February - 12 March 2020 (early bird rate until 16 December 2019)

27 April - 4 June 2020 (early bird rate until 9 March 2020)

17 August - 24 September 2020 (early bird rate until 29 June 2020)

9 November - 17 December 2020 (early bird rate until 21 September 2020)

Part Time Trainings

Are you unable to commit to one of our 6 week yoga teacher trainings due to work, family or personal commitments? We will be offering two part time courses in 2020! These courses will be split up into two 3 week stages. Perfect for those who need to break their Yoga Teacher Training into shorter stays!

23 March - 9 April (Part 1) & 20 July - 6 August 2020 (Part 2) (early bird rate until 3 Feb 2020)

15 June - 2 July (Part 1) & 12-29 October 2020 (Part 2) (early bird rate until 27 April 2020)

Cost & payment

The cost of the course including 3 meals/day and accommodation for 6 weeks depends on your course date and your selected accommodation type. The rates for 2019/2020 are:

Camping (tent or van): AU$ 4695 - early bird rate: AU$ 4295

Dorm: AU$5295 (depends on availability) - early bird rate: AU$ 4895

In twin share accommodation: AU$ 6195 - early bird rate: AU$ 5795

In a single room: AU$ 6995 - early bird rate: AU$ 6595


Payment plans are available - We take a 20% deposit (non refundable, as per terms & conditions) and then 4x monthly rates (or fortnightly if people book late). The last payment is due 7 days prior to course start. When paying it off in instalments, we apply an instalment fee of $105.

To book with a payment plan, please select the according option during the booking process.

Booking steps

1) Click booking button below to select your preferred start date

2) On the booking page, select your accommodation type

3) If you prefer to pay in several rates, please select "Paying in instalments" in the additional options and pay a deposit + 4 instalments (monthly or fortnightly, depending on your course start date).

If you have questions before booking, you can call us on +61 (0)2 6672 7876 or email us through our contact form.

Before you book, please read our terms and conditions including our refund policy. 

Required course materials: Check our shopping list for a list of the items you need.

2019 Teacher Trainings

2020 Teacher Trainings

Part Time Teacher Trainings

Please note: For the Part Time Teacher Trainings, the Booking Page will only show the name and dates for Part A; however, this payment will book you in for both Part A and Part B.

More about your facilitators

Lila, Michael and the other teachers are all Bhakti Yogis and have all been living a healthy, wholesome, yogic lifestyle for many years. Amongst them, they have run several yoga retreat centres and yoga schools and taught hundreds of classes in the yoga, philosophy and personal development realm.

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Lila Kirtana completed an Education degree at the University of Technology Sydney in 1998, and has been teaching yoga since 2005. After spending 2.5 years deeply immersed in the yogic lifestyle as a volunteer in a yoga ashram, from 2008 onwards she has been working full time as a yoga teacher trainer in Byron Bay [Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching, RYT-500, Cert IV in Training and Assessment]. She completed Pre/Postnatal Yoga training with Bliss Baby Yoga in 2012, and now also is a regular presenter on their courses. After becoming a mother, Lila completed a Kid's Yoga teacher training with Zenergy Yoga in 2014 and occasionally teaches Mum's and Bubs, Mum's and Toddlers and Kid's yoga classes in the Byron Shire. Lila also holds a Diploma of Remedial Massage, is the lead singer of the enCHANTed band which holds regular kirtan evenings in the Byron Shire and at Yoga Festivals, and has a deep knowledge and understanding of Ayurveda through years of study and regular trips to India. Lila is a passionate Bhakti yogi inspired to share the things she loves through yoga teacher trainings.

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Michael 'Laxmivan' began his yoga journeyat the age of 20 when he left his profession as a studio musician and joined a bhakti Yoga Monastery. For the next 10 years he travelled Australia, New Zealand and India as a celibate monk, daily studying the traditional yogic canons and engaging in strict daily yogic sadhana.  Then after another 6 years as a traditional Vedic (Hindu) priest, he took an interest in the more physical aspects of yoga. He successfully completed a 3-year diploma course with Satyananda Yoga before finally finding his passion with Power Vinyasa. Since then he’s been certified by Baron Baptiste, became certified with Anti Gravity level 2, founded one of Australia’s most successful regional yoga studios, and has helped pioneer, develop and facilitate many teacher training programs here in Australia. As a teacher trainer, Michael brings with him great integrity and depth, forged by more than 31 years of strict, yet joyful daily practice. His teaching is full of compassion, humour and authenticity, with a deep respect for tradition, but without being over zealous.

Maria Kirsten, MA, eRYT500, found yoga in 1988, and has been teaching beginner's yoga in Lennox Head since 2000.  Originally from New York, Maria started her working life at a secondary school English teacher. Certified originally by Yogalates, Maria has continued to study anatomy, yoga therapy and is finishing her qualification to be an Occupational Therapist. Her classes are based on functional movement, and are very visual and fun.

As a lecturer for yoga anatomy, Maria's mission is to prepare new teachers to teach safe classes that support the individuality and radiance of each of their students. Her work is all about how to make the powerful poses and practices of yoga safe, simple and accessible to all.  

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Emma fell in love with yoga over 16 years ago and has maintained a disciplined practice ever since. She is passionate about the eight limbs of yoga as a vehicle for awakening to the truth of who we are - to find connection to the divine, creative energy within. Emma is a 200-hr trained Akhanda yoga teacher under the mentorship of Nick Sadashiv Bradley and Radha Rani Bradley of Akhanda Yoga Australia - discovering this holistic and authentic yoga practice 2 years ago after 12 years of  dedication to Iyengar Yoga. Emma has travelled to India a number of times including 2 months with Pankaj Sharma in Rishikesh, in 2003 and spent many years under the guidance of teacher Susan Stackhouse in her Iyengar studio on Sydney's Northern Beaches as a student and teacher. In addition, Emma has been a primary school teacher for 15 years and is also currently undertaking study to become a Certified Life Coach.

Delicious Vegetarian Food

The Krishna Farm has been producing organic veggies since the 1980s and has therefore fantastic conditions to grow excellent produce. We grow as much of our own food as we can, and otherwise buy locally wherever possible. 

We provide 3 delicious vegetarian meals every day, with lunches taking place at the Krishna Village community kitchen, and breakfast and dinners - mostly Indian style - served at the prasadam hall, next to the temple. 

All our food is prasadam - sacred food prepared in a consciousness of loving service. Like in other cultures, we offer our food before we eat to say Grace and thank the Divine for the sun, the rain, and all the visible and invisible blessings necessary to co-create a delicious meal. Feel free to sing along with us, or just listen and enjoy...


The Krishna Farm

Nestled in the foothills of Mount Warning, in the heart of the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, the Hare Krishna farm “New Govardhana” is a 1000 acre property with orchards, certified organic veggie gardens, cows, horses, streams and swimming holes in abundance. 

New Govardhana serves as an ashram to a community of yogis who aspire to live according to their deepest vows and commitments on their path of service, spiritual contentment and happiness, Bhakti Yoga. Their service and dedication make this location a beautiful place of growth, healing and spiritual awakening. If you are interested, please come along and visit our beautiful Radha Govardhandhari temple and learn ore about the origins or our "simple giving, high thinking" philosophy. 

One of the highlights of each course - a seva day with Krishna's cows


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