BECOME A YOGA ALLIANCE CERTIFIED YOGA TEACHER IN 6 WEEKS
Next available course: 3 September - 12 October 2018
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 Culture - the 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 that help you to get ready to apply your newfound knowledge and step into a successful Yoga Career or start your own heart-centred business.
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.
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.
The Best & Most Affordable Yoga Teacher Training Between Byron Bay And The Gold Coast
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
The steps to becoming a yoga teacher
- 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.
- 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.
- Reiki sessions
- Life coaching
- Delicious Jeeva juice
The benefits of becoming a certified yoga teacher
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 well-being, and will help you conquer stress and negative emotions by tapping into a more balanced, equipoised state of mind.
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.- Read Less
Meet your teachers
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.
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.
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.
Graduate success stories
3 September - 12 October 2018 (early bird rate until 17 July)
5 November - 14 December 2018 (early bird rate until 18 September)
21 January - 1 March 2019 (early bird rate until 3 December 2018)
6 May - 14 June 2019 (early bird rate until 18 March 2019)
22 July - 30 August 2019 (early bird rate until 3 June 2019)
9 September - 18 October 2019 (early bird rate until 22 July 2019)
4 November - 13 December 2019 (early bird rate until 16 September 2019)
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, as detailed in the end of our 2018 price list, 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.
Payment plans are available - for details, please have a look at our price lists linked above. To book with a payment plan, please select the according option during the booking process.
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.
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.
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.
Henrike came across the path of Bhakti Yoga in 2012, following some major life changes and shifts. She has co-managed the Krishna Village for several years and has used her business and marketing skills to grow it from a volunteer community to a successful retreat centre. Currently, her main focus is on business development, marketing and sales, to expand our Centre for Yogic Studies and offer even more amazing courses and certifications. Her qualifications include a Diploma in Life Coaching, an NLP Master Practitioner accreditation and a Cert IV in Business. She runs weekly Life Coaching classes at the Krishna Village and contributes a range of classes on mindset and business tools to the Yoga Teacher Training, that will support you to be the best teacher you can be and grow a successful business.
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.
Michael 'Govinda Mohan', our philosophy teacher (Bhagavad Gita & Patanjali's yoga sutras), is a student by morn, a teacher by noon and a rapper by night. At 17, while studying Maths, Physics and Business, he was noticed by Young Entrepreneur after joint-founding a company that personalised gifts in Greater London, which went on to win a Future100 award for ethical and environmentally-friendly business. He came across Bhakti-yoga in university and after graduating in Business from Cass Business School and landing a job in UBS international bank, he decided to explore the wisdom of yoga further. Having been to India 7 times over the past 5 years to study and explore the secrets of the Indian wisdom texts like Bhagavad-Gita, he was invited to teach philosophy and host interactive life seminars in universities and institutions in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Nigeria, India, Australia and New Zealand since 2010. Outside of teaching Michael enjoys travelling, cycling, playing football, volleyball, basketball, rapping, writing, advising, problem-solving and challenges anyone on earth at table tennis.
Lies, our yoga teacher training assistant, has been a passionate traveler and spiritual seeker since she was 18 years old. As a teacher, she loves to support, help and inspire yogis who are seeking personal growth through yoga and meditation. She is certified as a practitioner of Intuitive Balinese Massage and has completed her yoga teacher trainings Level I and II.
For Lies, yoga is a lifestyle, a philosophy to live by on a daily basis. She regularly teaches Vinyasa, Hatha and Restorative yoga, guides Yoga Nidra meditations and assists our yoga teacher trainees as a mentor. Living and working at Krishna Village has changed her life for the better and it continues to support her on her own journey of self-discovery and inner peace.
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.
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.
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 2018 are:
Camping (tent or van): AU$ 3695 - early bird rate: AU$ 3295
Dorm: AU$4295 (depends on availability) - early bird rate: AU$ 3895
In twin share accommodation: AU$ 5195 - early bird rate: AU$ 4795
In a single room: AU$ 5995 - early bird rate: AU$ 5595
Payment plans are available - for details, please have a look at our current 2018 price list. To book with a payment plan, please select the according option during the booking process.
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.