We believe that yoga is such a profound practice, deeply effecting body, mind and spirit, that it is best taught by people who are well trained and have significant experience behind them.
Although we recognise short training courses offer a chance for self exploration, to begin the journey towards teaching, or to get a qualification quickly, we choose only to offer long term courses that aim to provide a strong foundation in the practices of yoga. Our basic teacher training is minimum two years long, with approximately 30 hours per week involvement. The pre-requisite for the course is 3-4 years of regular consistent practice (at least 4 times a week, preferably more) – with at least one of those years being with the Gold Coast Yoga Centre, and an interview determining if your character & ability will suit a course of this nature. The first 3 months are probationary and will allow both parties to re-evaluate if the course is suitable for the trainee.
The course is not time based but performance based, and so may take longer than 2 years. Study topics include asana practice, theory & psychology, adjustments, philosophy, teaching skills, practical experience of yoga in life, sequencing and more. Trainees graduate with the ability to run basic beginners-general classes at the level of skill required to teach here at the GCYC. If you wish to continue training you are welcome to stay on and learn more either while teaching, or continuing as a student. No further fees apply after the initial 2 years. If you end up teaching for the GCYC you will be required to continue training and developing your skills and practice.
We only take 1-6 trainees per intake, as we aim to give individualised tuition as well as group training. The course is intense, confronting and you must be willing to grow as a human being. On the other hand it can be extremely rewarding and life-changing.
We are unique in that 100% of our graduates are still teaching/involved with yoga, they are:
Kathy Mason – teaching at the GCYC
Hilary Murfett – running her own classes on the Gold Coast
Julie Stephens – teaching internationally
Danny Hill – teaching at the GCYC & independent classes
Jane Faulkner – teaching independent classes
Sam Trueman – teaching in Nimbin
Nicky Porter – teaching in the UK and India
Chantelle Anink – teaching on Hamilton Island, and Sunshine Coast
Helen Langston - teaching independant classes
Paula Cross - teaching independant classes
Christine Atwood - teaching at GCYC and independant classes
There are no other graduates from the GCYC although many have spent time in the classes here.
Fees are revised upon the beginning of each intake. They reflect the classes, training hours, one on one hours given, but aim to be inclusive. It is best to be prepared before embarking on the training as it is difficult to maintain more than part-time/casual work during the 2 years.
If you wish to know more, the first step is attending classes here at the GCYC and getting to know the teachers, the second is to arrange an interview with the Director.
We welcome all sincere practitioners of yoga, who feel a calling to deepen their experience and serve the community through yoga.