Gertrude Street Yoga Teacher Training

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Embark on a 5 month journey to deepen your practice and become a certified yoga teacher

Gertrude Street Yoga’s 200 hour Yoga Alliance registered Teacher Training is an invitation to step beyond your comfort zone and challenge yourself; inspiring your development as a yoga teacher and as an individual. This comprehensive 200 hour training provides the foundational tools to become a yoga teacher, including yoga philosophy, physical and energetic anatomy, asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra and voice, personal development, as well as plenty of teaching methodology and practice. Taking this journey with a group of people who have come together for the purpose of transformation, education, and discovery creates a powerful connection and inspired community, which is at the heart of GSY and our approach to yoga. Not only will this training prepare you to be a confident and authentic yoga teacher, but it will also provide you with a powerful platform to dive deeper into your own journey of living the practice of yoga.

This 200hr training consists of 5 sessions over the course of 5 months led by a collective of incredible yoga teachers each bringing their unique experience, knowledge, and guidance.

Course Content

Laying the Foundation

Module 1 (16, 17, 18 June & 7, 8, 9 July)

Develop a comprehensive foundation for becoming a yoga teacher. Explore the rich history and philosophy of yoga, study the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita, and discuss the rise in popularity of yoga today. Learn the anatomy of the Spine, the alignment of foundational yoga poses, and how to teach basic sequences using an integrated and authentic approach.

  • Develop an understanding of the history and philosophy of Yoga
  • Study basic anatomy and physiology 
  • Learn fundamental asana, basic sequences and how to teach them
  • Embark on a journey of self discovery

Discovering the Teacher Within

Module 2 (6 – 12 August in Bali)

Dive into the heart of the training and discover the teacher within. Practice daily pranayama, mantra, meditation, and asana and take the time to develop your unique voice and gifts as a yoga teacher. Deepen your knowledge of anatomy and physiology to include energetic anatomy; exploring the subtle body in a way that can be directly applied to your teaching. Learn effective and authentic teaching methods which will enable you to create meaningful, inspiring class plans.

  • Learn pranayama, mantra, and meditation practices and techniques
  • Deepen your knowledge of anatomy and physiology and apply it directly to teaching yoga
  • Gain a deeper understanding of energetic anatomy and explore the subtle body
  • Expand your knowledge of asana, alignment, and sequencing
  • Develop practical teaching skills
  • Learn how to assist safely and effectively
  • Step beyond your comfort zone and challenge yourself, inspiring transformation and cultivating authenticity

Refining the Art of Teaching

Module 3 (8, 9, 10 September & 6, 7, 8 October)

Refine your teaching skills and integrate your knowledge as you prepare to teach and assist in classes. Learn about different yoga specialities and understand the business of being a yoga teacher. Receive one on one mentoring and coaching to clarify your goals and support your ongoing development. Gain practical teaching experience, and valuable feedback from teachers and peers.

  • Apply your study of asana, alignment, anatomy, sequencing, and teaching methods to develop creative and authentic class plans
  • Gain practical experience assisting and teaching in classes
  • Explore various specialties such as Yin and Prenatal Yoga and learn how tailor your teaching to the individual needs and circumstances of your students
  • Investigate ways of taking yoga off the mat to affect social change and make a positive difference in the world
  • Understand the business aspects of becoming a yoga teacher
  • Receive one on one support through mentoring and coaching
  • Integrate your knowledge and experiences to create a powerful platform for living the practice of yoga

Course Structure

Intensives integrated learning

1 weekend per month (Fri - Sun)

    June 16, 17, 18 2017
    July 7, 8, 9 2017
    September 8, 9, 10 2017
    October 6, 7, 8 2017


    These 3 day weekend intensives are designed to integrate with your life; allowing you to incorporate and digest what you are learning into your regular routine. Each weekend will cover a variety of topics designed to bring you the course material in an integrated and cohesive way. In between each weekend you will receive readings and assignments that prepare you for the next session.

    Immersion 1 Week in Bali

    Immerse yourself for 6 days
      6-12 August 217


      This week long intensive in Bali is the heart of the course. Living in community allows the group to develop a powerful connection and facilitates the ongoing journey of self-discovery and transformation. Without the distractions and commitments of every day life, you will have the opportunity to completely immerse yourself and awaken the teacher within. The immersion is held at Pondok Pitaya in Balian Beach and offers twin share accomodation. Learn more about Pondok Pitaya here.

      Mentoring 1 on 1 program

      1x per week for 8 weeks plus optional coaching session

        Times and Dates TBD (based on your availability)


        The mentoring program is an amazing opportunity to receive one on one support. After returning from Bali you will commit to assisting in 1 class per week for 8 weeks. The teacher of that class will be your mentor and give you individualised feedback and advice. In addition you will have the opportunity to receive a one on one coaching session from a Certified Coach to assist in clarifying your goals and creating a plan as you prepare to finish the course.


        Founder and Teacher
        Core Curriculum

        Hannah was motivated to complete her teacher training out of an intense desire to make a meaningful change in her life. While teaching was in the back of her mind she never imagined it would become her primary focus and passion. To lead students in their daily practice is a privilege and joy for Hannah, but to be a part of a teacher training that gives people the opportunity to dive even deeper into their practice and empowers them to expand their potential has her over the moon excited.

        Core Curriculum

        Mei Lai Swan has been a devoted practitioner of yoga for over 13 years, and of meditation and eastern philosophies for 17 years. With training in Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa/Hatha, Anusara and Embodied Flow; she weaves her love of life, creativity and philosophy into a dynamic heart-centred yoga practice. Mei Lai draws on her background in community development, social work and as a musician and singer, weaving life and practice into a richness of creativity, connection and transformation. Above all, she is dedicated to love, inspiration, service, and connection.

        Core Curriculum

        Jessie is a devoted mother, environmentalist and creative who has found her calling in yoga. She has studied and contributed to Teacher Trainings in India, and is passionate about integrating the ancient with the modern. Yoga had already had a huge impact on Jessie’s life but when she became a teacher but she was yearning for more so she went and lived in a couple of ashrams in India. Jessie believes yoga can really create positive change – it’s happening within her every day – she loves to be a part of that happening for other people, and, also for the world. This training is an exceptional opportunity to get the foundation block of your training – this is such a dynamic & creative team of passionate teachers right in the heart of Melbourne. The program is designed to both give a genuine understanding of the roots of Yoga as well as practical tools to integrate the new knowledge into your life. Jessie specialises in Nada Yoga (sacred sound)- including the mythology and meaning behind mantra, and, is always exploring new ways to expand the practice of Yoga to limitless boundaries of healing and transformation.

        Philosophy and Pranayama

        Peter Cohen is Australia’s senior-most teacher trainer in Mark Whitwell’s Heart of Yoga. An inspirational speaker, Peter encourages breath-focused movement as an embrace of life. His yoga is the intimate union of traditional Tibetan yoga and the world-renowned yoga of Krishnamacharya. He is senior accredited in 3 yoga lineages over 2 decades.

        Anatomy and Physiology

        Nina begun her teaching career when she entered into her apprenticeship under Eugenie Knox and Johannes Mochayedi. She spent several years observing and assisting while teaching the occasional class and gradually entering into a more formalised teaching role. Pretty quickly she found that teaching casual drop in classes in a big city was only one facet of guiding others on their path of yoga, and she began to facilitate teacher trainings and immersions overseas where students were able to drop into their practice more deeply and with more focus.
        Being present to and assisting others in their development and growth is one of the most enriching experiences of teaching for Nina. It’s an intimate and empowering process which she enjoys facilitating.
        Nina is excited to be involved in the GSY community.

        Ethics, Social Change, Living Yoga

        Annie was drawn to yoga because of a love of movement. She quickly started pursuing what lay beneath the poses as various teachers and texts evoked curiosity. She has remained interested not just in the benefits of consistent practice, but in understanding how the practice leads to a sense of ease and contentment. Psychology study has instilled a particular interest in the relationship between Yoga and emotional wellbeing. Annie’s love of movement means she finds yoga a great platform for self-inquiry and finds the holistic approach of yoga an accessible technique for achieving a greater level of self-inquiry and connection.


        Kirsty was motivated to complete her first training to explore her own personal practice, the style assisted her to slow down and begin to acknowledge and connect with subtle sensations in the body, there was never an intention to teach. Her favourite part about teaching is offering a space for people to relax, a place to calm the nervous system and strengthen their relationship with the body and the mind. She is excited to share what she has to offer, and to promote individuality and passion when offering a yoga class to our community.



        Indrani Parker was born and raised in the US within an interfaith spiritual community whose focus is compassion towards others and ourselves and being of service to others. This upbringing and exposure to a variety of cultural backgrounds, religions and needs became the foundation for her studies and life path. She has studied a variety of styles of yoga, including Anusara, Hatha, Vinyasa and restorative styles. Now as a yoga teacher and doula, she is excited and grateful to be able to work with the community in such intimate ways, providing support in areas where it’s needed and wanted and continually learns and grow through her work. She is passionate about community and sees her work as an offering of emotional, physical and potentially spiritual support.

        Pricing and Payment

        Course Costs

        • Apply before 1st February 2017: $4,500 ($300 discount)
        • Apply after 1st February 2017: $4,800 (full price)

        Course Costs for GSY Members (10% discount)*

        • Apply before 1st February 2017: $4,050 ($750 discount)
        • Apply after 1st February 2017: $4,320 ($480 discount)

        *Must be a member at time of application

        Cancellation Policy
        >> 30+ days before course start date: 100% refund (excludes $500 deposit)
        >> 20-30 days before the course start date: 50% refund (excludes $500 deposit)
        >> 10-20 days before the course start date: 25% refund (excludes $500 deposit)
        >> 0 – 10 days before the course start date: No refund

        If for extenuating circumstances you are unable to complete the course once you have commenced, the best course of action will be assessed on a case by case basis.

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        Yoga Alliance Curriculum

        This course fulfills the curriculum requirements of Yoga Alliance listed below and goes beyond the minimum number of hours required.

        • Techniques, Training and Practice 100hrs
        • Teaching Methodology 25hrs
        • Anatomy & Physiology 20hrs
        • Yoga Philosophy/Ethics/Lifestyle 30hrs
        • Practicum 10hrs
        • Electives 15hr
        • TOTAL 200hrs
        Required Reading

        The texts listed below are indications of the required reading. Specifics of the texts (editions, volumes etc.) will be supplied on acceptance into the program.

        • Yoga, Mind, Body, and Spirit by Donna Farhi
        • The Bhagavad Gita
        • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
        • The Yoga Sutras
        • Various Handouts


        This 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course includes the following elements:

        • 4x 3 Day Weekend Intensives (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
        • 1 Week Immersion in Bali, including all food, accomodation, and airport transfers (flights and travel insurance are not included in the price and must be purchased separately)
        • Mentoring Program: 8 weeks of personalized mentoring from a Gertrude Street Yoga Teacher and a one on one coaching session with a Certified Coach
        • Membership to Gertrude Street Yoga for the duration of your course (5 months). Existing members will have their payments paused for the duration of the course.
        • The opportunity to assist in a minimum of 8 classes.
        • The opportunity to teach a 1 hour class
        • A chance to develop powerful connections and an inspired community
        • The tools to awaken the teacher within and empower yourself to live the practice of yoga
        When you have completed the course you will receive a 200hr accreditation from Yoga Alliance ( ). This will allow you to apply to be a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYS) through Yoga Alliance which will allow you to teach yoga anywhere in the world.
        You can apply by completing our application form here. As part of your application you will be asked to attach evidence that you have paid your $500 deposit.

        Once you have applied you can expect to hear from us within 1 week.

        This Course is for those ready to challenge themselves for the purpose of education, discovery and transformation.

        Aspiring Teachers

        This course is designed for those looking to become a qualified yoga teacher in a supportive, powerful, and inspired way. Ideal as an initial yoga training or as continuing education for those who have completed a previous training, this course will prepare you to be a confident and authentic yoga teacher.

        Dedicated Students

        This course is perfect for those looking to expand their existing yoga practice and inspire their development as an individual. Even if you do not intend on teaching yoga, this course will provide you with valuable knowledge and insight.

        Gertrude Street Yoga Studio is a place to explore, elevate, and expand your yoga practice, on and off the mat. The studio was founded in 1997 and is an urban centre for yoga, wellness, and community. Our vision is to cultivate a community that values yoga as a holistic practice, which begins on the mat and expands into everyday life.

        Rather than teaching from a specific lineage, we have created a diverse and varied curriculum, that allows our teachers to provide instruction on topics and areas that they are truly passionate about. This provides students the chance to learn an abundance of techniques, practices, and traditions, and encourages them to build on the foundational teachings ultimately developing their own authentic and meaningful style of instructing.

        The course cost does not include the following items:

        Bali Flights and Travel Insurance

        Your flights to Bali are not included in the course cost and must be purchased separately. Additionally you are required to purchase travel insurance for the week immersion.

        Required Reading

        The required reading materials are not included in the course cost and must be purchased separately.

        To successfully complete the Course you must attend all Weekend Intensives, the Bali Immersion, Mentoring Program, and complete all assignments and required reading. In addition you must bring an open mind, courageous heart, and willingness to learn (and have fun along the way)!