Balanced Practice Yoga 200hr Teacher Training Online Course

The practice of yoga brings awareness to the self and awakens the heart and soul of the individual

In our 200-hour online teacher training program you’ll learn to make your yoga practice safe, responsive, meditative and fun – and how to teach others to do the same. You’ll also develop the foundations for a lifetime practice, helping you take deeper care of yourself and the people around you. Anyone wishing to become a teacher or take their practice a deeper level is welcome to join us. The course is completely online over 1st September through to December 18th 2021, with 14 weeks of course work and a scheduled one week break prior to the October Long Weekend. You will be supported through the course by senior yoga teacher Amelia Disspain and Yoga Therapist and Physiotherapist Liz Bennett.

Course Information

  • Interactive Online Course

    Our weekly content includes *prerecorded lecture and practice videos *required readings * a live 75 minute workshop or practice teaching session *an online discussion forum to guide and support you through the course content. Assessment includes * paced quizzes *written and practical assignments * the opportunity to teach your fellow students a 1hour class via Zoom to complete your 200hour training

  • Course Content

    *Asana technique and intelligent teaching methodology and practice *Practical Yoga History and Philosophy *Experiential Yoga Anatomy and Physiology *Class Planning and Sequencing *Pranayama, bandha and mudra *Mapping the energetic body *Meditation, interception, and the science of the mind *Practice teaching *Yogic lifestyle and ethics *Introduction to Ayurveda *Introduction to yoga therapeutics *Trauma aware yoga *The profession and business of yoga

  • Course Outcome

    We care about developing strong yoga teachers who can share lessons from traditional practices and modern science and who understand the power of yoga for physical and mental health. You’ll learn to teach yoga for all levels of students and gain an excellent foundation in modern anatomy and physiology for yoga. Everyone has a purpose and a powerful message to share. This teacher training will support you to express your unique gifts in a clear and authentic way. On successful completion of the course requirements you will receive a Yoga Australia certified 200hr Yoga Teacher qualification.

Your Lead Instructors

Your journey to becoming a yoga teacher will be led by senior Yoga Teacher Amelia Disspain and Yoga Therapist and Physiotherapist Liz Bennett. As teachers with a combined experience of over 40 years we will support you to build the skills to clearly and confidently share the practice of yoga with your community

Yoga Therapist and Physiotherapist

Liz Bennett

Liz Bennett is the founder of Yoga Essentia and physiotherapist at A Balanced Practice Physiotherapy. Liz is one of the handful of physios in Australia who is also a specialised yoga therapist and a long term yoga teacher and practitioner of over 20 years. Bringing together studies in eastern medicine and modern science, her classes are guided by her ability to apply an anatomical focus to the practice of yoga in an accessible and relevant way. As a therapist, Liz integrates assessment and therapy with education and lifestyle changes, applying principles of individualised yoga, Traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. Liz began training with Simon Borg Oliver and Bianca Machliss before she finished her physiotherapy degree in 1999. She completed a three year yoga teaching apprenticeship with Yoga Synergy in 2006, then a further 500 hours of teacher training at the Yoga Institute, where she delivered Leslie Kaminoff’s Yoga Anatomy course for several years. A Vipassana practitioner, and initiate of Vedic meditation, with Certificates in Shiatsu and Acupuncture and extensive Yoga Therapy studies with Ganesh Mohan of Svastha Yoga. Liz's Yoga Anatomy Labs are sourced by Yoga Teachers Training courses around Australia. She holds the Senior Anatomy Teacher role for Rainbow Yoga. Liz runs Balanced Practice Yoga Teacher Trainings Amelia Disspain and together, they co-host popular yoga retreats in Australia and abroad.

Senior Yoga Teacher

Amelia Disspain

Director and senior yoga teacher at Yoga Bellingen Co founder of Balanced Practice Yoga Teacher Training and Retreats Yoga Australia Senior Member, Yoga Alliance International Expert registered teacher 1500+ Amelia was first introduced to yoga in 1999. Inspired by the joy and serenity it brought her, Amelia began a regular practice before going on to complete her teacher training with Katie Manitsis (now Katie Rose)at Samadhi Bliss Yoga, Sydney in 2002. Amelia taught Yoga full time at Samadhi Bliss until she was selected to undertake a one-on-one apprenticeship in 2006 with Simon Borg Olivier and Bianca Machliss of Yoga Synergy Sydney, one of the few schools left in Australia still instructing teachers in this traditional way.Both Bianca and Simon are members of the Australian Physiotherapists Association, and as such Amelias teaching integrates modern medical knowledge with the traditional forms and practices of Yoga. Amelia taught as a senior level teacher at Yoga Synergy Sydney, instructing group classes from brand new beginners to advanced practitioners as well as private lessons, working with students with injuries and also training yoga instructors, until 2013 when she relocated to Bellingen There she opened her own studio, Yoga Bellingen. Amelia’s classes are informed by her many years of yoga practice, teaching and study, her classes are inclusive and always incorporate the deeper teachings of Yoga. Amelia has continued to study Yoga philosophy, particularly concentrating on how we can integrate the tools of meditation and inner focus to recognize the patterns of our individual mind, and in so doing experience the joy hidden in everyday life. Amelia is currently enrolled in the Traditional Yoga Studies 800hr History and Philosophy of Yoga course written by Georg Fuerstein. In 2015 Amelia co-founded Balanced Practice Yoga and co-teaches Yoga Teacher Training Courses and international retreats with her sister in Yoga, Liz Bennett a physiotherapist and yoga therapist and director of YogaEssentia in Warriewood.

counsellor, yoga teacher

Jane Macnaught

Jane Macnaught counsellor, yoga teacher Jane is founder of Tranquillo Place. An experienced counsellor, psychotherapist, group therapist, trainer and workshop facilitator. Foundation chairperson, trainer and group facilitator at Community of Calm Inc, offering trauma awareness training and support to practitioners and broader community members. Recently awarded Community Event of the Year 2020 at the Northern Beaches Australia Day Awards for the Arts for Wellness, a trauma informed arts community event. Jane’s therapy niche is grief, trauma, and anxiety. Extensive clinical experience working with refugees and asylum seekers steered her career towards training in trauma recovery & healing, grief & loss, complex trauma, intergenerational trauma, PTSD, and adult survivors of childhood abuse & trauma. With an eclectic approach, she draws from a diverse tool kit of training, professional development, clinical work and life experiences. In 2016 she trained in the clinicians course with Trauma Sensitive Yoga Australia and throughout 2017 offered trauma sensitive yoga classes collaborating with a yoga teacher. Further studies on trauma, the brain and biology with Bessel van der Kolk, Pat Ogden, Janina Fisher and many others led Jane to complete yoga teacher training 350hr with Balanced Practice. Research continues to provide evidence that talking therapy is not enough for trauma recovery - all of Jane’s clients benefit from her yoga informed therapeutic style. Jane teaches one to one yoga sessions at Tranquillo Place and via zoom to clients locally and across Australia. She specialises in small group yoga sessions (max 4) that are soothing for the nervous system, ideal for anyone that feels stressed, anxious, overworked, and/or exhausted. All her classes are trauma sensitive, rhythmic, easeful and calming. Jane trains yoga teachers and other practitioners in developing trauma sensitive approaches to their practice. Currently studying to become Polyvagal Informed therapist via the Rhythm of Regulation workshop - with Deb Dana. She is known for her creative, holistic, warm and friendly approach. Jane will inspire you to learn more about the much needed and burgeoning field of trauma sensitive practices.


  • Is this course certified?

    Yes, this course is a certified 200hr Yoga Teacher Training course with Yoga Australia - this is Yoga Australia provisional membership - once complete you can begin teaching (with insurance and current first aid ) and you must complete a further 150 hours of study within three years to upgrade to 350hr qualification , which is Yoga Australia Level one

  • How long can I access the course?

    You have access to the online course platform for six months from the course start date - an extension may be granted on application. Some online manual notes and videos are downloadable so you can keep the content for future reference

  • How many hours per week will the course involve?

    The course will involve approximately 12 hours combined of reading, study and practice per week.

  • How will I be assessed?

    As well as paced quizzes and both written and practical assignments over the duration of the course you will teach a one hour assessment class to your fellow students via Zoom and complete and short written assignment.

  • When will the live classes be scheduled each week?

    Each Thursday 6.30pm-7.45pm AEST we will run a live session via Zoom - we will email you the link to the Zoom class 15 mins before the class start time. The classes will alternatively focus on a specific topic within a practical workshop style class and an opportunity for you to practice teaching your fellow students and gain feedback and guidance on your teaching. If you cannot make the live class time the class will be recorded for you to watch at a later date and you can ask any questions via the online discussion forum- if you miss a teaching practice session you will need to arrange an alternate catch- up time with Amelia or Liz. The rate for Zoom catch- up sessions is $90/hour.

  • What other materials do I need to purchase for the course?

    As well as your online course manual you will also need to purchase *Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews *The Heart of Yoga by TKV Desikachar *Teaching Yoga by Donna Farhi *The Essence of Yoga by Bernard Bouanchaud

  • What are the course entry requirements?

    This course is designed for yoga students with at least a year of consistent practice who are ready to deepen their practice or step into the role of the teacher.

  • Can I see the course curriculum?

    *Week One - Defining Yoga and the role of the modern Yoga teacher *Week Two- Teaching methodology , vinyasa krama and an introduction to the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. *Week Three - An introduction to important yoga texts and the many paths of yoga *Week Four - Fundamentals of Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga – connective tissue, fascia, tension, compression, age related practice and the spine *Week Five - The Fundamentals of Yoga Physiology –Prana and the subtle body *Week Six - An introduction to Ayurveda - the wisdom of living *Week Seven- Pranayama and the Applied Anatomy and Physiology of the breath and nervous system *Week Eight - Asana - Fundamentals of standing postures *Week Nine - Asana - Fundamentals of seated and floor based postures *Week Ten, Meditation, interception , savasana and Yoga Nidra *Week Eleven- Teaching methodology - sequencing masterful classes and teaching beginners *Week Twelve - What is trauma and how to teach trauma aware yoga classes *Week Thirteen - Asana - Inversions and back bending postures. Deeper energetic practices of yoga -including bandha , mudra and kriya

Course Fees

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