200HR Yoga Teacher Training

For 11 years, my Teacher Training course has been known throughout Australia for producing yoga teachers with an extraordinary depth of knowledge and skill.  Limited to just ten students each intake, the intimate learning environment attracts an exceptional group of students every year.

With a passion for sharing the practice of yoga with physical clarity and relevance to 21st century life, this course is crafted from my twenty-plus years of teaching experience in the US, Australia and abroad. Guided by (but not limited to) the principles of Anusara Yoga™ the course is offered over 11 months, allowing you to fully integrate the teachings, taking them out of the yoga room and into your day-to-day life. Because of our long-standing reputation for excellence, Shri graduates are widely sought after for teaching positions throughout Australia.

Accredited by both Yoga Australia and Yoga Alliance, upon completion of our program you’ll be recognised as a qualified yoga teacher anywhere in the world.

Your 11 months of training will be a journey of self-discovery and deep learning. The curriculum combines detailed asana, philosophy, and teaching techniques with an emphasis on clear language, critical thinking, and creativity. You’ll finish the course with the knowledge and skill needed to teach yoga safely and effectively.

My training focuses on three main areas of study: Yoga Theory and Practice, Yoga Philosophy, and The Art of Teaching. Also included in the course are training on anatomy, meditation, and pranayama (breathwork). Trainees successfully completing the requirements of this course may then register with Yoga Alliance and Yoga at their 200-hour levels.

Fully Prepared

As an alumnus of the Shri teacher training program, your deep understanding of practice, theory, and clear communication will set you apart in your ability to not just guide your students in and out of poses, but to touch their hearts.

The course curriculum covers everything you need to equip you to begin your journey as a teacher. Yoga Methodology, Yogic Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology, and The Art of Teaching are presented in a way that honours the ancient wisdom of the practice with an emphasis on how to communicate the traditional teachings in a way that’s applicable to life in today’s world.

You’ll receive a comprehensive manual that, along with your notes and handouts, will serve as an extensive reference library for years to come.

Refinement through practice and mentoring

It’s one thing to practice teaching your fellow trainees who have ample experience on the mat, but quite another to teach someone who is new to the practice. A key focus of our training is to ensure that you are confident and ready to work with a wide variety of students. Nothing prepares you better for that than teaching the general public in our community classes, and receiving feedback and mentorship in a caring, supportive environment. Working together in this way you’ll progress rapidly, and move beyond nervousness so you can focus on refining your communication and developing your own unique voice as a teacher.

Revealing the true teacher within

Shri’s Teacher Training will take you on a journey of self-discovery and deep learning.  This takes time, effort and commitment. If you have a love of the practice, and a passion to become the best teacher you can be, I can’t wait to support you through this life-changing process.


  • Two years yoga practice or a teacher’s recommendation
  • Willingness to participate in a group process
  • Ability to give and receive feedback skilfully
  • Stiffness and injuries are welcome

Curriculum Focus Areas:

  • Yoga History and Philosophy
  • Actions and Alignment in all Categories of Asana
  • Developing a Home Practice
  • Basic Pranayama (breath work)
  • Building a Meditation Practice
  • Functional Anatomy (Additional charge, this weekend is also open to the public)
  • How to Teach a Yoga Pose
  • Effective & Creative Sequencing
  • Effective Verbal Cueing
  • Purpose and use of Props
  • Observing and Understanding Bodies
  • When and How to Use Modifications
  • How to Offer Meditation in a Yoga Class Setting
  • Language: Clear and Relevant Communication
  • Welcoming Pregnant Students
  • Instructing the Breath
  • Teaching Online Classes

Required Training Materials:

  • Shri Yoga’s Teacher Training Manual
  • Finding the Midline by Bill Dorrigan – can be purchased via Amazon
  • A copy of The Bhagavad Gita (any translation)
  • A copy of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (any translation)

Attendance, Observation and Practice Teaching Requirements:

  • Attend 15 classes with designated teachers, a minimum of 8 classes must be attended in person
  • Observe 2 classes with Julie
  • Practice teaching
  • Anatomy Weekend (additional cost, date TBA)

Hourly Schedule

Module 1

11am - 6pm
11th August 2022
11am - 6pm
12th August 2022
11am - 6pm
13th August 2022
9.30am - 3.30pm
14th August 2022

Module 2

11am - 6pm
10th September 2022
9.30am - 3.30pm
11th September 2022

Module 3

11am - 6pm
15th October 2022
9.30am - 3.30pm
16th October 2022

Module 4

11am - 6pm
12th November 2022
9.30am - 3.30pm
13th November 2022

Module 5

11am - 6pm
10th December 2022
9.30am - 3.30pm
11th December 2022

Module 6

11am - 6pm
21st January 2023
9.30am - 3.30pm
22nd January 2023

Module 7

11am - 6pm
4th February 2023
9.30am - 3.30pm
5th February 2023

Module 8

11am - 6pm
4th March 2023
9.30am - 3.30pm
5th March 2023

Module 9

11am - 6pm
25th March 2023
9.30am - 3.30pm
26th March 2023

Module 10

11am - 6pm
22nd April 2023
9.30am - 3.30pm
23rd April 2023

Module 11

11am - 6pm
20th May 2023
9.30am - 3.30pm
21st May 2023

Module 12

11am - 6pm
17th June 2023
9.30am - 3.30pm
18th June 2023


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Clayfield Yoga Studio
30 Wagner Road, Clayfield
Julie Smerdon


Julie Smerdon

Julie Smerdon is a certified Continuing Education Provider with Yoga Alliance, a Senior Instructor with Yoga Australia, and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Shri Yoga is a Registered Yoga School with both Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia.


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