For curious practitioners ready to embody the heart and soul of yogic wisdom.  Whether you’d like to dive deeper into the practice to feel more confident and connected, or you feel the call to share with others as a teacher, this is for you.

Join us this April 2024 on the Sunshine Coast for a fun, comprehensive and insightful yoga teacher training.

The Practice 

Our practice is an exploration of traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa and Hatha yoga with a modern understanding of both physical and metaphysical transformation.  The practice is about going back to the source of teachings through the guidence of sacred texts including study, chanting, through self enquiry and going inward.  This training will help you establish a daily self practice that includes asana (physical practice), pranayama, chanting and meditation.

We focus on foundations and practicing for longevity and vitality.  Each session of the course is designed to help you build healthy habits and to establish strength and deepen self awareness through study and reflection.

The practice is designed to help you step towards embodiment, where you not only understand the poses and methods of practice, but live them.  More than a routine on the mat, this course is about developing a healthy and conscious  lifestyle and how to discover your most authentic self.

We believe each person has unique gifts to share and part of the process not only in the teaching method, but also practice, is creating a safe space for you to express yourself authentically and powerfully.

What You’ll Learn

  • Traditional yogic practices including Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and breath informed hatha yoga
  • How to access compassion and intelligence in your daily practice to adjust to life’s rhythms
  • Beginner meditation techniques
  • Introduction to pranayama (yogic breathwork)
  • Yoga philsophy and history 
  • Introduction to Yin Yoga 
  • How to articulate clear, direct and intelligent cues
  • How to teach yoga with safety and flexiblity to accommodate diversity
  • How to teach classes to suit all levels of age and ability 
  • How to develop intelligent and balanced yoga sequences
  • Verbal and Hands on assisting
  • Anatomy and physiology of yoga
  • Teaching skills, voice, connection and space holding
  • How to teach from an authentic and embodied place
  • Introduction to the buisness of yoga

"I have nothing but praise and admiration for Michelle and her team. She has such a wealth of knowledge and is happy to put extra time in if you are struggling with any concepts. Michelle made learning enjoyable and broke all of the content down exceptionally well. I especially enjoyed studying about yoga philosophy and it has made me want to study more. I've also made many new friends during the course. I highly recommend this teacher training to anyone wishing to enhance their practice or to teach yoga. "

Michelle Fraser

"Michelle is a dedicated and passionate yoga teacher and trainer who has made it her mission to share her deep and expansive knowledge of yoga and the human body with every student who enters the studio doors. With Michelle's knowledge I feel safe and supported on my unique yoga journey. Michelle's guidance and support has enabled me to continue a daily practice with a complex injury. Thank you Michelle and the Nambour Yoga Centre. You have gifted me a life long tool of Ashtanga Mysore practice. I can practice anywhere at any time. I feel so grateful to have not only found an authentic yoga studio on the Sunshine Coast but also to be gifted with the wisdom of a truely passionate guru."

Megan Toy

What Makes Our Training Unique

Individual Mentorship

Included in our training is the opportunity to recieve mentoring and one on one teaching guidence throughout the training.

Part of our course involves assisting in live classes, giving you lots of hands on experience to build your confidence teaching and holding space for others.

Expert Teaching Team

We recruit the best teachers and lecturers to share the wisdom of yoga with you.  Our teaching team includes Dan Alder, an expert in yoga philosophy, Sarah Chancellor, teaching yoga therapy and essential modifications, Dan Fanthorpe, Osteopath teaching our anatomy courses, Wayne Celeban an Ayurvedic Practitioner, and more.  Our lead teacher, Michelle Freeman, has over 25 years experience and brings a high level of dedication and knowledge to the teaching team.

Setting Foundations

Modules 1 & 2

What You’ll Learn

  • Establish a breath focused personal practice founded in anatomical and energetic foundations to promote longevity based on the Ashtanga Yoga method
  • Traditional Sanskrit Counting
  • Yoga Philosophy and how to bring it into life daily
  • Energetics of yoga:  the key to having a practice that invites balance
  • Chanting and Meditation
  • Pranayama to calm the nervous system and develop greater awareness of sensation and breath
  • Posture fundamentals including technique and alignment
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology and how this relates to your yoga practice
  • Teaching Fundementals
  • The Art of Holding space

  Integration & Insight

Module 3

What You’ll Learn

  • Advanced Yoga Practice Techniques
  • Advanced Pranayama
  • Deepening Yoga Philosophy 
  • Advanced Teaching Skills
  • Intelligent Sequencing
  • Functional Anatomy & Physiology
  • Hands on Assisting to inform and empower
  • Introduction Yin Yoga and principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Introduction to Ayurvedic Lifestyle
  • Business of Yoga
  • Personalized Mentorship
  • Yoga Theraputics

Meet Our Teaching Team

Wayne Celeban

Wayne is highly qualified and experienced Naturopath and Ayurvedic practitioner with over 23 years of clinical practice. Wayne received his qualification in Ayurvedic Medicine from one of the leading colleges outside of India, under the renowned Dr Vijay Murthy (BAMS, MS, B.Nat, MPH, PhD). Wayne is an expert in Ayurvedic Medicine and has a deep understanding of the principles and practices of Ayurveda, having studied in numerous Ayurvedic clinics and hospitals in India, including JSS Ayurvedic University in Mysore.

Wayne will be sharing his expertise on how Ayurveda weaves into yoga teachings and how we can bring the benefits of this holistic practice to our students and ourselves for optimal wellbeing.

Cristian Trujillo

Cristian is an experienced yoga teacher, breathwork, mindfulness coach and business mentor originally from Chile. He uses traditional practices, coaching methods and healing techniques to help people move forward in their lives and businesses.

Cristian has a heart centred and gentle approach and is passionate about sharing the ancient traditional practices and philosophies from yoga. He believes that healing doesn’t have to be painful and that it’s important to have an integrated approach while adjusting to the needs of the body, heart, mind and soul.

Cristian completed his 500 hour level yoga teacher training certification and has continued his studies with trauma informed yoga and remedial yoga.  He will share his experise on the art of holding space.


Dr. Val Rytova

Dr. Val is a Neuroscientist, passionate about empowering people to have clarity about their brain. With a PhD focusing specifically on brain mechanisms underlying fear-related and anxiety-related behaviour, her expertise is a great asset to exploring the benefits of yoga & meditation practice on these behaviours, as well as day-to-day living. She currently teaches at Victoria University, is a mother, and an avid kitesurfer. If you’re curious about the power of your brain and the impact of your daily habits on your brain, you can find Dr. Val @love_of_brain on Instagram or go to and connect!

Dan Fanthorpe

Dan is a seasoned professional in the health and wellness industry, with over 25+ years of experience and is currently practicing Osteopathy.

Dan has travelled widely throughout India, immersing myself in the eastern healing traditions of Yoga, Ayurveda and Theravada Buddhism. These transformative experiences have helped his practice and enriched his understanding of the healing powers of osteopathy.

Dan has extensive yoga teaching experience having founded and owned Ashtanga Yoga Newcastle for ten years after training with Eileen Hall and Louisa Sears for many years.  He is also a Level Two Authorized Ashtanga Yoga Teacher.

Dan will be sharing the anatomy and physiology component of the training.

Dan Alder 

A dedicated yoga teacher, Dan Alder’s passion lies in the spiritual dimensions of the practice. His focus centers on the teachings of Patañjali and the revered yoga sūtras.

Alongside co-author Sreekanth Raghunath, Dan has crafted original translations of Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras. They’ve also produced hardback editions covering the first two chapters, with plans for the next two in progress.

Dan imparts his knowledge at retreats, workshops, and teacher trainings. Beyond the sūtras, he has a deep affinity for chanting.

Kate Barzdo

Kate has been a singer for as long as she can remember.  She has done everything musical short of playing in an orchestra… from folk to blues and cafes to weddings and community choirs.

Her journey has carried her back to the world of chanting, mantra and kirtan, revisiting an old passion in the joy of creating uplifting sound with others.  Since this reconnection, the Ukelele and Celtic Harp and Kate now enjoys sharing her love of voice and song to create a musical sanctuary, to connect us with others, provide refuge from the busyness of our everyday lives, quieten the mind and leave us with a deep sense of peace and joy.

Michelle Freeman

Michelle is an ERYT (experienced registered yoga teacher) and owner of the Nambour Yoga Studio.  She is the head trainer of the teacher training program and has a 25 plus years level of experience in practicing and teaching yoga, meditation and all things yogic lifestyle.  

Michelle has trained in multiple styles of yoga and her specialty is Ashtanga Yoga.  She offers classes, workshops and trainings that are informed by modern understandings of the science behind yoga whilst staying true to the source of the teachings of connecting to your true self.  

Sarah Chanceller (White)

Sarah is the owner of Breath Yoga Space and is a qualified yoga therapist and experienced yoga teacher.  She specializes in chair yoga and teaching accesible yoga classes for a variety of ages and abilities.  Sarah will be offering an introduction to yoga therapy principles and essential modifications for the real world of yoga where people may need intelligent modifications to get the most out of their yoga practice.

Sarah is teaching the Yoga Therapeutic module of this training which introduces the skills and knowledge of how to teach multi-level classes, therapeutic classes, chair, and senior yoga.

Program Dates

Module One:  Yoga Essentials Immersion

April 27, 28  / May11, 12 / May 25, 26  

Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm / Sundays 7:30 am – 3 pm

Module Two:  Art of Vinyasa

June  8, 9 / June  22, 23 / July 6, 7 

Saturdays 730 am – 3 pm / Sundays 7:30 am – 3 pm

Module Three:  Integration & Insight

July 20, 21 / Aug 10, 11 / Aug 17, 18

Saturdays 730 am – 3 pm / Sundays 7:30 am – 3 pm

Graduation Ceremony TBA

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A $500 Deposit Secures your spot

This 350 Hour course is certified by Yoga Australia.  Upon completion, you will be eligble to register with Yoga Australia as a member.  Yoga Australia has the highest standards for yoga teacher certification and is recognized world wide.

About Michelle

About Michelle

Program Director and Head Teacher

Michelle began her yoga journey over 25 years ago in the United States, her home country.  She fell in love with yoga’s grace and strength and over time began to appreciate the spiritual depth available through yoga.

As someone who has great compassion for the human experience with all of it’s ups and downs and a sincere interest in sharing tools of transformation through yoga as a guide to lean deeper into life rather than away, Michelle’s teaching is about connecting with presence and awareness moment to moment.

In 2009, Michelle discovered Ashtanga yoga and began a daily mysore practice.  This transformed her relationship to yoga to become more internal, self paced, and orientated towards a process as opposed to a destination.  This led to later travels to India to study with her current teacher, Vijaya Manja, a traditional Ashtanga yoga teacher and spiritual guide.

Throughout these years, Michelle also undertook studies in bodywork through Zen Thai Shiatsu Therapies and is currently studying Clinical Exercise Physiology.  She is the owner of the Nambour Yoga Centre and a registered yoga teacher trainer with Yoga Australia.



350 Hour Certified Teacher Training

Registered with Yoga Australia.
Upon completion of this course, you will be eligible to register with Yoga Australia and be a fully qualified yoga teacher.

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