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Anusara Teacher Training in Sydney, Australia with Cassandra Missio

July 20, 2020 - September 20, 2020

‘Your work is your love made visible.’

– Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet


Earth and Sky Yoga Studio is offering a comprehensive 200–hour teacher training program starting February 2020. Our teacher training draws on the Anusara yoga method. Anusara is an elegant yet simple approach to hatha yoga with a strong focus on alignment. Through our teacher training you will learn clear, safe and applicable principles of alignment. Our course will support your ability to teach and work with a wide variety of human bodies, adapting your classes to accommodate students of differing abilities, ages and capabilities in a safe and accessible way.

This is a part-time course over a 9-month period, giving students the essential time necessary to integrate and engage deeply with the teachings. We invite/encourage students from all yoga styles and levels of experience.


We believe that to be a great teacher, it is essential to understand first and foremost what it is to be a student and to begin to teach from this place. With this in mind, our teacher training takes place in two parts:

Immersions: a series of 8 weekend workshops (Friday evening/Saturday/Sunday).

These immersions are an opportunity to deepen your understanding of the philosophy, anatomy and practice of yoga and will give you a solid working knowledge and strong foundation of the basic principles and practices of Anusara yoga. In the immersion you will have the opportunity to form a kula (community of likeminded practitioners) to support you in your learnings as you delve deeply into the key elements of the Anusara yoga teachings. Coming together to share practice in a unified group and exploring the specifics of inspired bio-mechanics can deepen the experience of what a committed yoga practice can bring to your life.

Teaching Practicum: this component of the training takes place over an initial 7-day intensive in July, followed by 8 consecutive Sundays from July to September 2020 and focuses on the essential techniques of teaching group yoga classes. Students will begin to practice their teaching from day one of this part of the training.

Upon completion of this course, you will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a 200-hr yoga teacher. Your 200-hr certificate will allow you to obtain public liability insurance which is essential for all yoga teachers in order to begin to teach public classes.

Graduates of our teacher training program are given priority when teaching opportunities arise at Earth and Sky Yoga Studio.



We firmly believe that you cannot teach effectively without the foundation of a well-established personal practice. The immersion weekends will support you in developing, deepening and refining your own yoga practice. The opportunity to delve into the philosophical teachings of the yoga tradition allows for a potential shift in your perspective of daily life and your place in it.

The immersion workshops will cover 100hrs as follows:

54 hours of Anusara asana practice and discussion of methodology

30 hours of yoga philosophy

9 hours of pranayama and meditation

6 hours of yoga anatomy

3 hours of group discussion/contemplation

After each immersion workshop, students will be asked to complete a revision questionnaire to ensure they have a working knowledge of the main concepts and key teachings of alignment and philosophy covered.

Teaching Practicum (100hrs as follows)

Part 1: Techniques, Training and Practice

– Active practice and teaching of asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, mudras, and other yoga practices

– Lectures and explorations of principal concepts and techniques

Part 2: Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: the path and integrity of teaching yoga

– The seat of the teacher and preparing to teach

– Ethical Guidelines of a high integrity teacher

– Journalling and discussion about the Tantric philosophy of Anusara yoga and how it is applicable to our lives

Part 3: Teaching Methodology – Presentation, Discussion and Exploration of the Essential Components of Teaching Anusara Yoga

– General teaching points and techniques

– Using themes, sequencing strategies and creating course curriculum

– Teaching meditation

– Hands-on adjustments and assisting

– Anatomy and physiology

– Business of yoga (insurances, marketing, finding work etc)

– Practicum: teaching exercises, practice teaching in small groups, offering constructive feedback, observation of other classes and 3 hours of assisting Cassandra in a ‘real-life’ class at Earth and Sky Yoga Studio. The practical component of the training will culminate in a group teaching assessment.

Cassandra Missio

Certified Anusara®Yoga Teacher

Owner/Director, Earth and Sky Yoga Studio

Senior Member Level 3 (Yoga Australia)

E-RYT 500hrs (Yoga Alliance)

Cassandra first came to yoga in her early twenties whilst travelling. She knew after her first class that she had stumbled upon a very powerful and potent discipline that left her feeling grounded and clear. She has been teaching yoga for over 15 years and began her training in 2002 by undertaking a traditional teacher mentoring apprenticeship at The Art of Yoga in Summer Hill.

This supported the development of her daily yoga and meditation practice and gave her an opportunity to assist in class and on retreat. Through her mentorship she developed the fundamental principles of her teaching style. She has continued to develop her practice and teaching skills, studying on numerous occasions with the founder of Anusara Yoga, John Friend and many of his senior teachers. She has studied regularly with meditation and philosophy teacher Carlos Pomeda and Yoga Therapist Doug Keller.

After many years of refining her teaching, Cassandra became a Certified Anusara teacher in 2009. She teaches a wide range of classes from beginners to advanced, as well as more specialised restorative and pre-natal classes. She has many dedicated students who have been attending her classes for over 10 years. She has also established a busy private practice and teaches many one-on-one yoga therapy sessions per week.

She is inspired to offer teacher training at Earth and Sky Yoga Studio as her part in helping maintain high standards and integrity in the teaching of yoga. In the Anusara tradition, Cassandra’s teaching style weaves precise bio-mechanical alignment and heart-centred philosophy with the intent to offer an experience of freedom and lightness to the body and the heart!



Teaching Practicum

The teaching practicum will be held as an initial 7-day intensive in July 2020 and for an additional 8 consecutive Sundays, as follows:

Monday July 20 – Sunday July 26 (inclusive)

August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

September 6, 13, 20


July intensive: 9am-5pm

Sundays: 8am – 4.00pm


Total course fee for Immersions and Teacher Training – 200hrs: $3,900

Early bird: $3,500 if paid by 18th December 2019

10% off for ESYS members and qualified yoga teachers:

Total course fee: $3,510

Early bird: $3,150 if paid by Friday 18th December 2019


To secure your place a $500 non-refundable deposit is required.

Our teacher training intake is limited in number to ensure one-on-one attention can be given to each student as needed, working with them to enhance their strengths and focus on areas to be improved.

Payment Plan Options:

If not paying in full/up-front, a payment plan is available with regular installments payable over the training period as follows:

$3,400 (full amount less $500 deposit) payable as 4 x $850 instalments due on or before the following dates in 2020:

February 1, April 1, July 1, September 1

Note no penalty will be incurred for payment plan option.

Payment Policy:

Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Please note that you will not receive your graduation certificate until all outstanding monies have been received.


The Anusara Teacher Training Manual is included in the course fees. Students will need to purchase some texts as required reading for the teacher training. The list of required texts will be given to students upon enrollment.


A minimum of 90% attendance is mandatory in order to graduate and receive your 200-hr certificate for this training. If due to unforeseen circumstances you are unable to attend any part of the training, contact hours can be made up and will be charged at the trainer’s fee of $120 per hour.


Applicants must have been practising yoga for a minimum of 12 months and additionally will be considered upon the merit of their application.


Teacher training will take place at Earth and Sky Yoga Studio in Marrickville. Our beautiful studio is in the heart of Marrickville with easy to access by public transport or car. Marrickville train station is within walking distance and bus routes 418, 423, 425, 426 and M30 stop on Marrickville Road near the studio.

The studio is located at 1/137 Marrickville Road, Marrickville NSW 2204. Please note the studio is on the first floor with access by stairs.


To receive an application form, or for more information please contact Cassandra at the studio:

Phone: 0413 303 484

Email cassandra@earthandskyyoga.com.au


July 20, 2020
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Cassandra Missio
+61 (0) 413 303 484


Earth and Sky Yoga Studio
1/137 Marrickville Road
Marrickville, NSW 2204 Australia
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0413 303 484