The Centre

Shanti Yoga is more than a holistic yoga, meditation and ayurvedic health centre. We are a unique community with a shared vision of health, wellbeing, fostering relationships and sustainability, supported  in all that we currently offer by likeminded members which allows us to invest in your future. We are your other home. We offer an outstanding education, research and healthcare place with an incredible healing vibe and an atmosphere of fun, support and peace. 
The centre offers a timetable of regular, multilevel classes that provide individual attention and modifications by experienced teachers, tutorials and workshops in yogic studies and yoga teacher training, meditation courses and retreats, personal growth, ayurvedic studies and practitioner training, clinics with herbal remedies, treatments, and wonderful therapies, including massage, vegetarian meals, cooking classes, health management, living English, public speaking through drama, Sanskrit, chanting (kirtan), classical and contemporary Indian dance and escorted trips to India. We integrate Vedic and Buddhist education, culture, the arts, lifestyle and wellbeing providing the ideal environment for spiritual growth. In this connection, the centre conducts a number of cultural and spiritual events and retreats during the year.
Over four and a half decades of teaching yoga, students have come to Shanti Yoga with various health problems such as injuries, back pain and joint issues (foot, ankle, knee, hip, lower back, shoulder, elbow, wrist, fingers and toes, neck and so on), systemic disorders (nervous system, muscuo-skeletan system, reproductive and urinary system), digestive and metabolic disorders, such as IBS, Colitis, diabetes, obesity, auto-immune illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, celiacs, chronic fatigue, women's health, cancer, anxiety, depression, and so on. Through an unbrokenn lifetime of connecting deeply with students to facilitate self empowerment, enduring and life transforming healing, Shantiji's experience has taken our focus, health services, research, training and quality medicine sourcing and manufacturing into health and educational services targeting: 
• health prevention for healthy, health conscious people 
• the prevention of all obstructive, degenerative and chronic diseases of modern life
• support in the control and cure of curable diseases, and
• support for the management and control of chronic, non curable and lifestyle diseases
Many of our members have been with us from the very beginning. Often, once people join our yoga family, they never want to leave, and unless they move, they usually do not leave. Friendship is normal, and with a culture where somebody knows somebody else, we continue to grow with the enthusiasm of our students, clients, patients and patrons giving us the energy to do so. Most of our members are professionals, hardworking folk from various walks of life. Then there are the artists, poets, amazing cooks, students in school, and students of life. With us you are among your kind of human being. We are indeed an amazing community of people who come together and truly care for each other. You will be nurtured, empowered and inspired. Everybody is welcome.
"The immense fulfilment of the friendship between those engaged on furthering the evoliution of consciousness has a quality impossible to describe."
                                                     Teilhard de Chardin
You have found a place of community where you can rest your mind and make friends with being human. A warm welcome to the Shanti Yoga Health Institute, our urban centre, and Nirvana Wellness Retreat, our rural centre, founded and headed by Shanti Gowans. 

Available here is a core curriculum of a traditional path in Yoga, Vedanta, Meditation and Ayurvedic Training in proven ways that build valuable skills inclusive of health, happiness and peace of mind, in a supportive and peaceful environment. 
You are invited to explore our diverse programs designed to help you rediscover your inherent sanity, gentleness, humour and a renewed sense of wellbeing. We specialise on ways that carry these inspirational practices into improving the quality of your daily life and community.

Become a monthly or annual Shanti Yoga member and attend 

FREE Shanti Yoga community events.

The Shanti Yoga Health Institute Australia is a holistic, psycho-spiritual, international health education centre. You learn and practice the why, what, when and how
  • to breath
  • to exercise and stretch
  • to relax
  • to think positively and creatively
  • to cook and be healthy
  • to dance
  • to design, draw and paint
  • to contemplate

We aim to support you in high thinking, with an objective perspective on your stresses and tensions and to realise that relief is possible and coupled with release. 

At the end of the day, our ailments are largely self-invited and self-engendered. They have their roots in a pressured lifestyle, poor choices with food, exercise, hygiene, attitude, goals, relationships and expectations thereof, and our stories. In our dissemination of health knowledge, we encourage you to avoid substance abuse and other measures which interfere with the integrity of your body-mind-spirit complex and to trust the healing and restorative power of nature and your own essential nature. “Freedom from the known“ (J. Krishnamurthy) arises from losing all stories. There is wisdom that is beyond knowledge and ignorance. Your search for Truth ends there where you are. You will recognise your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.
Magnificent blessings,
houses the following:
  • Health Institute Australasia
  • Shanti Yoga™ Research Centre
  • Ayurveda Australia
  • The Meditation Institute
  • Nirvana Wellness Sanctuary
  • Bollywood Australia
  • Pure Shanti™ products
  • Inner Peace Publications
  • One World Productions
Holistic Health Education
Lifestyle Education
Nutritional Education. Digestive Health. Weightloss Program
Wholesome Vegetarian Cooking 
Herbal Education and Treatments 
Ayurveda Consultatons. Herbal medicine. Treatments. Ayurvedic Practitioner Training.
Yoga classes. Children's yoga. Yoga Teacher Training. Yoga books and learning aids
Therapeutic, medical yoga and clinical ayurveda 
Meditation retreats. Meditation facilitator training.
Stress management. Deep relaxation. Sleep clinic.
Theatre, Music, Public Speaking and Drama
Indian culture and dance
Panckakarma (in-patients)
Skin (out-patients)


For thousands of years Vedic seers and sages have observed life processes and relationships between human beings and their environment. From this observation, the art of yoga and the Indian systems of medicine have developed a vocabulary to describe the myriad body patterns, a method of description not available to Western medicine because of its emphasis on disease states.

The Vedic system of philosophy and healing is a coherent and independent system of thought and practice that has been developed over two millennia. Grounded in ancient texts, it is a result of a continuous process of critical thinking as well as extensive clinical observation and testing. It represents a thorough formulation and reformulation of material by respected clinicians and theoreticians. It is however, rooted in the philosophy, logic, sensibility and habits of a civilisation entirely foreign to the Western world, and has therefore developed its own perception of health and illness. 

The Vedic approach is a more holistic consideration of health and disease and of the delicate interplay between these opposing forces. The evidence now indicates that Yoga and meditation can induce analgesia and that its use is associated with measurable psychological changes. What is also very appealing is its strong emphasis on prevention and its practical success with conditions that Western medicine is not so good with, such as inflammatory bowel disease, as well as a range of autoimmune disorders. From mid twenthieth century, in the wake of post-war era and a courageously sanctioned exchange of information between the East and the West, the Vedic world view has enjoyed a surge of popularity as the long awaited panacea from the East. Its movement of healing practices, clinical skills, revered literature, traditional knowledge and distinctive philosophy has been unusually rapid. However, this enthusiasm has consistently been dogged by a backlash within medical (and religious) extablishments which, unable to obtain "scientific proof" of claims made by the yoga, meditation and ayurvedic proponents was often ready to categorise this rational body of knowledge into a religious faith system and thus abandon this unique system of healing and to forbid its practice in the Western world. However, both by uncritically undervaluing it or by setting it on a pedestal are barriers to understanding. These attempts were unsuccessful, however, and investigations of the possible applications of Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda to Western understanding and healing have continued.

Although these have gained some acceptance, the average participant probably cannot summarise its theoretical structure as the current medical and scientific community has never considered seriously the medical tradition and culture from which these practices sprang. As if a full understand of Yoga were encompassed by knowing and executing asana! This absurdity is compounded by the fact that isolating a part from its natural environment for investigation is antithetical to the philosophy and culture of a holistic discipline. The problem does not lie with the medical and scientific establishment, it lies in the difficulty in presenting the cultural healing tradition in toto. A completely unfamiliar approach to health and disease, and the emphasis on energy and its balanced flow throughout the body is a stumbling block for Westerners who cannot see beyond the limitations of the paradigm of materialistic science. Additionally there are the pitfalls of interpreting the foreigh terminology whose terms have connotations that are quite different to what is ordinarily experienced in English.

Biomedicine is primarily concerned with isolatable disease categories or agents of disease, which it zeroes in on, isolates and tries to change, control or destroy. An ontologically circumscribed entity is the privileged ideal of a system. The Western physician starts with a symptom, then searches for the underlying mechanism - a precise cause for a specific disease. The disease may affect various parts of the body, but it is a  relatively well-defined, self-contained phenomenon. Precise diagnosis frames an exact, quantifiable description of a narrow area. The physician's logic is anaytic - cutting through the accumulation of bodily phenomena like a surgeon's scalpel to isolate one single entity or cause.

The Vedic physician, in contrast, directs their attention to the complete physiological and psychological individual. All relevant information, including the symptoms as well as the patient's other general characteristics, is gathered and woven together until it forms a pattern of disharmony, which describes a situation of imbalance in a patient's body. The diagnostic technique does not turn up a specific disease entity or precise cause, but renders an almost poetic, yet workable description of a whole person. The question of cause and effect is secondary to the overall pattern. One does not ask "Why is X causing Y?" but rather "What is the relatioship between X and Y?" Interested in discerning the relationships in human activities occurring at the same time, the logic attempts to organise symptoms and signs into understandable configurations. The total configurations, the patterns of disharmony, provide the framework for treatment. The therapy then attempts to bring the configuration into balance, to restore harmony to the individual.

To summarise, in Western medicine, understanding an illness means uncovering a distinct entity that is separate from the patient's being. The Vedic healing understanding is based on the idea that no single part can be understood except in its relation to the whole, thus understanding an illness means perceiving the relationships among all the patient's signs and symptoms in the context of their life. 

Excited to transmit what I have learnt from my earlier Indian culture, and contiue to learn and study, I have taught tens of thousands of students, treated many patients and after more than five decades of experience, study and reflection, while still retaining its distinct, traditional orientation. The work is more than the experimentations of a person who has just gotten ashore with the need to share a fantastic story. While continuing to being an introduction to a coherent and radically distinct approach towards healing, our research is grounded in two distinct cultures that embody hope. Patients need treatment. Practitioners need strategies. Healing thus embodies an art with a compelling and ever poetic message.

To our friends, yogis, ayurvedic doctors, medical doctors, therapists, healers and students who attend my lectures and classes and ask many questions that helped to furnish our research; to our teachers of the traditional, classical paths of Yoga and Ayurveda, who gave and continue to give so unselfishly; to my parents and family whose love is always with me through life that has taught me so much. Thank you for assisting me to merge the insight of a Yogic meditator and Ayurvedic practitioner with the scepticism of a modern, inquiring scientist.  The testimony of my life has been more than a literally and scholarly tribute.

• Autoimmune disorders
• Back care
• Better quality of life in Cancer, Aids and other viral disease
• Chair Yoga
• Digestive Health
• Managment of Musculoskeletal disorders
• Management of Nervous System
• Pain Management
• Panchakarma - body purification treatments
• Parkinsons
• Rejuvenation
• Respiratory Diseases
• Sleep clinics
• Skin 
• Stress Management

Our long term vision includes:

• Building an Institution that offers Education, Research and Comprehensive Healthcare for multiple diseases under one roof at an affordable cost.

• Pallative care for chronic degenerative diseases.

• Education in Control, Cure and Prevention of all obstructive, degenerative and chronic diseases of modern life.

• Management and prevention of seasonal auto immune disorders by Ayurvedic panchakarma.



Our Centres have a number of spaces available for your workshops, gatherings, lessons, classes and meetings for occasional or ongoing hire on as needed basis.
Please provide your Business name, Website address and Public and Professional Liability Insurance details.
Please contact us for rates and availability on (07) 5531 0511 or email
  • Excellent Southport location
  • Close to public transport
  • Professionally furnished, clean clinic/therapy/practitioner rooms
  • Showering facilities
  • Air conditioned
  • Part of a Meditation and Yoga studio
  • Flexible days available
  • Peaceful, warm, friendly ambience
  • Well equipped kitchen with kettle, microwave, crockery and cutlery
  • Free Wifi
  • Very reasonable daily and sessional rates.
Note: Hire of facilities must include payment for set-up and set-down time.
Mon - Sat 8am-8pm
Sunday 9am-6pm
Studio 1 (Scarborough Street entrance) is spacious, filled with light, appropriate for yoga and dance lessons and workshops, meetings and gatherings. It is centrally air-conditioned and has a podium, mirrors, timber floor, data projector, a surround sound stereo system. Yoga mats, cushions, blankets and props are available for hire. This is a no ‘outdoor shoes’ zone. Outside the studio is a rack provided for footwear.
Studio 2/Training Room (Windmill Street entrance) is fully air-conditioned, carpeted, filled with light, appropriate for yoga, meetings and gatherings. It has a whiteboard, chairs and shoes can be worn here.
The Lecture Room is fully air-conditioned, has two whiteboards, a computer, overhead data projector, and desks.
There are five small Therapy Rooms which are fully furnished with massage tables and towels. If you have regular bookings, you are most welcome to use our towels, which is included in the room hire, but you must launder and return them in an approved condition, and in a timely manner.
All you need to bring are your lotions/oils and other consumables.
A small Consultation Room with table and chairs is also available.
The Lobby/Reception Area offers sitting and hanging out space, couches and chairs while your clients are waiting. There is also a small retail shop.
Whiteboards and easily connectable data projectors are provided, and need to be booked in advance. 

PRICE LIST: Casual Contract
Studio 1
Studio 2
Lecture Room
Consult Room
Ayurveda Room
Therapy Room
Beauty Room
Hourly rate
Half Day (4 hrs)
Full day (8 hrs)
Sat - flat rate
Conditions for Hire
  • Shanti Yoga/HIA reserves the right to accept or refuse hire of our establishment.
  • Bookings are only accepted upon pre-payment.
  • Rates include Shanti Yoga receptionist.
  • Rates do not include GST.
  • No meat products, alcohol, smoking or drugs to be brought into or consumed in our premises.
  • All behaviour and language to be of a professional nature and conducive to a spiritual centre of learning.
  • Rooms will be provided clean and tidy. Rooms must be returned clean and tidy.
  • Alternatively, we will provide a cleaner, and an extra fee will apply, which will be deducted from your bond.
  • Any breakages/damages/spills need to be reported and paid for.
  • Bond of $500 for 4 hours or less, $1,000 per 8-hour day must be paid in advance.
  • You must provide your own consumables, such as massage consumerables eg. aromatherapy oils, tissues, candles etc. This also includes tea and coffee, dishwashing liquid, tea towels etc. Alternatively we can supply you for an extra fee.
  • The Kitchen must be kept spotless. All dishes must be washed, dried and put away. This is a vegetarian environment. 
  • Please allow for set up and set down time when making your booking.
  • A fully refundable bond applies if satisfactory return.
We can provide vegan or vegetarian catering if requested (extra charges apply).
Tea, filtered water and coffee can be provided - extra fee applies.

About Shantiji

Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.

Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television... Read more about Shantiji's biography

India-Nepal Tour

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