Advanced Teaching Skills and Mentoring

50 Hour Program with AYA's co-Founder and Principal Dominique Santana Salerno

Grow yourself. Grow your teaching.

Cultivating and refining your personal practice and your craft as a teacher is a lifelong journey.

This journey can be greatly enhanced by the guidance of a mentor to light the way forward, support your growth and help you take your teaching to the next level.

In this in depth, 50-hour program, AYAs co-Founder and Principal Dominique Santana Salerno will share her 20 years of experience teaching with you; exploring the essential areas of development for Yoga teaching in the modern world.

Course Dates 2020
August 1, 8, 15, 29 & 30 + September 12


8am to 5pm each day

Early Bird: $1250 (June 30)
Full Price: $1450

Course Modules

Communication & Cueing

  • Communication and yoga teaching
  • Exploration of clear cueing
  • Tailoring verbal cues to individual students


  • Effective use of breathwork in the modern yoga class
  • Breaking down ‘barriers to breathing’

Assured Adjusting

  • Safe hands on assists
  • Adjusting the individual
  • Integrating effective propping

Awareness & Alignment

  • Breath, Bandha & Dristhi
  • ‘Wholistic Individual Alignment’

Vinyasa Krama

  • Designing and Sequencing
  • Teaching smooth transitions
  • Utilising peak postures

About Dominique

Dominique Santana Salerno, Principal of Australian Yoga Academy, is a passionate an inspired yoga practitioner and teacher.

Dominique co-founded Australian Yoga Academy in 2000 and in 2005 went on to develop AYA’s now renowned Yoga Teaching Program.

Since 2000, Dominique and AYA have opened 8 studios throughout Melbourne and have trained almost 1000 yoga teachers who are sharing the wisdom of yoga and changing people’s lives.

She is passionate about providing the highest quality professional training for Yoga Teachers at a foundation level as well as in specialist subject areas.

In addition to her many years teaching and studying in Australia, Dominique spent over 12 months in India, Thailand and Taiwan studying Ashtanga Yoga, Pranayama, Sanskrit, Yogic Philosophy and Ayurvedic Medicine. She was fortunate to have the opportunity to work and mentor with some of the worlds’ greatest teachers.

Dominique believes that yoga is a tool for developing our human potential. She is a rare individual with the unique ability to communicate the internal benefits of practice and timeless spiritual concepts in a practical and down to earth manner.

Her open heart, indomitable energy and relaxed approach enable her to truly connect with her students, inspiring those she works with to empower all areas of their lives.