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Current medical system: a system of mental illness or health?

Written by Janet Lowndes & Michael de Manincor Statistics tell us that in each year approximately 1 in 5 Australians experience a mental illness. Not surprisingly, many people who come to Yoga classes experience mental health concerns, such as depression and anxiety. Mental health is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as “a state of well-being … Keep reading →

Is Restorative Yoga Right for Me?

Written by Jayne Robertson For many years I had one speed…fast.  And one intensity…hard. So how has a girl like me become so deeply enamored with restorative yoga?   Restorative yoga, as I have been taught, is a deeply healing practice that utilizes props…lots of them (blankets, bolsters, sandbags, belts, chairs, eye covers etc). It … Keep reading →

A Story of Personal Transformation: Marcus Slight

Marcus Slight is a man who has experienced a lot of pain and trauma. Here, his moving story acts as an inspirational tale of the strength he found through his Yoga journey. How Yoga found him In December 1999, a life-changing moment involving an accident at work reset Marcus’ course forever. Marcus worked in construction … Keep reading →

It Depends: Yoga for Hips

by Sarah Loveband When considering a suitable yoga practice for tight hips, it depends….     There are various factors which could be responsible for a person’s sensation of tightness in the hips. Muscle shortening, scar tissue, conditions like osteo or rheumatoid arthritis or even a person’s anatomical boney structure can limit their range of movement … Keep reading →

The Importance of Holding Space

What is ‘Holding Space’?      Most of us do this every day whether we realise it or not. With our family members, friends, students, colleagues and sometimes even strangers. It is both a simple and a complex undertaking. Simple, in that Holding Space for another essentially involves allowing them to say what they need … Keep reading →

Does Yoga improve your mental health?

Michael de Manincor’s PhD research says yes! The Facts In today’s society mental health concerns are becoming more and more prolific. In 2011-12, it was estimated that three million people in Australia (13.6% of the adult population) had a mental health condition, an increase from 11.2% in 2007-08, and 9.6% in 2001 (Australian Health Report, … Keep reading →

Tips for Teaching Kids

What is the most effective Yoga practice for kids? Well……IT DEPENDS…. Why do kids need Yoga? There are, what seems like, an infinite amount of benefits of practising yoga for children. There is however, still no one-size fits all for children, as each learn and are motivated in different ways. More and more children and … Keep reading →

What I learned from T K V Desikchar by Michael de Manincor

After 15 years of my own yoga practice, completion of teacher training and yoga therapy training programmes, and many years as a yoga teacher, including running our own yoga studio, I went to India to study at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM). My first trip was January 2001, when I met Mr TKV Desikachar. We … Keep reading →

It Depends: Yoga for Menopause

Menopause describes the changes a woman goes through either just before or after she stops menstruating, marking the end of her reproductive period.  During this phase, the majority of women experience both emotional and physical symptoms of varying degrees. How can Yoga help the process of menopause?….IT DEPENDS… Firstly, it would depend on what symptoms … Keep reading →

Science Behind Meditation: 20 Reasons to Start Today

Anjali-Mudra-The Yoga Institute

“Research shows that meditation can not only soothe a disturbed and busy mind, but actually change the way the brain is wired” Michael de Manincor Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. of Psychology Today detailed in a recent article, countless studies into the benefits of meditation. If you ever needed any more reasons, here they are: It Boosts Your HEALTH 1 – Increases … Keep reading →

Yoga for Back Pain: It Depends

You are not alone when it comes to experiencing back pain It has been estimated that 70–90% of people suffer from lower back pain in some form at some point in their lives (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2007–08, National Health Survey). Back problems can start early in life. Over the past years, there have been … Keep reading →

viniyogah: What is Viniyoga?

At The Yoga Institute we don’t teach any particular ‘style’ of yoga. We teach yoga according to the principle of the ‘viniyoga of Yoga’. The viniyoga of Yoga can be described as the intelligent and systematic application of yoga tools and techniques according to the unique needs and circumstances of the individual. This principle was … Keep reading →

Yoga to support Pregnancy & beyond: It Depends

What is the best practice for Pregnancy? Well it depends? Here are general considerations to inform a pregnancy yoga practice. Please remember there are no one size that fits all when it comes to developing a Yoga practice during this special time. The most appropriate practice is always the one that is tailored to meet … Keep reading →

Yoga for Reducing Anxiety: It Depends

Anxiety is a common mental health concern. Nearly 4% of Australian adults live with a diagnosed anxiety disorder. That’s almost 1 million people in Australia, and there are many more people who experience some form of anxiety that is not diagnosed. What is Anxiety? Anxiety is generally described as feelings of fear, worry or nervousness … Keep reading →

Health benefits of red wine, really? Ayurveda says yes

According to John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, Ayurveda says that a shot glass of wine can help relieve blood stagnation and release liver stagnation in the cold, sedentary winter months. Draksha is red wine that is infused with herbs that can help keep a person warm and cozy during the wintertime. Wine is … Keep reading →

How to choose the best Teacher Training for you

  How to Choose the Best Teacher Training for You     In the ever-growing landscape of Yoga studies, it is becoming increasingly difficult to know what really makes a good Yoga teacher training? Follow these 6 check list items:Does it feel like the ‘right fit’ for you? You’re going to be spending some time with … Keep reading →

Reduce Symptoms of Depression & Anxiety with Yoga

Spreading the word Our very own Director, Michael de Manincor PhD, is travelling to Adelaide to present the results of his research – Yoga for Mental Health – at The National Psychiatry Congress. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), 2017 Congress  “Speaking our Minds. Telling our Stories”  Symposium:   Yoga Therapy in Psychiatric … Keep reading →

Yoga Philosophy: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Living

Kriya Yoga – the action of Yoga  tapah      svadhyaya     isvarapranidhana kriya yogah  Discipline     Self Enquiry     Surrender The term kriya yoga is describing yoga as a process of personal transformation, which is so much more than just a means to keep us healthy. More than doing something because it … Keep reading →

It Depends: Yoga for Insomnia

What is the most effective Yoga practice for insomnia? Well……IT DEPENDS…. There is no one-size fits all in Yoga, particularly when working with a specific condition, disease or illness. Insomnia affects 30% of the population and all those individuals could be experiencing it in very different ways and having it affect their lives in very different … Keep reading →

Our place in the Krishnamacharya and Desikachar lineage

Sri T Krishnamcharya (1888-1989) – The Source At The Yoga Institute we teach an approach of yoga that derives its roots from the teachings of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (Nov 18th, 1888 – Feb 28th, 1989). This post aims to share a brief summary on the life of Krishnamacharya and our connection to his teachings. The life of Krishnamacharya … Keep reading →

EXCITING NEWS: New graduate yoga therapy programme and partnership with AIYT

The Yoga Institute (TYI) is excited to announce that we are partnering with Australia’s longest standing Yoga Therapy Training provider, The Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy (AIYT), for the co-development and delivery of our respective Yoga Therapy training programmes. This partnership is a continuation of a well-established working relationship between Janet Lowndes (Director of AIYT), … Keep reading →

Christmas Presence and the Promise of the New Year

It’s so easy at this time of year to get caught up in the whirl of feast planning, crazy shopping, gift wrapping, tree decorating, christmas parties and catch-ups, and not be truly present to ourselves and our loved ones. I’ve often found myself searching high and low for the ‘perfect thoughtful present’ for a loved one … Keep reading →

Savour Italy: A Personal Reflection

Yoga Holiday: Savour Italy

By Kirstie Christensen. I have to be completely honest, I procrastinated writing this article for weeks, it was pushed to the bottom of the ‘to do list’ time and time again. So much happened in my one week Italian adventure, how could I possibly summarise my experience in a couple of pages? Lucky for me, … Keep reading →

Positive Rituals to Start Your Day

Morning Ritual

Here at The Yoga Institute, we cannot overemphasise the benefits of yoga on your health and well-being. An integrated yoga practice extends far beyond the bounds of the mat and encompasses our moment by moment choices about they ways we treat ourselves and others. How we choose to start our days can have a big impact … Keep reading →

Our teacher is gone. His teachings continue.

T.K.V. Desikachar June 21, 1938 – August 8, 2016 It’s been a sad week here at The Yoga Institute following the passing of our beloved teacher Sri TKV Desikachar. Mr Desikachar lived a life of service to teaching and healing through yoga, and has made an extraordinary contribution to our world. He has given profound knowledge, … Keep reading →

Video: The Science Behind Yoga

Film: The Science of Yoga

Check out this short film ‘The Science Behind Yoga’ which launched last month. This is a fascinating film that delves into new areas of research that are emerging, looking at the physical and mental health benefits of yoga. It features contributions from experts in the fields of yoga, meditation, neuroscience and psychology including our own Michael de … Keep reading →

2016 International Day of Yoga

Private Yoga Lessons, Personalised Yoga

It’s been a week of connection and celebration to mark the United Nations International Day of Yoga. Tuesday 21st of June was the second annual International Day of Yoga, and we held our own celebration here at the centre in Cammeray in the evening. It was a lovely chance to get together with our community and … Keep reading →