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Science Behind Meditation: 20 Reasons to Start Today

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“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?

The 8 limbs are intended to be practiced according to the principle of viniyoga – with specific consideration of the individual and to be continuously linked as changes occur. If you are practicing a pose that is not being adjusted for your body – are you practicing Yoga? If you are moving too quickly or … 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

by Kristen Melville. 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 … 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 →

Guest Post: Yoga for free, for charity and for profit

Teaching Yoga for Free, Charity & Profit

by Brook McCarthy There’s a time for working for free, a place for charitable yoga teaching and a role for working for profit. As a yoga teacher, knowing the difference between these will help you avoid heartache and thrive as a professional, while helping to lift the entire yoga sector. Whether you’re a fledgling yoga … Keep reading →

Video: Yoga and Mental Health

Michael de Manincor presenting at Happiness and its causes conference

Last month Michael de Manincor of The Yoga Institute had the opportunity to present the findings from his PhD research on Yoga and Mental Health at the Happiness and its Causes conference in Sydney. It’s fascinating research and Michael delivered it with his usual warmth and good humour. We highly recommend you take a few … Keep reading →

Digital Download: Centering Breath Practice

Pratiloma Ujjayi Pranayama Practice Video

Last month we shared a PDF practice card explaining the benefits of the breathing practice called Pratiloma Ujjayi, and how to do it. In this post, we’re sharing a video where our Director, Michael de Manincor leads you through the practice. Pratiloma Ujjayi is a calming, balancing, centering pranayama technique using a combination of alternate … Keep reading →

10 Minute Breath-Centering

Pratiloma Ujjayi Breath Centering Practice

Pratiloma Ujjayi is a calming, balancing, centering pranayama technique using a combination of alternate nostril breathing and ujjayi (the soft feeling of the breath in the throat). Click on the image below to download the practice instruction card: This practice is recommended only for experienced practitioners who have learnt how to use ujjayi and alternate nostril … Keep reading →

Introducing Cammeray Yoga

Community yoga in Cammeray

The Yoga Institute is proud to announce the launch of our local community initiative, Cammeray Yoga, which will continue to provide all the wonderful breath centered classes and short yoga courses you are used to experiencing at the centre. This change will allow the faculty at The Yoga Institute to focus on continuing to deliver inspiring, … Keep reading →

Women and Yoga 

Women and Yoga

Yoga provides a sustaining force at every stage of life By Lisa Grauaug Yoga offers an array of benefits for women in all stages of life and when practiced appropriately and regularly it can have a powerful positive impact on a woman’s health and wellbeing. Yoga as a practice deals with the mind and brings about … Keep reading →

Santi Claus is Coming to Town

Annebelle van Tongeren - Yoga Teacher

by Annebelle van Tongeren Well there’s no getting around it. As we move through our December days, confronted by jingle bells at every shop window, and every streetscape adorned with all things merry and bright, we are without a doubt headed for that marvellous celebration. Christmas. And I love it. I come from a large Catholic … Keep reading →

Why develop a gratitude practice?

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by Brigette Keeble* The fields of yoga, mindfulness and psychology converge in that they all encourage the practice of positive intentional activities to improve one’s emotional health and wellbeing. Why is it so important that we spend time practicing mindfulness and cultivating attitudes like gratitude? We now know that how we direct our lives – … Keep reading →