Latest News From The Yoga Institute

What’s the difference? Yoga postures and Yoga Practice?

The difference between doing yoga postures and having a yoga practice. It’s been great to see more yoga teachers speaking out about the importance of a home practice. Yoga International and Kara-Leah Grant make some important points about the power of a regular ‘home’ practice. I loved Yoga International’s comment about the wonderful value of … Keep reading →

Do you really know Yoga if you don’t know the Yoga Sutras?

Written by Natalie Bowcutt I was clueless for years I started practicing Yoga sporadically around 8 years ago, more regularly in the last 5 or 6 years. I began practicing in a variety of Yoga classes, my first love being, what you might call, ‘vinyasa flow’. I loved the fluid, ‘dance-like’ quality of the movements. … Keep reading →

Will I ever sit comfortably in Hero’s pose?

Written by Kaye Tribe Have you ever thought, will I ever sit comfortably in Hero’s pose? And if I keep on stretching, will this change? The answer is, it Depends. Kaye Tribe explores why. This is a very common question from many Yoga practitioners. Why is it so challenging? The position of the bony articulations of the hip … Keep reading →

Get to know your teacher: Lisa Grauaug

Meet Lisa Grauaug What brought you to Yoga? Being curious and my partner was spending a lot of time teaching Yoga and attending classes. How long have you been teaching for and where did you train? I have been teaching since 2004 and completed formal Yoga Teacher training at The Yoga Institute in 2009. I … Keep reading →

Is 200 Hours Enough to Teach Yoga?

Written by Natalie Bowcutt   Reading the article (see link below) written by The Yoga Journal, on the effectiveness of a 200 hour teacher training, compelled me to to share why we do what we do. The Yoga Institute offers a faculty of teachers with over 25 years of experience. We believe, through providing professional support … Keep reading →

A personal journey from imprisonment to freedom

Mental health concerns are a common problem in our modern lives. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1 in 5 people will have experienced a mental health issue in the past 12 months. Julia Conchie (Jules), a recent graduate of The Yoga Institute, has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and describes how in the … Keep reading →

The New Science Behind Yoga

The follow-up to the original film “The Science of Yoga” Last year we shared with you the short film “The Science of Yoga” which featured interviews with a number of leading thinkers and researchers in yoga, meditation and the mind-body connection, including Michael de Manincor of The Yoga Institute. Uplift have now released a second … Keep reading →

Yoga for Scoliosis: It depends

The practice of Yoga is recommended for scoliosis. Which type of Yoga will depend on a few things….. Scoliosis is a visible curve in the spine that goes sideways (laterally). This curve may be a single or a double curve and there can even be a twisting of the vertebrae mixed in with the sideways … Keep reading →

Yoga for Surfers

TKV Desikachar, son and student of T Krishnamacharya, friend and teacher of The Yoga Institute’s Founding Director, Michael de Manincor, used to regularly teach that yoga is not only good for general health and well-being, it can help improve many areas of our lives, including our golfing ability. He never mentioned surfing, but the same … Keep reading →

Get to know your teacher: Len Gillespie

    What is your name?  Leonard Gillespie. You can call me Len if you like. What brought you to Yoga? Mainly an interest in the body beautiful and how I might develop it in as many ways as possible. Yoga practice was integral in my recovery from serious illness and learning to be kinder … Keep reading →

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

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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?

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

In the ever-growing landscape of Yoga studies, it is becoming increasingly difficult to know what really makes a good Yoga teacher training. So here a 6 things to consider to help you make the right choice…    1. Does it feel like the ‘right fit’ for you? You’re going to be spending quite 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 →