About The Yoga Institute


The Classical Traditions of T Krishnamacharya & TKV Desikachar - brought to life for you today


For people with a passion for yoga, The Yoga Institute offers inspiration, education and support in applying the ancient wisdom of yoga to modern lives. The Yoga Institute provides:

Our Yoga Teacher Training Faculty

Located on Sydney’s Lower North Shore, The Yoga Institute is a dedicated centre for education in yoga. Passionate about yoga and the benefits it brings to peoples' lives, our team is lead by Dr Michael de Manincor, a direct student of TKV Desikachar.


Our team committed to providing yoga teachers and yoga teacher training students with a highly engaging learning experience. This includes:

  • Using best practice adult education methodologies
  • Fostering an open, safe and supportive learning environment
  • Utilising web-based e-learning tools to complement face-to-face tuition
  • Facilitation of stimulating and intelligent discussion
  • Highly skilled and experienced lecturing staff and mentors

The Yoga Institute values the role that mentoring offers both trainee teachers and yoga teachers. We have a team of experienced mentors who provide support and guidance, including developing a personal yoga practice.

Course Recognition

Yoga Australia (formerly YTAA)

The Yoga Institute's 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program is registered with Yoga Australia. Completion of the Diploma course meets all the requirements to become a full member with Yoga Australia (Level 1, 350 hrs).

Membership of Yoga Australia also provides eligibility to gain professional indemnity insurance in Australia.

Please note that currently there is no governing body or government requirements for course accreditation or certification of Yoga Teachers in Australia. However, government requirements for accreditation and registration of Yoga Teachers may change in the future.


At The Yoga Institute we teach an approach to yoga that comes from the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya, who is considered to be one of the greatest yogis of the past century.

During the one hundred years of his life, he inspired thousands of practitioners worldwide and taught prominent teachers such as B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, Indra Devi, A.G. Mohan, and his own son TKV Desikachar.

T K V DesikacharTKV Desikachar was a student of his father for three decades. In 1976 he founded a non-profit Yoga Centre in Chennai, India, The Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) to share and propagate the teachings of his father and teacher.

Essential to these teachings is the principle to "Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other".

Yoga should always be adapted to the needs, circumstances and goals of each individual, never the individual to fit the yoga.

The Yoga Institute acknowledges the Cammeraygal people of the Eora nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our centre is based.

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