Author: Kristen Melville

What have our students experienced studying with us in 2020?

It’s clear that 2020 has been one of the strangest and most challenging years for so many. Our 2020 cohort of Teacher Trainees were just a few weeks into their studies when the first Covid-19 restrictions were announced.

With so much uncertainty as to how long the pandemic would last or what it would mean for how we live our lives, our students stepped into the uncertainty.

They continued on their path of learning about and embodying the ancient wisdom of Yoga and how it can be applied to modern lives.

The stories of how studying with us has supported students through the many challenges of 2020 are truly inspiring:

“While 2020 has had many peaks and troughs, completing my yoga teacher training through The Yoga Institute was certainly the highest peak! in a year marked by much turbulence and chaos, the course was very grounding for me. Not only have I grown in terms of my physical asana practices, I have also depended my knowledge of yoga philosophy, discovered the many benefits of pranayama and meditation and built my confidence as I embark on teaching yoga classes of my own. I am really thankful to the wonderful team at The Yoga Institute for providing me with this opportunity.”

2020 Teacher Trainee

“The team at The Yoga Institute have gone beyond and above during this year of Covid, always moulding and adapting to whatever restrictions are thrown their way. I felt Covid did not impact my yoga studies due to the support and diligence of The Yoga Institute.” 

2020 Teacher Trainee

“Whilst on stand down, studying yoga is what kept me grounded (and sane!). I initially joined the course as ‘life enhancement’ to sit alongside the rest of my life. But I have walked away with a completely transformed mindset and new found purpose in life. Not only has my life been enhanced, but all those around me are benefiting from it too.”

2020 Teacher Trainee

How we support our students through uncertainty

If you are concerned about the uncertainty that 2021 might bring we want to assure you that our teacher training course will not be hindered. Not only have we ‘adapted and moulded’ to the restrictions and changes, we have been working hard enriching our students learning experience in so many ways. Our online learning platform has more content, we have

  • Developed additional material, both written and video
  • Shared new resources 
  • Online classes are now available 
  • Zoom classroom sessions are recorded and available to watch and rewatch! 

Community and safety is important. Where possible we are conducting training in person and we have hygiene measures and physical distancing in place for the safety of our students and faculty.

We have tools and processes in place to move classes to an online format when needed and students are able to access course materials and session recordings via our online teaching portal.

Importantly, our students receive care and individual attention from our faculty and their mentor to make sure they feel supported throughout their time studying with us.

Taking care of our mental health has never been so important. The development of a personal practice and one-on-one mentoring our students receive as part of their studies has been a lifeline for many:

“I initially started doing the course to improve my posture but it became so much more than that. It has assisted me with a holistic approach to living, helping not only my physical body but also my mind. Helping me stay calm through a very trying year.”

2020 Teacher Trainee

“The course changed to suit Covid conditions and the support I received from my mentor was par to none. Our mentors are like mothers… we all thought we had the best one! We always had someone to support us through our yoga journey”

2020 Teacher Trainee

“I’ve benefited immensely from the one-on-one mentoring which allowed me to practice yoga, pranayama and meditation throughout lockdown and beyond. Completing this course is the best thing I have done in years and I’m truly excited about where it will take me!”

2020 Teacher Trainee

If you LOVE Yoga and are curious to learn more, come along to our next Information Session – it’s free! Book Now

You have nothing to lose and so much to gain!

Update: We’re staying flexible

We hope that you and your loved ones are managing OK in these challenging times.

What is happening at The Yoga Institute?

In response to the pandemic, we had made the decision earlier in the year to temporarily deliver all our training online via a combination of live online classes and self-paced learning. 

With the easing of restrictions here in NSW, we are now able to do training in person once again and have implemented a range of hygiene and physical distancing measures to ensure the health and safety of students and faculty.

Where are things at now?

Most of our courses already included an online component so we’ve been able to adapt quickly to a hybrid face-to-face / online model and stay flexible as the circumstances change. The feedback from our students about our online training has been incredibly positive and we are also really enjoying coming together (safely) in the classroom again.

Will there be a permanent shift to ‘fully online’?

We greatly value the sense of community that comes from being together. Whilst we acknowledge there are many ways to foster that online, we plan to continue offering training that includes face-to-face classroom learning for key components of our programs.

Can I complete the whole course online?

At this stage, no. Our intention is to come together in the classroom wherever we are able to do so safely. There are certain aspects of our teachings that benefit greatly from a face-to-face component. Therefore, you won’t be able to complete all of your studies online.

More questions?

If you’d like to learn more or have specific questions, please email us at or phone on 0477 021 219.

Pre Natal and Post Natal Yoga Teaching Course

What to consider when practicing yoga during and after pregnancy

Pre Natal and Post Natal Yoga Teaching Courseby Lisa Grauaug

Pregnancy brings with it a multitude of amazing physical and emotional changes that support the health, growth and birth of a newborn baby.

A yoga practice during and after pregnancy can be supportive, integrative and enable these natural changes.

To realise these benefits there are some key things women need to consider about practising yoga during and after pregnancy:

1. Yoga students who are pregnant and attend general Yoga classes must inform the Yoga Teacher. There are a number of postures that need to be modified or are not suitable during and immediately following pregnancy. An appropriately trained teacher will be able to provide guidance.

2. A woman’s needs change over the three trimesters of pregnancy and after birth. A suitable yoga practice supports the natural changes throughout pregnancy and beyond.

3. There are an array of hormonal changes during pregnancy. One change involves a softening and loosening effect on ligaments and muscles, caused by the release of the hormone relaxin. Because of the effects of relaxin pregnant women are advised to be careful not to over-stretch or over extend in postures and to work with maintaining alignment.

4. During pregnancy there are two beings to consider – the mother and the growing baby. In a yoga practice, one very important consideration is to NOT compress or overly contract the belly to ensure comfort and to safely accommodate the growing baby in-utero.

5. Another important factor is for pregnant women to avoid becoming overheated. A well-ventilated room is essential and over-exertion and strong physical practices are best avoided.

6. A pregnancy or post-natal yoga class with other pregnant women or new mums provides valuable time to share experiences, and a great way to support one’s wellbeing during pregnancy and as a new mother.

If you are pregnant or have recently given birth it is highly recommended to find a pregnancy or post-natal Yoga class. Sometimes finding these specialised yoga classes can be difficult – OR you might be keen to continue attending your regular exercise or yoga class.

If this is the case, attending a general yoga class with a teacher that has been trained to teach yoga to pregnant women and new mothers is strongly recommended. This will ensure that the practices are suitably modified to cater for your changing body, mind and baby.

Teaching pregnancy and post-natal Yoga is a specialised skill set and as part of a focused graduate training in pre and post-natal yoga, a Yoga teacher will gain a comprehensive understanding of the common changes associated with pregnancy.

Some yoga teachers choose to specialise in this area and offer dedicated pre and post-natal classes to support pregnant women and new mothers. We recognise that’s not for everyone, but we believe all teachers of general yoga classes can benefit their students greatly by completing specialist training in this area.


About the Author

Lisa leads the Teaching Pre and Post-natal Yoga course at The Yoga Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing), Bachelor and Master degrees in Psychology, an Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching, an Ayurveda Lifestyle Certificate, and has completed a Perinatal Mental Health Course at the University of Sydney.

Lisa is a Registered Psychologist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Australia (YA) Member and Registered Yoga Therapist (International Association of Yoga Therapists IAYT & YA).

Yoga as a complementary therapy 

We’re encouraged by the continued emergence of Yoga as a complementary therapy

Lisa Grauaug from The Yoga Institute was recently invited to speak at NICM Health Research Centre (Western Sydney University Westmead campus) as part of a Women’s Health Program hosted by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). The theme of this professional development training for GPs was “Integrative approaches for managing menopause and menstrual disorders.”

The focus was to present the latest and best practice in integrative medicine recommendations for GPs, when working with patients who present with reproductive related conditions.

The conditions presented included menstrual disorders, polycystic ovarian syndrome and menopause. The therapies presented included acupuncture, use of oral natural health supplements, and mindfulness practices such as yoga.

The speakers presented the best available evidence on efficacy and or effectiveness of these integrative therapies to help GPs make informed decisions in managing these women’s health conditions.

Research into efficacy of Yoga for women’s health

The research that was presented demonstrated that Yoga is emerging as a complementary therapy that is effective, natural and safe, to bring therapeutic relief from a number of symptoms associated with reproductive related conditions.

For example, a systematic review of the Journal of Midwifery Womens Health (2018) – including 378 articles; 8 randomised controlled trials (RCT); & quasi-experimental studies – found that Yoga showed statistically significant improvements for quality of life measures including reduced physical pain, increased sleep, improved concentration, reduced negative feelings, and more.

Also a randomised control trial by Jorge, et al 2016 found that Hatha Yoga (body-based mindfulness practices) significantly reduced menopausal symptoms and improved quality of life.

Experiential learning enhances understanding

As part of this professional development day Lisa was asked to guide the GPs through a simple mindfulness and yoga based practice for them to experience the effect of yoga first hand, and to enable them to have a better understanding of the principles of yoga therapy and mindfulness.

Lisa says: “The timing of the experiential session was perfect. Everyone had been sitting for some time and engaging in a simple practice helped to energise and re-engage the group.”

The practice shared was simple, educative and focused on bringing awareness to self. The session also included discussion around the mechanics of natural breathing and how yoga can assist with this, including mindfulness of breath through the use of ujjayi and simple breath and postural movements.

Lisa also shared information about the professional training required to become a Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist. The group also wanted to learn more about how a Yoga Therapist may work with someone who presents with reproductive issues. Guidelines around this process were provided.

Feedback and looking forward

The session received great feedback from the attendees and the event organisers: “Thank you Lisa so much for your excellent session at the workshop.Your session definitely had a very big part to play on the day – there was a palpable change in the audience afterwards, who were energised and engaged. I personally enjoyed it very much as well.” (Dr Carolyn Ee)

Lisa says: “The experiential session was really well received and the group appeared to be more awake and aware following the practice.”

“All in all the day went very well, the audience were receptive and it was very encouraging to see how interested these GPs were in understanding Yoga as a complementary therapy”.

“This was a great opportunity to have an open dialogue with General Practitioners. I believe this type of collaboration is important to help GPs provide patients with the latest and best practice across an array of health care modalities. I am confident that these GPs will now consider Yoga Therapy as an option for their patients.”

“I was also really pleased to have the chance to share that Yoga is more than a body-based practice and that mindfulness is the foundation and core of a Yoga Practice, something that often gets lost in our modern understanding of what Yoga is all about.”

About Lisa Grauaug

Lisa Grauaug is member of our Yoga Teacher Training faculty, course coordinator for our Graduate Yoga Therapy Training Course and director of our Teaching Pre & Post-natal Yoga course.

Upcoming 100hr Yoga Therapy Course Modules:

November 2019: Foundations of Yoga Therapy

March 2020: Yoga Physiology & Vital Systems for Health

Yoga for Mental Health

2021 Dates TBC: Yoga for Mental Health Workshop

Mental Health Training for Yoga Teachers

Trauma sensitive and trauma informed yoga

Yoga for Mental HealthThis 4-day continuing education training has been designed to assist qualified Yoga Teachers to develop their understanding, skills and confidence in the area of mental health

Deepen your understanding of the Psychological heart of Yoga

The principles and practices of Yoga (or Yoga Psychology) were developed in ancient times, offering a wholistic, integrative system of mental health that is just as relevant today.

Yoga (or Yoga Psychology) offers practices to enhance mental health and alleviate the symptoms of psychological ill-ease or mental illness, using mind-body-lifestyle interventions to cultivate a healthy, productive, flourishing life.

What Will I Learn?

The nature of the mind – from a yogic and western psychological perspective:

  • Patanjali’s psychology
  • the yogic model of mind
  • the mind from a western psychological perspective
  • the mind and emotion

What yoga offers:

  • more than asana
  • yoga and positive psychology
  • mentally healthy yoga
  • interoception and mental health

Mental Heath Awareness when teaching:

  • asana (body movement)
  • pranayama (breathing techniques)
  • meditation (including use of mantra)
  • other practices to cultivate balance & wellbeing

Healing relationships:

  • professional boundaries
  • ethics and code of conduct
  • scope of practice of the yoga teach

An introduction to common mental health conditions including:

  • Depression and Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders, including PTSD
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Brief introduction to Personality and Schizoaffective Disorders

Yogic approaches to common mental health concerns:

  • considering common mental health conditions through a yogic lens
  • teaching considerations for common mental health concerns
  • mental health precautions and contraindications

Mental health aware yoga teaching:

  • how to teach in a mental health aware manner
  • responding to mental health crisis in the Yoga setting – including panic and traumatic reaction
  • truly integrated yoga practice
  • what to do if…

Workshop Details & Bookings

Dates: Dates TBC

Thursday to Saturday : 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Thursday and Friday: The Yoga Institute, Cammeray
Saturday and Sunday: The Crows Nest Centre, Crows Nest

Course Fees & Inclusions

$895 (GST incl)

$70 Early Bird Discount available for early bookings

  • 28 hours of training with two of Australia’s most well regarded and experienced Yoga Psychologists
  • Comprehensive course notes and handouts
  • Recommendations for further study and ongoing self-development

About Your Trainers

Janet Lowndes

Janet Lowndes is a Psychologist, Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist who has been working therapeutically with individual clients for over 20 years.

Trained originally in Psychology, Janet became interested in an embodied approach to health and wellbeing and first studied Yoga Teaching at Swami Vivekananda’s ashram in India, and further teacher training with the Australian Institute of Yoga at the Centre for Adult Education in Melbourne.

Janet is Director and Senior Therapist at Mind Body Well, a group practice in Melbourne specialising in assisting people with Eating Disorders and other mental health concerns. Janet also manages and teaches on the faculty of the Graduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy with the Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy. Yogic wisdom and practices are an integral part of her therapeutic approach.

Janet has been influenced by various teachers including Leigh Blashki, Richard Miller, AG and Indra Mohan, Judith Lasater, and Donna Farhi. She is an iRest Teacher-in-Training (Level 2), and a member of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association.

Janet has recently been invited to join the Council of Advisors for Yoga Australia, the peak body for Yoga Teachers in Australia. She speaks regularly at professional Yoga and Psychology events,and provides professional supervision for therapists from both disciplines.

Michael de Manincor

Counselling Psychologist, Senior Yoga Teacher Trainer and Yoga Therapist, Michael de Manincor, bridges eastern and western modalities of mind-body health.

Michael is one of the most highly respected yoga teachers in Australia, with over 30 years teaching experience. He established the Yoga Institute in 2000, now recognised as a leading provider of yoga teacher training in Australia. He has undertaken extensive studies with renowned teacher TKV Desikachar, in the authentic tradition of T Krishnamacharya.

Former President and Honorary Life Member of Yoga Australia, the peak body of the yoga teaching profession in Australia, Michael is passionate about educating the community on the benefits of quality yoga, and supporting the highest professional standards for yoga teachers. He has conducted research and written many articles on various facets of yoga for respected publications.

Michael holds degrees in Education and Psychology, and is a registered Counselling Psychologist. Michael is also currently doing PhD research in the area of Yoga and mental health.

Michael is the senior lecturer at The Yoga Institute and responsible for much of the course development, and offers individual consultations for guidance of personal yoga practice, yoga therapy, yoga teacher mentoring, and personal counselling.

Pre-requisites & Course Recognition


  • Recommended – Qualified Yoga Teacher (Yoga Australia level 1 or equivalent). If you have undertaken a 200hr Yoga Teacher training program and are unsure about your eligibility, please email us to enquire
  • This 4-day course has no 2021 dates as yet, however, existing yoga teachers eligible to undertake our Yoga Therapy training modules may wish to consider our slightly longer course: Yoga Psychology & Mental Health, beginning 15th May 2021
  • A general familiarity with the Yoga Sutra’s of Patanjali is highly recommended prior to undertaking this program

Continuing Professional Development

Yoga Teachers attending this event can claim 28 CPD hours with Yoga Australia.

More Information


Phone: 0477 021 219

Aug 4, 2018: Teacher Training & Heart of Yoga Course – Wagga Wagga

We’re so excited you’re contemplating joining us for your yoga studies

Our partnership with the amazing Danny Freemantle from Divine Wellbeing, brings the highest quality yoga education right to your doorstep in Wagga Wagga.

Since 2001 The Yoga Institute has taught and mentored hundreds of students who have gone on to become amazing yoga teachers. We’ve grown a beautiful community of people who have changed their own lives and the lives of others through exceptional yoga teaching.

We are humbled to have been part of so much
positive change, and we hope you’ll join us for the next step on your yoga journey.

Course Options

6 Month Heart of Yoga Studies

The Heart of Yoga Studies Course is an incredible journey of self discovery. You will have a unique opportunity to learn about the deeper aspects and possibilities of yoga and apply what you learn for your personal growth.

This 200hr course is also the first part of the 500hr Yoga Teacher Training course, for those who wish to complete the full Teacher Training course.

Is this course right for me?

  • Do you have some experience of yoga and wish to deepen your knowledge and understanding?
  • Are you keen to join a community of passionate yoga lovers?
  • Are you committed to your personal growth and development through yoga?
  • Do you want to develop a personalised home practice?

This course will teach you more about the practice, principles and philosophy of yoga, including yoga sutra studies, asana, pranayama and meditation, and give you a framework for applying your new knowledge in your daily life.

What will I gain?

camyoga-2302This is a truly transformational experience where you will make new friends in a beautiful community of like-minded people. Not only will you gain a greater understanding of yoga, you will learn to understand and nurture yourself in a whole new way.

Students who complete this course will also have the foundations for further yoga studies and will gain recognition of prior learning for The Yoga Institute’s diploma level teacher training program.

12 Month Yoga Teacher Training Course

In this part-time diploma level teacher training course you will learn so much more than just how to teach asana postures. By the end of the course you will have the skills, knowledge and confidence to develop and teach fully integrated practices for groups and individuals that include asana, pranayama, meditation, mudras, mantra & sound, yoga philosophy and more.

The 200hr Heart of Yoga course makes up the first half of this 500hr teacher training program.

Is this course right for me?

  • Are you ready for a big change, passionate about yoga and inspired to share it with others through teaching groups and individuals?
  • Do you want to understand the deeper layers of yoga, and not just the asana (postures)?
  • Are you feeling a call to move forward in your personal development to explore your full potential?

The Yoga Teacher Training diploma course is an inspiring and transformational journey for our future yoga teachers. We really value you as a student and make sure to nurture and support you throughout your journey to becoming an incredible yoga teacher.

What will I gain?

This registered yoga teacher training course gives you:

  • Eligibility for full (Level 1) membership with Yoga Australia – become a registered yoga teacher
  • The skills, knowledge and confidence to go out and teach integrated yoga practices to groups and individuals
  • A wonderful community of like-minded fellow students and yoga teachers
  • The foundations for further studies in Yoga Therapy
  • World class online Yoga Anatomy Fundamentals training taught by bestselling author Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews
  • Ongoing personal practice development, teaching guidance and study support from an experienced mentor-teacher

What is covered in the 200hr Heart of Yoga course?

All students undertaking the Heart of Yoga or Teacher Training Course complete Terms 1 & 2

Module / Term 1

  • History of Yoga
  • Foundation Principles of yoga practice
  • Asana I – basic theory and techniques
  • Yoga Energetics (subtle energy systems)

Module / Term 2

  • Introduction to Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (yoga philosophy and psychology)
  • Pranayama – theory and techniques
  • Meditation

Mentoring:  6 mentoring sessions (one-on-one), for the development of a personalised yoga practice and training support (3 sessions each term)

Plus (optional components – additional fees may apply):

  • Yoga Anatomy – online course via (optional for the 200hr Heart of Yoga course, and included in the 500hr Teacher Training course)
  • 2.5-day Retreat Experience (optional)

What is covered in the 500hr Teacher Training course?

Students undertaking the full teacher training program complete all of the above, plus:

Module / Term 3

  • Asana II – applied theory and techniques
  • Communications Skills for Yoga teaching
  • Teaching Skills – teaching group classes I
  • Teaching Skills – teaching private classes and personalised practices I
  • Practice Planning (designing a yoga class or practice)

Module / Term 4

  • Bandhas
  • Teaching Skills – teaching group classes II
  • Teaching Skills – teaching private classes and personalised practices II

Mentoring:  6 mentoring sessions (one-on-one) for teacher training support and development of a personalised yoga practice (3 sessions each term)

2018 Course Attendance Dates:

Term 1 (Heart of Yoga & Teacher Training):

  • Saturday, 4 Aug 2018 to Monday, 6 Aug 2018
  • Sunday, 12 Aug 2018
  • Sunday, 9 Sep 2018
  • Sunday, 16 Sep 2018
  • Sunday, 30 Sep 2018
  • Sunday, 14 Oct 2018

Term 2 (Heart of Yoga & Teacher Training):

  • Saturday, 20 Oct 2018 to Monday, 22 Oct 2018
  • Sunday, 28th Oct 2018
  • Sunday, 4th Nov 2018
  • Sunday, 11th Nov 2018
  • Retreat (attendance is optional): 23rd – 25th November
  • Saturday, 1st Dec & Sunday, 2nd Dec 2018

Term 3 & 4 (Teacher Training):

  • 2019 dates to be confirmed

Ready to Enrol in 200hr Heart of Yoga?

Course Fee Options:

a. Early Bird (save 10%) – pay in full by 30th June, 2018: $3892 (+1.7% for credit card payments)

b. Standard – Pay in full by by 31st July, 2018:  $4325 (+1.7% for credit card payments)

c. Monthly Direct Debit:  $910 per month x 5 monthly installments:  $4550 (via credit card only)

* Course fee to upgrade from 200hr Heart of Yoga Course to 500hr Teacher Training course in 2019 will be approx. $4325 (depending on method of payment)


Apply and register now to secure your place in the 2018 200hr Heart of Yoga course in Wagga Wagga:


Ready to Enrol in 500hr Teacher Training?

Includes the 200hr Heart of Yoga Course and online Yoga Anatomy

Course Fee Options:

a. Early Bird (save 10%) – pay in full by 30th June, 2018: $7335 (+1.7% for credit card payments)

b. Standard – Pay in full by before 31st July, 2018:  $8150 (+1.7% for credit card payments)

c. Monthly Direct Debit:  $865 per month x 10 monthly installments:  $8650 (via credit card only)


Apply and register now to secure your place in the 2018/19 500hr Teacher Training course in Wagga Wagga:


What ‘style’ of yoga?

TKV DesikacharOur approach to Yoga is based on the world-renowned teachings from the tradition and lineage of T Krishnamacharya (widely known as the ‘father of modern yoga’) and his son TKV Desikachar (pictured).

We focus on integrating all aspects of yogic practice including asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, mudras, philosophy and psychology, and adapting practices to the individual.

We emphasise applying the ancient wisdom and practices of yoga to the challenges of modern lives.

As Krishnamacharya said: “Yoga must be made to suit the individual, not the individual to suit the yoga.”

About Divine Wellbeing

The Heart of Yoga program is offered in partnership with Divine Wellbeing, Wagga.

Diving Wellbeing Yoga and Natural Health, established in 2005, was the first dedicated yoga studio created in the Wagga Wagga regional area. It was established to provide yoga, meditation, massage and natural health services for the local community.

Since then thousands of people have attended over 10 thousand yoga, meditation and health related classes as well as personal health appointments for health and wellbeing.

Divine Wellbeing has earned a reputation for quality yoga and meditation classes and health related programs. The centre is known for its welcoming atmosphere and community spirit with focus on acknowledging and addressing the personal needs and individual differences of each of us.

Directed by owner Danny Freemantle, with over 17 years experience teaching yoga, Divine Wellbeing keeps a focus on teaching that inspires connection to breath, heart and the inner spirit that is the ultimate guru and greatest guide within us all.

More Information & Questions

If you have any questions about these courses, please email or call:

Kirstie Christensen, The Yoga Institute:   or call on 0477 021 219.

Danny Freemantle, Divine Wellbeing:   or call on (02) 6971.7813

What do our students say?

“Apart from the experience of the yoga course, it is great to experience the yoga community including other students and the teachers. I hope those special connections will be maintained long into the future.”  Paul


“This is just the beginning, thank you for helping to open this new door…new chapter on how I can live my life”  Brooke


“Thank you so much for your sharing of the teachings of yoga in this lineage. I have found my path and have found a great, sincere tour guide along the path, in you.”  Scott

Learn more about:

The Yoga Institute

Mentoring Component

Online Yoga Anatomy Component

What Graduates Say

Further Learning Pathways

Are you ready to join the revolution?


Do you really know what yoga is? We believe there are many fundamental misconceptions out there in the ‘yoga world’.

There is more to yoga than you might have realised 

Firstly, let’s talk about what yoga is NOT…

Yoga is not just about the body
Yoga is not about being flexible or being able to touch your toes
Yoga is not about the shapes you make with your body on a rubber mat
Yoga is not only for beautiful people with perfect bodies
Yoga is not about getting a good ‘yoga butt’

So what IS it?

Yoga is about learning to still the mind
Yoga is about creating positive change in your life
Yoga is about connecting to your life force through the breath
Yoga is about coming to understand and accept yourself through your practice
Yoga is about forming deeper and more positive connections with other people

The truth about yoga classes

There has been a revolution going on in yoga for some time now. It’s been quietly growing over many years and the momentum is really building now.

People are realising there’s more to yoga than they thought. People who have diligently practiced, attended classes (or even completed a teacher training), are coming to understand that they’ve only skimmed the surface of what the system of yoga has to offer.

Yoga is coming full circle (the very definition of ‘revolution’).

You see here’s the thing, yoga was never designed to be taught in classes.

It’s a big statement but it’s true

In the ancient tradition of yoga, students were taught one-on-one by their teacher and were taught a practice unique to them. And their practice was about so much more than performing yoga postures (asana).

Yoga is an entire ‘system for living’ which includes postures, breathing, meditation, mantra or sound, along with ongoing moment to moment awareness and acceptance of self, others and your world, through the philosophical lens of the Yoga Sutras (see ‘Do you really know yoga?’).

So what about yoga classes?

Asana-focused group classes evolved after yoga was introduced into the modern ‘western’ world.

We’re not saying people can’t gain fantastic benefits from attending general asana-focused yoga classes. We witness the subtle shifts in people all the time. Classes create a wonderful sense of community and can be responsible for regular movement in otherwise stagnant bodies.

What we are saying is the incredible transformational impact of yoga can’t be fully realised unless a practice addresses the specific needs and circumstances of the student and draws from all the tools, techniques and philosophical underpinnings of the system of Yoga. The benefits may be there, but if the practice focuses just on physical postures and isn’t personally tailored, those benefits will be limited.

In some cases, the benefits won’t be seen at all. Time and time again people come to our classes, or to one of our teachers or therapists for personal practice or yoga therapy sessions, who’ve been injured doing the wrong things for their bodies. They were injured because their group class yoga teacher (with the best of intentions) led a general class for a general audience, that wasn’t right for that particular person, at that particular time.

The quiet yoga revolution

For years we’ve been plugging away in our corner of the world, making sure that the teachers that graduate from here know the importance of guiding students in their own practice, even in a group class setting.

This isn’t easy. If you’ve been in (or taught) a class here, you’ll know that co-ordinating a group of people who are all doing a slightly different practice to suit their own needs in time with their own breath, takes incredible attention and skill from the teacher. A class taught by someone who has mastered this skill is quite a thing to behold.

Not to mention the knowledge and skill that goes into designing a personal practice, individually tailored to specific needs in a one-to-one or yoga therapy session.

Since 2001, we’ve been quietly creating a revolution. Teaching teachers and therapists who can honour this tradition, who understand the incredible power of a specifically tailored personal practice.

Our sense of mission and what we’re about

We’re helping people to transform their own lives and the lives of others. We have an incredible sense of mission. We know that despite what else is going in the world, we are making a difference. This is important work.

That doesn’t mean it’s all ‘serious business’ around here.

Yes, what we’re doing is important. Yes, the impact on lives is profound.

But we also have sense of humour about ‘life, the universe and everything’, and have a whole lot of fun and laughs with each other. Our community is important and we make an effort to support each other and nurture our shared sense of togetherness and belonging.

Are you ready to become part of this?

We dearly hope so… the world needs more of us doing our own small bit toward the good and we’d love to add your particular kind of ‘special’ into the mix.

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Yoga Sutra Studies with Michael de Manincor

July 15th, 2021: Yoga Sutra Studies with Michael de Manincor

Yoga Sutra Studies with Michael de Manincor

Yoga Sutra of Patanjali forms the foundation of all yoga teachings and has been described as the “Heart of Yoga” and a “guidebook to life”.

Presented in a simple yet compact style, the sutras offer the entire foundation of Yoga’s philosophy, psychology, concepts and tools for practice and personal transformation.

We believe that a thorough study of this text is essential for every Yoga teacher and keen Yoga student.

This course is designed for yoga teachers and experienced yoga students, providing a deeper exploration of:

  • The conceptual framework and major themes of these ancient teachings
  • Relevance of these teachings for the practice of Yoga today, for health and well-being in our modern lives
  • Classical chanting of the Yoga Sutras

Michael de Manincor studied the Yoga Sutras over many years under the guidance of Krishnamacharya’s son TKV Desikachar.

In this course, Michael shares his in-depth and practical understanding of the meaning of key themes and teachings in the sutras, how they relate to yoga practice, the mind, and life in general.

His level of knowledge and understanding of the sutras, along with his warm and engaging teaching style, give students a wonderful and unique learning experience.

What students say…


“Michael is a great person to walk alongside as you explore the sutras. I highly recommend studying with him!”


“I loved the way Michael was able to explain the concepts from these ancient teachings in ways that make so much sense for my life today, amazing! It didn’t just change my approach to my yoga practice, it changed how I view my life.”


“I’ve grown so much inside, the Yoga Sutras is basically ‘The Secret of Life,’ thank you guys.”

Details and Bookings

Thursday Evenings (6 weeks): Term 3, 2021 commencing Thursday 15th July

Times: 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Teacher:  Michael de Manincor

Attendance: In the classroom at Cammeray, or streamed live online from the classroom via zoom

Cost:  $385 (inc GST)

Course Recognition

Yoga teachers attending this course can earn 9 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points towards their Yoga Australia membership. There are no prerequisites or assumed knowledge for this course.

More Information

To find out more about this course please contact us:

Ph: 0477 021 219

Integrated Yoga Practice as a morning ritual

Dates TBC: Sound Practice Workshop

Integrated Yoga Practice as a morning ritualWith Michela Caselli

Sanskrit is the language of Yoga.

Adhyayanam is the process of learning to chant in the traditional aural teaching way, which involves listening with full and focussed attention and being able to reproduce accurately what is heard.

This is powerful in establishing a firm foundation from which to teach, and to refine listening skills, strengthen memory, and develop concentration (dharana). Through chanting, we experience Yoga.

This half day workshop is ideal for yoga teachers, yoga teaching trainees and people wishing to learn more about the ancient sound practices of the yoga tradition.

Date: Dates TBC
Time: 9:30am – 1:30
Venue: The Upstairs Yoga Room, The Yoga Institute Cammeray
Price: $120 inc GST

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

“Krishnamacharya was convinced that Yoga was India’s greatest gift to the world.” (Health, Healing and Beyond, 1998) 

Sri Krishnamacharya is regarded as one of the most pivotal Yoga Teacher’s of this Century. The transmission and relevance of Yoga in the West and the resurgence of Yoga in India, truly owes thanks and gratitude to Sri Krishnamacharya. His lifelong quest for right knowledge, his dedication and contributions to Yoga, including his sharing of the teachings to others, has culminated in the spread of Yoga beyond the caves of Tibet and the shores of India.

Education and academic accomplishments

Tirumalai Krishnamacharya was born into an orthodox Brahmin family in Southern India. In keeping with the traditions of his family customs he grew up exposed to Vedic texts (ancient Indian knowledge) and the practices of Yoga by his father. Following on from this early experience, it is well documented that he was a natural scholar with a sharp intellect and a thirst for learning. He lived an accomplished life academically, having completed a number of degrees in philosophy, logic, divinity, philology, and music and obtained scholarships in the 6 Vedic Darshana’s (Indian Philosophy), which earned him a number of esteemed titles.

Studies in Tibet

Sri Krishnamacharya spent time in Tibet (approximately 7 years) where he studied under the direct tutelage of the yogi Ramamohana Bramachari. Here he further integrated his understanding of Yoga, practicing Asana (Yoga postures), pranayama (yoga breathing techniques), studying the Yoga Sutras, Samkhya philosophy and the healing aspects of yoga. His guru’s parting request to Krishnamacharya was “take a wife, raise children and be a teacher of Yoga”.

The Mysore Years

Returning from Tibet he continued his academic studies and began to offer public lectures and demonstrations on yoga. This led to an invitation by the Maharaja of Mysore for him to set up a yoga school at the Mysore Palace in 1930s. It was during this fruitful period that Krishnamacharya authored the book, Yoga Makaranda (1934). In 1946 with the Independence of India, Krishnamacharya work at the Mysore Palace came to an end. Soon after, upon an invitation, he relocated to Chennai with his wife and six children.

Passing on his knowledge

It was in Chennai, Sri Krishnamacharya settled for the remainder of his life. Here he continued offering his services as a healer, a Yogacarya (one who has lived and practices what he teaches), generously sharing his profound wisdom from his home and externally. By this time he had a number of devoted students and thankfully a number of these students have continued the sharing and become internationally renowned Yoga Teachers. These include Patabhi Jois, B.K.S. Iyengar, Indra Devi,  T.K. Sribhanshyam  (Krishnamacharya’s son), T.K.V. Desikachar (Krishnamacharya’s son), A.G. Mohan and Srivatsa Ramaswami.

The legacy of T.K.V. Desikachar

It is through Krishnamacharya’s son T.K.V. Desikachar that we have had the great fortune to become familiar with the teachings of Sri Krishnamacharya. Recognised worldwide as a remarkable teacher of Yoga in his own right, T.K.V.  Desikachar was his father’s student for the last 30 years of Krishnamacharya’s life.

Director of The Yoga Institute, Michael de Manincor was a direct student with Krishnamacharya’s son T.K.V. Desikachar who passed away in 2016.

Michael first met and studied with Mr Desikachar in his home in Chennai in January 2001. He was Michael’s yoga-teacher-mentor for many years, and they shared a deeply respectful bond of friendship. His teachings have been of profound significance and at the heart of Michael’s own practice, and all that we teach and share at The Yoga Institute.

Tailoring Yoga to the individual

The guiding principle at the heart of the teachings of Krishnamacharya and his son Desikachar can be summed up in this quote from Krishnamacharya: “Teach what is inside you. Not as it applies to you, but as it applies to the other”. The central idea is that yoga is most beneficial when it is tailored to the individual and this concept is the foundation of what is taught in our Teacher Training, Yoga Studies and Yoga Therapy courses.

Our international community

It is through our connection with T.K.V. Desikachar and the international community of teachers and students that Michael was part of, that we’ve had the privilege of hosting many world renowned teachers during their visits to Australia, and hosting numerous study programmes to the KYM (Chennai) including:

2001: T.K.V. Desikachar and Menaka Desikachar “The Three Pillars”
2003: Kausthub Desikachar “The viniyoga of Yoga”
2003: Celebrating Yoga” International Yoga Convention, hosting emerging teachers in the Krishnamacharya tradition, from all over the world
2003 – 2008: Numerous study programmes to the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM, Chennai)
2011: Mark Whitwell “A Masterclass with Mark Whitwell”
2012: Saraswathi Vasudevan “Yoga and Emotional Wellbeing”
2013: AG & Indra Mohan “The Legacy and Teachings of Sri. T Krishnamacharya”
2014: AG & Indra Mohan “Pleasant Pranayama, Effortless Asana”
2015: Leslie Kaminoff “Healing Through Breath-Centred Yoga”
2015: Richard Miller “A Day of iRest Meditation and Self-Inquiry”
2016: Mark Whitwell “An Afternoon with Mark Whitwell”
2016: Richard Miller “iRest Yoga Nidra Level 1 Training”
2018: Leslie Kaminoff “Continuing Yoga Education with Leslie Kaminoff”

Written by Lisa Grauaug B AppSc (Nursing), B Psych, M Psych, Adv Dip Yoga Teaching, Ayurveda Lifestyle Certificate, Perinatal Mental Health Course (USyd), Registered Psychologist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Registered Yoga Therapist, Yoga Australia Member


Desikachar, T. K. V. (1998) Health, Healing, & Beyond

Ruiz, Fernando Pagés  (2007) Krishnamacharya’s Legacy: Modern Yoga’s Inventor

Mohan, A.G with Ganesh Mohan (2010) Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings

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