Author: Phoebe Collins

February 25, 2016: Pop Up Yoga Course – Yoga Nidra

Your ticket to deep relaxation is here…

Join us for a 4 week Pop Up Yoga Course with the focus on: Yoga Nidra.Pop Up Yoga Course

Yoga Nidra is an ancient but little-known yogic practice that’s becoming increasingly popular as both a form of meditation and a mind-body therapy.

There are many benefits of Yoga Nidra:

– Reduces stress
– Better Sleep
– Sense of joy and wellbeing
– Reduces tension physically, emotionally and mentally
– Trains the mind and relaxes the mind
– Awakens the creativity
– Enhances memory and learning capacity
– Deep Relaxation

“In yoga nidra, we restore our body, senses, and mind to their natural function and awaken a seventh sense that allows us to feel no separation, that only sees wholeness, tranquility, and well-being,” – Richard Miller

In this 4 week course you will experience the following in each class:

  • Short Gentle Asana (Movement and postures) with breath to open the physical body
  • Followed with mindful breathing techniques
  • Yoga Nidra / Guided Deep Relaxation

Central to our approach to yoga is individualising yoga to meet the needs of each person. Everyone is welcome.
Please advise the teacher if you have an injury or health concern.
Classes sizes are kept small to ensure personalised attention, so bookings are essential.

Next Pop Up Yoga Course Commences:
Thursday February 25, 2016 – Thursday March 17, 2016 7:30pm – 8:45pm with Stephanie Begin-Germain

Bookings are essential and prepayment is required. Limited numbers available. Book online below.

March 24, 2016: Beginners Yoga Course – Thursday evenings

Beginners (1)The Perfect Start to Yoga

In our beginners course you will learn the foundations of a yoga practice. The 6 week course will include:-

* Essential yoga postures (asana)
* Breath-centered approach
* Deep relaxation techniques
* Simple yet powerful breathing practices (pranayama)
* The Power of Now in yoga-mindfulness practice

Central to our approach to yoga is individualising yoga to meet the needs of each person. Everyone welcome. Please advise the teacher if you have an injury or health concern. Classes sizes are kept small to ensure personalised attention, so bookings are essential. If you’d like to know more about what you can expect, please read below!

Next Course Commences:
Thursday March 24, 2016 – Thursday April 28, 2016 7:30pm – 8:45pm Teacher TBC

Bookings are essential and prepayment is required. Limited numbers available. Book online below.


A Beginners Guide to Yoga

Firstly welcome to the Yoga Institute. Here are some FAQ’s about getting started with yoga which we hope inspire you to give it go!

“I’ve never done yoga, what’s the best way to get started?”

A beginners course is the best way to start, this way you will receive guidance through the foundation poses and basic breathing techniques. Alternatively a one-on-one private session if you have a injury/ specific health condition. This way you can get a practise that is personalised to meet your needs.

“I’m not flexible, I can’t touch my toes, can I do yoga? “

No problem. We are all different. We will happily modify postures so they are appropriate for you. Also practising yoga regularly will improve your flexibility, so you will notice your toes getting closer and closer….

“What should I wear to a yoga class?”

Wear some comfortable loose fitting clothes, perhaps a t-shirt or singlet top that allows movement and pants such as dance tights, tracksuit pants or shorts.

“Do I need a mat? Where can I get one from ?”

You can buy a mat from us or you can use one of our mats at the centre. We are offering a discounted yoga mat to our beginner students and we also sell eye pillows and yoga mat bags.

“Should I do anything special to prepare before a class”

As yoga is best practised on an empty stomach, please refrain from eating for at least an hour and a half before the class.
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the class starts.

“How will I know what to do in the class?”

Our trained teachers will lead you through the practice, carefully explaining and guiding you through each pose. Also we encourage you to listen to your body. If a posture does not feel right or hurts, please let the teacher know so it can be modified to best suit you.

“Why should I practice Yoga?

Yoga can help to calm the mind, strengthen and bring balance to your body, increase your self awareness and an overall sense of wellbeing.

March 8, 2016: ‘The Promise’ with Mark Whitwell

“Yoga is your Direct Embrace of the Power of this Cosmos Presently Arising….. As pure intelligence, nurturing and the utter beauty of life that is you.” ~Mark Whitwell

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Contrary to what you may have been led to believe, Yoga is not a matter of difficult attainments toward a future result. Yoga is your direct participation in the nurturing power of this cosmos that is presently arising as the pure intelligence, function and the beauty of life that is you.

No matter your age or health or cultural background, you too can experience this power and feel its effects on every aspect of your life.
In Mark’s new book, ‘The Promise,’ you’ll learn a simple but profound breathing practice and hear a few stories from others who have learned to get what they really want out of life.

Please join us on for this special workshop hosted by Master Yogi Mark Whitwell, who will share the Promise: You can have what you really want.

The afternoon will consist of a gentle asana yoga practice to get the body moving, followed by a discussion around Mark’s new book ‘The Promise.’

Mark Whitwell is a Master Yogi and is interested in developing an authentic yoga practice for the individual, based on the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar, with whom he enjoyed a relationship for more than twenty years. Mark’s teachings clarify the profound passion and relevance of ancient wisdom to contemporary life.

Mark has taught yoga for over twenty years throughout the US, Asia, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and was the editor and contributor to TKV Desikachar’s book ‘The Heart of Yoga.’ For more information about Mark, click here. 

For more information please contact The Yoga Institute on 0477 021 219 or email the Promise

Date: Tuesday 8 March 2016
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Where: The Yoga Institute, Level 1, 498 Miller Street, Cammeray, NSW
Cost: $40.00
Teacher: Mark Whitwell

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Yoga Teacher Training Info Session

December 12th: Yoga Teacher Training & Yoga Studies Info Session

Free Course Information Session

If you’re considering training to become a yoga teacher, come to our next information session to meet our Course Director Michael de Manincor, and learn about our unique individualised approach to Yoga. 

The info session will give you the opportunity to ask questions and to find out more about the course structure, our teaching approach and what you can expect from the training.

“Thanks so much for making online Teacher Training a breeze.  It’s so easy and it feels just the same as being in class. I feel so blessed to have begun my Teacher Training with The Yoga Institute. The transition to online learning was a simple and effortless process.” Sharon G

Join Us In Person or Online – Your Choice…


Date: Saturday, 12th December, 2020

Great News! We are extending our 10% early bird special for students who attend this session (limited to first 10)

7:30 am – 8:45 am Complimentary Yoga Class (optional)
9:30 am – 10:30 am Information Session with Michael de Manincor

10:30 am – 11:30 am Q & A and tea


In Person: Level 1, 498 Miller St, Cammeray


Online: via Zoom – details will be sent after registration

What will you learn at The Yoga Institute?

We teach traditional and authentic breath-centred yoga with a unique focus on personalised practices and the practical application of ancient teachings for our modern lives, whether in a group class setting or one-to-one setting.

This focus on individualised practice in our courses is what really sets our graduates apart. This approach also gives graduates of our 500hr Diploma level Yoga Teacher Training course credit towards graduate Yoga Therapy Training.

What Our Graduates Say…

”I LOVED this course! One of the best years of my life. I feel I have so much to learn still as I go through my yoga teaching journey, but I feel so stable and confident with the knowledge I have gained through The Yoga Institute this year. I am looking forward to sharing this in New Zealand and keeping you updated. Thank you so much!”


”The Yoga Institute is making a wonderfully positive impact on the yoga world here in Sydney and actually nationwide. I really can’t praise the school highly enough and don’t have the superlatives in my vocabulary to do it justice. I just wanted to acknowledge that and hopefully the others are too. They’re definitely feeling it..”


“This course was an invaluable experience. I feel thoroughly confident to go out and teach with the knowledge I have learned from T.Y.I. It has opened a doorway of new experiences and skills.” 

“The mentoring program is fantastic, I always felt supported throughout the course. The reason why I chose this course was because of the high standards that were evident in the course structure which has been translated throughout my experience this year and I believe that’s why I feel so confident as a yoga teacher. Thank you to all The Yoga Institute faculty.”

More graduates…

We believe people can create their own health, healing and transformation through the power and practice of individualised yoga.

We know that extraordinary yoga education leads to healthier, happier people and in every sense, creates a better, more connected world.  We’d love you to join us..

E-motion Movie Night – Friday November 20th 2015

E-motion…Lose what needs to be lost, to find what needs to be found.

Imagine a world where the trapped emotions, fears, anxieties and unprocessed life experiences we hold in our bodies are the source of everything that ails us.
That’s the world we live in.
Now imagine a world where everyone is manifesting from their heart the perfect creation that’s inside each of us.
Imagine a world where abundance, inner peace, longevity and loving relationships abound.
magine emotion experts from around the world sharing their wisdom and negative emotion clearing techniques to light a new pathway for humanity.
Imagine we are sacred, spiritual beings here for a much larger reason, serving a much higher purpose, a divine purpose.
That’s where we’re going…

E-Motion, a beautiful feature length documentary exploring the world of trapped emotions fears, anxieties and unprocessed life experiences that we hold in our bodies.

E-Motion is a powerful and personally driven documentary produced by Justin Lyons. The genesis for E-Motion began more than 7 years ago when Justin witnessed the traumatic death of his long-time friend and colleague Steve Irwin, best known as the Crocodile Hunter. This event had a profound effect on Justin and set him on the path to create E-Motion.

The film features experts from around the world including Sonia Choquette, Neale Donald Walsch, Don Tolman, Dr Bradley Nelson, Dr Joe Dispenza + many others, each sharing their wisdom and negative emotion clearing techniques to light a new pathway for humanity. The documentary explores the power of combating all forms of disease, depression and distress through emotional wellness and memory work.

Watch a preview of the film below:

Date: Friday 20th November 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: The Yoga Institute, Level 1, 498 Miller Street, Cammeray
Cost: By donation to The Yoga Foundation.

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Please contact or 0477 021 219 if you have any questions.

iRest Training Level 1 2016 – Sydney FULLY BOOKED

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Dates:   Tuesday 12th January (evening only) – Sunday 17th January 2016

Tuesday: 7:00-9:00pm (Registration 6-7pm)
Wednesday – Saturday: 8:30am-6:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am-12:30pm

 The Crows Nest Centre
2 Ernest Pl, Crows Nest, SYDNEY

Experience iRest with this 8-minute PracticeAbout iRest

iRest® Yoga Nidra has been developed over the past twenty-six years by Richard Miller, PhD, a clinical psychologist, author, researcher and yogic scholar, and is uniquely suitable for a Western audience. Yoga Journal has named Richard Miller in the top 25 most influential yoga teachers worldwide.

Enjoy the above 8 minute meditation which is part of the audio series that accompanies Richard Miller’s latest book, iRest Program for Healing 

What Students Say About iRest Level 1 Training


iRest is an accessible meditation protocol that is integrative, as it heals unresolved issues and traumas, and restorative, as it aids practitioners in recognizing the underlying peace of mind that is always present amidst all changing circumstances in life.

Due to its effectiveness and ease of use, iRest has proven to effectively support the healing process across a broad range of populations, including those with PTSD, chronic pain, sleep issues, high stress, depression, and anxiety.

In this Level 1 Training, you will learn:

  • The core principles and practice of iRest meditation.
  • How to use iRest for your personal practice.
  • How to teach and deliver iRest simply yet effectively in group and individual settings.

Following the Level 1 Training, you will:

  • Join a global community of teachers teaching iRest in yoga studios, sleep clinics, rehabilitation and healthcare facilities, hospice, prisons, universities, schools, as well as in private practice.
  • Be able to list yourself on the IRI website as a Level 1 Teacher in Training.
  • Be able to access our “Teacher Resources” and our “Teachers Community Network” for further personal and professional support.
  • Be recommended by IRI to people seeking iRest teachers in their local area.

Fees: $1755 GST Incl
Includes a comprehensive manual and a Level I Training audio download.

Call Phoebe at reception on 0477 021 219 to ask any questions or find out more.



Stephanie Lopez imgreshas been studying yoga for 21 years and teaching yoga and meditation for over a decade. She holds a masters degree in Clinical Social Work and is a Gestalt therapist who interweaves iRest® yoga nidra and self inquiry into her clinical practice. She also has a private practice devoted solely to iRest® work, specializing in difficult emotions, beliefs, and developing an individual practice.

Stephanie is the Director of Operations at the Integrative Restoration Institute, along with serving as a Senior iRest Trainer, Retreat Leader and Supervisor. Her compassionate presence, depth of knowledge, and love of this work create a welcoming space for insightful learning. Stephanie offers workshops, retreats and iRest Teacher Trainings internationally.

“Stephanie Lopez’ teachings are informed by her longtime immersion in the nondual teachings of Yoga, as well as her rich and varied background and integration of the wisdom traditions of both Eastern spirituality and Western Psychology. Stephanie brings her warm and loving heart, intellectual fortitude, her longtime interest in self-inquiry, her deep ease of being, as well as her grounded presence to her teachings of iRest, and her group and individual work with people. 

I wholeheartedly support and enjoy working with Stephanie in the various roles she engages through the Integrative Restoration Institute (IRI) included her work as 1)Director of IRI Operations, 2) IRI iRest Senior Trainer, 3) Supervisor for our students partaking in IRI’s Level III Certification process, 4) an IRI Retreat Leader, and 5) Certified iRest Teacher.

I feel deep gratitude for Stephanie’s love of, and her easeful ability to bring theseprecious nondual teachings forward into the world. I hope you take advantage of sharing time with Stephanie in her upcoming iRest Training, Retreat, and/or workshop offerings.”

Richard Miller
President, Integrative Restoration Institute
Developer of iRest Yoga Nidra

Fuyuko Sawamura-Toyota Bio picture Fuyukois a certified iRest® Senior Trainer, Retreat Leader and Supervisor/Mentor. For the past 20 years she has been deeply committed on the path of Yoga and ancient Non-dual wisdom. She is also a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher since 1996.

She incorporates iRest and Self-Inquiry in her teachings of Yoga, Somatic body awareness and meditation at her yoga studio “Prema Yoga” on the Gold Coast, Australia and internationally.

In 2007, Richard Miller, her spiritual mentor, brought to Fuyuko a deeper understanding of living life in a non dual way. From a life of ever deepening joy, astonishment and Stillness, a heartfelt desire to share these precious teachings has sprung forth. She teaches and hosts iRest trainings and retreats in Australia. She has been assisting iRest trainings in North America for Richard Miller and other senior trainers.

“Fuyuko Sawamura-Toyota brings her rich, varied, and decades of experience as both a student and teacher immersed in the various paths of yoga (karma, bhakti, hatha, raja, Jñâna), to the offerings she shares with students, including group and private classes, workshops, retreats, and trainings. She has dedicated her life to service, and to offering in-depth teachings that are informed by the eastern and western nondual wisdom traditions of self-inquiry and meditation.

I deeply respect Fuyuko for how she integrates her grounded presence and deep passion for truth, beauty, love and community when teaching yoga and iRest meditation practices. I thoroughly enjoy working with Fuyuko in the various responsibilities she’s involved in at the Integrative Restoration Institute (IRI) including her role as 1) an iRest Trainer, 2) Certified iRest Teacher, and 3) iRest Supervisor for students fulfilling their iRest Certification.

I am deeply grateful for Fuyuko’s ability to bring these precious nondual teachings forward into the world. I hope you take advantage of sharing time with Fuyuko in her upcoming offerings.”

Richard Miller
President, Integrative Restoration Institute
Developer of iRest Yoga Nidra


Accommodation Options: (2o minute walk) and click here for other local suggestions.

Getting there & Parking Options: Click here for suggestions. Please note Hume Street (Crows Nest) Parking station offers an early bird all day discount and is a 3min walk to venue.


REQUIRED reading and listening:
Richard Miller, Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing (book with audio CD).

RECOMMENDED reading and listening: 
iRest Program for Healing PTSD – Book​iRest Program for Healing Meditations with Richard Miller (audio recordings)
Integrative Restoration—iRest: The Principles and Practice of Yoga Nidra (6-volume audio recording)
iRest at Ease with Richard Miller​ (audio recording) or iRest at Ease with Kelly Boys (audio recording)
Resting in Stillness (audio recording)

Read an article by Samantha Kinkaid about Level I and II iRest Yoga Nidra trainings here

Read an article by Gemma Adams about the iRest Yoga Nidra Certification Program here


To find out more about the Integrative Restoration Institute, please visit


Approximately 32 CPD hours
These points are recognised by Yoga Australia.

Australian Psychological Society (APS) CPD Points

For those of you who attended iRest Level 1 training and who are psychologists, the APS provides the following information regarding CPD points:

“Registered psychologists are required to complete a set number of continuing professional development (CPD) hours as a requirement of ongoing registration. There is no accreditation or approval process for CPD for psychologists, but rather individual psychologists must be able to justify selection of particular CPD according to their individual learning needs.”

Therefore, if you can justify the counting of iRest training towards your continuing professional development as a psychologist (which doesn’t seem difficult given the research about its application and effectiveness for mental health and well being), then you may claim the hours!”

 – Dr Emma Spiel: the Victorian Coordinator and Deputy Convener of the National Committee for the APS Psychology and Yoga Interest Group (dated 3 July 2015) 

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Cancellation policy: Cancellations before December 12th 2015 will receive a refund less a AUD$150 cancellation fee.
There are NO refunds after December 12th, 2015 due to our commitments, unless we are able to fill your space from a wait-list, in such case your fees less cancellation fee will be refunded to you.
In case of cancellation by The Yoga Institute, you will receive a full refund of all funds received by The Yoga Institute.
Please note: Your registration is not final until full payment is received.  

Please email in writing for cancellation notifications.

2016: Level 2 Beginners Course

Explore. Learn. Deepen your knowledge.

Have you completed your Beginners 6 week course and not too sure where to go from there?
Do you want to further explore the foundations of a yoga practice before you venture off to a general yoga class?

If yes, we have the course for you. Welcome to the Level 2 Beginners Course!

In this 6 week course you will be building and adding to your knowledge learnt from the Beginner Course held here at The Yoga Institute.

There will be further exploration of the following:

* Essential yoga postures (asana)
* Breath-centered approach
* Deep relaxation techniques
* Simple yet powerful breathing practices (pranayama)
* The Power of Now in yoga-mindfulness practice

Course Commences: Coming in 2016
Time: TBC
Duration: 6 week course
Cost: $135
Bookings are essential and prepayment is required. Limited numbers available. Book online below.
SPECIAL: Yoga Mat Discount for course participants – only $20.00 (usually $25).

Central to our approach to yoga is individualising yoga to meet the needs of each person.
Please advise the teacher if you have an injury or health concern. Classes sizes are kept small to ensure personalised attention, so bookings are essential.

Ideally you have attended our Beginners Course before attending this Level 2 Beginners Course. However, you’re more than welcome to join this course if you have been practicing yoga and need a little refresher on our breath centred approach to yoga.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or to show your interest: or 0477 021 219

2016: Pranayama 6 WK Course


By cultivating a relationship with our natural breath and establishing healthier breathing patterns we can positively influence the quality of our mind. This pranayama course will allow you to get in touch with the pleasant feeling of your breath.

You will explore and appreciate the internal touch of your breath with movement and sound. Building on this foundation of the internal touch of the breath, this course will introduce you to different pranayama practices.

This Pranayama 6 week course is suitable for students who have had some experience of yoga practice. Class sizes are kept small to ensure personalised attention, so bookings are essential.

Next Course Commences: 2016
Time: TBC
Duration: 6 week course
Cost: $135
Teacher: Michela Caselli

“Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.”  ~ Krishnamacharya

Please contact reception to show your interest or if you have any questions on or 0477 021 219.

Bronwyn Forsyth - Yoga Teacher

Yoga for Strength and Flexibility – 10 WK Term – Starts Tuesday 13th October

Yoga for Strength & Flexibility with Bronwyn

Join Bronwyn on a Tuesday morning to strengthen and ease you body as well as clear your mind.

In this class you will be guided through a range of classical yoga postures (asana) as well as some gentle flowing sequences to develop strength, balance, and flexibility.
It is also an effective practice to regain healthy spinal mobility, particularly into the upper thoracic area of the spine that has a tendency to become restricted over time.

This class also offers students the opportunity to explore other effective tools of yoga, including breathing exercises (pranayama), sound, deep relaxation and meditation techniques.

Great for students new to yoga as well as more experienced yoga students

Next Term Commences: Tuesday 13th October – Tuesday 15th December 2015
Time: Tuesday 10:00am – 11:15am
Duration: 10 week term
Cost: $198
Teacher: Bronwyn Forsyth
Bookings are essential and prepayment is required.
Discount offered for prepaid bookings. 
Limited numbers available. Book online below.

New Woman 6 WK Course – Starts Sunday October 11th

Embrace you…

Whether you are brand new to yoga or have been put off by trying to jump in to mainstream classes, leave any concerns of not being that perfect yoga body (whatever that is!) at the door.

This 6 week course is for women only and offers a safe and welcoming space to focus on building confidence & flexibility.
You will familiarise yourself with go-to sequences and poses especially modified for newbies and curves, celebrating the luscious female form.
We will explore mindful movement, as well as guided breathing and relaxation practices.

If feeling a little intimidated has put you off joining a yoga class, this is the session for you, ladies.

Course Commences: Sunday 11th October – Sunday 15th October
Time: Sunday Mornings 10:00am – 11:15am
Duration: 6 week course
Cost: $135
Teacher: Annebelle Van Tongeren
Bookings are essential and prepayment is required. Limited numbers available. Book online below.

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