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What is Yoga therapy? Reflections from SYTAR

By Michael de Manincor  I attended the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR), in Reston, Virginia, not far from Washington DC. SYTAR is probably the largest and most significant conference gathering on yoga therapy in the world, and brings together many dedicated people working in this emerging field. […]

Sleep Help: Use meditation for Better Sleep

Written by The Sleep Help Institute Why Does Meditation Help You Sleep? Many adults don’t sleep the recommended seven hours every night. Adequate sleep is needed for health and well being, and sleep deprivation can lead to an increased risk of conditions including heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and mental distress. One reason you may be […]

“Celebrating Desikachar: A Life in Yoga, A Legacy of Learning.” 

Written by Michael de Manincor My journey to the teacher & teachings, that changed my life: In the mid-1990s, I had already been practicing and teaching yoga for many years, when I went to the US for further studies in the emerging field of yoga therapy. One of the books included as recommended reading in […]

Story of Transformation: Dani Laucht

The Beginning My first contact with Yoga was over ten years ago, when studying at a small university in Germany. I felt incredibly overwhelmed, confused, unable to breathe properly and sore after my first yoga class. I quickly decided that this seemingly new, hippie trend, called Yoga, was not meant for me. A few years […]

5 ‘Healthy Living’ (Last Minute) Gift Ideas This Year

Trying to think of something different to gift at Christmas each year? Are you tired of the same old ‘consumerism’, most of which will be next years rubbish? Wandering around your local mall probably isn’t going to inspire any unique gift ideas. So avoid the traffic and long lines, sit down, put your feet up and get […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. https://www.yogajournal.com/teach/200-hours-enough-teach-yoga The Yoga Institute offers a faculty of teachers with over 25 years of experience. We believe, through providing professional support […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 Reasons Warm Weather is Good For Your Health.

Written by Sydney Epstein Are you a snow-lover, or a beach-bum? There’s lots of reasons you may prefer warmer weather over the cold. But one thing you may not have thought about is how the weather where you live affects your body. As it turns out, climate and temperature can have a big impact on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bodywork Therapies: It doesn’t have to be painful

How many of us subscribe to the philosophy of ‘no pain – no gain’ and apply it to various aspects of our lives? Yet when we truly practice yoga, we learn to develop a relationship with our body, where we listen to what it is telling us and respond and move in a way that is […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Science Behind Meditation: 20 Reasons to Start Today

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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), […]

Why did I spend a year of my life training to be a yoga teacher when I didn’t want to teach?

by Kristen Melville. Yoga has been an important part of my life for the past fifteen years. About five years ago, triggered by a major change in my life circumstances, I was looking for a way to deepen my commitment to my practice and learn more about the philosophy and more subtle aspects of yoga, beyond […]

Christmas Presence and the Promise of the New Year

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 a loved one […]

Savour Italy: A Personal Reflection

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, […]

Positive Rituals to Start Your Day

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 […]

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, […]

Video: The Science Behind 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 […]

2016 International Day of 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 […]

Guest Post: Yoga for free, for charity and for 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 […]

Video: Yoga and Mental Health

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 […]

Digital Download: Centering Breath Practice

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 […]

10 Minute Breath-Centering

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 […]

Introducing Cammeray Yoga

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, […]

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 […]

Santi Claus is Coming to Town

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 […]

Yoga Psychology and the subtle mind-body-breath-life connection

by Michael de Manincor Yoga Psychology is an interesting term, perhaps a tautology, or at least it proposes an intriguing way of understanding psychology and the nature of the human condition, from an ancient wisdom culture. Yoga is all about the mind The system of Yoga, developed and taught by Patanjali (a great Indian sage […]

Why develop a gratitude practice?

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 – […]

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