Yoga for Mental Health

2020 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
  • 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: (02) 9929 2774








Feb 14th, 2020: iRest® Level 1 Training, Crows Nest (Sydney)

Friday 14th February (evening only) – Wednesday 19th February, 2020

Friday evening:
5:00- 6:00 pm (Registrations)
Intro & practice 6:15-8:30pm 

Saturday- Tuesday:


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

Finding a path to peace

So many of us struggle to find peace in amongst the responsibilities and schedules of our busy lives. It can seem impossible to access moments of quiet. Even when we physically take a break from the ‘busyness’, our minds keep running.

You might experience this in your own life or you might see it play out in the lives of your students or clients.

There are so many practices and resources available to try to address the stress and overwhelm that can overtake us when life feels like it’s ‘all too much’, but many fail to get to the root cause of the problem or bring lasting change.

iRest yoga nidra practice is a powerful and transformative set of tools and techniques that cuts through to uncover and release us from the underlying issues that hold us back from accessing the quiet, peaceful place that exists within all of us.

This is a live face to face valuable learning workshop and the only iRest Level 1 Training offered in Sydney in 2020 …

What is iRest?

iRest is a complete yoga nidra meditation practice emphasising deep, heartfelt listening and welcoming, which in turn produces profound healing for yourself and those you may work with. It incorporates meditative self-inquiry, interactive dialogue, mind/body deep rest and guided relaxations.

This training teaches you everything you need to know to incorporate the simple 10-step iRest protocol into your personal life, professional teaching or clinical practice.

iRest can be used in many settings including a personal meditation or yoga practice, private and group meditation and yoga classes, physical therapy, massage therapy, social work, clinical and medical settings, alternative or integrative medical practices as well as in-job training and job resiliency programs.

What Students Say About iRest Level 1 Training

How does it work?

iRest is a meditation protocol that is integrative, as it heals unresolved issues and traumas, and restorative, as it helps us recognise the underlying peace of mind that is always present amidst the changing circumstances in life.

iRest is effective and easy to use and has been proven to  support the healing process for people facing many of life’s most common challenges, including chronic pain, sleeping problems, high stress, depression, anxiety and post-trauma issues.

In this Level 1 Training, you’ll learn:

  • The principles, practice and profound healing benefits of the iRest meditation protocol.
  • How to weave iRest into your existing personal practice or develop a regular practice.
  • How to teach and deliver iRest in group and individual settings to facilitate positive change and healing for others.

Following the Level 1 Training, you will:

  • Experience the freedom and peace that comes from being able to deeply rest your entire being.
  • 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 an ‘iRest Level 1 Teacher’
  • Access our free ‘Teacher Resources’ and join our ‘Teachers Community Network’ membership program for further personal and professional support
  • Be recommended by IRI to people seeking iRest teachers in their local area.

Course Details

Dates: Friday 14th February (evening only) – Wednesday 19th February, 2020

Friday evening:
5:00- 6:00 pm (Registrations)
Intro & practice 6:15-8:30pm 

Saturday- Tuesday:


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

Course Fees: AUD$1755 (GST incl)

Includes a comprehensive manual and a Level I Training audio download.


More Information


Phone: (02) 9929 2774

If you have previously completed the iRest Level 1 Teacher Training, you can audit this training for AUD$660.oo (includes GST) to revisit the teaching themes and refresh yourself on the course material.” If you are eligible and would like to register for this training please Contact us to obtain your discount booking code.
“iRest Institute offers scholarships on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship for this training, please visit”

About our Senior iRest Trainer

Fuyuko Sawamura-Toyota is 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 iRest 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, iRest Institute & Developer of iRest Yoga Nidra

About iRest’s founder

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

Accommodation & Transport

Accommodation Options:,

Cammeray Gardens (20 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.

Recommended and Required Reading

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 iRest Institute, please visit

Course Recognition – Continuing Professional Development

Approximately 30 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) 

Experience iRest with this 8-minute Practice

Free iRest Meditation

Enjoy this 8 minute meditation which is part of the audio series that accompanies Richard Miller’s latest book, iRest Program for Healing PTSD (clicking/tapping the image opens audio link in new window)


Cancelling your registration: Cancellations before Dec 14th, 2019 will receive a refund less a AUD$350 cancellation fee. There are no refunds for any cancellations after December 14th, 2020. Such a policy is required due to the commitments to make this event possible, if we are able to fill your space from a waitlist, your fees less cancellation fee will be refunded to you.

Cancellation of course: In case of cancellation by The Yoga Institute, you will receive a full refund of all registration fees paid to The Yoga Institute. Appropriate Travel Insurance is highly recommended where applicable.

Confirmation of registrations: Your registration is not final until full payment is received.

Notifying us of cancellation: Please email as soon as possible to notify us of your cancellation.

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