Mental Health Training for Yoga Teachers
Trauma sensitive and trauma informed yoga
This 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?
- 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
- 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
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 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.
Phone: (02) 9929 2774