Pranayama Course Sydney

Advanced Pranayama – ONLINE

Pranayama Course Sydney

Breath is life. Breathe well, live well. 

A 3-part skill development workshop for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and for any yoga enthusiast with pranayama experience, to deepen their practice.

Based on the teachings of Sri Krishnamacharya, this specialist course takes place over 3 half-day ONLINE SESSIONS to build on introductory breathwork and what you may have come across in yoga classes or teacher training.

No one needs to be told that we need to breathe. We just do it, and survive! Most of the time, it is done without any conscious awareness. And, unconscious habits and patterns soon develop.  

However, few of us are taught how to breathe well, and how to change the unconscious habits and patterns of our breathing, to explore or unlock the power of more conscious breathing. Generally, this does not happen naturally, just by itself. 

Basic breath awareness is a great start. And then, teaching our system ways to breathe more functionally, is a great improvement. Classical yoga teachings often warn about pranayama practices, without the guidance of a knowledgable and experienced teacher. Here’s your chance!

“The greatest indicator of life span wasn’t genetics, diet, or the amount of daily exercise, as many had suspected. It was lung capacity.” – James Nestor, author of Breath: The New Science & Art of Breathing.

What you will learn

  • The biomechanics and physiology of pranayama
  • A range of yogic breathing techniques (some rarely experienced or taught in yoga classes) 
  • Conscious breathing practices than can fundamentally change the habit and patterns of our breathing, including respiratory rates and mind states 
  • The benefits and contraindications of pranayama and the safe and effective integration of pranayama with bandha, mudra, kriya and relaxation. 

Is this training for me? 

This specialist training is part of our Graduate Yoga Therapy Training program. It is open to and suitable for: 

  • Any existing yoga teacher or yoga therapist keen to study with Michael de Manincor, expand their knowledge and gain 14 points towards their Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Any enthusiastic yoga practitioner with some experience in yogic breathwork techniques. 
  • Graduates of The Yoga Institute’s 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training Diploma who would like to pursue the full Yoga Therapy Training Diploma are required to complete this module

There are no pre-requisites to enjoy this course, but it is beneficial if people have a consistent yoga practice and have had prior experience with various pranayama techniques.

Plus, this training is 100% online, meaning you can do it from anywhere.

Dates don’t suit? These webinars are recorded so you can even do this course self-paced in your own time!

Details and Bookings

Dates & Times:
New 2024 online workshop dates are yet to be announced- subscribe to our newsletters here

Training Delivery: ONLINE (via Zoom)
Facilitator: Michael de Manincor

Current and past students of The Yoga Institute will have the Advanced Pranayama course added to their profile on our online learning portal, Teachable.  Students new to The Yoga Institute will be granted access to our online learning portal where videos and other resources are housed.   And we’re here to help you at any step of the way.   

There is no compulsory textbook for Advanced Pranayama, though we highly recommend The Heart of Yoga by TKV Desikachar (readily available through online booksellers) as a wonderful companion text.

About Michael

This specialist training is part of our Graduate Yoga Therapy Training program and will be taught by founder and director of The Yoga Institute, Dr Michael de Manincor, who has been practicing, teaching and doing research in pranayama practices for more than 30 years. 

Under the personal tutelage of Mr TKV Desikachar, Michael embodies an authentic approach to yoga, following the traditions of Desikachar’s father, T Krishnamacharya (also widely referred to as the father of modern yoga).

Passionate about how yoga can improve the quality of life for anyone, Michael has a special interest in how integrated yogic techniques can offer people mental health and contentment.

Read more about Michael here

What people say about learning from Michael

“A heartfelt thank you. Michael, you are wise, kind, knowledgeable, mischievous and above all an inspiration! Thank you for all you have taught me.” 

I love learning through the Institute and with Michael. The learning is comprehensive, has depth, is practical and it keeps going well beyond the actual course” – Jules

“The Yoga Institute is making a wonderfully positive impact on the yoga world here is Sydney and nationwide. I really can’t praise the school highly enough and don’t have the superlatives in my vocabulary to do it justice.”  – Billy

“I am very grateful to Michael for being such a knowledgeable, caring, and inspiring teacher and mentor” – MR

“I found as we re-visited the study of pranayama and asana I became more confident with using these tools in my own practice and in guiding others in their practice”   – Tina


More Information

If you have any questions, please contact us:
Ph: 0477 021 219 or

CPR First Aid Training for Yoga Teachers

Dates To Be Announced: Apply First Aid and CPR

First Aid training is an essential component for yoga teachers in Australia and a mandatory requirement for membership to Yoga Australia.

Accreditation is conducted under the auspices and in partnership with Simple Instruction, accredited through the Registered Training Organisation.

CPR First Aid Training for Yoga Teachers

Course Includes:

  • First Aid face-to-face training
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) face-to-face training *
  • Online workbook

* There is an option to attend CPR component only.


First Aid (Including CPR): 3.5 hours online plus approx 2 hour ins studio

CPR-only: 2 hours online plus approx 1 hour in studio

Enrolled students will work through the workbook at their leisure, and then lessons are brought to life and assessed in-person. 

Course Details:

Cost: $140.00 (First Aid, including CPR) or $70.00 (CPR only) 
Location: Level 1, 498 Miller Street, Cammeray

Students must complete the first aid online workbook prior to attendance. Please allow yourself adequate time to complete this pre-work.  

NOTE: On successful course completion certificates will be emailed to you as soon as they are processed.

This Yoga Institute First Aid course is designed for:

  • Yoga Teachers who are required to complete an accredited First Aid course.
  • Yoga Teachers who are required to renew their current accreditation
  • Yoga Teachers who require completion of the annual CPR component.

The 1 day course will include face-to-face practical training and instruction. There will be a short multiple choice theory test, during and towards the end of the face-to-face session. The questions are relevant to what you have learnt in class and your workbook.

Bookings are essential and pre-payment is required to secure your place.

What to Bring & Wear:

  • Completion certificate from online workbook 
  • Your USI Number
  • Pen and notebook
  • Form of identification (Drivers License, Passport, Photo I.D. Card, Student card)
  • Wear comfortable clothing

Your full First Aid certificate is valid for 3 years, however as a requirement of the Yoga/Fitness Industry standards, you need to review the CPR module every 12 months. 

Cancellation & Refund Policy

1.     Cancellations are available up to 48 hours before start time. All booking cancellations will incur a $40.00 fee which will be deducted from your refund.

2.     In cases where less than 48 hours notice of cancellation is provided, course fees cannot be refunded (this includes no shows).

3.     For mistake bookings we will provide a full refund without cancellation fee if you notify us immediately (maximum within 1 hour of booking).

3.     If the course or event is cancelled by The Yoga Institute or our first aid partner Simple Instruction, you will receive a full refund.

4.     Course dates, details and locations subject to change.

5.     The Yoga Institute Pty Ltd reserves the right to cancel any course, event, workshop or retreat due to extenuating circumstances. In the unlikely event that this occurs, a full refund of registration fees paid (including deposit where applicable) will be returned to the participant. However, no responsibility will be accepted for any consequential loss in any circumstances. Where applicable, adequate TRAVEL INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Heart of Yoga Retreat: October 2023

Bookings for October 2023 now closed

Come relax in the healing surrounds of nature, and open your heart to feeling nourished as we journey into the Heart of Yoga!

Dates: Weekend of October 27th – 29th, 2023

Location: Watagan Eco Retreat, Martinsville, NSW (1.5 hour from Sydney CBD)

Open to everyone!

Are you ready to bring your heart to life?

This will be a heart-centred journey, deepening into a transformational exploration of living a heart-centred life.

We will create a safe and supportive environment, inviting each person to open and immerse themselves  into the transformative experience. Come make new friends, feel revived and fall in love with your personal journey all over again, all in a beautiful setting surrounded by mother nature.

Each day will be filled with a variety of practices, including asana, pranayama, meditation and workshops of self-discovery. You will also have the time and opportunity to enjoy private Q&A time, read, bushwalk,  or simply sit, be and soak up the stunning surrounds.

All levels of yoga experience/knowledge and physical capabilities are welcome.  Wherever you are at in your yoga journey, come together with like-minded people who also want to deepen their personal practice and enjoy the support and connection of community (sanga).

Read more about the many benefits of going on retreat here!  

Retreat Details

Arrival: from 4:00 pm Friday October 27th. Welcome session at 5:30pm

Departure: 3:00 pm Sunday October 29th

Cost: $750 (incl GST)  

What To Bring:  Yoga mat, linens (bedsheets for a single bed & a bath-towel), suitable clothing for cool weather, shoes for bushwalking (if desired).

Special dietary requirements?   With advance notice, the chef can easily cater to your needs (medical or chosen restrictions). Make sure to let us know in the enrolment process.

Feel free to invite a loved one and help the healing power of yoga reach as many people as possible.


Join us on retreat to find peace of mind, contentment and discover inner wellness. Come and rediscover the magic of life and find meaning, connection and purpose.

Price includes shared room accommodation, all meals, drinks & snacks and specialised Heart of Yoga retreat program

We will keep the retreat small and intimate. If you’re keen to join us, please don’t delay! 

Tranquil Venue  

Watagan Eco Retreat, Watagan Road, Martinsville, NSW. 

Watagan Eco Retreat is set amongst 40 acres of private wilderness, 90 minutes north of Sydney CBD. A completely private retreat, the weekend is devoted only to the Heart of Yoga experience.  


   Features include:  

  • Beautifully appointed cabins
  • Pristine rainforest gullies and forest trails
  • Large dining area with fireplace
  • Magnificent 80 sqm yoga studio with uninterrupted nature views
  • Heated outdoor spa
  • Quality kitchen and bathroom facilities

Click on the video below to explore the soothing Watagan Eco Retreat and its majestic forest surrounds

Look inside your heart…. What do you need in this moment?

What is it that you are seeking?

Give yourself the gift of true self-care to harmonise body, mind and spirit.

“Your spirit will never be fully nourished by anyone’s love but your own” 


Watagan Road, Martinsville, NSW


What Previous Retreat Guests Say…  

“A big thank you to the team at the Yoga Institute for a beautiful couple of days connecting with the heart through yoga and meditation sessions. Whilst only a 3 day retreat, I returned back home completely recharged and rested. I would totally recommend joining in one of their retreats regardless of level of yoga and cannot wait to join the next one” Alex


“What a special retreat this was! Surrounded by nature with delicious food and lovely accommodation, we were led by highly experienced teachers who shared their wisdom on all things connected to the heart.  I learnt so much in such a short period of time ranging from different yoga poses, breathing and meditation techniques and theories about the mind and the body. I would highly recommend this team of teachers and the retreats they organise to anyone!”  Penny


“The Heart of Yoga Retreat was such an insightful and powerful experience. Not only did I connect more to my own heart but also to the hearts of others through listening openly to each other’s stories and embracing our shared humanness in circles. Michael did a wonderful job holding space to feel safe, respected and heard. The schedule provided the perfect balance between time for self- reflection, time for group gatherings and time spent in the beautiful surroundings.  I left with my heart wide open, feeling truly connected to myself, others and nature’s magic.” Dani

Meet Your Heart of Yoga Retreat Hosts 

  • Dr Michael de Manincor – Founder & Director of The Yoga Institute, Yoga Therapist, Psychologist and Retreat Host

Common Questions

1. What if I can’t get to Martinsville by 5:30pm on the Friday? 

No problem, please let us know in advance if you think you are unavoidably arriving a bit later. 

2. Can I pay extra to have my own room? 

Our Watagan retreat premises cannot accomodate private bedrooms.  All beautiful bedrooms are a number of single beds. But we will keep the retreat small and intimate, so everyone can relax into the supportive feeling of true community (sanga). Depending on final numbers, we may be able to spread people out across different bedrooms, but please be prepared to share a room. 

3. What if I’m still quite new to yoga? 

No problem! We are passionate about removing misconceptions about who yoga is for. Yoga is for everybody.  If you can breathe, you can do yoga.  Whatever your physical capabilities are, wherever you are at in your knowledge of what yoga is beyond physical postures, and whether you have ever had experience with the philosophical wisdom of yoga, all are welcome!   

4. What if I have certain food allergies and/or chosen food restrictions? 

The sign-up process allows you to tell us about any medical or chosen restrictions, and we will let the chef know. 


Feeling Excited & Ready? 

We would love you to join us!


About The Yoga Institute

The Yoga Institute provides extraordinary education and training, and guides sustainable personal transformative experiences, through the lens of Yoga, connection and community.

We offer inspiration, education and support in applying the ancient wisdom of yoga to modern, everyday lives. Passionate about yoga and the benefits it brings to peoples’ lives, our team is committed to providing you with a highly engaging, practical learning experience.

Stay in Touch With News! Join your selected newsletters here and be amongst to first to hear other retreat, training and special events announced.

Need Help?  Contact us on or 0477 021 219


Full payment for this event is required to secure your registration. Cancellations received more than 60 days prior to the event will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received after that time will not be eligible for any refund, including no-shows to the retreat. You may transfer your registration to another person at no cost, but please notify the program host in writing prior to the event date if transfer is required.
EVENT CANCELLATION: The Yoga Institute Pty Ltd reserves the right to cancel any event, workshop or retreat due to extenuating circumstances. In the unlikely event that this occurs, a full refund of registration fees paid will be returned to the participant. However, no responsibility will be accepted for any consequential loss in any circumstances. Where applicable, adequate travel insurance is highly recommended.

Yoga Sutra Studies with Michael de Manincor

Yoga Sutra Studies with Michael de Manincor

Yoga Sutra Studies with Michael de Manincor

Sutras Studies is currently on hiatus, but will be returning!  Join our newsletters to stay up-to-date. 

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 these 6-week courses, 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.

Each 6-week course follows a different theme or part of the Sutras, so each course is different and many students return again and again to continue their learnings from Michael.  

This course has no required textbook, however we recommend The Heart of Yoga, by T.K.V Desikachar as a wonderful companion to Sutras Studies. 

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

Terms run in blocks on 6-weeks on Thursday Evenings 

Times: 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Teacher:  Michael de Manincor

Attendance: Live online via zoom is always an option so you can join us from anywhere!  We look forward to also offering Sydney-based students the option of attending in-person at our Cammeray premises later in the year.

(Returning Sutras students, Teacher Training graduates and Yoga therapy students can contact The Yoga Institute for a discount code)

When new term dates are available, bookings will be available online – stay tuned to our newsletters for updates or contact us at 

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

Until our 6-week classes return, please feel free to enjoy this podcast episode of Live Like You Love Yourself, where Michael has an engaging and playful discussion about the nature of consciousness with Chara Caruthers and Lucy Karnani. 

Yoga Teacher Training Info Session

Yoga Teacher Training & Yoga Studies Information Session

Next course starts 2024

We will be offering our in-studio and online information sessions in the lead-up to enrolments opening. Feel free to check back and stay tuned to our Teacher Training newsletter.

The Yoga Institute is proudly dedicated to high-quality yoga education and to empowering people improve the quality of their lives through the system and wisdom of yoga.

You can choose:

If you’re considering training to become a yoga teacher, or just want to study yoga for the sheer love and joy, come to our next obligation-free information session to meet our Course Director Michael de Manincor, and learn about our unique individualised approach to Yoga. 

“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.” Stacey, 2020 Graduate

“The comprehensive content of the course was incredibly eye opening and I feel my mind opened to a whole new way of thinking and seeing the world.” Michelle, 2020 Graduate

“Completing this course is the best thing I’ve done in years and I’m truly excited about where it will take me!” Claire, 2020 Graduate

Michael de Manincor

Join us online

Come meet founder and course director Michael de Manincor and the team.

Been to one of our information sessions in the past perhaps? We know circumstances can change, please do join us again, we’d love to re-connect.

Or maybe you registered before but were unable to actually join us? No problem, join us this time instead!

Check Back With Us To Register Here

In the months preceding our next course commencing, you will be able to register to join one of our free Information Sessions, so you can meet us, learn more about our course, and ask us questions.

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..

Want to have a chat?

We’re here to help Tuesdays to Fridays


Yoga for Back Care

Yoga for Back Care

An engaging 6-week course that will be both theoretical and practical

This course is suitable for students who have challenging back issues/pain (including neck complaints) and or for students who are interested to learn more about maintaining spinal health and preventing spinal issues.

During this 6-week course Lisa and Maria will guide students through a yoga program customised to address common back problems and will provide each student with the opportunity to learn and practice yoga postures that will promote spinal awareness, support spinal alignment, strengthen spinal muscles, build core strength for spinal stabilisation and promote healthy movement of your spine. Students will also develop self awareness so they can practice yoga in a way that aids rather than aggitates their back, neck and spine.

Bookings are essential and prepayment is required. The next course start date is currently to be confirmed. Join our newsletter to be notified when dates for the next course are confirmed.

The health of our back significantly impacts our wellbeing; if you are one of the millions complaining about “my aching back” you’ll know this all to well.

Why is the back prone to injury?

As we age, ligaments and tendons shorten and joint range of motion decreases. Disks lose their ability to absorb shock, muscles weaken, and bones lose mass. This is compounded spending too much time sitting in cars, at desks, at computers. Bad posture makes matters worse.

How can yoga help reduce back pain?

Yoga helps to build a strong yet supple spine as well as correcting postural misalignments. The subtle breath work and relaxation practices of yoga can also provide pain sufferers with a powerful tool to manage their pain. Some of the back conditions that may be eased by regular and appropriate yoga include: scoliosis, sciatica, lower back pain, degenerated or bulging discs, as well as neck pain and stiffness.

Day: Wednesday
Duration: 6 week course
Time: 6:30pm–7:45pm
Cost: $135 (inc gst) payable in advance
Teacher: Lisa Grauaug

Upcoming Dates: Our next Back Care short course hasn’t yet been scheduled. Join our newsletter to be notified when dates for the next course are confirmed.


BACK CARE YOGA TIP: If you are doing a yoga class or doing your own personal practice, here’s a key principle to keep in mind…

Breathe as You Do the Yoga Poses. When we hold our breath, we hold onto tension. Quiet, slow breathing induces the relaxation response, allowing increased circulation to tissues whose vessels are constricted during times of stress. If you can stay in touch with your breath as you practice yoga you will also stay within a safe range of motion for your body and will be less likely to over-strain your muscles and ligaments.

The Yoga Institute acknowledges the Cammeraygal people of the Eora nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our centre is based.

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