Tap into the Healing Potential of Yoga

There are a myriad of ways to transform your health through Yoga.

Were you aware of the array of benefits that Yoga has been shown to offer people when it comes to ones health and healing? Current research continues to support the validity of such claims (Harvard Medical publication – An Introduction to Yoga). This report reveals with clinical research that Yoga offers so much more than a physical stretch, a way to strengthen and tone your body. It in fact it has a powerful effect on your whole health.


The Health Benefits of Yoga

The list of yoga’s health benefits is quite long and continually growing and more research is done. When it comes to scientific research, yoga is a tricky topic for many reasons, the main one being that there are so many types and styles of yoga. Each style and teachers offers something a little different. Some classes are more asana (physical) focus, while others focus more on pranayama (breathing) or meditation. The bottom line is that yoga has a lot to offer.

Harvard Medical School Special Health Report “An Introduction to Yoga” dedicates a chapter offering an overview of the research on yoga’s physical and mental benefits. Listed in this chapter:

  • Reduced Stress
  • Better Physical Health
    • Reduced risk of heart disease
    • Improved diabetes management
    • Back pain relief
    • Less arthritis pain
  • Better mental health
    • A sharper brain
    • Less depression and anxiety
    • Relief for PTSD
  • Increased well-being
    • Better sleep
    • Better body awareness
    • Weight loss
    • Greater happiness
    • Youthfulness

The publication also mentions “Why yoga has so many health benefits”

  • It taps down on stress
  • It reduces inflammation
  • It tones the vagus nerve
  • It amps up immunity
  • It changes your brain
  • It turns on genes that promote health

Yoga is the perfect remedy to assist with everything from heart disease to high pressure to anxiety and depression. 

Yoga is a mind-body practice that considers the whole person.  A yoga practice may include postures – either static or dynamic movements, breathing techniques, calmative or relaxation practices, practices that enhance vitality, or more contemplative practices such as meditation.

How we approach ones Yoga practice to restore health and provide healing ALWAYS depends on the person. Often when we are limited, or suffering with our health we forget or cannot see the other aspects of our being that we can tap into. Yes – we forget our potential – a well trained and experienced Yoga teacher or therapist can assist people to awaken these other aspects of themselves and see the potential for better functioning, health and healing.

In the Harvard Medical publication on Yoga there was mention of a Clinical Cardiology study where a yoga programme was shown to increase the flexibility of blood vessels by 69% and it even helped shrink blockages in arteries without the use of medications! Now this is promising.

Without a doubt this time-tested ancient practice – Yoga – is here to stay and we look forward to continue to hear more about Yoga’s vast application and usefulness to transform health and support healing.

“Tone and strengthen your body while you lower blood pressure … ease back pain … reduce the risk of heart disease … and improve your memory with YOGA!”

To read publication: CLICK HERE


How can we support you?

Interested in teacher training? Visit our webpage
Interested in Yoga Therapy Training? Visit our webpage
Interested in developing a personal home practice? Visit our webpage

Have questions’? Email or call: kirstie@yogainstitute.com.au 0477 021 219

February 26th, 2020: Ayurveda Monthly Workshop

“The People’s Medicine”

The Yoga Institute is very excited to invite you to join us for monthly Ayurveda Workshops with Eleni Tsikrikas

Did you know? Ayurveda is Yoga’s sister science and the planet’s oldest nature based self care system. Its goal is longevity and vibrant health for you. Ayurveda offers a view of health that is practical and simple. It empowers and encourages each of us to participate in our health and longevity.

Date: Wednesday 26th February
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm, followed by tea for those who’d like to stay
Facilitator: Eleni Tsikrikas
Cost: $44

Join Eleni Tsikrikas, certified Ayurvedic teacher and healer with over 12 years of clinical experience and certifications in Yoga and Western Herbalism. This will be a  truly innovative and wonderful series of monthly Ayurveda workshops.

Each month we will introduce a new food or lifestyle theme and give a short talk, followed by an interactive discussion. You will walk away with a foundational knowledge of each topic along with some practices that will enhance your life and health.

Who is this for?
This unique workshop is especially held for anyone interested in Ayurveda.

What students say…

“Thanks so much for last night. I felt quite buzzy when I woke up! Such incredible food for thought, to linger over and unpick and explore. I loved Eleni’s clear explanations of how things connect and intersect. I know I’m just dipping my toes in the water. I’ll be back for more …” Bridget

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Podcast: Leslie Kaminoff on Back Pain, Dr. Sarno and the Power of Breath

Meet Leslie Kaminoff…

Meet Leslie Kaminoff, a Yoga educator with forty years experience in the study of Yoga and the breath. Leslie studied with T.K.V Desikachar, a teacher renowned for his emphasis on the therapeutic aspects of yoga, and he is the co-author of the bestselling book Yoga Anatomy.

Listen to Like ‘Mind, Like Body’ podcastYogi Leslie Kaminoff on Back Pain, Dr. Sarno and the Power of Breath

Leslie shares his own personal story of losing his breath for six months, having what he calls a “pranic breakdown,” overcoming severe back spasms, and watching his hero suffer from dementia. He’ll also share what he’s learned about how simple breathing habits and basic yoga practice can transform the way we face adversity taking us from reactive to responsive.

LISTEN NOW


Specifically Designed Online Yoga Anatomy Course

Leslie and Amy have designed an online Yoga Anatomy course specifically for our Yoga Teacher Training 500 hour Diploma Course. We are lucky to have this comprehensive Yoga Anatomy online component as part of our training.
Is extremely generous with content.
This course exposes students to a variety of ways to understand the human body – including western anatomy and physiology, functional anatomy, kinesiology and how this all this integrates with yoga practices such as the asana (posture), breathing techniques, use of the bandhas and more.

How can we support you?

Leslie is coming to Sydney for a 2 day workshop in March 2020: More information and bookings 

Interested in yoga teacher training? More information

March 7th & 8th, 2020: Leslie Kaminoff Workshop Sydney

Leslie Kaminoff Down Under 2020

Reimagining Alignment – Fundamental Practices and Foundational Principles

A 2-day Interactive Yoga Workshop that will inform, inspire and transform both your personal practice and teaching

T.K.V. Desikachar’s teachings respect the individual nature of yoga practice, and his father, T. Krishnamacharya, emphasized the importance of breath integration along the central axis of the body.  Inspired by these sources, Leslie Kaminoff has developed an anatomically-inspired set of yoga principles. He uses these to guide teachers and practitioners as they embody their own, personal understanding of what works for them, both in personal practice and teaching. During these practice-heavy sessions, Leslie will model these principles by teaching a variety of sequences, techniques and inquiries.

Dates: Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th March, 2020
Venue: Mosman Art Gallery: Grand Hall, Sydney
Time: 9:00am – 4:30 pm


Saturday: 

Doors will be open from  8:30 am to settle into your space and be ready for 9:00 start.

Session times: 9:00am-12:00pm & 1:30-4:30pm

Re-imagining Alignment

This highly interactive workshop relies on students to bring questions about their own asana practice and teaching language. Leslie will promote an experimental, experiential atmosphere of inquiry regarding the teaching of alignment, safety and effective cueing of asana.

The session begins with an historical and anatomical perspective on the subject and functional definition of alignment. Then, an exploration of the uniqueness of human structure will lead to the understanding that “asanas don’t have alignment – people have alignment.”

Starting with clear, simple principles that govern musculoskeletal function, Leslie will help you put your asana on a solid foundation literally from the ground up (and from your head down). Topics include:

  • The fundamental importance of proprioception and interoception
  • Functional principles of alignment
  • Breath-centered, anatomically-based cueing
  • The relationship of bandha to support and movement
  • Why instructions like “tuck your tail,” “lengthen your spine,” “square your hips” may be doing more harm than good, and what kind of language to use instead
  • The use of gazing (drishti) and imagery to foster increased neuromuscular integration

Sunday:

Morning session: 9:00am-12:00pm

Less Talking, More Doing – The Theory of Mostly Practice

This is a full-length practice session (2+ hours) with a minimum of lecture. Simple body and breath warmups will be followed by a session of seated breath/bandha practice.

A standing vinyasa series will flow into floor work, modified inversions, twists, backbends and forward bends, concluding with a full savasana, followed by quiet sitting.Brief introductory and concluding remarks will frame the session.

Afternoon session: 1:30-4:30pm

Shushumna Nadi in Theory and Practice – The Central Pillar of Krishnamacharya’s Yoga

An organizing principle of Krishnamacharya’s breath-centered approach to yoga theory and practice involves the opening of the central channel of the energetic body – the Shushumna Nadi. Leslie’s uniquely anatomical and experiential perspective on this topic refers to this as “vertical axis integration.” This session will explore this idea in a practice sequence that integrates asana, kriya, bandha, mudra, pranayama. The session will conclude with a dhyana on the imagery derived from Krishnamacharya’s unique perspective on Prana/Apana, Kundalini and Agni

Dates: Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th March, 2020
Venue: Mosman Art Gallery: Grand Hall, 1 Art Gallery Way, Mosman (Sydney)
Time: 9:00am – 4:30 pm

PRICE for the Full Weekend Program: $649 regular price

Previous years have been a sell out event, book in early to avoid disappointment

* no pre-requisites or prior learning required *


Terms & Conditions:
Full payment for this event is required to secure your registration. Cancelations prior to the 17th February 2020 are eligible for a refund minus $250. Cancellations received after the 17th February are not eligible for a refund. You may transfer your registration to another person at no cost, however, please notify the program host in writing prior to commencement.

Event cancelation: 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.

Please email us in writing for cancellation notifications.


About the facilitator: Leslie Kaminoff 

Leslie Kaminoff is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. He is recognized internationally as a specialist in the fields of yoga, breath anatomy and bodywork. For over four decades he has led workshops and developed specialized education for many leading yoga associations, schools and training programs in America and throughout the world. His approach to teaching combines intellectual rigor, spontaneity and humor, and is always evolving.
Leslie is the founder of The Breathing Project, a New York City based educational non-profit dedicated to advancing educational standards for yoga teachers and other movement professionals. His unique year-long course is available online at yogaanatomy.net.
He is the co-author, with Amy Matthews, of the best-selling book “Yoga Anatomy.”
You can follow him on Instagram (@leslie.kaminoff), Twitter (@lkaminoff) and on Facebook (LeslieKaminoffYogaAnatomy), on YouTube (YogaAnatomy) and learn more at YogaAnatomy.org.


Bonus Material 

A Post-Iyengar Reimagining of Alignment in Asana
https://www.yogaanatomy.org/reimagining-alignment/

Negative Feedback Can Be Positive (except when it’s just negative)
http://yogaanatomy.org/feedback-loop/

Son vs Father’s Yoga Teachings
http://yogaanatomy.org/back_to_the_future/

A simple breathing question with a complex answer
http://yogaanatomy.org/a-simple-question-with-a-complex-answer/

Honesty in Yoga Credentialing
http://yogaanatomy.org/you-were-here/

Dates TBC: Teachers Listening Circle 


ON PAUSE:

The Yoga Institute is very excited to invite you to join our next Teachers Listening Circle 

This unique circle is especially held for yoga teachers and therapists to come together in community and share what is offering inquiry or curiosity when teaching yoga. The Teachers Listening Circle will be hosted by Lucy Karnani and Rosie Caunt, both highly practiced in holding space for forums of this nature.

Date: Listening Circle is currently on pause
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm circle, followed by a pot-luck supper for those who’d like to stay
Facilitators: Lucy Karnani and Rosie Caunt
Cost: No charge

What is the main objective?

The main objective of the Circle will be to allow anyone who wants to share about their professional or personal experiences as a yoga teacher or therapist to be fully listened to by their peers in a safe space. Lucy and Rosie have seen the great value of sharing common  experiences with others who are like-minded, or more importantly, like-hearted, and who are working with similar situations.  Often putting our experiences into words helps us gain insight and learning from our own experiences that may not happen when we just ruminate on them in our own mind. Additionally, by listening to other teachers and therapists there may be opportunities for learning from other’s experiences.

Who is this for?

Anyone who has been teaching yoga – whether for a few months or many years, frequently or infrequently, all are welcome. There is no charge to attend, although you are asked to RSVP so we can be prepared appropriately 😊. You are also asked to come with an open heart and compassionate intention to support each other. The Teachers Listening Circle will run from 6:30-8:30pm, followed by a pot-luck supper for those who’d like to stay afterward.

The first one took take place on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, and was enjoyed so much by all who attended we have decided to continue hosting our Teacher’s Listening Circles multiple times a year. Numbers are limited, please reserve your place.


What Previous Circle Participants Say…

“My experience was certainly two pronged. I knew that coming together with like-minded yoga teachers would be an incredibly educational experience and a catalyst for my professional growth. What I wasn’t expecting was personal healing and growth. This was certainly an added bonus. Thank you. ” KC

“Once again I loved being at the listening circle. It builds my confidence and allows me to feel part of something greater than myself. Community.” Sheila

“Hearing what others are doing is such a rich learning experience. Thank you Rosie and Lucy for your time and the beautiful love and care that you put into the group.” 

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Return Date TBC: Ayurveda Monthly Workshop

“The People’s Medicine”

The Yoga Institute is very excited to invite you to join us for monthly Ayurveda Workshops with Eleni Tsikrikas

Did you know? Ayurveda is Yoga’s sister science and the planet’s oldest nature based self care system. Its goal is longevity and vibrant health for you. Ayurveda offers a view of health that is practical and simple. It empowers and encourages each of us to participate in our health and longevity.

Date: Wednesdays
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm, followed by tea for those who’d like to stay
Facilitator: Eleni Tsikrikas
Cost: $44

Join Eleni Tsikrikas, certified Ayurvedic teacher and healer with over 12 years of clinical experience and certifications in Yoga and Western Herbalism. This will be a  truly innovative and wonderful series of monthly Ayurveda workshops.

Each month we will introduce a new food or lifestyle theme and give a short talk, followed by an interactive discussion. You will walk away with a foundational knowledge of each topic along with some practices that will enhance your life and health.

Who is this for?
This unique workshop is especially held for anyone interested in Ayurveda.

What students say…

“Thanks so much for last night. I felt quite buzzy when I woke up! Such incredible food for thought, to linger over and unpick and explore. I loved Eleni’s clear explanations of how things connect and intersect. I know I’m just dipping my toes in the water. I’ll be back for more …” Bridget

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What makes our teacher training different from other training courses?

There are lots of things that make our course different but there is one that stands out for me personally and for many of our teacher trainees…

It’s the focus on personal practices. This is both the development of your own personal practice AND gaining the skills and knowledge to design personal practices for your students and clients, and teach them how to apply this transformative process in their lives.

When I started my training at The Yoga Institute I had already completed a 300 hour yoga teacher training course, where there was not one mention of a personal practice.

I spent my first mentoring session with Rosie at The Yoga Institute developing a practice, specifically designed for me, my body with all its broken bits and my current emotional state which needed some extra attention. I left the session feeling curious about doing yoga in my own home. Was I going to be motivated?  Who was going to keep me accountable? I was unsure but willing to give it a go.

After a week I was hooked, fast forward 8 years and my personal practice is now like brushing my teeth. It has to be done daily, ideally twice. It doesn’t have to be long, I don’t need candles, a quiet space or even a yoga mat. All I need is my mind, body and breath (and a pair of sunglasses if I am in a public place, so people don’t look at me weird).

What I love most about being a yoga teacher is teaching my students one-on-one. I also love teaching group classes, but the development of a personal practice is truly where the magic happens!


What does Michael de Manincor think?

“One thing of great value that I believe is glaringly missing from the picture of Yoga in the Modern World is yoga being taught one-on-one, as an approach for guiding students in the development of their personalised practice, the way yoga was traditionally taught.”

“In general, it is fair to say that the vast majority of modern yoga is being taught in group classes, often standardised, not a personalised one-on-one approach. There is nothing wrong with teaching group classes. Teaching yoga in group classes has been a really wonderful gift to our world. Classes create community and connection, provide an opportunity for some of us to “get away” from the distractions and business of our homes and work, provide “accountability” in “showing up”, sometimes a place to feel safe, or just be, and they continue to bring many benefits to the lives of many people.”

“I have been teaching group classes myself for nearly 30 years. And in our teacher training courses at The Yoga Institute, we train people to teach group classes – but in a way that addresses individual needs within the group.”

“Importantly, we also train students to design and teach personalised practices and I’ve both personally experienced and witnessed hundreds of times over, how much more powerful a yoga practice can be, when it is tailored to the individual in a one-on-one session.”


What is a private one-on-one session?

When a teacher meets one-on-one with their student, they will first gain a clear picture of the student’s needs and where they are at. Then they work together to co-create a personal practice for the student. The practice is personalised, designed (or modified in the case of an existing practice) according to the current needs and aims of the individual student.

Students are encouraged and empowered to do their practice regularly at home. It might take a few sessions to establish and refine the practice, and then they will meet with their teacher once a month or so, to review and develop the practice further.

The teacher’s role is to ensure the student understands the various components of the practice, guiding and supporting the student in their practice and answering any questions. Here, the student accepts responsibility for doing their own practice, rather than the teacher always being with them and doing the practice with them.

Personalised yoga practices might include a range or selection of suitable asana, pranayama, relaxation, meditation, yoga nidra, sound and chanting, visualisations, forming intentions, or discussions about yoga philosophy, psychology or lifestyle; all designed in response to an assessment of the individual needs, interests and goals of the student (not the teacher!).


This student’s email says it all….

“Twenty years ago I completed my yoga teacher training, and went on a study trip to India, excited about embarking on my yoga teaching journey. But then life happened. I moved cities three times, had a family, and my yoga practice and teaching dropped away. I tried sporadically to re-engage with my practice, and attended classes from time to time, hoping that would help renew my commitment to get back on the mat.

Group classes were often an enjoyable experience, but for me the results felt superficial and short lived.

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a daily personal practice, but the memory of it is so strong in my body and my mind. Nothing compares to the feeling of self integration and awareness that I have experienced practicing in my own home, regularly, over an extended period of time. A practice that has been intelligently designed by my teacher, with the right sequences of asana, pranayama and meditation, to suit my needs. A practice that evolved as my needs changed, under the guidance of a teacher, with the skills and experience to design a practice that was right for me, and hold me accountable to myself to do it.

To find my yoga again, I need to find a teacher!”


Evening ‘Letting Go’ practice for you…

Here is an example of a personal practice ‘take home’ by one of our beautiful teachers Gill. Gill is particularly artistic, not all personal practices look quite so neat and nice! 🙂

Download a copy here


How can we support you?

Interested in teacher training? Visit our webpage
Interested in Yoga Therapy Training? Visit our webpage
Interested in developing a personal home practice? Visit our webpage

Email or call me: kirstie@yogainstitute.com.au 0477 021 219

Join us, together we will grow, learn and inspire.

Kirstie Christensen ❤
General Manager

Pre Natal and Post Natal Yoga Teaching Course

What to consider when practicing yoga during and after pregnancy

Pre Natal and Post Natal Yoga Teaching Courseby Lisa Grauaug

Pregnancy brings with it a multitude of amazing physical and emotional changes that support the health, growth and birth of a newborn baby.

A yoga practice during and after pregnancy can be supportive, integrative and enable these natural changes.

To realise these benefits there are some key things women need to consider about practising yoga during and after pregnancy:

1. Yoga students who are pregnant and attend general Yoga classes must inform the Yoga Teacher. There are a number of postures that need to be modified or are not suitable during and immediately following pregnancy. An appropriately trained teacher will be able to provide guidance.

2. A woman’s needs change over the three trimesters of pregnancy and after birth. A suitable yoga practice supports the natural changes throughout pregnancy and beyond.

3. There are an array of hormonal changes during pregnancy. One change involves a softening and loosening effect on ligaments and muscles, caused by the release of the hormone relaxin. Because of the effects of relaxin pregnant women are advised to be careful not to over-stretch or over extend in postures and to work with maintaining alignment.

4. During pregnancy there are two beings to consider – the mother and the growing baby. In a yoga practice, one very important consideration is to NOT compress or overly contract the belly to ensure comfort and to safely accommodate the growing baby in-utero.

5. Another important factor is for pregnant women to avoid becoming overheated. A well-ventilated room is essential and over-exertion and strong physical practices are best avoided.

6. A pregnancy or post-natal yoga class with other pregnant women or new mums provides valuable time to share experiences, and a great way to support one’s wellbeing during pregnancy and as a new mother.

If you are pregnant or have recently given birth it is highly recommended to find a pregnancy or post-natal Yoga class. Sometimes finding these specialised yoga classes can be difficult – OR you might be keen to continue attending your regular exercise or yoga class.

If this is the case, attending a general yoga class with a teacher that has been trained to teach yoga to pregnant women and new mothers is strongly recommended. This will ensure that the practices are suitably modified to cater for your changing body, mind and baby.

Teaching pregnancy and post-natal Yoga is a specialised skill set and as part of a focused graduate training in pre and post-natal yoga, a Yoga teacher will gain a comprehensive understanding of the common changes associated with pregnancy.

Some yoga teachers choose to specialise in this area and offer dedicated pre and post-natal classes to support pregnant women and new mothers. We recognise that’s not for everyone, but we believe all teachers of general yoga classes can benefit their students greatly by completing specialist training in this area.

 


About the Author

Lisa leads the Teaching Pre and Post-natal Yoga course at The Yoga Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing), Bachelor and Master degrees in Psychology, an Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching, an Ayurveda Lifestyle Certificate, and has completed a Perinatal Mental Health Course at the University of Sydney.

Lisa is a Registered Psychologist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Australia (YA) Member and Registered Yoga Therapist (International Association of Yoga Therapists IAYT & YA).

June 14th, 2019: Heart of Yoga Retreat

We can think extraordinary things with our minds, yet we feel our deepest emotions with our hearts.

Join us for this special Heart of Yoga retreat, hosted by Dr Michael de Manincor at the tranquil Quest for Life Centre, set within 9 acres of landscaped gardens in Bundanoon, Southern Highlands, New South Wales.

Dates:  Friday 14th – Sunday 16th June 2019

Location:  Quest for Life Centre,  Bundanoon (Southern Highlands) NSW


Are you ready to bring your heart to life?

This will be a heart-centred journey, forming the start or the deepening of a truly sustainable, transformational exploration into your heart. We will create a safe and supportive environment to ensure you can immerse yourself for two full days of understanding the full system of yoga, learning how to self nurture on a whole new level. As well as make new friends, 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 sessions and treatments, read or simply sit, be and soak up the stunning surrounds.


Unique Venue

Set within 9 acres of manicures gardens of the beautiful Southern Highlands, the Quest for Life Centre is a short 1.5 hour drive from Sydney CBD. The space provides an oasis for time out and an ideal environment for reflection, healing and the learning of new and valuable life skills.

Founded by Petrea King in 1989, the Quest for Life Foundation provides intensive educational programs and workshops that encourage and empower people with the tools to create emotional resilience, healing and peace of mind.

CLICK HERE for more venue information.


Retreat Details 

Arrival: from 2pm Friday 14th June – welcome talk 4:00pm

Departure: 3pm Sunday 16th June

Getting There

The Quest for Life Centre nestles on the edge of Morton National Park:  13 – 33 Ellsmore Rd, Bundanoon (Southern Highlands).

You can access the Quest for Life Centre by car, bus or train.

For transport options and details please visit the Quest for Life website.

Please see google maps for direction to the Quest for Life Centre.

“From the moment you enter the gravel drive, you begin to feel renewed, refreshed and inspired.”


Bookings & More Information

Join us at the Quest for Life Centre in the Southern Highlands to find peace of mind, contentment and discover inner wellness. Come and rediscover the magic of life and find meaning, connection and purpose.

Cost:  $695

Price includes twin share room with en-suite accommodation, linen, all meals, drinks & snacks and specialised Heart of Yoga retreat program.

We look forward to experiencing this special retreat with you.

For further information please contact kirstie@yogainstitute.com.au | 0477 021 219


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

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“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

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“Thank you for such a wonderful retreat.  Nourishing food, uplifting and motivating group sessions and plenty of quiet time to connect and reflect. Such a perfect couple of days, a sincere thank-you to you all. See you at the next one!” Sam


About Us

The Yoga Institute provides extraordinary education and training, and guide 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.

August 22nd, 2019: Reunion Retreat

The Yoga Institute Reunion Retreat

Opportunity to reconnect with your yoga community. 

Gather with fellow graduates and students, past and present, to share and reinvigorate your yoga journey.

Together we will celebrate the gift of these teachings.

Date: Thursday 22nd August – Saturday 24th August
Time:
Thursday 5pm – Saturday 4pm
Venue:
Govinda Valley Retreat, Otford NSW
Host:
Michael de Manincor


Are you ready to reconnect?

Join us for our second Reunion Retreat.

This retreat is for our special ‘Yoga Institute Family,’ including, current students, past students, teachers and friends of the centre.

What to expect?

Yoga classes, including asana, pranayama, meditation, and sound; exploration of the yoga sutras; unstructured space and time to reconnect with yourself, your community and the natural environment; delicious food; wonderful company; and a celebration of yoga and how it supports change in our lives. And simply catching up and reconnecting with fellow students and graduates, and find what everyone is doing with their yoga.

We will also be hosting an evening bonfire ceremony.


Unique Venue

Govinada Valley Retreat is a special venue to so many of us, so it seemed the obvious choice for our first Reunion Retreat. It is an easy 70 minute car or train ride from Sydney CBD. Escape from the city, unplug, relax and restore in the luscious bushland south of Sydney.

Accommodation Options

Camping (BYO gear): $450 (early bird $405)
Doom room (4 per room): 
$550 (early bird $495)
Shared room (2 per room) with ensuite: $650 (early bird $585)
Private room with ensuite: 
$795 (early bird $715.50)

10 % Eary bird discount until Friday 28th June.

USE CODE: ReunionRetreat10

All options include accommodation, linen (except camping), all meals, drinks & snacks.


Retreat Details

Arrival: from 4pm Thursday 22nd August – welcome talk 5:00pm

Departure: 4pm Saturday 24th August

Getting There

Govinda Valley Retreat is a comfortable 70 minute train ride or drive south of Sydney CBD.

Click here for details on getting there

The Kitchen 

Retreat includes all meals and snacks from Friday dinner to Sunday Lunch. If you have ever stayed at Govinda Valley, you know that they take food seriously! Their kitchen prepares food that supports optimum health and vitality according to the principles of ayurveda, the yogi’s ancient science of health. All meals are vegetarian with vegan options. Please let us know if you have special dietary needs. CLICK HERE for more details. 


Booking and More Information

For further information please contact kirstie@yogainstitute.com.au | 0477 021 219

Come and rediscover the magic of life and find meaning and purpose in your yoga, and re-connect with your yoga community.

We look forward to experiencing this special retreat with you.

Sanga “community of like-minded people” is an important part of yoga practice, providing support for your journey.


What does our community say…

“The friends I made during my time at The Yoga Institute will be life long. My yoga community is a special and vital part of my life.” Anne K

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“Every time I connect with my fellow yogis I always come away feeling lighter, full of inspiration, uplifted with a sense of joy and grinning from ear to ear.”
Kirstie C


Cancellation and Refund Policy

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. 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.

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