Aug 4, 2018: Teacher Training & Heart of Yoga Course – Wagga Wagga

We’re so excited you’re contemplating joining us for your yoga studies

Our partnership with the amazing Danny Freemantle from Divine Wellbeing, brings the highest quality yoga education right to your doorstep in Wagga Wagga.

Since 2001 The Yoga Institute has taught and mentored hundreds of students who have gone on to become amazing yoga teachers. We’ve grown a beautiful community of people who have changed their own lives and the lives of others through exceptional yoga teaching.

We are humbled to have been part of so much
positive change, and we hope you’ll join us for the next step on your yoga journey.

Course Options

6 Month Heart of Yoga Studies

The Heart of Yoga Studies Course is an incredible journey of self discovery. You will have a unique opportunity to learn about the deeper aspects and possibilities of yoga and apply what you learn for your personal growth.

This 200hr course is also the first part of the 500hr Yoga Teacher Training course, for those who wish to complete the full Teacher Training course.

Is this course right for me?

  • Do you have some experience of yoga and wish to deepen your knowledge and understanding?
  • Are you keen to join a community of passionate yoga lovers?
  • Are you committed to your personal growth and development through yoga?
  • Do you want to develop a personalised home practice?

This course will teach you more about the practice, principles and philosophy of yoga, including yoga sutra studies, asana, pranayama and meditation, and give you a framework for applying your new knowledge in your daily life.

What will I gain?

camyoga-2302This is a truly transformational experience where you will make new friends in a beautiful community of like-minded people. Not only will you gain a greater understanding of yoga, you will learn to understand and nurture yourself in a whole new way.

Students who complete this course will also have the foundations for further yoga studies and will gain recognition of prior learning for The Yoga Institute’s diploma level teacher training program.

12 Month Yoga Teacher Training Course

In this part-time diploma level teacher training course you will learn so much more than just how to teach asana postures. By the end of the course you will have the skills, knowledge and confidence to develop and teach fully integrated practices for groups and individuals that include asana, pranayama, meditation, mudras, mantra & sound, yoga philosophy and more.

The 200hr Heart of Yoga course makes up the first half of this 500hr teacher training program.

Is this course right for me?

  • Are you ready for a big change, passionate about yoga and inspired to share it with others through teaching groups and individuals?
  • Do you want to understand the deeper layers of yoga, and not just the asana (postures)?
  • Are you feeling a call to move forward in your personal development to explore your full potential?

The Yoga Teacher Training diploma course is an inspiring and transformational journey for our future yoga teachers. We really value you as a student and make sure to nurture and support you throughout your journey to becoming an incredible yoga teacher.

What will I gain?

This registered yoga teacher training course gives you:

  • Eligibility for full (Level 1) membership with Yoga Australia – become a registered yoga teacher
  • The skills, knowledge and confidence to go out and teach integrated yoga practices to groups and individuals
  • A wonderful community of like-minded fellow students and yoga teachers
  • The foundations for further studies in Yoga Therapy
  • World class online Yoga Anatomy Fundamentals training taught by bestselling author Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews
  • Ongoing personal practice development, teaching guidance and study support from an experienced mentor-teacher

What is covered in the 200hr Heart of Yoga course?

All students undertaking the Heart of Yoga or Teacher Training Course complete Terms 1 & 2

Module / Term 1

  • History of Yoga
  • Foundation Principles of yoga practice
  • Asana I – basic theory and techniques
  • Yoga Energetics (subtle energy systems)

Module / Term 2

  • Introduction to Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (yoga philosophy and psychology)
  • Pranayama – theory and techniques
  • Meditation

Mentoring:  6 mentoring sessions (one-on-one), for the development of a personalised yoga practice and training support (3 sessions each term)

Plus (optional components – additional fees may apply):

  • Yoga Anatomy – online course via (optional for the 200hr Heart of Yoga course, and included in the 500hr Teacher Training course)
  • 2.5-day Retreat Experience (optional)

What is covered in the 500hr Teacher Training course?

Students undertaking the full teacher training program complete all of the above, plus:

Module / Term 3

  • Asana II – applied theory and techniques
  • Communications Skills for Yoga teaching
  • Teaching Skills – teaching group classes I
  • Teaching Skills – teaching private classes and personalised practices I
  • Practice Planning (designing a yoga class or practice)

Module / Term 4

  • Bandhas
  • Teaching Skills – teaching group classes II
  • Teaching Skills – teaching private classes and personalised practices II

Mentoring:  6 mentoring sessions (one-on-one) for teacher training support and development of a personalised yoga practice (3 sessions each term)

2018 Course Attendance Dates:

Term 1 (Heart of Yoga & Teacher Training):

  • Saturday, 4 Aug 2018 to Monday, 6 Aug 2018
  • Sunday, 12 Aug 2018
  • Sunday, 9 Sep 2018
  • Sunday, 16 Sep 2018
  • Sunday, 30 Sep 2018
  • Sunday, 14 Oct 2018

Term 2 (Heart of Yoga & Teacher Training):

  • Saturday, 20 Oct 2018 to Monday, 22 Oct 2018
  • Sunday, 28th Oct 2018
  • Sunday, 4th Nov 2018
  • Sunday, 11th Nov 2018
  • Retreat (attendance is optional): 23rd – 25th November
  • Saturday, 1st Dec & Sunday, 2nd Dec 2018

Term 3 & 4 (Teacher Training):

  • 2019 dates to be confirmed

Ready to Enrol in 200hr Heart of Yoga?

Course Fee Options:

a. Early Bird (save 10%) – pay in full by 30th June, 2018: $3892 (+1.7% for credit card payments)

b. Standard – Pay in full by by 31st July, 2018:  $4325 (+1.7% for credit card payments)

c. Monthly Direct Debit:  $910 per month x 5 monthly installments:  $4550 (via credit card only)

* Course fee to upgrade from 200hr Heart of Yoga Course to 500hr Teacher Training course in 2019 will be approx. $4325 (depending on method of payment)


Apply and register now to secure your place in the 2018 200hr Heart of Yoga course in Wagga Wagga:


Ready to Enrol in 500hr Teacher Training?

Includes the 200hr Heart of Yoga Course and online Yoga Anatomy

Course Fee Options:

a. Early Bird (save 10%) – pay in full by 30th June, 2018: $7335 (+1.7% for credit card payments)

b. Standard – Pay in full by before 31st July, 2018:  $8150 (+1.7% for credit card payments)

c. Monthly Direct Debit:  $865 per month x 10 monthly installments:  $8650 (via credit card only)


Apply and register now to secure your place in the 2018/19 500hr Teacher Training course in Wagga Wagga:


What ‘style’ of yoga?

TKV DesikacharOur approach to Yoga is based on the world-renowned teachings from the tradition and lineage of T Krishnamacharya (widely known as the ‘father of modern yoga’) and his son TKV Desikachar (pictured).

We focus on integrating all aspects of yogic practice including asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, mudras, philosophy and psychology, and adapting practices to the individual.

We emphasise applying the ancient wisdom and practices of yoga to the challenges of modern lives.

As Krishnamacharya said: “Yoga must be made to suit the individual, not the individual to suit the yoga.”

About Divine Wellbeing

The Heart of Yoga program is offered in partnership with Divine Wellbeing, Wagga.

Diving Wellbeing Yoga and Natural Health, established in 2005, was the first dedicated yoga studio created in the Wagga Wagga regional area. It was established to provide yoga, meditation, massage and natural health services for the local community.

Since then thousands of people have attended over 10 thousand yoga, meditation and health related classes as well as personal health appointments for health and wellbeing.

Divine Wellbeing has earned a reputation for quality yoga and meditation classes and health related programs. The centre is known for its welcoming atmosphere and community spirit with focus on acknowledging and addressing the personal needs and individual differences of each of us.

Directed by owner Danny Freemantle, with over 17 years experience teaching yoga, Divine Wellbeing keeps a focus on teaching that inspires connection to breath, heart and the inner spirit that is the ultimate guru and greatest guide within us all.

More Information & Questions

If you have any questions about these courses, please email or call:

Kirstie Christensen, The Yoga Institute:   or call on 0477 021 219.

Danny Freemantle, Divine Wellbeing:   or call on (02) 6971.7813

What do our students say?

“Apart from the experience of the yoga course, it is great to experience the yoga community including other students and the teachers. I hope those special connections will be maintained long into the future.”  Paul


“This is just the beginning, thank you for helping to open this new door…new chapter on how I can live my life”  Brooke


“Thank you so much for your sharing of the teachings of yoga in this lineage. I have found my path and have found a great, sincere tour guide along the path, in you.”  Scott

Learn more about:

The Yoga Institute

Mentoring Component

Online Yoga Anatomy Component

What Graduates Say

Further Learning Pathways

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 ready to be inspired. 

Here are a few great gift ideas that can help you sleep soundly, knowing your gift will bring some positivity into the world:

  • Christmas is a time for giving and there are so many worthy people and programmes that would benefit from your help. Charity Vouchers are a great way for each of your loved ones to pick something they really care about. Be the change you want to see in the world.


  • The Heart of Yoga Programme – the progamme with a difference. Help your loved one find peace and transformation in their life by applying Yoga’s ancient wisdom for modern living. Register before December 31st to receive a 10% early bird discount.


  • Give the gift of health, healing and transformation with private, one-one-on yoga. A practice tailored to meet you where you’re at physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. This gift will last a lifetime.


  • iRest Yoga Nidra 6 week course. Many people can find a meditation practise very challenging and overwhelming when they first start. However, for the simple journey of iRest Yoga Nidra, all you are required to do is listen and be guided into a profound state of relaxation.


  • Mandala Living develop sustainable products for the home, helping to create the time and space for mindful moments. Most materials used are sourced locally and then handmade locally in Australia from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, buckwheat hulls or flaxseeds.


  • Bonus ideas: What about a gym membership? Healthy food delivery for January to get back on track after the Christmas feasting? An experience voucher, think adventure (Red Balloon is a great site for inspo), relaxation massage, facial, reflexology session, flotation session?


Oh, and don’t forget the most important gift of all…..the gift of time, be present with your loved ones…consciously connecting is the greatest gift of all.


Merry Christmas! x



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 touch your toes
Yoga is not about the shapes you make with your body on a rubber mat
Yoga is not only for beautiful people with perfect bodies
Yoga is not about getting a good ‘yoga butt’

So what IS it?

Yoga is about learning to still the mind
Yoga is about creating positive change in your life
Yoga is about connecting to your life force through the breath
Yoga is about coming to understand and accept yourself through your practice
Yoga is about forming deeper and more positive connections with other people

The truth about yoga classes

There has been a revolution going on in yoga for some time now. It’s been quietly growing over many years and the momentum is really building now.

People are realising there’s more to yoga than they thought. People who have diligently practiced, attended classes (or even completed a teacher training), are coming to understand that they’ve only skimmed the surface of what the system of yoga has to offer.

Yoga is coming full circle (the very definition of ‘revolution’).

You see here’s the thing, yoga was never designed to be taught in classes.

It’s a big statement but it’s true

In the ancient tradition of yoga, students were taught one-on-one by their teacher and were taught a practice unique to them. And their practice was about so much more than performing yoga postures (asana).

Yoga is an entire ‘system for living’ which includes postures, breathing, meditation, mantra or sound, along with ongoing moment to moment awareness and acceptance of self, others and your world, through the philosophical lens of the Yoga Sutras (see ‘Do you really know yoga?’).

So what about yoga classes?

Asana-focused group classes evolved after yoga was introduced into the modern ‘western’ world.

We’re not saying people can’t gain fantastic benefits from attending general asana-focused yoga classes. We witness the subtle shifts in people all the time. Classes create a wonderful sense of community and can be responsible for regular movement in otherwise stagnant bodies.

What we are saying is the incredible transformational impact of yoga can’t be fully realised unless a practice addresses the specific needs and circumstances of the student and draws from all the tools, techniques and philosophical underpinnings of the system of Yoga. The benefits may be there, but if the practice focuses just on physical postures and isn’t personally tailored, those benefits will be limited.

In some cases, the benefits won’t be seen at all. Time and time again people come to our classes, or to one of our teachers or therapists for personal practice or yoga therapy sessions, who’ve been injured doing the wrong things for their bodies. They were injured because their group class yoga teacher (with the best of intentions) led a general class for a general audience, that wasn’t right for that particular person, at that particular time.

The quiet yoga revolution

For years we’ve been plugging away in our corner of the world, making sure that the teachers that graduate from here know the importance of guiding students in their own practice, even in a group class setting.

This isn’t easy. If you’ve been in (or taught) a class here, you’ll know that co-ordinating a group of people who are all doing a slightly different practice to suit their own needs in time with their own breath, takes incredible attention and skill from the teacher. A class taught by someone who has mastered this skill is quite a thing to behold.

Not to mention the knowledge and skill that goes into designing a personal practice, individually tailored to specific needs in a one-to-one or yoga therapy session.

Since 2001, we’ve been quietly creating a revolution. Teaching teachers and therapists who can honour this tradition, who understand the incredible power of a specifically tailored personal practice.

Our sense of mission and what we’re about

We’re helping people to transform their own lives and the lives of others. We have an incredible sense of mission. We know that despite what else is going in the world, we are making a difference. This is important work.

That doesn’t mean it’s all ‘serious business’ around here.

Yes, what we’re doing is important. Yes, the impact on lives is profound.

But we also have sense of humour about ‘life, the universe and everything’, and have a whole lot of fun and laughs with each other. Our community is important and we make an effort to support each other and nurture our shared sense of togetherness and belonging.

Are you ready to become part of this?

We dearly hope so… the world needs more of us doing our own small bit toward the good and we’d love to add your particular kind of ‘special’ into the mix.

Join us..

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Yoga Sutra Studies with Michael de Manincor

2021: Yoga Sutra Studies with Michael de Manincor

Yoga Sutra Studies with Michael de Manincor

The 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 this course, 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.

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

Thursday Evenings (8 weeks): Term 1, 2021 – Dates TBC

Times: 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Teacher:  Michael de Manincor

Online: via zoom or in person
Cost:  $350

Enrolments open from November 2020.

Course Recognition

Yoga teachers attending this course can earn 18 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 Kirstie Christensen:

Ph: 0477 021 219

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 in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community”. 

The WHO emphasises that “mental health is recognised as more than the absence of mental disorders, and is an integral part of health. Indeed, there is no health without mental health”

(WHO, 2014).

As well as receiving recommendations from family, friends and Yoga enthusiasts, many people come to Yoga on recommendation from their medical and allied health professionals – who now recognise that Yoga can assist in dealing with mental health problems, or ‘mental illness’.

Even though the formal research is still building, peak organisations like Beyond Blue now include Yoga amongst their lists of potentially useful interventions.

Yoga for Whole Health

Whilst there is evidence to suggest benefits of Yoga as a form of treatment for conditions such as Depression and Anxiety, Yoga is not really a system of treating conditions. Rather Yoga is a system that enhances mental health for everyone, those who are experiencing periods of difficulty, and also those wanting to enhance their wellbeing and flourish.

Much of our mental health treatment system in Australia is focused on the treatment of mental illness – rather than on promoting mental health. Yoga offers a comprehensive way of understanding the nature of the human mind, and how this relates to our mental health. So, the focus in Yoga is less on Mental Illness and the associated symptoms, and more on enhancing the health and wellbeing of our entire system.

We can think of our mental health as existing on a continuum, from one end being at our optimum, at the other extreme, a state of disabling mental illness which compromises our ability to function in daily life.

Yoga can amplify symptoms

Yoga practices can have powerful effects, not all of them helpful. In fact, there are some commonly used techniques that can be particularly inflammatory to existing symptoms of anxiety or depression. Techniques such as rapid breathing and breath retentions for people who experience anxiety has be found to intensify or induce symptoms.

Necessity for Teachers to Up-skill

Conditions like Depression and Anxiety are common amongst Yoga students and practitioners, therefore it’s important that Yoga Teachers develop their mental health awareness to enable them to respond appropriately to the needs of their students.

Two of Australia’s leading Yoga Psychologists Dr Michael de Manincor and Janet Lowndes offer professional development, training and education for qualified Yoga Teachers in Mental Health Awareness.

Yoga for Mental Health Workshop: August 31st 2019 Sydney

More information and bookings                                                                                          .

Mar 1, 2018: Deposits are now being taken: Heart of Africa Yoga Safari

This is a first for The Yoga Institute and we are truly excited to announce that in March 2018, the Yoga Institute is partnering with African Family Safaris to offer the Heart of Africa Yoga Safari.

Africa is a precious place where one can “unplug” and immerse in the vastness of a wild, pristine and overwhelmingly beautiful landscape filled with a vast array of wildlife, including one and a half million wildebeest on their annual migration. Few places can imprint on your soul like this one.

This Yoga Safari will be an unforgettable experience.

Tanzania is our destination.

CURIOUS then CLICK HERE for the full itinerary, cost  & learn more about this Heart of Africa Yoga Safari.

JULY UPDATE: This is a limited numbers travel safari and we now have ONLY 3 Places Left . 






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 each individual student. A tailored practice designed to meet the needs of pregnancy will best support pregnancy, assist with birth preparation, labour and beyond.

Lets open up a short summary of some considerations for Pregnancy Yoga!

  • Previous yoga experience or personal fitness?

It is recommended not to introduce certain postures during pregnancy if they have not been practiced previously. For example, inverted postures are not the type of postures to introduce to beginner pregnant students. The practice of postures is a developmental experience and starting where the student is at is fundamental. Thus consideration of previous yoga experience and fitness is important.

  • Current health during the pregnancy, previous health history, including previous pregnancies.

When developing your Pregnancy practice it is useful to consider how you are feeling and how is your health? For example, if you are extremely tired or suffering from morning sickness, this needs to be considered. Further to this, if you are experiencing back pain and postural misalignment related to pregnancy, then guidance can be provided on the cause, including tips on how to correct one’s posture in Asana (Yoga postures) and in one’s daily activities of living. When a Yoga Teacher has the opportunity to assess and gather information about the student it really assists the process of personalisation of a yoga practice to ensure safety and to facilitate health and healing.

  • The hormone Relaxin

The hormone of pregnancy, Relaxin is released very early on in Trimester One and continues to be released in varying degrees throughout pregnancy. It is responsible for the softening of muscles, ligaments and connective tissue, which then allows the expansive growth of the uterus, growing baby and assists with birth. The release of Relaxin in pregnancy affects women in different ways, given this asana choice in pregnancy is important and the modification of postures to ensure one does not over-stretch and to remain injury free is key. Students who are hypermobile (naturally flexible) require even more awareness around being organised and stable in postures. A great TIP to avoid over-stretching in ones Asana practice is to stay with your natural breath length when moving in and out of the yoga postures and with this cultivate a feeling of no force, stability and ease.

  • Stage of pregnancy.

Ones yoga practice is tailored to meet the changing needs of pregnancy and the stage of pregnancy. There are guidelines on appropriate postures in pregnancy. For example it is recommended to avoid extreme postures, twisting postures and rapid breathing techniques (such as kapalbhati ot bhastrika breath). These guidelines ensure the safety and comfort of the mother and the baby within. In addition, each woman’s individual needs vary from trimester to trimester. For women close to birthing their needs may change on a weekly basis and ones Yoga practice may change to respond and support these changes.

  • Practicing Yoga in pregnancy honours this special moment, the many changes that are occurring within and transition to motherhood

How wonderful-  to have the opportunity to talk and indulge in all things about pregnancy and to embrace mother-baby connection moments. Making time for this special time of life is enriching, so very natural, so healthy and a wonderful way to transition to motherhood!

During pregnancy, it is recommended to seek the guidance of a specialist Pregnancy Yoga teacher.


Written by Lisa Grauaug B AppSc (Nursing), B Psych, M Psych, Adv Dip Yoga Teaching, Ayurveda Lifestyle Certificate, Perinatal Mental Health Course (USyd), Registered Psychologist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Australia Member



Integrated Yoga Practice as a morning ritual

Dates TBC: Sound Practice Workshop

Integrated Yoga Practice as a morning ritualWith Michela Caselli

Sanskrit is the language of Yoga.

Adhyayanam is the process of learning to chant in the traditional aural teaching way, which involves listening with full and focussed attention and being able to reproduce accurately what is heard.

This is powerful in establishing a firm foundation from which to teach, and to refine listening skills, strengthen memory, and develop concentration (dharana). Through chanting, we experience Yoga.

This half day workshop is ideal for yoga teachers, yoga teaching trainees and people wishing to learn more about the ancient sound practices of the yoga tradition.

Date: Dates TBC
Time: 9:30am – 1:30
Venue: The Upstairs Yoga Room, The Yoga Institute Cammeray
Price: $120 inc GST

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

“Krishnamacharya was convinced that Yoga was India’s greatest gift to the world.” (Health, Healing and Beyond, 1998) 

Sri Krishnamacharya is regarded as one of the most pivotal Yoga Teacher’s of this Century. The transmission and relevance of Yoga in the West and the resurgence of Yoga in India, truly owes thanks and gratitude to Sri Krishnamacharya. His lifelong quest for right knowledge, his dedication and contributions to Yoga, including his sharing of the teachings to others, has culminated in the spread of Yoga beyond the caves of Tibet and the shores of India.

Education and academic accomplishments

Tirumalai Krishnamacharya was born into an orthodox Brahmin family in Southern India. In keeping with the traditions of his family customs he grew up exposed to Vedic texts (ancient Indian knowledge) and the practices of Yoga by his father. Following on from this early experience, it is well documented that he was a natural scholar with a sharp intellect and a thirst for learning. He lived an accomplished life academically, having completed a number of degrees in philosophy, logic, divinity, philology, and music and obtained scholarships in the 6 Vedic Darshana’s (Indian Philosophy), which earned him a number of esteemed titles.

Studies in Tibet

Sri Krishnamacharya spent time in Tibet (approximately 7 years) where he studied under the direct tutelage of the yogi Ramamohana Bramachari. Here he further integrated his understanding of Yoga, practicing Asana (Yoga postures), pranayama (yoga breathing techniques), studying the Yoga Sutras, Samkhya philosophy and the healing aspects of yoga. His guru’s parting request to Krishnamacharya was “take a wife, raise children and be a teacher of Yoga”.

The Mysore Years

Returning from Tibet he continued his academic studies and began to offer public lectures and demonstrations on yoga. This led to an invitation by the Maharaja of Mysore for him to set up a yoga school at the Mysore Palace in 1930s. It was during this fruitful period that Krishnamacharya authored the book, Yoga Makaranda (1934). In 1946 with the Independence of India, Krishnamacharya work at the Mysore Palace came to an end. Soon after, upon an invitation, he relocated to Chennai with his wife and six children.

Passing on his knowledge

It was in Chennai, Sri Krishnamacharya settled for the remainder of his life. Here he continued offering his services as a healer, a Yogacarya (one who has lived and practices what he teaches), generously sharing his profound wisdom from his home and externally. By this time he had a number of devoted students and thankfully a number of these students have continued the sharing and become internationally renowned Yoga Teachers. These include Patabhi Jois, B.K.S. Iyengar, Indra Devi,  T.K. Sribhanshyam  (Krishnamacharya’s son), T.K.V. Desikachar (Krishnamacharya’s son), A.G. Mohan and Srivatsa Ramaswami.

The legacy of T.K.V. Desikachar

It is through Krishnamacharya’s son T.K.V. Desikachar that we have had the great fortune to become familiar with the teachings of Sri Krishnamacharya. Recognised worldwide as a remarkable teacher of Yoga in his own right, T.K.V.  Desikachar was his father’s student for the last 30 years of Krishnamacharya’s life.

Director of The Yoga Institute, Michael de Manincor was a direct student with Krishnamacharya’s son T.K.V. Desikachar who passed away in 2016.

Michael first met and studied with Mr Desikachar in his home in Chennai in January 2001. He was Michael’s yoga-teacher-mentor for many years, and they shared a deeply respectful bond of friendship. His teachings have been of profound significance and at the heart of Michael’s own practice, and all that we teach and share at The Yoga Institute.

Tailoring Yoga to the individual

The guiding principle at the heart of the teachings of Krishnamacharya and his son Desikachar can be summed up in this quote from Krishnamacharya: “Teach what is inside you. Not as it applies to you, but as it applies to the other”. The central idea is that yoga is most beneficial when it is tailored to the individual and this concept is the foundation of what is taught in our Teacher Training, Yoga Studies and Yoga Therapy courses.

Our international community

It is through our connection with T.K.V. Desikachar and the international community of teachers and students that Michael was part of, that we’ve had the privilege of hosting many world renowned teachers during their visits to Australia, and hosting numerous study programmes to the KYM (Chennai) including:

2001: T.K.V. Desikachar and Menaka Desikachar “The Three Pillars”
2003: Kausthub Desikachar “The viniyoga of Yoga”
2003: Celebrating Yoga” International Yoga Convention, hosting emerging teachers in the Krishnamacharya tradition, from all over the world
2003 – 2008: Numerous study programmes to the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM, Chennai)
2011: Mark Whitwell “A Masterclass with Mark Whitwell”
2012: Saraswathi Vasudevan “Yoga and Emotional Wellbeing”
2013: AG & Indra Mohan “The Legacy and Teachings of Sri. T Krishnamacharya”
2014: AG & Indra Mohan “Pleasant Pranayama, Effortless Asana”
2015: Leslie Kaminoff “Healing Through Breath-Centred Yoga”
2015: Richard Miller “A Day of iRest Meditation and Self-Inquiry”
2016: Mark Whitwell “An Afternoon with Mark Whitwell”
2016: Richard Miller “iRest Yoga Nidra Level 1 Training”
2018: Leslie Kaminoff “Continuing Yoga Education with Leslie Kaminoff”

Written by Lisa Grauaug B AppSc (Nursing), B Psych, M Psych, Adv Dip Yoga Teaching, Ayurveda Lifestyle Certificate, Perinatal Mental Health Course (USyd), Registered Psychologist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Registered Yoga Therapist, Yoga Australia Member


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Ruiz, Fernando Pagés  (2007) Krishnamacharya’s Legacy: Modern Yoga’s Inventor

Mohan, A.G with Ganesh Mohan (2010) Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings

Yoga Therapy Training Course Practicum

Graduate Studies in Yoga Therapy

Yoga TherapyAbout the Course Practicum

The Yoga Institute’s Postgraduate Yoga Therapy Training Course includes a comprehensive practicum component. Throughout the practicum, students will be required to provide yoga therapy consultations to clients, with the support and supervision of their mentor.

Integration of Practicum into Core Modules

Components of the practicum will be allocated across the 5 core curriculum modules, allowing you to practice and consolidate your skills as you learn. Your mentor will assist you to undertake case studies for each module, along with all that is associated with working therapeutically with individuals.

The balance of the practicum hours will be undertaken in the final  practicum component, which will consist of:

  • Working with 6 yoga therapy clients to provide assessment, intervention and review
  • Providing a group yoga therapy course to apply your skills in a group setting
  • Case management related to the individual and group sessions
  • Further mentoring to support your therapeutic yoga skills

Practicum Components

1. Client-case studies for each course module:

  • 4 of the 5 core-curriculum modules (Foundations, Psychology, Yoga Anatomy, Internal health and Yoga Physiology) have a practicum requirement of 2 case-studies each, with 2 mentoring sessions included in the module course fees.
  • Each client case study will be with clients presenting with issues relevant and applicable to the focus of the particular module. E.g. One-to-one development of a personal yoga practice, musculoskeletal, mental health, or internal health concerns.

2. Group yoga therapy course / programme:

  • Conduct a Group course, with a yoga therapy focus E.g. back care, mental health, digestive disorders, menstrual concerns, better sleep.
  • Group therapy programme, with 3 mentoring sessions.

3. Clinic

  • 6 x general yoga therapy client-cases including: a minimum of 3 sessions per client.
  • Case management in consultation with your mentor.

Your work in each of these component is supported / guided by your mentor.

Total mentoring sessions throughout the training course = 14 hours

About Mentoring

According to Yoga Australia, “mentoring” is a modern word that describes an integral part of the tradition of yoga throughout history. It includes the guidance given between teacher and trainee or student, as well as the ongoing professional and personal guidance necessary for all yoga teachers, at all levels of seniority and experience, as part of the continuing journey of yoga.

Each of the 3 practicum components in the Graduate Yoga Therapy Training course include mentoring from a senior Yoga Therapist. This aspect of the programme provides an opportunity for students to apply their learning while under the guidance and support of a Senior Yoga Therapist.

Course Mentors

Michael de Manincor, The Yoga Institute. Yoga Teacher Trainer. Yoga Therapist. Yoga Therapy TrainerMichael is one of the most highly respected yoga teachers in Australia, with over 30 years teaching experience. He has undertaken extensive studies with renowned teacher TKV Desikachar, in the authentic tradition of T Krishnamacharya. Read more.

Lisa GrauaugLisa has been practicing and teaching yoga since the mid-90s. Lisa values individuality and working with students to facilitate a better understanding of their unique and changing needs. Her understanding and personal practice has since been strongly influenced by the teachings as translated by Sri T Krishnamacharya. Read more.

Gill’s passion is to encourage the availability of yoga to everybody and offer tools and skills that assist in the management of everyday life. Yoga practice has been a dynamic part of Gill’s life since her late teens. It has offered Gill the supporting philosophy and tools to help navigate the challenges of career, health and family. Read more.

Michela Caselli - Yoga Teacher, Teaching Yoga for Children TrainerMichela has a particular interest in the tools of yoga and their therapeutic application. The focus of her teaching is therefore to design a practice that nourishes the specific needs of each of her students and to help them develop their own practice. Read more.

Mischa is a down to earth, deeply nurturing and compassionate teacher, who brings a rich depth of life experience to her work with individuals. Her passion is to see each person’s unique potential revealed through the self-awareness that yoga practice provides. Read more.


Completion of the Practicum module is a requirement for completion of the Graduate Yoga Therapy Training Course and for membership and registration with the peak body for Yoga Therapists in Australia.

This is a competency-based unit, so students will be assessed to demonstrate competency. In the circumstance where competency is not demonstrated on first submission, re-submission will be possible.

Assessment of this module includes successful completion of:

  • Client-case studies relevant to each core curriculum module
  • Group yoga therapy programme
  • General yoga therapy client-case studies

Registration & Payment

The fee for the practicum module is $750, which includes 150+ hours of training and mentoring.

The requirements to register for this unit are:

Practicum Fees:

  • $750 paid in full on registration for the module
  • Payable in full prior to commencement of final stage of practicum (Group Therapy Programme & 6 Client Cases)

Ready to Enrol?

This module is part of the full Yoga Therapy Training Course and you need to complete the course application and have it approved prior to booking into this module.


More Information:

To find out more about this module please contact Kirstie Christensen at or on 0477 021 219.

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