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 (02) 9929 2774

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).

Yoga as a complementary therapy 

We’re encouraged by the continued emergence of Yoga as a complementary therapy

Lisa Grauaug from The Yoga Institute was recently invited to speak at NICM Health Research Centre (Western Sydney University Westmead campus) as part of a Women’s Health Program hosted by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). The theme of this professional development training for GPs was “Integrative approaches for managing menopause and menstrual disorders.”

The focus was to present the latest and best practice in integrative medicine recommendations for GPs, when working with patients who present with reproductive related conditions.

The conditions presented included menstrual disorders, polycystic ovarian syndrome and menopause. The therapies presented included acupuncture, use of oral natural health supplements, and mindfulness practices such as yoga.

The speakers presented the best available evidence on efficacy and or effectiveness of these integrative therapies to help GPs make informed decisions in managing these women’s health conditions.

Research into efficacy of Yoga for women’s health

The research that was presented demonstrated that Yoga is emerging as a complementary therapy that is effective, natural and safe, to bring therapeutic relief from a number of symptoms associated with reproductive related conditions.

For example, a systematic review of the Journal of Midwifery Womens Health (2018) – including 378 articles; 8 randomised controlled trials (RCT); & quasi-experimental studies – found that Yoga showed statistically significant improvements for quality of life measures including reduced physical pain, increased sleep, improved concentration, reduced negative feelings, and more.

Also a randomised control trial by Jorge, et al 2016 found that Hatha Yoga (body-based mindfulness practices) significantly reduced menopausal symptoms and improved quality of life.

Experiential learning enhances understanding

As part of this professional development day Lisa was asked to guide the GPs through a simple mindfulness and yoga based practice for them to experience the effect of yoga first hand, and to enable them to have a better understanding of the principles of yoga therapy and mindfulness.

Lisa says: “The timing of the experiential session was perfect. Everyone had been sitting for some time and engaging in a simple practice helped to energise and re-engage the group.”

The practice shared was simple, educative and focused on bringing awareness to self. The session also included discussion around the mechanics of natural breathing and how yoga can assist with this, including mindfulness of breath through the use of ujjayi and simple breath and postural movements.

Lisa also shared information about the professional training required to become a Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist. The group also wanted to learn more about how a Yoga Therapist may work with someone who presents with reproductive issues. Guidelines around this process were provided.

Feedback and looking forward

The session received great feedback from the attendees and the event organisers: “Thank you Lisa so much for your excellent session at the workshop.Your session definitely had a very big part to play on the day – there was a palpable change in the audience afterwards, who were energised and engaged. I personally enjoyed it very much as well.” (Dr Carolyn Ee)

Lisa says: “The experiential session was really well received and the group appeared to be more awake and aware following the practice.”

“All in all the day went very well, the audience were receptive and it was very encouraging to see how interested these GPs were in understanding Yoga as a complementary therapy”.

“This was a great opportunity to have an open dialogue with General Practitioners. I believe this type of collaboration is important to help GPs provide patients with the latest and best practice across an array of health care modalities. I am confident that these GPs will now consider Yoga Therapy as an option for their patients.”

“I was also really pleased to have the chance to share that Yoga is more than a body-based practice and that mindfulness is the foundation and core of a Yoga Practice, something that often gets lost in our modern understanding of what Yoga is all about.”

About Lisa Grauaug

Lisa Grauaug is member of our Yoga Teacher Training faculty, course coordinator for our Graduate Yoga Therapy Training Course and director of our Teaching Pre & Post-natal Yoga course.

Upcoming 100hr Yoga Therapy Course Modules:

June 2019: Yoga Anatomy & Musculo-skeletal System

September 2019: Yoga Psychology & Mental Health

November 2019: Foundations of Yoga Therapy

Changing the Face of Yoga Podcast: Yoga and Mental Health

Changing the Face of Yoga Podcast with Dr Michael de Manincor

Listen to Michael’s discussion with Stephanie Cunningham on yoga and mental health now and in the future.

“People feel good after a physical based asana yoga class, this feeling has led to a wonderful enquiry that has started to help people realise that yoga is much more than an alternative exercise or activity, there is a real tangible benefit. Yoga really has a significant impact on mood states, sense of wellbeing and on stress levels. People are becoming more aware of the mental health benefits

The mental health benefits of yoga is no longer the talk on the streets, it is being backed up by more and more research.“ Michael

“Thank you for all of your help and a great interview. Your
participation is the reason that we can launch this podcast and expand
the perception and definition of yoga.” Stephanie

Listen now


Does yoga improve your mental health?

Dr Michael de Manincor’s PhD research says yes!

The Facts:

In today’s society mental health concerns are becoming more and more prolific.

In 2011-12, it was estimated that three million people in Australia (13.6% of the adult population) had a mental health condition, an increase from 11.2% in 2007-08, and 9.6% in 2001 (Australian Health Report, ABS, 2012). And, there are many more people who experience some form of anxiety that is not diagnosed or reported.

We may experience a mental health concern ourselves, or know a loved one who is.

Give it a try, yoga can improve your mental health!


How can we support you?

Learn more about The Yoga Institute’s upcoming Yoga for Mental Health Workshop in September
Yoga for Mental Health Workshop

Email or call me: kirstie@yogainstitute.com.au (02) 9929 2774

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

Kirstie Christensen ❤|
General Manager

Yoga and healing: A Personal Journey

By Rosie Caunt

A slip on a piece of cardboard left me in excruciating pain.

What to do? Breathe 

As the pain advanced, as the radiologist twisted my foot this way and that breath and my regular mantra ‘om namaha’were my friends.
As a yogi of 30 years I began to understand why I had a daily practice
My body, breath and mind knew exactly what to do and how to care of me.
It turns out, I had a dislocated foot and two fractures.
Thanks to modern medicine and surgery they could be fixed.

But what to do with 5 weeks off my feet?
I could have better mastered my crutches which i did later but i listened to my body.
I was in the privileged position to be able to rest and not rush to work, so rest I did.

I did sooo much yoga and no asana at all.
If I woke in the night I went straight to yoga nidra.
In the morning the daily intention was set.
This was followed by simple exercises for strengthening the plastered leg.

Early on I had no energy for simple asana after 2 surgeries in 2 days but i was immediately visualising strength in my bones, balancing on my leg and walking to work.  I also spent most of my hospital days and later days upside down with my leg up the wall.

It was easy to sit up in bed and get out of bed due to my strength and flexibility from my years of yoga practice.

The hospital staff were amazed. I repeatedly said to them ,this is not me being special this positivity, strength  and flexibility is Yoga.

My practice supported me to sink fully into the space and focus of healing myself. I was content to travel the journey and allow.

Four months later pinned and plated I almost have full movement.
I can easily sit in vajrasana. On my heels.
My full asana practice is slowly returning
My meditation skills have improved 10 fold
I have a deep new empathy for the disabled
One cannot open the door of a public toilet on crutches, the doors are too heavy
And I have a new respect for my body, my own discipline for practice and all 8 limbs of yoga

I offer thanks to modern surgery and my yoga teachers past and present ohhhh and my fabeeee helpers.


How can we support you?

Interested in teacher training? Get course prospectus
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 (02) 9929 2774

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

Kirstie Christensen ❤|
General Manager

Am I ready for Yoga Teacher Training?

It’s one of the most common questions asked.

When considering yoga teacher training, it is natural to believe we need to be able to hold a perfect headstand with ease or sit comfortably meditating in lotus pose for hours.

It is natural to ask yourself “will I be good enough?” The truth is, if you love yoga and feel a burning desire to learn more, then yoga teacher training is for you.

One of my favourite parts of my job is when our students and graduates share their stories. Our inspiring yoga teacher Annie Kirkman shares her biggest fear and her experience of studying at The Yoga Institute.

“Will I be good enough?”

If you find yourself asking this question, let us reassure you that you’re not alone! Most students considering teaching will ask themselves this question.

Video Interview: Annie Kirkman
Yoga is not about the perfect warrior”

“The moment I walked in on my first day of training I realised very quickly this course was going to be about much more than learning how to do the perfect warrior. What blew my mind was the depth of the yoga teachings that we got to understand. It took me about five minutes to realise I was in the right place.”

This brought tears to our eyes, music to our ears and warmth to our hearts…..we love you Annie!”

Watch NOW


How can we support you?

Our Teacher Training Course isn’t just for aspiring teachers, but for anyone who wants to deepen their personal practice and gain a better understanding of yoga.

Need more information?
Get course prospectus
Information Session and Webinar details
Email or call me: kirstie@yogainstitute.com.au (02) 9929 2774

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

Kirstie Christensen ❤|
Course Coordinator 

Yoga for Mental Health

Aug 29, 2019: Yoga for Mental Health Sydney

Mental Health Training for Yoga Teachers

Trauma sensitive and trauma informed yoga

Yoga for Mental HealthThis 4-day continuing education training has been designed to assist qualified Yoga Teachers to develop their understanding, skills and confidence in the area of mental health

Deepen your understanding of the Psychological heart of Yoga

The principles and practices of Yoga (or Yoga Psychology) were developed in ancient times, offering a wholistic, integrative system of mental health that is just as relevant today.

Yoga (or Yoga Psychology) offers practices to enhance mental health and alleviate the symptoms of psychological ill-ease or mental illness, using mind-body-lifestyle interventions to cultivate a healthy, productive, flourishing life.

What Will I Learn?

The nature of the mind – from a yogic and western psychological perspective:

  • Patanjali’s psychology
  • the yogic model of mind
  • the mind from a western psychological perspective
  • the mind and emotion

What yoga offers:

  • more than asana
  • yoga and positive psychology
  • mentally healthy yoga
  • interoception and mental health

Mental Heath Awareness when teaching:

  • pranayama
  • asana
  • meditation
  • other practices

Healing relationships:

  • professional boundaries
  • ethics and code of conduct
  • scope of practice of the yoga teacher

An introduction to common mental health conditions including:

  • Depression and Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders, including PTSD
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Brief introduction to Personality and Schizoaffective Disorders

Yogic approaches to common mental health concerns:

  • considering common mental health conditions through a yogic lens
  • teaching considerations for common mental health concerns
  • mental health precautions and contraindications

Mental health aware yoga teaching:

  • how to teach in a mental health aware manner
  • responding to mental health crisis in the Yoga setting – including panic and traumatic reaction
  • truly integrated yoga practice
  • what to do if…

Workshop Details & Bookings

Dates: Thursday 29th August to Sunday 1st September, 2019

Thursday to Saturday : 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Central Sydney, venue TBC

Course Fees & Inclusions

$895 (GST incl)

$70 Early Bird Discount until Friday, 5th July, 2019

  • 28 hours of training with two of Australia’s most well regarded and experienced Yoga Psychologists
  • Comprehensive course notes and handouts
  • Recommendations for further study and ongoing self-development

About Your Trainers

Janet Lowndes

Janet Lowndes is a Psychologist, Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist who has been working therapeutically with individual clients for over 20 years.

Trained originally in Psychology, Janet became interested in an embodied approach to health and wellbeing and first studied Yoga Teaching at Swami Vivekananda’s ashram in India, and further teacher training with the Australian Institute of Yoga at the Centre for Adult Education in Melbourne.

Janet is Director and Senior Therapist at Mind Body Well, a group practice in Melbourne specialising in assisting people with Eating Disorders and other mental health concerns. Janet also manages and teaches on the faculty of the Graduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy with the Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy. Yogic wisdom and practices are an integral part of her therapeutic approach.

Janet has been influenced by various teachers including Leigh Blashki, Richard Miller, AG and Indra Mohan, Judith Lasater, and Donna Farhi. She is an iRest Teacher-in-Training (Level 2), and a member of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association.

Janet has recently been invited to join the Council of Advisors for Yoga Australia, the peak body for Yoga Teachers in Australia. She speaks regularly at professional Yoga and Psychology events,and provides professional supervision for therapists from both disciplines.

Michael de Manincor

Counselling Psychologist, Senior Yoga Teacher Trainer and Yoga Therapist, Michael de Manincor, bridges eastern and western modalities of mind-body health.

Michael is one of the most highly respected yoga teachers in Australia, with over 30 years teaching experience. He established the Yoga Institute in 2000, now recognised as a leading provider of yoga teacher training in Australia. He has undertaken extensive studies with renowned teacher TKV Desikachar, in the authentic tradition of T Krishnamacharya.

Former President and Honorary Life Member of Yoga Australia, the peak body of the yoga teaching profession in Australia, Michael is passionate about educating the community on the benefits of quality yoga, and supporting the highest professional standards for yoga teachers. He has conducted research and written many articles on various facets of yoga for respected publications.

Michael holds degrees in Education and Psychology, and is a registered Counselling Psychologist. Michael is also currently doing PhD research in the area of Yoga and mental health.

Michael is the senior lecturer at The Yoga Institute and responsible for much of the course development, and offers individual consultations for guidance of personal yoga practice, yoga therapy, yoga teacher mentoring, and personal counselling.


Pre-requisites & Course Recognition


  • Recommended – Qualified Yoga Teacher (Yoga Australia level 1 or equivalent). If you have undertaken a 200hr Yoga Teacher training program and are unsure about your eligibility, please email us to enquire
  • A general familiarity with the Yoga Sutra’s of Patanjali is highly recommended prior to undertaking this program

Continuing Professional Development

Yoga Teachers attending this event can claim 28 CPD hours with Yoga Australia.

More Information

Email: teachertraining@yogainstitute.com.au

Phone: (02) 9929 2774








2018 Highlights in Review

by Michael de Manincor


What a year!!! So much has happened….


2018 has been another big year for everyone at The Yoga Institute, and our Director, Michael de Manincor. As the river of yoga continues to flow, nourishing the lives of many people, we see familiar river-scapes and new pathways, finding its way into unchartered waters. Here are a few of the many highlights for us throughout 2018, many of them as first offerings throughout this year. In fact, most of them are new, apart from our well-established Teacher Training course.    

Course Graduations

  • Yoga Teacher Training: recent celebrations for almost 50 graduates from our Diploma level (500 hr) Teacher Training course. We have now been offering teacher training for almost 20 years, and our focus always remains on the quality, depth, and transformative experience, to keep the river flowing.
  • Wagga Wagga: in partnership with Divine Wellbeing, we also completed our first teacher training course in Regional NSW.
  • Yoga Therapy Training: our first group of students have now completed our newly registered Graduate Yoga Therapy Training course.
  • Heart of Yoga Courses: extraordinary in-depth experiences of personal growth and transformation. Another newly developed course in 2018.

Retreats and Holidays

  • Graduate Reunion Retreat: our first ever reunion retreat for graduates of The Yoga Institute, returning to Govinda Valley. More to come next year…
  • Heart of Yoga Retreat: held at the Quest for Life property in the beautiful Southern Highlands.
  • Savour Italy: a mindful experience “savouring” the charms and experiences that only Italy can offer.
  • Heart of Africa: another mindful travel experience, in the wildlife parks of Africa.


Professional achievements and university connections of our Director, Michael de Manincor

  • New Academic Appointment: Following the success of his PhD, Michael has recently been appointed as the first ever Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Mind-Body Integrative Medicine at the new Westmead premises of NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University.
  • Michael is also the lead in development of yoga and other mind-body therapies at the newly established Western Sydney Integrative Health (WSIH) centre – the first of its kind University research-based Integrative Medicine centre in Australia. This opens the door for the emerging field of yoga in integrative medicine.
  • Michael has also been invited to join an international work-group with the World Health Organisation (WHO), for establishing benchmark standards for yoga teacher and yoga therapy training.


Conference presentations

  • Psychiatry Conference – New Zealand: Michael’s presentation of research in yoga and mental health at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry (RANZCP) annual congress in New Zealand – 2nd year in a row!
  • Yoga Australia Conference – Keynote presentation by Michael
  • SYTAR – Yoga Therapy conference: Virginia, USA



  • Celebrating Desikachar – Michael was an invited guest at a commemoration of the 80th birthday of TKV Desikachar, with many of the world’s leading yoga teachers, at Kripalu, USA. An unforgettable experience!

Looking forward to a another year of connecting the dots of our work and our hearts 



It’s Graduation Time: 2018 Student Reflections

‘Class of 2018’

As we approach the end of the year, with ‘Class of 2018’ graduating tomorrow, we start to get a little sad to say farewell to our special group. As teachers and facilitators, we have mixed feelings, from sentimental, proud to extremely excited for our new flock of yoga teachers to spread their wings into the yoga world.

It’s at this point in the training course, the group seems to be the most vocal. The constant chatter coming from the lunch room and class room is filled with gratitude, appreciation and stories of reflection.

I asked some of the students to share their reflections and here are just a few that make our hearts sing!

“Gonna miss this crew so much!! When I signed up for yoga teacher training over a year ago, I didn’t realise I’d be signing up for lifelong friends as well.
This year has been transformational for each of us in so many ways. This may be our last week together as yoga teacher trainees but our journey has only just begun.” Natalie H


“Yoga has help me navigate through the complexities and challenges of everyday life. I’d like to thank The Yoga Institute for my amazing journey this year. I am truly thankful and grateful and am looking forward to an amazing 2019 being a yoga teacher. Thank you for a wonderful year of growth and learning.” Jess C


“At the beginning of the year I started with a fear of public speaking. I was really nervous about the idea of teaching yoga to a big group of people. The course at the Yoga Institute is intelligently structured in a way that gradually and slowly introduced us to teaching and speaking in front of groups over the year. I felt fully supported in my teaching journey, to the point where I am now teaching yoga classes with a sense of confidence and joy. The Yoga Institute helped me find my voice.” Tanya C


“Yoga has given me the tools to process stress, build resilience and be able to self regulate my mind and body that is a constant witness to trauma and in a constant state of hyper vigilance due to my line of work.” Anonymous


“I embarked on my journey to become a Yoga Teacher with The Yoga Institute as new mother of a 3 month old, with the hope it would provide me with some “me-time” to study Yoga as well as a qualification at the end of the year. I didn’t intend to teach Yoga, but as the year unfolded and we transitioned from ‘students of yoga’ into also becoming ‘teachers of yoga’, I felt competent and confident to teach.
This course has helped me learn so much more about yoga, has facilitated strong friendships, supported me during my transition into motherhood and provided me with qualifications to move into a new career as a yoga teacher.
I cannot thank Michael, my mentor Ute, the whole faculty and team at TYI enough for their contribution to bringing Yoga into my life and the world.” Anna P


This is why we do what we do! Thank you for sharing your kind words….we look forward to watching you spread your wings!

Thinking of studying yoga? Join our next information session or webinar to find out more.

PODCAST: J. Brown Yoga Talks with Michael de Manincor: “Kaleidoscope of Wisdom and Science”

Michael de Manincor – “Kaleidoscope of Wisdom and Science”

“J. Brown’s “Yoga Talks” podcast is probably the most popular and informative podcast program in the yoga world. 

As well as interesting conversations with many of the world’s leading yoga teachers, J. has created a platform to open up discussions on many important issues in modern yoga. These issues range from deep philosophy to scientific research, training standards to ethical and professional behaviour, yoga-extremism to yoga-therapy, instagram and social media to the modern business of yoga.
Whilst many of us have been engaged in similar conversations amongst our own networks of peers, colleagues and students for many years, J. has opened up these issues for conversation with the broader yoga community, perhaps the world.  It is my pleasure to be part of these conversations with J. in this week’s podcast episode.” Michael de Manincor


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