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



Written by Natalie Bowcutt

I was clueless for years

I started practicing Yoga sporadically around 8 years ago, more regularly in the last 5 or 6 years.

I began practicing in a variety of Yoga classes, my first love being, what you might call, ‘vinyasa flow’. I loved the fluid, ‘dance-like’ quality of the movements. In some cases, I experienced a new sense of focus after class and in others it triggered strong emotional responses, like ‘crying my eyes out’ or ‘low level rage’.

I experienced Yoga and it was creating change. I didn’t need to know the ancient philosophy, I knew it affected me in some way, although I wasn’t exactly sure how or why.

I sensed there was more

After some time, I found myself yearning to learn more. This led me to enrol in a teacher training course at The Yoga Institute. This is when my life really started to change. Previously, I had enjoyed and gained benefits from practicing Yoga but it wasn’t until I understood the whole system that I deepened my understanding of what was causing me suffering in my life.

This was achieved through my studies and being guided through the development of my own personalised practice.

In education, when you know ‘the why’ and then practice it, embody it, it is much more powerful than if you are simply ‘led’ through the practice.

When you are studying to become a teacher, this is incredibly important. There are teachers and there are teachers. As a yoga teacher, having a solid understanding of the entire system and framework of yoga allows you to guide people into a deeper understanding of their being and what causes them suffering – be it physical, mental or emotional.

Sharing the transformative power of Yoga

I have had the good fortune of being able to work one-to-one with many clients and have witnessed the profound transformation that can occur when a truly integrated approach is taken.

There is so much more to the system of Yoga than ‘making shapes’ on a rubber mat. As a teacher, a thorough grounding in the Yoga Sutras is essential to be able to guide students in their practice and apply the principles of this ancient ‘guide to living’ to address the challenges of our modern lives.

The Yoga Sutras is not just The 8 Limbs

There are 195 Yoga Sutras. These concise descriptions detail the whole system of Yoga and how it works to bring positive change to our minds and our lives. Focusing on just one part of the system of Yoga, such as asana (the physical poses), could be compared to choosing one verse from The Bible or The Quran and living life according to that small piece of the whole picture.

  • Asana appears just once (referred to 3 times) in 195 Yoga Sutras
  • Only 20 of the 195 sutras are dedicated to the explanation of ‘The 8 Limbs’

This puts ‘The 8 Limbs’ into perspective as a part of the system of Yoga. Whilst the 8 Limbs are important, they are not the entire story, they are part of a much larger whole.

Most teacher trainings make some reference to the Yoga Sutras and the majority of those references are about ‘The 8 Limbs’.

Understanding Yoga Philosophy transformed my teaching

My experience as both a student and teacher of yoga has been deeply enriched through study and understanding of the Yoga Sutras. I have been able to apply what I’ve learned to know myself and to understand the workings of my own mind and then take that out into the world to be a better teacher. Connecting with others and helping students in their own process of transformation has been an incredible experience.

If you want the ability to guide people through real transformation, it is essential to dedicate the time to the study of the philosophy of Yoga and how it can be applied to the individuals you are working with.

The framework for The Yoga Institute’s teacher training and yoga studies courses is based on the fundamental principle that knowledge and understanding of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is essential to competently and confidently teach Yoga to others. And for students to gain the full benefit of all the system of Yoga has to offer.

As well as teaching the Yoga Sutras through our teacher training courses, we also offer standalone Yoga Sutra Studies courses for yoga teachers and yoga students, and a personal practice course for keen students who want to deepen their practice but aren’t interested in teaching.

Join us for an Information Session

It’s a fantastic way to meet the team and ask questions about becoming a yoga teacher or about our teacher training and yoga studies courses:




Upcoming courses:

Yoga Teacher Training Diploma – first 2018 intake: 9th February

Upgrade course for Yoga Teachers (from 200hrs to 350hrs) – first 2018 intake: 17th February

Heart of Yoga Personal Practice Course – first 2018 intake: 13th February

Yoga Sutra Studies – 2018 dates TBC

Join us for this course information webinar, to learn more about graduate Yoga Therapy studies at The Yoga Institute

You can learn about:

– Course structure and areas of study
– The Yoga Institute’s emphasis on quality training and high teaching standards
– Course mentoring and practicum program
– The personal and professional benefits of The Yoga Institute’s teaching approach

This is your chance to meet our Course Director, ask questions and decide if the Graduate Yoga Therapy Training Course is for you.

7:30pm – 8:15pm Information Session with Course Director Michael de Manincor.

…get your questions answered.


Read more about the Graduate Yoga Therapy Training Course

Read more about the next Yoga Therapy Foundations Module  coming Wednesday, June 6th to Wednesday, June 13th 2018


Studying with us is an inspiring, fun and transformational personal journey that nurtures and supports you as you deepen your personal and  professional understanding of yoga.

“I remember being hesitant in the beginning to take up this course…and now – I am so grateful that I did. The course and all of you have not only helped me to grow and develop as a teacher but also as a person. It’s been an amazing journey and I know it’s just the beginning. Thank you.” Daniela

“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

“After many years of intense asana practice, I was disillusioned and left yearning for more. Michael is guiding me through the deeper aspects that yoga has to offer. Highly qualified, he has the understanding of the psyche that is crucial to teaching yoga, as it was traditionally meant to be taught.” Taryn

Don’t miss this chance to meet the team, ask questions and decide if you’re ready to take the next step…

Mental health concerns are a common problem in our modern lives. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1 in 5 people will have experienced a mental health issue in the past 12 months.

Julia Conchie (Jules), a recent graduate of The Yoga Institute, has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and describes how in the past she would often need to take up to 3 weeks off work, during a bout of mania. After her most recent onset she only cancelled teaching 2 Yoga classes: “I still taught. I am able to manage.”

This personal journey is an inspiring and hopeful story of the transformative power of a dedicated yoga practice, in managing and improving mental health.

A trip cut short kicks off a cycle of depression and mania

Always an ‘over-thinker’ as a young girl, Jules worried over the slightest thing. This carried on into her young adulthood travels on a long-planned trip to the USA. She was already experiencing ‘low mood’ while she was there and then the trip was cut short.

Jules found herself back in Australia, her ‘trip of a lifetime’ prematurely ended, with no money, no job and surrounded by friends that had moved on to the next stages of their lives. She hit an all-time low. A low she didn’t come out of for four months.

After that period of depression, summer came around and she started to feel better, she felt so good, in fact, that she signed up for multiple triathlons, to learn to play ice hockey and swimming, all on top of a busy work and social schedule. She felt so good she could finally take on the world again!

By the time winter rolled around, she was back in the depths of depression. This cycle repeated for another year. She would wonder “how can I be on top of the World one minute and the lowest of the low, the next?”

The ongoing cycle leads to a diagnosis

This was eventually diagnosed as bipolar disorder. It was 2003.

Jules continued to experience regular bouts of what she now understood as ‘mania’ and ‘depression’ for several years.

She would wake up at 3am with such empowering thoughts, she would write reams and reams of paper for hours at a time. On one occasion, she wrote for so many hours, her pen ran out of ink but continued for several more hours, believing she would be able to hold it up to the light and read the imprinted page.

She believed she could solve the problems of the medical industry, single-handed and had the key to the problems of the world. She got how people like Eckhart Tolle and Buddha found their highest levels of mind and wanted to share with the world. Thoughts of grandeur raced through her erratic mind.

Hitting rock bottom

By this time, Jules was working as a wine maker, which included long hours and high stress. Around 4 years ago, following one particularly stressful period which induced a manic state, Jules had a breakdown at work and burnt out.

When asked what the turning point for her was, she answers definitively: “Desperation. It had gotten so bad, I couldn’t go on living in that way.”

Finding some relief through Yoga

Around that time, she came across an article written by Michael de Manincor, Co-Director of The Yoga Institute. It was about the healing capacity of the breath. This sparked her curiosity and she began a daily breath practice. She chose a short activity she had to repeat several times during her work day, in a laboratory at the time, and linked that with her breath practice. Practicing conscious, complete breathing for only about 20 seconds each time. This added up throughout the day and gradually it lengthened and smoothed her breath. She was committed to bringing her attention to her breath whenever possible.

The benefits of Yoga were obvious to her and her family, which inspired her to embark on a Yoga Teacher Training course with The Yoga Institute in 2016. Despite being triggered into episodes by the challenges of her studies, she found such a resonance with the teachings, particularly that of The Yoga Sutras (philosophy), she knew she had to continue.

During the in-depth Yoga Sutras studies, she experienced many ‘ah-ha!’ moments with constant recognition: “that is me, they’re describing!” She started to find real insight into what she had been experiencing.

Using awareness and other Yoga tools to manage episodes

Through her personal practice, study and ongoing support from family, friends and her course mentor, Jules slowly became more and more aware of the subtle changes in her mood, and was able to self-regulate with increasing ease.

She recalls the time in her pranayama studies when she felt mania symptoms approach and was able to use the technique they’d been taught that day and “breath her way out of it”. This was a real breakthrough! She was so excited to share the news with her mentor.

Jules admits this has not been an easy journey for her. Despite all the daily practice, her medication and study, she still experienced two episodes last year and one this year. The difference is, she no longer feels it’s appropriate to call them classic ‘mania’ or ‘depression’ because the severity of the episodes has lessoned.

Her newly developed self-awareness enables her to notice, with fine attunement, if she has been elevated by one ‘rung of the ladder’ allowing her to take appropriate medication before an episode escalates.

Experiencing a new sense of peace and freedom

Only two weeks prior to this interview, she describes for the first time, having a felt sense of ‘peace’; not mania, not high, not low or depression but a calm, stable sense of peace, even if only for a fleeting moment.

“Thanks to my ongoing practice, I am finally finding some peace and freedom”

Written by Natalie Bowcutt

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 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..


Join us for an Information Session

It’s a fantastic way to meet the team and ask questions about becoming a yoga teacher or about our teacher training and yoga studies courses:

Will I ever sit comfortably in Hero’s pose?

Written by Kaye Tribe

Have you ever thought, will I ever sit comfortably in Hero’s pose? And if I keep on stretching, will this change?

The answer is, it Depends. Kaye Tribe explores why.

This is a very common question from many Yoga practitioners.

Why is it so challenging?

The position of the bony articulations of the hip joint in the human body can vary considerable from one individual to the next. The thigh bone (or femur) also undergoes considerable changes from birth to becoming an adult. These changes will affect the ability of each individual to move their leg forward and backwards (flexion and hyper-extension), out to the side (abduction) and to turn the leg inwards and outwards (medial and lateral rotation).

The infant skeleton is made up of mostly cartilage. It is immature bone and it has not yet been calcified. This makes the bone fairly flexible.

Babies are packed inside the uterus tightly, particularly in the last few weeks before birth. Most foetuses are in a crossed-leg position in the uterus. This position affects the how our legs will look when we are born.

Throughout childhood, the thigh bone and lower leg bones (tibia and fibula) will continue to change and move towards what is considered ‘normal’ for the adult.

When we are infants, the angle between the shaft and the neck of the thigh bone is approximately 140 degrees (image on the left) and is described as the angle of inclination. This angle reduces as we learn to walk to approximately 125 degrees which is considered normal in the adult body. An angle of 5 degrees either side of that measurement is also considered to be within a healthy range – 120 degrees to 130 degrees. An angle outside of that range is named either coxa valga (larger than normal) or coxa vara (smaller than normal).

There is another angle that indicates the amount of rotation that occurs in the thigh bone and this angle changes from about 30 degrees in an infant to approximately 15 degrees in the adult body. Most research suggests that excessive rotation of the thigh may be due to the position of the child in the uterus and the resulting imbalance in tension of the muscles that control movements of the hip.

The result of an increased rotation on the thigh bone is an increased ability to medially rotate the thigh compared with the ability to laterally rotate the thigh and it is referred to as excessive anteversion. This photo illustrates the chosen seated position of a young child with excessive anteversion of the thigh bone.

An adult body with excessive anteversion will find Hero’s Pose an easy pose to hold due to the internal rotation of the thigh bone in that pose. This adult will also experience an easy cross-legged pose as not-so-easy due to the inability to laterally rotate the hip comfortably.

Alternatives to offer

So, your ability to sit comfortably in any pose may be due to the shape of your thigh bone and the position of your hip socket rather than stiff or chronically shortened muscles.

You could replace Hero’s Pose with Easy Cross-legged pose, or Half Lotus pose or any seated pose that is held for longer than a few minutes.


Get to know your teacher: Lisa Grauaug

Meet Lisa Grauaug

What brought you to Yoga?

Being curious and my partner was spending a lot of time teaching Yoga and attending classes.

How long have you been teaching for and where did you train?

I have been teaching since 2004 and completed formal Yoga Teacher training at The Yoga Institute in 2009. I have continued personal studies and professional development with Saraswathi Vasudevan (Yoga Vahni) and completed Yoga Therapy Training with Ganesh Mohan (Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda).

 What is your area of interest/speciality/plans for the future?  

I really enjoy working with students over a period of time, whether this is with Yoga Teachers in training, in classes or in one-one sessions. As I value observing students develop in their practice and understanding of what Yoga has to offer. I have a particular interest in Yoga generally, Yoga Therapy,  Women’s Health with a particular interest in teaching Yoga during pregnancy.


Family, reading, learning, travel, being in nature, ocean swimming and walking.

Biggest challenges?

I love my work and find it quite absorbing and inspiring, so finding the right balance between work and home-life can be a healthy challenge.

What would you like to share about yourself, that is unrelated to Yoga ?

I have always been an avid animal spotter, whether it is insects, birds, whales, dugongs, kangaroos, platypus, wombats, echidna, hippos, and elephants (I know not so difficult in the right location). Later this year I am heading to a national park in Central Kalimantan to observe Orangutangs.

Where / when can we experience your teaching?

I am on the faculty at The Yoga Institute, I teach a range of classes at Cammeray Yoga  & or in Africa (March 2018) where I am co-facilitating a Yoga Safari in Tanzania.

The difference between doing yoga postures and having a yoga practice.

It’s been great to see more yoga teachers speaking out about the importance of a home practice. Yoga International and Kara-Leah Grant make some important points about the power of a regular ‘home’ practice.

I loved Yoga International’s comment about the wonderful value of coming together in a group and connecting through Yoga. It’s important. And how your own home practice can deepen the most important connection, the one with yourself.

I know it could be bad for business for yoga teachers to shout from the rooftops about “going it alone, no need for general yoga classes!”. But there are many teachers out there who understand the value of a personal practice and want people to experience the full spectrum of what yoga has to offer, beyond what they can share with students in general class.

My observation in much of what I read related to personal practice, is a key factor that’s missing – one the ancient yogis already spelled out for us – the concept of viniyoga.

The system of Yoga was intended to be practiced according to viniyoga – the specific and continuous linking of practice to the individual and their particular circumstances.

The discipline of a regular personal practice has many benefits, mentioned in both articles. The ability to move at your own pace, with your own breath, without the distractions of 25 other people in the room. This, in itself, can be powerful. But there is more…..

Personalised Practice: Key Factors

Have you ever borrowed a pair of shoes from someone else? Never feels quite as good as your very own, moulded to your foot, intentionally chosen style, shape and colour of shoe, does it? Then how do we expect our Yoga practice to be a ‘one-size fits all’ solution?

Age – the practice of Yoga is about being in tune with the natural process of life and living. A suitable practice for a 15 year old, is unlikely to be well suited to a 50 year old.

Gender – there are many similarities and infinite shared capabilities in both sexes AND we are different. Our anatomy is different for a start and our experience of moving through the world can vary greatly depending on our gender.

Physical & Mental Health – each of us has a unique history and has faced different physical, mental and emotional challenges in our lives. These factors are highly individual and incredibly important in determining an appropriate practice.

Aims – what is the goal or aim of your practice? Is it to relax or is it to energise? Is it to strengthen or to stabilise? Is the intention to connect with unexplored parts of yourself or develop the confidence to communicate effectively with others? These questions are essential when designing a personalised yoga practice.

Time – Do you start work at 5am or have a young baby? A morning practice might not work for you. Choose a time that works for your lifestyle and develop a practice that is suitable to the time of day.

Length – a busy mother of three, a high-level executive and a retiree may have very different levels of ‘free time’ for their practice. This must be taken into consideration, you don’t want to make it another thing on your list that you can’t find the time for.

We are multi-dimensional beings, therefore we need a multi-dimensional solution, taking all these considerations into account. I recently saw three people in one day who were all looking to help relieve the symptoms of insomnia. They all walked out with very different practices. Their symptom was the same but their circumstances varied greatly and required a different approach.

“Three people experiencing insomnia, all required very different practices”

Finding a suitable teacher

There are infinite possibilities for a yoga practice and you, as an individual human, will need one that is ‘just right’ for you. This requires an experienced teacher (keep an eye out for the article: How to find a good Yoga Teacher).

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras reminds us in the very first sutra – atha yoga anusasanam – of the importance of experiencing yoga for yourself. This indicates your experience will be different from other peoples.

Yoga is about changing the habits and patterns of how we think and live. One of the great challenges in self-understanding (svadhyaya) is that you’re using the mind to try and understand the mind. It’s a closed system and it can be hard to see your own blind spots. That is why having an external reference of a teacher to guide you through those blind spots in your own mind, is very helpful.

There’s no doubt that having a guide in the form of a suitably trained and experienced teacher is one of the keys to an effective personal practice.

With the focus of teacher training programs on group classes, teachers specifically trained to design, teach and connect with individuals can be hard to find. Yoga teachers are often taught to teach in a particular “style” which offers a “way of doing yoga” or a standard set of postures and practices, that don’t take into account individual needs.

My offering to you is ‘be discerning’ and ‘do your homework’ in selecting the right teacher to help support and guide you in your personal practice.

(and continue to go to general classes for amazing benefits!)

 Written by Natalie Bowcutt


Upcoming Courses:

Upgrade course for Yoga Teachers commencing February, 17th 2018

Diploma Level 1 commencing February or April 2018 

Yoga Sutra of Patanjali

CamYogaFavorite--2383-2The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali forms the foundation of all yoga teachings and has been described as 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. 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. It provides 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 understanding of the importance and correct technique of classical chanting and the meaning of each chapter and how it relates 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.


“Michael is a great person to walk alongside as you explore the sutras. I highly recommend studying with him!”
Jennifer Taylor


“I’ve grown so much inside, the Yoga Sutras is basically ‘The Secret of Life,’ thank you guys.”


Thursday Evenings: February 8th to March 29th, 2018

Times: 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Teachers:  Michael de Manincor

Book Your Place

Location: The Yoga Institute, Cammeray

Cost: $465

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.

Special Offer: Graduates of The Yoga Institute receive a 30% discount off the course fee. Contact for the promo code.

More Information:

To find out more about this course please contact Kirstie Christensen:

Ph: (02) 9929 2774

Is 200 Hours Enough to Teach Yoga?

Written by Natalie Bowcutt  Yoga Psychology and the subtle mind-body-breath-life connection

Reading the article (see link below) written by The Yoga Journal, on the effectiveness of a 200 hour teacher training, compelled me to to share why we do what we do.

The Yoga Institute offers a faculty of teachers with over 25 years of experience. We believe, through providing professional support and guidance, that extraordinary education is the way to guide people to becoming great Yoga teachers.  A 200 hr course might be a great personal experience, but we do not believe it can provide the level of training required to become a confident and competent yoga teacher.

Have you done a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training course?

No doubt:

  • It was a great experience
  • you loved all the yoga
  • it was with a great group of like-minded people
  • you made new friends and great connections

 “I now not only have a deeper understanding of the role of an instructor of asana but a deeper desire to become a great yoga teacher someday. Knowing the difference of these two things has been a part of my growth as an individual during this course and has created the visual of where I see myself in years to come.” Jenna Cameron, Level One Upgrade Student

However, do you feel like you need more training to become a confident and competent (dare we say, great) yoga teacher, as well as becoming a registered yoga teacher in Australia?

Have you felt (or even been told) that you now have your “training wheels” as a yoga teacher?  And felt like having “training wheels” is not enough to go out there and teach?

At The Yoga Institute, we meet many, many people who have completed a basic 200hr teacher training course, and they all say the same thing: “It was a great experience, but I feel like I need to have more training to become competent and confident as a yoga teacher.”

Would you like more knowledge, skills, competence, confidence, and actual teaching experience as part of your training?

We have responded to feedback and offer courses that include:

  • more yoga philosophy – Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – much more than just the 8-limbs
  • more pranayama & meditation
  • how to plan/design different types of yoga practices
  • building relationship with a personal and professional Mentor
  • guidance in the development your own personal Yoga practice
  • specific training to guide students in the development of their personalised yoga practice – like becoming a Yoga Teacher Personal Trainer
  • time for reflection and opportunity to ask questions
  • time to enhance knowledge, and integrate this with confidence into your own practice and as a teacher of Yoga

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