Michael de Manincor

Dr Michael de Manincor

BA (Hons), Grad Dip Ed, M Psych, PhD

Director of The Yoga Institute

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, is a registered Psychologist, and has completed a PhD in Health Science, 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.

Michael travels regularly offering yoga workshops around Australia, and internationally.

Speaking Engagements

Michael speaks regularly in media and at conferences and events related to yoga, meditation, positive psychology and mental health.

Michael de Manincor presenting at Happiness and its causes conferenceWatch Michael’s presentation at the Happiness and Its Causes conference

In this 15 minute talk, Michael speaks on the benefits of personalised yoga practice and presents the core findings of his recent PhD research into the impact of Yoga on Mental Health.


Film: The Science of YogaCheck out this short film ‘The Science Behind Yoga’ which launched in 2016.

It features contributions from experts in the fields of yoga, meditation, psychology and neuroscience including Michael de Manincor: “There is actually something very powerful in what’s going on in here, and that’s worth investigating”



Michael de Manincor at Yoga Australia ConferenceYoga Australia – Past President and Honorary Life Member

Yoga Australia is the peak body of the yoga teaching profession in Australia, representing teachers from all traditions and styles of yoga. It’s aims include promoting the benefits of yoga, professional support for yoga teachers, and upholding professional and ethical training standards.

The Yoga Foundation – Founder & Executive Director        

The Yoga Foundation is a non-profit organisation that leads an evidence-based movement to reduce anxiety and depression and improve quality of life amongst people who experience disadvantage.

IAYT – Member 

The International Association of Yoga Therapists is an industry organisation which promotes professional standards for Yoga Therapists and represents Yoga Therapy as a recognised, professional and respected therapeutic modality.

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