Yoga for Mental Health

Mental Health Training for Yoga Teachers

Professional Training for Yoga Teachers

This 4-day training for Yoga Teachers will assist you to develop your understanding of Yoga Psychology, to be more responsive to the mental health needs of your students.  

What will I learn?

In this course we will explore the psychological wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, relating these ancient teachings to the experiences and concerns of our students today, with a particular focus on Yoga for depression and anxiety.

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…

About The Trainers

This training program is a joint collaboration between Michael de Manincor from The Yoga Institute and Janet Lowndes from the Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy.

Two of Australian's most well regarded Yoga Psychologists, both Michael and Janet are Registered Psychologists and also highly qualified and experienced Yoga Teachers.

Michael de Manincor
About Dr 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 a PhD graduate 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.

Janet Lowndes
About 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.

Course Details

  • Is This For Me?

    Course Pre-requisites

    • 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
  • Course Recognition

    Continuing Professional Development

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

What do students say?

"Such a fabulous few days! I learned so much and am looking forward to going home and digesting and assimilating the teachings. I particularly liked how it has set up a directions for me to follow to further expand my knowledge and understanding and become a more holistic Yoga Teacher"


"I loved the connection between the sutras and a western understanding. I really like to know that what I’m doing is consistent with the tradition. Janet and Michael compliment each other very well in teaching this content"


“This is the most professionally run and presented professional development yoga workshop I’ve attended!”

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Are you ready?

This training will deepen your understanding of Mental Health in the context of teaching yoga. You will be able to apply what you learn to be more responsive to the mental health needs of your students, particularly those with depression and anxiety.

We'd love you to join us for this inspiring, engaging and highly practical Continuing Professional Development program...


Get More Information

Hi, I'm Kirstie Christensen, and I co-ordinate the Continuing Education Training here at The Yoga Institute. I'm here to help if you want to know more about Janet Lowndes and Michael de Manincor's Yoga for Mental Health Program. 

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