Aug 8, 2018: Yoga Psychology Workshop – Sydney

Mental Health Training for Yoga Teachers

This 4-day training programme is designed to assist qualified Yoga Teachers to develop their understanding, skills and confidence in the area of mental health.

Join us to gain knowledge and practical skills in Yoga Psychology, to be more responsive to the mental health needs of your students in group and one-on-one settings.  

What Will I Learn:

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 Your Presenters

This training programme 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.


What Participants Say

“Every yoga teacher should do this amazing course, it’s awesome!”

“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.”

“The wisdom and knowledge of both Janet and Michael is incredibly inspiring. I feel very privileged to have participated in this workshop. I have learnt so much and have a lot to think about and implement.”

“Great depth of knowledge of the presenters. Real life experience of the facilitators as Psychologists and Teachers of Yoga.”

“Mental health is such an important subject that sadly, is often swept under the carpet. Michael and Janet provided a safe and compassionate space to discuss the issue. They each brought with them incredibly valuable insight and wisdom into the framework of yoga and how it is so relevant in understanding and responding to mental health challenges not just as teachers in our yoga classes but in our individual lives as well. Such a great weekend. I’d recommend the yoga psychology course to anyone!”

“Practical and not ‘rah-rah’. Informative and not just textbook learning.”


Requirements & 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.

Course Details

Dates: Wednesday 8th – Saturday 11th August, 2018

Venue: Crows Nest Community Centre, 2 Ernest Place, Crows Nest, NSW 2065

Times: Wednesday to Friday 9am – 5pm, Saturday 9am – 4pm

Bookings & More Information

The fee for this 4 day program is $880 (incl GST and booking fee), and includes:

  • 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

If you have any questions about this course please contact our Course Coordinator Kirstie Christensen. Kirstie is available Tuesday to Friday:

Ph: (02) 9929 2774

Cancellation and Refunds Policy

Full payment for this workshop is required to secure your registration. Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the event will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received after that time will not be eligible for any refund. You may transfer your registration to another person at no cost, but please notify the program host in writing prior to the workshop date if transfer is required.

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