21st May, 2022: Yoga Physiology & Vital Systems for Health

Graduate Studies in Yoga Therapy

Course Dates

Intensive Block:

5-day block in studio

Saturday 21st to Wednesday 25th May, 2022

Weekday Times: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Weekend Times: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Live Interactive Online Webinars:

4 Saturday webinars 

Saturday 4th June,  9:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday 11th June, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday 18th June, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday 25th June, 9:30am – 12:30pm (please note half day)


1 Evening webinar  

Monday 27th June, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Module Content

This Module will include a focus on the following:

Physiology & Internal Health Systems 

  • Understanding the major systems of the body and the relationship between these systems, including the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, endocrine, digestive, and reproductive systems
  • Exploring optimal health and wellbeing in the systems of the body, and how Yoga Therapy can assist in enhancing the health of these systems
  • Knowledge about common western medical terminology, approach to treatment, including familiarity with commonly used drugs and surgical procedures
  • Understanding of internal health related disorders relevant to a Yoga Therapist –to include asthma, digestive disorders, heart disease, chronic pain, fatigue syndromes, thyroid conditions, neurological conditions, Parkinson’s, stroke, menstrual disorders and cancer
  • Management of common health concerns related to aging and the elderly

Therapeutic Applications of Yoga

  • In depth knowledge of yoga practices and the appropriate application to personalize healing. Practices covered include breath-centered asana, breathing techniques (pranayama), use of sound (chanting), visualization, mental imagery and more
  • Appropriate application of Yoga techniques and tools that realistically support individualised health goals and facilitate optimal living
  • Relevant research and the efficacy of Yoga interventions as a complimentary healing modality
  • Ayurveda and understanding Individual Constitution: Theory, application, and usefulness in Yoga therapy

Module Components

Please Note: This 100hr module is part of our full Yoga Therapy Training Course. It is open to yoga teachers who have completed Foundations of Yoga Therapy (or equivalent), those willing to complete Foundations of Yoga Therapy module at the next available opportunity, or those have graduated from The Yoga Institute’s Yoga Teacher Training program.

It is possible to start Yoga Therapy training here and see how you find it.  You do not need to commit to the full 650-hour training in order to enjoy this amazing module! 100-hour certificates are available.

Ready to Enrol?

Step 1: Deposit 

Pay today to secure your place = $550

Step 2: Balance Payment 

Pay balance to complete enrolment = $1,400

Total Fees = $1,950

Module pricing includes:

  • 5 x face-face days at The Yoga Institute (Cammeray, Sydney)
  • 4 x structured follow-up interactive online class sessions
  • 2 x individual mentoring sessions to support practicum and module completion


Lisa Grauaug has been practicing and teaching yoga since the mid-90s. Lisa values individuality and working with students and clients to facilitate a better understanding of their unique and changing needs. Her understanding and personal practice has since been strongly influenced by the teachings as translated by Sri T Krishnamacharya. Read more.

Dr. Shaun Matthews is a general practitioner, Ayurveda and Yoga therapist based in Sydney. He studied Ayurvedic medicine at Gujarat Ayurveda University and is a Fellow of the College of Indian Medicine (Pune). He also studied Yoga teacher training at the Bihar School of Yoga in India. Read more.

Margery Hellman is a Yoga Teacher and Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Feldenkrais Practitioner with over 25 years experience in health care . Margery has experience in a range of specialities including Neurological  Rehabiliation , Paediatrics,  Injury Management, Pain Management  and Workplace Health and Safety. Read more.

Dr Michael de Manincor is one of the most highly respected yoga teachers in Australia, with over 30 years teaching experience. He has undertaken extensive studies with renowned teacher TKV Desikachar, in the authentic tradition of T Krishnamacharya. Read more.


Dr Judy Lovas PhD combines her background in medicine and psychology with a passion for teaching. She teaches Evidence based Relaxation Therapy, based on Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI). Relaxation is evidence based, non-invasive, non-pharmacological and simple. Relaxation Therapy can decrease chronic conditions such as anxiety, depression, pain, trauma and inflammation. Read more.

Leanne Davis a former president of Yoga Australia, and has been working in natural health care for over 35 years, with a yoga-teaching experience of over 30 years.  She currently combines her work as a yoga teacher, yoga therapist and acupuncturist, with her work training new yoga teachers and yoga therapists. In this yoga therapy module, Leanne specialises in vedic chanting.  Read more

Donna Nolan is a Yoga Therapist, Esoteric Therapist and Massage Teacher.  She works with clients who present with an injury or physical condition, emotional stress/issues, anxiousness, a depletion in energy, tension or simply wanting to deeply rest, reconnect and restore.  Read more.

Natalie Haider is a registered psychologist, and a Yoga Therapist, passionate  about making yoga accessible, inclusive, and body positive for all.   She spends much of her time supporting people with acquired physical and mental impairment and issues, including survivors of domestic violence and women with body image concerns, and is also a mentor on our Teacher Training programme.  Read more. 


This is a competency-based unit, so students will be assessed to demonstrate competency. In the circumstance where competency is not demonstrated on first submission, re-submission will be possible.

Assessment of this module includes:

  • Full attendance at all face to face classes *
  • Full attendance at all live webinars *
  • Undertaking pre and post lecture study tasks as directed
  • Successful completion and submission of reflective journal questions following all classes and webinars
  • Successful completion of two Case Studies relevant to this Module
  • One other written assessment task related to the Module content

* Where any face to face or live webinar sessions are missed (under exceptional circumstances only) the student will be required to complete adequate ‘make up’ tasks as set by the teacher for that class, including but not limited to viewing of any recordings of the class session (where available), and answering reflective questions set by the teacher. An additional cost will be incurred by the student for these sessions.

Training Components & Prerequisites

This Module is part of the Yoga Therapy Training Course and involves 100+ hours of training, including:

  • 70 hours of classes (face to face and online)
  • access to the online learning portal
  • 2 hours of individual Mentoring with your Program Mentor
  • resources to facilitate 30+ hours of self-directed learning
  • reading material and other learning tools
  • assessment of your written work
  • partial completion of the registered Yoga Therapy Training Course

The requirements in order to register for this unit are:

More Information:

To find out more about this module please contact Lisa Grauaug at yogatherapytraining@yogainstitute.com.au or on 0477 021 219.

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