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Yoga for Mental Health Certificate

150hr Certification for health professionals and yoga teachers

When: 10 March - 20 July 2017

Where: Frenchs Forest, Sydney NSW

Price: $1975 Earlybird
*Payment plan available*

Yoga for Mental Health
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Workshop Description

Learn Yoga and Mindfulness Techniques for Mental Health

This professional150hr program explores traditional and evidence-based yoga practices for depression, anxiety, panic disorders, trauma, addiction and eating disorders. Yoga for Mental Health has been developed by leading yoga therapists and mental health professionals and provides both a theoretical framework and practical training in using yoga techniques, including movement, breathing practices, meditation, sound and ritual, to reduce symptoms and enhance wellbeing in students experiencing mental health conditions.  

Who is this course for?

This training is for people who want to use the tools of yoga and mindfulness to work with students with mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, panic disorders and eating disorders. It is open to yoga teachers, mental health professionals, social workers and allied health practitioners. 

What are the pre-requisites?
You do not need to be a yoga teacher to join this program. However, it is recommended that you have some experience of practicing yoga yourself. Certified yoga teachers will be eligible for 100hrs CPD and RYT200 teachers can apply for Level 1 (350hr) accreditation with Yoga Australia on successful completion of the course.  

Where and when does the course run?

The course consists of 105 hrs face to face training and 45hrs home study and practicum. Face to face sessions run at Adore Yoga's French's Forest Campus from 9am - 5pm on the following days:

BLOCK 1: Friday 10 March - Sunday 12 March 2017
BLOCK 2: Friday 24 March - Sunday 26 March 2017
BLOCK 3: Friday 5 May - Sunday 7 May 2017
BLOCK 4: Friday 23 June - Sunday 24 June 2017
BLOCK 5: Friday 28 July - Sunday 20 July 2017

April 2017 is a designated home study month during which time you will consolidate your classroom learning with distance learning tasks including:

  • Student practicum (student assisting and teaching)
  • Reading compulsory texts 
  • Written assessment
  • Mentoring (one-on-one) session with senior faculty member



Introduction to Yoga for Mental Health (Friday 10 March 2017)
This module lays the foundations for applying the techniques of yoga for people with mental health issues, starting with an enquiry into the nature of yoga for mental health and the traditional frameworks for healing through yoga. We'll also discover the philosophical foundations of therapeutic yoga as we explore the classical yoga texts.

Foundational Yoga Psychology (Sat 11 - Sun 12 March 2017)
This fascinating module explores the yogic view of the mind, comparing Eastern and Western approaches to psychology. Taking the classical yoga texts as our guide, we will discover the fundamental principles of yoga psychology and learn how to apply them to meet the therapeutic needs of individual students. We will also study the integration of mindfulness and the principles of positive psychology into yoga therapy. 


Holistic Counselling in Yoga Therapy  (Fri 24 March 2017) 
Counselling and communication skills are an important aspect of working with students with mental health issues. In this module you will learn how to build professional therapeutic relationships with your students and develop fundamental communication skills, including empathic listening, the use of silence, unconditional positive regard and conflict management. We will also explore issues of boundaries, ethics and transference. *Please note: students with professional training in counselling/psychotherapy may apply for recognition of prior learning for this module.

Yoga Therapy for Mood Disorders  (Sat 25 - Sun 26 March 2017) 
This module provides a solid foundation in understanding the causes, symptoms and treatment of anxiety, panic disorders and depression. Learn how to see mood disorders through the yoga lens and apply practical techniques, including yoga postures, breathing techniques, mudras and chants, to help students through the recovery process.


Prana, Energy and Breath (Friday 5 May 2017) 
In this module you will discover the influence of the breath on the body/mind and explore the role of pranayama (yoga breathing techniques) in managing mental health conditions. You will learn how to assess your student's breathing patterns and determine the most appropriate pranayama techniques for each individual.

Meditation and Mental Health Part 1 (Saturday 6 May 2017) 
This module provides a comprehensive introduction to why and how meditation can be used to manage mental health issues. You'll learn about the latest cutting-edge research, the neuro-science of meditation and consider the  safety issues and contraindications involved in teaching meditation to people with mental health issues. 

Meditation and Mental Health Part 2 (Sunday 7 May 2017) 
When it comes to meditation, one-size doesn't fit all. Learn how to personalize meditation practices to meet the needs of individual students. This module takes you beyond mindfulness practices and explores a range of meditation techniques, including healing visualizations, japa (mantra), walking and metta (loving kindness) meditation.


Introduction to Trauma Aware Yoga (Friday 23 June 2017) 
Drawing on evidence-based international programs, this module provides an introduction to working with trauma-affected students. You will discover the causes, symptoms and treatment of trauma and PTSD, along with the principles of trauma aware yoga.  You will learn how to plan, teach and language yoga sessions to meet the needs of people affected by trauma and PTSD. 

Yoga for Addiction Recovery (Saturday 24 June 2017)

Learn yoga and mindfulness techniques for supporting people recovering from addiction. Yoga takes a whole-body approach to addiction recovery and relapse prevention and this workshop gives you practical skills to help you work compassionately and effectively with people recovering from drug, alcohol and other addictions.

Yoga for Eating Disorders (Sun 25 June 2017) 
This module introduces the causes, symptoms and treatment of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating. You will learn how and why yoga helps people with eating disorders to heal and how to adapt your classes to meet their unique needs.


Subtle Energies – Chanting and Chakras in Mental Health (Friday 28 July 2017) 
Sound can be a powerful tool when working with mental health issues. This module demonstrates the role of chanting, mantra and sound in addressing mental health and offers practical techniques to use in a wide variety of applications. This module also explores the chakra system and the energetic role of mudras (hand gestures) in mental and emotional healing.

Relaxation and Restorative Yoga (Saturday 29 - Sunday 30 July 2017) 
Restorative yoga is a powerful practice that has profound healing potential. This module provides a thorough grounding in the philosophy and techniques of restorative yoga and gives you the practical propping skills to assist people with a wide diversity of physical and mental health needs into appropriate restorative practices. This module also includes training in the theory and practice of Yoga Nidra, yogic relaxation techniques and effective tools for assessing and reducing stress.


You will receive two one-on-one mentoring sessions with senior course faculty during this course. These sessions are designed to help you consolidate your learning, build on your individual skill base and receive feedback and practical assessment from your mentoring teacher. Mentoring sessions are $120 (not included in the price of the training), with fees payable directly to your mentor.


Your learning during this course will be assessed in five ways.

1. Mentoring: During your second one-on-one mentoring session with a senior faculty member, you will be assessed on your teaching of key practical techniques taught during the course, along with your skills and knowledge base relating to your studies in Yoga for Mental Health.

2. In-Class Assessment: You will be participating in simple in-class assessments, during which supervising teachers assess your learning in key areas of the curriculum.

3. Written Assessment (Reflection):  You will be asked to write a reflective assignment in which you consider your learning process and identify how you are using the skills you have acquired, as well as identifying gaps in your skills/knowledge base.

4. Written Assessment (Case Study): You will undertake a 6 week live case study with a volunteer student. You will document and assess both the process and outcome of individual yoga sessions you conduct with your case study volunteer.

5. Practicum/Journal: You will be required to undertake a minimum of 10hrs observing, assisting and teaching in yoga sessions for mental health. These hours are signed off by supervising teachers/mentors and you will keep a reflective journal documenting the process and your learning.


Course Faculty

You will be learning from some of the most experienced yoga teachers and health professionals in Australia. 

Nikola Ellis

Nikola Ellis BA (hons) Dip. Health (Yoga), Grad Dip Couns; Dip. Shiatsu, IAYT, AAYT, E-RYT, Level 3 (Yoga Australia)

Founder and Principal Teacher at Adore Yoga, Nikola Ellis has been immersed in yoga for over 20 years. A certified senior teacher with both Yoga Australia and Yoga Alliance and member of both the AAYT (Australasian Association of Yoga Therapists) and the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists), she has studied yoga, meditation and yoga therapy with leading international teachers including TKV Desikachar, Judith Lasater, Donna Farhi, Ganesh Mohan, and Saraswathi Vasudevan.

For the past decade, Nikola has specialised in yoga therapy and teacher training, using her wealth of experience to bring the philosophy and practice of yoga vividly to life. Nikola honours the principles of Viniyoga, giving every individual student the practice that best meets their specific needs. She is actively engaged with several non-profits, including A Sound Life project, Cancer Council NSW and The Butterfly Foundation and is the founder of the Pink Yoga project which is dedicated to making yoga accessible to women with cancer. Nikola has a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and is currently completing a Masters degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Joan Miller

Joan Miller is a senior and talented teacher with over 30 years of experience in yoga teaching and teacher training. Joan takes yoga back to its authentic roots, using the traditional practices of Hatha Yoga to help her students develop spiritual and physical awareness. Certified by over five nationally and internationally recognised bodies, member of Australia’s peak body for Yoga, Yoga Australia and Accredited Journey Therapist, Joan is a highly qualified, compassionate and inspiring Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist and Reiki Master.

Rosie Caunt

Rosie is a one of Sydney's most senior yoga teachers and a seasoned yoga teacher trainer. She is a fun loving person and a committed family gal who has been teaching yoga for over 15 years and has been in the classroom for 40 years as a teacher and lecturer. Rosie is passionate about yoga and its tools. She specialises in working in small classes and individual sessions to support people towards wellbeing and affect positive change in their lives. Rosie works with the whole person - mind, body, breath and spirit - using movement, sound, breath and talking.

Tracy Gerza

Tracy’s love of yoga began with her first class back in 2004 and she is passionate about healing through yoga. Tracy is a self-confessed 'anatomy nut' and she has studied yoga, pilates and anatomy extensively. A graduate of the Qi Yoga 420 hr Teacher Training Diploma, Adore Yoga Therapy 300hr Training and Yin Yoga Teacher Training, Tracy emphasizes steadiness, stability and focus rather than 'perfection', and her students are encouraged to work at their own pace and listen to their bodies for a safe and enjoyable practice. 

Sevadevi Glover

Sevadevi is a Senior Yoga and Meditation Teacher with 18 years full time teaching experience. She founded Annandale Yoga in 2012 where she currently teaches and has taught Yoga and Meditation workshops in both Europe and India.

In 2005 she presented “Yoga for Diabetes” at the “Yoga, the Science of Infinite Possibilities” Conference and  Mantra in Action workshop at the 2007 AYA Conference.  In 2009 she was invited to speak at the World Parliament of Religions in Melbourne. 

She is a founding member of Ayurveda Yoga Australia an organization promoting Ayurveda and yoga that conducted 2 major International conferences in 2006 and 2009 in Sydney.   She completed extensive Teacher Training in 1996 with Yoga in Daily Life and taught philosophy modules as part of their teacher training programme.  Further studies include Exercise Science with Satyananada Yoga. 

Sarah Ball


Sarah Ball is an accomplished yoga teacher, counselor and facilitator. Founder of Body Love Yoga, Sarah has extensive experience working with non profit organizations on grass roots projects that help make life better for more people.

How To Book

Applications are open now for the 2017 Yoga for Mental Health (150hrs) course. 

Non-refundable deposit: $900 

Total Fee: EARLYBIRD (book before 10 December 2016) $1975 + 2 x $120 Private Mentoring sessions paid direct to your mentoring teacher.

Full price after 10 December: $2300

*Payment plan available*
Full payment: Receive $100 discount when you pay your fees in full 14 days prior to course commencing.
Pay per month: Pay for each module in 3 monthly instalments. No discount


Booking Terms and Conditions
*Payment plan available* Deposits are non refundable. Should you cancel your booking more than four weeks prior to start date, 50% of the balance after non-refundable deposit will be given. No refunds will be made for cancellations made within 4 weeks of start date. See prospectus for full terms and conditions.