Australasian Yoga Therapy Conference 2018

15 - 16 Sep 2018 | Sydney

The Australasian Yoga Therapy Conference (AYTC) 2018 in Sydney was held on the 15 & 16th of September at the Amora Hotel.

The Australasian Yoga Therapy Conference (AYTC) is Australia’s premier Yoga therapy event now in its eighth year – in 2018 featuring, two international speakers. Donna Farhi, acclaimed Yoga educator and author. Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa PhD, is a Medical Family therapist, highly experienced Yoga therapist and Yoga therapy trainer and specialist in diabetes, cancer, heart disease. HIV, depression and CFS.

The AYTC is the only chance you have all year to meet, network and learn from leading Australian and international Yoga therapists all under one roof.

Date: 15 – 16 September 2018, 9am – 5pm
Venue: Amora Hotel Sydney CBD
Cost: $447

You will Learn

  • The latest, cutting edge research into Yoga
  • Yoga for the Lymphatic System
  • Yoga therapy skills for working with the Elderly
  • Yoga therapy and rehabilitation
  • Yoga and refugees
  • Using Introception to restore full sensory capacity
  • How to get to the “heart of healing’
  • Pranayama practices for children in hospital


  • Donna Farhi, internationally acclaimed teacher of teachers and celebrated author of 5 books on Yoga
  • Dr. Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa, international Yoga therapy educator, specialist in diabetes, cancer, heart disease. HIV, depression and CFS
  • Annette Loudon, international expert on Yoga and Lymphoedema, Australia’s leading Yoga and breast cancer expert and acclaimed Yoga therapy educator
  • Leigh Blashki, Yoga Therapy pioneer and sought after international presenter
  • Trish David, experienced Yoga therapist/teacher and counsellor
  • Liz Williams, Yoga and ageing trainer and highly experienced health educator with 40 years experience in the health sector
  • Stacey Nelson, specialist in Yoga therapy for children, kids Yoga teacher trainer, Stacey is a yoga therapist in a children’s ward
  • Danielle Begg, Co-founder of the Refugee Yoga Project, Yoga teacher and policy officer at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors

Benefits of Attending the AYTC

  • Learn from leading Yoga therapists and researchers
  • Learn practical techniques to apply with your clients
  • Educate yourself about the latest Yoga research
  • Connect with like-minded professionals in the field of Yoga therapy
  • Deepen your knowledge of Yoga as a therapeutic practice
  • Earn 11 CPD points  

Who Should Attend?

  • Yoga therapists seeking to expand their knowledge
  • Yoga teachers who want to add a new dimension to their teaching
  • Medical doctors, health professionals and complementary therapists who want to use evidence-based, Yoga practices in their work
  • Yoga researchers seeking to learn from and connect with leading researchers
  • Anyone who wishes to use Yoga to improve their health

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Donna Farhi

Empowering People Through Interoception: Restoring Full Sensory Capacity

Donna Farhi is a Yoga teacher, sought after international teacher trainer and acclaimed author. In this presentation, Donna will explore how you can create structures for learning that improve your client’s ability to tap into their felt sensation and to use it as a potent navigational system. How you can shift from being an audiovisual teacher to a kinesthetic facilitator. How to use kinesthetic information to determine the difference between good pain and bad pain and differentiate between sound and unsound practices.

Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa

The Psychology of Health Recovery: Considerations for Yoga Therapists

Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa, PhD is a Medical Family therapist, highly experienced Yoga therapist, Yoga therapy trainer, and is well known for her Kundalini Yoga program for people living with HIV. She has taught Yoga since 1971 and since 1986 has taught people with chronic or life threatening illnesses. Across all traditions and lineages of Yoga Therapy and across all skill sets, the essential work is transformation. How do we help the injured or ill person recover? How can the Yoga Therapist engage his or her client to assist them to make and keep new health behaviours and to adhere to a practice? Shanti Shanti will explore the new psychology of health recovery and how to cultivate and engender this in our clients. You will learn the first step to Support Behaviour Change, what Self Efficacy is and How to Develop it in Your Clients, the importance of support from friends and family, When to Say Yes and When to Say No and the Case for a Compelling Future.

Annette Loudon

Yoga for the Lymphatic System

Annette Loudon is a world expert in the field of Yoga and breast cancer related lymphoedema.She is currently the most published author worldwide in peer reviewed journals for yoga and breast cancer related lymphoedema and has conducted extensive research in this field combined with decades of practical experience. In this presentation, you will learn how to combine Yoga practice with current evidence-based principles of lymphatic clearing, neuro-plasticity and yoga research to create an effective practice for those who are healthy, have compromised lymphatic systems such as lymphoedema and lipoedema, or who have immune dysfunction.

Private: Leigh Blashki

The Heart of Healing

Leigh Blashki is often described as the ‘father of yoga therapy in Australia’ and is sought-after presenter nationally and internationally. He is a past-president and founding member of Yoga Australia. Leigh has over 40 years’ experience as a Yoga and meditation teacher. Much of the work of a yoga therapist depends upon her/his (yoga and therapeutic) knowledge and skills as well as an ability to tap into and trust her/his place of both ‘inner knowing’ and ‘not knowing’ and developing a deep resonance with those we serve through our work. A vital question for yoga therapists is: can we find an effective balance between using our knowledge and skills gained in Yoga therapy training and ‘getting out of the way’ and letting the healing mystery unfold? In this presentation, you will be guided into a self-inquiry to discover, recover or simply call forward the heart of healing that resides in all of us. Ways of establishing this ‘heart of healing’ as the foundation for the work of yoga therapy will be explored, so that participants can come away inspired and with sense of connectedness that will help them throughout the conference and forward into their life and work.

Liz Williams

Yoga Therapy for the Elderly: How the Older Body is Different

Liz Williams is a highly experienced health educator who has specialised in Aged care. She has been working in the health sector for almost 40 years. In the past 17 years, she has trained Yoga teachers, nurses, allied health and medical staff as well as community groups. Some of her areas of speciality include anatomy and physiology, orthogeriatics, rehabilitation, fall prevention, mental health (aged care), acute adult pain and pathophysiology. Liz has a Masters of Clinical Science in Aged Care and Healthy Ageing and a Graduate Certificate in Mental Health. Liz has worked closely with physiotherapists to develop rehabilitation and fall prevention exercise programs.

Danielle Begg

Yoga Treatment for Refugee, Torture and Trauma Survivors

Danielle Begg is the Co-Founder of the Refugee Yoga Project, Founder/CEO of the Yoga Impact Charity and has overseen the delivery of over 300 trauma sensitive yoga classes in nine locations. In this presentation, you will learn about the impact of trauma on refugees, evidence based research describing how yoga can improve the physical, psychological and interpersonal health of refugees healing from torture and trauma, core principles for tailoring classes to ensure suitability for refugee participants and Yoga practices utilised in the Refugee Yoga Project for improving Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression symptomatology.

Trish David

Yoga Therapy: Perspectives on Rehabilitation

Trish David is an experienced Yoga therapist/ teacher, educator and counsellor. She works as a volunteer at the Cancer Council, in schools delivering Yoga and mindfulness to staff and students and as a Lifeline Crisis support worker. In this presentation, Trish will explore rehabilitation through three client case studies – stroke, cancer and mental illness. You will learn how to improve outcomes for your clients, the importance of effective history-taking and how to address obstacles to rehabilitation.

Stacey Nelson

Pranayama in a Children's Hospital

Stacey Nelson is one of the few Yoga Therapists working with children in a clinical setting in Australia. She works as a Yoga Therapist at the Child & Adolescent ward at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. Stacey will present case studies from her work. She will present on what pranayama practices are most therapeutic for children with asthma, encopresis, eating disorders, diabetes, Autism Spectrum Disorder and procedural anxiety.

Sharon Longridge

Mistress of Ceremonies

An award-winning broadcaster formerly with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sharon Longridge is passionate about building flourishing workplaces. With two decades in the media and communications industry, she has designed cross media strategies for some of Australia’s leading brands. Over the last fifteen years she has coached hundreds of media professionals and business people in advanced communications and mindfulness and has a reputation for enlivening the training space

Sal Flynn

Mistress of Ceremonies

Sal Flynn is a highly experienced and engaging Yoga therapy educator and mentor. She is a psychotherapist and psychotherapist trainer at the Centre for Existential Practice and formally at Jansen Newman Institute. Sal is also trained to deliver the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programs.

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