Australian Yoga Therapy Conference 2012

18 - 19 Aug 2012 | Melbourne

After a highly successful, inaugural event in June 2011, the Australian Yoga Therapy Conference returns in August 2012. The AYTC is at the cutting edge of the fast expanding field of Yoga therapy. In 2012, AYTC will show-case leading Australian Yoga therapists and researchers with one of the world’s most respected Yoga teachers, Yoga Journal […]

After a highly successful, inaugural event in June 2011, the Australian Yoga Therapy Conference returns in August 2012. The AYTC is at the cutting edge of the fast expanding field of Yoga therapy. In 2012, AYTC will show-case leading Australian Yoga therapists and researchers with one of the world’s most respected Yoga teachers, Yoga Journal Founder and author, Judith Lasaster.

Judith Lasater will be joined by –

  • Leigh Blashki, Vice President of Yoga Australia and Secretary of the Australian Association of Yoga Therapists 
  • Prof. Marc Cohen, pioneer of complementary medicine 
  • Janet Lowndes, psychologist and Yoga therapist 
  • Dr. Maarten Immink, neuroscientist, exercise physiologist and Yoga teacher 
  • Annette Loudon, breast cancer researcher and Yoga therapist 
  • Sal Flynn, psychotherapist and Yoga therapist 
  • James Bone, physiotherapist and Yoga therapist 
  • Narelle Quinlan-Carter, biomedical scientist, Yoga teacher and specialist in scoliosis 
  • Mark Breadner, teacher trainer and Yoga Coach to sporting stars 

Date: 18 -19 August 2012
Venue: Oaks on Collins, Collins St, Melbourne CBD
Cost: $375

The conference is supported by the Australian Association of Yoga Therapists (AAYT). As the only Australian association of Yoga therapists, this agreement gives the conference an official stamp of approval. The conference is also supported by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). 

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 

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

AYTC is supported by IAYT   Download the conference program here.
Date: 18 -19 August 2012
Venue: Oaks on Collins, Collins St, Melbourne CBD
Cost: $375

Delegate Feedback from AYTC 2011

“I was very impressed with the line-up of professional speakers and the amazing research results they were able to share.”

Katrina Hansen, Yoga Teacher, Canberra

“It was inspiring to hear presenters talk about a relatively new topic, yoga therapy, and to be part of a new and pioneering approach to healthcare.”

Catherine Mercer, Editor, The Art of Healing Magazine

“A great learning experience! I gained heaps of knowledge, reacquainted myself with some old yoga friends and made some new ones. I’ll be at the next conference and I’ll certainly be a regular at “Enlightened” Events in the future.”

John Wilson, Yoga Teacher, Central Coast NSW

“Thank you for a fantastic conference. I really enjoyed it, especially from the mental health perspective. I’m feeling very inspired by all the speakers. I hope I can infuse my insights from the conference and put some ideas to good use in my workplace.”

Marg Weiss, Mental Health Nurse, Sunshine Coast QLD

“The diversity of presenters, cultures and yogic traditions represented, ensured that light shone from many directions on the topics of the therapeutic application of yoga and the research processes that support this application.”

Swami Karmayogini, Senior Yoga Teacher Trainer, Satyananda Yoga Academy and former physiotherapist, NSW

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Judith Hanson Lasater

Yoga Will Ruin Your Life - Thank God

Judith Hanson Lasater has been teaching Yoga for over 40 years. She holds a doctorate in East-West psychology and is a physical therapist. She is President of the California Yoga Teachers Association, and serves on the advisory boards of Yoga Journal and Healing Lifestyles and Spas. Judith is the founder of the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, California and the Yoga Journal magazine and it is the author of eight books on the therapeutic aspects of Yoga.

The practice of yoga often has therapeutic effects, but these are not limited to physical changes.
To study yoga is to examine our strongly held beliefs and to learn about our deepest selves.
This presentation will raise some of these issues in a context of how to live our life "off the mat" with awareness and compassion.

Private: Leigh Blashki

Balancing the Hemispheres with Anguli Mudra Kriya

Leigh Blashki is one of the pioneers of Yoga therapy in Australia. He directs the Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy, is the secretary of the Australian Association of Yoga Therapists, Vice President of Yoga Australia, a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists’ Council of Advisors and Council of Schools Standards Committee and a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.

The Anguli Mudra Kriya is a rejuvenative tool developed by Leigh Blashki as a synthesis of the teachings of several renowned Yoga masters. Based on the use of simple hasta mudras, pranayama techniques, and meditative exercises in a particular combination, this kriya has been shown to be a practical and effective tool for bringing balance, centeredness, and a sense of rejuvenation with regular practice.

Marc Cohen

Yoga Therapy and Research

Professor Marc Cohen is a medical practitioner with degrees in medicine, physiology and psychological medicine and PhDs in Chinese medicine and biomedical engineering. As one of Australia’s foremost pioneers of complementary medicine he has made significant impact on education, research, clinical practice and policy. He is currently Foundation Professor of Complementary Medicine at RMIT University where he leads the world’s first online Master of Wellness Program and is working to establish Wellness as a new academic discipline. In this presentation Marc will explore the issues surrounding performing Yoga therapy research in Australia.

Sal Flynn

The Mindful Therapist

Sal Flynn is a Yoga therapist, psychotherapist and educator. In this presentation Sal will look at some simple yet effective models for understanding our habitual responses and in doing so enable us as therapists to model the qualities of being aware and present for clients. Mindful practice is a scientific dispassionate willingness to look at things as if for the first time. Zen Buddhists call this “beginners mind” - a knowing awareness that is as much about “not knowing”.

Janet Lowndes

Eating Disorders - A Yoga Therapy Approach

Janet Lowndes has specialised in working with people experiencing eating disorders for over 15 years, using a combination of Yoga Therapy and Psychotherapy. In this workshop, Janet will explore the wisdom of Yoga as it applies to Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders, offering suggestions for enhancing the mind body relationship, responding to unhelpful patterns of thought and behaviour, and exploring ways Yogi’s can counter the popular culture messages which can so powerfully impact on peoples attitudes to their own bodies.

Maarten Immink (Dr.)


Dr. Maarten Immink is a behavioural neuroscientist, exercise physiologist and Yoga teacher. Maarten also leads several mind-body medicine studies which relate to the benefits of Yoga for patients with stroke, brain injury, chronic headache and breast cancer.

In this presentation, Maarten will provide a non-technical overview of the field of psychoneuroimmunology and how this field parallels yoga philosophy and psychology. From here, the presentation will explore how the condition of the mind influences physiological processes underlying the function of every cell in the body and the implications of this in terms of health and disease risk and progression.

Annette Loudon

Yoga and Secondary Arm Lymphoedema from breast cancer

Annette Loudon has been teaching yoga for over 15 years. She has produced a ground-breaking DVD on “Yoga for Women after Treatment for Breast Cancer”. Annette is writing a book called “Yoga for Women having or who have had treatment for breast cancer”. In this presentation you will learn how Yoga can be adapted for women with or at risk of secondary arm lymphoedema from breast cancer treatment and the results of Annette's ground breaking research in the field of Yoga and breast cancer.

Narelle Carter-Quinlan

Yoga and Scoliosis

Narelle Carter-Quinlan has a diverse and unique background. She is dedicated practitioner in Iyengar Yoga, having Teacher Trained and apprenticed with Alan Goode from 1993-2009, a biomedical scientist, an ex-professional dancer and choreographer, and more recently, a writer and photographer. During 2010, Narelle presented workshops and her research on yoga for scoliosis in London and Europe, and presented her “Rationale of Yoga Practice in Scoliosis as a Case Study” at the World Congress for Low Back and Pelvic Pain in Los Angeles.

James Bone

Yoga and back pain - the missing link

In this presentation James Bone will share with you new information about pain, the brain, and neurophysiology. This information will help explain the confusion around back pain, and will assist in finding better ways to manage back pain using Yoga as a model. James will address why yoga is an effective tool for back pain, what aspects of yoga may specifically may helping back pain, and how can we be more effective in managing low back pain with yoga. He will also address Yoga’s holistic approach to back pain.

Mark Breadner

Living to Shine - An Inward Journey

Mark Breadner’s knowledge and experience of both the technical and spiritual aspects of yoga has led him to the top of his chosen field - yoga teacher education. He is recognised as a “teacher of teachers” and the “real deal”, using his grounded, down-to-earth approach to take ancient knowledge to the everyday. He teaches from the heart and these teachings are life-changing. Mark takes yoga teachers to a totally new level in their understanding and application of yoga.

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