Australian Yoga Therapy Conference 2014

25 - 26 Oct 2014 | Brisbane

The Australian Yoga Therapy Conference (AYTC) is Australia’s premier Yoga therapy event – this year featuring, Petrea King, one of Australia’s foremost wellness pioneers, specialist in cancer and grief, loss and trauma. The AYTC is the only chance you have all year to meet, network and learn from leading Australian and international Yoga therapists all […]

The Australian Yoga Therapy Conference (AYTC) is Australia’s premier Yoga therapy event – this year featuring, Petrea King, one of Australia’s foremost wellness pioneers, specialist in cancer and grief, loss and trauma. 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. We have limited the conference to 180 delegates to create a more intimate learning experience so don’t miss out! 

Date: 25 – 26 October 2014, 9am – 5pm
Venue: Hilton Hotel Brisbane CBD
Cost: $397 

You will Learn

  • How to assist your clients dealing with grief and loss
  • Strategies for working with anxiety and depression 
  • How to read a client’s tongue to analyse their digestion, metabolism and current health imbalances
  • Practices to manage foot pain and strategies to improve foot health 
  • How your clients can benefit from iRest Yoga Nidra 
  • About Yoga therapy in Integrative Oncology
  • How Yoga therapy can assist with Pain Management
  • Practices for working with trauma and PTSD
  • How to avoid Yoga postures that can perpetuate lower back pain• 
  • About ‘core stability’ within a yogic framework and much more!


  • Petrea King, wellness pioneer, specialist in grief and loss, cancer and trauma
  • Sal Flynn, psychotherapist and leading Yoga therapist trainer
  • Zara Matthews, Yoga therapist, psychotherapist and Registered mental health nurse
  • Dr. Rama Prasad, highly experienced Ayurvedic physician and gifted Ayurvedic educator
  • James Bone, physiotherapist, Yoga therapist, educator and writer
  • Liz Bennett, Yoga therapist trainer and practicing physiotherapist
  • Fuyuko Sawamura-Toyota, certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher and Supervisor
  • Chandrika Gibson,  Yoga therapist trainer and practicing naturopath
  • Tam James, Yoga therapist, registered physiotherapist and pain specialist

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

Master of Ceremonies – Bob Hughes

Bob Hughes is a journalist and broadcaster whose website Thisisreallyinteresting.com covers where peer reviewed science meets quality of life. He appears regularly with Tony Delroy on ABC Radio nationally. He is also a farmer and photographer. 

Date: 25 – 26 October 2014, 9am – 5pm 
Venue: Hilton Hotel Brisbane 
Cost: $397 

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Petrea King

Being with Loss and Grief

Petrea King is one of Australia's foremost wellness pioneers. She and her team have counselled more than 80 000 people living with cancer and other life-challenging illnesses, experiencing grief, loss, trauma and tragedy. She is a well-known author and inspirational keynote speaker. She is also qualified as a naturopath, herbalist, clinical hypnotherapist, Yoga and meditation teacher. In this inspirational presentation, Petrea draws on decades of experience to share how you can help your clients who are experiencing grief and loss.

Sal Flynn

What is Trauma and How Yoga Can Help

Sal Flynn is a Yoga therapist, psychotherapist and educator. In this presentation, you will learn what trauma and PTSD are and how Mindful Yoga offers a way to reprogram automatic physical responses.

You will learn what Yoga teachers and therapists can do to help their clients change their brainstem arousal system, so their sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems can return to balance.

Zara Matthews

Dispelling Anxiety and Depression - Strategies for Yoga Therapists

Zara is a Yoga therapist, psychotherapist, Yoga teacher trainer, Registered mental health nurse, and group facilitator. She worked for many decades in various psychiatric hospitals, where she facilitates therapeutic groups from a yogic perspective for those suffering major mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression. And provides one to one therapy. You will learn strategies for assisting your clients to deal with anxiety and depression and to regain and maintain emotional balance. Learn to use breath, movement and postures to assist your clients to shift towards wellness.

Private: Vaidya Rama Prasad

Tongue Diagnosis for Yoga Therapists

Dr. Rama Prasad is one of Australasia’s most qualified, experienced and inspiring Ayurvedic physicians and educators. In this presentation, Rama will teach you how to read a client’s tongue to assist you to determine their state of health even before they tell you. Tongue diagnosis is one of a number of techniques used in Ayurveda, which are used to analyse the client’s digestion, metabolism and affected parts of the body and type of disease. You will learn the 11 vital aspects of tongue diagnosis and how you can use these skills to assist your clients.

James Bone

Grounded in your Feet - Foot Pain, Foot Health and How Yoga Therapy can Help

James Bone is a highly respected physiotherapist, Yoga teacher and therapist, educator and writer. The foot is our connection to earth energy and the base of our postural framework. Learn what Yoga can offer including, mechanics, its role in gravity, foot ‘energetics’ and the role of the doshas, understand the influence of the nervous system and learn simple practices you can share to manage foot pain more effectively.

Liz Bennett

What to do when Yoga worsens Back Pain

Liz Bennett is an experienced teacher of Applied Yoga Anatomy and Physiology and yoga teacher. Liz has practised as a physio for over 13 years in a variety of rehabilitation, hospital and clinical settings. Motor control of the body is a dance of strength, awareness and skill. Within this dance is the integrating element of the breath. Studies of lower back pain sufferers show that a loss of motor control is associated with the presence of chronic pain.You will learn why "core stability" exercises sometimes don't work, why some yoga postures can perpetuate lower back pain, practical methods of relearning motor control and "core stability" within a yogic model and why it is important to integrate breath into the relearning approach.

Fuyuko Sawamura-Toyota

iRest Yoga Nidra®

Fuyuko Sawamura-Toyota is a certified iRest Yoga Nidra® teacher and supervisor. She has been working with iRest founder, Richard Miller for eight years. She co-teaches iRest trainings here and in North America. iRest Yoga Nidra is a research-based transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry that releases negative emotions and thought patterns, calms the nervous system and develops a capacity to deal with the challenges of life. You will learn how your clients can benefit from iRest, an overview of the iRest 10 Step Protocol, and research into the effects of iRest, which have found that iRest effectively reduces PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain.

Tam James

Pain as Sadhana (Spiritual Practice)

Tam James is a yoga teacher trainer, yoga therapist and registered physiotherapist. She has worked with people suffering with everything from acute injury to long term, persisting pain. She has worked in world renowned clinics to guide multidisciplinary pain management. In this presentation, Tam will explore the positive benefits that can be gained by accepting the role of pain as sadhana.

Chandrika Gibson

Yoga Therapy in Integrative Oncology

Chandrika Gibson is a Yoga therapist trainer, practicing naturopath and project officer at the Cancer Council, WA. Chandrika will outline the definitions of Yoga Therapy and Integrative Oncology, describe the evidence based culture of the Cancer Council WA and her role there and discuss the successes and challenges of the Cancer Council’s Life Now yoga program.

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