Australian Yoga Therapy Conference 2016

14 - 15 May 2016 | Sydney

Australia's Premier Yoga Therapy event held in Sydney over 2 days with presentations from leading Australian and international yoga therapists.

The Australian Yoga Therapy Conference (AYTC) is Australia’s premier Yoga therapy event –  in 2016 featuring, Amy Weintraub, pioneer in the field of Yoga and mental health and author of Yoga for Depression. 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: 14 – 15 May 2016, 9am – 5pm
Venue: Novotel Sydney Central
Cost: $397

You will Learn

  • The latest, cutting edge research into Yoga 
  • Practices to assist those with anxiety and depression
  • How Yoga therapy can be used to assist those suffering trauma
  • How to remedy musculoskeletal pain with the “Key Approach”
  • How you can use Sound to Heal
  • About Yoga for Cancer in the hospital setting
  • How Yoga can assist those with ADHD
  • About Yoga Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • How EMF is affecting your health and what you can do about it
  • Learn to assess the signs and symptoms of dysfunctional breathing
  • Learn to restore the flow of prana for health and healing


  • Amy Weintraub, Yoga and mental health pioneer and author of Yoga for Depression
  • Sal Flynn, Yoga therapy educator, psychotherapist and mindfulness trainer 
  • Josephine Key, internationally acclaimed, neuro-musculo-skeletal physiotherapist and author of Back Pain
  • Margery Hellman, Yoga Therapist and Occupational Therapist and Yoga teacher at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse
  • Janet Stevens, Living Yoga Treasure, IYTA elder and Vedic chanting expert
  • Dr. Swami Shankardev Saraswati, medical doctor, Yoga acharya, Yoga therapist, psychotherapist, author, and teacher
  • Dr. Pauline Jensen, Yoga and ADHD published researcher and experienced Yoga teacher
  • Jason Bawden-Smith, EMF and environmental health expert
  • Dr. Rosalba Courtney, breathing therapy and breathing dysfunction specialist, osteopath and naturopath
  • Leanne Davis, President of Yoga Australia and experienced yoga therapy trainer

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

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: 14 – 15 May 2016, 9am – 5pm 
Venue: Novotel Sydney Central
Cost: $397

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Amy Weintraub

The Love in the Room - Yoga Skills to Enhance the Therapeutic Relationship

Amy Weintraub has been a pioneer in the field of yoga and mental health for over 20 years. She is the author of Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists: Effective Practices for Mood Management. In this presentation you will learn to enhance the therapeutic bond and empower your students to manage their moods. Using evidence-based practices and case examples, you will learn how to assess and identify anxious clients who may benefit from a calming yoga breath like Brahmari Bee breath that is also helpful for ADHD, OCD, and can lead directly into meditation and, assess and identify depressed clients who may benefit from an energizing yoga breath like the Power Hara and an easy meditation with mantra and imagery that helps them focus.

Sal Flynn

Mindfulness Based Yoga and Trauma

Sal Flynn is a Yoga therapy educator, psychotherapist and mindfulness trainer who works with people living with the affects of trauma. In this presentation you will learn how therapeutic Yoga can improve mental and physical health, increase self-esteem, enhance vitality and engagement in life, experience Mindfulness Based Yoga practices and learn from specific case studies.

Josephine Key

Redress musculoskeletal pain by applying the “Key Approach” therapeutic exercise principles in Yoga Therapy

Josephine Key is an internationally acclaimed, neuro-musculo-skeletal physiotherapist and author of a text book on back pain. In this presentation you will learn what the Fundamental Patterns of Control of the spine and pelvis are which underpin healthy function, to better recognise the common patterns of compensated control in the pelvis and spine in basic postures, identify the ‘missing links’ necessary for building more healthy patterns spino-pelvic control and better understand why your patients have lower back pain and/or pelvic pain.

Swami Shankardev Saraswati (Dr.)

Yoga Psychology and Psychotherapy - Theory and Practice

Dr. Swami Shankardev is one of Australia’s most experienced and acclaimed Yoga experts. He is a western medical doctor, yoga acharya (authority), yoga therapist, psychotherapist, author and teacher. He treats chronic physical and psychological diseases with a combination of western medicine, yoga-tantra, Ayurveda, hypnosis and other systems of self-development. In this presentation, you will learn about the vital role that yoga psychology and yoga psychotherapy, play in the successful treatment and management of physical, psychological and spiritual conditions. You will also be introduced to several meditation techniques that can be used in a yoga psychotherapy setting.

Pauline Jensen (Dr.)

Yoga and ADHD

Dr. Pauline Jensen is a Special needs teacher, Yoga teacher, researcher and the co-author of a study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders, The effects of Yoga on the attention and behaviour of boys with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Her study found that the boys who did Yoga showed decreased emotional liability, restlessness, and impulsive behaviour. In this presentation, you will learn ways to approach teaching yoga to young people with behavioural disorders, how behavioural disorders, stress and breath are linked, and learn about research showing the effect that reducing breathing rates has on those with behavioural disorders.

Janet Stevens

The Healing Power of Sound

Janet Stevens is a Living Yoga Treasure and is one of the few Australian Yoga teachers to have completed the Vedic Chanting at SKY (Sannidhi Krishnamacharya). In Janet’s presentation, you will learn how sound and mantra can be used as an effective tool in Yoga therapy. Chanting assists in bringing the mind to a state of complete attention and can be used as a powerful tool to bring about healing and transformation. You will learn about the nourishing benefits of chanting and experience simple asana, pranayama and meditation practice using healing chants. You will develop your listening, concentration, and memory skills.

Margery Hellman

Yoga for Cancer in the hospital system - Improving Quality of Life

Margery Hellman is a Yoga Therapist , Feldenkrais Practitioner and Occupational Therapist who teaches Yoga at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse cancer hospital. In this presentation, you will learn about the stages of cancer and treatment, the benefits of Yoga for people living with cancer, Yoga practices that are useful for cancer and, how a Yoga therapist can overcome the challenges of working in a hospital setting.

Australian Yoga Therapy Conference 2016

How our addiction to technology is slowly killing us and what we can do about it

Jason Bawden-Smith is the Managing Director of JBS Technologies (JBS) a biophysics research and business development company. JBS looks at issues of human well-being through the lens of a physicist, applies the findings akin to an engineer and shares the solutions like an entrepreneur. Jason holds both a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Health and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from the UNSW. During his short career in academia Jason published eleven peer-reviewed papers including three in the prestigious Medical Journal of Australia. Jason is an author and speaker and has presented at numerous national and international environmental conferences.

Rosalba Courtney (Dr.)

Breathing and the Big Picture – The Functions and Dysfunctions of Breathing

Dr. Rosalba Courtney is a breathing therapy and breathing dysfunction specialist, osteopath and naturopath. Breathing has some key secondary functions determined by the way it interacts with multiple systems in the body to support, regulate and modify their functions. These secondary functions of breathing are the key to a understanding why breathing is such a powerful tool for healing and why dysfunctional breathing can have such a broad impact on health and wellbeing. In this presentation, Rosalba will discuss the primary and secondary functions of breathing and describe how dysfunctional breathing is multi-dimensional with separate and overlapping components. She will show us how we can practically recognise some key signs and symptoms of dysfunctional breathing and interpret what they can mean for yoga practice.

Leanne Davis

Restore the Flow of Prana for Health and Healing

Leanne Davis works as a Yoga teacher and Yoga therapist, Yoga teacher and therapy trainer and Acupuncturist. She is the Vice President of Yoga Australia. Leanne will examine the Pancha Prana Vayu model that outlines the Five functional divisions of Prana in the body. Ill health in the body-mind occurs when the flow and function of Prana becomes obstructed in its corresponding Vayu. The Yoga therapist equipped with an understanding of how Prana operates is able to restore good health by removing whatever is obstructing the movement of Prana. You will learn the location and function of each of the five, functional divisions of Prana, the physical and mental signs of Prana obstruction in each Vayu, methods of removing the obstruction of prana, how to apply Asana, Pranayama and Dhyanam to restore circulation of Prana, and an experiential practice of Mantra and Chanting for each of the Vayus along with breath, movement and reflection.

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