Module Schedule

Dates for this Module are being confirmed

Module Content

This Module will explore the Yogic model of the mind and mental health, as it relates to Yoga Therapy. It will include a focus on the following:

  • An understanding of the Yogic model of mind
  • The states and functions of the mind according to Yoga
  • An exploration of the healthy psychological system and the system in distress
  • An exploration of common mental health issues, through a Yoga Therapy lens, including depression, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, sleep disorders, personality disorders, and psychosis
  • Yoga Therapy treatments involving the mind
  • Precautions and contraindications for mental health aware Yoga Therapy
  • The relationship between Yoga Therapy and modern Neuropsychology
  • The relationship between Yoga Therapy and modern Psychology
  • Responding safely to mental health crisis occurring in a Yoga Therapy context
  • Understanding the Scope of Practice of Yoga Therapists working with people with psychological distress or mental illness
  • Yoga Therapy as a model of integrative mental health care - the mind-body perspective
  • Addressing common mental health challenges with Yoga Therapy

The Yoga Therapy and the Mind Module will incorporate and expand upon the Yoga Psychology training conducted by Janet Lowndes and Michael de Manincor. This program is offered broadly to Yoga Teachers and will form part of the Face to Face component of this Module, with additional teachings provided for students of this Module (specifically relevant to the provision of Yoga Therapy).

If you have already completed this training please contact us to discuss Recognition of Prior Learning for Level 1 of that training.

This Module can be taken as a stand alone professional development program, or it can be taken as part of the complete Graduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy qualification. Module 1 must be taken as a pre-requisite for this and all other Modules.


In order to receive the qualification related to this Module students will be required to successfully complete the following tasks, within the time period specified. This is a competency based unit, so students need to only provide evidence of competency with the tasks below in order to receive the qualification. In the circumstance where competency is not demonstrated on first submission, re-submission will be possible.

Assessment for each of the Modules in the AIYT GCYT involves the following:

  • Full attendance at all face to face classes *
  • Full attendance at all live webinars *
  • Undertaking pre and post lecture study tasks as directed
  • Successful completion and submission of reflective journal questions following all classes and webinars
  • Successful completion of two Case Studies relevant to this Module
  • One other written assessment task as specified

* Where any face to face or live webinar sessions are missed (under exceptional circumstances only) the student will be required to complete adequate ‘make up’ tasks as set by the teacher for that class, including but not limited to viewing of any recordings of the class session (where available), and answering reflective questions set by the teacher. An additional cost will be incurred by the student for these sessions.

Module Fee

The fee for this Module is $1950, which involves 100+ hours of training, including:

  • 70 hours of classes (face to face and online)
  • access to the online learning portal
  • 2 hours of individual Mentoring with your Program Mentor
  • resources to facilitate 30+ hours of self-directed learning
  • reading material and other learning tools
  • assessment of your written work
  • partial completion of the Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy, Graduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy program


The requirements in order to register for this unit are:

  • successful completion of Module 1 in the Graduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy program, and commencement of Module 5 (which is broken into three components across the course)
  • agreement to adhere to the AIYT Student Code of Conduct
  • all other requirements as specified in the 'GCYT Student Requirements'

Payment for the Module:

  • a payment deposit of $650 is required to secure your place in the program. This deposit is non-refundable, but it can be transferred to another Module if you cancel in writing at least 7 days prior to the Module commencing. If you cancel later than that time your deposit cannot be transferred or refunded
  • the balance of payment for the Module is required at least 7 days prior to the Module commencing. Pre-learning material will be forwarded to you once you have made full payment for the Module
  • any payment made will be forfeited if you withdraw once the Module has commenced