Australasian Yoga Therapy Conference 2018

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.

    Donna Farhi and Dr. Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa will be joined by - 

    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
    • Liz Williams, Yoga and ageing specialist and trainer and highly experienced health educator with 40 years experience in the health sector
    Trish David, experienced Yoga therapist/teacher and counsellor
    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 and recipient of the Centenary medal award for contribution to social justice

    Donna Farhi

    Donna Farhi is a Yoga teacher who has been practicing for 40 years and teaching since 1982. She is one of the most sought after guest teachers inthe world, leading intensives and teacher training programs internationally. Considered the “teacher of teachers” students return to Donna’s intensives year after year. Donna is the author of four contemporary classics: The Breathing Book, Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness, Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living, and Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship. Her fifth and most recent book, co-authored with Leila Stuart, Pathways to a Centered Body: Gentle Yoga Therapy for Core Stability, Healing Back Pain and Moving with Ease is becoming the go-to text for Yoga teachers, therapists and somatic practitioners.
    Read More about Donna Farhi.

    Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa PhD

    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.
    She brings the ancient teachings of Kundalini Yoga into modern medicine as Founding Director of the Guru Ram Das Centre for Medicine and Humanology. The Centre provides direct client services and yogically based programs for people with diabetes, cancer, heart disease, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, HIV, anxiety, depression and life transitions. Her groundbreaking work as a Kundalini Yoga Therapist is featured in the book, Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Modern Medicine. Read More about Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa PhD.

    Annette Loudon

    Annette Loudon has been teaching Yoga with a focus on yoga therapy for 18 years. She has recently completed a Masters of Medical Sciences by researching the effects of Yoga and on women with Breast Cancer related Lymphoedema and is one of Australia’s leading experts in Yoga and breast cancer. Annette has specialised in teaching people with various types of special needs, including people with MS, people in wheelchairs, the profoundly deaf, intellectually disabled youth, people on probation, disabled athletes, the NSW cerebral palsy soccer team, people with back pain and people with many other illnesses. Read more about Annette Loudon.

    Leigh Blaskhi

    Leigh Blashki is often described as the ‘father of yoga therapy in Australia’ and is sort-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. He founded the Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy where he trained yoga teachers and yoga therapists for many years. He is an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist and certification supervisor, Yoga Australia Senior Registered Teacher and Yoga Therapist, Certified iRest Teacher and has graduate qualifications in Health Sciences. He has served on the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) Standards, Accreditation and Certification Committees and is a member of Yoga Australia’s Advisory Council. Leigh’s life has been dedicated to the establishment of high credible standards of education and professional practice for the fields of yoga, yoga therapy and meditation. Read more about Leigh Blaskhi.

    Liz Williams

    Liz Williams is a highly experienced health educator and 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. Her relevant 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. She has extensive experience and knowledge of anatomical function, proprioception, muscular and joint function, physical assessment and the implementation of movements to accommodate physical limitations. Read more about Liz Williams.

    Trish David

    Trish David is an experienced Yoga therapist/ teacher, educator and counsellor. She has been an educator and has practiced Yoga for over 20 years. She works at the Cancer Council where she teaches Yoga as part of the C-Vivor program, for people affected by cancer. Trish teaches in schools delivering Yoga and mindfulness to staff and students. She works as a Lifeline Crisis support worker and teaches Yoga through the Gold Coast Active and Healthy program.  She completed a Masters of Education which undertook research into Yoga, work, stress and health. In addition, Trish is a qualified workplace counsellor. Read more about Trish David

    Danielle Begg

    Danielle is passionate about combining yoga and social impact. She is the Co-Founder of the Refugee Yoga Project and Founder/CEO of the Yoga Impact Charity, overseeing the delivery of over 300 trauma sensitive yoga classes in nine locations since its establishment. 

    She has presented the results of the Refugee Yoga Project evaluation at international conferences and recently completed Harvard Medical School's Global Mental Health Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program. Danielle is a yoga teacher and holds a Master of Science in Comparative Social Policy from the The University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons) from The University of Queensland. She is a recipient of the Centenary Medal for her contribution to social justice.

    Master of Ceremonies - Bob Hughes

    Bob Hughes is a journalist and broadcaster whose website 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: 15-16 September 2018
    Venue: Amora Hotel Sydney CBD
    Cost: Special price for the first 20 bookings - $375. Full price - $447