Australian Yoga Therapy Conference 2018

The Australian Yoga Therapy Conference (AYTC) is Australia’s premier Yoga therapy event now in its eighth year –  in 2018 featuring, two international speakers who have both taught yoga for 45 years!! Richard C. Miller, PhD, an internationally acclaimed clinical psychologist, author, researcher, and spiritual teacher who is renowned for his work using iRest Meditation with people experiencing trauma, PTSD, pain, anxiety, insomnia and chemical dependency. 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, Australia's leading expert in Yoga and breast cancer and experienced Yoga therapy educator.
    Louise Godfrey, Yoga Therapy educator, specialist in mental health and preventative health 
    Janet Lowndes, Psychologist, Yoga therapy educator and eating disorder specialist
    Alan Goode, experienced Iyengar teacher
    Dr. Rama Prasad, internationally acclaimed Ayurvedic physician and educator
    Georgie Davidson, Musculoskeletal physiotherapist, Yoga and mindfulness teacher and pain specialist
    Sal Flynn, acclaimed Yoga therapy educator, psychotherapist, specialist in anxiety and trauma

    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.

    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.

    Janet Lowndes

    Janet Lowndes is a therapist with over 25 years experience providing counselling, training and consultation. She is a qualified Psychologist and Yoga Therapist who is Director and Senior Therapist at Mind Body Well, a therapy practice providing assistance to people with general mental health concerns and Eating Disorders. She is also Director and Faculty Member of the Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy.  Read more about Janet Lowndes.

    Dr. Rama Prasad

    Dr. Rama Prasad is one of Australasia’s most qualified and experienced Ayurvedic physicians and educators. He has been teaching, presenting and practicing Ayurveda internationally for over 25 years. During his 8 year Gurukul training he mastered Ayurveda and Yoga in their original language, Sanskrit. Dr. Prasad's training style is an absorbing blend of pure devotion with a strong sense of logic. He has organised and has been part of over 12 international Ayurveda and yoga conferences. In his Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne clinics, he specialises in "stress and its effect on the body" using effective mind-body treatment techniques. 

    Alan Goode

    Alan Goode is the Director of Yoga Mandir in Canberra. He is a senior teacher and a direct student of BKS Iyengar- one of the most influential teachers of Yoga in the last century. Alan began Yoga in Sydney in 1975 and continues to travel regularly to India to study with the Iyengar family at their institute in Pune. As an Iyengar Yoga Institute Yoga Mandir aims to provide the teachings of BKS Iyengar through its programs offered to a national audience. Alan is passionately involved with the practice of yoga and its application to daily life. Through his writing he unravels the themes of the yoga sutras and demonstrates their link to our daily practice. Alan contributes significantly to the teacher assessment and strategic planning activities of the BKS Iyengar Yoga Association of Australia.

    Georgie Davidson

    Georgie Davidson is a Musculoskeletal physiotherapist, Yoga teacher and facilitator of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses. She is a highly sought after presenter who has been teaching movement for 25 years. She blends contemporary knowledge of human movement with yoga and mindfulness to help people flourish in their lives. Georgie has extensive training and experience in working with people with pain individually and in group settings. She offers an integrated approach to pain management guided by physiology, psychology and neuroscience, as well as, the courageous stories of thousands of people with pain. Read More about Georgie Davidson.

    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: $397 early bird sold out, then $447