Yoga Psychology for Mental Health Teacher Training

Yoga is a State of Mind. Yoga is the science of understanding the mind. Yoga is the practices that lead us to this state. Yoga IS the science of Meditation.

Develop an ancient insight into the understanding of the human mind. Learn the psychological and philosophical frameworks that have shaped the spiritual intelligence of the current day.

Delve into the ancient yogic philosophy and understanding of how the mind works – understanding your own mind fluently and the mind of others.

This course is an insightful and joyous look into a philosophy that has inspired for millennia. It will nurture your creativity and inspire you to bring this insight to your own life and your own therapeutic practice. This is a deep exploration of Eastern Psychology in conjunction with modern yoga therapy for the mind.

What you will learn

In this module we will study the wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga sutras to define and understand the mind; Learn what interrupts our mental clarity; What obstructs our Higher Knowledge.

Patanjali tells us that it is the mind that creates our suffering and it is the mind that contains the solutions to overcome suffering and live with clarity. We examine the theory and practice of Yoga from the sutras to lead us to a contemplative state. We will also draw on the wisdom of the Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita.

We will see how this ancient system of psychology and philosophy supports the current human condition now just as well as it has for thousands of years.

Your Teachers

Study with the brilliant mind of Leanne Davis, who is the most accomplished professional expert in Yoga Psychology within Australia.

The Yoga Psychology for Mental Health course is scheduled from 8am – 4:30pm on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August 2018 at Upper Brookfield Retreat.

If you are enrolling in the Diploma in Yoga Therapeutics, or the Meditation Teacher Training course, please enrol in this course to secure your place. You must also enrol in your other elected modules to complete your enrolment.

If you are not a qualified yoga teacher, please contact us to discuss your prior learning so we can assess your eligibility for this course. Bridging options are available.

To enrol, simply click on the payment option of your choice to be taken directly to the YIMI online store. From here you will see your chosen course in the cart, along with our policies, and you can proceed to checkout.

Yoga Psychology for Mental Health


The Yoga Psychology and Mental Health course is also part of the Meditation Teacher Training in 2018. Purchase together to enrol in the accredited Meditation Teacher Training.

This course attracts CPD points with Yoga Australia and other governing bodies.

Upon completion of this course, you can undertake a range of courses with YIMI to upgrade your qualification.

This course is also part of the Diploma in Yoga Therapeutics, and Meditation Teacher Training* and credits toward the completion of these courses.

*Want to become an accredited Meditation Teacher? Consider the Meditation Teacher Training course. The Meditation Teacher Training is a Meditation Australia accredited course offering a pathway towards Senior Membership. Find out more here.

A range of accommodation options are available to students at the Upper Brookfield Retreat campus. This is generally suitable for students undertaking courses at the Upper Brookfield Retreat campus, although if you have a car, the campus is only a 20 minute drive to the Zama Yoga Toowong campus. For accommodation bookings at the Upper Brookfield Retreat campus, contact the Upper Brookfield Retreat directly.
Other accommodation suggestions are listed here.


Enrolling in a course is easy. Simply follow these steps and you’ll be on your way in no time!

  1. Read our policies. YIMI policies are also provided when enrolling.
  2. Click on the payment button. You’ll find this below or under Pricing above

Book list

Required Books

  • The Heart of Yoga by T. K. V. Desikachar
  • You will also need a copy of the following invocations (You can download copies of the invocations here):
    • Saha na vavatu
    • Prayer to Patanjali

Recommended Books:

  • The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran
  • The Upanishads: A Classic of Indian Spirituality by Eknath Easwaran

Prop list

Optional props:

  • 1 zafu meditation cushion cotton
  • 1 zabuton meditation base cushion


We have lots of further information on our FAQ’s page such as

  • how to find our studios
  • where to stay if you need accommodation
  • where to park
  • what to do if you live too far away to attend our studios for class hours*
  • what to do if you know in advance that you cannot attend some teacher training days

And much more. Check out the FAQ’s page here or contact us for a chat.