Yoga and Mental Health - Pine Rivers Yoga - Brisbane, Australia

Yoga and Mental Health

Sun 29 November (9am-4pm with one hour for BYO lunch)

*** Limited Spaces ***

Join Pine Rivers Yoga level 2 teacher trainees in a one day course to explore your own knowledge and yoga practices so that you can teach Yoga with a deeper understanding of the Pancamayam model.

This course will enable you to better support your own and your students' mental health by engaging with practices relating to Patanjali’s Eight Limbs. Students will explore with curiosity, non-judgement, and loving-kindness, enabling mental health to be understood from holistic, scientific, and lived experiences. It will cover the scope of practice to provide safe, responsible, and informed Yoga spaces that can complement other existing supports.

This course is open to existing Yoga Teachers, and related health professionals wishing to expand their knowledge of this growing area of practice.


This course is crafted to educate and support Yoga teachers to provide presence, environments and class content that enhance their students’ self-awareness, capacity for self-regulation and self-empowerment through Yoga.

It is not a certification in teaching Yoga for specific diagnoses, nor accreditation in mental health first aid. The course will encourage reflection and discussion around scope of practice, boundaries, and referral, as well as highlighting important contraindications and guidelines for working with various manifestations of mental health conditions.

The course will examine aspects of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, along with evidence-based practices of how Yoga supports mental health. Students will explore approaches to working with the body’s interconnecting systems, along with questions of coping, recovery, and social connection.

Course content and learning experiences may help students recognize hidden biases in relation to mental health to better honour the individual students they work with. Hearing testimonials from individuals dealing with mental health conditions is vital to understanding and to planning effective class structure with compassion.

By examining autobiographical narratives, students may understand how mental health/illness is one influence - sometimes major, sometimes minor, but always changing - in shaping the direction and quality of people's lives. This kind of awareness is essential in advancing the dignity and opportunities of people dealing with mental health concerns.

This workshop allows Yoga Australia members to accrue CPD points per day.

Trish David

Trish David is a highly experienced educator whose teaching style has been described as inclusive, inquiry-based, and collaborative. Yoga therapist, Yoga teacher and counsellor, Trish has been a volunteer Community Activities Leader at Cancer Council since 2015 and was a Lifeline Crisis Worker.

Trish has been an educator and practising Yoga for over twenty-five years. She has conducted group classes and one-to-one sessions since 2007. She is a registered senior Yoga teacher with Yoga Australia and a registered Yoga therapist with IAYT, AAYT, and Yoga Australia. She is also registered with the ACA and the QCT.

In 2013, Trish completed a Master of Education including research into stress, health and Yoga. Currently, she is undertaking further research in rehabilitation.

She is a qualified Mental Health First Aider and has also trained in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills.


Venue: Pine Rivers Yoga Studio, Cashmere

Secure your place with payment via our shop. Please note that Pine Rivers Yoga class passes cannot be substituted. Cancellation Policy.

New to Pine Rivers Yoga? You will need to subscribe to Pine Rivers Yoga before purchasing from the shop. Existing students and past attendees just need to enter your email address to purchase. 

*** Note that, for a discounted combined price, you can attend the full week-end of workshops by also booking Sal Flynn's Yoga for Injuries and Conditions workshop on Saturday 28 November ***

Restorative Class Sun 1 Nov with Heidi and Nancy
Balancing the Prana Vayus Sat 7 & Sun 8 Nov with Flo Fenton
Yoga for Injuries & Conditions Sat 28 Nov with Sal Flynn
Yoga and Mental Health Sun 29 Nov with Trish David
Restorative Class Sun 6 Dec with Heidi and Nancy
Restorative Workshop Sun 20 Dec Marian Cavanagh
Level 1 Yin Yoga Teacher Training TBA with Markus Henning Giess & Karin Sang
Mon 8:00-9:15am   Multi Level
6:30-7:45pm   Yoga and Meditation
Tue 9:15-10:45am   Multi Level
6:30-8:00pm   Multi Level
Thu 9:15-10:45am   Multi at Closeburn
6:30-8:00pm   Alignment Based
Fri 9:15-10:45am   Multi Level
6:00-7:15pm   Gentle
Sat 8:00-9:30am   Easy
8:00-9:15am   Easy at QCYC