How many of you have been on a retreat, especially a Yoga retreat, experienced breakthroughs, learnt skills and come out revitalised and inspired to practice on the ‘outside’? In reality, this often proves more challenging than that first day you go back into the ‘real’ world.

So how can you continue to feel like you did on retreat in your day to day life? The key is developing a suitable, regular, personalised yoga practice – something you can do for yourself, each and every, (or almost every) day. Retreats bring insight and clarity and attending regular yoga classes certainly bring many benefits, but a personally tailored, home practice can truly change your life.

Unfortunately, there aren’t many yoga schools that offer guidance in developing a personal yoga practice. One that does is The Yoga Institute in Cammeray, Sydney.

Their teachings are based on the renowned tradition of yoga masters T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar and are responsible for training the founders of Billabong Retreat, Paul and Tory von Bergen and many of their teaching team.

Known as the industry leaders of Yoga studies, their mission is simple: Sustainable Health, Healing & Transformation for Everyone. They do this by providing extraordinary education and training, and guide personal transformative experiences, through the lens of Yoga, connection and community.

“What I loved about studying at The Yoga Institute is the connection to the traditional teachings, it took my practice so far past the physical level and how I had practiced for so long. It was light-bulb moment after light-bulb moment throughout the course, I’m so grateful I found it” Katie, Yoga Institute Graduate

This year sees the launch of their new Heart of Yoga Studies programme. This course focuses on personal development through the practical application of yoga philosophy, psychology, mental health and well-being, as well as classical yoga techniques of asana, pranayama and meditation.

The physical postures and basic breathing you learn in a general yoga class are just the tip of the iceberg of what the system of Yoga has to offer and this 6-month programme allows you to delve into those deeper aspects.

You will learn how to skilfully adapt the various tools and techniques of yoga to best meet your individual needs. With the support of continued mentoring you’ll be guided to develop a personalised practice to support your yoga journey. If at the end of the 6 months you feel inspired to go on to teach, the option is there to continue and complete the teacher training programme.

So if you have ever wondered ‘is there more to Yoga than what I’m learning in my regular class?’ or ‘How do I go about learning more?’ Then this is what you’ve been searching for.

“My friend, who had done the course previously said studying at The Yoga Institute would change me. She wasn’t joking! My entire life changed, my job, where I lived and most importantly my relationships, not only with my family and friends but more importantly, with myself. I have never been more content, happy or calm, no matter what challenges life throws my way!” Natalie, Yoga Institute Graduate