Yoga Teacher Training (RYT200)

Become a Yoga Alliance qualified Yoga Teacher (RYT200) and follow your passion, live what you love and then offer that in the form of service to others.

The Moksha Academy of Yoga is reputed to offer one of the most hands on practical Yoga Teacher Training Courses in a supportive environment, delivering thorough, in-depth, holistic teachings in all areas of Yoga study and Yoga Teaching.  Our goal… is to ensure that we provide a consistently high standard of learning providing you with the opportunity of being fully prepared to teach Yoga to a diverse range of Yoga students.

Whilst studying, the Moksha Academy of Yoga Graduate moves through a process of extraordinary transformation and enters the world of Yoga Teaching harnessed with experience, confidence, passion and a wealth of knowledge in all areas of Yoga and holistic health.

Our next Intake starts on the 29th January 2014 offering both the Yoga Teacher Training Course (RYT200) and the Introduction to Yoga Teacher Training Course.  The Information Session for both courses is on Tuesday the 14th January from 4.30-5.30pm.

To find out more simply contact us today on (03) 9557-5885 or email us at for an Information Pack.

Introduction to Yoga Teacher Training Course

If you have ever wanted to study your love of Yoga further without undertaking the full Yoga Teacher Training Course, then this course is for you!

This 6 month course offers an Introduction to Yoga Teacher Training and has been designed for you to choose any of your favourite 10 of the 40 units available whilst getting a taster of what studying Yoga at the Moksha Academy of Yoga would be like. Here you can study with like-minded people, explore the key areas of Yoga that you love the most, or simply update and refresh your existing skills as an already qualified Yoga Teacher.  An excellent way to commit some time for your own personal and professional development.

This course has also been designed for students who are Yoga enthusiasts considering changing their career and want to try some of the units before making the full commitment of undertaking the full RYT200 Yoga Teacher Training Course Accredited through Yoga Alliance.

Current qualified Yoga Teachers may also wish to apply to undertake study in Units that may not have been offered in their original training and subsequently adding focus to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) gaining 50 total hours of CPD points.

Simply choose any 10 of the 40 units available over a period of 6 months selecting lectures held on any of the following days/times:

  • Wednesday’s from 10am - 3pm; or
  • Thursday’s from 5pm – 10pm; or
  • Saturday’s from 12pm – 5pm

Should you then choose to enrol into the full course to qualify as a Yoga Alliance Accredited Yoga Teacher (RYT200) (full course must be completed within 2 years from initial start date) you will be able to receive recognition of prior learning for your chosen units and can then study the remaining 30 units as well as completing all other key assessment areas in order to receive the full RYT200 Yoga Teaching Qualification.

Contact us today on (03) 9557-5885 or via email at to find out more!


True Purpose with Dave Beaumont

“The two most important days of your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why” Mark Twain

Before setting any goals for the New Year be sure to align with your highest purpose – what really matters most to you, brings your soul to life and most deeply fulfils you – to ignite your passion and set you on course for genuinely making 2014 your best year yet!

Join Dave Beaumont – NLP Practitioner and Transformational Coach – for an evening of insight, inspiration and the key steps to connecting with and embracing your life’s true purpose.

When: Friday 6the December 2013 from 6.30pm – 8pm

Where: Moksha Yoga, 437A Centre Road, Bentleigh

Cost: Complimentary

Bookings are essential and places are limited. To secure your spot please contact us on 03-9557-5885 or via email at

Founders Muse for December 2013

Happy month to you all and welcome to the first day of summer and the last month of the year!  Congratulations to those who have finished another 30 day challenge with us throughout the month of November, so awesome to see so many of you dedicate time every day for your practice….we look forward to sharing another 30 day challenge throughout the month of January to kick start the New Year and start the year as you mean to go on.

This month we will look at the concept of Synchronicity.  For those of you who receive our Moksha Yoga Facebook posts, you would have noticed that lately, I have been reading a lot about Ritam Bhara Pragya.  It is a concept in Yoga relating to our true intention that becomes the foundation of any choice, decision, or act; this may be verbal or otherwise.  Yoga Philosophy is something I love, partly because for me these ancient teachings have just a significant place in our growth and development today as they did thousands of years ago!   What these teachings suggest is that it is essential to know and understand where our intention is truly coming from. When our intention comes from a much deeper, more meaningful place, our intention becomes ever more powerful and it is only then that we start to see life as a series of synchronistic experiences.  What does this really mean?  Synchronicity is the concept that everything is interconnected and interrelated and not separate including the way in which you experience our inner and outer worlds!  As a result, we become more aligned with our true purpose and the essential meaning of why we are born, and if you are reading this it means that you too have a significant purpose that is unique to you and only you!  Martha Graham expresses this unique gift to the world quite beautifully:-

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased.  There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others”

Some people use the terminology of synchronicity as good luck, chance encounters or even coincidences.  The word coincidence in fact comes from the mathematical meaning ‘to coincide’ where two right angles perfectly meet with one another, is there then any basis for coincidence being nothing short of perfect alignment, in that moment specifically at that time?

So are you in alignment with your true purpose and how can you align with that more deeply?  This has been the theme in my classes over the last few weeks and will continue to be our Sankalpa towards the end of the year.  Moksha will be hosting a complimentary event on the 6th December from 6.30-8pm as a way to support you to pave the way for your true purpose; we look forward to sharing this amazing night with you.  I believe there are only a few spots available, so call us on (03) 9557-5885 if you are yet to book your place or to simply find out more.

Thank you to all our amazing students who practice with us every day each week, who share their stories, their lives, their hopes and dreams, without you Moksha would not be possible.  Thank you to all our amazing Teachers at Moksha who, every week, share their love and passion for with you all and to our Lecturers, who spend so much of their time giving all our YTT’s nothing short of the best in Yoga education and training.  All the team at Moksha hope you all have an amazing festive season with your loved ones and we look forward to continuing to support you in all things Yoga, health and wellness in 2014.

With love and Namaste

Emma Palmer, E-RYT-500

Principal Teacher/Director of Studies

“Inflammation Masterclass” – a reflective blog on the Managing Inflammation with Nutrition & Yoga Masterclass, October 2013

The Inflammation master class for me was the first in its kind. It was an opportunity to present on a subject with an amount of time that would allow both the participants and myself an opportunity to really get into the ins and outs of the inflammatory process, along with its successful treatment and management.

The aim of the class was to offer the notion that inflammation is in fact a systemic or ‘global’ condition that affects the whole body, even though it can only present in a small localised fashion, such as it would in say osteoarthritis.

We began the first half of the class with an overview of what inflammation is along with the chemicals and triggers that drive it. This overview also included some time getting in touch with the reasons why our immune system needs the inflammatory process so much for the continuation of life.

We followed the process through to being able to know the difference between what would be considered the type of inflammation that occurs when you stub your toe through the spectrum to the type of inflammation that occurs in your body on a day to day basis in response to dietary triggers, something called low-grade chronic inflammation. A lot of the time it is hard for people to be able to identify that this low-grade chronic inflammation is happening so consistently. After all with our lifestyle it could just be that we are either tired or not eating as well we would like rather than a degenerative process eating away at our bodies. This concept and how much chronic disease it causes is still being discovered. It is agreed already at this early stage of the process that it could change the way modern medicine treats chronic illness from rheumatoid arthritis to Alzheimer’s disease to cardiovascular disease.

The second half of the class brought in the herbs, nutritional and dietary aspects for the management and treatment of inflammation. The focus was once again directed towards the body as a whole and how to downgrade the inflammatory process through a multi-faceted approach that saw the inflammatory process being regulated through the nervous system, the digestive system right through to the joints. Explaining the role of why yoga and meditation down regulated the inflammatory process was also an interesting way of seeing how your practice can play such a big role in things.

I can remember thinking during this particular aspect of the class how lucky I was to have attendees who really managed to grasp the concepts being presented in such a way that allowed us to not only take away the details about what to do when, but also take away the bigger picture concept about what holistic treatment is about and why it works.

The highlight of the class for me was certainly our discussion about the role of gluten in inflammation. Explaining the concepts of leaky gut and the causative nature of gluten in this process and the shock of the participants when I explained the recent research extending the concept to that of leaky brain really gave me the feeling that we had all been a part of something that had helped bring a different perspective to a process we have all heard about but generally know seldom anything about.

Without the participants in this class and the opportunity afforded me from the great people at Moksha this would not have been possible and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to have been involved in such fun day.

Stay tuned for details of the next master class being held at Moksha Yoga in January on detoxification, this will be popular and I am already looking forward to delving into a subject that I have such a rich success with in my clinic.

Philip Watkins

Unlimited Complimentary Yoga Classes – Saturday 30th November

We welcome you to join us on Saturday 30th November  in supporting our Yoga Teacher Trainees whilst they undertake their practical exams. We will be running complimentary Yoga classes in 30 minute blocks from 8am – 4.15pm.

If you would like to attend one or more of these classes (or all of them if you wish), please contact us via email at

Join us this Friday, 15th November 2013 from 6pm – 9pm for a follow-up evening to our popular Intensive “The Dark Side of the Mood – Yoga for Anxiety and Depression: A Therapeutic Approach with Jedda Davis”

Due to the success of our previous DARK SIDE OF THE MOOD intensive, we will be running a follow-up evening for both new and returning students. Come again if you have previously joined us – OR sign up for your first experience if you missed out last time! Once again this will be a three-hour workshop, designed with a specific focus on managing symptoms of depression and anxiety; where we will come together to explore a variety of ways that mental wellbeing can be rebalanced through a regular yoga practice.

Jedda Davis is a teacher at Moksha Yoga and knows the path of depression well. She suffered intermittent bouts of severe depression for many years before exploring the path of yoga more deeply. In yoga she found respite, and discovered a feeling of wellness and connectedness that was undeniably due to the intricate effects of this ancient practice.

Jedda is excited to share her experiences with you in a workshop format. She will present specifically tailored asana, (physical postures) pranayama, (breathing practices), guided meditation and relaxation techniques to encourage a feeling of wellbeing that permeates both body and mind. This workshop will provide the opportunity for attendees to develop the awareness of specific yogic tools that may provide support when depression and anxiety symptoms arise. There will be opportunities for sharing and discussion within a safe and nurturing space, as well as the option to simply listen and practice.

Come along to energise your body, calm your mind, and uplift your spirit; and to learn how a yoga practice can empower you to move through and beyond the challenges of anxiety and depression. Our aim is for you to leave this workshop feeling empowered to manage life in a way that inspires and guides you to your highest purpose, and to a life of fulfilment.

All levels of yoga experience are welcome to attend, including beginners.

When: Friday 15th November 2013, 6pm – 9pm

Cost:    $80 per person, registration and payment required at point of booking. (FREE to Moksha Members or 5 classes on existing Block Passes)

We will also be donating 10% from all bookings received to Beyond Blue.

To register for this Intensive please download the following form and return your completed form either via email to or directly to our studio - RH Form – Moksha Yoga Intensive

“The Dark Side of the Mood” A Reflective blog on the Intensive Yoga session for Anxiety and Depression, at Moksha Yoga, October 2013

Twenty nine students found their positions on mats in the Moksha studio on the evening of Friday 18th October, with a purpose to their practice that moved beyond their usual breathing, stretching, twisting, bending, and strengthening.

Upon coming together in a circle it was soon revealed that despite variations in individual circumstance, all were more or less there for similar reasons:

  • To develop yogic skills or tools, for oneself or for a loved one to use when things get tough; at times when stress attempts to get the better of us, when the challenges of life seem to come all at once – or when mental balance is simply hard to find.
  • To use yoga therapeutically for the mind afflicted by depression or anxiety.
  • To learn the skills that can be specifically supportive in both the prevention of mental illness, and the maintenance of mental wellness. To move beyond the Dark Side of the Mood and move forward into a state of equilibrium, balance and wellbeing, supported by the intricate and ancient practice of yoga.

“When you embrace the darkness, you are one step closer to the light.” (Amy Weintraub – Yoga for Depression).

With a deep inhalation to begin, and a personalised mantra identifying that which each individual would hope to welcome into their lives – energy filled the room. Deeply exhaling to let go, and shed that which each student no longer needed; shoulders dropped and tension began to visibly, near tangibly, fall away.

And this was just the beginning.

We shifted the physical and mental lethargy – the energetic stagnancy that depression can present, using vinyasa techniques that unify breath and movement together in an inseparable meditative motion.

We soothed our nervous systems with calming forward bends, gentle twists and soothing pranayama. We sat in meditation – and sat with ourselves, in our skin, in our unique experience – accepting the moment in all that it would present. Accepting that perhaps depressive or anxious thoughts may arise, but choosing to focus on the understanding that they too will eventually pass. That we need not identify ourselves with these feelings, with these experiences for that is all they are – transient feelings and experiences – we as divine beings, are far more.

Now the darkness only stays the night-time

In the morning it will fade away

Daylight is good at arriving at the right time

Its not always going to be this grey

All things must pass

All things must pass away

George Harrison

We shared stories, we listened, allowed tears to flow as needed, and shared our unified strength as yoga practitioners and ordinary human beings, who are not immune to the suffering that life will inevitably present.

We realised as a collective that we all have our challenges, we all have a story – and whether it was uttered aloud or not – we were brought together in a space that held us all as united, delicate and multi-faceted human beings whom should deny none of our traits; but embrace ourselves, accept, and allow ourselves to grow into our true expression.

The “Dark Side of the Mood” brought us together to explore how yoga can do just that – allow us to lift the veils that prevent us from seeing things as they really are, thus both seeing and appreciating ourselves – as we truly are.





Moksha Yoga Master Class – Managing Inflammation with Nutrition & Yoga with Philip Watkins, Sunday 27th October from 12pm – 5pm

Join us on Sunday 27th October from 12pm – 5pm for our Moksha Yoga Master Class – Managing Inflammation with Nutrition & Yoga with Philip Watkins.

The Inflammation Master Class is the first in a series at Moksha Yoga, taking a comprehensive look into how to manage this low-grade inflammation and more. Over the course of the class we will be covering the theory, latest research and measures you can take along with your regular yoga practice including the following:

  • How inflammation affects your body
  • The new concept of ‘Inflammaging’ and how you prevent this
  • Yoga, Inflammation and its management
  • Herbal and Nutritional Medicine for Inflammation
  • Inflammation and the diet, how to remove and identify pro-inflammatory foods from the diet for long term health
  • The role of Meditation, Mindfulness and Inflammation

Presented by Philip Watkins, Moksha’s resident Naturopath, this is a great opportunity to learn how to both help yourself, your students and those around you begin to take action towards staying healthy and free from the barricades that occur when inflammation and chronic, low grade pain takes hold.

This master class is suitable for Qualified Yoga Teachers, Yoga Teacher Trainees and general Yoga students who have an interest in this area. Places for our Master Classes tend to fill fairly quickly therefore registration and payment is required prior to course commencement to guarantee your place.

When:           Sunday 27th October 2013 from 12pm – 5pm

Cost:               $110 per person, registration and payment required at point of booking.

For further information on inflammation please click on the following link- Inflammation

For all enquiries and registrations please contact us on 9557-5885 or via email at

Join us this Friday, 30th August, for our Moksha Yoga Intensive with Emma Palmer, E-RYT-500 from 6pm – 9pm

Give yourself the gift of time to become fully immersed in your Yoga practice and explore all the many gifts that Yoga has to offer….

The Moksha Intensives consist of 3 hours of dedicated Yoga practice and are designed for students to deepen their existing practice. The Intensives include 1.5-2 hours of Asana practice integrated with Pranayama and Yoga Philosophy then moving into a deep Yoga Nidra or Savasana, followed by Chanting and completing with a 5-10 minute Meditation practice. Our Intensives are a deeply spiritual yet physically and mentally challenging experience and are open to all levels of yoga experience except absolute beginners.

Places for our Intensives tend to fill fairly quickly therefore registration and payment is required prior to course commencement to guarantee your place.  To register your place or to find out more information, please contact us on 9557-5885 or via email at

When: Friday 30th August 2013, 6pm – 9pm
$80 per person, registration and payment required at point of booking.
(FREE to Moksha Members or 5 classes on existing Block Passes)

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