About the Mindful Yoga Academy

We recognise that we are all lifelong learners.  Our teachers are some of Melbourne’s most scholarly which means they are the best to develop yoga trainings & workshops to help take you and your practice to the next level, or to become an inspiring teacher yourself.

All of our workshops and trainings are deeply rooted in mindfulness practices, as we believe that to best serve others you need to first know yourself better.

We offer two fully accredited trainings per year including our level one Mindful Hot Yoga training which is the first fully accredited, home grown, hot yoga teacher training in Australia along with 8 week mindfulness courses and a mindful yoga retreat abroad.

  • 200 Hour Mindful Yoga Teacher Training September/October 2017
  • Lvl 1 – 50 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training February 2017 – Grass Roots Yoga St Kilda
  • Mindful Yoga Retreat 2017 – Bali – TBA
  • The Wonders of Nepal Yoga Retreat 2017 – Nepal – 7th – 19th May 2017

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Mindful Yoga TT 200 HRS

Mindful Yoga Teacher Training 200 HRS

This 200 hour foundational training offered by the Mindful Yoga Academy provides students with a solid platform to deepen their own personal yoga practice and the necessary tools to transform into competent and inspiring yoga teachers.

The course is designed to encourage self-discovery at a student’s own pace as you learn about various yoga lineages and styles and mindfulness whilst stopping to allow time for deep self-reflection and personal study.

This highly practical training focuses on the three main styles of yoga – Hot – Flow & Yin and is tied together with our universal functional anatomical approach to yoga which transcends styles and ties our methods together.

Combining twice daily yoga classes in one of the three main styles of yoga we focus on, together with the study of modern techniques such as function over aesthetics in yoga, in-depth yoga philosophy, pranayama, general anatomy, meridian theory, posture clinics, teaching methodology including intention setting and motivational techniques for class, the business of yoga and much more. This is truly a rich and transformative experience.

Our training is broken down into digestible workshops modules set apart from one another so that the information can be lived and breathed. Practical elements are applied with homework tasks in between workshops and then we meet again to integrate yet more rich information.

We end our training in the majestic surrounding of the Bamboo Yoga Retreat in South Goa, India. The sun, beach and mother India herself along with our finishing classes will make this the perfect way to end such an amazing experience.

This course is ideal for serious students and aspiring teachers who wish to become part of a likeminded community. Those who successfully complete the 200-hour training will be fully accredited through Yoga Alliance Australia & New Zealand to teach the Mindful Yoga Method and can teach anywhere in the world they wish.

Combining twice daily yoga classes the training will cover the following:

  • Introduction to the study and history of yoga
  • Pranayama
  • Functional anatomy for poses in the MHY sequence
  • Cuing, correcting and the art of adjustment
  • Teaching an integrated practice of body and breath
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • The business of yoga

Proposed schedule
7am                         Arrive at the studio
7:05am – 7.30am     Meditation and pranayama
7.30am – 9.00am     90 min MHY class
9.00am – 10.00am   Breakfast
10.00am – 1pm        Clinic/Lecture – various topics
1pm – 2pm               Lunch
2pm – 4pm               Clinic/Lecture – various topics
4pm – 5pm               60 min MHY class
*schedule subject to change

Breakdown of hours
120 hours:     Training Techniques
10 Hours:       Teaching Methodology
10 Hours:       Anatomy & Physiology
20 Hours:       Yoga Philosophy & Ethics
20 Hours:       Practicum
20 Hours:       Mindfulness Bases Stress Reduction Program

2016 Dates

Weekend 1 – September 16, 17, 18 19
Weekend 2 – September 30, October 1, 2, 3
Weekend 3 – October 14, 15, 16, 17
Intensive retreat week in India, 29 Oct – 5th Nov

Mindfulness Course
Every Wednesday during the course dates from  6.30pm – 9pm.
September 21st, 28th
October 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
Silent retreat day 16th October 9am-4pm – location TBA

Early Bird Fee if paid before in full by 1st June 2016 $3950 (less $1000 deposit)
1st June 2015 onwards: $4300


  • Course material and handbook
  • Yoga class pass at GRY for two months ahead of training
  • Mindful Yoga Academy tote bag
  • All yoga classes during training delivered by MYA faculty members on class days

Intensive week Goa, India

  • Twin share accommodation with one of your fellow trainees
  • Breakfast & lunch each daily
  • Some dinners – TBA
  • Graduation ceremony
  • All yoga classes
  • Afternoon tea – 3pm Chai & Chats
  • Excursions – boat trip, spice fields & waterfall experience
  • Sunshine!

This fee include unlimited hot yoga classes at any of the studios between 1 September – 29 October inclusive.

If you wish to learn more about any of our teacher trainings please contact Shelley Allen via email at shelley@grassrootsyoga.com


Yin Yoga

This 50 hour teacher training & approach to yin yoga is one of body, heart and mind. Yin yoga serves as a platform for self – enquiry; offering the opportunity to develop profound personal insight through balancing physical, emotional and energetic systems. It serves to nourish, stimulate and ultimately revitalise.

It is the stillness of yin yoga that serves as a bridge to mindfulness meditation techniques; one of the key focal points of this training, along with a deeper understanding of functional anatomy with course material inspired by yin yoga creator Paul Grilley.

Shannon Barry and Leonie Lockwood bring a unique perspective to this training, with Shannon being a part of the Insight Institute run by Sarah & Ty Powers and Leonie, a dedicated student of Paul & Suzee Grilley. They offer a perfect blend of mindfulness techniques, functional anatomy, exploration of meridian theory and an engaging learning environment

This 50 hour training is designed to equip you with the necessary tools to empower you to deliver safe and engaging classes and provide a platform of learning for those seeking further knowledge of this ‘quiet’ practice.

Course outline:

 Anatomy of yin yoga

  • yin and yang – the difference
  • functional anatomy and its application
  • working with sensitive areas, injuries
  • props for yin yoga postures – when to use and when lose

Mindfulness techniques in yin yoga
Chinese meridian theory as applied in Yin yoga

  • Meridian pairs
  • Key meridian pathways
  • Chi

The art of sequencing an effective yin practice

And much more…..


Dates & Times

Thursday night 6th  – Monday 10th  October @ Rocklyn Ashram, Daylesford

  • Thursday 6th October – evening arrivals for group dinner
  • Friday 7th October – Sunday 9th October – all day
  • Monday 10th October – afternoon departure

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd@ Grass Roots Yoga, St Kilda 

  • Saturday 10am – 4.15pm & 4.30pm – 6pm (asana class)
  • Sunday 9am – 4pm & 4.30pm – 5.45pm (asana class)

(both weekends need to be attended for full completion and accreditation of this course)

$1140 incudes accommodation (3-4 share) and food at Rocklyn Ashram. St Kilda dates do not include food.

Amount is payable all at once, with your deposit amount of $250 included. Click here to view our refund policy


Late last year, I completed my Yin Teacher Training with Leonie & Shannon and it was AWESOME!! Any yogis out there considering further studies I can’t recommend this course enough – perfect amount of knowledge shared over the three weekends, understanding of the skeleton & how everybody’s bodies are different, acknowledging that we are unique and our target area’s are also, being able to sing and dance and get in touch with our own mindful practices, and being free to think outside the box – what a powerful experience to share with your students. So much fun, knowledge & sharing was had, I can’t wait for level 2 & 3 training to be available.
– – Amanda Pittard

I thoroughly enjoyed the course. I thought the 2 of you bounced off each other well. Leonie, your humility and gentleness were a pleasure and a delight. Shannon, I like a direct approach. You always know where you stand,  With your knowledge and humour, it kept the course light as well as informative. There is nothing more adverse to learning than sitting for extended periods of time listening to dialogue. That you kept such a large group alert and attentive and present for long days, is a credit to the work you both put in.  I particularly enjoyed the interactive and practical approach to bodies and how they move, where they feel and how it can be done differently.  
— Alison Corsie

I’d had a bit of a love hate relationship with yin yoga over the last three years, which stemmed in part from the many forms of yoga purported to be yin yoga offered around the traps. So I entered this course with curiosity and limited expectations. After three intensive, thought-provoking and inaction-packed weekends, I gained a much deeper understanding about true yin yoga as well as about the human body in general (much of which is relevant to yang forms of yoga as well). Shannon’s and Leonie’s teaching styles complement each other to engage and educate their students with a well thought out class structure mixing theory, practice, visuals, experimentation, discussion and a generous sprinkling of humour allowing us to build a solid yin yoga teaching foundation. Who knew that mostly lying around on the floor for three weekends could be so intensely enlightening!?!  
— David Mentha



Yoga Retreat

Bamboo Yoga Retreat, South Goa, India 

29th October to 5th November, 2016

Life is precious. There are many moments in our day that go by unnoticed and unconsciously unappreciated. This retreat combines yoga and mindfulness meditation to give you the tools to make that body mind connection, to create deeper connections with yourself and others. Each day begins in silence and gently moves into movement with yoga, discussion and workshops.

There will be plenty of time for both yoga, self-exploration and of course, sun, food, pampering, fun and some planned group excursions. This retreat is suitable for all levels of practice.


  • Accommodation for 7 nights (8 Days) at Bamboo Yoga Retreat
  • Twice daily yoga classes
  • Half board – daily breakfast & buffet brunch
  • 3pm chai & chats
  • Boat Trip
  • Spice field and waterfall experience

Costs & Payment

Early Bird* pricing until 30 June

Single  $1650* / $1895
Twin $1350* / $1475


This retreat will be facilitated by Shannon Barry & Lisa Ball who will provide a true yin yang experience.

Our morning practice will be more energetic and lively practices of Vinyasa flow yoga while the evenings we meet will take participants through more gentle yet deeply nourishing yin yoga classes. Both Shannon and Lisa will also deliver workshops on yoga, pranayama, meridian theory and other helpful topics to enhance your yoga practice from this retreat and beyond.

Costs & Payment

*An Initial deposit of $600 per person is required to secure your place.

* Full payment by 30 September, 2016

For more information and to sign up for the GRY Yoga Retreat 2016 contact Shannon via email retreat@grassrootsyoga.com


The Team


Shannon (ERYT-500), a hot yogi at heart, has moved closer and closer to the inner practices of mindfulness meditation as an integrative way to approach his own yoga practice. This has resulted in more mindfully led hot yoga classes at his studios, and also was instrumental in creating the Mindful Hot Yoga teacher training under which a great number of the Grass Roots Yoga teachers have graduated.

Shannon’s passion for yin yoga has accelerated since becoming part of the Insight Yoga institute run by his teachers and mentors Sarah & Ty Powers who he considers his main teachers.  As part of his ongoing learning, Shannon has also completed training with yin yoga creator Paul Grilley.




Shelley was introduced to yoga at the age of 15 and has since spent many years exploring the practice and embracing the lifestyle. Having originally trained in the UK as a Hot Yoga teacher she then went on to teach Hot Yoga and Flow, and became a mentor on the Teacher Training team at Yogahaven in London. During this time Shelley also studied in India and gained her qualification as an Ashtanga teacher.

Now happily settled in Melbourne Shelley has been a member of the Mindful Hot Yoga Academy since it began in March 2014.

Shelley teaches a broad range of subjects but has particular focus on pranayama and the subtle body.



Amanda is a remedial massage therapist, bookworm and travel lover. She has been a practitioner in Canada and Australia for the last 5 years.

Amanda’s therapeutic way of delivering this course will bring insight into the body. She offers a unique perspective on disfunction’s of the human body and how to work with them and prevent injury through yoga. This section is interactive and thought provoking in a comprehensive manner.

“ I am excited to share how beautifully different we all are and what that means on the mat”



Leonie (E-RYT 200, 500 hrs) began a consistent yoga practice over 14 years ago, after spending many years dipping in and out of classes. Her yogic studies include a year in India and Nepal, studying yoga and meditation with a variety of teachers and in a range of settings including time spent in ashrams and Buddhist temples. She has over 300 hours of study completed with international leaders of Yin yoga, Paul and Suzee Grilley of the USA and is hungry for more.

Leonie has trained with Leslie Kaminoff, Simon Park, Duncan Ewing aka Prahlad and Bharath Shetty, to name a few. Leonie draws on her knowledge of over 15 years spent working with people experiencing housing crises and homelessness, to bring sensitivity, humour and a grounding environment to her classes. In addition, Leonie has both studied and taught remedial massage therapy and continues to be fascinated by the work of Ida Rolf, Tom Myers and Robert Schleip.