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.

Lvl 1 – 50 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training February 2017 – Grass Roots Yoga St Kilda

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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

Saturday’s & Sunday’s
Weekend 1 : February  18th, 19th, 20th
Weekend 2: March 4th, 5th, 6th

Each day will begin 9am through until 6pm


Deposit of $250 is needed to secure your spot with full payment needed 4 weeks prior to commencement of training. 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



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.



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.