YOGA & MENTAL HEALTH – Lost Paradise



Talk Description:

Modern yoga is generally identified as a physical practice, with a range of benefits for both physical and mental health.  Many people report feeling less stressed, more calm, centred and focused, as well as improved mood, emotional balance and sense of well-being and heart-felt connection.

In this talk, you’ll hear some amazing stories of healing and transformation, from projects offered by The Yoga Foundation, which provides yoga for mental health for people who are disadvantaged or experience hardship. We will also explore questions of yoga philosophy and psychology, and how the ancient wisdom of yoga provides amazing insights into our understanding of the human condition. This is a rare opportunity to go deeper in our understanding of the transformative power of yoga teachings and practice. The combination of ancient wisdom and modern science is very powerful, and guides us on the path of our practice for healing and transformation.


Dr Michael de Manincor is one of the most highly respected yoga teachers in Australia, with over 30 years teaching experience. He established The Yoga Institute in 2000, a centre dedicated to excellence in yoga teacher training and yoga therapy training.  He is also co-founder of The Yoga Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation providing yoga for disadvantaged people. Michael is passionate about supporting the highest professional standards for yoga teachers and therapists. He holds degrees in Education and Psychology, is a registered Psychologist, and now holds a Postdoctoral  Research Fellowship in Mind Body Therapies at NICM Health Research Institute.


  • “I had such an incredible time at Lost Paradise – it was a wonderfully unique experience. Thanks again for the opportunity to attend Lost Paradise – it was one of the best festivals I’ve attended in Australia and a fabulous start to the year.”

    Sophie Dellagiacoma – Australian Traveller Magazine

  • “I had such a good time at Lost Paradise! It’s one of the coolest festivals I’ve been to. I loved playing the Lost Disco stage, the atmosphere was wicked, the decoration was class and the lit up signs the crowd brought with them, added to it too.

    After my set I went on the dancefloor with a few of my mates and saw the new year in listening to Jackmaster & Jasper James, was a memorable new year!”

    – Patrick Topping
  • “Lost Paradise was a totally unique festival, nothing like it in Australia. Thank you to everyone who made it such a beautiful place.”

  • “The thing that really makes this festival shine is without a doubt the sheer variety of acts in that world class lineup. Dense, ambitious, and not afraid to throw in a few curve balls, Lost Paradise is much more than your average doof, but a playground for all, no matter what your age or musical alignment.”

  • “After Boomtown in England this is definitely the second festival with the craziest stuff”

    – M.I.A.
  • “One of the most magical spots we’ve ever played in Oz and a night complimented by generous staff and hospitality that really looked after us. A show we’ll never forget”

  • “My favourite view from stage in the world. Doof sticks and the Australian bush, insane energy.”
    – Willaris. K
  • “Re-awaken your sense of wanderlust and adventure with the festival’s secret hideaways, glittering late night discos, and inspirational art and performance”

    No1 NYE 2017/8 Event in the World – Buzzfeed
  • As 2018 became 2019, I found myself feeling sorry for all my Sydney pals couped up in clubs and bad house parties. But also, not really. When you’ve got a festival like Lost Paradise waiting for you just down the road, why on earth would you spend your New Year’s anywhere else?”

    – Hhhappy – Bill Robinson
  • “A picturesque setting in Glenworth Valley forest, a flowing river that hugged the venue and camping grounds, and one of the most characterfully constructed settings of any festival this side of the Pacific, Lost Paradise curates its New Year celebrations in the same way it curates its lineup: with weird and wonderful indulgence.”

    -Tone Deaf
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