Michael de Manincor

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PhD, MPsych, Grad Dip Ed, BA (Hons, Psych)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Mind Body, NICM Health Research Institute

Dr Michael de Manincor joined NICM Health Research Institute as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2017 after graduating from the institute with a Doctor of Philosophy. His research investigated yoga-based interventions for depression, anxiety and wellbeing, concluding that yoga, in addition to regular care, was effective in reducing symptoms of depression compared with regular care alone.

Dr de Manincor has been published in academic journals such as Depression and Anxiety, Pharmacopsychiatry, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, and BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Bridging eastern and western modalities of mind-body health, he is one of the most highly respected yoga teachers in Australia, with over 30 years’ teaching experience. Sought out for his expertise in the field of yoga, meditation, positive psychology and mental health, de Manincor is asked regularly to speak at international conferences and with media.

Research focus

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Holistic health and wellness
  • Lifestyle medicine
  • Meditation
  • Mental health
  • Mind-body interventions
  • Psychology
  • Yoga

Projects and grants

Dr de Manincor's research is supported by external funding agencies including industry and professional associations.

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Awards and recognition

  • 2016 Feature film, The Science Behind Yoga launched at the Yoga Day Summit
  • 2016 Keynote address, Happiness and Its Causes (opens in a new window)


  • Registered Psychologist, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Registered Senior Yoga Teacher, Yoga Australia
  • Registered Yoga Therapist, Yoga Australia
  • Honorary Life Member, Yoga Australia
  • Member, International Association of Yoga Therapists
  • Founder and Executive Director, The Yoga Foundation
  • Director, The Yoga Institute
  • Yoga Psychology


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Yoga and Mental Health), NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University, Australia
  • 2006-2010 KHYF certified teacher trainer, India
  • 2003-2006 KHYF immersion studies, India
  • 2001-2008 TKV Desikachar, India
  • 1999-2008 Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, India
  • 1996 Integrative Yoga Therapy, United States of America
  • 1995 Master of Psychology, Curtin University, Australia
  • 1992-1995 Transformational Yoga Institute, Australia
  • 1988 Graduate Diploma Education, Australian Catholic University, Australia
  • 1985 Bachelor of Arts (Honours, Psychology), The University of Sydney, Australia


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