Deadly Minds 2023

Indigenous Youth Yoga Teacher Training

Eight Deadly Minds Indigenous Youth Yoga teachers graduate on Banjima country.

Strong in our minds, strong in our thoughts, strong in our mental health. Deadly Minds Youth yoga teacher training is specifically tailored to the Indigenous student, empowering individuals to connect with themselves and country and October 2023 we celebrate eight new graduates.

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Inundated with applications for the Deadly Minds Youth Yoga teacher training scholarships, Yogazeit funding partner Act Belong Commit carefully selected participants mainly from the Pilbara region to join the training at Karrajini Eco Resort from 9th to 14th October. Participants selected had a common goal to empower individuals in their community with social and emotional well-being tools to support Indigenous youth through evidence-based, trauma-informed mindfulness and movement. Sylvia Wilson lives in Newman and applied for Deadly Minds to get more balance in her life.  

Deadly Minds shapes lifelong well-being skills for Indigenous youth with week-long yoga and mindfulness youth yoga teacher training equipping participants with the skills to empower themselves and then share this knowledge with others.  Chanti McHenry lives in Karratha and shares more about what she has learned during Deadly Minds training.  

Deadly Minds empowers indigenous youth with an innovative, two-way learning mindfulness and movement curriculum co-developed specifically with and for Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander peoples.  Indigenous cultures across the world have been practising ‘mindfulness’ for thousands of years. Deadly Minds empowers individuals in Western Australia’s most underserved communities to embrace their mindful living wherever they go.  

This program equips Australia’s next generation with skills to start teaching their mob practical ways to combat stress, improve social-emotional skills, support learning and improve mental, cultural, physical and spiritual health.  This year’s training has been filmed to offer additional training resources for participants and provide opportunities to expand on further reach. 


Thank you to our partners lululemon philanthropic ‘Here to Be’ giving program, Act Belong Commit  and generously supported by Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service(PAMS)


2023 Deadly Minds training has been filmed to offer additional training resources for participants and provide opportunities to expand on further reach. You can watch Tangiora Hinaki report on Channel 7 below.

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With Gratitude

Thank you to our funders for their support and guidance. Thank you for helping us empower Mindfulness and Movement for Indigenous communities. 

One breath at a time.

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Indigenous Youth Yoga Teacher Training 2023


Yogazeit is a registered Health Promotion Charity with the Australian Charities Commission. We are dedicated to the prevention and management of psychological and physical health conditions for Australia’s most vulnerable communities. We educate and empower the Young and Young at Heart with evidence-based Mindfulness and Movement (Yoga) to support social and emotional health and wellbeing.

One breath at a time.

This innovative Aboriginal Youth Yoga Teacher Training Course is Yogazeit’s newest Social Impact Project focusing on Indigenous Youth Social Emotional Wellbeing.

After collaboration and consultation with Indigenous Elders, leaders and communities from Language Groups across Western Australia, a specialised program has been co-developed specifically for Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander peoples, providing the opportunity to train as certified youth yoga teachers. 


Continuing the success of Deadly Minds 2022 we were excited to announce 10 fully funded scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to learn new skills to improve not only their own wellbeing, but the wellbeing of their greater communities in 2023.  This training has now been completed but you can find key information about the Deadly Minds training below. 

This 5 day all inclusive, all expenses paid training immersion was delivered at Karijini Eco Resort on Banjima Country during Mental Health Week from Monday 9th October – Friday 14th of October.

Successful applicants learned breathing techniques, mindful movement adapted from yoga, relaxation scripts, mindfulness activities and participate in partner and group work. The ‘Deadly Minds’ camp included comprehensive workbooks and all training activities, led by Yogazeit’s Indigenous Outreach Coordinator, Murri Gamilaraay and Maori woman Sharnell Avery. The training explored ways to manage physical and mental health, emotional regulation, sessions on body anatomy and safe stretching to prevent injury and yarning circles that helped trainees find their own unique way of teaching.

The program equips Australia’s next generation of mindful leaders with skills to start teaching their mob practical ways to combat stress, improve social-emotional skills, support learning and improve mental, cultural, physical and spiritual health. 

Deadly Minds recognises that Indigenous cultures across the world have already been practising what we call ‘mindfulness’ for thousands of years. These practices could be healing and medicinal, hunting, Songlines, communicating with Country and ways to connect to culture and spirit. Due to the ongoing impacts of Colonisation, some of Australia’s most underserved communities face a mental health crisis and disconnection from traditional mindful living. 

Deadly Minds aims to empower Australia’s First Nations peoples to utilise mindfulness tools in their everyday lives to improve wellbeing, mental resilience and overall fitness. 

Deadly Minds is an inclusive and accessible program. We emphasise: “All you need is a breathing body!” Participants do not need any previous yoga experience or equipment to be involved. We actively invite participants to translate activities into their local language or dialect. The program hopes to spark language-revitalisation and connection to country, alongside widespread improved health outcomes.

We invite our Deadly Minds Yoga Teachers to make this training your own!

Our graduates learned how to make mindful movement fun for the mob they’re teaching so it feels important and physically, mentally and culturally safe. All are welcome to change up any parts that don’t feel right, or skip out any bits they don’t feel comfortable to teach. Indigenous people are the experts of their own culture. So, it is important to emphasise that the program allows for flexibility. The opportunity to make it your own, translate, narrate, modify and improvise.

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