Michael Hetherington (BHlthSci, TCM, Yoga)
Michael is an author, speaker, yoga instructor, martial artist and a practitioner of traditional Oriental medicine.
He is originally from Brisbane, Australia and can now be found bouncing between Australia, Thailand, Bali and Germany.
Michael is passionate about self health care, Oriental philosophy applied to modern living, self directed education and embracing the human potential.
He holds a Bachelor of Health Science from Charles Sturt University, an Advanced Diploma in Acupuncture from the Australian Institute of Applied Sciences and a level 2, yoga teacher certificate from the Byron yoga centre. He has been teaching yoga since 2008 and was a lecturer of Oriental medicine and Chinese medical massage (Tui-Na) at the Australian Institute of Applied Sciences from 2014-2015.
In his early twenties, he suffered from regular migraine headaches, depression and chronic lower back pain, which he overcame primarily through the practices of yoga, relaxation and meditation.
Michael was always attracted to eastern philosophy and it was this interest that drew him to the teachings and practices of yoga, martial arts and Oriental medicine at a young age. After traveling to China to teach English for a year, he returned to Australia in 2004 to begin studying Chinese medicine, remedial massage and practicing Oki-Do yoga (Japanese yoga form developed by Dr. Masahiro Oki) under the guidance of Peter Masters.
Inspired by the teachings of many he has learned that a lighthearted and nurturing approach to life serves best.
Michael’s other interests include music, dance, circus arts, reading, traveling, spending time in nature & drinking cups of tea.
Bachelor Degree in Health Science
Advanced Diploma in Acupuncture
Diploma in Chinese Remedial Massage (Tui Na)
500hr Level 2 Yoga Teacher Training Certificate
Extra Studies & Trainings:
1000+ Hours of Sitting Meditation Practice
50+ Days in Noble Silence
1 Month Shaolin Kung Fu Training Intensive at Tienmeng Academy in Shandong, China
4 Years of Capoeira Martial Arts Training
10+ Years of Yoga Practice – Hatha, Vinyasa, Oki-Do, Yin & Yang, Meditation
Ongoing Training in Kung Fu, Taekwondo, Qi Gong & Tai Chi
Applied Kinesiology Studies (Touch for Health & Applied Physiology)
Emotional Freedom Technique (E.F.T.) & Energy Psychology
Multiple Meditation Retreats (Vipassana Buddhist tradition)
Buddhist Arts & Asian Psychology University Studies in Japan
Yoga Alliance RYT 500
International Institute for Complementary Therapists
Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology