After graduating from university with a degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2016. I quickly became immersed in the world of movement from a clinical and research perspective. I completed an Honours degree in biomechanics in 2017, while I was simultaneously falling in love with yoga. In 2018 I completed my Yoga Teacher Training with Power Living. Which changed everything. 

Having always been fascinated with how the body can be used as a tool to achieve all kinds of wellness (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual), I naturally fell in love with yoga as a movement modality and a way to provide holistic health care. Now I am amidst a PhD exploring the effects of yoga on mental health.

My movement prescription is the product of clinical anatomy and physiology principles intertwined with yoga asana and philosophy,  wrapped in a layer of scientific evidence of what is effective for physical and mental health and then tailored to the individual I have in front of me. 

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PhD Candidate: Yoga & Mental Health

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours, First Class)

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology

University of South Australia

200Hr Yoga Teacher Training

Power Living Yoga Australia

Trauma Informed Yoga Training

Trauma Sensitive Yoga Australia

Mental Health First Aid Training

CPR + First Aid Training



Peer-Reviewed Publications

Tsiros, M, Brinsley, J, Mackintosh, S & Thewlis, D. Relationships between adiposity and postural control in girls during balance tasks of varying difficulty. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice

Brinsley, J et al. The effects of yoga on depressive symptoms in people with mental illness: a systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine

International Conference Presentations

Oral presentation: The effects of yoga on depressive symptoms in people with mental illness. Society for Mental Health Research 2018


Clinical Exercise Physiologist - iNform Health & Fitness Solutions, Mind Australia

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Yoga Teacher - iNform Health & Fitness Solutions, Move for Better Health, BodyFit Training Brighton, Power Living Adelaide, RNPT Performance, Mind Australia

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Lecturer/Tutor - University of South Australia

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Research Assistant - The Biomechanics Lab

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Chairperson - Exercise Sports Science Australia, SA Chapter

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How to know when you're well enough to be back at work? - The Sydney Morning Herald


Exercise for Mental Health - Medibank

Exercise Prescription for Mental Illness - Australian Doctor, Therapy Update

Exercise for Older Adults 5EBI Uniting Care Radio Segment

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‘Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement" 

Aldous Huxley