Jacinta Brinsley


Utilising my clinical background in exercise physiology, I prescribe a blend of yoga-based practices and strength & conditioning exercises informed by pain science, neuroscience and biomechanical principles so that meaningful changes in mood, mental health, quality of life and functional capacity are obtained. 

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 a 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, 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. I am now in the final year of my PhD exploring the effects that different kinds of yoga have on mood and mental health. Essentially, does exercise intensity or the emphasis on mindfulness make a difference in improving mood for someone with depression or anxiety?

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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

Experienced, registered yoga teacher (ERYT-500)

Yoga Alliance

Trauma Informed Yoga Training

Trauma Sensitive Yoga Australia

Mental Health First Aid Training

CPR + First Aid Training


Clinical Exercise Physiologist/Yoga Instructor

iNform Health & Fitness Solutions - 2017 - Current

The Adelaide Clinic - 2019 - Current

NJF Wellness - 2019-20

Mind Australia - 2019

Guest Lecturer/Tutor - University of South Australia

Research Assistant - The Biomechanics Lab


Chairperson - Exercise & Sports Science Australia, SA Chapter


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Brinsley, J et al. Is yoga considered exercise within systematic reviews of exercise interventions for health related outcomes? A scoping review. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 2020

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 2020

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 2019

International Conference Presentations

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


Regular yoga can help ease depressive symptoms - The Telegraph

Yoga may ease symptoms of depression - CNN

Yoga can help people with mental disorders reduce their depressive symptoms - Daily Mail

Yoga could help coronavirus-induced depression - Fox News

The stress busting exercise everybody can do from home - Sydney Morning Herald


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