May 20 2018 Panel: Yoga for Diabetes and Health

It is my great pleasure to join a FREE and informative panel talk on May 20, hosted by Yoga Australia.

“Yoga for Diabetes: How to manage your Health with Yoga and Ayurveda” is presented by Rachel Zinman.

Rachel will be joined by an expert panel interested in the art of healing from both a medical and alternative health perspective, exploring questions such as:

  • Why is diabetes so prevalent in our society?
  • What is blood sugar dysregulation, and how does it impact our Foundational Health?
  • How does Yoga contribute to our optimal health?

The panelists, (see below for biographies) who support people with all types of diabetes will speak from their own experience of working with people living with diabetes on what it means to go from surviving to thriving while living with a chronic condition.

Join Rachel and the panel for this informative and transformational discussion on what it means to live well with a chronic health condition and celebrate the launch of the beautiful and groundbreaking book.


Please secure your ticket here



Australian Yoga Academy

1B Saint Edmonds Road

Prahran, VIC 3181


Time and date:

Sun. 20 May 2018

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm AEST


Rachel Zinman – Author of Yoga for Diabetes

Rachel Zinman is passionate about the deeper aspects of yoga and its ability to heal and inspire. She has spent the last 35 years practicing enthusiastically as well as teaching nationally (in Australia) and internationally since 1992. She has studied with some of the most influential teachers in the west as well as immersing herself in the study and assimilation of the classical system of knowledge called Vedanta, in the lineage of Adi Shankara.

While living in New York from 2000–2004 Rachel met and mentored with ISHTA yoga founder Alan Finger which led to teaching in his studios for four years. There she co-created and coordinated their Teacher Training Program, becoming a senior facilitator and mentor.

Rachel was diagnosed with diabetes in 2008 at the age of 42. It took six years for her to accept her diagnosis of type 1 LADA diabetes. Her diagnosis revolutionized her approach to teaching and practice. She started her Yoga for Diabetes blog to share with the diabetes online community how yoga has helped her to manage her diabetes.

Her book “Yoga for Diabetes, How to Manage Your Health with Yoga and Ayurveda was just named finalist in Forward Reviews Book of The Year 2017 and is available from Amazon or where all good books are sold.

Her classes are often described as a fluid mix of creative playful sequencing, meaningful insights and lighthearted fun.

Dr Robert Szabo – GP

Dr Robert Szabo is a GP who graduated with his medical degree from Monash University in 1999. He has a passion for empowering people to improve their health, and is an advocate of low carbohydrate nutrition. He utilizes this for the management of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. He has seen many people have profound improvements in blood glucose levels after adopting such a diet. Dr Szabo sees patients at his practice The Low Carb Clinic in Deepdene, in Melbourne’s inner east.

Elly Kenyon RN-CDE, CPT

Elly is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator with more than 20 years experience in diabetes education. She has worked across a number of areas including Public Hospitals, General Practices, Community Health and is now based in Private Practice.

Elly has extensive experience in Type 1 diabetes management and insulin pump initiations, upgrades and ongoing management. She is currently working as the principal educator in Diabetes Care, which provides expert diabetes management to private patients in all aspects of diabetes.

Elly has a strong interest in self-management and early intervention and is committed to supporting patients and their families with life-long skills required for positive outcomes.

Jenny Carmuciano Peer Support

With a background in learning & development, organisational development and human resource management, Jenny has run her own consultancy business for 12 years working with diverse industries including local government, not-for-profit, professional services and the health care sector.

Together with her demonstrated professional experience she has established in a voluntary capacity a community to connect and support adults living with the reality of type 1 diabetes & for those that live, work with, or support someone that does, in bayside Melbourne which has been running since May 2015.

Through this initiative that she has had the opportunity to be exposed to further community engagement participation and representation, having been selected as a Consumer Representative for the Pharmacist Chronic Disease Management Pilot Advisory Group run by DHHS; and as a selected participant as an emerging consumer leader in the inaugural “Consumer & Carer Leadership Colloquium” held in Canberra last year, co-hosted by Consumer Health Forum (CHF), Mental Health Australia (MHA) and the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA).

Jenny’s consultancy work has in more recent times also extended to working with the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) in providing patient feedback, review and input into two publications – “The needs of people with diabetes & other chronic conditions in natural disasters” A Guide for Emergency Services, Local Councils and the Not-for-Profit Sector and also “Insulin pump therapy (IPT) effective and appropriate patient education and training”.

Susan Obradovic

Modern medicine is very efficient at alleviating the symptoms of disease. In order to address the underlying reason for dysfunction, we need to address the Foundations of Health. As a Certified Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), A Restart Instructor, Certified Gluten Practitioner, my purpose is to reconnect people with their bodies, empowering them with the knowledge they need to aid recovery or prevent disease. I focus on the Foundations of Health.

Deborah Robertson

Deborah is a qualified Yoga Teacher, Educator and Yoga Therapist, Vedic Chant Teacher and longtime student of Yoga in the lineage of T Krishnamacharya.

As a Yoga Therapist, Deb specialises in women’s health, autoimmune and respiratory diseases, pain management and stress reduction.

Deb provides a safe, stable and caring environment, meeting her students where they are in all dimensions. Students receive a simple, personalised yoga practice specific to their needs and these practices evolve over time, enhancing students’ wellbeing in body, breath and mind, step by step.

These practices may involve yoga postures, breathing practices, meditation and relaxation techniques, simple dietary and lifestyle advice, sound and mantra.

Deb is inspired to teach and to share the benefits of this individualised approach to healing and wellbeing over many years of dedicated practice.

Her personal practice has helped her to manage her own asthma and arthritis, leading to an understanding and empathy for those who face their own challenges.

A mother of two, Deb teaches group classes at and regularly runs retreats, workshops and small study groups.

She is also in private practice at and is committed to working with other health professionals to support and improve healing outcomes for her students.

Gabrielle Boswell- Moderator

Gabrielle has been teaching yoga since 2002 and her greatest passion is sharing the joy and benefits of yoga with others. As the co-owner of Bhava Yoga and Dance Centre she teaches classes, workshops, short courses and a 300 hour yoga teacher training program. She is a an IAYT certified yoga therapist, Level 2 iRest® -Yoga Nidra teacher in training, trained in Lifeforce Yoga for Anxiety and Depression and a Yoga Australia senior registered teacher.