svastha yoga – personalised yoga – yoga therapy – yoga education
“Yoga is the means to bring about a positive shift in the basal well-being of the mind and body” ~ A.G. Mohan
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the art of self-care – svastha yoga
Svastha Yoga is an integrated and personalised approach to yoga that addresses all aspects of health and well-being. The essence of the practice is the combination of movement, breath and mindfulness, which lays the foundation from which a positive mind-body connection emerges. As a result, we are able to live more fully in the present moment, in harmony with ourselves, with others and with our environment.
The word “Svastha” in Sanskrit literally means “to stay as your self” and refers to the state of optimal health and balance in body and mind. This is an inclusive practice that honours your unique abilities and requirements.
“The sense of well-being I now experience, each and every day, is directly attributable to my Svastha yoga practice!” ~ Charles Pulman
I began practising yoga in the early 1990s and after some years of a sporadic relationship with the practice, in 2006, I was fortunate enough to find myself in India studying with my teachers A.G. Mohan and Indra Mohan. It was here that my understanding of yoga deepened to a point, where it became an integral part of my life and I was inspired to share the practice with others.
I managed and taught from a studio in Auckland for the following 10 years, however, in 2016 I made the decision to give up teaching studio classes and focus my attention on the areas I am most passionate about – personalised yoga, yoga therapy and yoga education. I now see students mainly, on a one to one basis where I am better able to serve their individual needs. I do, however, still teach one group class per week for general health & fitness and one pregnancy yoga class per week, and also present Yoga Teacher Training programs and educational workshops.
I am a senior teacher in the worldwide Svastha Yoga organization and eternally grateful for the support and guidance of my teachers A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan, their son Ganesh and daughter Nitya.
My desire is to bring you an accessible and relevant practice; to educate and inspire you to nurture your own well-being, embrace your individuality and to practice in a manner that makes sense to you.
teacher training and professional development
Svastha Yoga NZ provides comprehensive and engaging training and continuing education programs. Based on the teachings of Sri T. Krishnamacharya, combined with science and modern understanding, these programs offer a solid foundation in classical yoga.
Our 200 hour Teacher Training Program will nurture and develop each student’s personal understanding of yoga, enabling them to bring about positive change in their lives. It is from this foundation that they develop the skills to guide others on the path.
Continuing education in the form of a 300-hour Foundations of Therapeutic Yoga is available for yoga teachers wishing to hone their teaching skills and move into the field of yoga therapy.
Svastha Yoga training programs are highly regarded worldwide and are taught in various international locations. Our programs are registered with Yoga Alliance and Svastha Yoga New Zealand is a YACEP provider.
“I completed my teacher training with Barbara in 2017. The course was life changing for me. I had practiced yoga for many years, but this course and mentoring from Barbara not only gave me a deeper understanding of yoga and took my practice to the next level, but I also saw a huge shift in my personal life. Barbara has a wealth of knowledge and is an excellent teacher, who is remaining true to the original yoga teachings.” ~ Louise Cargo