move well | breathe well | live well
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Yoga Education & Yoga for Wellbeing with Barbara Coley
Barbara is skilled and experienced yoga teacher based in Auckland, offering yoga teacher training, yoga therapy, private yoga lessons and a limited number of small group classes, including pregnancy yoga. Additionally, she hosts Yoga for Wellbeing retreats and presents educational workshops and yoga teachers for students wishing to deepen their understanding and practice of yoga.
The word ‘svastha’ means to be in a place of optimal health and balance, both physically and mentally. This principle underlies all offerings of Svastha Yoga Aotearoa which promote an integrated and personalised approach. Barbara’s students receive support with practices that cultivate well-being, and are inclusive of all backgrounds, ages, abilities, and circumstances.
Barbara has been presenting the 200 hour Svastha Yoga Teacher Training Program in Aotearoa since 2009 and the 300 hour Svastha Yoga Therapy Foundations Program since 2019. Both programs are internationally recognised, comprehensive, and transformative on all levels.
Barbara’s passion for functional, mindful yoga, and her approachable teaching style make her an ideal choice for anyone looking to further their yoga studies, deepen their practice and improve their well-being.
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Barbara is an experienced and skilled yoga teacher with a passion for educating practitioners and yoga teachers in the art of sound yoga practices.
Yoga has been a part of her life since 1992 and she has been teaching since 2007.Barbara’s approach to teaching yoga is to encourage her students to move and breathe in a way that is both functional and easeful, leaving aside the idea that yoga has to be complicated or difficult.
In her role as an educator, Barbara encourages teachers and trainee teachers to question dogmatic approaches to teaching methods and alignment cues; and promotes inclusivity and accessibility.
Barbara has studied, and continues to study, with A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan of Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda. These are two of the most knowledgeable yoga teachers alive today, with direct links to the father of modern yoga, Sri T. Krishnamacharya. Barbara began her training in yoga therapy in 2010 with the Mohans’ son, Dr Ganesh Mohan, graduating in 2014. She is certified as a Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Yoga Australia and Yoga New Zealand.
Barbara is proud to represent the teachings of the Mohan family in Aotearoa, New Zealand.