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Welcome to Svastha Yoga Aotearoa

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, live stream yoga for Svastha classes, and in-person pregnancy yoga. Additionally, she hosts Yoga for Well-being retreats and presents educational workshops for yoga teachers and 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.

Upcoming Training & Events

200 hour Yoga Teacher Training

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the system of yoga, in this professional and transformative Yoga Teacher training Program.

Enhance your well being and learn to guide others on a similar path. Commencing in April 2024, registrations are open now.

300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training

The 300 hour Svastha Yoga Therapy Foundations course is an advanced training for experienced yoga teachers. Svastha Yoga Therapy is a comprehensive approach to holistic wellbeing, offering yoga teachers the skills, knowledge and experience to assist students facing health issues.

Participants have the option of attending in-person in Auckland, or live online.

Commencing April 2024, enrolments are open.


85 hour Mindful Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training

Combine your passion for women’s health and yoga with Mindful Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training.

This professional training program provides yoga teachers an holistic understanding of how to assist our wāhine throughout their journey to motherhood and beyond.

Commencing end of May 2024

Latest from Barbara’s Blog

Warrior 2 (Vīrabhadrāsana 2)

Warrior 2 is the second āsana in a series of three standing poses that embody the mythic warrior Vīrabhadra from ancient Vedic texts. Warrior 2 is a core standing āsana that requires seamless coordination of the entire body, highlighting the harmonious balance between...

Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

Along with bridge and chair pose, cobra is another āsana that I teach in just about every class and practice myself daily. It is one of the best postures for improving back strength, and with many ways of changing the position of the hands and arms it can be...

Warrior 1 (Vīrabhadrāsana)

Warrior 1 is the first āsana in a series of three standing poses that embody the mythic warrior Vīrabhadra from ancient Vedic texts. This core standing pose is commonly included in the western expression of sun salutations and vinyasa flow practices. Providing both...

Meet Barbara

Image show Barbara Coley and her border collie Colin. Barbara is the lead teacher of svasthayoga training in New Zealand.

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.

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Grey Lynn
Auckland 1021

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e: info@svastha.co.nz

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