Barbara Coley started practising yoga in 1992. At the time she held a senior management position and was instantly inspired by the way yoga helped her to maintain equilibrium in such a demanding role.
Over the years Barbara practiced and attended workshops in Iyengar Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. However, her practice and understanding of yoga changed and deepened considerably when in 2006, she attended a 10-week training program in India with her teachers and mentors A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan of Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda.
This was a very transformative period in Barbara’s life during which, she was struggling with low mood; this opportunity to commence her studies in yoga and in particular, yoga psychology, on a deeper level started her on a journey of self-discovery and healing. It was at this time that yoga became an integral part of her life and with the support and encouragement of Indra Mohan, she was inspired to the share the practice with others on her return to New Zealand.
Barbara commenced her studies in Yoga Therapy with the Mohans son Dr Ganesh Mohan in 2010 and after completing her training and practicum Barbara was certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists in 2016.
Barbara presents accredited Yoga Teacher Training and Professional Development Programs and also teaches the Svastha Yoga Therapy Program in New Zealand.
Barbara owned and managed a successful yoga studio in Auckland for 9 years however, in 2016, made the decision to give up teaching studio classes and now runs a private yoga therapy practice and teaches small general yoga & yoga therapy classes from her home studio in Grey Lynn. This enables her to focus her attention on the areas she is most passionate about – personalised yoga, yoga therapy & yoga education.
Barbara attends programs with the Mohans on an annual basis to further deepen her understanding of yoga and is forever grateful to have fallen into the lap of the most knowledgeable teachers and practitioners of yoga alive today.
Barbara’s yoga qualifications include:
“These classes are a breath of fresh air. I always feel completely at home in my body when practicing with Barbara. She has a way of helping me access movement & breathing that I have never experienced in another yoga class. Even after a stronger practice, I feel rested, calm and at ease with my self.” ~ Marina Martin.