Yoga Teacher Training

350 hour Diploma in Yoga Studies

This comprehensive Yoga Teacher Training Program culminates in a Diploma in Yoga Studies. The program is perfect for practitioners who are wanting to understand yoga on a deeper level, and gain confidence and skills in teaching both group classes and individual sessions. It contains a strong focus on yoga psychology and philosophy as well as presenting sound information in asana, mudras & bandhas, pranayama, meditation, sound & mantra and teaching methodology & more.

You will be taken on a journey through classical hatha yoga, inspired by the teachings of Krishnamacharya, enriched with insights from modern science and current movement research. Thus, ensuring that you are equipped with the knowledge and skills to teach yoga in a modern-day setting without losing the essence of the practice.

Diploma in Yoga Studies 350 hour

The aim is to provide a thought-provoking course, which actively encourages students to question current teaching methods and alignment cues. Trainees will be encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of functional anatomy and how to use this understanding to foster a healthy approach to movement.

A study of the wisdom contained in the Yogasutras of Patanjali, will lead you on a journey of self-discovery and growth, opening doors to a truly integrated way of living. As a Certified Yoga Therapist, Barbara will also give you an understanding of teaching therapeutic yoga so that your classes are welcoming and inclusive.

A large part of this program is the nourishment and support you will receive in developing your personal practice which is key to becoming an effective teacher.

Combined with your evolving practice, the knowledge and skills you gain in this program will provide a solid platform from which to teach others with awareness, compassion, sensitivity and clarity.

This training will provide you with a solid grounding in yoga practice, yoga theory and yoga teaching.

Areas of study include:
  • Practice & theory of asana, pranayama, mudras & bandhas, meditation & yogic mindfulness
  • Hatha Yoga of Krishnmacharya applied to a modern yoga setting
  • Principles of Accessible Yoga
  • Functional anatomy as applies to yoga practice
  • Yoga psychology – how to apply the ancient wisdom of the yogasutras to modern living.
  • Insights from the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Bhagavad Gita
  • Skills in teaching group classes and private sessions safely, effectively and inclusively
  • Skills in sequencing and adapting practices to suit different themes & audiences
  • An introduction to the ancient science of Ayurveda
  • An introduction to yoga therapy
  • Separate module on Yoga for Women
  • Developing your own personalised yoga practice with guidance
In addition, you will gain:
  • A deeper understanding of yourself and how to positively influence your own health and state of mind through yoga practice, yoga psychology, and lifestyle advice from Ayurveda
  • An understanding that yoga is much more than asana
  • A platform from which to continue with yoga therapy studies
  • The opportunity to be part of a community on a similar journey
  • A certificate of completion of 350 hour yoga teaching training to register with Yoga Alliance & Yoga New Zealand
Who is this training for?
  • Are you ready for a journey of personal transformation?
  • Are you passionate about yoga and want to share your passion with others?
  • Do you want a deeper understanding of the full spectrum of yoga practices – asana, pranayama, meditation, yoga psychology etc.?
  • Do you want to gain an understanding of the Yoga of Krishnamachrya?
  • Are you interested in a sound platform for continuing education in the area of yoga therapy?

Registrations for 2021 are now open

Program Format & 2021 Dates

1) Group Intensives:

  • 15th -17th January (3-day intensive: Friday – Sunday)
  • 13th -14th February
  • 13th -14th March
  • 17th – 18th April
  • 15th – 17th May (3-day intensive: Friday – Sunday)
  • 19th – 20th June
  • 16th – 18th July
  • 14th – 15th August
  • 18th – 20th September (3-day intensive: Friday – Sunday)
  • 16th – 17th October
  • 13th – 14th November
  • 10th – 12th December (3-day intensive: Friday – Sunday)

2) Monthly Online Classes (via Zoom)

12 x 2.5 hour classes consisting of 1.5 hour practice, followed by 60 minute discussion.

  • Last Monday of each month, January – November, commencing 25th January 2021,  plus 6th December 2021
    6.00pm – 8.30pm

 3) One to One mentoring sessions

  • 5 sessions throughout the program at mutually convenient timing.

4) Directed Home Study and Assignments

  • 2 hours per week


TBA – dependent on numbers – will be in the Central Auckland area.

Program Fees, Certification & Assessment

It is recommended that you have had a consistent yoga practice for a minimum of one year prior to attending this program. Due to the depth of material and personal commitment required, a certainty in your desire to attend this program is a necessity.

An initial meeting with Barbara either online or in person, will ensure that you have an affinity with the approach of Svastha Yoga New Zealand and Barbara’s teaching.

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Assessment & Completion

Participants are required to attend at least 95% of training sessions to successfully graduate from this program.


Certification and Continuing Education

Graduates will be provided with a Certificate of Completion and may go on to register with Yoga Alliance and/or Yoga New Zealand

Costs involved in registration with Yoga Alliance and/or Yoga New Zealand, on successful completion of the program,  are at the graduate’s own expense.

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Course Material

Required Texts:

  • Yoga Therapy: A Therapeutic Guide to Yoga and Ayurveda for Health and Fitness. A.G. Mohan, Indra
    Mohan, Dr.Ganesh Mohan, Nitya Mohan. – please read prior to the program start date
  • Yoga Reminder – A.G. Mohan and Dr Ganesh Mohan – please read prior to the program start date
  • Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings – A.G. Mohan and Dr Ganesh Mohan
  • Hatha Yoga Pradapika: Translation with notes from Krishnamacharya – A. G. Mohan and DR Ganesh Mohan
  • Yoga Life: A Workbook of Authentic Practices – Caroline McCarter

Further recommendations will be given throughout the program, however, are not essential.

nb: the cost of texts is not included in the course fee

Program Fees

Course Fee – $5,450
Earlybird – $4,950 (available until 15th December 2020)

Fees include:
27 days face to face training
5 x face to face mentoring sessions
Comprehensive training manual and additional handouts

Additional Costs:
Required texts as above
Attendance at Barbara’s studio classes if applicable


Option 1: Earlybird Price – $4,950:

1) $500 deposit is payable on registration. This reserves your place in the program and is your commitment to attend therefore is non-refundable.

2) $4,450 payable by 15th December 2020


1) $500 deposit is payable on registration. This reserves your place in the program and is your commitment to attend therefore is non-refundable.

2) $3,000 payable by 15th December 2020

3) $310 per month for 5 months January – May 2021 – Total = $5,050

Option 2: Regular Price $5,450:

1) $500 payable on registration.

2) $4,950 payable by 10th January 2021


1) $500 payable on registration.

2) $3,500 payable by 10th January 2021

3) $310  per month for 5 months January – May 2021 – total $5,550.

Refund Policy:

  • Full refund of monies paid (less non-refundable deposit) for withdrawal prior to 15th December 2020
  • 25% refund of monies paid (less non-refundable deposit) for withdrawal after 15th December 2020 and before 15th January 2021
  • No refunds after commencement of the program.

Registrations for 2021 are now open


Barbara Coley is an experienced and skilled yoga teacher with a passion for educating practitioners and yoga teachers in the art of sound yoga practices.

Barbara has been practicing yoga since 1992 and teaching since 2007. She has deepened her understanding of yoga through her extensive studies with her teachers and mentors, A.G. Mohan and Indra Mohan of Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda.

Barbara has studied Yoga Therapy intensively [since 2010] with the Mohans’ son, Dr Ganesh Mohan, and is a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Yoga Australia and Yoga New Zealand.

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, and to let go of striving to achieve.

In her role as an educator, Barbara encourages teachers & trainee teachers to question dogmatic approaches to teaching methods and alignment cues and to develop a deeper understanding of functional anatomy and how to use this understanding to foster a healthy approach to movement.

Barbara believes that yoga should be inclusive and accessible to all and promotes a sense of community in her classes and in her trainings.


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Diploma in Yoga Studies – 350 hours