Svastha Yoga Therapy
The Svastha Yoga System is a comprehensive approach to holistic wellbeing. It offers you the skills, knowledge, and experience to increase wellbeing and resilience, prevent health problems, recover from illness, and teach this to others effectively. Coming from one of the most authentic, trusted, authoritative sources in the yoga field, our programs are rooted in ancient wisdom combined with modern science and extensive application over decades.
This program has now been expanded to meet the educational standards of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and is currently under review for certification. It is presented in two parts:
- 300 hour Yoga Therapy Foundations (presented face-to-face in Auckland)
- 350 additional hours with Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda (plus 150 hours of practicum – self managed) to complete the full 800-hour Svastha Yoga Therapy Program.
300-hour Svastha Yoga Therapy Foundations (presented by Svastha Yoga Aotearoa)
The 300-hour Svastha Yoga Therapy Foundations program is the first and essential part of the full 800-hour program.
It consists of:
1) New Zealand based training
- 9 x 3-day group intensives (face-to-face)
- 30 hours of live online study with NZ faculty
- 10 hours of personal mentoring
- Occasional drop-ins via Zoom by Dr Ganesh Mohan
Note: possibilities are available for attendance via Zoom if face-to-face trainings are inaccessible.
2) Direct study with Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda (priced & paid separately)
- 38 hours of live online study with Dr Ganesh Mohan
- 40 hours live online mentoring & teachers guidance with A. G. Mohan, Indra Mohan, Dr Ganesh Mohan, and Nitya Mohan
800-hour Svastha Yoga Therapy Training
The 800-hour program is inclusive of the 300-hour foundation program above.
It includes an additional 350 hours of study, going deeper into topics and disorder-based guidelines for a wide range of health issues, and 150 hours of practicum. Some of the additional 350 hours will be taught in Aotearoa by local faculty however, a large portion will be direct study with the Mohans and other international Svastha Yoga teachers who specialise in particular areas.
Please view the full 800-hour program Course Content here. Note: you will be redirected to the Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda website.
300-hour Svastha Yoga Therapy Foundations Program
Foundations of Wellbeing & Yoga Therapy: Patterns & Holistic Change
Duration – 10 hours
This course lays the foundation for understanding the traditional approach of yoga and ayurveda toward wellbeing.
Building on that, we then explore the practical ways to create sustainable positive transformation. The contents of this course are at the heart of all work as a yoga student, yoga facilitator and teacher of wellbeing, and as a yoga therapist.
In this course, you will:
1. Appreciate the holistic view of yoga and ayurveda.
2. Explore wellbeing as the balance of functions in all levels of yourself.
3. Use the full-spectrum Svastha map of wellbeing to look at the skills of wellbeing.
4. Receive an introduction to assessing imbalance.
5. Work with the ways to create, support, and sustain positive change.
6. Understand conscious vs. unconscious in the yoga view: patterns and shifts.
7. Appreciate the importance of the principle of adaptation—use it or lose it.
8. Explore willpower, energy, resistance, effort as parameters that influence change.
9. Differentiate stress vs. challenge. Cultivate safety, resilience. Understand coping and allostasis.
10. Use curiosity, exploration, play, and the new vs familiar.
11. Cognize the role of environment in change: supports for new patterns, triggers for old patterns.
12. Choose steps in the journey of change: small steps and large steps.
13. Adjust degree of challenge: less vs more in time and complexity.
14. Manage lapses, trying again vs trying differently.
15. Work with motivation: values, conviction, insight, changing vs. growing.
16. Explore the personal meaning of change, value system, intrinsic and extrinsic rewards, changing vs. growing.
17. Cultivating acceptance, balancing engagement and letting go.
1. vṛtti-samskāra cycle.
2. hetu, phala, āśraya, ālambana.
3. śraddhā, vīrya, prajñā.
4. tapas, svādhyāya, īśvara-praṇidhāna.
Move Well: Master Course on Yoga Therapy for Locomotor Issues
Duration: 60 hours:
This course will take you through all the important skills of movement for each region of the body, the major disorders that arise in those regions, and the yoga therapy approach to managing them. These same skills are also what keep your locomotor system healthy and help you move well, lifelong.
In summary, in this course, you will:
1. Learn the locomotor skills needed to move well.
2. Receive guided exercises, observation and assessment, and teaching practice for those skills.
3. Understand the necessary functional anatomy of key body regions.
4. Learn decision pathways to work with imbalances of these body regions.
5. Appreciate the implication of major locomotor system disorders and diagnoses and learn how to approach them.
6. Understand safety and contraindications along with each skill and disorder-based management.
- Understanding, practicing, and teaching the skills of moving well:
- pain-management as needed
- awareness & exploration
- relaxation, release
- mobilization, easing movement
- stability, control
- strength, endurance
- range of movement, stretching
- alignment for safe and effective force transmission and loading
- balance, gait
- agility, speed and responsiveness
- coordination, increasing complexity
- positive emotion and supportive dialogue toward the body
- breathing to support moving well
- play, exploration, intrinsic reward
- Learning and teaching guided exercises for each of these regions to develop important movement skills, with a holistic focus:
- low back
- mid & upper back
- elbow, wrist & hand
- ankle & foot
- Learning and teaching guided practices combining multiple movement skills for a region and across regions.
- Appreciating safety and contraindications in teaching and practice.
- Observing a student, assessing locomotor imbalances, and working with decision pathways or protocols for managing those imbalances.
- Working with major locomotor disorders such as:
- lumbar spine (chronic low back pain, disc herniation, sciatica, facet joint dysfunction, hyperlordosis, spondylolisthesis)
- thoracic spine (hyperkyphosis, stiffness, facet joint dysfunction)
- cervical spine (head forward alignment, disc herniation, nerve compression)
- shoulder (impingement, rotator cuff tears, instability)
- elbow, hand (epicondylitis, carpal tunnel syndrome)
- sacroiliac pain and dysfunction
- hip (fracture, alignment, soft tissue imbalances)
- knee (IT band, meniscal tears, ligament strains)
- dropped arches, hallux valgus
- Understanding the tissues of the locomotor system: fascia, cartilage, bones, muscles, ligaments, joints, nerves.
- Appreciating the global organization of movement: tension, compression, tensegrity and integration; prediction, feedback, neural control; development of movement.
- Understanding the science of key locomotor skills.
Duration: 10 hours
In countries around the world today, the problems of aging are a critical issue.
Healthful aging is a vital need.
Osteoporosis, decreased mobility, loss of confidence, social isolation, digestive problems, diminished hearing and vision, and other issues are common.
This course will explore how we can use yoga therapy to help balance these changes.
Breathe Well: Master Course for Wellbeing & Yoga Therapy
Duration: 40 hours
This master course covers the keys of breathing well: skills, practices, wisdom, insights, and science.
In summary, in this course, you will:
- Learn the skills needed to breathe well, lifelong.
- Receive guided exercises, observation and assessment, and teaching practice for those skills.
- Understand the necessary functional anatomy of breathing techniques.
- Learn decision pathways to work with imbalances of the breath.
- Understand safety and contraindications of different breathing skills.
- Charting the parameters of breathing.
- Observing the breath as it is.
- Finding comfort with the natural breath and understanding its uses.
- Regulating the cycle of breathing skillfully.
- Managing the effort of breathing: decreasing the effort of breathing with ease, increasing the effort with arousal.
- Working with deep breathing and shallow breathing.
- Understanding the anatomy, principles, and practice of physical patterns of breathing and their uses, including abdominal breathing, lower rib breathing, upper chest breathing, and breathing into the back.
- Appreciating the connection between breath and body movement and its practical uses.
- Lengthening the breath with care and comfort.
- Safely using fast breathing.
- Cultivating the inhalation: including using movement, position, touch, visualization, sound, and sequencing.
- Cultivating the exhalation: including using movement, position, touch, visualization, sound, and sequencing.
- Developing breath suspension, safety, contraindications, benefits, sequencing and more.
- Using breathing ratios and stepped breathing in asana and pranayama.
- Using ujjāyī breathing in asana.
- Working with sound to enhance breathing.
- prāṇa, deśa, kāla, saṁkhyā, dīrgha, sūkṣma
sama-vṛtti, viṣama-vṛtti, vairambha
- Functional anatomy of the respiratory system.
- Functional anatomy of breathing cycle.
- Physiology of respiration, including:
- control of breathing
- gas exchange and transport
- energy generation
- metabolic impact, acid-base balance
- hyperventilation and hypoventilation
- Introduction to visceral regulation and breathing:
- interoception, homeostasis
- vagal tone, heart rate variability, regulation through breath
- connections based on polyvagal theory
Respiratory & Cardiovascular Disorders
Duration: 16 hours
Learn to use yoga therapy to help people with asthma, allergies, sinusitis, COPD, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, ischemic heart disease, heart failure, arrhythmias, deep vein thrombosis and more.
Womens Health, Menstrual Disorders, Menopause, Pregnancy
Duration: 6 hours
Yoga and ayurveda have a lot to offer for women’s health. Work life balance and the changes in the last century have increased opportunities, but also placed an increasing burden on women to take on multiple roles.
The journey through pregnancy and menstrual changes is complex and requires support.
This course will explore how the lenses and practices of yoga therapy can provide holistic wellbeing throughout these life changes for women of all ages.
Rest, Rejuvenate & Be Positive
Duration: 30 hours
Many of us are overwhelmed in modern life. We struggle to manage our energy, find rest, and bring positive feelings to our mind and body.
This program will give you the knowledge, practice, and skills to balance your energy levels, find deep rest and restoration, and cultivate positive emotions and sensations of compassion, joy, gratitude, and more.
You will learn ancient wisdom underpinning these topics in yoga, explore modern and practical applications, and develop your teaching skills.
In summary, in this course, you will:
- Learn to balance your energy levels from being low or high to a neutral and functional state.
- Understand and practice rest, deep rest, and restoration.
- Cultivate positive emotions and sensations in mind and body including compassion, love, joy, and gratitude.
- Develop teaching skills for all the above.
- Understanding emotion, valence, energy, and the connection to the yogic frameworks of guna-s and klesa-s.
- Winding down from high energy: using your body, breath, senses to recover balance. How to meet high energy level where it is and chart multimodal stepdown.
- Activating from low energy: using your body, breath, senses to recover. How to meet low energy level where it is and chart multimodal step up.
Cultivating deep rest and recovery Working with:
- safety and letting go.
- support and release.
- mobilization and ease.
- visualization for relaxation.
- surrendering effort
- and more techniques of deep rest.
Cultivating positive emotions
- Exploring the role and importance of positive emotions in wellbeing.
- Understanding the traditional presentation of positive emotions in yoga.
- Growing compassion, joy, love, gratitude and more.
- Understanding the challenges in cultivating positive emotions.
- Working with therapeutic applications of positive emotion practices.
3 guṇa-s, bhāva, maitrī, karuṇā, mudita, upekṣā, santoṣa.
Understanding the stress response and its role in activation, regulation, and shut down:
- sympathetic nervous system, activation, mobilization responses.
- parasympathetic nervous system, relaxation, immobilization responses
- polyvagal theory, heart rate variability
window of tolerance, resilience
Art & Science of Awareness: Meditation & Mindfulness
Duration: 30 hours
Awareness is the basis of conscious choice. Empowerment in self-care and wellbeing begins with noticing our patterns. Starting from there, classical yoga presents the practices of mindfulness, absorption, and contemplation expansively and in depth.
In this master course you will understand, practice, and learn to teach these experiences of awareness to others— comprehensively, from yogic, modern, and practical perspectives.
In this course, you will:
- Understand the key types of awareness practices.
- Examine the ancient yoga frameworks that structure and explain awareness practices.
- Explore how we can use different types of awareness practices optimally on our journey of wellbeing.
- Classify objects of awareness, what we can practice mindfulness or meditation on, based on practical samkhya and yoga frameworks.
- Practice yogic mindfulness extensively and in-depth.
- Experience absorption practices in sight, mantra, breath and body, positive emotions and more.
- Practice composite visualizations of sensations, images, and more.
- Explore the neuroscience of consciousness and attention.
- Understand the connections between yoga and modern positive psychology and neurobiology on the topic of meditation and mindfulness.
Topics covered include:
What and why of awareness practices
- The categories of directed attention: mindfulness, absorption, contemplation. What are their key features and the differences between them?
- The stages of progressive absorption in meditation practices.
- dhāraṇā, dhyāna, samādhi, samyama in traditional yoga.
- Ways that awareness practices play an important role in supporting holistic wellbeing and self-transformation: monitoring, focus, insight, goal-setting.
- Experiencing holistic states of change (bhāva).
- Recalling one’s attention (smṛti-sādhana).
- The arising and role of insight (prajñā) in transformation.
- What to meditate on? Objects or experiences of focus: body, breath, senses, emotions, abstractions, I-sense (grahītā, grahaṇā, grāhya).
- Contemplation and abstractions in meditation pathways: vikalpa, vitarka, vicāra.
- Awareness and the three guṇas of yoga as an underlying framework.
How of awareness practices
- Balancing effort and relaxation in attention practices, walking the line between energy and dullness.
- Growing the qualities of steadiness and entrainment.
- Understanding and practicing focused vs. expansive awareness states.
- Managing the emotional background of mindfulness and absorptive states.
- Cultivating a stable meditation pathway over time.
- Finding salience or importance in objects of absorption.
Yogic mindfulness: cultivating sattvic presence
- Understanding the cautions, challenges, recommendations in mindfulness practices.
- Developing and deepening sattvic mindfulness of breath, body, senses, thoughts and emotions.
Yogic absorption: foundations of mantra, imagery and more
Understand the principles of, and practice absorption in:
- 1. sound, mantra, speech.
- light, images.
- breath and body sensation.
- positive emotions.
- peace, stillness.
Science of consciousness and attention
Understand the neuroscience of the self, including:
- emergence and purpose of self-construct.
- nerve signaling, neural circuits.
- theories of consciousness.
- top-down monitoring and feedback systems.
Explore the neurobiology of:
- mindfulness, absorption.
- flow states, default mode network.
- mystic and alternative consciousness states.
Traditional yoga frameworks
- dhāraṇā, dhyāna, samādhi, smṛti-sādhana
- vikalpa, vitarka, vicāra
- grahītā, grahaṇā, grāhya
Yoga for Anxiety, Trauma, Depression, Addictions & Stress
Duration: 30 hours
Mental health is a neglected priority in modern life. Anxiety, depression, and addictions have been on the rise for decades around the world.
The basal role of stress and anxiety in a wide range of mental health problems is increasingly clear. Anxiety, depression, and addictions are not only in our mind. They are also in our body, senses, and related to our environment and upbringing. Modern science too acknowledges these connections. The traditional perspective of yoga and ayurveda has always viewed mental health holistically.
This course will cover the neurobiology, medical perspectives, diagnostic labeling, and a comprehensive approach to anxiety, trauma, depression, and addiction, using the Svastha yoga therapy map and skills.
We will also dive into teaching skills for these conditions, including language for trauma, safety guidelines, strategies and protocols, case studies and more.
In this course, you will:
- Understand the modern psychology diagnostic view of anxiety, depression, trauma, and addictions.
- Explore the stress response in detail from neurobiology including polyvagal theory to behavior.
- Examine the current science behind depression, addictions, trauma, and anxiety.
- Understand the scientific rationale for a holistic, yoga-based approach.
- Map these disorders to imbalances of skills and functions using the holistic Svastha yoga map.
- Use a comprehensive Svastha yoga approach to create short-term strategies and longterm plans to help people with anxiety, trauma, depression, and addictions.
- Learn teaching skills for working with mental health, including trauma sensitive language, safety guidelines, cueing and presentation, small group management, referral and support and more.
- Understand the traditional yoga and ayurveda approach to these imbalances.
Teaching Skills: Yoga Classes for Therapeutic Needs
Duraction: 14 hours
Yoga therapy rests on a foundation of personalization. As a yoga teacher or therapist, considering each individual client’s requirements with a holistic map, we can devise practices that are beneficial to them in the short term and long term. With timely reassessment, we can modify the skills we teach them and support their journey to greater wellbeing.
Apart from personal practice, group classes can play an important role too. The support of the group, the economics of lower cost, and potentially for increased points of engagement with the teacher are all benefits for the student.
As a teacher, group classes allow you to reach more students regularly. This is beneficial not only for business viability, but also as a service for those who need support, as a method of engaging the community, and to stay in touch with students more regularly.
Therefore, both individual and group yoga classes are an important part of your repertoire as a yoga therapy teacher.
Teaching yoga classes for therapeutic purposes requires cultivating specific skills that go beyond just teaching yoga.
- Establishing a safe and accessible teaching space.
- Devising intake requirements and considering a minimum baseline of capacities.
- Setting intention and tone for the class, individually and as a series.
- Class planning and sequencing.
- Tailoring instructions to reach multiple participants most effectively.
- Holding room for students to progress at a varying pace and managing different expectations.
- Modifying breathing, movements, meditation and other practices to accommodate multiple students.
- Cultivating presentation skills to ensure students follow the teachings clearly and effectively.
- Checking if therapeutic goals are being met and making changes as the classes continue.
This course will explore these skills and more, practically and in-depth.
Foundations of Ayurveda, Lifestyle, Nutrition & Digestion with Dr Ganesh Mohan
Duration: 30 hours with Dr Ganesh Mohan (live online)
This course gives you a solid foundation in the traditional approach of ayurveda, as relevant to wellbeing maintenance, nutrition, and yoga therapy. We will explore the skills of healthful eating and developing a nourishing relationship to food. We will also go into the topics of lifestyle management, sleep management, and taking care of the senses. Further, we also cover digestive disorders and the yoga and ayurveda approach to managing them.
In summary, in this course, you will:
- Learn the foundations of ayurveda for health maintenance and wellbeing direct from the ancient traditional sources, and made accessible and clear. Understand the importance of nutrition and be guided in developing strategies for optimizing relationship to food and diet. Examine and implement lifestyle management of sleep, energy, daily activity, fasting, exercise, and sensory management for greater wellbeing from a traditional and modern scientific perspective.
- Exploring the roots and key frameworks of ayurveda from the traditional sources, clearly and effectively, including:
- guṇa and kriya: qualities and functions of body and mind.
- three doṣa-s (vāta pitta kapha) and their divisions.
- seven dhātu-s.
- agni and āma.
- Understanding and assessing ayurvedic constitution (prakṛti) and observing individual balance and imbalance (vikṛti).
- Learning common patterns of imbalance of the functions of the doṣa-s and measures to balance them.
- Exploring the impact of daily life routine (dinacarya) and adaption to the seasons or environment (ṛtucarya) from the traditional ayurvedic perspective.
- Following the models of kāla, artha, karma, hīna-, ati-, and mithyā-yoga, and prajñāparādha, to analyze imbalances of senses and actions and bring them back to wellbeing.
- Developing daily routine and rituals and personalizing lifestyle. Balancing work, play, rest.
- Reflecting on and developing pathways for adapting to stages of life.
- Taking care of the eyes and ears and managing what we see and hear.
- Appreciating the importance of sleep, the science behind it, and developing better quality and duration of sleep holistically.
- Examining the physiology of the digestive system as relevant to holistic wellbeing and yoga therapy.
- Exploring the complexity of the science of nutrition, the microbiome, and common approaches to diets in the modern era.
- Charting diet and eating patterns.
- Understanding relationship to food and hunger (nourishment, sensation, craving, coping).
- Cultivating beneficial relationships to food, before, during, and after eating.
- Investigating the importance of fasting, its relevance, safety, and strategies to practice it effectively.
- Understanding major digestive disorders from a modern medical perspective, as well as taking an ayurvedic and yogic approach to managing them.
Chronic Pain, Pain Syndromes & Fibromyalgia with Dr Ganesh Mohan
Duration: 8 hours Direct Study with Dr Ganesh Mohan (live online)
Booked via the Svastha & Ayurveda website
Chronic pain is one of the most prevalent, debilitating, and expensive problems in the modern world.
This course will explain pain science (biology, pathways, etiology, classifications) and the practical ways through which we can help manage, mitigate, and resolve chronic pain with yoga therapy.
Guidance for Teachers / Case Studies / Mentoring with the Mohans
Duration: 40 hours (mimimum; additional hours are optional).
Dates to be announced
During the program, the Mohans will present 2 x 2-hour sessions per month to assist students in deepening and integrating skills, theory, and application of holistic yoga approach.
For the 300-hour program, there is a minimum attendance of 40 hours however, students are welcome to do more if they choose.
US$20.00 per month payable directly to Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda
New Zealand Training Schedule
New Zealand Training Dates (face-to-face)
1) 9 x 3-day weekends 8.30am – 5.00pm daily (Friday – Sunday):
- 29th April – 1st May 2022
- 13th – 15th May 2022
- 1st – 3rd July 2022
- 5th – 7th August 2022
- 16th – 18th September 2022
- 4th – 6th November 2022
- 16th – 18th December 2022
- 20th – 22nd January 2023
- 3rd – 5th March 2023
2) 30 hours live online study sessions:
- 21st & 22nd May 2022 – 7.30am – 12.30pm
- 16th & 17th July 2022 – 7.30am – 10.00am
- 14th August 2022 – 7.30am – 12.30pm
- 1st October 2022 – 7.30am – 12.30pm
- 26th February 2023 – 7.30am – 12.30pm
3) Personal Mentoring Sessions: 10 hours
- scheduled at mutually convenient times
Barbara will provide a list of training dates for online study with the Mohan family.
Completion of a credible 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training
300-hour certification is dependent on the completion of all modules contained in the program and the successful completion of assessment tasks. These will be assigned in each section of the program.
- Fees for the portion of the program presented in Aotearoa are payable to Svastha Yoga Aotearoa and include GST.
- Fees for the portion of the program that consists of direct study with the Mohans are payable to Svastha Yoga Ayurveda in USD and are zero-rated for GST.
1) NZ Fees:
- Earlybird – $5,299 available until 21st April 2022
- Regular Price – $5,799
Payment plans are available on an individual basis for the Aotearoa studies, please contact Barbara to discuss.
A $500 deposit is required on registration. This reserves your place in the program and is considered your commitment to attend therefore is not refundable unless your place can be passed on to someone on our waitlist. In that case, your deposit, less a $75 admin fee, will be refunded.
Refund Policy (Aotearoa Studies only):
- A full refund of monies paid less the non-refundable deposit, for withdrawal prior to the earlybird date.
- 25% refund of monies paid less the non-refundable deposit, for withdrawal after early bird date and prior to the commencement of the program.
- No refunds after the program commencement.
2) Fees for Direct Online Study with The Mohans:
- Ayurveda, Lifestyle & Nutrition Module – US$300.00 (approx. NZ$ 450)
- Pain Science Module – US$80.00 (approx. NZ$120.00)
- Teachers Guidance & Mentoring 2 x 2-hour sessions per month – US$20 per month (approx $NZ30 per month.) 40 hours minimum is necessary to complete the 300-hour program, however, you may choose to do more if you wish.
- Fees for the Ayurveda and Chronic Pain modules are payable when you sign up for those modules.
- Fees for the monthly mentoring & teaching guidance sessions are paid monthly by subscription, commencing from the first month of training.
Dates and registration will be advised once they are available on the Svastha Yoga Ayurveda website.
New Zealand Faculty
Barbara Coley is an extremely experienced and skilled yoga teacher with a passion for educating practitioners and yoga teachers in the art of sound yoga practices.
Barbara has been practising yoga since 1992 and teaching since 2007. She has deepened her understanding of yoga, and continues to do so, through extensive studies with A.G. Mohan and Indra Mohan of Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda. She has also studied online with a number of renowned international teachers specialising in various fields including Vina Shah, Jean Campbell, Jivana Heyman, Amber Karnes, Tom Myers, Marlysa Sullivan, Amy Wheeler, Dianne Bondy, Tiffany Cruickshank, and more.
Barbara began her studies in Yoga Therapy with Dr Ganesh Mohan in 2010 and has been a practicing Certified Yoga Therapist since 2016. She is certified with with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Yoga Australia and Yoga New Zealand.
Barbara is grateful to be a personal student of A. G. Mohan & Indra Mohan and continues her studies and mentoring in yoga and yoga therapy with them and their son, Dr Ganesh Mohan. Barbara is honoured to present their Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy Training programs in Aotearoa.
For more information on the Mohan Family please visit the official website of Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda