Svastha Yoga Therapy | Module 2

This professional program on yoga therapy brings you the most effective aspects of traditional yoga (based on the teachings of Krishnamacharya) and Ayurveda combined with modern medicine. Designed especially for yoga teachers and advanced practitioners, the program may also be of interest to people from related fields.

Specific guidelines for different conditions and general treatment principles will be detailed, empowering you to safely and effectively address disabilities and ill-health through yoga. The goal is to enable participants to integrate newly acquired knowledge immediately in their teaching, particularly in private sessions.

The program is delivered in 7 intensive modules (5 days for each module) with a flexible structure. Each module may be attended independently and certificates will be issued for each module.

It is possible to start your journey with any module however, it is recommended that you attend Module 1 before Module2, Module 3 before Module 4 and Module 5 before Module 6.

Module 2: Cervical & Thoracic Spine, Upper Limb

Module 2 is the second part of the two modules on working therapeutically with the structural body.


1. Functional therapeutic anatomy of the thoracic spine, neck, shoulders, elbow, wrist, hand. 

  • What anatomy matters?
  • Observation, palpation and assessment of structure & function.
  • Making structure & function practical.

2. Function-oriented approach to the loco-motor system as applied to the above areas, The heart of practical teaching.

  • Stress reduction
  • Awareness and mind-body connection
  • Functional alignment
  • Strength, endurance, stability
  • Release, support
  • Mobilisation
  • Stretching
  • Daily life practices

3. Systematic presentation of disorders of the thoracic & cervical spine, and upper limb, especially as relevant to yoga teachers: causes, development, typical presentation, functional approach, and guidelines. For example:

  • Kyphosis and posture deterioration
  • Osteoporosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Cervical disc problems, degeneration, nerve compression
  • Impingement and rotator cuff tears of the shoulder
  • Frozen shoulder, shoulder dislocation
  • Epicondylitis, carpal tunnel syndrome

4. What a yoga teacher needs to know about modern medical treatments available and the role of surgery.

5. Neurobiological and systems perspective of dysfunction and pain as a complex output of the nervous system and other organ systems rather than a mechanical phenomenon, and how a holistic yoga approach helps to deal with it.

6. Connecting the principles of classical yoga with modern rehabilitation: taking a holistic view, trajectory of disorders, patterns of life imbalances, role of gunas and doshas etc

7. Outline of ayurvedic perspective and commonly used ayurvedic herbs.

Contact Barbara for further information


6 Prime Road | Grey Lynn | Auckland 1021

m: 021 170 2640
e: [email protected]

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SYTP Module 2