Level 1 Yoga Teaching Training (200 hours) & Personal Wellbeing Program

February – August 2020

Kia ora koutou and thank you for your interest in this 200 hour Yoga Teaching Foundations & Personal Wellbeing Program.

This program is for dedicated yoga practitioners who want to understand the deeper layers of yoga  and enrich their own practice and life.

Whether attending the program for personal development or with the intention of learning to teach, you will be nurtured and supported throughout your journey toward greater self-discovery and equanimity.

You will be empowered with skills from the art & science of yoga to enhance personal wellbeing and nourish your thirst for sound knowledge. You will receive a practical and theoretical understanding of yoga – yoga psychology, asana, pranayama, meditation, anatomy and teaching principles.

Combined with your evolving personal practice, this will give you a sound platform from which to commence your journey as a qualified yoga teacher and share your passion with others.

A small training group (maximum 10) provides a nourishing and supportive environment that caters to each students’ personal needs. 

200 hour Yoga Teacher Training

This training will provide you with a foundational understanding of yoga practice, yoga theory and yoga teaching.

Areas of study include:

  • Practice & theory of asana, pranayama, meditation & yogic mindfulness
  • Functional anatomy as applies to yoga practice
  • Yoga psychology – how to apply the ancient wisdom of the yogasutras to modern living.
  • Skills in teaching group classes safely, effectively and inclusively
  • Skills in sequencing and adapting practices to suit different needs
  • An introduction to the ancient science of Ayurveda
  • Developing your own personalised yoga practice with guidance
200 hour Yoga Alliance Registration Mark

In addition, this program will give you:

  • 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
  • A platform from which to continue advanced yoga studies
  • The opportunity to be part of a community on a similar journey
  • A certificate of completion of 200 hour yoga teaching training to register with Yoga Alliance & Yoga New Zealand.

Registrations for 2020 are now closed, please contact Barbara for information on the next training dates.

Program Dates

2 x 4-day intensives plus 3 x 3-day intensives – 8.00am – 6.00pm daily (Saturday – Sunday)

  • 14th – 17th February (Friday – Monday)
  • 28th – 30th March (Saturday – Monday)
  • 9th – 11th  May  (Saturday – Monday)
  • 27th – 29th  June (Saturday – Monday)
  • 21st – 24th August (Friday – Monday)

Online Classes

5 x 2 hour sessions (dates to be confirmed)

One to One mentoring sessions

2 sessions @  60 – 90 minutes; either in person or online (by appointment)


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

Program Fees, Certification & Assessment

This program is open to anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge in yoga. Although there are no formal prerequisites to attending, due to the depth of material and personal commitment required, it is suggested that you have had an ongoing practice for at least one year and are certain in your desire to attend such a program.

It is also recommended that, wherever possible, you attend a number of Barbara’s classes to 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 90% of training sessions to successfully graduate from this program.

Certification and Continuing Education

This program fulfills the Yoga Alliance’s 200-hour certification requirements and is currently in the process of being reviewed for registration with Yoga New Zealand.

On successful graduation, participants will be eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level and Yoga New Zealand as a Level 1 Yoga Teacher. This will enable them to publish a public profile on their respective websites.

Registration costs involved with both organisations are at the graduate’s own expense.

Statue of Bhagavan Patanjali

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
  • 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 – $3,800
Earlybird – $3,500 (available until 31st December 2019)

Fees include:
Group training intensives
Mentoring Sessions
Training Manual and additional handouts

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


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

Balance – $3,300 payable by 31st January 2020
Earlybird Balance – $3,000 payable on or before 31st December 2019

Refund Policy:

  • Full refund (less non-refundable deposit) for withdrawal prior to 31st December 2019.
  • 50% refund (less non-refundable deposit) for withdrawal after 31st December 2019 and before 31st January 2020.
  • No refunds after 31st January 2020.
  • No refunds after commencement of the program.
200 hour Yoga Alliance Registration Mark

Registrations for 2020 are now closed, please contact Barbara for the next training dates.


Barbara Coley - Lead Trainer

Barbara Coley started practicing yoga in 1992. At the time she held a senior position as a Financial Controller, 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. 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:
C-IAYT and E-RYT500 Registration Marks

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