200 hour Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga for Svastha Teacher Training & Personal Wellbeing Program


This life-changing yoga teacher training program isn’t just for aspiring teachers but for anyone who wants to deepen their personal practice and gain a better understanding of the system of yoga and its transformational power. Your journey to living life with more ease and clarity begins here.


We offer a modern approach to ancient wisdom via a comprehensive study of yoga āsanas, prānāyāma, meditation, and yoga psychology. You will gain profound insight into the methodologies and practicalities of facilitating optimal health through yoga and the ability to be a skilful, holistic yoga teacher.


Originally developed by the Mohan family of Svastha Yoga Ayurveda, this program is recognised globally as a an accurate source of yoga knowledge. Svastha Yoga Aotearoa is a fully accredited training provider with Yoga Alliance (RYS) and Yoga New Zealand, and offer the training necessary to teach yoga at the 200-hour certification level.

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The Svastha Yoga Teacher Training program qualifies you as a yoga teacher at the 200-hour certification level. It offers  you a deep understanding of how to teach with sensitivity to students of all ages, abilities, stages of life, and gender identification.

The training has a maximum number of 10 participants. This ensures personal attention and mentoring throughout and allows an opportunity for deep exploration into the essence of yoga, to having all of your questions answered, without getting lost in a crowd.

“At the end of this 200-hour yoga teacher training, I feel much more confident in my practice. It has equipped me with the confidence to teach yoga in an authentic and purposeful way.”  ~ Stella

Recognised by both Yoga Alliance and Yoga New Zealand, this yoga teacher training takes place over nine months and includes:

  • 9 x weekend intensives over 9 months (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Personal mentoring sessions

  • Directed home study (approx 2 hours per week)

The Svastha Yoga Teacher Training program is designed to be manageable to complete around other commitments and is a worthwhile financial and time investment. Over the course you will study:

  • Practice & theory of asana, prānāyāma, meditation & yogic mindfulness.
  • Yoga as a holistic practice for well-being body & mind.
  • Yoga psychology based on the Yogasūtra-s of Patañjali- applying the ancient wisdom of yoga to modern living.
  • Functional anatomy & movement skills.
  • Nervous system function & balance
    Skills in teaching group classes & one-to-one sessions safely, effectively, accessibly & inclusively.
  • Yoga and women’s health.
  • Conscious communication for yoga teaching.
  • An introduction to the ancient science of Ayurveda.
“The course was life-changing for me. I had practiced yoga for many years, but this course and mentoring from Barbara not only gave me a deeper understanding of yoga and took my practice to the next level, but I also saw a huge shift in my personal life.” ~ Louise

Teacher Barbara Coley is an experienced yoga teacher, yoga therapist, and a dedicated yoga practitioner for 30+ years. Her mission is to educate yoga practitioners in the art and science of sound yoga practices, so that they can help themselves and others on a path to personal well-being and life practice.

Our program is open to anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge in yoga and there are no formal prerequisites to enrolling, but we suggest you have been practising yoga in some form for at least 12 months.

Graduates of our 200-hour program have the ideal foundation for continuing studies in the field of Yoga Therapy with the Svastha Yoga Therapy Program.

“Completing the 200-hour program in 2020 has been one of my most rewarding learning opportunities… it has taken the depth of my practice, and understanding, to the next level.” ~ Deborah

We are here any time to discuss how the course might work for you and meet your needs, so get in touch.

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Registrations for 2023 are now open

Program Format & 2023 Training Dates

1) 9 x Weekend Intensives: Saturday – Sunday 8.00am – 5.00pm daily

  • 11th & 12th February 2023
  • 11th & 12th March 2023
  • 15th & 16th April 2023
  • 13th & 14th May 2023
  • 17th & 18th June 2023
  • 15th & 16th July 2023
  • 12th & 13th August 2023
  • 16th & 17th September 2023
  • 14th & 15th October 2023

2) One-to-One mentoring

  • 3 sessions throughout the program at mutually convenient timing.

3) Directed Home Study and Assignments

  • approx 2 hours per week


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

Course Fees

Earlybird – $3,795 payable one month prior to start date (includes deposit)
Regular – $4,195 payable prior to program start date (includes deposit)

Note: A $500 deposit is required on registration. This reserves your place in the programme and is considered your committment to attend, therefore, is not refundable

If paying in full is not accessible, please contact Barbara to discuss a payment plan.

Refund Policy

  • Full refund of monies paid, less non refundable deposit, for withdrawal prior to the earlybird date
  • 25% refund of monies paid, less non-refundable deposit, for withdrawal after early bird date and prior to the commencement of the program
  • No refunds after the program commencement
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Course Material

You will be provided with a comprehensive training manual and additional handouts to help you assimilate the information presented in the program. There is no additional cost for this material.

Recommended texts will be discussed throughout the program, however, are not essential.

Read a little more about the Svastha approach to yoga teacher training here.

Registrations for 2023 are now open


Image shows yoga teacher training lead trainer, Barbara standing in front of a lake with her brown and white border collie. The lake is surrounded by bush.

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 has studied Yoga Therapy intensively [since 2010] with Dr Ganesh Mohan, the Mohans son, 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’s approach to teaching yoga is to encourage her students to move and breathe in a way that is both functional and easeful, encouraging mind-body integration, and cultivating nervous system balance and physical health.

In her role as an educator, Barbara promotes ‘mental health awareness’ as a fundamental skill necessary for all yoga teachers in order to serve their communities well. She encourages teachers & trainee teachers to question dogmatic approaches to teaching methods and alignment cues and facilitates an investigation of mindful teaching, functional anatomy & functional movement skills.

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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Yoga Teacher Training – 200 hours