200 hour Yoga Teacher Training

Rarotonga Intensive

Yoga for Svastha Teacher Training & Personal Wellbeing Program

Join Barbara and Emmilee in Rarotonga 21st May – 12th June, 2022 for our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training & Personal Wellbeing Program. Same great content but an intensive experience in a beautiful setting.

Set in the stunningly beautiful environment of Rarotonga, this yoga teacher training intensive invites you to enjoy a peaceful break from routine while allowing the depth of yoga to be explored and assimilated.

This training offers a small class size to ensure personal attention and mentoring throughout. This is a rare opportunity to fully immerse yourself into the essence of yoga.

The Svastha Yoga Teacher Training and Personal Wellbeing program is perfect for aspiring teachers and practitioners who wish to deepen their practice and understanding of yoga. You will be prepared to teach yoga accessibly, with clarity, heart, skill and wisdom.

A young woman with her back to the camera holding an orange and a green yoga mat under her arms. She is dresses in black and on her way to a yoga teacher training program

Recognised by both Yoga Alliance and Yoga New Zealand, this yoga teacher training takes place over 23 days – 4 x 5 day intensives with one day off between intensives.

Over the course you will study:

  • Practice & theory of Asana, Pranayama, Meditation & Yogic Mindfulness

  • Yoga as a holistic practice for well-being body & mind

  • Yoga psychology – a study of the Yogasūtras of Patañjali, applying the ancient wisdom of yoga to modern living

  • Functional anatomy & movement skills

  • Nervous system function & balance, including concepts from the latest research in neuroscience (Polyvagal Theory etc.)

  • Skills in teaching group classes & one-to-one sessions safely, effectively, accessibly & inclusively

  • 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 of over 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 a 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. Please note, all attendees must be fully vaccinated against Covid.

Graduates of our 200-hour program then have a pathway to 350-hour registration, with Yoga New Zealand (Level 2 Teaching qualification) by completing three 50-hour continuing education programs at Svastha Yoga.

“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.

Program Format & Training Dates

1) 20 days training over 23 days (3 x rest days) 8.00am – 4.00pm daily

  • 21st – 25th May – training days
  • 26th May – rest day
  • 27th – 31st May – training days
  • 1st June – rest day
  • 2nd – 6th June – training days
  • 7th June – rest day
  • 8th – 12th June – training days

2) Personal Mentoring

2 sessions during the program


Sukha Yoga Retreat Centre
Matavera Road, Matavera, Cook Islands

Course Fees

Earlybird – $3,695 payable two months prior to start date (includes deposit)

Not Quite Earlybird – $3,895 payable one month prior to start date

Regular – $4,295 payable prior to program start date

Above prices are inclusive of a $500 non-refundable deposit.

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

Included in Fees:

21 days training
2 x personal mentoring sessions with Barbara
Comprehensive training manual plus additional handouts
Midday meal during training days

Not included in Fees:

Travel costs & accommodation, including insurance etc

Statue of Bhagavan Patanjali


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.

Registrations for 2022 are now open

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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.

Lead Trainer, 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 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] Dr Ganesh Mohan, 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 to embrace. She encourages teachers & trainee teachers to question dogmatic approaches to teaching methods and alignment cues and facilitates an investigation of functional anatomy & 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.

Teaching Assistant, Emmilee Laurie-Fendall is a New Zealand Yoga New Zealand level 2 registered teacher with over five years teaching experience in Australia and New Zealand. Her passion is using the tools of yoga to help people move well, breathe well, and live well.

Emmilee took her first yoga teacher training in Thailand in 2016. This set her on the path of continuing yoga education, and she has since completed certificates in health science through the Southern Institute of technology while continuing to add yoga trainings to her CV becoming certified in Yin Yoga and Prenatal yoga. As well taking many Therapeutic Yoga Modules through Svastha Yoga.

Emmilee currently lives in Central Otago where she teaches group classes, small therapeutic courses, and private yoga. When she is not teaching or practising yoga, she can be found outside; trail running, biking, tramping or snowboarding.

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