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Svastha Yoga Therapy

Body | Locomotor System

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 should 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 that have a flexible struture a flexible structure. Each module may be attended independently and certificates are issued for each module.

Bookings are now open for Module 1

24th – 28th June 2021

Program Content:

Module 1: Low Back. Pelvis & Lower Limb

Content

  1. Anatomy and function of the lumbar spine, pelvis, hip joint, knees, feet, gait and posture.
  2. Observation and palpation of pertinent structures.
  3. Systematic presentation of disorders of the lumbar spine, pelvis and lower limb, specially as relevant to yoga teachers:
    • Most common disorders that a yoga teacher is likely to see in students
    • Cause of disorders and their development
    • Typical presentation of the important problems
  4. The following disorders and more will be discussed:
    • Intervertebral disc problems
    • Instability, facet joint problems
    • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
    • Soft tissue related disorders (muscles, ligaments, tendons)
    • Hip and knee arthritis
    • Meniscal and ligament tears of the knee
    • Dropped arches and hallus valgus
  5. Function-oriented approach and guidelines for these conditions using the tools of yoga (particularly movement and breathing).
  6. Classical yoga methods of Krishnamacharya combined with modern medical concepts (pain-free mobility, stability, endurance, strength, range of motion, flexibility).
  7. What a yoga teacher needs to know about the modern medical treatments available and the role of surgery.
  8. Outline of ayurvedic perspective and commonly used ayurvedic herbs.

Mode of Delivery:

In 2021, this program will be held in two formats:

  1. Online with Dr Guenter Niessen and Dr Ganesh Mohan – April 2021.(exact dates to be advised)
  2. Face-to-face in Auckland with Barbara Coley

Please note: only bookings for face-to-face trainings are handled by Svastha Yoga Aotearoa. Once bookings are open for online training, a link will be added above.

Fees:

Earlybird: $850 incl GST (payable by 24th May 2021)

Regular: $920.00 incl GST

A deposit of $250 is required on registration in the program. This will reserve your place in the program and is seen as your commitment to attend, therefore, is non-refundable.

Refund Policy:

  • Full refund of monies paid (less non-refundable deposit) for withdrawal prior to one month of program start date
  • 25% refund of monies paid (less non-refundable deposit) for withdrawal after one month prior to program start date
  • No refunds after commencement of the program.

Location:

Dunottar Hall
175 Garnet Road,
Westmere,
Auckland 1022

Module 2: Cervical & Thoracic Spine, Upper Limb

Content

  1. Anatomy and function of the thoracic and cervical spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand.
  2. Observation and palpation of pertinent structures.
  3. Systematic presentation of important disorders of the thoracic spine, cervical spine and upper limb, specially as relevant to yoga teachers:
    • Most common disorders that a yoga teacher is likely to see in students
    • Cause of disorders and their development
    • Typical presentation of the important problems
  4. The following disorders and more will be discussed:
    • Osteoporosis
    • Scoliosis
    • Neck pain due to muscular imbalances & posture
    • Cervical disc problems
    • Instability, facet joint problems
    • Rotator cuff tears and impingement syndrome of the shoulder
    • Epicondylitis (tennis elbow / golfers elbow)
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  5. Function-oriented approach and guidelines for these conditions using the tools of yoga (particularly movement and breathing).
  6. Classical yoga methods of Krishnamacharya combined with modern medical concepts (pain-free mobility, stability, endurance, strength, range of motion, flexibility).
  7. What a yoga teacher needs to know about the modern medical treatments available and the role of surgery.

Mode of Delivery:

In 2021, this program will be held in two formats:

  1. Online with Dr Guenter Niessen and Dr Ganesh Mohan (exact dates to be advised)
  2. Face-to-face in Auckland with Barbara Coley – please contact Barbara for dates

Please note: only bookings for face-to-face trainings are handled by Svastha Yoga Aotearoa. Once bookings are open for online training, a link will be added above.

Fees:

Earlybird: $850 incl GST (payable by 24th May 2021)

Regular: $920.00 incl GST

A deposit of $250 is required on registration in the program. This will reserve your place in the program and is seen as your commitment to attend, therefore, is non-refundable.

Refund Policy:

  • Full refund of monies paid (less non-refundable deposit) for withdrawal prior to one month of program start date
  • 25% refund of monies paid (less non-refundable deposit) for withdrawal after one month prior to program start date
  • No refunds after commencement of the program.

Location:

Dunottar Hall
175 Garnet Road,
Westmere,
Auckland 1022

Breath | Internal Medicine & Breath

Module 3: Anatomy, Physiology, Sequencing of the Breath; Respiratory & Cardiovascular Disorders

Content

  1. Experience and understand the functional anatomy and pathology of different breathing patterns.
  2. Analyze and modify breathing patterns in different asana to address the needs of the student.
  3. Functional approach to the breath using conscious modulation, gravity, body position, muscle action, relaxation etc.
  4. Progressively sequencing the breath for students in steps from abdominal breathing to chest breathing, deep breathing, long breathing, etc.
  5. Using sound and chanting to work on the breath therapeutically.
  6. Disorder based considerations for specific conditions. For example, in respiratory and cardiovascular systems:
    • Asthma
    • COPD and other breathing difficulties
    • Holistic approach to prevention and therapy of heart disease
    • High and low blood pressure
    • Heart failure
  7. Safety considerations in yoga sessions for clients with respiratory and cardiovascular issues, breathing difficulty and respiratory diseases.
  8. Orientation on relevant disease-related ayurvedic guidelines concerning lifestyle, diet, and useful herbs.
  9. Application of relevant traditional yoga concepts e.g. Brmhana, Langhana.

 

In 2021, this program will be held in two formats:

  1. Online with Dr Guenter Niessen and Dr Ganesh Mohan (exact dates to be advised)
  2. Face-to-face in Auckland with Barbara Coley – please contact Barbara for expected dates

Please note: only bookings for face-to-face trainings are handled by Svastha Yoga Aotearoa. Once bookings are open for online training, a link will be added above.

Fees:

Earlybird: $850 incl GST (payable by 24th May 2021)

Regular: $920.00 incl GST

A deposit of $250 is required on registration in the program. This will reserve your place in the program and is seen as your commitment to attend, therefore, is non-refundable.

Refund Policy:

  • Full refund of monies paid (less non-refundable deposit) for withdrawal prior to one month of program start date
  • 25% refund of monies paid (less non-refundable deposit) for withdrawal after one month prior to program start date
  • No refunds after commencement of the program.

Location:

Dunottar Hall
175 Garnet Road,
Westmere,
Auckland 1022

Module 4: Pranayama, Ayurveda, Neurological/Digestive/Hormonal/Immune Systems

Content

  1. Safety considerations in yoga sessions for balance problems, movement disorders.
  2. Observation and assessment skills: setting optimal and realistic goals based on physical limitations and challenges.
  3. Working with the inner body awareness and the breath as a pathway to access physiological balance.
  4. Disorder based considerations for specific conditions. For example:
    • Problems of ageing
    • Parkinson’s disease, Multiple sclerosis, Stroke
    • Chronic pain, fatigue syndromes
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome and digestive problems
    • Menstrual disorders
  5. Visualization and imagination in yoga practice, to influence the physiology of the body with the tools of the mind.
  6. Pranayama as a therapeutic tool:
    • Different types of Pranayama
    • Sequencing Pranayama
    • Relation to ayurveda
  7. An overview of traditional yoga concepts related to pranayama: Nadis, Prana, Koshas etc.
  8. Introduction to assessment of Ayurvedic constitution or prakrti and its use.

 

In 2021, this program will be held Online with Dr Guenter Niessen and Dr Ganesh Mohan (exact dates to be advised)

Once bookings are open for online training, a link will be added above for booking & Payment.

Fees:

TBA by Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda

Location: Online with Dr Ganesh Mohan & Dr Guenter Neissen

Mind | Yoga Psychology

Module 5: Depression, Addictions

Content

  1. Classical yoga concepts and texts relevant to mental health
    • Concept and importance of vrtti-samskara cycle
    • Role of focus and stillness of the mind
  2. Yogic mindfulness (smrti-sadhana)
    • Theory and applications
    • Mindfulness in asana
    • Mindfulness with the breath
    • Mindfulness in daily life
  3. Cognitive reframing (pratipaksha bhavana and jnana vrttis
    • Examination of cognitive thoughts from yoga perspective
    • Combating cognitive distortions
  4. Depression and addictions
    • Overview of modern psychology perspective
    • Scope and role of yoga in the therapy
    • Principles of management
  5. Setting priorities and devising a session plan for
    depression and related mental health issues.
  6. Developing holistic yoga practices including asanas to support the above practices, combining body, breath, and mind.
  7. Safety considerations for the yoga teacher. Managing the teacher-student, therapist-client relationship.
  8. Perspective of ayurveda and useful ayurvedic herbs as relevant.

Please contact Barbara regarding training dates and modes for this module

Module 6: Stress, Anxiety

Content

  1. Embodiment as an essential wellness skill for the mind.
    • Modern view of importance of mind-body connection
    • Yoga insights into mind-body connection
  2. Stress and trauma
    • Neurobiology of the stress response
    • Yoga tools to work with stress
    • Adapting yoga for clients with past trauma (trauma aware yoga)
  3. Mantra meditation as a therapeutic tool
    • Psychology and theory
    • Common barriers and questions from students
  4. Positive psychology practices, including scope and application.
    • Acceptance
    • Gratitude
    • Loving kindness
  5. Sacredness, meaning, and devotion (isvara pranidhana and related practices)
  6. Ritual practices and symbolism
    • Traditional and modern rituals, concepts and psychology
    • Creating simple rituals in yoga practice
  7. The gunas (satva, rajas, tamas) and their role as a framework for mental health.
  8. Safety considerations for the yoga teacher. Managing the teacher-student, therapist-client relationship.

Please contact Barbara regarding training dates and modes for this module

Integration & Systems Review

Module 7: Holistic Case Studies, Assorted Topics

Content

Module 7 covers topics such as end of life, diabetes, etc., that require an integrated view. We alos look over topics from other modules and do a systems review.

In 2021, this program was held Online with Dr Guenter Niessen and Dr Ganesh Mohan.

Information will be posted here once the next dates & mode of delivery is advised.

Fees:

TBA by Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda

Program Highlights

  1. Authoritative background in classical yoga and Ayurveda:
    This program offers a direct link to profound sources
  2. Mainstream medical content:
    You can feel confident in interacting with healthcare professionals using the knowledge you gain from this program
  3. Clear, practical approach:
    The highlight of Svastha yoga’s approach is clarity and usability
  4. Holistic perspective:
    Combining traditional yoga with a wide spectrum of modern medicine (general medicine, rehabilitation, psychiatry), complementary medicine (movement therapies, myofascial work, herbs), and ayurveda wherever relevant.
  5. Open framework:
    The modular approach, combined with an emphasis on mainstream acceptability, means you can integrate these skills easily with other studies, as well as build upon them.

This program is registered at the 300-hour level with Yoga Alliance

NZ Faculty

Barbara Coley

Barbara Coley, C-IAYT, RYT-500, director of Svastha Yoga Aotearoa is the lead teacher of the Svastha Yoga Therapy Program in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

She has been practising yoga since the 1970s and teaching since 2006. Barbara has deepened her understanding of yoga through extensive studies with her teachers and mentors, A.G. Mohan and Indra Mohan of Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda.

Barbara commenced her studies in yoga therapy in 2010 with Dr Ganesh Mohan and certified as a yoga therapist in 2016.

 

Barbara Coley

Kerri-Anne Edge Hill, C-IAYT, Senior (Level 4) Yoga Teacher – Yoga NZ. Kerri-Anne is a Yoga Therapist and independent Yoga Teacher based in Te Anau, southern Aotearoa. She has practiced Yoga since 1999 and began teaching in 2007.

Kerri-Anne completed the Svastha Yoga Therapy Programme in 2018 and joined the teaching faculty the following year. She brings with her a background in science and research, including a PhD in behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology, and continues to work in conservation.

“The isolation, beauty, and often challenging weather in Fiordland has shaped how, what, and why I teach Yoga. It has also informed the path that I have taken with Yoga Therapy as a tangible way of serving my community.”

 

 

Barbara Coley

Karyn Stein is currently completing an MA program in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University in California. Both of Karyn’s parents enjoyed yoga hence, Karyn has also practiced since she was young.

Karyn offers online hatha, prenatal, and fertility yoga classes through Earth Strong Yoga (Earthstrongyoga.com). She has used asana, meditation and pranayama as a tool for enhancing her own fertility and for natural birthing at home. 

Karyn trained in yoga with IYTA New Zealand and completed her Pregnancy & Fertility Yoga training with Bliss Baby Yoga in Australia. She has been teaching for th elast four years and is one module off completion of her Diploma in Yoga Therapy.

Karyn is passionate about caring for our planet through simple living, organic farming and minimizing consumption. She has a PhD in Sustainability from the University of Otago. She loves to travel, spend time with family and grow food on her off-grid homestead with her two daughters and partner.

Program Director & Guest Presenter

Dr. Ganesh Mohan

Dr. Ganesh Mohan of Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda, is a physician trained in both conventional medicine and ayurveda. He is the son of A. G. Mohan, who was a personal student of Krishnamacharya for 18 years from 1971 to 1989, and Indra Mohan.

Ganesh started practicing yoga in the tradition of Krishnamacharya under his parents’ guidance as a child. He is well-versed in related traditional studies such as yoga philosophy and Vedic chanting. His work in therapeutic yoga centers around employing the most relevant methods from ancient and modern healthcare.

Ganesh is an advisor to the International Association of Yoga Therapists in the USA and the Australian Association of Yoga Therapists.

Ganesh appears as guest presenter in some modules when his schedule and travel allows..

Testimonials

I have been a student of the Svastha Yoga Therapy Program since 2015, and in 2018 completed the 300-hour Foundations of Therapeutic Yoga with Barbara Coley and Dr Ganesh Mohan.

As a Yoga Teacher with an interest in offering yoga that is relevant and accessible to the community within which I teach, I found this program immensely valuable.  Not surprisingly, this course has also been very beneficial to me on a personal level; the spacing of the modules worked particularly well for assimilating the knowledge and skills into my own life and my teaching. The in-depth, face-to-face training I have received in Auckland has been greatly supported via ongoing mentoring with Barbara.

A strength of this program is that it has been co-developed, rigorously peer-reviewed, and taught over the past decade by several Senior Svastha Yoga teachers.  These individuals have contributed their own knowledge and experience from eastern and western modalities. This approach is further enhanced by consideration of the relevant cultural context within which the programme is being taught and the learning applied.

The curriculum and teaching provide clarity with respect to what is ‘Yoga’ versus ‘Yoga Therapy’ and scope of practice.  I found this particularly useful given it is an emerging field, especially in New Zealand.

Whether your interest is personal, from the perspective of a Yoga Teacher, or work in human health, I highly recommend this program.

Kerri-Anne Edge Hill

Yoga Teacher/Yoga Therapist, Flourish, Te Anau

‘I recently completed  the Module 2, Cervical and thoracic spine, upper limb of the Svastha Yoga therapy training. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and came away with a deeper knowledge of these areas of the body. I have already started to integrate these learnings into my yoga classes and my own practice. I look forward to sharing these practices in one on one settings also. Barbara and Kerri-Anne are a great team and their teaching was professional, thorough and very practical. I would definitely recommend this training to anyone who is interested in Yoga Therapy.’
Machel Hiskens

Yoga Teacher

I feel very privileged to have completed the Svastha Yoga Therapy training with Dr Ganesh Mohan and cannot recommend this course highly enough.

Ganesh’s breadth and depth of knowledge is extensive.  Drawing on his training as a Western medical doctor as well as an ayurvedic practitioner, he offers a very balanced and common sense approach to yoga therapy.  His knowledge of anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, ayurveda, psychology and yoga philosophy, including an in-depth understanding of the yoga sutras make this training, in my opinion, one of a kind.

We are given an understanding of the physiology and usual medical treatment for any condition, which I found invaluable because the yoga therapist usually works alongside other practitioners. Then we explore the range of techniques used by the yoga therapist to further assist the patient.  This gives a consolidated approach to the patient’s treatment. I also found the structure of the course very logical and easy to understand.

I regularly draw on my knowledge from my yoga therapy training even in my regular yoga classes.  This training has assisted me to become a much more knowledgeable and compassionate teacher. Thank-you Ganesh, and thank-you Svastha NZ for bringing Ganesh to this side of the world to share his vast knowledge and love of yoga with us.

Tracy Gray

Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, Brisbane, Australia

6 Prime Road | Grey Lynn | Auckland 1021

m: 021 170 2640
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