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Svastha Yoga Therapy

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.

Module 2: 24th – 28th November 2021
Bookings open now. 

Program Content:

Body | Locomotor System

Module 1: Low Back. Pelvis & Lower Limb (Closed)

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. You can choose to study:

a) Online with Dr Guenter Niessen and Dr Ganesh Mohan (dates to be advised)
or
b) 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 – 5-day training $850 incl GST (earlybird)

This fee applies to face-to-face training in Auckland.

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.

Earlybird payment due by Friday 11th June

Program Dates: 24th – 28th June 2021

 

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:

This program will be held face-to-face in Auckland with Barbara Coley

Fees – 5-day training $850 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.

Program Dates

Wednesday 24th – 28th November, 2021

 

Refund Policy:

  • A full refund of monies paid (less non-refundable deposit) for withdrawal prior to one month of the 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

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.

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.

 

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

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