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.

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.


This video was taken during Module 6 (Stress & Anxiety), held in Auckland December 2017 – practicing strength & empowerment!

Bookings are now open for Module 6

25th – 29th March 2021

Module Content:

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..


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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