About Yoga Therapy

Yoga is beneficial for the health in ways that modern science is just beginning to understand.  Even though it has been applied with therapeutic intention for thousands of years, Yoga Therapy is only just now emerging as a discipline in itself.

Yoga therapy is a holistic form of healing that utilises the entire spectrum of yoga practices and the wisdom of Ayurveda,  to affect health and healing on an individual basis. Rather than only treating the specific health concern, yoga therapy considers the whole person – who they are and how they are affected.

While yoga in general, can be considered a therapeutic practice, the very nature of a regular yoga class is that it meets the group as a whole. If you are dealing with a specific injury or health issue, a regular class may not be able to address your specific concern or facilitate positive change in the areas you would like to improve. If this is the case, you might like to consider yoga therapy as an alternative where the emphasis is on a practice that is specifically tailored to meet your needs and health goals.

Programs may vary between people, even if they are experiencing the same or similar issue. This is dependant on many factors –  symptoms, age, physical limitations, lifestyle etc. They wil generally include a breath-centered movement practice, breathing exercises, and relaxation practices. They may also include dietary and lifestyle advice from the ancient science of Ayurveda.

Where there are underlying thought patterns that contribute to our health and/or prevent us from moving forward, we may turn to yoga psychology and the wisdom found in the Yogasutras of Patanjali, to help us sustain change on a deeper level.

Yoga therapy is complimentary to other forms of treatment you may be undergoing and Barbara is always happy to discuss your participation with your health practitioner.

Group Yoga Therapy Programs

Menstrual & Reproductive Health

Barbara is a Certified Yoga Therapist and provides yoga therapy in the following areas, by way of private consultations and also leads small group therapy programs for people experiencing similar health issues:


back | neck | shoulder pain

ankle | knee | hip pain

postural imbalance



recovery from injury

and more…


asthma & other respiratory issues

neurological disease

immune system  disorders


heart health

chronic pain

chronic fatigue

and more…..

mental | emotional

anxiety | stress




addictions | substance abuse

self esteem

body image |eating disorders

and more…

womens health

menstrual disorders


preparing for conception

healthy pregnancy

post natal care

perimenopause | menopause

and more…..

“After a road accident, I was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) resulting in anxiety and tinnitus. The simplest of daily tasks were difficult to perform and my confidence and optimism both suffered. My doctor and physiotherapist both recommended yoga for meditation and breathing.

Since starting yoga therapy with Barbara, I have been able to manage pain better but, most importantly my anxiety levels have reduced considerably, and the level of tinnitus has reduced, I am physically and mentally stronger, I feel more in control, and I’m slowly getting my confidence back. I’m sure that it is the benefits I have been getting from yoga that have seen me, under my doctor’s guidance, able to reduce my medication, and I am now able to sleep at night without it.

I thoroughly recommend yoga therapy with Barbara to anyone needing help with recovery and illness.”

~ Julie Jones, November 2017

Private Yoga Therapy Sessions with Barbara

For the best results, Barbara recommends an initial commitment of at least 3 sessions, however, single sessions are also available.

The first session is generally 90 minutes in duration. During this session, we will discuss your specific needs and the goals you wish to achieve. Barbara will assess where you are now, in regard to your experience and current level of ability, mobility etc. The program designed for you will take all of these points into consideration so that it enables optimum progress towards to your goals.

You will be provided with a copy of this practice, detailing suitable postures and breathing, for you to practice at home.

During the next and subsequent sessions, we will review & fine tune your practice, add or subtract postures as necessary and continue to refine movement & breathing.

Yoga Therapy Consultation Fees:

  • Initial session (90mins) – $120
  • Single session – $90 per hour
  • Prepay 3 sessions – $250
  • Prepay 5 sessions – $405
  • Group Therapy Courses – variable

Svastha Yoga New Zealand

6 Prime Road Grey Lynn Auckland 1021 m: 021 170 2640 e: [email protected]

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