Svastha Yoga Therapy Training

From the authors of Yoga Therapy: A Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Yoga and Ayurveda for Health and Fitness, Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings, and Hatha Yoga Pradipika: Translation with Notes from Krishnamacharya, the 300-hour Svastha Yoga Therapy Foundations training by the Mohans lays the foundation for the comprehensive knowledge and practice of yoga for wellbeing and therapy.

This training is rooted in ancient wisdom combined with modern science and is refined by extensive application over decades. You will gain broad skills, deep knowledge, and relevant experience to increase resilience, prevent health problems, recover from illness, and teach this to others effectively

There are two parts to this program
1.    300-hour Yoga therapy Foundations (offered here by Svastha Yoga Manchester in conjunction with the Mohan family)
2.    Continued study with Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda to complete the full 800 hour Svastha Yoga therapy Program, consisting of an additional 350 hours online plus 150 hours of self-managed practicum.

300 Hour Svastha Yoga Therapy Foundations

Presented by Svastha Yoga UK

The 300-hour Svastha Yoga Therapy Foundation Program is an advanced Teacher training registered at the RYS300 level with Yoga Alliance.
The course supports yoga teachers to better serve their own communities through the development of knowledge and skills to address student needs and work with populations requiring a therapeutic approach.
The program also acts as a prerequisite for Yoga teachers wishing to complete the full 800-hour Svastha Yoga therapy Program

1) Face to face training in Greater Manchester UK with Jane Craggs

  • 8 Modules presented over 16 x 2-day intensives.
  •  10 hours of mentoring (to be scheduled separately.)
  •  Occasional drop-ins via Zoom by Dr Ganesh Mohan

2) Direct study with Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda (priced and paid for separately)

  • Foundations of Ayurveda (US $300) Yoga Sutra and Samkhya (US $300) Online study with Dr Ganesh Mohan.
  • Mentoring and teachers’ guidance with Dr Ganesh Mohan, AG Mohan and Indra Mohan 40 hours live online @ 4 hours per month (US$20 per month)

Is this program for me?

You will benefit from this program if you are a yoga teacher, health coach, healthcare professional, or a serious yoga student.

– As a yoga teacher you will address the wellbeing needs of your students effectively, expand your teachings, and take key steps toward becoming a certified yoga therapist.

– As a health coach you will greatly expand your offerings to your clients with depth and clarity.

– As a healthcare professional (physiotherapist, psychologist, physician), you will learn how to take a practical, scientific, holistic view of health and bring that to your patients.

– As a serious yoga student, you will gain the skills to be well, systematically, lifelong, through yoga.

Please note: To apply for this program, you must have already completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training or its equivalent.

What will I learn in this program?

Through Svastha Yoga Therapy, you will:

I. Learn and Apply Universal Wellbeing Skills in 10 Domains

Map wellbeing comprehensively across 10 domains: Habit & Change, Awareness, Feelings, Thoughts & Words, Movement, Breathing, Nutrition, Senses & Lifestyle, Relationships, and Life Meaning.
Transform yourself and your clients with extensive guided practices, reflections, daily life application, and more.
Understand, practice, and combine the best of multiple approaches, both traditional and modern.

II. Dive Deep into Traditional Frameworks
Study classical frameworks such as guṇa, doṣa, kleśa, mantra, mudra, nyāsa, devotion, eight limbs etc. from ancient wisdom.
Understand the traditional perspectives of yoga with breadth, depth, and clarity from trusted and authentic sources.

III. Be Confident with Relevant Modern Science
Understand relevant information from modern biology and medicine to work towards wellbeing and offer yoga therapy.
Learn anatomy, physiology, systems-based thinking and more.

IV. Understand Major Disorders and Yoga Therapy Guidelines
Understand major disorders: symptoms, pathology, progression, contraindications.
Map modern diagnoses to a holistic, skills-based approach.
Strategize and choose pathways to manage patterns of imbalances.
Understand the traditional approach to major disorders.

V. Receive Ongoing Mentoring and Guidance for Teachers & Therapists
Acquire comprehensive client assessment skills.
Learn to design practices and sequences for different needs.
Establish effective communication and therapeutic relationship.
Delivering accessible skills in multiple ways.
Understand contraindications and guide clients safely.
Gain practical insights through case studies and ongoing mentoring.

Course Content

Module 1: Foundations of Well-being and Yoga Therapy: Patterns and Holistic Change.

Duration – 10 hour

18-19 Jan 2025

£250

This course lays the foundation for understanding the traditional approach of yoga and
ayurveda toward wellbeing. Building on that, we then explore the practical ways to create
sustainable positive transformation. The contents of this course are at the heart of all work as a yoga student, yoga facilitator and teacher of wellbeing, and as a yoga therapist.

In this course you will: 

  • Appreciate the holistic view of yoga and ayurveda.
  • Explore wellbeing as the balance of functions in all levels of yourself.
  • Use the full-spectrum Svastha map of wellbeing to look at the skills of wellbeing.
  • Receive an introduction to assessing imbalance.
  • Work with the ways to create, support, and sustain positive change.
  • Understand conscious vs. unconscious in the yoga view: patterns and shifts.
  • Appreciate the importance of the principle of adaptation—use it or lose it.
  • Explore willpower, energy, resistance, effort as parameters that influence change.
  • Differentiate stress vs. challenge. Cultivate safety, resilience. Understand coping and allostasis.
  • Use curiosity, exploration, play, and the new vs familiar.
  • Cognize the role of environment in change: supports for new patterns, triggers for old patterns.
  • Choose steps in the journey of change: small steps and large steps.
  • Adjust degree of challenge: less vs more in time and complexity.
  • Manage lapses, trying again vs trying differently.
  • Work with motivation: values, conviction, insight, changing vs. growing.
  • Explore the personal meaning of change, value system, intrinsic and extrinsic rewards, changing vs. growing.
  • Cultivating acceptance, balancing engagement and letting go.

 Traditional Frameworks

  • vṛtti, samskāra
  • hetu, phala, āśraya, ālambana
  • śraddhā, vīrya, prajñā
  • tapas, svādhyāya, īśvara-praṇidhāna
  • vrata/vow/commitment
Module 2: Breathe Well: Master Course on Breathing & for Well-being & Yoga Therapy

Duration: 40 Hours

15-16 Feb, 15-16 Mar,12-13 Apr 2025

£750

This master course covers the keys of breathing well: skills, practices, wisdom, insights, and science.

In summary, in this course, you will:

  • Learn the skills needed to breathe well, lifelong.
  • Receive guided exercises, observation and assessment, and teaching practice for those skills.
  • Understand the necessary functional anatomy of breathing techniques.
  • Learn decision pathways to work with imbalances of the breath.
  • Understand safety and contraindications of different breathing skills.

Topics include:

  • Charting the parameters of breathing.
    Observing the breath as it is.
  • Finding comfort with the natural breath and understanding its uses.
  • Regulating the cycle of breathing skillfully.
  • Managing the effort of breathing: decreasing the effort of breathing with ease, increasing the effort with arousal.
  • Working with deep breathing and shallow breathing.
  • Understanding the anatomy, principles, and practice of physical patterns of breathing and their uses, including abdominal breathing, lower rib breathing, upper chest breathing, and breathing into the back.
  • Appreciating the connection between breath and body movement and its practical uses.
  • Lengthening the breath with care and comfort.
  • Safely using fast breathing.
  • Cultivating the inhalation: including using movement, position, touch, visualization, sound, and sequencing.
  • Cultivating the exhalation: including using movement, position, touch, visualization, sound, and sequencing.
  • Developing breath suspension, safety, contraindications, benefits, sequencing and more.
  • Using breathing ratios and stepped breathing in asana and pranayama.
  • Using ujjāyī breathing in asana.
  • Working with sound to enhance breathing.

Traditional Frameworks

  • prāṇa, deśa, kāla, saṁkhyā, dīrgha, sūkṣma
  • sama-vṛtti, viṣama-vṛtti, vairambha

Modern Science

  • Functional anatomy of the respiratory system.
  • Functional anatomy of breathing cycle.
  • Physiology of respiration, including:control of breathing
    • gas exchange and transport
    • energy generation
    • metabolic impact, acid-base balance
    • hyperventilation and hypoventilation
  • Introduction to visceral regulation and breathing:
    • interoception, homeostasis
    • vagal tone, heart rate variability, regulation through breath
    • connections based on polyvagal theory
Module 3: Respiratory & Cardiovascular Disorders

15 hours

17-18 May 2025

£250

This master course covers the yoga therapy approach to assessment, protocol development, and teaching guidelines for disordered breathing and cardiovascular conditions.
Learn to use yoga therapy to help people with asthma, allergies, sinusitis, COPD, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and ischemic heart disease, heart failure, arrhythmias, deep vein thrombosis and more.

  • Understand common imbalances of breathing patterns and how to use yoga methods to work with them.
  • Learn the medical science relevant to yoga therapy: anatomy, physiology, pathology, symptoms and signs, and course of the disease.
  • Use the Svastha map of 10 domains and skills to translate the medical diagnosis into self-care and yoga therapy parameters that you can work with.
  • Go over common presentations of these conditions with template case studies.
  • Receive practical guidelines to work safely and effectively with clients with these conditions.

Module 4: Move Well: Master Course on Yoga Therapy for Locomotor Issues

 60 hours

14-15 Jun, 12-13 Jul, 6-7 Sept,4-5 Oct 2025

£1000

This course will take you through all the important skills of movement for each region of the body, the major disorders that arise in those regions, and the yoga therapy approach to managing them. These same skills are also what keep your locomotor system healthy and help you move well, through all phases of life.

In summary, in this course, you will:

  • Learn the locomotor skills needed to move well.
  • Receive guided exercises, observation and assessment, and teaching practice for those skills.
  • Understand the necessary functional anatomy of key body regions.
  • Learn decision pathways to work with imbalances of these body regions.
  • Appreciate the implication of major locomotor system disorders and diagnoses and learn how to approach them.
  • Understand safety and contraindications along with each skill and disorder-based management.

Topics include:

  • Understanding, practicing, and teaching the skills of moving well:pain-management as needed
    • awareness & exploration
    • relaxation, release
    • mobilization, easing movement
    • stability, control
    • strength, endurance
    • range of movement, stretching
    • alignment for safe and effective force transmission and loading
    • balance, gait
    • agility, speed and responsiveness
    • coordination, increasing complexity
    • positive emotion and supportive dialogue toward the body
    • breathing to support moving well
    • play, exploration, intrinsic reward
  • Learning and teaching guided exercises for each of these regions to develop important movement skills, with a holistic focus:
    • low back
    • mid & upper back
    • neck
    • shoulder
    • elbow, wrist & hand
    • sacrum
    • hip
    • knee
    • ankle & foot
  • Learning and teaching guided practices combining multiple movement skills for a region and across regions.
  • Appreciating safety and contraindications in teaching and practice.
  • Observing a student, assessing locomotor imbalances, and working with decision pathways or protocols for managing those imbalances.
    • Working with major locomotor disorders such as:lumbar spine (chronic low back pain, disc herniation, sciatica, facet joint dysfunction, hyperlordosis, spondylolisthesis)
    • thoracic spine (hyperkyphosis, stiffness, facet joint dysfunction)
    • cervical spine (head forward alignment, disc herniation, nerve compression)
    • scoliosis
    • shoulder (impingement, rotator cuff tears, instability)
    • elbow, hand (epicondylitis, carpal tunnel syndrome)
    • sacroiliac pain and dysfunction
    • hip (fracture, alignment, soft tissue imbalances)
    • knee (IT band, meniscal tears, ligament strains)
    • dropped arches, hallux valgus
  • Understanding the tissues of the locomotor system: fascia, cartilage, bones, muscles, ligaments, joints, nerves.
  • Appreciating the global organization of movement: tension, compression, tensegrity and integration; prediction, feedback, neural control; development of movement.

Understanding the science of key locomotor skills

Module 5: Yoga Therapy for Chronic Pain, Metabolism and Yoga Therapy for Diabetes

8-9 Nov 2025

Yoga therapy for Chronic Pain

8 Hours

Metabolism and Yoga therapy for Diabetes

6 Hours

£250

Course Content:

Yoga Therapy for chronic pain

Chronic pain is one of the most prevalent, debilitating, and expensive problems in the modern world. This course will explain pain science (biology, pathways, etiology, classifications) and the practical ways through which we can help manage, mitigate, and resolve chronic pain

with yoga therapy.

Topics include

  • Pain science: biology, pathways, etiology, classifications.
  • Practical ways in which yoga therapy can help manage, mitigate, and resolve chronic pain.

 Metabolism and Yoga Therapy for Diabetes

Diabetes is one the most prevalent major diseases in the world now. It has been on the rise for years and the burden of its complications is unfortunate and traumatic. Diabetes is not merely a disease of insulin and glucose—that is only part of a more complex metabolic

dysfunction. 

Obesity is a worldwide problem and it is well-known that behavioral change is crucial to managing a healthy weight.

Yoga and ayurveda, through a holistic approach to nutrition, movement, lifestyle change, and stress management, can have a substantial impact on managing diabetes.

This course will explain the yoga therapy approach to helping those with diabetes and obesity.

Topics include:

  • Physiology of metabolism, insulin and glucose, and weight control.
  • Symptoms, pathology, and summary of modern medical guidelines as relevant to yoga therapy of diabetes and obesity.
  • Yoga therapy approach to these disorders. 
Module 6:Rest, Rejuvenate, & Feel Positive

30 hours
6-7 Dec 2025,10-11 Jan 2026
£500

Course Content:

During this course, participants will:

  • Learn to balance your energy levels from being low or high to a neutral and functional state.
  • Understand and practice rest, deep rest, and restoration.
  • Cultivate positive emotions and sensations in mind and body including compassion, love, joy, and gratitude.
  • Develop teaching skills for all the above.

Topics include:

Balancing energy:

  • Understanding emotion, valence, energy, and the connection to the yogic frameworks of guna-s and klesa-s.
  • Winding down from high energy: using your body, breath, senses to recover balance. How to meet high energy level where it is and chart multimodal stepdown.
  • Activating from low energy: using your body, breath, senses to recover. How to meet low energy level where it is and chart multimodal step up.

Cultivating deep rest and recovery:

Working with:

  • safety and letting go.
  • support and release.
  • mobilization and ease.
  • visualization for relaxation.
  • surrendering effort
  • and more techniques of deep rest.

Cultivating positive emotions

  • Exploring the role and importance of positive emotions in wellbeing.
  • Understanding the traditional presentation of positive emotions in yoga.
  • Growing compassion, joy, love, gratitude and more.
  • Understanding the challenges in cultivating positive emotions.
  • Working with therapeutic applications of positive emotion practices.

Traditional Frameworks

  • 3 guṇa-s, bhāva, maitrī, karuṇā, mudita, upekṣā, santoṣa.

Modern Science

    • Understanding the stress response and its role in activation, regulation, and shut down:
      • sympathetic nervous system, activation, mobilization responses.
      • parasympathetic nervous system, relaxation, immobilization responses
      • polyvagal theory, heart rate variability
      • window of tolerance, resilience
    Module 7: Art & Science of Awareness: Meditation & Mindfulness

    30 hours
    7-8 Feb ,14-15 Mar 2026
    £500

    Course Content:

    During this course, participants will:

    • Understand the key types of awareness practices.
    • Examine the ancient yoga frameworks that structure and explain awareness practices.
    • Explore how we can use different types of awareness practices optimally on our journey of wellbeing.
    • Classify objects of awareness, what we can practice mindfulness or meditation on, based on practical samkhya and yoga frameworks.
    • Practice yogic mindfulness extensively and in-depth.
    • Experience absorption practices in sight, mantra, breath and body, positive emotions and more.
    • Practice composite visualizations of sensations, images, and more.
    • Explore the neuroscience of consciousness and attention.
    • Understand the connections between yoga and modern positive psychology and neurobiology on the topic of meditation and mindfulness.

    Topics covered include:

    What and why of awareness practices

    •  The categories of directed attention: mindfulness, absorption, contemplation. What are their key features and the differences between them?
    • The stages of progressive absorption in meditation practices.
    • Dhāraṇā, dhyāna, samādhi, samyama in traditional yoga.
    • Ways that awareness practices play an important role in supporting holistic wellbeing and self-transformation: monitoring, focus, insight, goal-setting.
    • Experiencing holistic states of change (bhāva).
    • Recalling one’s attention (smṛti-sādhana).
    • The arising and role of insight (prajñā) in transformation.
    • What to meditate on? Objects or experiences of focus: body, breath, senses, emotions, abstractions, I-sense (grahītā, grahaṇā, grāhya).
    • Contemplation and abstractions in meditation pathways: vikalpa, vitarka, vicāra.
    • Awareness and the three guṇas of yoga as an underlying framework.

    How of awareness practices

    • Balancing effort and relaxation in attention practices, walking the line between energy and dullness.
    • Growing the qualities of steadiness and entrainment.
    • Understanding and practicing focused vs. expansive awareness states.
    • Managing the emotional background of mindfulness and absorptive states.
    • Cultivating a stable meditation pathway over time.
    • Finding salience or importance in objects of absorption.

    Yogic mindfulness: cultivating sattvic presence

    • Understanding the cautions, challenges, recommendations in mindfulness practices.
    • Developing and deepening sattvic mindfulness of breath, body, senses, thoughts and emotions.

    Yogic absorption: foundations of mantra, imagery and more:
    Understand the principles of, and practice absorption in:

    • sound, mantra, speech.
    • light, images.
    • breath and body sensation.
    • positive emotions.
    • peace, stillness.

    Science of consciousness and attention
    Understand the neuroscience of the self, including:

    • emergence and purpose of self-construct.
    • nerve signaling, neural circuits.
    • theories of consciousness.
    • top-down monitoring and feedback systems.

    Explore the neurobiology of:

    • mindfulness, absorption.
    • flow states, default mode network.
    • mystic and alternative consciousness states.

    Traditional yoga frameworks

    • bhāva
    • dhāraṇā, dhyāna, samādhi, smṛti-sādhana
    • prajñā
    • vikalpa, vitarka, vicāra
    • grahītā, grahaṇā, grāhya

     

     

    Module 8: Yogic Life Management

    10 hours
    18-19 April 2026
    £250

    Course Content:

    Relationships are a key ingredient of good life quality. Humans are not meant to live in isolation. We depend on relationships from birth until our passing to provide us with support, connection, stability, positive emotions, meaning, and much more. In this course, we will explore the yogic frameworks, reflections, and practices that can help us nurture supportive, safe, and beneficial relationships in our lives.

    In this course, you will:

    • Appreciate the role of connection in wellbeing.
    • Learn to take a holistic approach to navigating relationships.
    • Understand common archetypes from the ancient perspectives in a modern context: parent-child, spouse, friend, teacher-student, therapist-client etc.
    • Explore how ethics and boundaries are key to safe and stable relationships.
    • Be guided through reflections, practices, and teaching skills on all the above topics.

     

    Personal Mentoring with Jane Craggs

    £400 if paid for separate to course

    One to one mentoring with Jane Craggs and Svastha UK Faculty completes the UK portion of the training.. There will be 10 hours of face to face mentoring sessions which can be taken in 1 or 2 hour sessions over the 18 months.

    Online with Dr Ganesh Mohan: Foundations of Ayurveda, Lifestyle, Nutrition & Digestion

    30 hours (live online)

    This course gives you a solid foundation in the traditional approach of ayurveda, as relevant to wellbeing maintenance, nutrition, and yoga therapy. We will explore the skills of healthful eating and developing a nourishing relationship to food. We will also go into the topics of lifestyle management, sleep management, and taking care of the senses. Further, we also cover digestive disorders and the yoga and ayurveda approach to managing them.

    • In summary, in this course, you will:
    • Learn the foundations of ayurveda for health maintenance and wellbeing direct from the ancient traditional sources, and made accessible and clear.
    • Understand the importance of nutrition and be guided in developing strategies for optimizing relationship to food and diet.
    • Examine and implement lifestyle management of sleep, energy, daily activity, fasting, exercise, and sensory management for greater wellbeing from a traditional and modern scientific perspective.
      Topics include:
    • Exploring the roots and key frameworks of ayurveda from the traditional sources, clearly and effectively, including:
      • guṇa and kriya: qualities and functions of body and mind.
      • three doṣa-s (vāta pitta kapha) and their divisions.
      • seven dhātu-s.
      • agni and āma.
    • Understanding and assessing ayurvedic constitution (prakṛti) and observing individual balance and imbalance (vikṛti).
    • Learning common patterns of imbalance of the functions of the doṣa-s and measures to balance them.
    • Exploring the impact of daily life routine (dinacarya) and adaption to the seasons or environment (ṛtucarya) from the traditional ayurvedic perspective.
    • Following the models of kāla, artha, karma, hīna-, ati-, and mithyā-yoga, and prajñāparādha, to analyze imbalances of senses and actions and bring them back to wellbeing.
    • Developing daily routine and rituals and personalizing lifestyle. Balancing work, play, rest.
    • Reflecting on and developing pathways for adapting to stages of life.
    • Taking care of the eyes and ears and managing what we see and hear.
    • Appreciating the importance of sleep, the science behind it, and developing better quality and duration of sleep holistically.
    • Examining the physiology of the digestive system as relevant to holistic wellbeing and yoga therapy.
    • Exploring the complexity of the science of nutrition, the microbiome, and common approaches to diets in the modern era.
    • Charting diet and eating patterns.
    • Understanding relationship to food and hunger (nourishment, sensation, craving, coping).
    • Cultivating beneficial relationships to food, before, during, and after eating.
    • Investigating the importance of fasting, its relevance, safety, and strategies to practice it effectively.
    • Understanding major digestive disorders from a modern medical perspective, as well as taking an ayurvedic and yogic approach to managing them.

     

    Online with Dr Ganesh Mohan: Yoga Sutra and Samkhya

    30 hours (live online)

    This flagship course presents the core psychological and philosophical theory, frameworks, and insights of Samkhya and Yoga. Presented by the Mohans, with impeccable authenticity, exceptional depth, and precise clarity, this course encapsulates the teachings of Patanjali, the esteemed commentator Vyasa and the key yogis from thereon.

    Samkhya and yoga philosophy and psychology are grouped and organized by concepts and frameworks in this offering. The entire wisdom of these ancient texts is made accessible in a structure that students can follow in modern times, without compromising their integrity. 

    In this course, you will:

    • Learn all the important frameworks of Samkhya and Yoga.
    • Understand these ancient systems by concepts and frameworks, so you see their relationships clearly and concisely.
    • Be connected directly to the classical sources, so that you are completely confident in what you are learning.
    • Explore how these teachings are related to wellbeing 

    Online with the Mohans: Guidance for Teachers / Case Studies / Mentoring

    40 hours (10 months mimimum; additional hours are optional).
    Dates are announced monthly on sign up
    The Mohan family present 3 x 1.5-hour sessions per month to assist students in deepening and integrating skills, theory, and application of the holistic yoga approach.
    These are generally held on the last weekend of every month, with two of the three sessions able to be attended in the UK time zone.
    For the 300-hour program, there is a minimum attendance of 40 hours however, students are welcome to continue with their monthly subscription if desired.
    Fees:
    US$20.00 per month payable directly to Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda

    2025-2026 Training Schedule
    • Weekend Intensives
      15 x 2-day intensives Saturday and Sunday 9am-5.30pm
    • 18/19 January Foundations

      15/16 Feb Breathe well

      15/16 March Breathe Well

      12th 13th April Breathe well

      17 18th May Respiratory and Cardiovascular 

      14/15 June Move well

      19/20 July Move well

      6  7 Sept Move well

      4 and 5th October Move well

      8th and 9th November Chronic Pain and Diabetes

      6th and 7th December Rest Rejuvenate and feel positive

      10th and 11th Jan Rest Rejuvenate and feel positive

      7 and 8th Feb Art and science of  Awareness

      14th and 15th March Art and science of awareness

      18 and  19th April Relationship and connection

       

    Prerequisite

    1. A 200-hour Yoga Alliance-registered certification or equivalent Yoga training;
    2. A minimum of one-year teaching experience (minimum 50 hours leading classes); and
      3. One year of regular sustained personal practice.

    Assessment

    Assessments are done in essays,  multiple choice examinations, and throughout the practicum in live interviews.

    Fees:

    1) UK Training Fees

      GBP 3,600 either paid in full or across monthly installments

    £4150 if paid for module by module.

    Note: Fees for online study with the Mohans is paid directly to Svastha Yoga Ayurveda and not inckuded in the above price.

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