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About Svastha Yoga

Svastha yoga is an integrated and personalised approach, where students are supported with practices that meet their individual needs. The focus is on functional movement combined with breathing and mindfulness to cultivate a healthy body and a calm mind.

This is a simple yet profound practice that meets each student exactly where they are and facilitates positive change, whether that be by improving physical strength & flexibility, improving the function of bodily systems (respiratory, digestive etc.), or becoming calmer and clearer in the mind.

Barbara prefers to teach outside of the typical yoga studio environment and limits her class numbers to a maximum of five students. This ensures that each person in her class is supported with a practice that is relevant to their needs in general, as well on that day.

Barbara also meets students on a one-to-one basis, guiding them in developing a personal practice. These private yoga lessons are vital for anyone wishing to integrate yoga into their life, or where they have specific needs such as an injury or post-surgery rehabilitation etc.

Whether a personal session or group class, Barbara encourages an environment where you can tune into where you are today, listen to your own body and breath, and practice in a manner that makes sense to you.

With a regular Svastha yoga practice, you can expect to see improved movement & postural patterns, agility and strength. You will also notice more contentment and peace of mind, clarity of thought and the ability to maintain equanimity in daily encounters.


“Svastha has allowed an easiness in both my body and mind that extends well beyond the time in class and I could not ask for more than that.” ~ Fiona Gordon

What to expect

Classes begin with a short opening chat where each mother-to-be is given the opportunity to share how she is feeling and ask any questions she may have.

From here we continue with 30 – 40 minutes of asana practice (postures). We focus on postures that are particularly valuable during pregnancy, labour & birth and that will:

    • Strengthen your back and help to eliminate or reduce back / hip pain common during pregnancy
    • Strengthen your legs and increase stamina, preparing you mentally and physically for labour & birth
    • Bring openness to the chest and shoulders, improving circulation and preparing for breast feeding
    • Help to position baby optimally for birth

The next part of the class is dedicated to rest where you are fully supported with bolsters and blankets, allowing the benefit of your practice to be fully received and leaving you feeling refreshed and re-energised.


A large focus in our pregnancy yoga classes is breathing, both during the physical practice of postures and as an exercise in itself. The last part of the class is spent sitting quietly with your breath and your baby.

You will learn specific breathing techniques that bring about a deep sense of calm, inner awareness and focus. This focused breathing will help you move any physical and emotional resistance that may arise during labour, birth and beyond, helping both you and your baby to remain calm and relaxed throughout your journey together.

Svastha Yoga New Zealand

6 Prime Road
Grey Lynn
Auckland 1021

m: 021 170 2640