TYT-Classes-01-0145Svastha Yoga: The Path to One’s Self
The aim of Svastha Yoga Institute is to share the benefits to body and mind of the ancient science of Yoga. The word Svastha in Sanskrit literally means “to stay as your self” and refers to the state of optimal health and balance.

Svastha Yoga is based on the teachings of the legendary yogi Sri T. Krishnamacharya as passed on by his long time students A.G. and Indra Mohan, founders of Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda in Chennai, India.

Rather than a ‘standardized’ style of yoga, Svastha Yoga offers an integrated approach, whereas each individual’s unique requirements and goals are honored.

Classes are taught with an emphasis on personalization and wellness by adapting exercises to suit individual needs and abilities. Private one-on-one sessions give the practitioner an opportunity to focus on a particular goal—whether he/she is new to yoga, an experienced student who wishes to deepen his/her practice, or has specific needs, such as an injury or rehabilitation after surgery. A customized session may include dietary and lifestyle recommendations, modifications, and honest and compassionate feedback that helps bring awareness to one’s practice.

All instruction—from dynamic and physically challenging to meditative and restorative—is guided by an underlying set of principles which include:

  • Synchronizing the postures with the breath as a way to enhance structural integrity of the spine, ensure safety, and concentrate and deepen awareness of the practice
  • Breathing properly so as to have a positive effect on the mind and body
  • Sequencing and modifying the postures intelligently (Vinyasa Krama) to maximize the benefits of practice
  • Maintaining steadiness and comfort in mind and body
  • Increasing strength and flexibility
  • Adapting postures to address the specific needs and goals of the individual

A Practice for Peace
In order to bring about complete health and balance, classic yoga also considers the mind.

Imbalances in the mind are reflected in both the breath and body. Similarly, when the breath and body are agitated it affects our thoughts. Besides our own conditioned thought patterns, we are constantly presented with information that overloads our senses. Our modern lifestyle offers any number of distractions and stressors, perpetuating disturbance in the mind. In order to get through the day it’s easy to go on “auto-pilot”, falling into habits of behavior, speech, and thought. The resulting chronic stress affects not only the immune and nervous systems, but our emotional and mental states as well.

Svastha Yoga presents a way to break this cycle—to weaken our unconscious habits and to develop new and healthy disciplines as a way of increasing awareness and gaining more peace of mind. Instruction in pranayama, chanting, and meditation, as well as study of the Yogasutras, may be incorporated into individual sessions and group classes, with an emphasis on personalization, and the readiness and desire of the student.

Because of our capacity for self-deception, it is important to have a teacher that one can trust. A true teacher acts as a mirror, helping to create a condition in which the student can more clearly see him/herself. The teacher then acts as a guide, helping the student to become discovery-oriented rather than achievement-oriented.

Based in Taos, New Mexico, Svastha Yoga Institute offers a 200-hour yoga teacher certification, continuing education, as well as group classes and private instruction.


Classe descriptions are for classes that are held at Taos Yoga Therapy.
Back Care
Yoga for Back Care is for students with injuries or chronic back pain. Whether you have degenerative spine condition, disc herniation, SI join instability, scoliosis, or just stiff back muscles, this class offers a slower pace to improve postural alignment, freedom from pain, and core strength development.
Breathing Lessons
Pranayama is a type of meditation practice that involves regulating the breath to access our “relaxation response” in order to calm the nervous system and change our emotional state. Because the breath is the first indicator of emotional imbalance, we can use the breath to retrain the nervous system to better manage stress and help the mind become calmer and more focused.
Evening Ritual
Evening Ritual combines any number of Yogic practices, such as pranayama, japa meditation, chanting, visualization, prayer, gentle asana (stretching), and Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation), to help the body and mind transition from our workday and ensure a good night’s rest. It also helps us to remember what is sacred in our lives.
Foam Roller Myofascial Release
By performing Self-Myofascial Release techniques on a simple foam roller, you can improve flexibility, function, performance, and reduce injuries. Learn how to soothe tight muscles, release trigger points, and break down soft tissue adhesions, while increasing blood flow and circulation. Bring your own 3’ x 6” roller, or purchase one on site.
Gentle Yoga for the Mature Adult
Gentle Yoga for the Mature Adult helps to develop and maintain strength, flexibility, stamina, and stability in the body, breath and mind as we make our way through the mid and later stages of life. Ideal for 55+, this practice includes postures (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama), and meditation. Instruction is focused on the needs, abilities and limitations of individuals at all levels of practice.
Mantra Yoga
Mantra with movement and breath awareness is how Hatha Yoga was originally taught. Yogis chanted or meditated silently on a scared sound as each asana was performed. The sound vibration opens the flow of energy through the body and develops single-minded focus and positive thoughts.
Postural Alignment Yoga
Postural Alignment Yoga incorporates simple Egoscue-inspired exercises that align the joints. It also brings body awareness by isolating individual muscles groups, ensuring each is functioning on its own without recruiting others. This practice includes asanas and postural alignment exercises. A yoga nidra (deep relaxation) at the end of class allows the body to integrate new information it has gleaned from this approach.
Prenatal Yoga
Prenatal Yoga is designed to deepen trust in your capacities for well being and self care in pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. The class will ease tensions common in pregnancy, and strengthen your body, mind, heart, and sense of support for this time in your life. Find comfort in this safe and welcoming class. Open to all levels and stages of pregnancy.
Slow & Steady Surya Namaskar
Sun Salutations are the most efficient and effective form of Hatha Yoga exercise for developing strength, flexibility, and weigh loss. The postures are performed in a slow and steady fashion, making sun salutations safe and accessible for beginning students.
Restorative Svastha
Restorative yoga helps release stresses stored in the body, strengthens the immune system, and soothes the nervous system. When asanas are done slowly with a focus on breath and self awareness, the movement and restfulness attain a quality of meditation. The result is a form of self care that enhances our ability to live our lives more mindfully and with greater calm.
Svastha Yoga
Svastha Yoga is a breath-centric practice based on the teachings of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. In this class we focus on integrating body, breath and mind, while developing flexibility, strength, and stamina. The practice includes postures, chanting, pranayama, and meditation.
Therapeutic Yoga
The Therapeutic Yoga class is for those students with injuries or for those with chronic tension and discomfort who wish to reduce pain, increase range of movement, improve strength, as well as to obtain full therapeutic benefit from yoga. In this class modified poses are practiced by combining breath and awareness to target specific injuries and musculoskeletal imbalances. These poses have been shown to benefit people with back strain, chronic back pain, sciatica, neck strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and many other musculoskeletal conditions.
Vedic Chanting & Meditation
Learn Sanskrit mantras and chants from the Vedas, Upanishads, and other ancient scriptures to enrich your practice. Through call and response chanting, students learn proper pronunciation and develop the listening skills and awareness to cultivate a steady, focused mind. With practice, students come to understand how these sacred utterances promote healing and a sense of well being.
Yoga in Español
Yoga en Español es una practica centrada en la respiracion basada en las enseñanzas de Sri T. Krishnamacharya. Las clases son enteramente enseñadas en Español a cargo de Raquela Moncada, focalizandose en la integracion del cuerpo, respiracion y mente, al tiempo que la flexibilidad, fuerza y estamina son logradas. Las clases incluyen poses, canticos, pranayama (practicas de respiracion) y meditacion.
Yoga Wellness for Back, Neck, and Shoulders
Yoga Wellness for Back, Neck, and Shoulders offers a therapeutically-oriented approach to asana by combining breath and awareness with exercises specifically designed to help reduce chronic tension and discomfort in the back, neck, and shoulders, while improving range of motion.

Classes: Svastha Yoga Institute offers a variety of rates and punch cards to meet your budget.
Drop-in at Taos Yoga Therapy
60 min class: $10
90 min class: $15
Punch Cards:
Six Classes: $78 (Exp 1 mo from purchase)
Unlimited: $120 (Exp 1 mo from purchase)
You + Spuse $175 (Exp 1 mo from purchase)
Monthly Workshops: 
$25 per workshop
Workshops require advanced registration.
Wellness Sessions:
Reflexology with Susan:
60-minute: $65
Personal Wellness Sessions and Yoga Therapy
Julie: 60-min $45; 90-minute $65     (3) 60-minute sessions $115; (3) 90-minute sessions $175
Raquela: 60-min $65; 90-min $85    (3) 60-minute sessions $175; (3) 90-minute sessions $230
Monique  60-min $80; 90-min $115  (3) 60-minute sessions $200; (3) 90-minute sessions $300
*Sessions expire six months from purchase
To schedule a Wellness Session, please call: 575-613-0519.

The fundamental principles of what we teach at Svastha Yoga Institute are derived from Sri Krishnamacharya, the father of modern yoga, the Ayurvedic system of health, and “The Yoga Sutras of Patanajli,” one of the most important ancient texts on yoga philosophy. Svastha Yoga Institute offers comprehensive and authentic transmission of these teachings: asana, pranayama, meditation, sound, chanting, ritual, text study, and Ayurvedic lifestyle recommendations; as well as the adaptation of these methods for the unique, needs, condition, and fitness level of each practitioner.

In this way, each person who walks through the door is honored in their present condition and supported with the appropriate tools of self-discovery in order to make lasting changes.

While based on these fundamental principles, all Svastha Yoga classes are uniquely constructed. Just as every person is different, no class is ever the same.

These guidelines for studio etiquette are meant to make your experience,
and that of your fellow students more pleasant and focused.
1. Please remove your shoes and leave them outside before entering the studio. Yoga is done barefoot; help us to keep the floor clean.
2. Studio doors open 15 minutes before class starts.
3. Make every effort to be punctual. Arrive at least 5 minutes before class to set up your practice space and settle in. Late arrivals are disruptive.
4. If you arrive late and the class has already started, enter the room quietly. If the room is crowded, your instructor will help make room for you. Students will not be admitted into the studio beyond a comfortable capacity.
5. Be kind to late-comers. Tardiness happens.
6. Use cubbies. Because the studio is small, please bring only purses/valuables inside. Hang coats on racks and stow personal items in the cubbies provided.
7. Turn off all electronic devices before class. (Yes, even vibrate-mode).
8. If you are new to the studio, check in with the teacher before class. You will be asked to sign a liability waiver prior to instruction.
9. Inform your instructor of any pre-existing injuries or medical conditions before class.
10. Quietly roll out your mat in line with the others in the room, and square to the room shape. This gives everyone more space and will help you to stay aligned in your practice.
11. Make room. Everyone should feel welcome. Please don’t wait for someone to ask you to make room for their mat.
12. Use props. Ask your instructor which props you’ll need for class. Props you use often should be placed strategically where you can access them. Keep the floor clear for the safety of your fellow students and your instructor.
13. Minimize conversation. It’s tempting to chit-chat before class. Use the time to get quiet & set an intention. It’s not just good etiquette, but beneficial for your mind.
14. Payment. If you are dropping in or buying a punch card, place cash/check in the basket provided. Your instructor will track your classes.
15. Avoid eating 2-3 hours before class. Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach. If you have low blood sugar, a small snack of fruit or nuts can be taken beforehand.
16. Hydration. Make sure you are hydrated ahead of time to sustain you through class. Try to refrain from bringing water bottles into the studio.
17. Wear modest coverage clothing you can comfortably move in.
18. Please refrain from wearing strong perfume, cologne, or lotion, as many people are allergic.
19. Practice Pratyahara. Draw your attention away from external stimuli and focus inward towards your breath and the experience of your own practice.
20. Return all props to their proper place after class. Please refold blankets accordingly and place them back on the shelf.
21. Bring your own mat. Mats, blankets, bolsters, blocks and straps are available for your use. If you become a regular at Taos Yoga Therapy, we encourage you to get your own mat; it’s more hygienic.
22. B.Y.O.Roller for Self-Myofasical Release. The ideal size is 3 feet x 6 inches in diameter. Taos Yoga Therapy has rollers available for purchase.
23. Be mindful of other classes. When waiting outside, please be quiet as there may be a class or private session in progress. (Yes, we can hear you!)
24. Leave children at home. While we encourage parents to share the gift of yoga with their children, our classes are best suited for students 15 years of age and older. Students 15-17 years of age may attend class with parent/guardian in attendance. Minors are not allowed to sit inside the studio while parent/guardian takes class.