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About Ahimsa

I first met Ahimsa when she became my yoga teacher and took me through two years of deep yoga therapy to heal long-standing issues that had caused me problems for many decades. I follow the practice she taught me each day and use her Yoga Nidra recordings as part of this practice. It has had the most wonderful results for me - so I wanted to share some of what she does with others.

She has a practice South Hobart Yoga & Meditation  with several other Yoga teachers. You can find out more about Ahimsa, the teachers, download inexpensive audios, and buy books at her website South Hobart Yoga & Meditation  

In addition, Ahimsa travels the world going to areas where there have been civil wars and humanitarian crises, teaching yoga to help individuals and communities heal and cope. She also works with War Veterans and other traumatized people, and is the subject of the award winning documentary Heroes of Peace. You can find out more about her trauma yoga therapy at her website

Ahimsa is a very compassionate and kind healer and teacher who helps many people and is a wonderfully positive example of spiritual principles in practice. 

Ahimsa (Helen Cushing)

Satyananda (Holistic) Yoga Teacher

BA Communications

Diploma of Satyananda Yoga Training

Member of SYTA and Yoga Australia | Senior Registered Teacher 


Ahimsa has practised yoga for most of her life and has been teaching since 2003. She is a highly regarded teacher and presenter in Australia and internationally. For many years she was manager of the Hobart Yoga & Meditation Centre, a busy yoga hub providing a wide range of classes, workshops and retreats. Ahimsa is the founder of South Hobart Yoga & Meditation and Life Beyond Trauma. She presently teaches in Hobart and travels widely offering retreats and workshops.


Prior to teaching yoga Ahimsa worked in the media, including in publishing and with ABC TV. Her interest in writing led her to write articles and books on yoga, including for Australian Yoga Life, Yoga Magazine and elsewhere. During several years as a resident of Bihar School of Yoga (BSY) in India, Ahimsa worked in the publishing division, editing an extensive range of books and contributing as an author under the direct supervision of the head of BSY, Swami Niranjanananda. She continues to write about the benefits of yoga for spiritual living and for specialised applications.


Yoga for PTSD 

Since 2004 Ahimsa has taught yoga to war veterans, refugees and others with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. She has consulted to a Colombian study on yoga for PTSD and and gives presentations, workshops and retreats on this topic around the world.


In 2014 Ahimsa produced an award-winning documentary, Heroes of Peace, about the experiences of veterans involved in the yoga program she teaches. View it at the Life Beyond Trauma website.


Her unique book, Hope: How Yoga Heals the Scars of Trauma offers holistic solutions to post-trauma suffering, showing how yoga heals the nervous system and gives skills for managing the mind and emotions.


Touring and teaching

Ahimsa has instructed on yogic studies and yoga teacher training courses Australia and India. 

Internationally she has taught a variety of yoga programs in India, Singapore, UK, Europe and Colombia. 


Yoga Books by Ahimsa

Yoga Day by Day: A Guide to Holistic Practices for Healthy Living

Hope: How Yoga Heals the Scars of Trauma