Intensive Yoga Training
We have just finished the one-month long Level 1 Intensive at our retreat in Ohui. It is always a pleasure to teach this course, make new friends and dive deeply into yoga.
We love seeing yoga positively transform lives – so thank you to everyone who participated in this course. We wish you the best for the future and hope to see each one of you back in Ohui again sometime soon.
New Studio Manager in Parnell
We now have a new studio manager in Parnell. Divyajyoti is an Ashram Yoga trained yoga teacher who has recently returned from four years of travelling. Some of her yoga teaching adventures are featured below.
We also thank Karunananda (Priscilla) for her substantial contribution to the Parnell studio. We are very grateful for her time and effort – there is a lot more to running the studio than meets the eye.Thank you, Karunananda!
Blue, red, orange and green cotton bolsters have arrived at our Parnell studio and are ready to make your life comfortable and easy! They are $49 each. We are also giving discounts for orders of ten or more. If you want your logo on them, that can be arranged.
We are still looking for people to help us transcribe Shantimurti’s talks. If you are interested in this, then please contact us. We are happy to make an exchange (ie yoga classes, retreats, etc.)
We know from experience that an Ashram Yoga t-shirt is a great way to start a conversation about yoga. Letting people know about your interest in yoga is an easy way to make new friends on the same wavelength. Read more
Concession Card Competition
Congratulations to Chalin Zanon Severo who is the winner of the February draw. If you want to enter the next draw, just put your completed 8-class yoga concession card or one-month pass in the box at the front desk.
Like Our Facebook Page
Our Facebook page has been steadily growing, but we would like to put some gas on it and get many more people on board. Facebook is a great way for us to let you know what is going on. Please like us.
Yoga Teacher Training
Of all the secrets to yoga, regular practice is one of the most important. On the Level 1 part-time course we encourage you to practise yoga at home everyday. Starting with the extremely important basics and then progressing to more advanced postures.
Over seven months this creates a deep and healing foundation in your mind and body. You get to “own” yoga like never before and become a true teacher from the inside out.
This year’s Level 1 part-time course begins in the evening of Friday 7 March. We would love for you to become a yoga teacher and help us spread health-giving yoga to our community. Read more
The ancient tradition of yoga includes deep knowledge of the subtle body and its energy systems. It is this knowledge that opens the doorway to healing, vital energy and bliss.
Your subtle body comprises chakras – energy centres – that play an important part in how you think, feel and act. They are reservoirs of prana – also known as chi – that are essential for life. On Level 2 we go deeply into the experience of subtle body with many practical techniques. Read more
Yoga Teacher Training 2014
Become a confident, competent and qualified yoga teacher with our yoga teacher training courses. Teaching yoga is a lot easier than it seems, especially when you have been well trained.
- 7 March…………..Level 1 200hr Part-time in Parnell
- 5 April……………..Level 2 Part-time in Parnell (leading to 500hr)
- 1 May………………Level 1 200hr One-Month Intensive at Ohui Retreat
- 25 October……….Level 2 Intensive at Ohui Retreat (leading to 500hr)
- 13 November……Level 3 Intensive at Ohui Retreat (completing 500hr)
Ashram Yoga in Tahiti
This month our senior director Swami Shantimurti Saraswati will be teaching yoga in Tahiti. His host is the very wonderful Hinano Lausin who participated in our Level 1 Intensive yoga teacher training course a few years ago. If you’ve ever wanted to go to Tahiti, this may be your reason to go.
Swami Shantimurti will continue on to New York and New Jersey. If you are in the area and wish to come along, then get in touch with our local contacts. Read more
Upcoming at the Parnell Studio
Pictured: Russell Brand in the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Divyajyoti’s first executive decision as studio manager is to start a movie night. Join us for a range of entertaining movies and interesting documentaries. To be held on the first Thursday of the month starting April 3rd. Read more
Kirtan is a call-and-response style of chanting that is great fun and accessible for everyone. We are now having kirtan on Thursday nights once a month. Join us on 27 March for the this month’s session. Read more
Upcoming at Ohui Retreat
Pictured: Meditating on Opoutere Beach
Retreat with Christie Houghton 29-30 March
Enjoy a weekend with personal trainer Christie Houghton. The retreat includes multiple workouts (planned carefully to cater specifically to your individual needs and fitness level), yoga, guided relaxation and much more. Read more
Retreat with Vineeta 4-6 April
Escape for a beautiful a weekend of body, mind and spirit fitness. This retreat will be facilitated by Vineeta (Wendy Vermeulen), a highly qualified yoga, Pilates instructor and personal trainer with over 25 years experience. Read more
Easter Purification Retreat 18-21 April
Join us this Easter Weekend to purify body, mind and spirit with traditional yogic cleansing practices. These (optional) practices include:
Lagoo Shankhaprakshalana……Short intestinal wash
Shankhaprakshalana……………..Full intestinal wash
Kapalabhati…….………….…………Oxygenating the brain
Trataka……………………………..….Inner and outer vision exercises
Silent Meditation Retreat 24-27 April
Spend three days in silence and meditation. This retreat is suitable for beginners through to seasoned practitioners and includes full instruction and support. Read more
Private Birthday Retreats
Spending time with your friends is a whole lot of fun and can create lasting memories. Getting everyone together is a great way to catch up and hang out together – especially when it is an annual event. Read more
From time to time we have groups come and stay with us. We regularly host groups here at Ohui Retreat including groups from nearby towns and others from faraway countries. The variety is wonderful and keeps life here very interesting. Whether you want a full yogic experience or simply beachside accommodation, we are open to all options. Read more
PLAY Yoga Teacher Training
Add another string to your yoga teaching bow! Teaching children yoga is both an excellent contribution and revenue stream as a yoga teacher. However, you don’t have to be a yoga teacher to bring the benefits of yoga to the younger generation. If you have a love of yoga and children this could be the perfect culmination for you!
The PLAY Teacher Training course is swiftly filling. Spaces are still available, book yours now to avoid disappointment. Invest in yourself and watch your love of yoga grow! Read more
Reflexology is an ancient art based on the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all the glands, organs and parts of the body. Reflexology uses the thumb and fingers on these reflex areas. It promotes deep relaxation and peace and a natural balance within the body.
Reflexology Workshop Weekend
A fun, informative and hands-on weekend course for you to be able to give reflexology to friends and family. A great opportunity to gain a new skill. The weekend is a prerequisite for Diploma of Reflexology or a stand-alone weekend.
Date………..28th and 29th March
Time………..9am to 5pm each day
Teaching Yoga in Unexpected Places
Our new studio manager – Divyajyoti – is an Ashram Yoga trained yoga teacher. She has just returned to New Zealand after travelling for four years. Here are a few of her yoga teaching stories.
It was a hot but brisk afternoon in May and I was staying in the small town called Mcleod Ganj which is located in the North Indian district of Himachal Pradesh. I decided to take a walk around the area and try to find a yoga class to attend.
I came across a small room inside a guesthouse saying ‘yoga classes’ so I popped in and there was a lovely little Indian man sitting on his cushion. He asked me to be seated inside and stated casually chatting to me about where I was from. Read more
The Great Nisargadatta Maharaj
“Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy.”
Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) worked as a simple cigarette vendor in Mumbai but was considered by many to be an enlightened being and a master of spirituality. He was world-renowned and admired for his direct and informal teachings, a selection of which are in his most famous and widely-translated book I Am That. (Download it for free from HolyBooks.com)
Nisargadatta is considered to be one of the 20th century’s most articulate communicators of the Indian spirituality, making profound ideas accessible to both Eastern and Western minds.
Through his many talks given in his humble flat in the slums of Mumbai, he spoke in a clear way about living a liberated life. His words are free from cultural and religious trappings, and the knowledge he expounds is stripped bare of all that is unnecessary.
Audio: Yoga Nidra Healing Relaxation
Yoga Nidra is a traditional yoga practice of guided relaxation that releases stress and tension on all levels of your being. Simply lie down, press play, listen to the instructions and you will be transported into finer aspects of your mind and body. It is a simple practice that anybody can do – even people who think they cannot relax.
Yoga Nidra Healing Relaxation is a combination of yogic relaxation and yogic healing technique. It is specifically designed to assist people with the process of healing. Many of our students have used this Yoga Nidra and gained great benefits.
This album was created by our senior instructor Swami Shantimurti Saraswati who has over 35 years experience in the science of yoga. You can download this album for $9.99.
Video: Yoga with Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey is one funny guy. Check out this video from In Living Color.
Recipe: How to Cook Perfect Dal
Dals should be cooked long and slow for maximum creaminess, and left relatively plain to better to set off the aromatic spices which makes such a sizzling garnish. Endlessly versatile, they can be as thin as soup, or as thick as porridge, and will take on just about any spice you throw at them. So next time you’re feeling in need of cheering up, raid the rack and get cooking.
- 400g mung dal (yellow split mung beans)
- 4 cloves garlic
- 4cm piece of root ginger
- 1 tbsp turmeric
- 4 small green chillies
- 2 tbsp ghee or groundnut oil
- 2 shallots
- 1 tbsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp crushed chilli
- Fresh coriander
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Ashram Yoga eBook
Download Ashram Yoga’s free Introduction to Yoga ebook. Simply subscribe to our newsletter. This ebook introduces the very simple Pawanmuktasana Part 1 series. These practices include ankle, wrist and hip rotations which are essential for both beginner and advanced yogis. These exercises are so simple that they are easy to overlook, yet their effect is profound.
Shantimurti has many remarkable stories of people who have healed themselves from serious afflictions with these basic exercises.
Introduction to Yoga is the first chapter of a larger, more comprehensive ebook. The larger ebook with additional exercises including breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation may be purchased here.