Ashram Yoga


RYT 500-Hour Scholarship


Pictured: Lena on Opoutere Beach during the Level 1 Intensive

This year we are offering one full scholarship for the Level 2&3 Intensive yoga teacher training at Ohui Retreat in November. This scholarship will be awarded on merit so if you are interested then please apply. We are looking for an active yoga teacher who is dedicated to a yogic lifestyle, is hungry for deeper knowledge and experience and is keen to “pay it forward”. If this sounds like you then let us know! Read more


Shiva and Shakti Yoga

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This image of Ardhanarishwara is famous across India and shows the unification of Shiva (masculine) and Shakti (feminine) energy. The story behind it is that Shakti adored Shiva and she went and sat on his knee. Shiva loved her and wanted to show her what he sees, so he pulled her into his body. Visualising your own body as half Shiva and half Shakti is a yogic practice to integrate your own masculine and feminine energies while still maintaining polarity. Read more


Embracing Autumn: Nourishing the Upper Body and Lung Energy

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In Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yin Yoga, Autumn is a time where the Lung and Large Intestine Meridians dominate. Just as Autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering the fruits of summer to store away for the coming winter months, so to in ourselves, we may experience that sense of drawing our resources inwards – we gather what we need and release the rest, to sustain us during the winter months ahead. Read more


Parking at Parnell Studio


Since the closure of the railway parking last month we have found some reliable places to park – highlighted on the map above. Thank you for adjusting to the new parking situation – we appreciate your flexibility! Read more


Getting into Yoga – Part 2

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Tash Domonkos completed the Level 1 Intensive at Ohui Retreat in February 2015. She writes about her journey into teaching yoga. Here is Part 2:

It’s been a busy couple of weeks! I have learnt some big lessons and figured a lot out as I prepare for my first REAL class! As well as booking a Beginner Yogi Yoga Party, I have had a meeting with a guy that would like me to take his women’s rugby team through a yoga sequence, have my first 6 Week Beginner Yogi Group Course course booked for April and I am just putting the finishing touches on our studio space so will be able to finally advertise the timetable. Life is very exciting! Read more


New Power Yoga Class

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Get an empowering start to your morning with an invigorating Power Yoga flow. This style of yoga is brought to our studio by Ria Norman who is a yoga teacher, DJ and co-founder of Yoga Rhythms. In her class you can expect a vibrant flow with encouraging alignment cues that offer safety and challenge.

Ria gained her 200 hour certification with Duncan Peak through Power Living Australia. She is passionate about power vinyasa because it “empowers your attitude, strengthens your body and boosts your energy.” This class begins on 21 April and will run on Tuesday mornings from 7.15am – 8.15am.


Upcoming Classes and Workshops

Yoga for Beginners Course An 8-week introduction to yoga
Prenatal Yoga Course An 9-week course for pregnant women
Mums and Bubs A 6-week course for mothers and babies
Kirtan A fun and musical evening
Silent Meditation Retreat 3 days in June. 5 days in August
Yoga and Nutrition Retreat Learn about health and well-being.


Kriya Yoga Retreat


Kriya Yoga is the yogic practice of moving energy through the body. It works by awakening the chakras (energy centres) and nadis (energy pathways). The result is deeper levels of perception, inner harmony and a connection to your blissful core (anandamaya kosha). These techniques are a powerful and effective way to deepen your practice and discovered more delightful layers of life. Read more


Joint and Inflammation Workshop

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Do you suffer from sore painful joints? With the onset of cooler weather, joint problems and pains can become more intense and debilitating. Learn how to use yoga to support joint health and mobility in a fun interactive class. After the class we will discuss the influence of our diet on our joint health, acidity and alkalinity, the usage of nutritional and herbal supplements for joint health. Read more


Parnell Studio News

Concession Card Competition

Congratulations to Steph Gowan who is the winner of the April 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.


Graduate Support

If you have graduated from one of our teacher training courses and would like to revisit the material then you can do so with out Graduate Support Programme. Spaces are limited to three graduates per weekend and registration opens a month in advance. Book here for courses in May:  Level 1 Weekend 3 and Level 2 Weekend 2. For more details join our yoga teacher training graduates’ page on Facebook.


.Film: The Connection – Mind Your Body


The Connection: Mind Your Body is a film to help raise awareness about mind-body medicine supporting conventional medicine in the treatment of modern disease such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome and persistent pain. Supported by breakthrough research it highlights the connection between the mind and the body and how we have the ability to heal.

This film is showing on Thursday 28 May at the AUT city campus from 6.30pm till 9pm. For more info and to view the trailer visit TheConnection.TV. This screening is being promoted by The Naked Physio in Parnell. For tickets see here.



Astrology with Hamish Saunders

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For the last thirty years Ashram Yoga’s senior director Swami Shantimurti Saraswati has referred people to Hamish Saunders for astrological consultations. Hamish became a full-time professional astrologer in 1981. He lectures on astrology within New Zealand and internationally and has appeared on radio and television many times. For April he says:


With the Sun in Taurus this month until the 21st it is time to cast a patient and realistic eye across those areas of our lives that need our attention. Avoid rushing into things and carefully consider all your options when making important decisions. Consider, too, how your decisions and actions may impact on others, because whilst Taurean energy fosters peaceful and harmonious responses it can also produce long-standing grudges in people if they feel hard-done-by. Read more

Conscious Eating with Jane

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Join Jane on the Yoga & Nutrition Retreat in June.

Digestion is key to our overall health and wellbeing. Ayurveda refers to our digestional fire, agni. A fire that is raging and hot, will easily burn wood to further fuel the fire’s heat, leaving little but ash. A fire that is struggling to stay alight will not cleanly burn logs that are loaded onto it, creating damp heat and smoke and leaving a residue. Read more

REFUGE: Path of the Heart

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Beyond yoga postures is a whole world of yoga “technology” designed to help you access your highest calling and deepest potential. Explore earth medicine inspired by the shaman/healers of South America, experience Tibetan healing ritual, align your breath with the natural rhythm of your body and access the deep wisdom within. We are all our own best healer. We just need to learn how to listen. Read more


Yogis and Hair


Pictured: the highly esteemed Tat Wale Baba at about age 80.

This week Prime Minister John Key set the media alight by touching a woman’s hair at a cafe just around the corner from our studio. It got us thinking about hair and yoga. Old school yogis consider hair to be more than just decoration – it is an antenna for energy (prana). Long beards and dreadlocks are a common sight on yogis who are renown for dispensing with everything that is not essential. While a lot of the yogic knowledge around hair seems to be unavailable, here is an article that gives some insight into the matter.




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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.





Video: A Very Flexible Yogi


Check out the flexibility of this yoga girl. She is incredible. See it here.


Recipe: Chilean Stuffed Zucchini with Tangy Basmati

Try these delicious little baked zucchini boats. The tangy basmati rice is also a great accompaniment to any bake, stew or curry.

2 medium zucchinis, ends trimmed
2 leeks, well washed and ends trimmed
2 cloves garlic
1 large carrot
1 red pepper (optional)
2 cups fresh spinach (optional)
2 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
bread crumbs, parmesan or grated cheese for garnish

1 cup basmati rice
1 3/4 cups water
1 Tbsp oil or ghee
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp crushed coriander seeds
3 Tbsp grated coconut
1/4 cup chopped almonds or raw cashews
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

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New Book by Swami Shantimurti Saraswati

SM 6 250We are very pleased to announce the publication of a new book by our senior director Swami Shantimurti Saraswati (pictured). It is called Lectures from Yoga Teacher Training and it comprises a series of lectures presented to students on our Level 1 yoga teacher training course in Auckland earlier this year.

The book dives deeply in the esoteric aspects of yoga including energy (prana), energy centres (chakras), breathing techniques (pranayama), mantra, energy channels (nadi), kriya yoga, tantra yoga, yogic philosophy and a whole lot more. If you are keen to know what lies beneath the surface of yoga, then this book is for you. It includes insights and stories that you won’t find anywhere else.

Shantimurti has been practising and teaching yoga since 1976 when he was initiated into sannyasa. He is highly experienced with the inner and outer aspects of yoga and has a gift for sharing his wisdom in an amiable way. Read more about the book.


Ashram Yoga eBook

Download Ashram Yoga’s free Introduction to Yoga ebook. Simply subscribe to our newsletter. This ebook introduces a very simple yoga 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.