Ashram Yoga


Summer at Ohui Retreat

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Pictured: Nikki, Amrit, Atma and Lalita during a mantra ceremony at Ohui Retreat.


Join us this summer at Ohui Retreat for all forms of traditional yoga including postures, breathing, meditation, chanting mantras and more. Take some time to relax on the beach, read a book, go for a swim in the surf, or just hang out and enjoy like-minded company.

The summer period at Ohui Retreat officially runs from 1 December to 31 January and includes discounted rates for extended bookings. Be sure to book early as spaces fill fast.

The Prana New Year Festival will be held at our neighbour’s place from 30 December – 3 January. If you would like to stay at Ohui Retreat over this period and have a comfy bed, warm shower and delicious meals then reserve your place now. We have options for staying inside or camping so you can experience Himalayan spirituality with modern conveniences. Read more about summer at Ohui Retreat.


Podcast: The Magic of Breathing

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Pranayama (yogic breathing) is an essential component in yoga and one of the defining features of Ashram Yoga’s style. We include pranayama at the end of every single Ashram Yoga class we teach because it is just so beneficial.

The miracle power of pranayama has long been acknowledged in yogic circles but now modern science is validating it thanks to remarkable people like Wim Hof. He is a master of pranayama and a truly awesome dude. This audio interview is highly recommended to all yogis.

Wim is a Dutch world record holder, adventurer and daredevil, commonly nicknamed “The Iceman” for his ability to withstand extreme cold. By mastering his breath he has gained more than 20 world records. Wim is an outlier of outliers, as he routinely asks scientists to scrutinise and validate his feats. Here are just a few examples:

  • In 2007, he climbed past the “death zone” altitude on Mount Everest wearing nothing but shorts.
  • In 2009, Wim completed a full marathon above the polar circle in Finland in temperatures close to −20°C also only in shorts.
  • He holds the current Guinness World Record for the longest ice bath, now set at 1 hour 53 minutes and 12 seconds.

But it’s not just cold.

  • In 2011, he ran a full marathon in the Namibian Desert without water.
  • In the same year, he was injected with toxins under doctor supervision and demonstrated that he could effectively control his autonomic immune response using solely his meditation and prep techniques.

He’s not just some freak of nature – he trains other people to do what he does. Listen to this podcast interview between Wim Hof and Tim Ferriss. It is a fascinating discussion about the power of pranayama and its ability to heal, vitalise and enrich your life. He discusses how he stumps scientists and how he used pranayama to overcome grief from the death of his wife. Listen to it here.


Get High on Chai & Kirtan

Join Swami Shantimurti Saraswati for an evening of chai, chatting and singing your heart out.

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Become an RYT-500 Yoga Teacher

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Pictured: Phoebe demonstrating Hasta Bhujangasana at Ohui Retreat

The Level 2 & 3 Intensive on 1-30 November is designed for those looking to immerse themselves into a truly yogic experience at our beautiful Ohui Retreat in the Coromandel. Our highly experienced senior teachers guide you through learning advanced yoga asanas, as well as revisiting familiar postures from the perspective of build up, options, and depth.

On this course we study the chakras deeply as well as the anatomy of the energy body, traditional yogic texts, mudras and bandhas. You also learn how to teach Yoga Nidra. Each day is structured to support your full immersion in ashram living to get the full yogic experience. This includes thoughtful and delicious vegetarian meals, a balance of physical and mental activities, and the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of coastal New Zealand. Read more


Winter (and now Spring) at Ohui Retreat

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Join Brianna (pictured) and the rest of the Ashram Yoga team at Ohui Retreat this spring and enjoy winter rates until 18 October. Participate in our regular yoga classes, kirtan, satsang, or just sit by the fire and relax. Winter is ending and warmer days are more frequent and the plants are showing a new freshness and vitality. This is a wonderful time of year to visit Ohui Retreat, especially the weekend of 17-18 October which has no other workshops on.


Parking at Parnell Studio


Since the closure of the railway parking 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


Upcoming Classes and Workshops

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Yoga Nidra Teacher Training


Yoga Nidra is the art and science of transformation through guided relaxation. We use it extensively at Ashram Yoga incorporating it in the majority of our classes. The results range from pleasant to astonishing. Insomniacs fall asleep, nervous people become calm, confusion turn to clarity, sickness gives way to health; we have seen it all over the last 30 years.

Yoga Nidra is simple to practice – like driving a car – but the mechanics require deeper knowledge. On our Yoga Nidra teacher training course we explore the higher states of consciousness which underpin the practice. Knowing how it works will revolutionise your experience of Yoga Nidra and make you a competent guide. Read more about this course on 17-18 October.


Studio News

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Pictured:  Phoebe and Lily on firewood duty at Ohui Retreat


Firewood for Sale

At Ohui Retreat we find that students and staff love chopping wood. It’s a fun and therapeutic activity and consequently we have tons of firewood available. If you would like to purchase some then please let us know. We can deliver loads of up to 5 cubic metres.


Intuitive Yoga

Unfortunately, Ramdas’ Intuitive Yoga class on Thursday nights has ended due the booming success of his Sleep for Life business and a reduction in his available time. This time slot will be taken over this week by Gemma teaching Yin Yoga that will prepare you for a restful night of sleep! Also, check out Gemma’s upcoming workshop on Yin Yoga.



We now have bolsters for sale at the Parnell studio for only $55. This is really good value and we have lots in stock – some with the Ashram Yoga logo on the end and plenty without. If you need bolsters for your home or studio, then come in a check them out. We also have blocks, cushions, neti pots, books, incense and more.


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. For more details join our yoga teacher training graduates’ page on Facebook.


Yoga Teacher Training Graduates

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Congratulations to latest graduates of the Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 part-time course in Parnell. They committed themselves to the process of learning and living yoga for the last seven months and are now qualified yoga instructors! We wish them the best in the next phase of their yoga journey in whatever form that may take.


Astrology with Hamish Saunders


Pictured: the fleet-footed Mercury, messenger of the gods

The energy of the September 28 Lunar Eclipse carries on into the first fortnight of October. Falling across the 3rd/9th house axis, the eclipse highlights communications and belief systems. We should try to be as clear as we possibly can be in our communications – especially as Mercury is retrograde until the 10th – and we need to be particularly alert when negotiating in business. There may also be the need to seek expert advice if involved in financial dealings or legal issues. Read more


Video: Extraordinary Yoga Performance

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If you have ever wondered what yoga would look like as a stage performance, then wonder no more. This is a remarkable demonstration of flexibility that will make you turn your head sideways as you watch this video. Amazing!




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.




Recipe: Jo’s Super Cleanse Smoothie

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This green smoothie comes from Jo Eng who teaches Yin Yoga at our studio in Parnell and will also lead the Nourish and Nurture Retreat over Labour Weekend.

This is my go-to green smoothie recipe for when my whole system feels like it needs a pick-me-up. It’s called The Super Cleanse Smoothie and it’s great for cleansing the gut, flushing out toxins, nourishing each and every cell to combat fatigue and raise energy levels. Perfect for this Spring time of year, but really can be drunk all year round whenever you feel like you’ve been burning the candle at both ends, over-doing it on not so healthy foods or drinks, whenever the bowels are feeling a bit sluggish or if you just want to add a bit of pep and zing to your day!

This recipe plus many more will be part of the Green Smoothie workshop at the Nourish and Nurture Retreat. This workshop teaches you how to structure the perfect green smoothie, what different health benefits can be expected from specific ingredients and creating our own smoothie combinations using ingredients from the Ohui Retreat gardens.



  • 1/3 frozen ripe banana
  • 1 1/2 cups of greens (any combination of baby spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, watercress, silverbeet)
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut water
  • 1/2 lemon (rind and pith removed), chopped into small chunks
  • 3/4 teaspoon of Lifestream Chlorella powder (optional)
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream or 3 frozen coconut cream cubes
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds


Throw all of the ingredients into a blender in the order listed and blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass or mason jar then sprinkle with chia seeds before sitting back, sipping and enjoying!

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.