Summer of Yoga
Hari Aum and Greetings,
At Ohui Retreat we have just emerged from the 500-hour yoga teacher training intensive. The one-month course is a transformational time where participants not only got to enhance their teaching skills, but also learnt rare and ancient energetic yoga practices.
It is not called an Intensive for nothing! Participants live, eat and breathe yoga throughout the month, whilst exploring and pushing personal boundaries. Thanks to the 12 participants who created the space and endeavoured through the month. Well done to you all for your personal and teaching achievements!
End Of Year Celebration
As another year draws to a close, Ashram Yoga thanks you for your patronage, attendance and support. One of our highest values is the community that yoga perpetuates. To celebrate that, and create space for old friends and new to reconnect, we are having our annual End of Year Celebration Saturday 14 December (details below). Join us to celebrate the beauty that your yogic path brings to your life!
Yoga Teacher Training
Have you ever wanted to understand the reason WHY we do certain poses/practices in yoga? Do you thirst for a deeper knowledge on what you feel and experience on the mat? Then teacher training is for you!
A large majority of people enrol in Ashram Yoga’s teacher training not necessarily with the desire to teach…. but a willingness to learn! Limited spaces are still available on next year’s Level 1 yoga teacher training. Take the plunge into greater understanding, for yourself!
Summer at Ohui Retreat
The city will quieten over the next month so retreat to the beach! Ohui Retreat is an easy 2 hours from Auckland and easily accessible from other parts of the North Island. If your idea of the perfect break is comfortable accommodation, great food, meeting new people from all walks of life, doing yoga and a pristine remote beach location, then your holiday hopes have just manifested!
From the teachers and team at Ashram Yoga, we wish you a fantastic festive season and a wonderful launch into the New Year! We look forward to seeing you in 2014 for more classes, retreats, kirtans, workshops and trainings.
Aums and blessings,
Devananda (aka Dee)..
Yogis and Pirates
Pictured: Atma, Astrid and Laszlo
Our littlest yogini is blossoming under the watchful eye of her captain pirate brother! Aarrrrrh me hearties!
Karunananda (aka Priscilla) is Ashram Yoga’s studio manager in Parnell. Her messages:
Summer Opening Hours
Ashram Yoga in Parnell summer hours:
OPEN……….Sunday 22 December
CLOSED…..Monday 23 December – Sunday 12 January
OPEN……….Monday 13 January. Reduced timetable in January
CLOSED…..Monday 27 January. Auckland Anniversary Day
OPEN……….Monday 3 February. Normal timetable starts
CLOSED…..Thursday 6 February. Waitangi Day
Keep an eye on the timetable on our website for January’s classes.
Concession Card Competition
Congratulations to Diana Yin who is the winner of the November 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.
Join us for our End of Year Celebration at our Parnell studio on Saturday 14 December. Open up and energise with a great yoga class lead by Swami Shantimurti Saraswati, followed by dinner, satsang, kirtan, fun, feasting and frivolity! Coming together as a group is always fun and we look forward to seeing you there. All welcome – bring your friends and family. Read more
Upcoming in Parnell
Natal Yoga Teacher Training 7-8 December
And if you are already a yoga teacher, then join us for our Natal Yoga Teacher Training in December where you will learn how to teach yoga safely to pregnant women. Yoga has so much to offer in this department and your pregnant students will thank you for it.
Pregnancy Yoga Classes 8-Week Courses
Next year Roselle will be teaching four 8-week long pregnancy courses. These classes will include postures beneficial for the physical changes experienced by every pregnant woman. All postures included in this specialised prenatal yoga class are suitable for women from conception to birth. Read more
Upcoming at Ohui Retreat
Join us this summer at our idylic beachside setting at Ohui. Not only will you be staying at one of the Coromandel Peninsula’s prime beach locations, you will also have access to a taste of a relaxed yogic lifestyle with plenty of experienced teachers on hand to share yoga knowledge and wisdom with you. Read more
Prana New Year Festival
Join Ashram Yoga at the Prana New Year Festival from 30 December to 3 January. This festival is located on the property next door to our Ohui Retreat. We will be providing yoga classes and workshops.
If you don’t want to camp at the festival, then you are welcome to stay with us – either camping on our property or in one of our rooms. We provide yummy food, showers and time out from the festival.
The Prana Festival is always a lot of fun and we certainly look forward to it every year. We hope you can join us. Read more about the festival at Prana.co.nz or staying at Ashram Yoga during the festival.
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
Yoga Teacher Training
Pictured: Senior instructor Atma demonstrating a variation of Ardha Chandrasana.
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. The dates for these courses in 2014 have now been set.
- February……….Level 1 200hr One-Month Intensive at Ohui Retreat
- March…………..Level 1 200hr Part-time in Parnell
- April……………..Level 2 Part-time in Parnell (leading to 500hr)
- May………………Level 1 200hr One-Month Intensive at Ohui Retreat
- November…….Level 2 & 3 500hr One-Month Intensive at Ohui Retreat
Audio: Pranayama and Meditation
Yoga specializes in teaching people how to breath freely and have a beautiful mind. This album comprises four tracks on simple yogic breathing and meditation practices. It is suitable for all levels of experience, including beginners.
Pranayama is the Sanskrit word for breathing technique and is an important part of the Yoga tradition because it adds a tremendous amount of oxygen (and energy) to the mind and body. With regular practice, pranayama becomes highly enjoyable, revitalising and deeply healing. We recommend it to all our students.
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 $12.99.
She’s 95 Years Old
Tao Porchon-Lynch turned 95 in August and entered the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest yoga teacher. She is an inspiring, bright and joyful human being. Check out these photos of her in action.
Ayurveda: Dr Vasant Lad
Dr Vasant Lad is one of the world’s foremost experts in Ayurveda. He knows how to heal people. In this interview he discusses a range of topics from ADHD to energy drinks and snacking.
We are sure that Dr Lad would approve of the following delicious recipe.
Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Roasted red pepper hummus is a twist to the traditional Middle Eastern classic recipe. The roasted red peppers give a beautiful orange color to the hummus and lend it a sweet and smoky flavour. This is a healthy vegetarian recipe that is low fat, easy to make and genuinely delicious.
- Chickpeas – 1 1/4 cup
- Sesame seeds – 1/4 cup
- Olive oil – 5 tbsps
- Red bell peppers – 2
- Lemon juice – 4 tbsps
- Garlic – 2 cloves
- Cayenne pepper – 1/2 tsp (red chili powder or paprika can be used in its place)
- Roasted cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
- Roasted coriander powder – 1/2 tsp (optional)
- Salt to taste
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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.