Ashram Yoga

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Level 1 Intensive

It’s not everyday that you get to spend the whole day focusing entirely on yoga. And what is better than spending one day on yoga? A whole month. Level 1 Intensive is just that – a month dedicated to learning and growing through yoga. The experience is transformative because you learn the how and why of yoga postures. This changes your experience of yoga forever and it qualifies you to teach it to others.

Intense experiences leave a powerful mark on people and Level 1 Intensive certainly does that. The focused group environment and the absence of distractions gives you a taste of life in an ashram. It is a taste that many savour because you get to step into another world – the world of the yogis.

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Advice from Graduates

We asked graduates of the Level 1 Intensive what they would say to someone who was considering doing the course.

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“This course is the real thing. You learn real yoga, not just postures as yoga is commonly perceived in the western world today. It is the core basis of the practice. This course provides a basis on the physical, emotional, spiritual and scientific aspects of yoga. Whatever you are looking for and are hoping to get out of this course – this course will provide that and more. You will not leaves with unanswered questions.”

“It teaches you so much, more than postures. There is a lot on your body and how your body and yoga come together.”

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Read more comments. See the Level 1 Intensive poster. Visit the Level 1 Intensive page.

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Upcoming at Ohui Retreat 

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Pictured: Students on Opoutere Beach – our backyard

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Easter Purification Retreat   18-21 April

Join us on the Easter Purification Retreat to purify body, mind & spirit. Yoga is a science that can cleanse and affect us from the inside out. Through asana (yoga postures) we create freedom through movement, through pranayama purification of breath, and through meditation cleansing of mind. Combine this with the experience of extraordinarily healthy, delicious vegetarian cooking and you have a holistic approach to purification! This retreat includes:

  • Yoga classes (postures and breathing)
  • Pranayama (yogic breathing techniques)
  • Yoga Nidra (deep yogic relaxation)
  • Chakrashuddhi (purification of the chakras – energy centres)
  • Shatkarmas (simple and easy cleansing practices)
  • Workshop on working with the energy of the season
  • A vegetarian cooking class
  • Plus time to just enjoy “being”, reading, exploring our beautiful natural surrounds!
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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

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Silent Meditation Retreat   24-27 April   * Fully Booked *

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

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Kriya Yoga Retreat   5-11 July

Kriya Yoga is a set of techniques for liberating energy in your mind and body. These techniques awaken Kriya Shakti - literally the power of action giving you the energy to transformation yourself and move beyond the limitations of mundane existence. Become attuned with the divine energy of life with these powerful practices. Read more

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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

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Group Stays

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


Studio News

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This year the dates for Easter are 18 April to 21 April. Please note our opening hours.

Friday………….CLOSED
Saturday………OPEN
Sunday………..CLOSED
Monday.….….CLOSED

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Anzac Day

On Friday 25 April we will be OPEN.

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Classical Meditation

Please note that the Classical Meditation classes will be moving to Monday nights, starting on Monday 14 April. More details about the class below.

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T-Shirts

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

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Bolsters

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.

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Concession Card Competition

Congratulations to Francis Scott who is the winner of the March 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.

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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.

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Ashram Yoga’s International Tour

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Our senior director Swami Shantimurti Saraswati is still teaching yoga abroad. He is currently in New Jersey, USA, and having a wonderful time even though it is very cold. If you are in the area and wish to come along, then get in touch with our local contacts. Read more.

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Upcoming at the Parnell Studio

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Movie Night   3 April

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

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Friday Night Out    11 April

Join us and the enthusiastic Level 1 yoga teacher trainees for a yoga class, satsang (discussion on yoga), a vegetarian meal and kirtan music. It is always a fun night and a great way to meet fellow yogis. Read more

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Meditation Class   14 April

Meditation is the ancient art of turning within to pacify the mind and enliven energy flows. It has a profound effect on mental, emotional and physical well-being and is an essential part of advance yoga practice. These classes are designed for beginners, but are also suitable for experienced meditators. Read more

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Kirtan   24 April

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 24 April for the this month’s session. Read more

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International Yoga Festival

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Join us at the International Yoga Festival on 11-13 April. This is an exciting weekend of seminars, workshops, community and yoga at the Kawai Purapura centre in Albany. Teachers from many yoga traditions within New Zealand and overseas will present workshops and seminars on a wide range of topics.

Our very own Swami Shantimurti Saraswati will be presenting workshops on:

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  • Pranayama – yogic breathing techniques. Saturday 12 April 16:00-17:30
  • Tattwas – the five elements. Sunday 13 April 9:00-10:30

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Call by and visit us at our stall. Read more

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Yoga Teacher Training 2014

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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.

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Postcard from Premajyoti

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Swami Premajyoti Saraswati (pictured on right with Lal Baba) writes to us about her trip to India.

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From the end of December to the beginning of March 2014, I was fortunate enough to spend ten weeks touring India on a yatra that took us through 9 states and many temples of significance within the more mystical aspects of yoga.

Our journey took us to some remote parts of Northeastern Bengal and as far as Meghalaya and Tripura regions of the Northeastern Frontier. We were blessed to meet many genuine sadhus living their lives in the pursuit to expand consciousness and serve their ancient lineages. I had heard stories before of sadhus who had been lead by dreams or visions to live and serve in forests. These stories, I must admit, always felt like they had come from times past. But time is a funny thing – it’s stretchy and in Maa India in particular, the ancient and modern are often intricately entwined.

The following is the story of a Baba (or sadhu) we had the privilege to meet and spend a little time with whose life-story, image, and way of living could span many ages. Read more

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A Sacred Journey

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Ashram Yoga senior instructor Devananda (aka Dee) writes about her recent trip to Bali.

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A week long retreat full of the things that I love most in life – bodywork, kirtan & Yoga (not in preferential order). The scene is the East Coast of Bali at a simple village Oceanside retreat space that has been constructed with the soulful intention of supporting the local community and encouraging others to come and be open to experience, each other and ourselves.

This is the creation of Gwyn Williams, a hugely hearted and talented Australian who has devoted his life to combining the wisdom of Chinese medicine with the tactile delights of Shiatsu & Thai massage. I met Gwyn 4 years ago on a one month bodywork intensive held in the jungles of Laos. Read more

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Audio: Yoga Nidra 2

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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 2 is an excellent general purpose Yoga Nidra. It is 30 minutes long. 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.

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Video: Yoga Pants Prank

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This video is hilarious. A guy wearing yoga pants calls out people (mostly other guys) staring at his butt. Watch the video.


Recipe: Homemade Paneer Cheese

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Paneer is a Indian cheese with a slightly chewy consistency and mild flavour. It holds its shape well and doesn’t melt, so you can saute it, grill it, or crumble it into just about anything. And of course, it’s a must for classic Indian dishes like korma and palak.

Paneer also happens to be one of the easiest cheeses to make at home, requiring nothing more than milk and lemon juice. Read more

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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.

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