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Parking at Parnell Studio

Last week our parking space down at the railway opposite our studio ended abruptly. That land is being redeveloped into a modern railway platform. From now on it is a construction site and parking there is prohibited.

This impacts both staff and students at our studio. We are looking for alternative parking solutions and will let you know as soon as we find it. If you have any good ideas around it, then please contact us.

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Daytime Classes
We suggest looking for parking on:
Cheshire Street – free all day parking
Parnell Road – 2 hours for $5

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Evenings and Weekends
Finding spaces for evening and weekend classes is usually not a problem. The
turning circle at the end of our street is a good place to look.

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Please note that the parking spaces immediately outside our studio are reserved for the office manager and yoga teachers. This space will be tightly managed.

We will keep you informed of any developments. In the meantime we hope to see you in a class soon!

Kind regards,
Ashram Yoga.

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Getting into Yoga

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Tash Domonkos completed the Level 1 Intensive at Ohui Retreat in February 2015. She writes about how she ended up there:

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My first yoga experience was mortifying. I ordered a DVD online and it was called something like “Hollywood Yoga”. The girls on the cover were drop dead gorgeous and I was rather excited to give it a go. From memory I lasted about ten minutes because they were going so fast that I was tripping up over myself, not to mention almost passing out because not once did they mention breathing! So that went into drawer with the other DVD’s of various exercise regimes, never to be attempted again. Read more

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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.

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Upcoming Classes and Workshops

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108 Club Join us for 108 Sun Salutations
Active Soul Fitness Weekend with Christie Houghton
Satsang with Prem Prayojan Kirtan, meditation and seminar
Yoga Teacher Training Level 2 Starting 11 April
Level 1 Intensive Become a yoga teacher in one month
PLAY Yoga Teacher Training Learn to teach yoga to children
Evolve Holistic Fitness Retreat at Ohui Retreat
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
Meditation Course 6-week course with Nerine
Silent Meditation Retreat 5 days in June. 3 days in August
Yoga and Nutrition Retreat Learn about health and well-being.

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Parnell Studio News

Concession Card Competition

Congratulations to Annie Flint 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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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. Contact the Parnell office for courses in April: PLAY, Level 1 Weekend 2 and Level 2 Weekend 1.

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Yoga Teacher Training

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Video: A Day in the Life of Level 1 Intensive

The transformational experience of teacher training is often difficult to put into words. Take a look at this awesome video for a glimpse of what our fun filled, yoga packed days look like on teacher training. A huge thanks to Vishal for making such a fantastic representation of this experience. We are so proud of you! Big thanks to everyone else involved so others can have a better understanding of this amazing experience. Enjoy! See the video here

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2PLAY 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

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Satsang with Prem Prayojan

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Prem Prayojan travels the world sharing his insights on yogic spirituality. He comes from the tradition of Bhakti Yoga – the yoga of devotion – and has a profound knowledge and experience. Our senior instructor Swami Shantimurti Saraswati gives his full endorsement to Prem and encourages everyone to attend this satsang at our Parnell studio this month. Read more
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Astrology with Hamish Saunders

hamish-2For 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:

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Eclipse energy has been with us since March 20th. Total Solar Eclipse will continue to be felt up to the New Moon on the 19th. This particular eclipse phase triggers inner awakening and a heightened awareness of our relationship with those around us, especially those we live and work with. Eclipse power can be pretty intense and any issues we may have with others are likely to come to the surface. This is an excellent time for communicating our needs and airing grievances; however be sure to “watch your mind” and avoid reacting to situations. Read more


Conscious Eating with Jane

41485_1558951734_2211_nLife is too short not to be happy! Life presents us with an abundance of joyful moments, yet many people are unable to enjoy life’s pleasures due to feelings of stress, anxiety and/or depression.

Unfortunately, the incidence of mental health disturbances such as anxiety and depression are increasing dramatically. About 20% of adults (that’s at least one in five ) will experience a mental illness at some stage in their lives.

The World Health Organisation acknowledges that depression is already a leading cause of disability and predicts that by 2020 depression will be the second leading global disease burden (after heart disease). Read more

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The Star Pose

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Swami Shantimurti Saraswati calls this posture Tarasana (the Star Pose) but it is also commonly called Ardha Chandrasana (the Half Moon Pose). Ashram Yoga teacher Gemma Mullins writes about it:

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This is one of my favourite standing postures. As a balancing posture it strengthens the ankles, legs, core and spine and also benefits the nervous system and digestion. Executed well, it provides a sense of grounding, expansion and upliftment. This short video guides you into Ardha Chandrasana step by step using the wall and a block… Read more

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Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

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The great sage Maharshi Patanjali wrote the Yoga Sutras – a profound text that guides people to enlightenment. The word “yoga” in Sanskrit means union and “sutra” means stitch (like our modern word suture) thus the Yoga Sutras are about stitching together the mortal self with the immortal self taking the ordinary person into the extraordinary world of higher states of consciousness. Learn more about the Yoga Sutras on Level 2 starting on 11 April.

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“Through the clear experience of samadhi (deep meditation) dawns the splendor of spirituality.” – Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.47 


 

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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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Yoga Joes

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These action figurines are designed to make the military a little more peaceful. Dan Abramson invented these Yoga Joes to do yoga instead of shooting at things. Take a closer look.

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Product Review: Airmax

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This clever little device is designed to keep your nostrils open to make breathing through your nose easier. Its sold to help with snoring, but they also have a sports version for enhanced physical activity. We think they have missed a huge market: yogis. Breathing through your nose during meditation and yoga is definitely preferable to mouth breathing because it filters, warms and moistens air and also adds a lot of prana (energy) to the brain. This product is made of soft silicone, it comes in two sizes and it works. You can purchase a set of two online for about $40 including shipping to New Zealand.

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Video: Yoga and Body Image

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In this TED video Meaghan Ramsey discusses body image and what you can do about it.

If you ask us, yoga is the number one way to improve your body and your body image. How we think and feel about our body has become a chronic problem in today’s society with many people, especially teenage girls, succumbing to idealism. Fortunately, there is a remedy and it is yoga. Yoga changes your body and it changes how you see your body.

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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.

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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.

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