Ashram Yoga

Guru Poornima

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Pictured: the great Swami Satyananda Saraswati (top centre) and Ashram Yoga’s senior director Swami Shantimurti Saraswati (turning) in the 1970s.

Guru Poornima is an important celebration in the yogic calendar. Every year we honour our teachers – from the past and present – and reflect on the gifts that they have given us. It is also an opportunity to rededicate yourself to your chosen path.

We will be celebrating Guru Poornima on 12-13 July at our Ohui Retreat in the Coromandel. It is a fun occasion and we hope to see you there. Read more


Studio News

New Office Manager

Our current office manager Divyajyoti has been called back to the surf and sunshine of Portugal. She will be teaching yoga over there and specialising in yoga for surfers. We wish her all the best and thank her for her massive contribution to Ashram Yoga.


We welcome Tara (pictured) as our new office manager. She is very warm and friendly and loves creating community, especially when it involves yoga. Tara enjoys educating beginners and sprinkles philosophy in her classes where possible. “I try to incorporate yoga into daily living whether its breath awareness at the supermarket or finding time in my busy schedule as a mother to centre and meditate.”


Concession Card Competition

Congratulations to Kristen who is the winner of the June 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.




Upcoming at Ohui Retreat 



Kriya Yoga Retreat   5-11 July   * Fully Booked *

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. Please note: only three spaces left. Read more


Guru Poornima 12-13 July

Guru Poornima is a special evening in the traditional yogic calendar. It is for honouring your teachers and spiritual guides. During the full moon every July millions of people across the globe celebrate this evening and re-dedicate themselves to their spiritual path. Read more about this celebration at Ohui Retreat.


Yoga Revival Retreat 19-20 July *Fully Booked*, 9-10 August, 18-19 October

Join us in Ohui for a weekend of yoga to rest, recharge and rejuvenate. The weekend will include:

    • Yoga classes
    • Guided relaxation (Yoga Nidra)
    • Yoga philosophy
    • Yoga of sound (Nada Yoga)
    • Chanting and singing (Kirtan)
    • Meditation
    • Plenty of free time
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Silent Meditation Retreat  21-24 August, 2-5 October

Spend three days in silence and meditation. This retreat is suitable for beginners through to seasoned practitioners and includes full instruction and support. Be quick – spaces fill up very fast. Read more


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


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

Upcoming at the Parnell Studio

Movie Night   3 July
Join us for a range of entertaining movies and interesting documentaries. To be held on the first Thursday of the month. Last month was a lot of fun. Guaranteed to be good this month too. Read more

Yoga for Beginners Course  7 July
Starting simply and progressively building upon what you have learned in previous weeks, by the completion of the 8 weeks you will have a holistic experience and understanding of yoga. Easy for you to take away and use at home as well. Read more


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Natal Yoga  23 July

Join Roselle for this 8-week course specifically for pregnant women. This course focuses on asanas, pranayama and meditation to make your journey through pregnancy smoother physically and emotionally. The course includes postures beneficial for the physical changes experienced by every pregnant woman. All postures included in this specialized prenatal yoga course are suitable for women from conception to birth. Read more


Kirtan  31 July

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. Read more


Mums and Bubs Yoga  8 August

Join Nikki Fitzgerald for a six-week course of yoga specifically for mums and babies. Strengthen your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles, relax, revitalise and join others who are sharing the same experiences. Read more


Learn Astrology



Astrology is the very old practice of looking to the heavens to learn about life on Earth. Even a little study of astrology will convince you that it is both legitimate and amazing. This course is about real astrology, not the kind that you find in the newspaper, but an analysis of your own personal chart determined at the moment of your birth.

Your own chart reveals a tremendous amount of information about your strengths, challenges, and how to navigate you own life better. Astrology can have a profoundly liberating and enlightening effect on your life – all it requires is an open mind and a willingness to learn.

Read more about Vedic Astrology on this website or read more information about this course.


Healing Depression and Anxiety

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A one-day introduction to six key understandings on Saturday 9 August. Do you or anyone else you know experience the following symptoms?


Chest pains, a sense of choking, shortness of breath, dizziness, pain, trembling nausea, diarrhoea, headache, backache, heart palpitations, numbness or “pins and needles”, sweating/flushing, restlessness, easily tired, trouble concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, frequent urination, trouble falling or staying asleep, being easily startled, diminished feelings or aspirations for the future.


These can all be symptoms of anxiety or depression. This one-day workshop introduces six simple steps and key understandings of the deeper underlying belief patterns causing anxiety or depression. Learn how to effect the process of change within the mind toward better all-round health. Read more


Yoga Teacher Training 2014

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Pictured: yoga teacher training at Ashram Yoga Parnell. 


“You primarily learn by teaching on this course and you learn many different aspects of yoga – not just postures. It’s a really good in-depth introduction to yoga. I’d highly recommend it.”

“I really enjoyed the experience here, I think it was amazing and will be positive in a life changing way. Thank you very much for facilitating this opportunity to grow here.”

“A lot of yoga and more yoga…and yoga. No chance to come out of it without knowledge. Wonderful experience!”

“Wow. It’s an absolutely stunning location. How awesome to be able to go to the beach everyday!” 


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.





Divyajyoti is Ashram Yoga’s office manager in Parnell and she strongly advocates participating in your community. She says, “Your vote in the upcoming general election matters! Make sure you have your say on Saturday 20 September.”

She supports a non-partisan campaign called RockEnrol whose goal is get young people to vote. RockEnrol uses popular culture, music, and events to get people interested and active in New Zealand’s political environment. RockEnrol are looking for volunteers to encourage young people to vote by inspiring the voice of a generation and making politics more relevant and fun. If you are interested in helping, then contact Meliesha ({This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it} or 020 4031 2251) or fill in the volunteer form.


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Yoga Votes

This is an American non-partisan organisation that aims to awaken a new demographic of mindful voters in US elections: the 20 million people who practise yoga in America. They want to bring the qualities that yoga develops – awareness, connection, and participation – into local and national politics. Listen to their inspiring message at


The Mystical Art of Rejuvenation


Pictured: Devraha Baba who was said to be 250 years old.


In the magical world of the yogis of India, there are many stories of people who have lived for a very long time. Whilst the methods they employ for longevity differ, there is one legendary technique called kaya kalpa.

Kaya kalpa is the process of rejuvenating the body. It requires retreating into solitary confinement for many months of intense meditation. During this time the yogi loses and then re-grows his (or her) hair, teeth and skin. This process is only for very advanced practitioners because quitting before completion is not an option. You can read more about it here.

There are some very old yogis who have lived in plain sight, such as Devraha Baba who lived in an elevated hut on the banks of Yamuna River. He was said to be over 250 years old. He was old even when his elderly disciples were young. Many people visited him including famous politicians and quite a number of Westerners who are still around to talk about it. You can see him on YouTube.

Another excellent resource about health and longevity is Life, Health and Longevity by Dr Robert Svoboda. In this book he covers other esoteric methods for rejuvenation including the use of herbs, metals and rituals. Many of these mystical methods are beyond the reach of ordinary Westerners because they require an expert guru and an extraordinary student. Nevertheless, the basic principles of Ayurveda and yoga are readily available to help you become younger!


Audio: Yoga Nidra - Fire Element



This Yoga Nidra focuses on the element of Fire (agni tattwa). Fire is related to the sense of form and the digestive organs. It also relates to manipura chakra, which is an energy centre on the spine at the level of the navel. This Yoga Nidra cultivates strength and courage.

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.

This Yoga Nidra is 30 minutes long. This album was created by Swami Bhaktimurti Saraswati. You can download this album for $9.99.


Video: Flexible Street Dancing

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This guy knows how to move! See the video.


Recipe: Baked Vegetable and Cheese Tortilla Wraps



A delicious and satisfying meal to keep you warm in winter.

  • 6 soft flour tortilla wraps
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 fresh red chili, chopped, optional
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 250g ball fresh mozzarella, cut into chunks
  • 5 tablespoons creme fraiche
  • Flat-leaf parsley, chopped for sprinkling

For the filling:

  • 1/3 cups silverbeet, trimmed
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 400g can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, 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.