Welcome to 2016!
Pictured: the Ashram Yoga crew on Opoutere Beach at Ohui Retreat
Happy New Year to you! Welcome to 2016. This year we have a wide range of course and classes lined up ranging from beginners courses to advanced yoga teacher training. We hope to see you soon!
Christmas has arrived early for you. Here is a free Yoga Nidra guided relaxation for you. It is presented by Swami Shantimurti and is sure to take you into refined levels of your being. It’s at these quieter levels that genuine relaxation occurs affecting your entire body and general sense of well-being. Download here
New Pregnancy DVD
We all know that yoga can be a great tool for pregnant women to prepare physically and mentally for birthing, as well as to deepen their relationship with themselves and the baby. Ashram Yoga has recently produced a DVD on Yoga for Pregnancy. In this DVD, our senior instructor Swami Shantimurti guides you through asana (postures), pranayama (breath work) and meditation. Read more
The last day of classes at the Parnell studio will be Tuesday 22 December. We will be closed on Wednesday 23 December. On Monday 11 January we re-open with a skeleton timetable. The normal timetable will resume on Monday 1 February.
WanderLust is a world-wide yoga festival comprising music, dancing, yoga, workshops and much more. Read more about the upcoming WanderLust festival in Taupo in January. Win a ticket to WanderLust by participating in our Salute to the Sun event.
If you have an event, class or workshop the Parnell studio is available for hire. Read more
Christmas Gift Ideas
Give the gift of yoga this Christmas with bolsters, meditation cushions, cotton yoga mats, neti pots and gift vouchers for all of our courses including:
- Yoga for Beginners Course
- Prenatal Yoga Course
- Meditation Course
- Mums and Bubs
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.
Concession Card Competition
Congratulations to Joan Grant 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.
Firewood for Sale
At Ohui Retreat 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.
Visiting 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.
We are excited to announce we are a studio partner for Wanderlust festival at Lake Taupo!
Join us this February 4th – 7th in the beautiful thermal region of Wairakei, Taupo. Practise yoga with thousands of other people, wander through the village from studio to dance party to green field space in the height of our Kiwi summer. Read more
Pictured: Yoga teacher training on Opoutere Beach in November
Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training
Become a confident, competent and qualified yoga teacher with our Level 1 yoga teacher training courses. Teaching yoga is a lot easier than it seems, especially when you have been well trained. Our task is to make you a good teacher and after teaching this course for many years we have worked out the best way to do that.
- Level 1 Part-time Starting in March next year. This course comprises a number of weekend workshops over seven months. It is a lot of fun and often has a big impact in the lives of course participants (see Interviews) and the people they teach.
- Level 1 Intensive Starting in February and again in May, this one-month intensive course is designed to immerse you into the world of yoga in an ashram environment. It is challenging but also fun and rewarding.
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.
Read more about scholarships at Ashram Yoga.
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
Read more about this event.
Over the last few years fascia has been recognised more and more for its importance in a well balanced body. Fascia is the connective tissue that holds the whole body together as well as separating into segments. Moving and releasing the body with the understanding it is a whole organic network helps unwind tensions and allow it to move back to its natural state. Read more
Forrest Yoga Workshops
Forrest Yoga is renowned as an intensely physical and internally focused practice that emphasises how to carry a transformative experience off the mat and into daily life. Join YogiSu for 8 workshops in January and February. Read more
- Mums and Bubs A 6-week course for mothers and babies
- Yin Yoga Workshop Learn the what, why and how of Yin Yoga
- Meditation Course Learn meditation over six weeks
- Fascia Workshop Learn about connective tissue
- Forrest Yoga Workshops Discover Forrest Yoga
- Entities Learn about energetic parasites and their removal
- Yoga for Beginners Course Learn the basics over 8 weeks
- Natal Yoga Course Yoga for Pregnancy over 9 weeks
- Silent Meditation Retreat 3 days in March & April
- Prana New Year Festival Celebrate at the beach
- Summer Accommodation Visit Ohui Retreat
.Entities: Energetic Parasites
Helma Schipper is an entity clearer with many years of training and experience. She says that entities (energetic parasites) are relatively common and can block a person’s healing if not removed. She explains entities and their removal in this article.
“The term ‘entity’ refers to non-physical beings, presences which come to be attached to human beings and act as parasites, thereby creating various emotional, mental and physical problems ranging from eating disorders and uncontrollable emotions to the most severe diseases.” Read more
Over the last few years fascia has been recognised more and more for its importance in a well balanced body. Fascia is the connective tissue that holds the whole body together as well as separating into segments.
Moving and releasing the body with the understanding it is a whole organic network helps unwind tensions and allow it to move back to its natural state. The meridians or nadis are closely linked to the anatomy trains, trains of muscles connected through a fascial network running through the body. When these trains are free the energy ﬂow is enhanced.
In the workshop we will explain the fascia and its networks more clearly. We will look at how this feels and looks in your body and we will move and experience the release. Creating ﬂow and ease! Read more
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.
Astrology: Sobering Saturn
Front and centre in the Full Moon chart of November 26 – whose influence will be felt throughout December – we have Saturn casting a sobering and sombre light across our hearts and minds. This is the planet that reminds us that there are realities in life that cannot be ignored.
In the 11th house and the sign of Sagittarius, Saturn is conjunct the Sun and Mercury and opposing the Moon. Our thoughts are deep, serious and philosophical. In these “interesting” times we need, perhaps more than ever, to be realistic, discerning and mentally disciplined to avoid being overly influenced by external forces. Read more
Coriander is a powerful boost to the digestive system in the summer months when digestion tends to be a bit weaker. Amazingly, nature dials down the digestive fire in the summer so as not to overheat the body internally. The idea is that the sun heats and cooks the foods while on the vine or in your garden, so that there is no need to fire up the digestive furnace in the summer – this, of course, applies if you are in the habit of eating seasonally-harvested foods. Read more about Coriander and Ayurveda.
New Book by Swami Shantimurti Saraswati
We 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.