Yoga and the Art of Well-Being
In our experience of teaching thousands of students over many years, we see that the more frequently you practice yoga the more benefits you get.
Often it is not until someone joins our yoga teacher training course and starts practising yoga daily do they really discover the power of yoga.
A little bit of yoga everyday can instil a subtle sense that everything is okay, even if the rest of your world is noisy and chaotic.
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Level 1 Intensive
This month our third Level 1 teacher training for 2013 begins. Like most of our courses it comprises a range of nationalities. We have guests from Hong Kong, Tahiti, Argentina and New Zealand! We love this diversity!
Concession Card Competition
Congratulations to Liza Cornelius who is our winner for April. She wins a 4-class concession card. If you want to enter, just put your completed 8-class yoga concession card or one-month pass in the box at the front desk.
Reminder: please pay $2 at our front desk if you park down at the railway yard. We rely on these payments to keep those parking spaces available.
Upcoming in Parnell
Prem Prayojan is dynamic and inspired teacher who 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 satsangs. Read more
PLAY Yoga for Children 7 May
Come and PLAY with us at Ashram Yoga! Once again Dee will be sharing the fun & adventures of yoga with the younger years. If you have a child between the ages of 5-10 years old who wants to move, stretch, expand their imagination and have FUN, then yoga is the after school activity for them! Read more
Pranayama Teacher Training Part 1 on 11-12 May
Pranayama is an ancient system of yogic breathing techniques that profoundly improves all levels of your being. Learn to practise and teach these powerful techniques. Read more
Friday Night Out 17 May
Join us and the enthusiastic Level 1 yoga teacher trainees for a yoga class, satsang (discussion on yoga), a vegatarian meal and kirtan music. It is always a fun night and a great way to meet fellow yogis. Read more
Meditation II – Deepening the Experience 23 May -27 June
This course focuses on more advanced breathing (pranayama) and meditation techniques and involve working at a deeper energetic level. Suitable for all levels of experience, including beginners. Read more
Compassionate Communication 25-26 May
Conflicts are natural and can be handled. Nonviolent Communication is a practical toolkit to cultivate your values. Understand where others are coming from and see their humanity. Create authentic connections with yourself and others, instead of impulse, habits, `shoulds’ or rebellion. Read more
Creative Power of Mandala 8 June
Mandala means ‘circle’ in Sanskrit and is viewed as a sacred symbol representing wholeness. Mandalas are traditionally associated with healing, meditation and creativity. Mandala art has been used from ancient times within the yogic systems and throughout the world as a process of self-expression and in the service of personal growth and transformation. Read more
Confidence, inspiration and new skills for yoga teachers. Re-immerse yourself in the practice, study and teachings of yoga with Ashram Yoga’s next level of Teacher Training support and community. Receive valuable tips, feedback and guidance from Ashram Yoga’s senior instructors. Read more
Upcoming at Ohui Retreat
Yoga Revival Weekend 15-16 June
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)
- Plenty of free time
- Read more
Reiki Training Course 22-23 June
Reiki is an energy-based healing modality. This course is designed to teach you about Reiki and give you experience in treating yourself and others. Read more
Kriya Yoga Retreat 24-30 June
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
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: Atma (in the aqua top) teaching at a One-Month Intensive.
Level 2 & 3 Intensive 1-30 November
Level 2 & 3 Intensive is a one-month course designed to advance your understanding and experience of yoga and qualify you for Yoga Alliance’s 500-hour certification. It includes advanced postures, breathing techniques and teaching methods. Also specialist and therapeutic areas of yoga teaching. Level 3 covers some of the deepest and most profound aspects of yoga. Read more
Tour of the South Island
Ashram Yoga’s senior instructor – Swami Shantimurti Saraswati – will soon be visiting the South Island. He will give his first Master Class in Queenstown starting on Friday 31 May. Read more about this year’s tour.
Please let us know if you are able to provide accommodation in Queenstown for Shantimurti and his assistant. Dates 30 May to 3 June and 20 to 23 June.
Thanks to NewZealand.com for the inspiring image (and website).
Questions and Answers with Premajyoti
How did you get started in meditation?
I first tried meditation as a university student in Dunedin. The style of meditation freaked me out a bit as the teacher was attempting to teach us to ‘Astral Project’ (leave the body), so I never went back.
But, even the smallest encounters can plant a seed for the future. So another fifteen or so years later, I came to Ashram Yoga in Parnell to ask some questions about yoga and not long after that, I started attending meditation classes with Swami Shantimurti Saraswati and my interest and practise gathered momentum from there. Read more.
Swami’s Corner: The Guru-Disciple Relationship
Pictured: Swami Sivananda Saraswati and student
The following is Part 2 from a series of 3 talks on Parampara: the Guru-Shishya (teacher-student) relationship. This series will continue in future newsletters in the lead up to Guru Poornima celebrations to be held at Ashram Yoga, Ohui, on the July full moon. Read more
Video: Uddhiyana Bandha and Nauli
Uddhiyana Bandha and Nauli are two powerful abdominal exercises that tone the abdominal muscles and massage the internal organs. They improve digestion, elimination and keep you healthy and vital.
These yoga exercises are traditionally part of the Shatkarma cleansing practices and are best learnt from a qualified teacher. Ask any of our teachers for guidance. See video
Inner Tantric Yoga by Dr. David Frawley presents the deeper tradition of Tantra, its multidimensional vision of the Divine and its transformative practices of mantra and meditation.
The book can expand your horizons about masculine and feminine energies, self and world, universe and the absolute into a living experience of the infinite and eternal both within and around you.
This is a high quality book and we recommend it. You can purchase this book from the Book Depository for $22 including free worldwide shipping.
Turmeric: India’s Superfood
Turmeric is a powerful healing food that has been used in Indian medicine for thousands of years. It is one of the most commonly used spices in the Ayurvedic diet.
Turmeric is bitter, astringent and pungent in taste. Its heating quality helps to balance kapha and vata body types and its bitter taste helps to balance the pitta dosha, thus it is tri-doshic and suitable for everyone.
According to Ayurveda turmeric:
- supports liver detoxification
- supports healthy cholesterol levels already within a normal range
- promotes the body’s healthy response to allergens
- assists digestion
- supports a healthy immune response
- benefits the complexion
This antioxidant herb also helps to purify the blood and maintain a healthy cardiovascular system; supports a healthy stomach and colon; and promotes the health of the lungs, circulation and nervous system. Turmeric contains curcumin, a flavonoid which supports a healthy inflammatory response, thereby promoting general well-being.
Turmeric is one of Ayurveda’s super foods. It is a powerful healer and definitely worth incorporating into your regular diet. It can be taken with food, as a tea or a tablet. Read more
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.