Become a Registered Yoga Teacher
Pictured: Yoga at Ohui Retreat
Becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-500) is one of the best things that you can do to advance your yoga practice and develop your career as a yoga teacher. Yoga Alliance has 45,000 active members and 3000 registered schools, including Ashram Yoga. Accreditation with Yoga Alliance gives you a qualification that is accepted and respected worldwide.
At Ashram Yoga our Level 2 & 3 yoga teacher training course provides all the necessary training and experience for the 500-hour qualification. It takes place over a one month period starting on 25 October. Level 1 yoga teacher training provides you with a solid foundation of yoga practices (and is a prerequisite for Level 2 & 3), but Level 2 & 3 go much deeper into many topics including meditation, breathing techniques, yogic philosophy, advanced yoga postures and using yoga therapy to help people with specific conditions.
If you spend a month learning and practising yoga in a focused group environment then your life will change. It may be that you shed some bad habits, emotional blockages, or a physical ailment, or perhaps your trajectory in life is altered by 1 degree and in a year’s time you find yourself somewhere completely unexpected. One thing is for sure – yoga changes people. And the more yoga you do, the more you change. Read interviews from past participants about their life changing experiences on this course.
Upcoming at Ohui Retreat
Yoga Revival Retreat 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)
- Plenty of free time
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Silent Meditation Retreat 21-24 August *Fully Booked*, 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
Spring Cleanse 19-21 September
Some people need to wash their mouth out with soap, but we prefer a more substantial process that washes out the whole intestinal tract. The method is simple – drinking lightly salted water and then practising five specific yoga postures (asanas). The results are immediate and very beneficial – especially for your bowels. Read more
Cooking Retreat 26-28 September
Join us by the beach for an adventure in the kitchen with spices, flavours and taste. Learn how Prasad creates delicious, healthy vegetarian food and leave with skills and recipes to share with family and friends. There will also be yoga and walks on the beach to stay balanced and prepare the digestive system! 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
Upcoming at the Parnell Studio
Movie Night 7 August
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
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
Kirtan 28 August
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
Yoga for Beginners Course 1 September
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.
Healing with Light and Colour 13 September
This one day workshop unlocks the mystery of light, its effect on the cellular structure of the body, the mind and the energy field and the healing aspects of the different colours of the light spectrum. Learn simple techniques to use light and colour therapy for your health and the health of your family and friends. Learn the importance of having light in your life! Read more
Next month we are releasing a new book (and ebook) of lectures given by our senior director Swami Shantimurti Saraswati on the Level 1 yoga teacher training course held earlier this year. The book covers a wide range of topics including energy centres (chakras), breathing techniques (pranayama), energetic pathways (nadis). We highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in advancing their understanding of the deeper aspects of yoga.
Blankets for Animals
Sitadevi (Gemma) teaches at Ashram Yoga is currently collecting blankets, towels, sheets, etc, to donate to the SPCA and the Bird Lady on the Shore who rescues injured birds (she gets no funding). If you have anything to donate, then please leave it at Ashram Yoga in Parnell for Sitadevi to collect. This appeal is running through August.
Concession Card Competition
Congratulations to Margaret Abercrombie who is the winner of the July 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.
Looking For Some YINspiration?
Yin Yoga is fast becoming one of the most popular styles of yoga on the international yoga stage, but far from being a ‘new’ style of yoga, Yin Yoga is, in fact, incredibly old. Original Yin Yoga was being practised nearly 4,000 years ago, when the yogis of the day held yoga postures for long periods of time in order to prepare the body for the more advanced yoga practices of meditation and insight. Read more
Healing Depression and Anxiety
Pictured: Workshop leaders Henri Venturini & Catherine Opie.
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
Pictured: Yoga teacher training at Ashram Yoga Parnell.
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.
- 4-5 October………….Yoga Nidra Teacher Training – Level 1
- 18-19 October….…..PLAY Yoga Teacher Training
- 25 October…………..Level 2 Intensive at Ohui Retreat (leading to 500hr)
- 13 November……….Level 3 Intensive at Ohui Retreat (completing 500hr)
- 6-7 December………Yoga Nidra Teacher Training – Level 2
Proof of Prana
Pictured: Auras around the body
Yoga is well known as a set of physical exercises that makes comfortable healthy bodies but not many people in the West understand how yoga really works.
The bottom line is that yoga is the science of prana – the essential life force also known as chi. Yoga heals by improving the flow of energy in the body. Prana is the key difference between yoga and conventional exercise. Unfortunately, prana is unknown to modern medicine – and even openly mocked – which is really quite astonishing considering how essential it is to your health.
The existence of prana is easy to prove. You can experience it for yourself right now. Close your eyes and relax. Spend a few moments imagining energy building up in the index finger of your dominant hand. Then open your eyes and point your finger at the palm of your non-dominant hand and draw small circles on your palm with your finger about 5-10 cm away. Imagine the energy drilling into your hand. Can you feel a sensation – warmth, tingling? You can make the energy flow stronger simply by intention. As an extension, you can use the same method to draw a basic image like a circle, square or letter on a friend’s back and ask them to identify what you’re writing. It’s a fun exercise and a simple way to discover prana.
To learn more about prana, energy and your subtle bodies then join us on one of our yoga teacher training courses.
Video: Sickest Buddhist Rap
A few years ago this video surfaced on YouTube. It’s hilarious. Take a look.
Recipe: Garam Masala
Herbs and spices are used extensively in Ayurveda to improve health and well-being. Garam masala is a mix of spices that has been used for centuries to slow down the process of cellular ageing, promote healthy weight, breakdown of excess fats and many other purposes.
There is no fixed recipe for garam masala – it varies from region to region. However, common ingredients include: cumin, coriander, cloves, fennel, peppercorns, bay leaves, nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric, cardamon, ginger.
These spices keep the digestive fire (agni) working optimally which in turn results in increased metabolism. When the digestive fire is weakened, digestion become sluggish resulting in accumulation of toxins in the body.
Garam masala is a fast way to add real flavour to your food. Because of the abundance of spices available in India, the food is never bland. Spices cast a spell by flattering our senses with their vibrant colors, appetizing aromas, and rich taste. Life is dull and dry without the spices, so go ahead and spice up your life!
The best garam masala is organic and found at your local health food store. Alternatively, we recommend Leena Spices made in New Zealand and available on TradeMe. Read more about garam masala and spices here.
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.