Light at the End of the Tunnel
Congratulations to the graduates of the May Intensive. They successfully completed the 200-hour yoga teacher training course at Ohui Retreat and are now qualified yoga teachers. We wish them all the best and know they will share their newfound teaching skills all around the world.
A month ago they arrived as strangers but now depart as friends who have lived, breathed and shared yoga together. Intensive trainings are like living on a boat together – a fun, intense, challenging, rewarding experience. We look forward to them coming back for more yoga, training and fun by the beach!
Kriya Yoga Retreat
Pictured: Active learning at Ohui Retreat
There is more to yoga than just touching your toes. Old-school yoga is as much an education as it is physical practices. The yogis of the past knew this and emphasised learning yogic words and concepts. Prana, chakra, kosha, nadi, sushumna – these are all important words that help you understand what is going on in your subtle body.
On the Kriya Yoga Retreat you will hear these words frequently because they are essential to the higher practices of yoga. They give shape to inner experiences. When energy is moving up and down your spine you will be able to say what is happening. When you are filled with light or your whole body becomes spacious you will have a framework to understand it.
On the Kriya Yoga Retreat we teach both the language to map consciousness and also the practices that open up your subtle body so you can experience life at a much deeper level. Read more
Roselle on Kriya Yoga
As a yoga teacher the first thing I noticed about the kriyas was it combined all the esoteric yoga practices like pranayama, bandha, mudra and chakra locations. I had learnt all these yoga basics over the years through teachers training at Ashram Yoga and I had taught them to yoga classes in isolation but I had never put them all together! That was fun. And powerful. The kriyas are accessible to everyone as they are just a series of techniques. Read more at the bottom of this page.
Advanced Yoga Training
Pictured: Ashram Yoga teacher Caroline demonstrating the Sun Warrior
Join us this Friday night for the start of Level 2 yoga teacher training and learn how to inspire your classes by:
- Keeping your teaching fresh
- Sharing more with your students
- Teaching more from an energetic perspective
- Having more depth of understanding from which to share
- Learning new practices and gaining deeper perspective on familiar content
- Adding another dimension to your classes with Yoga Nidra
Give more to yourself by:
- Deepening your own personal practice and love of yoga
- Learn how to live yoga in our modern day lives
- Inspiring and being inspired by your peers and teachers
- Creating more connection with yourself and others
- Sharing experiences in teaching
- Understanding ancient yogic principles and apply them to life
Win a full scholarship for the Level 2&3 yoga teacher training course in November. This scholarship is awarded on merit so if you are interested then please write us a 300-600 word essay as described on this page. We are looking for people who are dedicated to a yogic lifestyle, are hungry for deeper knowledge and experience and are keen to “pay it forward.” If this sounds like you then let us know! The date submissions close has moved and is now 1 July.
Graduate Support Programme
Yoga teacher training doesn’t just finish at the end of the course – it is an ongoing process – and we want to help you succeed as a yogi and a yoga teacher. This new programme enables you to continue learning and growing through yoga. Graduate Support gives you the opportunity to repeat courses that you have already taken at Ashram Yoga for no extra charge. Read more.
Guru Poornima Celebration
Guru Poornima is a special celebration 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 event and re-dedicate themselves to their spiritual path. We recognise all the great spiritual traditions, masters and teachers.
This year, we will be celebrating Guru Poornima at Ohui Retreat. It starts with dinner, fire ceremony and kirtan on the evening of Tuesday 19 July. The re-dedication ceremony will take place during the full moon on the morning of Wednesday 20 July (the moon is full at 10:57am).
All welcome! Feel free to bring a picture or statue your guru or inspiration to place on the altar. You are welcome to stay a few extra days before or after the ceremony. Read more
Pictured: Croft gardening at Ohui Retreat
Books – New Shipment
This week we received a shipment of books from India. The books cover a wide variety of yogic topics including meditation, yoga postures, pranayama breathing techniques, and lots of juicy esoteric knowledge. One of our most popular books is Four Chapters on Freedom and it is a commentary on the ancient text Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. These books are available from the Parnell studio.
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
If you have an event, class or workshop the Parnell studio is available for hire. Read more
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 Nicoleta who is the winner of the May 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
Pictured: Guests at Ohui Retreat
Join us 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. Read more
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
- Meditation Course Learn meditation over six weeks
- Explore Yoga Beginner course over 8 weeks
- Natal Yoga Course Yoga for Pregnancy over 9 weeks
- Yin Yoga Workshop Learn the elements of Yin Yoga
- PLAY Yoga Teacher Training Learn to teach yoga to kids
- Yoga Teacher Training Level 2 Learn esoteric yoga
- Introduction to the Chakras A workshop with Gemma
- Disconnect to Reconnect Workshop on social media and your brain .
- Silent Meditation Retreat 3 or 5 days to explore inner silence
- Winter Accommodation Visit Ohui Retreat
- Yoga Revival Retreat Yoga by the beach
- Kriya Yoga Retreat Learn to move energy through the body
- Divine Whispers Retreat Techniques to connect with your soul
- Guru Poornima Re-dedicate yourself to your chosen spiritual path
Workshop: Disconnect to Reconnect
Are you interested to learn how the prolonged use of social media and devices affects our nervous system and brain chemistry? Would you like to be more centered and connected in your daily life? Learn techniques how to use technology mindfully. Includes a yoga and meditation master class for mental focus resilience. Read more
Astrology: Saturn the Taskmaster
Self-control and self-discipline are what is needed most this month – mentally, verbally, spiritually and economically.
The New Moon on the 5th is dominated by impatient retrograde Mars in the 1st house of our own actions, and taskmaster Saturn – also retrograde – is opposing the Sun, Moon and Venus across the financial 2nd and 8th houses. Mercury is opposing Mars in the 7th house of partners and competitors. Be careful about making hurried or reactive decisions, especially in relationships but also in financial areas. Watch unfolding events in the economy and carefully consider your options. Read more
In the last edition of the NZ Yoga Scene magazine the editors reviewed Lectures from Yoga Teacher Training by our senior director Swami Shantimurti Saraswati. Here is the review in full, reprinted with permission. Visit NZ Yoga Scene’s Facebook page.
“This wonderful volume is full of wisdom. Do not let its slim size mislead you – for while it may be read in a sitting – its lessons will take a lifetime to be known. Take this paragraph on meditation as an example;
‘Spiritual development is measured in inches not miles, so if you learnt meditation last week don’t expect to get enlightened next week. It takes time, patience and effort to mature. And don’t be quick to judge how you are doing – it is very difficult to assess what is going on in the unconscious mind and subtle body. Some people have a lot of wonderful experiences in meditation but for others it is relatively uneventful. It is like getting a window seat or an aisle seat on a plane – the view is different but the progress to the destination is the same.’ Read more
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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.
Ayurveda and Surgery
The ancient Ayurvedic text Sushruta Samhita is the most authentic text on the practice of Ayurvedic surgery. Susruta is renowned as the father of plastic surgery. His text discussed in minute details on how to perform prosthetic surgery to replace limbs, cosmetic surgery like skin grafts on the nose and on other parts of the body, cesarean operations, setting of compound fractures, and even brain surgery.
This branch of medicine is believed to have arisen in part from the exigencies of dealing with the effects of war. Other ancients Indian texts such as the Rig Veda and the Ramayana mention remarkable feats of surgery having taken place in the past such as organ transplants and even head transplants(!) Read more about the history of Ayurveda.
Recipe: Bananas with Ghee and Cinnamon
When you’re hungry and in need of a quick Ayurvedic snack, simply heat up some ghee, toss in some bananas, and watch them sizzle. A dash of spices, cinnamon and ginger, make these morsels quite delicious! This rich, nourishing snack couldn’t be easier to make or more satisfying from tummy to soul. Enjoy as a quick snack, or a light breakfast, or as a healthy dessert. Read more
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.