Ashram Yoga


Lunar Energy Rules the Chart

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Astrology has a deep and respected place in the yogic tradition and is used for a wide variety of purposes such as choosing ideal times to start mantra practices or determining underlying imbalances in the mind and body. Hamish Saunders is our go-to astrologer. He been practising professionally for over thirty years. He writes:


The Full Moon on the 28th October is a timely reminder that when the Yang energy is too strong the Yin will rise up and re-establish balance in the world. From the Full Moon chart it is obvious that the balancing force of the feminine is necessary for the well-being of the planet. Lunar energy rules this chart and gives us the resources to re-align ourselves with our natural and nurturing powers. We are encouraged to seek the company of like-minded people and to connect with each other in the spirit of true friendship and brotherhood. Only then can we heal ourselves and our loved ones. Read more


Studio News

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Pictured: Nityadas here from Ireland to complete his Level 2 teacher training, Tara our Parnell studio manager, and Grace and Kiri who teach at the Parnell studio.


Chai & Chat Night

Our first Chai & Chat Night was a great success with about 40 people joining us for dinner, kirtan and hanging out. It was a lot of fun and we are looking forward to the one.



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 Suzanne Mannering who is the winner of the October 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.


Graduate Support

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.


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

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Pictured: Nourish and Nurture Retreat at Ohui Retreat last month. Who knew that pampering the mind and body could be so much fun?

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.



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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


Yoga Teacher Training
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Pictured: Ingrid on Opoutere Beach during her yoga teacher training intensive. Last chance to join the Level 3 Intensive. Eleven days of deep, life-transforming yoga starting on 20 November. 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


Upcoming Classes and Workshops

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 Vision Quest Retreat

Vision Questing is an age-old tradition of seeking support, answers and direction from the greatest teacher of all – Mother Nature. This two day immersion will include QOYA movement classes, ceremony, ritual, working with plant and animal energies, working with intuition, meditation and solo questing into the wild. The process will be gentle, supportive and creative with the emphasis being on cultivating and celebrating your journey. Read more  *Fully Booked*


Workshops with Dana Louise Stewart

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Pictured: Ashram Yoga teacher Dana and her daughter Molly-Love


Join Dana for two workshops at Ashram Yoga Parnell.


Family Yoga Day

In this fun, interactive workshop Dana will share her techniques that she uses to help children find strength, flexibility and happiness at there own pace. Both Molly and Dana will demonstrate correct form to help children of any age to develop the ability and agility if desired for handstand and walkovers or to simply be able to touch their toes! Read more


Inversions and Yoga Strength

Learn the essentials to building yogic strength and sustainable flexibility.

  • Yoga breath retraining
  • Posture and a pain free body with individual assessments
  • Finish with a guided relaxation and Crystal Bowl Healing
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Fascia Workshop


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


Book Review: Ayurveda & Aromatherapy

Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 1.27.44 PMAromatherapy uses essential oils to manage your health, reduce stress and balance your emotions. It is a very practical way to change your energy and improve your life. This book is a complete users manual on how to apply essential oils in a manner consistent with the principles of Ayurveda. The book includes an introduction to Ayurveda, a comprehensive description of the three main body types (doshas) and details of essential oils that balance each dosha.

The authors classify essential oils according to their polarities – such as hot-cold and wet-dry – and then describe their benefits to each body type. They also explain the practical use of oils such as how to apply essential oils with a compress, in the bath, inhalation, and how to find good quality oils.

Anyone interested in a practical introduction to Ayurveda, aromatherapy or both is likely to benefit from a study of this book. Read more



Video: How to Be Ultra Spiritual

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Lessons from the master. JP Sears on how to make people think you are spiritual. This video is as funny as it looks. See it here.




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.




Recipe: Rosewater Rice Currant Balls

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Jenny at is a keen exponent of Ayurveda and she shows how to make delicious, healthy food. Her website is a good introduction to the principles of Ayurveda and includes some excellent recipes – like Rosewater Rice Currant Balls. Rose water and fresh and dried rose petals are used for medicinal purposes, especially to heal the heart and cool inflamed emotions. Read more about the healing effect of rose or see the recipe.

  • 3/4 cup basmati rice
  • 1 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1 tbsp dried currants
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 tbsp small dried rose petals
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp rosewater
  • Mint leaves and rose petals for garnish
  • 3/4 cup small coconut flakes


New Book by Swami Shantimurti Saraswati

SM 6 250We 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.