Ashram Yoga

The Great Night of Shiva

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On Tuesday 17 February Ashram Yogi’s of old, current and new, came together in the Parnell studio space to celebrate Shivaratri – The Great Night of Shiva. Observed annually, this evening is lunarly aligned when energy is low and consciousness high. Traditionally, this is celebrated with an akhanda kirtan (non stop chanting) that lasts approximately 12 hours continuously chanting Om Namaha Shivaya throughout the night. We made this celebration modern day friendly… Read more

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108 Club – Salute to the Sun

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Our next Creating Yogic Community Event will be shared on the mat on Saturday 4 April with the 108 Club. Surya Namaskar is an ancient sequence traditionally comprised of 12 postures led by the breath. On a physical level, the practice strengthens, lengthens and stretches your muscles. However it also has profound impact of the internal body systems by stimulating and regulating the central nervous system, balancing the endocrine system… Read more

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Parnell Studio News

Concession Card Competition

Congratulations to Person X who is the winner of the February draw. This generous soul has anonymously donated their prize to a worthy recipient. 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.

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Upcoming Courses

 


Teacher Training – Enhancing Your Life

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Video: A Day in the Life of Level 1 Intensive

The transformational experience of teacher training is often difficult to put into words. Take a look at this awesome video for a glimpse of what our fun filled, yoga packed days look like on teacher training. A huge thanks to Vishal for making such a fantastic representation of this experience. We are so proud of you! Big thanks to everyone else involved so others can have a better understanding of this amazing experience. Enjoy! See the video here

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Level 1 Part-time Yoga Teacher Training

Love yoga but want to maintain your current lifestyle? Our 200-hour part-time teacher training is designed with you in mind. For nine weekends spaced throughout the year we meet in our Parnell studio. Enjoy the luxury of time and space to integrate your knowledge into daily life. Read more

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Fl 150Interview with Fleur

One of the main reasons I decided to train was to help my 3 young teenagers become mindful happy young adults with a good sense of body image. My eldest son was keen to learn to meditate and practise relaxation with me through out my training. Finding the course instantly of value like that was fantastic. They still join my classes at times, bringing friends sometimes as well. Read more

 

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Level 2 Part-time Yoga Teacher Training

On Level 2 we introduce the psychology of yoga by studying Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and its very practical message about removing suffering and developing the highest levels of human functioning. Both of these are gained through yoga and Patanjali gives many suggestions about how to proceed quickly and effectively, deepening your practice on and off the mat. Read more about Level 2 yoga teacher training starting on Saturday 11 April.

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Vicki 150Interview with Vicki

Level 2 training took me much deeper into working with the mind. I’ve been a practicing Clinical Psychologist for the past 13 years so I’ve always been fascinated by different ways of working with things like anxieties and negative thoughts. I find the two disciplines complement each other really well and yoga practices are starting to weave more and more into the client work I do with people struggling with issues like anxiety and depression. Read more


 

2PLAY Yoga Teacher Training

Add another string to your yoga teaching bow! Teaching children yoga is both an excellent contribution and revenue stream as a yoga teacher. However, you don’t have to be a yoga teacher to bring the benefits of yoga to the younger generation. If you have a love of yoga and children this could be the perfect culmination for you! The PLAY Teacher Training course is swiftly filling. Spaces are still available, book yours now to avoid disappointment. Invest in yourself and watch your love of yoga grow! Read more

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Graduate Support Programme

Graduate Support gives you the opportunity to repeat courses that you have already taken at Ashram Yoga for no extra charge. This year the Graduate Support will be available for the following teacher training courses: Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3, PLAY and Yoga Nidra. This month is the first weekend of Level 1 which covers:

  • Asana: Pawanmuktasana 1&2, counter poses
  • Pranayama: yogic breathing, Nawa Sankhya, foundations of Nadi Shodhana
  • Meditation: foundations of meditation

If you have graduated from our Level 1 teacher training and would like to revisit the material for this month please book through our Parnell office. Spaces are limited to three graduates per weekend and registration opens a month in advance. Read more

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Upcoming At Ohui Retreat

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Nourish and Nurture Autumn Retreat  3-6 April
Enjoy three glorious days to nourish and nurture yourself from the inside out. We begin our days with flowing yoga classes designed to soothe your nervous system. In the afternoon take in a traditional posture sequence based on the chakras to nurture and help rebalance your endocrine system. Read more

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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

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Group Stays

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

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Conscious Eating with Jane

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Last month was Shivaratri and it got us wondering about the cycle of creation and destruction in health. So we asked Jane to write about it in this month’s Conscious Eating column. To learn more about healthy living join her on the Yoga and Nutrition Retreat later this month.

“The key principles celebrated at this time are of creation, preservation and destruction; all of which are fundamental to your state of well-being. Shivaratri provides you with an opportunity to review and consider what needs destroying, or letting go in your life, such as long-time habits that no longer support you.” Read more

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Book Review: Tennis Ball Massage

E 150As yoga teachers we can (and do) spend all day talking about the benefits of yoga and how it can give you a healthy, comfortable body, but massage can also play an important role in unlocking some difficult parts. If you are looking for a low-cost, DIY massage then look no further than the humble tennis ball. In this short, illustrated book the author shows creative ways to use a tennis ball on tight and knotted muscles.

This book sells on Amazon for $0.82. It is an ebook so you can read it on your computer or other device.
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Video: Window Jumps

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There are some very athletic people around who demonstrate their talents in creative ways – like this guy who has mastered the art of jumping out windows. Take a look here – it’s worth a few minutes of your time.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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