Postcard from Alita
My Journey With Ashram Yoga & Beyond
By Ahanadevi (a.k.a. Alita)
It’s been nearly a year now since I moved away from Auckland, back to Australia. My, how time flies. It seems like just yesterday I was teaching lunchtime classes at Ashram Yoga Parnell. Oh how I miss Ashram Yoga and all the people that make Ashram Yoga special.
During my yoga journey with Ashram Yoga I completed all 3 levels of their teacher training course, as well as other courses such as Yoga Nidra, Natal and Kids Yoga. I enrolled in the Level 1 course in order to learn more about traditional Eastern yoga. This initial course changed my whole outlook on yoga as well as changed my life for the better. I now experience yoga as a way of life instead of just a physical exercise.
Since moving back to Australia I’ve been teaching Hatha classes at a studio in Geelong. The owner and other teachers there are mainly from a fitness industry background and their teaching styles tend to be more focused on presenting the yoga postures as an exercise. What I’ve learned from my Ashram Yoga courses is that, although yoga asanas are excellent way to exercise the body, there is so much more to yoga than the physical body. This is what I aim to convey in the classes that I teach, through breath and chakra awareness, pranayama and during relaxation. I’d like my clients to feel like they’ve experienced the practice of yoga, not just an exercise class. Many clients at the studio are enjoying the different perspective of my teaching style and I’ve had some nice positive feedback about how different my classes are.
I am grateful for the variety of courses that Ashram Yoga offers and the traditional roots that they stem from. Since leaving New Zealand I have not come across any other yoga studio quite like Ashram Yoga which inspires the true essence of yoga. I feel very fortunate to have found such a treasure on my yoga journey. Thank you Shantimurti, Atma, Dee and all at Ashram Yoga for sharing the love of yoga and keeping it beautiful. Hari Aum Tat Sat.