New Year - New Outlook for Ashram Yoga Auckland!
Pictured: this year's part-time teacher training graduates in Parnell
Thank you to everyone who so positively responded to our decision to transform and relocate the Ashram Yoga studio in Parnell. We are touched by the love, praise, thanks and support, and the impact Ashram Yoga has in your lives.
We are super excited for what is on the horizon for Ashram Yoga cityside. We have been committed to offering authentic yoga in in Parnell for 18 years. Our commitment has not changed. This month we have been investigating new spaces to find the best fit to provide classes, courses and keep our community alive here in Auckland in the New Year. Thank you for your patience, trust and faith in the process. You’ve got to create the space then fill it.
Stay tuned for the announcement of what's to come and join us on 17th December for the Yogic celebration of the year.
After spending a deeply fulfilling and Yogically explorative month of Teacher Training at our Ohui Retreat we have now opened the doors for casual stays. We invite you to enjoy great yoga, the beach and delicious food over the holiday season! Please contact our retreat manager, Alexa, to book your beachside space.
Blessings to you and your family through the holiday season. Stay connected with us via our Facebook page, newsletter and this website.
Atma, Shantimurti and the Ashram Yoga Team
End of Year Celebration
Our last class and final celebration at our Cheshire Street studio is on Saturday 17 December.
8am-10.30am...........Morning class with Devananda and Atma *Fully Booked*
11am..........................Lunch at Ashram Yoga
12noon - 3pm...........Festivities, games, play, Yoga Nidra with Shantimurti
3pm - 5pm.................Visioning into the future
7pm............................Kirtan - sing, dance, connect!
You are welcome to join our celebration at any time on this day. Please RSVP if you intend to join us for lunch.
Morning Yoga Class Fully Booked
We are touched that the class on the morning of our Cheshire Street Celebration has received so much love. We are now over capacity and won't be able to accept any more RSVPs for the class.
Please join us for fun and games in the afternoon or kirtan in the evening. Remember if you are coming to our afternoon of fun and games, as is tradition please bring a small gift for the gift exchange circle. One lucky yogi will win a Yoga Revival Weekend or a Silent Meditation Retreat on the day!
Earthquakes, Yoga and Trauma
Last month Kaikoura was struck by a serious earthquake that killed two people. Like California, Hawaii and Japan, New Zealand is located on a fault line and from time to time we have earthquakes, though many if not most Kiwis have never experienced one. Kaikoura is located 615km (380 miles) from Ohui Retreat so we didn't feel it but we have students and teachers in the South Island who did.
Yoga is one of the most beneficial things you can do to release trauma. "Restorative yoga" is particularly good because it reduces the arousal of the sympathetic nervous system through calming postures and breathing techniques. This creates a sense of safety and groundedness in the body. Yoga Nidra guided relaxation also has a deep effect and can release all kinds of tensions in the mind and body.
Ashram Yoga teacher Nikki Fitzgerald (pictured) was in the South Island and she says,
"I was nervous for several hours after it happened. I can remember thinking during the earthquake, "What do I need to do?" Being present, feeling my body, feeling my breath, being a witness to my thoughts - these kept me anchored in the present. Listening to the sounds of the rumbles of the earthquake was my yoga that night. It was not the years of doing asana (postures) that helped me the most, but the awareness that we don't have control over things that are bigger than us."
Yoga Teacher Training
Congratulations to the graduates of last month's Level 2&3 Intensive yoga teacher training course at Ohui Retreat (pictured). Ashram Yoga's senior director Swami Shantimurti Saraswati loves teaching this course and diving into the depth of yoga. Afterwards in a moment of reflection he said, "Ashram Yoga's Level 2&3 course is way more esoteric than any other teacher training I've come across."
Pictured: This is how we plank on the Level 2&3 Intensive
Level 1 and Level 2 Part-time
We are currently taking enrollments for Level 1 and Level 2 part-time yoga teacher training. As normal we already have students registered because there is a limit to the number of people we accept on these courses. If you are keen to become a yoga teacher the be sure to submit your registration soon. Our instructors are happy to chat with you about any aspect of the course.
Level 1 Intensive
The Level 1 Intensive in February is nearly fully booked. A few spaces remain but they won't last long. There are still plenty of spaces on the May Intensive. These courses are a lot of fun with students from all around the world and we look forward to running them every year. Read more
Win a scholarship for a yoga teacher training course. These scholarships are 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!
Level 1 Part-time. Submissions due 15 December 2016.
Level 1 Intensive. Submissions due 15 January 2017
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
Upcoming at Ohui Retreat
Cooking Retreat: Journey with Mahima
Ideas for a Yogic Christmas
The Parnell studio has many items that make perfect gifts.
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.
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
Bolsters & Blocks
We now have bolsters for sale for only $60. 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.
The bolsters are:
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