Newsletter March 2012
The Anahata Yoga Health and Education Trust (AYHET) continues to support local, national as well as international events. Our aim is to share the practices and principles of Satyananda Yoga so others can experience the benefits this practical approach has in daily life.
In our local community we offer two yoga classes during the week. Next term the yoga class for teens, which was so successful last year, will continue in Takaka. We are forging good links within the community and are currently involved in ‘community and whanau’ meetings which meet monthly. We are also spending time helping out in the kitchen at Onetahua Marae for huis the marae hosts. In a recent trip down to the marae some more of our residents were welcomed on to the marae in a powhiri so that they will be able to step on to the marae and serve in the future.
We have also been attending interfaith meetings in our region, which brings together people from different spiritual traditions to share in their common connections. In February the interfaith meeting was held at Anahata and was a very enjoyable event (see Event News).
A program we are supporting in our local community is the Green Prescription, which runs out of Heartland services in Takaka and is a government initiative set up with the District Health Board to support those with financial difficulties needing to make lifestyle changes and be more physically active. We are offering a free space in each retreat for someone issued with a Green Prescription by their doctor, and at the weekly local yoga classes we run we are offering the first class free.
An organization that the Trust has recently supported overseas is the Odanadi Seva Trust in India to help end human trafficking. We held a program here at Anahata with a havan (fire ceremony), shared meal and music celebration (kirtan), as part of the week long ‘Yoga Stops Traffick NZ’ fundraising effort.
We are currently working on putting together an Anahata Yoga Health and Education Trust brochure so that we are able to inform people what we are trying to achieve and how to support us so we can continue to grow. Part of the AYHET mission statement is “to inspire the development of the whole being by providing a supportive environment for Satyananda Yoga education and a high quality yogic experience”. To continue our mission and share this valuable yogic knowledge requires financial assistance from generous donors.
Current AYHET Projects which need your support:
- Continued support of the Sponsorship Program: donations go towards supporting Anahata residents in the 2 year yogic studies program (costs involve $7020 AUD ($9,600 NZD) plus travel costs), as well as providing financial support to enable more people to experience the benefit of a yogic lifestyle at Anahata.
- Further $10,000 in funds is still required towards the new "people mover".
- Funds towards installing a solar hot water system (estimated to cost around $10,000) so that our guests can enjoy naturally heated warm showers from the sun’s rays.
- Funds towards ongoing extension plans to Anahata’s facilities, including kitchen extensions, a new hut and making the garden more sustainable.
- Creating new yoga products, such as yoga CDs, which support practice at home and personal development, particularly aimed at specific groups such as Yoga for High Blood Pressure, Yoga for Women’s Health and more Yoga for Kidz products.
If you would like to support the ongoing work of the AYHET we have a payment option available on our website. Also visit our website for options on tax-deductible donations and making bequeathments to Anahata in your will.
You can call the Trust at (03)525-9887, or contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org