Newsletter November 2012
Yogic Studies Sponsorship Appeal
The Anahata Yoga Health and Education Trust is committed to supporting the development of those who wish to share the techniques and benefits of yoga within their communities. Currently, we are supporting the training of two dedicated individuals studying for the two-year Yogic Studies diploma. This in-depth diploma is Australian Government accredited and gives students the skills to become yoga teachers, as well as other industry credits in health sciences. One of the women we are supporting, dreams of completing the programme in order to work as a Satyananda teacher within the Maori community in Waikato. The other is a dedicated, long-term Anahata resident. As more teachers are trained, Anahata can offer more diverse classes and retreats, as well as better serve the needs of its visitors and the local community. The yoga teachers at Anahata play a key role in helping people to receive relaxation skills, learn about yoga, deepen their practice, seek help and guidance, overcome addictions …and the list goes on. In order to continue supporting these women, we are appealing to the community to help us with our fundraising by donating generously to this worthwhile cause. To learn more, click here.
The Anahata Yoga Health and Education Trust (AYHET) is continuing to look for ways it can extend itself into the community and share the teachings of the Satyananda yoga tradition as beneficial practices for people’s wellbeing and health.
We have been establishing a relationship with the mental health outreach team in Takaka and have just run a session during Mental Health Awareness Week (October 9th – 14th), showing how yoga can be extremely beneficial for mental health. The session included a talk by Swami Gyan Dharma with practical sessions led by Anahata resident teacher Matrirupa, who combines yoga with her skills as a registered nurse. The session was very well received by both the clients and mental health support workers who attended.
In September Anahata held two events in support of national organizations. The Global Mala event for world peace, was a great day hosted down the hill at the Sandcastle enjoying a yoga class, chai and cakes donated by local cafes, followed by a havan (fire ceremony), shared meal, kirtan (music celebration) and a dance party into the evening by local DJ Surya Masala who is also the host of our new Radio Om show. The event was extremely successful and raised $930 for the New Zealand Yoga Education in Prisons Trust (YEPT)! YEPT is a registered charitable trust that provides yoga and meditation education and personal transformation for prisoners in New Zealand.
We have again supported the ‘Health for Humanity’ Yogathon event which took place over two weeks in the second half of September, where together across the country the aim was to perform a total of 108,000 rounds of Surya Namaskara (salute to the sun) to help raise awareness about the health benefits of yoga.
We are still involved in the Green Prescription program, a government initiative to encourage people to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, make healthy lifestyle changes and be more physically active. We offer a free space in each retreat for someone issued with a Green Prescription, and discounts for our weekly local yoga classes. We are currently looking at other local community groups in the Nelson Region in health related areas that would be interested in working with us.
Another local event we continue to be a part of is interfaith meetings in the Nelson area, which happen twice a year and bring together people from different spiritual traditions to share their insights and common connections.
The two local yoga classes we offer in town during the week carry on going well, and we are continuing to offer a helping hand with meals at Onetahua Marae in Pohara during Huis.
Do you have a story to share?
When you have experienced the benefits of yoga in your own life it is clear why it is important to go on sharing these practices with others. We would love to hear about what yoga has done for you. We are currently building a portfolio on how yoga has improved people's quality of life. If you would like to share your experience with us, please contact our trust co-ordinator.
To continue the teaching that is done through the Anahata Yoga Health and Education Trust and to continue sharing the benefits of Satyananda Yoga we require financial support.
Current AYHET Projects which need your support:
- New Yoga Products: The creation of new yoga products, such as Swami Karma Karuna’s new CDs “Yoga for Women” and “Yoga for Health & Healing”, support practice at home and personal development outside of the retreat setting, as well as being targeted to benefit specific needs. We would like to continue to develop more specific health-related products such as Yoga for High Blood Pressure, and more Yoga for Kidz products.
Infrastructure Development and Sustainability: Ongoing improvements to the facilities we offer at Anahata, including installing a solar hot water system (so that our guests can enjoy naturally heated warm showers from the sun’s rays), extensions to the property such as in the kitchen, and building more accommodation.
“People Mover”: We have raised half the funds for a new “people mover” to more efficiently transport people up and down the hill from Takaka, but still need a further $7000.
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