Newsletter August 2013
The Anahata Yoga Health & Education Trust (AYHET) has been continuing its involvement in the local community. In January after Anahata kirtanists were heard sharing some joyful singing (kirtan) at the local Saturday market, Anahata was invited to participate in the first ever Golden Bay Health Fair – “Heal-thy Self”, with the positive vibrations of kirtan and a “Yoga for Health” workshop which was well attended by the locals. There are on-going plans to continue building links in the community with more health workshops in development, as well as a plan underway to develop the local classes in Takaka to more of a focus on health and well-being through yoga for both the already well and those with health needs.
In other exciting news, AYHET now has people donating financially on a weekly basis to the Trust after experiencing the benefits of yoga in their lives and wanting to support others to receive these benefits. This is a significant vote of support for the work of the Trust and a great start to being able to plan on-going projects knowing that there is some regularly-scheduled financial support. If you have experienced the benefits of yoga in your life and would like to make a contribution finaincailly or otherwise, please contact the Trust.
We finally purchased our 'people mover' thanks to financial contributions towards it. Anahata has also just welcomed 30 new plum trees to its growing orchard thanks to a generous donation from McGrath Nurseries. At the beginning of the year (Stage 1): the karma yogis started tackling a jungle of gauze and blackberry; clearing a site for our new ‘residents’. For weeks on end we slowly chipped away at this somewhat tedious task. After a run of blood, sweat and we are sure a few tears the site was cleared…whew!
Stage 2: hire a hole digger and drill 30 big holes. Anahata is built on clay soil and in some areas quartz rock (as we recently discovered!) Due to the landscape we need to dig large holes to give the trees a good head start. It took two solid days of pumping group projects to dig the holes, we retired at the end of the day dirty, sweaty, tired and wearing big grins from hard yakka (work)…food never tasted so good!
Stage 3: plant the trees, this was the fun part! Careful preparations allowed for a variety of nutrients to be fed into the holes, at the end of the day all 30 trees were nestled into their new homes, nourished and watered.
Stage 4: we are currently completing a wind break in one area to protect the young roots from the harsh wind that fly over this mountain top.
Stage 5: finish cutting the stakes up and stake all trees for support in their first years of growth.
Stage 6: in a few years time…..eat lots of beautiful plums! Watch the recipes in the years to come of 108 ways to use plums.
Thanks again to McGrath Nurseries who made this possible, helping Anahata move towards sustainability.
We would be very grateful for your support, either as a one-time donation or an on-going payment. In particular we are aiming to continue developing yoga health workshops and support products, as well as continuing to support long-term Anahata residents and others to continue their Yogic Studies through the Satyananda Yoga Academy in Australia. Many who stay for an extended period of time at Anahata almost inevitably want to share what they have experienced with others and so go on to begin the 2-year diploma. Another 3 Anahata residents were at Mangrove Ashram in February to continue their yogic studies, and more are hoping to start their studies soon.
If you would like to support the ongoing work of the AYHET we have a payment option available on the Anahata 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
From the YEPT website: “We recognize that the restrictive environment of a prison may be more conducive to internalisation and contemplation. Therefore it can be regarded as an opportunity to use the time-tested techniques and tools of yoga and meditation for personal growth and well-being.”
We would like to share this update from Brendon Sakey, a Satyananda Yoga teacher and social worker who is part of the YEPT (Yoga Education in Prisons Trust).
We thought it was time for an update on the activities of Yoga Education in Prisons Trust (YEPT). YEPT has really taken off in recent times. We now have Satyananda Yoga teachers spreading yoga and meditation at several prisons throughout New Zealand. Our objective is to share Satyananda yoga with prisoners to offer them tools and practices for their own inner transformation and wellbeing.
In the Auckland men’s prison I teach a weekly class to guys who attend voluntarily and the feedback is really positive from the prisoners, the guards, the therapist and the prison manager too. I’m particularly impressed how these aspiring yogis sit so still in meditation and as for many people Yoga Nidra is a favourite too. Prisoners have reported to me that they sleep better, are more aware of their breathing and feel more calm and peaceful in daily life. Yoga provides real rehabilitation that serves prisoners well, both while in prison and after their release when they re-engage in the community. I share with the prisoners stories about ashrams and encourage them to look for ways they can incorporate aspects of ashram and yogic living into their own environment in the prison.
Thanks to everyone who shows an interest in YEPT. We are a charitable trust and we do rely on support, both financially and also karma yoga so we appreciate your support in any way. We have some fundraising events coming up around NZ this year. On May 19th in Ponsonby, Auckland we will have a dvd/yoga night to raise funds for YEPT. Please come and bring your friends if you’re in the area. Please see the YEPT facebook page and YEPT website for more details and feel free to make contact.
Hari Om Tat Sat.
To support YEPT or make a donation, please visit the YEPT website.
Come and join the Anahata Team on our mission to inspire, educate and evolve!
Anahata is looking for skilled applicants for full time live-in positions. We welcome people who are passionate about living in a close-knit, disciplined environment, dedicated to simple yogic ashram lifestyle. Living at Anahata, you will reap many benefits; taking part in various classes, sessions and ancient ceremonies, gaining practical tools and insight that subtly transform. These are live-in opportunities for people who are sincere and dedicated to a path of expansion and liberation. Also included are three delicious vegetarian meals a day, shared accommodation and the most spectacular views in the bay. Extensive yoga experience is not necessary, but please come with a clear mind, open heart and a willingness to adapt, adjust and accommodate. Personal circumstances considered, please apply.
An application, interview process and integration/trial period are required.
Seeking people with the following skills (experience is necessary):
- Gardening and landscaping
- Building and carpentry
- Satyananda Yoga teachers
- Events management
- Database development
- Graphic design
- IT/computer support
Would you like to help in another way?
Are you not able to commit to living on site at Anahata Yoga Retreat but would still like to help? You can join our offsite skilled work exchange program, where you will be engaged in a task suited to your skills, from the comfort of your own home in exchange for free or discounted retreats. You can also make a one off donation or set up regular donations, donate building materials, furniture or anything else you think may be useful to our mission.
Off site skills required:
- Graphic design
If your skill is not listed and you think it could be of use to please send us an email. For further information and enquiries contact: email@example.com