Newsletter January 2015
Anahata Yoga Retreat is in a brilliant re-birth with myriad of yoga retreats, events and creative projects both at home and in the local community.
Each year Anahata invites International guests who impart their knowledge and wisdom of Yoga through their teaching. In May Swami Shaktimudra from Australia joined the Anahata Team for a few months teaching on our signature Yoga Wisdom Retreat series and staying with us for our Guru Poornima Celebration. We were blessed to have special guest Swami Muktimurti from Australia. Arriving in the midst of our winter, Swami Muktimurti shared her ‘bhav’ and devotion of yoga and sound in her ‘Nada Yoga’ Retreat.
With the spring season and its lucidity of colour and fragrance in the air, Anahata saw many comings and goings farewelling Sannyasi Shantachittam and Satyamitra and welcoming new resident yogis Nirakara and Grace onto the Anahata team.
As Swami Karma Karuna set her sails to India hosting her annual India retreats and tours, seasoned karma yogis Swami Kriyaratna and Sannyasi Mangalananda from Australia, jumped on board the Anahata hub on the eve of the auspicious nine day Navaratri Sadhana, teaching their first program of many to come. On the final day of Navaratri, Anahata awoke to an auspicious blanket of pure thick white snow. Swami Karma Karuna tells that at the very same time in India during Swamiji’s satsang, tiny white flakes (entity unknown!) began to fall from the sky and onto the crowd, Swamiji looked up, touched the white flakes and said “The New Zealanders are bringing snow to Munger!” It just goes to show how such a powerful sadhana like Navaratri can connect us to the source!
With intense sadhana at Anahata, Karma Yoga keeps us all grounded including the construction of a new roof on the Surya building from the aftermath of Cyclone Ita, who also brought blessings in disguise. The fallen trees cleared much of the land for potential puja areas and building sites. With the expertise of local arborists and resident Matt, karma yoga projects of ‘Kashtha Takshanasana’ (chopping wood), stacking and piling wood, are providing us with an eternity of cosy fires to warm the chilly winters on our mountain-top.
A new designer chicken coup is at the top of its pecking order and the Anahata chickens are laying a few more eggs than usual whilst still enjoying their ‘free roaming’ afternoons foraging for worms and grubs.
Green thumb Swami Kriyaratna arrived at Anahata and did not quite know what to do until a divine light shone above his head and said ‘you must plant kale!’ With the guidance of Phoenix and Paramatma and help of our karma yogis, this year’s summer harvest will have the Anahata kitchen serving an abundance of wonderful greens including kale, mustard leaves, mignonettes, spinach, beans, more kale, apples, pears, delicious black currants and some more kale.
A crew of Anahata kirtanists attended the ‘Wild Earth Café’ opening weekend on a wild and wet day in October. Café guests huddled under shelter and the children dancing joyfully as our kirtanists and musicians sang with joy in their hearts. The ‘Wild Earth Café’ has invited us back over the summer months for other ‘gigs’.
If Kirtan is weaving itself into the hearts of the Golden Bay community so is the practice of havan (ancient Vedic fire ceremony) with Paramatma, Kat and the Tui community blessing their places with a Havan ceremony.
Anahata are involved in the upcoming Evolve and Luminate festivals - hope to see you there.
Blessings to all for a Happy New Year!
Om Tat Sat