Newsletter December 2009
Our new events schedule is an exciting one, with workshops and retreats at Anahata as well as in Auckland, Hamilton, Nelson and Timaru. Click here for details.
At Anahata Yoga Retreat
Consider starting the year with a heightened sense of purpose through our Creating Change retreat (January 1-3rd). January 13-17th sees the return of Celebration of Sound, a much-loved medley of sound, music, yoga and meditation.
Anahata hosts the NZ Satyananda Yoga Teachers and Initiates Conference in late January, followed by two special events led by Swami Samnyasananda: Breathing and the Brain (February 1st) and Chakra Vidya (February 5-7th). Samnyasananda is a yogi and neurophysiologist whose research explores the effects of yoga on the heart, brain and nervous systems. Over February 26-28th Swami Karma Karuna will lead the Yoga & Sacred Feminine retreat, delving into yoga for women, music, dance and creativity. The healing power of sound is revisited from March 15-24th, when Sanskrit and mantra expert Swami Muktimurti from Australia joins us for the Mantra and Transformation retreat. Over Easter, Swami Muktidharma and Swami Karma Karuna will offer an Exploration of Non-Attachment, a chance to learn yogic techniques to liberate negative thinking and better understand the mind. Throughout 2010 Anahata continues to host Explore Your Self courses, as well as longer-term residential stays. These are great opportunities to imbibe the yogic lifestyle.
Events around NZ
Swami Muktidharma will be in Auckland on February 20th to lead a workshop on the Art of Living and Dying with Yoga. On February 21st in Hamilton he’ll lead a discussion of Yoga and the Koshas. Over April 23-25th in Timaru, he and Swami Karma Karuna host a weekend exploring Yoga Solutions for Life. This retreat is a great opportunity to discover or deepen your yoga practice, learn practical yoga tools, calm the mind and create inner strength and positivity.
2009 events review
The 2009 events schedule was especially full, with a calendar of retreats including our popular Explore Your Self Courses in which we had up to 20 participants learning about yogic lifestyle. Our Celebration of Sound started the year off with a positive effect through the singing of mantras and fire ceremonies. Alongside our special guest-musicians Caitlin and Sika, we were lucky to have international artist ‘Tabla’ Tom join us. In late February, our annual Sacred Feminine retreat, led by Swami Karma Karuna, unfolded a weekend of self-expression and creativity through yoga. The Easter retreat, on the Art of Living & Dying with Yoga, was a profound opportunity to address a topic often shrouded in fear and avoidance. Discussions and classes were led by Swami Muktidharma and Swami Karma Karuna. In June, Swami Chintanshuddhi visited from Australia, guiding a weekend on the five elements at Aio Wira Centre. During the winter months we were fortunate to have Swami Gyandharma inspiring the Anahata residents with his 30 years’ experience in Satyananda Yoga. Residents received training in the Bhagavad Gita and the Ajapa Dharana meditation. We hope that Swami Gyandharma will lead our first Sadhana Lifestyle three-month course, starting in 2010.
We have also been inspired by Swami Atmamuktananda, who visited in October. She joined us to lead a special retreat on Dharma vs. Drama – addressing how to attune ourselves to our life’s purpose. Atmamuktananda is the Director and Acharya of Satyananda Yoga Rocklyn Ashram in Australia.