With uninterrupted views of National Park, and Mounts Ngāuruhoe and Ruapehu,

our Eco Lodge was the perfect setting for a yoga retreat.

This was 3 days and 3 nights of blissful yoga, with 9 stunning women.

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The deck spanning the Eco Lodge faced due East, making it the perfect setting for morning and evening practice.

the view from our lodge

During morning practice, we watched sunrise in perfect silence, with bird song rising out of the surrounding bush and trees.

In the day there was free time to explore the natural beauty of the area.

In the later afternoons we settled in for 2 hours of silence, giving us a chance to be creative or rest as we wished.

At night people sat round the table for 3 course vegetarian meals. I was chef and got some amazing help when the pressure was on.

On night 2, we had a wild fancy dress to let off steam, with a in-house show, which had us all in fits of laughter and pure enjoyment.

On the final night, a deep red moon rose up into the expanse of the Milky Way, offering us majestic reverie and solidarity.

Nine women worked like a dream, participating in yoga, meditation, silence, and sharing of insights.

The next yoga retreat will be in April 2021, and then again in October 2021.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to join is for the next one.

Contact Ali at or call 06 327 4108 to find out more about future retreats


Stay tuned for the latest updates …

October is a busy month. We are running a stunning Eco Retreat in National Park from Friday 2nd to Monday 5th, however the Monday night class is still running. Ali will be teaching a special Green Party Class at Massey Rec Centre on Tuesday 6th at 9.00 am, and the 6 pm class is also on. Ali will be away for election weekend, so the Sunday morning class on the 18th October is not running. Then Ali will be meeting up with friends and family in Wellington and Christchurch from Sunday 25th to Thursday 29th. No class will run through the last week of october.

Great news! Sunday 1st November will be back on and November will run as normal. See you soon!

Guru Purnima 2020

The Guru full moon often takes place in July on any given year. The guru full moon is meaningful to me because it is one day on the moon calendar where I know enlightened teachers, gurus, dedicated students, and spiritual ancestors can come together for meaninful interaction and discussion.

Many religious traditions give meaning to this day. Yet, for many, this day is about remembering the wisdom, love, and teachings of your personal guru. It is also about checking in with members of your spiritual community and rekindling connections.

Whether our spiritual community is a community of yoga practitioners, meditators, satsang attendees, or tribal members, the rising of the guru full moon dispenses blessings and tranmits shared meaning so we can remain awakened and deeply reflective.

Mt Kailash from the shores of Lake Manasarovar

Hotpools and Snow

Wairakei Thermal Pools Taupo

On our yearly pilgrimage to Wairakei Thermal Pools, just north of Taupo, we met with snow. As we travelled north from Marton, we saw snow drifts as far south as Taiahape. Cows and sheep in icy fields grazed carefully through the snow drifts. Everywhere was bright and cold. Clouds lifted to show a clear blue sky!

From the deep snow drifts of the Desert Road, Mounts Ruapehu and Ngāuruhoe ruled supreme. We pulled over on the Turiko Mountain Road and I ran joyously into the snow drifts and paid homage to the mountains.

At the hotpools, we soaked in temperatures ranging from 30 degrees celcius to 40.6! The silica infused waters were sublime, all fed from a natural geyser only a few hundred metres away. Members of the group and I soaked and chatted and spent quiet time taking in the amazing setting. Such an amazing place! We will do it all again next year … fingers crossed!

Why not join us next time? Email Ali at or call 06 327 4108 for more info.

Play Covid-19 Snakes & Ladders


        Covid-19 Snakes & Ladders - April, 2020 - © Ali Hale Tilley

During Lockdown I designed and painted a new Snakes & Ladders board. Digital prints of the game are avaialble for $10. If you would like a full size digital copy, just email me at nzyogacentre@gmail .com or message me on

The proceeds of digital sales go towards 3 families I support in India: Ravi’s extended family of 9 who live and work in their own Laundry business in Haridwar; Ratu’s extended family of 10 who live in a small villiage near Barsana; and, my guru bais, Sukanand, Ramdevanand, and Ravianand who have a humble ashram near Barasana.

Latest Yoga updates!

Thanks for supporting the NZ Yoga Centre once we are in Level 2 

Are you itching to get back to your regular yoga class?

So we can keep each member of our Yoga Community healthy, safe, and happy as we move out of Lockdown, please read the updated information below. There are new infographics for the new timetable, class etiquettes, and price plan.
Thank you for supporting us as a small local business. We hope to reopen the Yoga Centre once we move into Level 2. In the mean time, why not join our weekly Zoom classes on Monday at 6pm & Wednesday at 2.30pm? You can message us at NZ Yoga Centre on Facebook.

New Timetable

While we were all in Lockdown the world changed.  We all had to follow new rules on personal hygiene, social distancing, and contact-tracing. As a result of these changes, there will no longer be casual class attendance available. This allows each of us to practice good contact-tracing. Each class will now have its own bubble for each month.

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New Etiquette

During Lockdown, businesses like ours were forced to shut our doors. The only way we could trade was by doing classes on Zoom that excluded all physical contact. To comply with new Health & Safety regulations for businesses, we have put new rules put in place around hygiene, social distancing, and general conduct. Here are the Top 9 tips. You can read the full complience of Health & Safety on our Homepage. Look for the Covid-19 tab.

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A limited number of handtowels will be available for $2 if you forget to bring one. This covers laundry fees. If you use the bathroom please spray all touched surfaces with disinfactant provided and always wash your hands. Also if you have been in public spaces prior to class please wash your hands.

New Prices

If you miss class, you can make up a class during the set month by attending another class at the studio or by Zoom. However if you can’t do a makeup class, for whatever reason, you may need to forfeit the missed class. So we can maintain efficient business practices, no classes will be carried over to the next month. Payments need to be made in advance by the 1st of each month.

If you know in advance you are going away, and you are a class regular, please let us know in advance so we can accomodate your schedule, and if necessary adjust your monthly class fee. Thank you for your compliance.


Once again, thank you for supporting us as a small local business. We hope to reopen the Yoga Centre once we move into Level 2. If you have any questions, you can either message us at NZ Yoga Centre on Facebook, email, or call 06 327 4108

Look forward to having you back in yoga classes soon! And, if you can’t see your class on the timetable, let us know and we will put the class back on once 7 people are keen to go!


Lifting the lid!


My new podcast series ‘Lifting the lid!’ weaves together an autobiographical account of my life, with art appreciation, mythic narratives and wild, wild adventure.

Listen along as I run you through hidden symbols of each painting and show how these symbols tie into different aspects of my wild wild life.

Picture 1: Sati-Maa


Picture 2: Medicine Buddha

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Over the next few days and weeks I’ll be adding more art works to this page. Feel free to drop in and leave your comments if you enjoy these podcasts — Ali

Lockdown Yoga with Ali

poster lockdowHi all, yes it is Day 1 and I’ve spent the morning getting some videos recorded for you. However, because both files were huge they were impossible to load onto this site.

Nonetheless they are both now on my Facebook page. One clip is an important reminder how to breath for mind mastery during the lockdown (7 minutes), the other is an active Hatha Flow session (10 minutes).

Don’t forget to include your positive feedback on my Fb page and let me know if you find this service helpful. This energy exchange will support more clips as the weeks unfold.

Sending you love and light during this extraordinary time — Ali


Yoga updates at Level 3/4

To frienIMG_4084ds, family members, students, loved ones, here we are on a Level 3 lockdown, on the way to Level 4. As a ‘non-essential business’ I will be closing the NZ Yoga Centre doors, effective immediately.
When threats to our freedoms are lifted we will throw a big party, build a bonfire, rejoice and do yoga together again. In the meantime I will be posting narratives of my artwork and adventures on FB and my website( and staying in touch via phone, messanger and email.
Also, I will be making meditation/yoga podcasts available for people who need personalised coaching and instruction during these unprecedented times.
This is a time of great learning and introspection. May we all live in peace and gratitude for the talents, gifts and lessons these times offer us all.
Mother Earth can finally breathe and repair and so can we as a human race.
Love to you all – Ali xx

Sunday Sessions

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We have a lot going on for the next 10 Sundays. Print off a copy of this schedule and keep it on your fridge to stay up to date.


WORKING BEE SUNDAY 15th March 9.30am-11am: Ali will be running a FREE SUNDAY CLASS on Sunday 8th March for all who come to help out at the centre on Sunday 15th March. Please RSVP for this 2 events.

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