Winter in Alicante

IMG_1153 (Medium)

The images in this new study reference influences from my trip to Alicante, Spain in 2015. The shapes and colours are reminiscent of Miro, and stingrays are borrowed from local art deco architecture.

DCIM102GOPRO

I sketched the original idea when I was visiting Spain in December 2015, renewing my visa for India.

GOPR2896

Alicante is one of my favourite cities. I am looking forward to returning as soon as I can

DCIM102GOPRO

IMG_1149 (Medium)

Yoga group visits Taupo hotpools

A perfect day trip along the Desert Road gave us majestic views of Ruapehu and   Ngauruhoe.

36571967_2118425708482740_357708679119634432_n

36741694_2118425661816078_5441860719517630464_n

36662221_10209460003457572_3078876752433381376_n

The hotpools at Wairakei Thermal Resort were so therapeutic and soothing.  Hotpools are a great way increase hip and hamstring flexibility and bring valuable minerals into the skin.

36728174_2118425815149396_7964395596297535488_n

36688190_10209460003737579_6139719581435953152_n

36661657_10209460003857582_6202126203571142656_n

Great daty out, great groups of women!

MEDICINE BUDDHA

IMG_1022 (Medium)

This fantasy self portrait of the Medicine Buddha illuminates out of the darkness. By viewing the central image, our psyche awakens with the use of lapis blue, turquoise, sadhu pink and gold. The crystal lapis bottle in the bottom left corner of the painting contains healing nectar, which is meant to alleviate pain, hunger, distress, poverty, and thirst. The Naga Guru at the top of the picture protects us from the damaging influences of ignorance and fear. The cobra rises up fiercely, protecting us from toxicity and harm. The Guru hold a bottle of bliss elixir, an antidote for all poisons. The rabbit at the bottom right corner symbolises long life, deep compassion and freedom to all beings.

The over-arching narrative of this picture is heal yourself, and heal the world.

I originally drew the image of this Buddha under the instruction of artist Ella Brewer 13 years ago. Bringing it to life with colour last week allowed me to find expression for my urge to help heal others and heal the sicknesses of the planet, in this case through art. Some of the motifs of the painting are further explained in the accompanying podcast.

I digitally added text to emphasize the fact that this image is under copyright, and also is for sale. If this image is sold money will go towards an air ticket to visit my guru-grandfather at Kumbha Mela, January 2019.

kind thanks — Ali

HAPPY GURU PURNIMA 2018 –

celebrated around the world July 27th 2018

 

Thanks to Liz Wylie at the Wanganui Chronical

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503426&objectid=12042923

 

Yoga teacher Ali Tilley has found the right balance in Marton

11 May, 2018 3:00pm

3 minutes to read
Yoga teacher Ali Tilley (front left) is celebrating the first birthday of her yoga centre in Marton. Photo / Liz Wylie
Yoga teacher Ali Tilley (front left) is celebrating the first birthday of her yoga centre in Marton. Photo / Liz Wylie

Hatha is the yoga of balance – the combination of sun and moon, says teacher Ali Tilley.

I have joined 12 other women for her yoga class in Marton on a Tuesday morning and, after stretching a few muscles I haven’t been using for a while, I’m enjoying the breathing exercises.

“Breathe in through your right nostril,” says Tilley. “Now slowly breathe out through your left.”

Before the class started, we were asked to say what we wished to focus on during the next hour.

Core strength, breathing, stress management, emotional strength, knees, hips, ankles – everyone in the class had a specific body part or emotion they wanted to work on.

It had been around 10 years since I last participated in a yoga class and, although I find some of the postures a bit challenging, I feel thoroughly relaxed – enjoying Tilley’s gentle encouragement and the company of the other women.

Master teacher Tilley arrived in Marton a year ago after running her Sadhana Yoga Centre in Wellington for 10 years.

“Wellington prices had gone through the roof, and I decided this was my opportunity for a positive change,” she said.

The New Zealand Yoga Centre on the corner of Marton’s High and Stewart Streets has a welcoming outdoor area with seating and containers of flowering plants and fragrant herbs.

Inside, the room is scented with essential oils and Tilley brings bottles of oils round during the class and places drops on our palms so we can massage them in to our palms and breathe in the soothing vapours.

Sometimes she issues special encouragement to individual class members if she knows there are particular postures they might be trying to master.

Class member Trudy says she has been coming since the classes began and realised that Marton had scored a great teacher.

“Some of Ali’s Wellington students came to join that first class and I realised how lucky we are to have her here.”

Other students said they have been coming for a few months and have seen an increase in their strength and flexibility.

“I’m now doing stretches I thought I would never do when I first came,” says Judith.

Tilley says the Marton community has warmly welcomed her and the people are genuine and kind.

“I keep my prices low and I’m rewarded with gifts like the fresh broccoli I was given this morning,” she says.

She holds classes every day but Friday and caters for all levels from a masterclass on Saturdays to a beginners’ class on Tuesday evening and there is a children’s class on Wednesday afternoons.

Tilley will be celebrating her first year in Marton and the first birthday of the yoga centre with a potluck dinner and gathering next weekend.

Ali Tilley can be contacted at nzyogacentre@gmail.com or by calling 06 327 4108.

We are one!

We had an amazing first birthday at the NZ Yoga Centre, with fire, festivities, friends and food. Such a great energy from all who attended.

Our next event will be a ‘kai & sky’ event for Matariki mid June 2018.

IMG_0934

IMG_0943IMG_0923IMG_0945

We are one!

Calling all yogis! The NZ Yoga Centre is celebrating its 1st birthday –

Saturday 5th May between 5pm and 9pm.

If you would like to come and join in the celebrations please RSVP to Ali

nzyogacentre@gmail.com or sadhanayoganz@gmail.com or (06) 327 4108

30441652_2057604024561013_8701670781840523264_n

From No. 8 wire to geodome

Start with No. 8 wire and bolt cutters. Make around 50 circles, binding wire together with fine galvanised wire.

IMG_0871

IMG_0805

IMG_0800

Nail the wire circles to a frame with staples… or not… a geodome might not need wood structures. This one did.

IMG_0813

Keep making circles until you have made a dome.

IMG_0873

Makes a great growing frame!

Easter Opening

Would you like to do yoga over the Easter break?

Ali at the NZ Yoga Centre will be running a Masterclass Easter Sunday 9.30am-11.30am (advanced phone bookings required).

There will also be an ‘All levels’ class Easter Monday at 9.30am. 

new-piktochart_28852249

This great new masterclass with Ali takes you through 2 hours of blissful yoga:

  • 40 minutes of ‘yang’ hatha flow will help you flush through the system and burn off any Easter indulgences!
  • 40 minutes of slow long yin holds help you to release tension and deepen your stretches
  • 40 mins of a ‘yon’ approach, moves beyond the limits with 20 minutes of satsang (sitting in spiritual company) and invocation, 10 minutes of silent contemplation, and 10 minutes of deep guided relaxation.

At the end of the 2 hour session you will feel energized and relaxed

Advanced booking and payment required

6 people minimum – 10 maximum

Contact Ali at nzyogacentre@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/NZYogaCentre/

(06) 327 4108

payment to Sadhana Yoga

01-0504-0163452-00

Thank you


Easter  Monday is a 75 minute class – 

casual class fee is $12