Two new classes with Kara-Leah Grant

Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Kara-Leah Grant:
Tuesday & Thursday mornings – 9:30am to 10:45am class (Starting 21st July).
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No matter what your experience with yoga, you’ll gain something valuable from one of KL’s classes. KL teaches intuitively, with a class plan, in a Vinyasa Flow format (movement linked with breath). This allows her to meet the individual needs of the students within the room while still adhering to a structure. This dance between the form and formless, between intellect and intuition, between the masculine and the feminine or between Shiva and Shakti defines Kara-Leah’s teaching. You too will learn how to surrender to flow while directing your body and breath where it needs to go according to your needs. Most of all, you’ll learn how to drop deep into each moment just being with yourself as you are through KL’s emphasis on the breath as your teacher. When you make this connection to your breath, you’ll discover that your body contain infinite wisdom that knows how to systematically release the accumulated tension of a lifetime.
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Kara-Leah’s Bio:
A child of two teachers, and a teacher of many things since she was a small child, Kara-Leah began teaching yoga in 2006. Her study has revolved around a home practice of more than a decade, and time spent immersing herself in the world of yoga. KL is a certified Prana Flow Yoga teacher, and did her 200 hrs with Shiva Rea starting in 2008. She’s currently studying towards her 500hr with Power Living Australia Yoga. Kara-Leah is the publisher of The Yoga Lunchbox and the author of Forty Days of Yoga – Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice. Her second book, The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga will be out in Spring.
 

Guru Purnima teaching

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Contemplating the 5 dimensions of the Guru

The full moon rise on Guru Purnima allows us to contemplate our layered identities by ritually enacting our dedication to the Guru.  At this time, the moon is both a formula and a vehicle of transmission.

As we observe this special full moon, we are given an opportunity to set aside our material dependencies and connect with the vital fluidity of the moonlight, as reflection of the Guru’s grace.

During contemplation, the moon disc becomes a dynamic symbol, focusing our love and gratitude for all the inspirational teachers throughout time. The moon also helps transmit the Gurus’ blessings worldwide.

The archetypal Guru works on different dimensions, revealing the ‘inner guru’ within the devoted student.  In this Guru Purnima formula, we reimagine ourselves merging with the light of the archetypal Guru, ideally through the moonlight: 1) the archetypal guru, Śiva, taught the secret knowledge of yoga to his first student, Pārvati; 2) Pārvati, the archetypal mother goddess, transmitted the esoteric teachings of yoga to her progenies through the inspiration and recitation of Tantric sūtras; 3) the Guru’s wisdom and love inspired  linages of great sages and teachers ; 4) in receiving inspired teachings, the inner guru is illuminated within the devotee; 5) during the Guru full moon, the inner guru merges into the tranquil grace of the Primal Guru and his consort. At the same time, the love of the archetypal Goddess allows spiritual awakening to occur, dissolving all barriers and limitations.

Like a never-ending cycle, where a rain drop  falls upon a moonlit lake, then embarks on a long journey finally merging into the sea, the inner guru absorbs the moonlight and is blessed with the transmission of divine wisdom, epitomised by the Primal Guru and his divine consort.  We reimagine ourselves imbued with the wisdom and light of the Guru – as archetypal guru, mother, sage, self, and selfless devotee.

Blessing to all the students and great Gurus on Guru Purnima!

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‘Honey Moon’ The 2nd round of voting has begun!

 The photo with the most likes/votes wins! Please again vote in the final round … Voting closes by the 15th July!

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So many of our wonderful yoga people voted for Annabelle’s beautiful ‘Honey Moon’ photo, captured by award winning photographer Mark Gee. Our collective vote got them into the top 5 with 594 votes, and now they are into the second and final round of voting.

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Annabelle and Mark’s photo is currently in second place at 208 votes. A woman named Nipa, who’s handstand on a beach in Africa is making a stand at 319 and is constantly climbing, is currently first!

Basically, we need you to vote one last time, or post the link on your Facebook page for your friend to like.

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Annabelle says: “Please vote again by liking our beautiful Honeymoon photo and help me to continue my yoga practice at a magical retreat in Bali” 

Over the past years, yoga has given Annabelle health, strength and personal peace. For Annabelle, Bali is a place of constant offerings and giving: “I’d love to be able to do a yoga retreat in a place surrounded by people who are constantly practicing mindfulness, awareness and personal sacrifice.”

Mark Gee is an award winning photographer & digital visual effects artist based in Wellington, New Zealand. He has worked on many high profile and Oscar award winning feature films. His love of the New Zealand landscape is a big part of the inspiration for his photography. and his site:  http://theartofnight.com

Thank you so much for putting your vote in again!

GURU PURNIMA 2014

GURU PURNIMA 2014

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GURU PURNIMA is an auspicious time when the mind is more receptive to higher teachings. Sitting in a meditation of the Guru Full Moon is meant to enhance your prosperity and accelerate your spiritual evolution. Full Moon rise in Wellington New Zealand is on Saturday 12 Jul 2014 – 5.04 pm

 

 

Winter Solstice / Matariki Festival at Sadhana Yoga

This was such an amazing event!

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At Sadhana Yoga (Miramar), Winter Solstice activities took place on 22nd June 2014 – This event celebrated warmth, light, vitality and nourishment in the depths of winter. This included eating delicious vegetarian foods, a midwinter ‘pageant’, lighting of candles, building a sacred fire, sharing great company, and letting off fireworks!

Traditionally, winter solstice festivals are celebrated the world over, symbolizing cycles of rebirth-growth-decay, and new beginnings. The Winter Solstice and Yule-tide marks the return of the sun, bringing light into being. In the Northern Hemisphere these festivities normally occur at the end of the year, coinciding with Christmas and New Year.

Here in New Zealand, however, we celebrate the Maori festival of Matariki, where the constellation of Pleiades returns into the dawn skies. Matariki is regarded as the beautiful mother surrounded by her six daughters: Tupu-a-nuku, Tupu-a-rangi, Waitī, Waitā, Waipuna-a-rangi and Ururangi. The date on the Maori calendar for 2014 is June 28th.

From a cross-cultural perspective, here in the Southern Hemisphere, this is also a special time for creating new celebrations and festivities – bringing communities together to welcome the return of more sunlight, the return of Pleiades, as well as to share nourishment and greater warmth in the dark depths of a wild Wellington winter.

Ali was the official celebrant and host for the evening, and a great night was had by all!

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Yoga retreat and spiritual adventure – India – Dec 2014

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HARIDWAR, INDIA- 2014 -Check out our YOGA RETREATS page for details of this forthcoming tour …

Have you always wanted to visit India and be captivated by the wonders of this amazing country? Have you longed to go on a spiritual journey that is not all about tour buses and ashram rules? If so, we will be conducting 7-10 day yoga retreats in December.  We will visit the amazing holy town of Haridwar (pictured above) and visit the famous town of Rishikesh. If the idea of a yoga retreat-adventure in northern India calls out to you, let us know.

Ali, your tour guide and yoga teacher, has visited India eight times and has developed amazing connections in India.

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Check out our YOGA RETREATS page for details of this forthcoming tour.

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