Stunning 3 Day Eco Retreat

Join our 3 DAY ECO RETREAT in stunning National Park

AWARENESS     AUTHENTICITY     WHOLENESS     GRATITUDE

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Highlights

Be in the best location to view the Lyrid meteorite shower (April 20th-25th)
Do yoga, contemplation & meditation in front of uninterrupted mountain views
Go for invigorating walks through the National Park Reserve
Eat fully catered vegetarian cuisine
Be inspired with evening discussion and celebration

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How to book your 3 Day Eco Retreat

The Triple Peaks Eco Lodge has 5 rooms with occupancy suitable for eight people. To secure your place in this idyllic 3 Day Retreat, please notify Ali ASAP and pay your $300 deposit by 12 p.m. January 25th. Don’t miss out on your room preference. Room choices with individual retreat costings are outlined below.

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Retreat Schedule: Check in Thursday 23rd April – Check out Sunday 26th
DAY 1 – Thursday 23rd April

12.00 pm: Leave Marton by 12 noon (Drive time to the Triple Peaks Eco Lodge is only 2 hours away along SH1.)
Check in time 3 pm at the Triple Peaks Eco Lodge– help carry in & unpack groceries
3.30 pm – 5.00 pm FREE TIME: People will settle into their rooms, make themselves a cup of tea or coffee (see menu), and relax into this amazing setting
5.00 pm – DINNER PREP: Ali will prepare a 3 course evening meal (see menu)
6.00 pm – YIN YOGA: Find you place outside on the deck and do a wonderful Yin Yoga session. We will also discuss the retreat’s themes of awareness, wholeness, authenticity & gratitude
7.30 pm – DINNER: Sit down for a delicious 3 course vegetarian meal (see menu).
8.30 pm – Everyone will help clear up and then we are all free to do some star gazing and meteor watching, or snuggle up and light a fire, or turn in and have an early night.

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DAY 2 – Friday 24th April

6 am -7 am – QUIET TIME: Take in a quiet appreciation of this stunning location. This quiet time gives you a chance to be silent and contemplative. So you can peacefully gather your thoughts, minimum social interaction is recommended.
7.15 am – MORNING YOGA: Find your place outside on the deck and do a wonderful Mountain Yoga session with Ali
8.30 am – MORNING MEDITATION: Ali will guide you on an ‘Opening Up’ meditation
9.00 am – BREAKFAST PREP: Ali will set up breakfast (see menu)
9.30 am – BREAKFAST: Enjoy a self-service breakfast and discuss the day’s outing
10.15 am – LUNCH PREP: Ali will prepare sandwiches for people heading out (see menu)
10.30 am- 3.00 pm: FREE TIME: Everyone is free do their own thing from 10.30 am until 5 pm. You can go for a long walk, or visit a local attraction. Or, you may choose to sit quietly indoors. Ali is off-duty during this time
3.00 pm – 5.00 pm – SILENT TIME: If you are back at the Eco Lodge you may take a siesta or sit and read a book. During this silent time we each respect other people’s needs for rest, solitude, and quiet enjoyment.
5.00 pm – DINNER PREP: Ali will prepare a 3 course evening meal (see menu)
6.00 pm –RESTORATIVE YOGA Find you place outside on the deck and do a wonderful Restorative Yoga session with Ali (dress warmly)
7.30 pm – DINNER: Sit down for a delicious 3 course vegetarian meal (see menu). Over dinner we discuss insights from the day
8.30 pm – Everyone will help clear up, then you might like to engage in a shamanic energy rising session before heading outside to look for meteorites

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DAY 3 – Saturday 25th April

6 am -7 am – QUIET TIME: Take in a quiet appreciation of this stunning location. This quiet time gives you a chance to be silent and contemplative. So you can peacefully gather your thoughts, minimum social interaction is recommended.
7.15 am – MORNING YOGA: Find your place outside on the deck and do a wonderful Mountain Warrior Yoga session with Ali
8.30 am – MORNING MEDITATION: Ali will guide you on an ‘Finding Wholeness’ meditation
9.00 am – BREAKFAST PREP: Ali will set up breakfast (see menu)
9.30 am – BREAKFAST: Enjoy a self-service breakfast and discuss the day’s outing
10.15 am – LUNCH PREP: Ali will prepare sandwiches for people heading out (see menu)
10.30 am- 3.00 pm: FREE TIME: Everyone is free do their own thing from 10.30 am until 5 pm. You can go for a long walk, or visit a local attraction. Or, you may choose to sit quietly indoors. Ali is off-duty during this time
3.00 pm – 5.00 pm – SILENT TIME: If you are at the Eco Lodge you may take a siesta or sit and read a book. During this silent time we each respect other people’s needs for rest, solitude, and quiet enjoyment.
5.00 pm – DINNER PREP: Ali will prepare another 3 course evening meal (see menu)
6.00 pm – EVENING RESTORATIVE YOGA: Find you place outside on the deck and do a wonderful Restorative Yoga session with Ali (dress warmly)
7.30 pm – DINNER: Sit down for a delicious 3 course vegetarian meal (see menu). Over dinner we discuss the retreat’s themes of awareness, wholeness, authenticity & gratitude
8.30 pm – Everyone will help clear up and then you are free to do some star gazing and meteor watching, or light a fire, or turn in and have an early night.

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DAY 4 – Sunday 26th April

6 am -7 am – QUIET TIME: So you can peacefully gather your thoughts on the final day, minimum social interaction is recommended.
7.15 am – take time to do your own yoga practice
8.00 am – MORNING MEDITATION: Ali will guide you on an ‘gratitude’ meditation & closing ritual
9.00 am – BREAKFAST PREP: Everyone will sort out their own breakfast
10.00 am – check out of accommodation

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Vegetarian Menu

Please give Ali plenty of advanced notice of any dietary preference and intolerances.
Tea, herbal tea, plunger coffee will be available for people to make during the stay.
Please bring any extra food, beverages, nutrition, or snacks to supplement the menu provided. Alcohol will not be supplied so please bring your own if desired.

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Day 1 –
On arrival: help yourself to light refreshments. Tea with organic mill, honey, herbal tea, plunger coffee, crackers and vegetarian cheddar

Dinner: Zucchini Pesto soup, Artichoke Risoni and green salad, roasted spiced pairs

Day 2 –
Breakfast: Energy fruit soy smoothie, muesli & milk (cow/soy milk)
Lunch: Wrapped cheese & mustard sandwiches, cherry tomatoes, muesli bar, an apple
Dinner: Potato & sweetcorn chowder, Fennel, tomato and white bean stew, Plum crumble
Day 3 –
Breakfast: Banana soy smoothie, muesli & milk (cow/soy milk)
Lunch: Wrapped apple, walnut & cheese sandwiches, muesli bar, an Up&Go drink
Dinner: Bruschetta with mushroom & parsley topping, conchiglie with ricotta and green salad, red fruit salad with berries

Room choices with retreat costings

Choice 1: Bourgeois Budget – 3 day retreat package, Full menu, & bunk bed – $120/night

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Choice 2: Standard luxury – 3 day retreat package, Full menu, & private queen room – $185/night

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Choice 3: Elite Luxury – -3 day retreat package, Full menu, & queen room with mountain views & private ensuite bathroom, – $255/night single occupancy or $335/night for a couple

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This retreat is all about having a breathtaking 3 Day Retreat in one of the most beautiful settings in the world

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Pay your $300 deposit today

All balances payable by April 17th

Bank Account 01-0504-0163452-00

Contact Ali on NZyogacentre@gmail.com to confirm your payment

There will be no cancellation refunds if you withdraw after February 15th.

New Year New Yoga

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Come in and try yoga in a safe and supportive setting. The NZ Yoga Centre is run by Ali who is a qualified experienced yoga teacher. No matter whether you are unfit, overweight, stiff and sore, each posture will be adapted so you will improve your confidence and ability level.

Make 2020 your year with yoga!

Empowerment Meditation

Hi all,
I’m not sure if you realise, but you were all included in my special Empowerment Meditation when I was up in the snow clad pristine mountains of Badrinath, India.
This meditation allowed me to detach old earthly connections and reroute everybody through the ‘god-plane’.
This process was meant to help each of us reabsorb our vital energy and reformulate higher connections in new more meaningful ways.
It felt very empowering to me at the time and I felt many of you were with me in spirit up there in the mountains.
Hope you are all well and feeling empowered in your own life. If not here are some sights and sounds to help you connect to the vibrancy of the Himalayas.
Lots of love
Ali – Alakananda

Class Cancellation Policy

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Lets face it, turning up to yoga to find the class is cancelled can sometimes bring out the worst in people! Hopefully yoga-goers can avoid disappointment by reading our Class Cancellation Policy.
Class Cancellation Policy

When teachers are away

Although the NZ YOGA CENTRE timetable mostly runs as scheduled, Ali will give ample notice of any class cancellations. Cancellations may occur, for example, if Ali is away at a conference, or taking a group on overseas yoga excursions.

You can stay in touch with up to date changes by tuning into the NZ Yoga Centre page on Facebook, or checking this website for any notice of changes.

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

Sometimes too yoga classes may be cancelled for other reasons.

When class numbers are low

NZ Yoga Centre has to run as a business to keep up with weekly business expenses. Likewise, head teacher, AliHale Tilley, makes her livelihood by the revenue generated by teaching yoga classes, running personal yoga sessions, and taking people on overseas yoga trips. Her class fee reflects her personal training fee of $80/ hour.

That means, as long as there are 6 people or more attending scheduled 1 hour classes, the class will go ahead and Ali will be remunerated accordingly. Sunday classes, which are 1 1/2 hours, need to have 8 people minimum to make each class viable. This is the reality of teaching yoga professionally.

On the other hand, if there are 5 people or less in 1 hour classes, or 7 people or less in the longer Sunday classes, the teacher may choose to cancel the class at short notice.

When class numbers are low, students may opt to have a shorter class (see price list below), or pay more for the class to run as a private 1:1 or small class session. This means students can chose to make up the difference of their standard class fee to meet the value of a personal training session at $80/h.

https://sadhanayoganz.com/class-info/

If the teacher sees that a suitable option is not viable she has the right to cancel the class forthwith.

To prevent the disappointment and inconvenience of class cancellations, please come to class regularly and let your teacher know if you can’t make it one week. That way your teacher may choose to make a concession if class numbers fluctuate on that day.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

Class cancellation policy

20191111_092008 (1)Lets face it, turning up to yoga to find the class is cancelled can sometimes bring out the worst in people! Hopefully yoga-goers can avoid disappointment by reading our Class Cancellation Policy

Class Cancellation Policy

When teachers are away

Although the NZ YOGA CENTRE timetable mostly runs as scheduled, Ali will give ample notice of any class cancellations. Cancellations may occur, for example, if Ali is away at a conference, or taking a group on overseas yoga excursions.

You can stay in touch with up to date changes by tuning into the NZ Yoga Centre page on Facebook, or checking this website for any notice of changes. 

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

Sometimes too yoga classes may be cancelled for other reasons. 

When class numbers are low

NZ Yoga Centre has to run as a business to keep up with weekly business expenses. Likewise, head teacher, AliHale Tilley, makes her livelihood by the revenue generated by teaching yoga classes, running personal yoga sessions, and taking people on overseas yoga trips. Her class fee reflects her personal training fee of $80/ hour.

That means, as long as there are 6 people or more attending scheduled 1 hour classes, the class will go ahead and Ali will be remunerated accordingly. Sunday classes, which are 1 1/2 hours, need to have 8 people minimum to make each class viable. This is the reality of teaching yoga professionally.

On the other hand, if there are 5 people or less in 1 hour classes, or 7 people or less in the longer Sunday classes, the teacher may choose to cancel the class at short notice.

When class numbers are low, students may opt to have a shorter class (see price list below), or pay more for the class to run as a private 1:1 or small class session. This means students can chose to make up the difference of their standard class fee to meet the value of a personal training session at $80/h.

https://sadhanayoganz.com/class-info/

If the teacher sees that a suitable option is not viable she has the right to cancel the class forthwith.

To prevent the disappointment and inconvenience of class cancellations, please come to class regularly and let your teacher know if you can’t make it one week. That way your teacher may choose to make a concession if class numbers fluctuate on that day.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

 

Join our 5 week challenge!

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This yoga challenge includes 5 main parts:

Physical wellbeing cleanse

  • Minimum of 3 yoga sessions per week (including 1 Sunday class/ week)
  • Clean and declutter parts of your home, car, wardrobe, or office
  • Do a deep body scrub once a week (recipe included)
  • Set up a place for regular yoga and meditation practice in your home
  • Avoid using chemical cleaning and beauty products – use natural products (recipes included)

Nutritional cleanse

  • Eat a pure vege diet using Ali’s 85+10+5% rule (no meat or eggs)
  • Avoid all processed and refined foods, and read grocery labels when shopping
  • Research and use well-balanced vegetarian recipes
  • Limit alcohol intake to 3 units a week (i.e. 3 classes wine or 3 beers)
  • Address food dependencies and replace unhealthy foods with healthy foods

Mental cleanse

  • Practice daily meditation (5 minutes minimum)
  • Limit entertainment habits such as watching soaps and reading fiction
  • Observe your moods in relation to natural cycles
  • Resolve negative mind-sets with self-reflection and discussion
  • Establish a weekly self-care ritual

Emotional cleanse

  • Rise by sunset and catch the first rays
  • Write up a daily journal or write a 100 word summary of the week
  • Cleanse your personal space with incense, sage, or water
  • Avoid toxic or emotionally draining people
  • Limit social media interactions that leave you feeling hollow

Spiritual cleanse

  • Practice two hours of silence once a week (you can walk or run if need be)
  • Practice forgiveness and acceptance
  • Sit or walk in nature and silently observing colours, smells, sounds etc
  • Do some devotional practices (this will be discussed in class)
  • Treat your body as a temple and your mind as its alter

 

Schedule

Start Up Class – Sunday 10th Nov. 9.30 am-11 am (doors open at 9.25 am)

We will kick off our 5 week Yoga Challenge with a systems cleansing yoga class, followed by a gathering strategizing how to get through the next 43 days following a yogic lifestyle. This is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow challenge participants so that you can offer and receive encouragement along the way.

Fortnightly potluck brunch after Sunday class

Every second Sunday at 11.00pam we will have a healthy potluck brunch with fruit, healthy baking, and raw juices

Final Sunday class for the year

Sunday 15th December at 9.30am-11am
This will be the last class of the 5 week Yoga Challenge and we will be celebrating in everyone’s success by sharing our experiences and giving $20 cash back for those who have completed 100% of the challenge.

JOIN TODAY

Yoga India summary 2019

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We have travelled through India during Festival Season: Navratri, Dussehra, and Diwali. This means that mass migration around the country increases train cancellations, road traffic, and accomodation demand.

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Although the Yoga Trip Itinerary was well organised, the unpredictability factor was high, putting extra pressure on all of our adaptive skills.

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We found new places to practice asana and pranayama, we met new friends, found the Ganga’s flow diverted for cleaning, and had to find normal accommodation when ashram bookings were cancelled.

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When things were working in our favour, we visited Maya Devi Mandir, bathed in the true Ganga, had lunch with Ravi’s family, and invoked the inner goddesses. We also enjoyed a 1st birthday celebration at our hostel (Hashtag Hostel Rishikesh).

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The group travelled in auto rickshaws like a dream, and team spirit was very well balanced.

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Ashrams and sadhus provided some real highlights. We were invited to a bandara (feast) at Kali Cave (Jhil Mil Gophur). We also had some special connections at Guruji’s ashram in Barsana, including a techno music tractor ride with Vishnu, yoga on the temple forecourt, chai with resident sadhu Ramdevanand, camping in the ashram grounds, and the arrival of a special red sand boa snake (non-poisonous), which means money will flow back into my pocket…

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We pressed onto Jaipur via the beautiful Ambika Shakti Peeth. Jaipur was vibrating with the commerce of pre-Diwali shopping. We found sanctuary from the madness in the temples, parks, forts, and restaurants.

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India tried to derail us but as a team of fierce yoginis we were a 5 wheeled juggernaut, unstoppable, powerful and always ready to ride the wild side of this incredible country.

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India is great! It has such beauty, such chaos, such vibrancy. I return here time and time again to teach yoga because India teaches us the real yoga. The yoga of self-knowledge, self-discipline, surrender of the ego and immersion with the inner self.

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This group was amazing and I was blessed to be the guru of such wonderful women.

Jai Mata Di!

Yoga tour 2019

Haridwar & Rishikesh – Days 1 – 4

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The latest tour of India with my yoga group has been amazing. Sometimes you must take the bull by the horns and make the most of the unexpected twists and turns.

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Although our early morning train to Haridwar was cancelled, I took the group (+2 extras: Raven and Bridget from Aussi) to the Lotus Temple which was also closed! Then at the Lakshmi-Narayan Temple, which was open, we rested in the cool marble compound and drank chai. We finally caught the afternoon train to Haridwar.

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When we got back to Haridwar the Ganga’s flow had been stopped for pre-Diwali cleaning! The once fast flowing river was now a slow trickle, so we headed over the bridge by autorickshaw to bathe in the ‘real’ Ganga.

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At Chandi Ghat we found the sacred waters flowing fast and headed down onto the marble steps to bathe. Many western people think the waters of the Ganges are unclean, but actually the waters are amazing. Fresh, filled with Himalayan minerals and with a pH level of 8.9, these waters are seen as sacred. Bathing in the Ganga leaves you felling refreshed and alive! It is so clean and so natural. The water actually sparkles!

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We spent a day and half in Haridwar, enjoying temple life and taking in the charismatic vibe of the place. Westerners are few and far between giving the place a friendly upbeat vibe.

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Our next stop, Rishikesh, allowed us to find some time to relax, take in the sights, and catch up on a bit of shopping.

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You can always find sacred moments in India which give us a chance to offer simple thanks for all the beauty and bounty of this extraordinary landscape. Then again, you can also find moments which make you think … only in India!

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DAY THREE – ‘CHARANPADUKA’ – God’s Footprint

Just before the sun rose I followed the ladies who collect tulsi (sacred basil) up the path to a place called Charanpaduka – God’s Footprint.

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Here at the shrine I sat and had herbal tea with the resident Yogi Baba. The Baba, a member of Nath Sampradaya, runs a wonderful hut cave and makes it available for  visitors or overnight guests. Surrounded by breath-taking scenery, I imagined bringing some hardcore yogi back for some satsang and meditation (Shive, Peter, Milan, Micah?)

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The Baba told me there was another cave much higher up, specifically dedicated to women who want to meditate. I was keen to spend a couple of hours in unspoilt blissful retreat, so I asked him to lead me there.

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I watched the Baba as he climbed down over rocks, picking his route carefully back down the mountain. This was the route I would need to take to return safely to base camp.

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I found a flat ledge just above the cave entrance and settled in for a long meditation. Just before going into the deep inner space I took a few snaps to show how beautiful and breathtaking the setting was.

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In the emptiness of self I found wells of gratitude, of appreciation, of all the emotions.

In such a pristine setting, the feeling of awe saturates the mind, and a sense of elevation is intensified by the presence of the mountain goddess – Nandi Devi.

Sitting there, I felt like a jewel in the mountain goddess’s pendant. My eyes felt like clear waterfalls, my bones like rocky cliffs. My hair was the trees, the high rare air my lungs. This meditation place seemed to be the real reason for this part of the trip. I felt so blessed to have arrived to find peace and blissful silence. My heart itself repaired here.

This was perfection.