India 2017 continues …

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We stayed overnight at the peaceful Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh and explored the stalls and shops along the back streets of Ram Jula


Yoga on the beach in the morning went from down dog to a pack of dogs … in a fun way.

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The mountain views up towards the Kali Cave, behind Neelkund are tranquil and inspiring in their simplicity.


The overnight train journeys to and from Kashi (Varanasi) were very taxing for many of our group members  … but Max seemed to relax and go with the flow


Kashi is a magic city on the banks of the Ganga. You can find great street art everywhere!


One of the many high lights was breakfast on the roof after yoga and drinking amazing lassi!




We enjoyed a boat trip along the river and Kim took a short horse ride.IMG_0186


We spent a few hours relaxing in the tranquil setting of the Vajravidya Institute in Sarnath, a famous Buddhist enclave.


India is a deeply religious place and if you overlook the spiritual significance of its diverse cultures then you are likely to miss the vibrant essence of the day to day rituals



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So far the trip has been wonderful and members of the group have really bonded!



Delhi was hectic as usual, with plenty of weddings to liven up the streets!


We have visited Maya Devi Mandir and have walked up to Mansa Devi Mandir.




I danced along with bhaki devotees at Haki puri Ghat, Hardiwar


Rather than travelling around like VIP’s we have travelled by autorickshaw and have taken in many of the local sights.


Rishikesh is always popular with group members and we will stay overnight here at the Parmath Niketan ashram


India is a wonderful place to exlore the fact that we are all unique expressions of the cosmic flow. The trick is where you look to find inspiration, and what lens you use to look.



If you look down you will see rubbish. If you look up you will see monkeys. If you look and listen in you will find that you are the centre of universe … one that is asking you to tune in to the flow.



Dia de los muertos – podcast

Listen to a new podcast for dia de los muertos (day of the dead). Day of the dead marks the finale of a three day period where the veil between the living and the dead opens and mortals interact with the spirit world.

today we live

 a day to celebrate

tonight we sit  – with death

offering the departed favorite treats

amidst candles glittering on marigold petal graves

today we mourn

hearts lifted respectfully

tonight we sit – with spirit

offering heartfelt prayers

amidst the fiesta with gunfire sounding in the distant night


Ali – November 2, 2017



WORKSHOP: design a home yoga programme –


Would you like to have a yoga programme

that you can do at home or on holiday?

This great interactive workshop by Ali gives you the tools to design a well-balanced, personally suited yoga programme.



COST: $35

CONTACT: ALI  by email – or phone – 06 3274108

bookings necessary


What gurus can offer the dedicated yogi

My guru’s name is Ravanand Saraswati

Guruji passed into mahasamadhi on 24th October 2016.

This post is a tribute to his memory.

I met my guru at Maya Devi Mandir in Hariwar. He was a residing priest of the Juna Akhara order. His presence at this temple gave me a strong base and a tranquil refuge.

Guruji and I traveled all over India together, from Bharmour in the far north to Kanyakumari in the far south. We went to two Kumbha Melas together.

I may have never got to some of these amazing places without him.

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Guruji had a great sense of humour and could he also be very fierce. This paradigm reminded me that you don’t have to be such a serious or uber chilled person to be a yogi. Rather, yogis can be hilarious and wild when needed. Being authentic to one’s true self is a must. I pss these values on to my dear students.

All yogis should seek a true guru to grow and connect with.

A guru’s grace makes the world a better place

Om guruji, om devoji, om alakaji, om paramatmaji, om namonarayan Guruji! 

























Vision Workshop with Mary Watson

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DREAM BIG! Join Mary Watson for a great new workshop on reaching your dreams! Mary Watson has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 30 years. In conjunction with the  NZ Yoga Centre, she will be offering you a chance to participate in a Vision Workshop.

You will learn:
• Two essential keys for tuning into your purpose.
• A 5-point test for determining whether your dream is right for you.
• Simple thinking-strategies that will guard you from fear, doubt and worry.
• The number one factor that causes people to lose steam when going after a dream,
and how to stay motivated and override it.
• The 1 critical thing you must give up to reach your dream.

When: Sunday 7th October 2-4pm
Where: NEW ZEALAND YOGA CENTRE , Corner of Stewart and High Streets, Marton
Investment: $20 koha
For More Information see

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