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After bathing in the sacred Ganga at Haridwar, Ali will head up to Badrinath and Valley of Flowers high up in the Himalayas
She will then return to Delhi and pick up her new India group and return to Haridwar.
We will visit Rishikesh, and stay at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram
We will then visit Guruji’s ashram in the rural area of Barsana.
Here we will engage in a special lingam installation ceremony to honour Guruji’s mahasamadhi (passing)
After Barsana, the group will travel to Jaipur
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WEEK 1 – Ali will be here teaching
Milan has been practicing yoga for 17 years and has been coming to Ali’s classes since 2008. Like Ali, he has a Masters in Religious Studies and has travelled India extensively. He attained his certification as a hatha yoga instructor at Yoga Darshanam in Mysore, India. His classes are always tailored towards the students present in each class, but in general he focuses on strong, dynamic and aware practice.
A normal timetable of classes will resume throughout November
Ali Hale Tilley (yoga teacher and NZ Yoga Centre owner), explains why she gave up eating meat two decades ago, and has gained numerous benefits from her choices.
My relationship with India taught me that a strict vegetarian lifestyle, together with a disciplined yoga practice, promotes real spiritual clarity. We are what we eat! Therefore, my dietary choices are reflected in the longevity and clarity of my yoga and meditation practices.
Plus, choosing sattvic food (pure and alkaline), which means eating fresh, locally grown vegetarian or vegan food, provides me with huge vitality. Similarly, eating ‘pure veg’ food, which excludes all meat, chicken, fish, eggs, and gelatin products, supports my spiritual and physical well being.
My Guruji took dietary purity to another level. At his ashram in Barsana, we always cooked bhojan food, which prevented us from tasting food during cooking, and yet allowed us to offer ‘pure veg’ food to the temple deities. Blessed food becomes prasad.
As a result of my commitment to pure eating, I can walk into any spiritual environment and know my conscience is clear and my spiritual vibrations are fine-tuned enough to receive any blessings available.
My godfather was a pig farmer so I got to see first-hand the squalor and stench of pigs! Similarly, feeding testosterone to beef cattle, estrogen to chickens, and using chemicals to disinfect sheep can affect our hormonal systems, leading to high rates of aggression, endometriosis, and immune dysfunction.
In contrast to the purity of sattvic food, meat products are tamasic, which means they are dead, highly acidic, and full of toxic waste, such as heavy metals, antibiotics, fertilizers and parasites.
With my gut is clear of tamasic pollution, I have the intuitive advantage of having the clarity to navigate through life’s journey with confidence and enthusiasm.
Ahimsa, the first of yoga’s moral codes, means practicing non-harming and non-violence. Yoga asks us to restrain our violent and selfish urges, and avoid causing cruelty or contributing to the suffering of any sentient beings.
Personally, I cannot see how one can reconcile meat-eating with the practice of ahimsa. As a yogi, I practice what I preach and would feel hypocritical saying ‘Namaste’ or chanting ‘OM’ one minute and tucking into a piece of fish or meat the next. No one can afford to ignore the karmic debt of consuming animals that have suffered on the way to the dinner table.
New Zealand’s Primary Industries (meat and dairy) have contributed to native forests being cut down, land being cleared, grass being chemically fertilized, and pastures being irrigated with communal aquifers. Grazing animals belch methane, toxic effluents washes into waterways, culled meat requires expensive transport systems, and abattoirs stink like hell.
However, by leading an organic vegetarian lifestyle, I feel I am doing my small part to slow down the looming climate crisis. My dietary requirements invite crop diversity, organic composting, sustainable production, and community gardening. I am actively invested in helping save the planet, and my diet is part of that intention.
I am ethically opposed to animals being force fed antibiotics and growth hormones, and exposed to inhumane killing methods. How can I talk about gaining personal inner peace and going with the flow in my classes if I personally rely on energy sources that are traumatized, sick and suffering?
I recognize that although I rely on dairy produce, which can also use inhumane treatment of dairy cattle, I try where possible to buy locally produced organic products from suppliers that ethically look after their animals. Maybe it is time to invest in a crowd-shared cow if anyone is interested!
Due to my vegetarian and yogic lifestyle I never get colds or suffer from the flu and I have such a strong immune system that I rarely get sick or visit the doctor. My largely alkaline diet means I have plenty of energy and an excellent gut flora. I am currently reminding myself to chew my food properly so my digestions stays strong!
Recent studies have linked red meat consumption with bowel cancer and breast cancer, and not a week goes by without a new case of a salmonella or e-coli outbreak from meat related products.
Many meat eaters thinks that vegetarian cooking is difficult or expensive. However, with a million vegetarian recipes on Google and the mindset to go meat-free a growing concern, there is no time like the present to join the global movement of taking ethical responsibility for the planet by going MEAT FREE!
Week 4 (28th July) invites participants to research the path of Karma Yoga, and chose a reading that is interesting. Ali will supply a set reading for week 4 for those people who find online research challenging. Tip: put ‘karma yoga’ in the google search engine or look up the wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karma_yoga
Week 3 will focus on the same subject – What is Yoga?”. This approach gives us a depth of knowledge to build on, and allows us to compare our new reading with previous readings. different aspects of Karma yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana yoga and Raja yoga give people the opportunity to work with which ‘path’ best suits your personality. Read pages 6-7 of Yoga Mind Body by the Sivananda Vedanta Centre https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Mind-Sivananda-Vedanta-Centre/dp/0756636744
Please note: there will be no Sunday class this weekend. However, the 9.30 am Monday class will run as an ALL LEVELS class and the 6 pm Monday class will take place as a normal HATHA FLOW class. Look forward to seeing you QUEENS BIRTHDAY MONDAY!
How can you move from individual self-interest towards positive self-worth? How do you stop acting conceited and superior and being open to change and self inquiry?
Ali’s new podcast gives 6 simple practices that can help you gain a deeper level of self-knowledge to help break the chains of the monkey mind.
We did it!
Today, collectively, the community that supports the NZ Yoga Centre raised enough money to buy a new heat-pump for our yoga studio in Marton. We raised $3050 in 10 days! Around 45 people pledged to the ‘Warm-Hearted Yogis’ Give-a-little page.
The amazing people from Wellington were among the first to give. These people know me personally, and we have shared in affection, laughter, and overlapping friendships for many years. 4 family-members/ old neighbourhood friends also pledged early, heeding the call to give.
Then, once our pledge board went up in the yoga studio, class members also started to give. They continued to give in a groundswell of generosity and sharing. 7 pledges came from local businesses. 5 people gave anonymously. Was one of these people you?
All of these people have something in common. They care about collective good, and they are open handed and openhearted. They might know me and know how much I give to others. However, they are not uninterested, or self-interested, or even tight-fisted. They are the true yogis, true family, and my heart flows with gratitude towards them.
You can see their names on the Give-a-little page
Some people feel that being asked to make donations is a personal burden. Yet, some enlightened people see that giving a is a blessing because it allows generosity to flow.
Thank you to everyone who gave to this project. Each of you will be invited to our Matariki/ mid-winter Xmas party in late June 2019. I hope some of you will come to share in the fun and warmth.
… And, for those of you who did not give, or who regard yourself as a true yogi, it is not too late to make a pledge. The Give-a-little page is still open till Wednesday 15th May. Any extra donations will cover the installation fee.
That’s what I consider true generosity: You give your all and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.
Simone De Beauvoir