Monthly Events

Kirtan and Chai

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DATE: Friday 13 July 2018

TIME: 7.00 - 8.30 PM

VENUE: Thomas's Unit 1, 13 Bridge Street, South Brighton, Christchurch

followed by tea/chai (optional)

by koha to YEPT (Yoga Education in Prison Trust)

Give space for body mind to rest and spirit to soar.
Bathe in the nourishing resonance of music and mantra from the ancient traditions.

Kirtan is the singing of sacred chants in a call and response format. It is a very simple and powerful way to meditate, that bypasses the mind and easily reaches the heart.  The practice is effortless and joyful.  The ancient chants contain powerful renewing and transformative energy that helps us reconnect with the divinity that resides within each one.

All welcome,  no previous experience in chanting or yoga necessary.  Bring an instrument if you have one.

Upcoming venue:

10 August 2018:  Atmavidya's 10 Plover Street, Southshore, Christchurch

Chanting of the Mahamrityunjaya healing mantra


Dates for next practice:

full moon: Thursday 28 June 2018


VENUE: mahadevi's 58 b arlington street, burnside, Christchurch


nEW moon: FRIday 13 July 2018


VENUE: Thomas's Unit 1, 13 Bridge Street, South Brighton, Christchurch

The Mahamrityunjaya mantra is an ancient and very powerful mantra used to bring courage and transformation in the face of life's challenges, healing, nurturance and relief from suffering on all levels, mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. 

If you know someone who is suffering or in distress, please feel free to ask for their name to be placed in our circle. 

Mid winter greetings to all.

What a blessing to see the sun after so many days of rain and cloud and drizzle – a great reminder to take nothing for granted, not even the opportunities we have to practice yoga in its fullness. 

You are invited to join one or both of the next 2 sessions of chanting the magnificent Mahamrityunjaya Mantra 108 times. Whether you know the mantra or not – please feel free to join in the beautiful experience.

Please note that the second session (July 13) will be followed by kirtan at 7:00pm.  All at one venue (Thomas’ home) – how good is that? The dates for two beautiful practices coinciding! At one beautiful location! Thank you Thomas.

Looking forward to our continuing connection through mantra.

Many of us find that this practice brings us inner peace.

Everyone welcome.


Om Shanti
Contact Mahadevi for more info

Workshops & Retreats

Nau Mai Puanga Mini Retreat

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Date:  Saturday 7 July 2018

Time:  6-9am

Teacher:  Atmavidya

Venue: 10 Plover Street (6 places available)

Contribution:  $35 

Provided:  Practices, mats, blankets and simple warm nourishing plant-based breakfast


Join this early morning Mini-Retreat, welcoming the morning star Puanga, who heralds the arrival of Matariki, the constellation and symbol for new beginnings arising out of the darkness of the winter, like the great Phoenix from the ashes of life.

Receive the nourishment of a deeply restorative class in the cocoon of your presence with the practices.

Enjoy breathing and moving consciously, releasing the gross to increasingly subtle tensions of the body mind and flow into the deep stillness with sitting or lying down meditation, that will naturally follow. 

Practices will include asana (postures), pranayama (expansion of vital energy through breath), yoga nidra (deep relaxation) and meditation (sitting or lying down and walking), also including mantra meditation.


Spirals of Life and Death:  

Breathing Out Mini Retreat

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Date:  Saturday 21 July 2018

Time:  9am-12pm 

Teachers: Nicky and Atmavidya

Venue: Zendo

Contribution:  $40

Provided:  Practices, mats, blankets 


Winter strips away our layers.  

How comfortable are we in our nakedness?  

How do we listen to the natural cycles of our life, waxing and waning?

This Intensive invites embodiment of aliveness with life. It offers space for mindful exploration of movements bringing to light asana that one can truly be still within, and to pranayama that carries one easefully to the heart of the deep Self, in touch with the silence-nature of love, within.

The particular focus for this Mini Retreat is spiral movements that recognise the great life that arises out of the void, out of the pause of winter.  

This intensive deepens experience of the Yoga practice and Yama of Aparigraha, the bright non-clinging awareness of the witnessing presence through Feldenkrais practices, asana (postures), pranayama (expansion of the vital energy), yoga nidra (deep relaxation) and meditative awareness practices.


Permaculture Design and Yoga

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19 Day Retreat

Combining Outer Ecology (Permaculture) with Inner Ecology (Yoga)

‘Permaculture’ is an integrated land use design methodology based on ecological principles, with practical application from sustainable household to eco-nation to global restoration. This great course combines permaculture with an intimate introduction to a yogic more

Thursday 04 October, 2018 - 
Monday 22 October, 2018

19 nights, shared accommodation, all meals and the opportunity to attend daily sessions.

Standard Prices:

Full Price – NZ$ 2,350 (shared accommodation)
Full Camping Price – NZ$ 2,200

Super Early Bird Price: – a 15% discount if full payment made by 6th Jul 2018 – use promo code YNISEB15
Early Bird Price: – a 10% discount if full payment made by 20th Aug 2018 – use promo code YNIEB10
Non-refundable deposit $NZ 450.00


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Phone: (03) 5259887


Yoga & Mindfulness Retreat

 Self-Care through the Seasons

 Vista of Mt Somers at Staveley Camp


9-11 November 2018

Starts Friday at 5.00pm 

Ends:  Sunday 2.30pm

Venue: Staveley Camp - 90min from CHCH

Many of us are familiar with the adage: “The only constant there is, is change”. 

Despite consciously knowing that change is an inevitable part of life, many of us feel unsettled by our own and others’ changing moods, energy-levels & feelings. Not just that, we also berate ourselves or judge others for not living up to our expectations.

This weekend retreat offers me-time, time to slow down, connect and reflect. The theme explored, is the universal concept of the gunas. The gunas are often described as attributes of nature, responsible for all of creation, from the smallest Nano particle to the distant galaxies. It is the working of the three gunas, that enables the seed to grow into a tree, the plant matter to decompose, and the rose to spread its fragrance. It is due to the working of the gunas that you feel dull one moment, energised the next and blissfully at peace another. 

Join us in exploring how these ancient teachings can support you becoming more accepting of and at peace with change. Gain a new perspective that enables you to flow with life more freely and increase personal resilience.

You will be guided in
 - yoga asana practice (physical exercises/postures) 
 - mindful movement explorations (Feldenkrais) 
 - pranayama (breathing practices)
 - meditation and deep guided relaxation (yoga nidra)

There is daily opportunity to participate in chanting, have time out to reflect and relax, eat healthy food 

Cost: $240 (Early Bird by 1 October)

$270 Full Price

Includes, accommodation, all meals and practices for the weekend.

Suitable for all, from beginners

through to experienced practitioners of Yoga.

Teachers:  Jane (Gyananidhi), Uschi (Pavitra), Nicky