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The Healing Power of Sound with Menaka Desikachar

Kausthub Desikachar Photography

We are truly honoured and blessed to be hosting Menaka Desikachar, wife of the late master TKV Desikachar, son of Krishnamacharya in Dunedin. A Vedic chanting teacher in her own right she will be leading an introduction to Vedic Chanting at the Dunedin Yoga Studio.

Cost $ 225

Dates 07 – 08 Oct 2017

Times 9am-12:15; 2pm-5:15pm both days

Venue Dunedin Yoga Studio, 492 Moray Place, Dunedin

To Book Please email akeake@actrix.co.nz

Places are limited. Thanks to Ruth Diggins, Kausthub Desikachar and the lineage of Krishnamacharya, Chennai.

Among the many tools that are available in Yoga and Yoga Therapy, the use of sound when chanting in Sanskrit holds a special place for the yogin-s of the past and the present. Sanskrit is an ancient phonetic language which utilises the power of sound vibrations. Vedic chants in Sanskrit are said to have been received by sages when they were in deep meditation. These chants have been handed down through an oral tradition for thousands of years.

This seminar will provide opportunities to learn some Vedic Healing chants. No prior experience is necessary and is open to all. The rules of chanting and pronunciation will be introduced during the seminar under the guidance of a very experienced teacher, Menaka Desikachar. We will honour the tradition of ancient teachers using the process of adhyayanam – listening to the teacher and then repeating the chant. We will also do a yoga practice each day that combines the use of chant with simple asana and breathing.
For the full brochure kindly click here.

Menaka Desikachar will also be available for private Yoga Therapy consultations during her visit. Through these sessions, consistent with the traditional teaching of Yoga, you can benefit by receiving an individidualized and holistic daliy practice, that will be suitable for your health and wellness needs. Alternatively you could also book her for a private chanting class. Cost of consultation will be $120. In order to know the time slots available and to pre-register for these, kindly contact The Dunedin Yoga Studio. Since only a limited number of places are available, it is advisable to pre-register for these. Each private may last between 30-45 minutes depending on the need.

Menaka Desikachar may be assisted by some of the senior teachers in this tradition during the seminars and also in some of the private sessions. These teachers include Sacha Kronfeld, Ruth Diggins and Evelyn Einhaeuser.

11,12,13 Nov 2016: Yoga Master Classes with Nicky Knoff

Nicky Knoff is a 4th Series Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practitioner; Certified Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher; Certified College of India teacher with Bikram Choudhury; long-term vipassana meditator; WWII concentration camp survivor; and founder of six yoga schools in Australia, New Zealand and USA… AND a nice, kind, funny, passionate and rigorous master teacher.

37Nicky’s teaching emphasis is on showing students how to look, listen and feel by honouring their ‘inner wisdom’. Her teaching represents a bridge between Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga: intelligent, anatomical alignment combined with linking internal energetic principles.
Practitioners of all levels and traditions are invited to attend this rare opportunity to study with one of the worlds’ foremost teachers of yoga. These master classes will use Nicky’s Discovery and Foundation syllabus, with an emphasis on the Knoff Yoga fundamental Principles of Practice, which are universal in application and profound in their effect.
No prior yoga experience required.

Bookings are essential for this rare Yoga Master Class opportunity.Contact Rhys Latton | (03) 4771180 | 021 879 007 |

Venue: Otago University Dance Studiope-school-map

Masterclass Programme:

FRI, 11 NOVEMBER – koha class
7:15-8:45pm › The 5 Pillars of Practice
By koha / donation – Bookings essential through

11 am-1:30 pm › Earth & Sun Salutations, Inverted Poses, Pranayama
2:30-5 pm › Standing Poses, Forward Bends, Sitting Poses, Pranayama

10 am-12:30 pm › Arm Balancings, Abdominals, Pranayama
1:30-4 pm › Twists, Back Bends, Pranayama

All paying students will receive extensive notes including:
• 5 Pillars of Practice
• 24 Principles of Practice • Knoff Yoga Overview
• Asana & Pranayama Syllabus (Discovery & Foundation)

• Friday night: by koha / donation
• All 4 Master Classes on Sat & Sun:

Early Bird: $250 › pay BEFORE 30 Sept 2016
General: $275 › pay AFTER 30 Sept 2016
• One day attendance (2 master classes): $155
Book now:  (03)4771180 or email akeake@actrix.co.nz35

YOGA PHILOSOPHY – The Sutras of Patanjali. 7,8 May 2016

We are priviledged to have two beautiful, experienced teachers coming to teach an introduction to the Sutras of Patanjali. Any true yoga class should have these philosophies behind and through the teachings of asana, breathing etc. Through Ruth and Lynda come and peal back the layers and learn in the lineage of the father of modern yoga T Krishnamacharya.




Saturday, May 7, 12:00 – 3:30pm

Sunday, May 8, 9:30am – 12:30pm.

Investment: $50 per class, or $90 for both.

Bookings essential: akeake@actrix.co.nz

Toni Childs – 5 March workshop

Web_Image_TCToni Childs:
The one and only! Toni had such a beautiful visit last October she promised to return.
Rite of Passage: Into the Arms of Beauty is a 6 hour workshop that initiates the creation of a personal Rite of Passage. This workshop kick-starts an 8 month process that is engineered to release personal and ancestral baggage in order to create a greater bandwidth and access to SELF – Soul Evolved Life Force.

“The inspiration for my workshop comes from a Hawaiian book called Tales of the Night Rainbow by Koko Willis and Pali Jae Lee. The original Mo’o clans of the Hawaiian islands believe we are each born with a bowl of perfect light – and it is our job to tend to our bowl of perfect light.”

When: Sat 5th of March, 9:30am-4pm

Where: Araiteuru Marae, 24 Shetland Street, Wakari, Dunedin

Cost: $150

Book now by email akeake@actrix.co.nz

Toni Childs – a yoga, meditation and music experience

Toni pic copy [This post is an archive from Toni Child’s 2015 visit to Dunedin. Looking for her March 2016 workshop? Follow this link]

Wednesday 28th October 2015 10 – 11:30am

The Dunedin Town Hall.

Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter, Toni Childs, has designed a unique experience which combines movement, yoga, meditation and live singing to bring us into alignment with the beauty of who we are…

“I have designed a yoga experience which combines improvisational dance, meditation, story-telling and singing plus a number of gentle stretches… In creating this event, I have drawn on instruction from two important yoga teachers: Peewee G Patricia Howard and Chocho Saul David Raye. In addition to a lifetime of working as a performer… With a powerful sound bath singing as a backdrop – including my Emmy-Award winning song Because You’re Beautiful.
I encourage people to deeply connect with the beauty and wisdom of who they are.” Toni Childs

Come and celebrate your magnificence with a special 90 minute yoga and meditation experience… Toni’s powerful voice bathes you in sound and love – and aligns you with the truth – YOU are beautiful!

Toni_class copy“Each of us are beautiful, dynamic beings that are crying out to experience more self love, self appreciation, and self care. My morning practice is a way to blast the doors off the hinges to our personal cages of limitation, and engage in deepening our relationship with our ourselves.”


The Dunedin Town Hall.

Workshop fee: $25

BOOKINGS: Via email: akeake@actrix.co.nz or phone 03 4771180

Tickets also available at the door.

Global Yoga Mala on World Peace Day

Yoga teachers and students from around Dunedin will join in an international affirmation of peace and non-violence this Saturday 21st of September in the Octagon. WPD_blog

Welcome and speeches start at 11am. 108 Sun Salutations will commence around 11:30 and it’s a real personal journey accompanied by kirtan/ yogic mantra and music! Yogis all around the world will be holding malas around this time. Join in – you can always take a pause and focus on breath at any time during the mala.

All welcome as an affirmation of peace in our communities and around the globe. Suggested $10 koha goes to an elected charity.