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11 Days 125-Hour Yoga Nidra & Restorative Yoga Teacher Training in Golden Bay, New Zealand

Anahata Yoga Retreat, PO Box 155, Takaka, Golden Bay, New Zealand

New Zealand Yoga Teacher Training

Join this 125-hour yoga Nidra professional development course designed for yoga teachers, health, and education professionals, and anybody interested in a yogic immersion focused on relaxation techniques. This Nidra Yoga and Restorative yoga teacher training will allow you to explore tools to systematically address the tensions in the body, mind, and emotions, inducing a deep state of relaxation.

Meet the instructors

Swami Karma, Sannyasin Atmavidya, & Swami Yogamani Saraswati
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Highlights

  • Reflection sessions
  • Basic breathing methods
  • Instructions and theoretical studies
  • Yoga Nidra and Restorative yoga classes
  • Personal retreat and immersions
  • 3 daily healthy vegetarian meals
  • 10 nights accommodation

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9 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
10:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

You will be provided with a basic shared accommodation with access to shower and either a flushing or composting toilet.

Program

Yoga Nidra, basic breathing methods, and Restorative Yoga are key practices to equip aspirants and practitioners with yogic skills and techniques for self-support as well as clients and or students. The methods taught in the training will assist in the release of deep muscular, mental and emotional tension, inducing calmness, and clarity for a range of life, and health situations.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a state of being in which the mind lets go of the external world and turns inwards giving the senses a deep rest from the activities of the contemporary society. The mind is gradually trained to connect into tranquility effortlessly. Yoga Nidra systematically releases tension experienced in the muscles, the breath, and the nervous system. Ultimately, the practice works directly on the mind to release impressions from the past and anxieties about the future.

Basic breathing methods and Restorative yoga

The benefits of basic breathing methods and Restorative yoga include the dismantling of chronic tension patterns, enhanced immune function, effective cellular respiration, reduced hypertension in the cardiovascular system, reduced mental and emotional tension, a body-mind returned to a natural state of ease and equilibrium.

Applications in professional life

These tools are being by psychiatrists, psychotherapists, medical and health professionals, and yoga teachers in a variety of settings including schools, offices, community centers, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, prisons, and nursing homes. They may be effective in the management of:

  • Addictions
  • Asthma and diabetes
  • Chronic disorders
  • High blood pressure and heart disease
  • Neurological conditions and motor impairment
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Stress, anxiety, insomnia, and depression
  • Digestive issues

Important information

Cancellation policy for this retreat will be as below:

  • Cancellation within 30 days of arrival - a 25% fee of the total stay will be charged
  • Cancellation less than 30 days of arrival and more than 7 days of arrival a 50% fee of the total stay will be charged.
  • Cancellation within 7 days of arrival - no refund given

Instructors

Swami Karma Karuna

Sannyasin Atmavidya

Swami Yogamani Saraswati

Location

Anahata Yoga Retreat is located in the beautiful Golden Bay, New Zealand, in the northwest part of the South Island. It is situated 640 meters (2,000 feet) above sea level, at an idyllic spot called Bird's Clearing, overlooking Golden Bay and the Abel Tasman National Park. The closest town is Takaka.

The two closest airports are Takaka Aerodrome (KTF) (limited service link) and Nelson Airport (NSN). Anahata Yoga Retreat is 15 kilometers from Takaka, with the last seven kilometers being unsealed. You will have to cross five small fords. A 4WD vehicle is helpful, but many people drive up in 2WD cars without any problem.

Please note that Anahata Yoga Retreat is half an hour away from any shops, banks, or internet cafes. Please attend to any needs in town before you come to Anahata Yoga Retreat.

Food

All meals provided are vegetarian - simple, yet nutritious and satisfying. Much of the organic food is sourced from local growers or picked fresh from the garden, which is developed along permaculture design principles.

Some special dietary requirements for food allergies can be catered to with prior advance notice. Anahata Yoga Retreat can cater to vegan and gluten-free requirements, but for other required specialty foods or snacks, you may wish to bring your own supply.

If you have special dietary requirements, please advise the Office at the time of booking. An additional cost of 25 NZD will apply for this retreat

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Anahata Yoga Retreat is situated by native beech forest and one kilometer from the Western border of Abel Tasman National Park. During free time, you may like to:

  • Immerse yourself in nature
  • Walk to the waterfall
  • Enjoy the spectacular views and sunsets
  • Use the tranquil surroundings for your own practice
  • Reflect in the Contemplation Gardens
  • Color in or create Yantras (geometrical patterns)
  • Enjoy a book from our yoga library
  • Learn to cook ashram-style
  • Receive personal guidance from the resident swamis/teachers
  • Learn to play the musical instruments

What's included

  • 10 nights, shared accommodation (unless camping), all meals and the full retreat program.
  • Restorative Hatha Yoga, breathing practices, Yoga Nidra, Meditation, Mantra Meditation for your own health
  • Understanding the techniques of Yoga Nidra & Restorative Yoga from a practical and theoretical point of view
  • Option for deep theory sessions including the science behind the techniques
  • Immersion into the yoga lifestyle, with plenty of time for reflection
  • SWAN practice
  • Other optional theory sessions
  • Daily Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
  • Basic Breathing Techniques including breath and the link with relaxation theory
  • Karma Yoga (action with meditative awareness)
  • Fire Ceremony (Havan) and Chanting (healing sound vibration)
  • Complimentary Pick up at/Drop off from Golden Bay Visitor Centre to meet Nelson Bus
  • A 10-day Professional Development Residential Retreat which is followed by 3 months training package with coursework including MP3 practice sessions undertaken at home.
  • This comprises a minimum of 2 months of personal practice combined with periods of instruction and theoretical study in both face-to-face and online learning environments.
  • Once the foundations of personal practice are set, teaching methodology, skills, and teaching practice are introduced, working towards a final teaching assessment.

What's not included

  • Linen/Bedding (Additional 30 NZD)
  • Special Dietary Requirements (Additional 25 NZD)
  • Private Sessions (refer to our website for pricing)
  • Transport to and from Golden Bay from your place of departure

How to get there

Driving directions from Nelson

From Nelson, which is the main city in the north part of the South Island, travel west through the town of Motueka.

Note that there are no petrol stations available between Motueka and Takaka, so best to fill up in Motueka. Stick to the speed limits to avoid traps!

After crossing the Takaka Hill from Nelson, you will drive towards and into Takaka.

Turn right immediately past the Visitors Centre (Don't go through Takaka!).

Follow the road and at the dairy factory follow the road which veers right.

Drive towards Pohara Beach for about 10 minutes. The road curves on a big right and then a big left.

You will pass Motupipi School (on left), then take the next turn right at the Clifton ‘+’ crossroads. Turn right at the next ‘T’ Junction at Carlyle Street.

Follow this road to the next T-junction and turn left continuing on Clifton Road.

As you turn, you will see an "Anahata Yoga Retreat" sign. Follow the sign until you will come to a gravel road and a sign saying Bird Road.

Follow the gravel road (Bird Road) up to the top of the mountain (seven kilometers). Look out for the small "Anahata Yoga Retreat" signs on your way.

There are some shallow fords and various gates. Please leave the gates as you find them (closed if closed). When you are half way up you will come to two gates side-by-side. Go through the left gate (not the one going down the hill to the farm).

When you arrive at the top after approximately 30 minutes driving, you will see a little sign on the other side of the top gate to the right that says Abel Tasman - Wainui Hut.

Go through this gate and follow the same gravel/dirt road heading a little left. On your left (a hundred meters or so), you will see a row of big Pine Trees, a house, and some gardens. There is an “Welcome to Anahata Yoga Retreat” sign on the fence by the gate. You have arrived.

Welcome to Anahata Yoga Retreat! Park outside and walk through the Anahata gate to the office (in front of and attached to the building you see).

Arrival by airplane

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Takaka Aerodrome (KTF) or Nelson Airport (NSN).

Arrival by bus

Golden Bay Coachlines offers daily services from Nelson to Takaka departs Nelson daily at 3:30 p.m., arriving in Takaka at 5:45 p.m.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.
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