Practices at Anahata

Hatha Yoga consists of postures (asanas), pranayama, mudra and bandha. At Anahata we have led Hatha Yoga classes at 6am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. On other mornings guests are welcome to use the yogashala for their own hatha yoga practice. If you do not have your own hatha yoga practice, consider having a private session to develop a practice suited to your needs and lifestyle, or purchase a yoga class CD to guide you.

Jnana Yoga is about knowing the self. Formal study can be a part of this, and our yoga library offers a wide variety of texts from the Satyananda lineage as well as other spiritual traditions. Techniques such as SWAN, developed by Swami Niranjanananda, can help us to understand ourselves better and to evolve personally and spiritually.

Karma Yoga is the yoga of meditative action - bringing awareness and the spirit of selfless service to whatever we are doing. Guests are encouraged to participate in Karma Yoga from 8:30am to 9:30am. Karma Yoga usually involves activities in the kitchen, garden, housekeeping, office or maintenance departments.
Mantra is a tool to release the mind from its patterns. Every morning at 7am at Anahata we chant several Sanskrit mantras to become receptive and balanced for the day ahead. Every Wednesday we sing Kirtans at 7:15pm. Kirtans are mantras chanted in a call-and-response fashion with musical accompaniment. Every Saturday at 5:00pm we chant the Mahamrityunjaya mantra, which is a healing mantra.

Mouna (silence) gives us the opportunity to draw inwards in order to observe our thoughts, patterns, and mental tendencies. Usually we are externalized, communicating and interacting with the world. Mouna is a way to conserve energy and direct it towards spiritual practice and self-understanding rather than exhausting it in external pursuits. The practice of Mouna is observed daily at Anahata from 9pm to 8:15am.

“If we cannot control the wagging tongue in our external life, how can we control the wagging mind?”
- Paramahamsa Niranjananda

Raja Yoga is a system of eight stages based on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Raja Yoga is well known for its ethical guidelines of yamas (self-restraints) and niyamas (observances). The yamas are: ahimsa (non-violence), satya (truth), asteya (non-stealing), bramacharya (moderation) and aparagraha (non-possessiveness). The niyamas are: saucha (purity), santosh (contentment), tapas (austerity), swadhyaya (study) and ishvar pranidhana (surrender). These form the basis of our code of ethics at Anahata.
In Sanskrit ‘Sat’ means ‘truth’ and ‘Sang’ means ‘association’. It is sometimes translated into English as ‘truth talk’. Generally speaking, it is a discourse on a spiritual topic given by a master or teacher to students, or an opportunity for question and answer. Satsang helps to inspire and support people on their spiritual journey through practical wisdom and the compassionate attitude of the teacher. Over time Satsang can help individuals to see their own lives and actions more clearly and truthfully, and to share this clarity with others. Satsang is held at Anahata every Monday night at 7:15pm.
Yoga Nidra is a guided deep relaxation. Simply lie on your back and listen to the instructions. At Anahata we practice yoga nidra everyday at noon. Click here for CDs of yoga nidra.

Experience a blend of yoga, walking meditation and connection with nature. Let go, energise and expand your perceptions. Yoga Walks with Anahata in Abel Tasman National Park are offered regularly at Anahata during the summer. Both gentle and dynamic options offered. Large group discounts and flexible bookings are also available.