Who We Are
At Anahata Yoga Retreat we live, share and teach the yogic lifestyle. Our integral approach provides inspiration to enrich your life as well as valuable skills to take away & incorporate into your day-to-day activities.
We operate under an umbrella of sustainability – raising funds through our retreats and events, and utilising donations to help maintain and develop the services on offer.
Founded on Permaculture principles, Anahata focuses on being resource-efficient – using alternative power, composting toilets, eco-buildings and nutritious vegetarian meals.
The money that we raise will be spent on food, gas, petrol, equipment, facilities, buildings, maintenance and much more. We also accept donations to support our yogic mission through our Heart Chakra Fund. Feel free to check it out to see how you can support us.
Visiting Teachers and Swamis
Anahata regularly hosts many visiting teachers and swamis throughout the year, including:
Amritananda is a dedicated student and teacher of yoga. She completed her first yoga teacher training in 2012 in New Zealand and has been enjoying learning, deepening and sharing traditional yoga practices since. She teaches with compassion, depth and humility. Her calm, focused, and concise teaching allows students to go deep within themselves and have their own unique experience. She is enthusiastic about inspiring everyone to wake up to our own true nature.
Rishi Nityabodhananda and Rishi Yoga Diwali
Rishi Nityabodhananda and Rishi Yoga Diwali are Dynamic Masters of the Satyananda Yoga tradition. They have tutored students for over 40 years in India, Australia, and other ashrams around the world. Rishi Nityabodha is the author of Satyananda Yoga publication “Awakening Ajna Chakra”, and together the Rishis bring many years of experience and immense wisdom. These Rishis are captivating, humble, humorous, and inspirational.
Swami Atmamuktananda Saraswati, “Atma”, first encountered Yoga Master Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati at his ashram in Bihar, India, in 1979. She continued to live under the guidance of Swami Satyananda for many years. In 1996 Atma became the Director and Acharya of the Rocklyn Ashram in Victoria, Australia, and continues to reside at the Ashram and train yoga aspirants from all walks of life. Atma has a simple, straightforward and practical approach to personal progress in life. Self-observation and attention to the everyday details of living consciously, is central to her approach.
Swami Gyan Dharma
Swami Gyan Dharma Saraswati is a direct disciple of Paramahamsa Satyananda and lived with him in India for over 12 years. He offers the benefit of his many years of personal sadhana training in a very down to earth and practical way.
He specialises in mantra, kirtan (chanting) and harmonium, which leaves one feeling deeply inspired.
Swami Kriyaratna Saraswati has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 30 years. His journey began with the Satyananda Yoga lineage in 1981 where he first went to live and teach yoga at the Mangrove Yoga Ashram NSW. Until recently, he has lived mostly full time in ashram environments in NSW and also Rocklyn Ashram Victoria, in the spirit of seva (selfless service) sharing his exceptional commitment to yoga and its teachings to others.
During his extensive ashram life, Kriya has had the opportunity to teach yoga in a number of different environments in the broader community. From weekly general classes in local halls, to correction centres, adolescents in the juvenile justice centre, to children with disabilities, school groups as well as teaching numerous weekend yoga retreats and courses. Kriya believes that in all instances, yoga creates change in the individual, restoring one to a state of balance and calm. He feels that yoga is a very dynamic tool in itself, with many avenues to explore for the student and teacher alike. Its postures, breathing, deep relaxation and meditation help the person to act and think in the best possible way and are a worthwhile tool for everyone to know.
Mangalananda Saraswati, has been practising yoga for over 25 years. She is initiated as a Sannyasin (one who
has dedicated their life to the path of yoga) in the Satyananda Yoga lineage. Since 2001 and until recently, she has been a full time resident at Mangrove Yoga Ashram NSW, training under the dedicated spiritual guidance of her teacher Yoga Archarya Hridayananda. Mangalananda is a fully qualified and accredited yoga teacher and has been actively involved in teaching yoga classes, retreats and teacher training with the Satyananda Yoga Academy in NSW since 2005. Mangalananda is a Registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia.
Mangalananda enjoys sharing her love of yoga to people in the community through her artwork, teaching yoga and singing kirtan.