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Mantra & Hatha Yoga Sadhana Retreat

Thursday 22 September, 2022 - Wednesday 05 October, 2022

Retreat Overview

In honour of Navaratri, the twice-yearly celebration of the nine nights of the Goddess; Swami Karma Karuna & Lakshmi will be sharing a Mantra & Hatha Yoga sadhana course. Navaratri is a potent time for spiritual and yogic practices (Sadhana) to amplify their effects. We will focus on progressive daily practices of Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha and Mantra, Yantra, and Mindfulness Meditation techniques alongside Karma Yoga to integrate the transformational process. The practices activate energy for healing, health, and well-being and give a positive channel to transform imbalances at the emotional and mental levels.

Explore the power resources within your own self as represented by three phases in the Navaratri sadhana:

Day 1-3 Durga, the energy of remover of internal obstacles and mother nature in manifest form
Day 4-6 Lakshmi, the quality of abundance, receiving, giving, and openness of heart
Day 7-9 Saraswati, the expression of wisdom, intuition, music and the arts

The Retreat Includes

Hatha Yoga Sadhana:

The practice of asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, meditation, and mantra.

Navaratri Chanting Sadhana:

The practice of mantra chanting over the Navaratri period (Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati Gayatri Mantras // Durga Path: The 32 names of Durga // Hanuman Chalisa) and Havan fire ceremony.

Meditation and Yoga Nidra Sadhana:

Explore meditation practices to learn to be the witness, calm the mind and energy field and find your inner source.

Karma Yoga Sadhana:

The practice of meditative action with awareness to bring yogic attitudes into daily life. Selfless service ‘Seva’ is centered around channeling energy into Anahata Retreat for our own transformation. 3-4 hours per day, 5 days per week. Led by Anahata Karma Yogis.

Retreat Schedule

Sample daily schedule:

6:30am – Hatha Yoga Sadhana
8:30am – Breakfast
9:30am – Karma Yoga Sadhana
1:00pm – Yoga Nidra
1:30pm – Lunch + Free time
4:00pm – Navaratri Chanting Sadhana / Meditation / Offerings
6:30pm – Dinner + Free time
7:30pm – Self Study (Swadhyaya) including self-reflection exercises, and Yantra Meditation.

* Schedule subject to change.

Additional Information

Contribution: NZD $1400


Start Time: September 22nd Thursday 3:00pm– arrival/registration.
Finish Time: October 5th Wednesday 11:00am

Pick up from Nelson airport: 22nd September afternoon pick up
Drop off to Nelson airport: 5th October mid-morning departure from Anahata

To view scheduled flights from Wellington to Golden Bay, visit the Golden Bay Air website here.

  • Sauna and healing treatments are available. Please contact us to book an appointment in advance.
  • Camping: Tent hire is available for an additional cost of NZD $30. If interested in hiring a tent, please enquire with us at the time of booking as we have a limited amount available.
  • Private Sessions: Private yoga training, consultations and yogic cleansing practices with Swami Karma Karuna are offered online and in-person by appointment. Click here to find out more

To book now and to request any extras, please email us.



Swami Karma Karuna is a founding member and director of Anahata Yoga Retreat, New Zealand. She is an engaging, intuitive yoga and meditation teacher, international speaker and writer with more than 25 years of training and experience in a range or areas. She brings real life experience, years of building knowledge, humility, humour and compassion together to inspire students and share the transformative journey of teaching yoga and growth on the spiritual path.

Swami Karma Karuna is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP), a IAYT Yoga Therapist, a Senior Teacher of Yoga Australia and New Zealand as well as a Swami of the Bihar Yoga lineage. Her wide range of teaching includes yoga teacher trainings, Continuing Education courses for various organizations, international events and spiritual sadhana retreats around the world.

Lakshmi has been teaching yoga internationally for 10 years and is a qualified teacher in the Satyananda tradition. She is dedicated to guiding others in the powerful practices of traditional yoga and is a Course Facilitator on the Yoga Nidra & Restorative Teacher Training at Anahata. Her passions are ritual, storytelling, and manta.


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