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Meditation & Pranayama Teacher Training 2024

Friday 05 April, 2024 @ 3:00 pm - Sunday 21 April, 2024 @ 3:00 pm

In-person 16-day residential at Anahata Yoga Retreat, Golden Bay,  followed by an 8-week home study & practice period. A 150hr Teacher Training covering theory, applications & learning to instruct classical meditation and pranayama techniques.

A professional development course for yoga teachers, health and education professionals and those interested in guiding meditative techniques. Explore tools to support physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Classical meditation and pranayama techniques will be explored from practical, scientific, psychological and lifestyle perspectives. Learn teaching tools to effectively share a range of meditative practices for differing client needs, including therapeutic applications.

Delve into each stage of meditation including history, symbology and technique. Investigate the autonomic nervous system; mudras and bandhas; cultivating concentration; pratyahara and relevant yogic theory; mindfulness; seated meditation postures; principles of care; creative teaching; course and class planning; client support; and so much more!

If you have any questions email: or BOOK ONLINE NOW

Meditation techniques are presented as a progression from pratyahara (ability to withdraw from sensory input) to dharana (concentration practices) to support a depth of understanding on how to apply different types of meditation to different needs. The mind is gradually trained to connect into effortless internal focus. The meditative practices can be utilised to influence the autonomic nervous system, retraining the brain to release stress, anxiety, and past impressions, enhance creativity, and deepen spiritual awareness.

PRANAYAMA: Classical Pranayama techniques such as Kapalabhati, Bhastrika, Nadi Shodhana, Brahmari, Ujjayi have applications for physical, mental and energetic layers of experience. Applications for particular health needs include the ability to heat, cool, calm, balance the nervous system, mind, and vital energy layers.



16 days onsite, shared accommodation (unless camping), all meals and the full programme, followed by an 8 week home study and practice period with course work including MP3 practice undertaken at home.

  • Daily meditation, pranayama, and asana practices
  • Understanding the techniques of meditation and pranayama from a practical and theoretical point of view
  • The science behind the techniques; relaxation response, the nervous system, the Vagus nerve, brain plasticity, the breathing organs and more
  • Immersion into the yoga lifestyle
  • Self-reflection tools
  • Teaching theory, including class and course planning, teaching to different needs, contra-indications, client support, teaching practicals, use of voice and much more.
  • Fire Ceremony (Havan) and Chanting (healing sound vibration)
  • The opportunity to develop your inner awareness, train the mind and bring balance to the nervous system
  • Mentored teaching practice
  • Audio files, PowerPoints, resources, videos and other inspiring content for your personal practice
  • Student manual
  • A certificate of completion at the end of the training from Anahata Yoga Retreat
  • 150 accredited hours with Yoga New Zealand
  • 150 continuing education credits can be sought from Yoga Australia, and Satyananda Yoga Teachers Association
If you have any questions email: or BOOK NOW


This training is Module 2 of our 300-hour Relaxation and Meditation Teacher Training (Intermediate to Advanced)

Module 1: Yoga Nidra & Restorative Practices (150 hours)
Module 2:  Meditation and Pranayama (150 hours)

Students can take one or both of the modules, and are not required to have taken Module 1 to take Module 2. However, taking both modules in order is the best way to get the most out of the training, as Module 1 covers educational prerequisites that will be further expanded upon in Module 2. Book both modules at the same time, and receive a 10% discount. 


Both modules are fully accredited with Yoga New Zealand. Please note that they are NOT general 200 hour Teacher Training courses, but rather continuing education courses. For students who already have their 200 RYT, taking one module will raise the student to the 350-hour education level and taking both modules will raise the student to the 500-hour level. If you have any questions about accreditation, please contact


Standard Price: NZD $3327
Camping Price: NZD $3167

Early Bird Price*: 10% discount is available up to 30 days before the retreat start date if payment made in full by 7th March 2024

(*use EB10 discount code at checkout for 10% off )

Scholarship: 50% off. Please contact us if you wish to apply.

Arrival: Friday 5th April 2024
Departure: 21st April 2024 (the programme officially ends on the 21st, however an extra night stay is included, for those who need to stay and catch the Golden Bay Coachlines bus on the 22nd).
Pick Up: Friday 6th April 2.15pm at the Golden Bay Visitor Centre, where the Golden Bay Coachlines bus will drop you off if travelling to Takaka from Nelson.
Drop Off: 22nd April 8:45am at the Golden Bay Visitor Centre, where the Golden Bay Coachlines bus will pick you up if travelling from Takaka to Nelson.

PLEASE NOTE: Complimentary pick up and drop off for the above mentioned times. For any other time there is a $20 fee each way.

To view scheduled flights from Wellington to Golden Bay, or any other shuttle options between Takaka and Nelson, 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

If you have any questions email: or BOOK ONLINE NOW


Medical and health professionals, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and yoga teachers are using these practices in a variety of settings including schools, offices, community centres, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, prisons and nursing homes.

  • Yoga Practitioners who want to delve deeper in their personal practice and learn how to cultivate the practice of meditation.
  • Yoga Teachers who want to develop new skills and deepen their understanding of yogic concepts and lifestyle.
  • Health Professionals who are looking for effective tools to support clients.

The practices can aid in supporting:

  • Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia & Depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Addictions
  • High Blood Pressure and Heart Disease
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Neurological conditions and motor impairments
  • Chronic fatigue and adrenal issues
  • Digestive Issues
  • Asthma and Diabetes

If you have any questions email: or BOOK ONLINE NOW

Swami Karma Karuna Anahata Yoga Retreat

Swami Karma Karuna Saraswati 

Swami Karma Karuna Saraswati is an engaging, intuitive yoga and meditation teacher, inspirational speaker, writer and IAYT certified Yoga Therapist with 30 years of experience in the yoga field including significant training in India including ongoing visits and guidance with her teachers from the Bihar School of Yoga. She is also certified by Yoga Alliance as an Education Provider) and is a senior teacher of Yoga Australia and Yoga New Zealand. A Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communications with a minor in Psychology determined an early interest in working with groups and individuals. Swami Karma Karuna specializes in a range of areas including stress and emotion management, Restorative Therapeutic Practices, Yoga Psychology and Women’s Health. She is also a co-founder and director of Anahata Yoga Retreat, New Zealand and travels throughout the world, leading workshops on yoga therapy topics, training yoga teachers, presenting at international events, guiding retreats and offering therapeutic one-to-one yoga sessions. Swami Karma Karuna is passionate about sharing an authentic and down-to-earth approach, weaving together ancient practices with a touch of psychology and brain science aimed at motivating people to live their yoga here and now. Several guided practice MP3 tracks including Hatha Yoga classes, Yoga Nidra and Meditation techniques are available through the Anahata Yoga Retreat website and articles on a variety of subjects can be read in the Australian Yoga Life Magazine. 


Sannyasi Siddheshwari, Anahata Senior Teacher

Siddheshwari has been teaching yoga internationally for over 11 years. She has a Diploma of Yogic Studies and is a qualified teacher in the Bihar School of Yoga tradition. She is a registered Senior Teacher with Yoga New Zealand and is a co-facilitator of the Teacher Trainings offered at Anahata. She is dedicated to guiding others in the powerful practices of traditional yoga and bringing the teachings to life on a practical level.  Her dharma as a teacher is to give students yogic tools for everyday life, to empower people to create positive change on a realistic timeline, and to inspire people to live with an attitude of selflessness, compassion, and gratitude. Her passions are yoga for everyday life, yoga ecology, ritual, manta, and storytelling.

Atmavidya Yoga Teacher Training

Atmavidya, Guest Teacher

Atmavidya breathes gratitude for being steeped, through decades, in ancient practices of Hatha Yoga and Meditation given to her by great teachers.  Yoga is a magnificent key, for her, in appreciation and enjoyment of the life we have, and to living from the goodness, beauty and authenticity of our being. Atmavidya welcomes the opportunity to share practices that uplift wellbeing of body mind and spirit. She aspires to create a safe, nurturing space that allows all people to experience balance, harmony, peace and connection with self.  The practices Atmavidya gives, invite one and all to come home to themselves, despite any perceived limitations of body, shape, size, gender or cultural identity or traumas that may have been experienced in life.

Prabhavananda, Guest Teacher

Sn. Prabhavananda/Thomas Spring has been involved with Satyananda Yoga since 1997, as taught by the Bihar School of Yoga, where he finds continual inspiration and insights. He is fascinated by the human potential for learning, change, and improvement. His goal is to cultivate an environment where students discover their own answers and solutions by tapping into their unique potential. He is also a Feldenkrais practitioner and assistant trainer, specializing in a method that works with the nervous system through movement. Additionally, he is a certified Satyananda Yoga Teacher and holds a Yoga NZ Level 4 teacher certification. With over 30 years of teaching experience across New Zealand, the USA, and Europe, he has honed his ability to facilitate personal growth and self-discovery through various modalities.

Our Meditation & Pranayama Teacher Training accounts for 150 accredited hours with Yoga NZ.

YogaNZ was founded in 2015, by a collection of Yoga teachers who saw the need to bring standards and support to the growing community of Yoga teachers in Aotearoa. With technical advice from founding members of Yoga Australia, in collaboration with senior New Zealand-based Yoga teachers, YogaNZ was born. YogaNZ is a not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to nurturing and elevating the teaching of Yoga throughout the country. Ensuring the quality and integrity of their Registered Teacher Training Schools, such as this one, is key to upholding internationally robust standards. 
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