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Frequently Asked Questions

I've never done yoga before. Can I still come to Anahata?

Absolutely! Anahata is equally beneficial for absolute beginners as well as advanced practitioners. Experience with yoga is not necessary – an open heart and mind is what is important. Come and learn Yoga practices such as Pawanmuktasana parts 1, 2 and 3. The Pawanmuktasana practices help to improve joint range of motion and core strength, as well as release energetic blocks in the body. And they are simple and gentle enough for anyone to perform.

What should I bring?

  • Sleeping bag or bedding (bedding hire is NZ$30 and includes towels and duvet)
  • We provide a pillow/fitted sheet/woollen blanket free of charge
  • Jacket (and rain gear is useful)
  • Warm, comfortable clothes (bring clothes for all seasons – as Anahata is located up a mountain, the weather is very changeable)
  • Thick, warm socks!
  • Slip-on shoes and walking shoes if required (gumboots are useful)
  • Towel and toiletries
  • Washing powder/soap for hand-washing essential clothes (ecologically friendly please)
  • Water bottle
  • Torch (important) & extra batteries
  • Alarm clock

 We supply all yoga mats and bolsters, so you do not need to bring these.


  • Special foods or snacks
  • Writing material or notebooks
  • Any pharmaceuticals/medications needed for your stay


  • Alcohol and recreational drugs.
  • Cell phones to be turned off unless making calls or checking messages.
  • Hair dryers – unfortunately our solar power system cannot handle them!
  • We are smoke free.  Please abstain from smoking on the retreat grounds during your stay.

Can yoga help me to relax or sleep better?

Yes! The combination of asana (posture) classes and Yoga Nidra help the body and the nervous system to release both acute and chronic physical, mental, and emotional tension. Quality of sleep can improve enormously with regular practice over time. General stress levels can also be significantly reduced.

For CDs of yoga classes and yoga nidra, click here.

What is the meaning of the word 'Anahata'?

Anahata is the fourth primary chakra according to the Yogic and Tantric (Shakta) traditions. In Sanskrit the word anahata – means unhurt, unstruck and unbeaten. It refers to the Vedic concept of unstruck sound, the sound of the celestial realm.

The Anahata chakra is physically positioned at the heart region. Traditionally, this chakra is represented as a green flower with twelve petals. Anahata chakra symbolizes the consciousness of love, empathy, selflessness and devotion. On the psychic level, this centre of force inspires the human being to love, be compassionate, altruistic, devoted, and to accept the things that happen in a divine way.

What is an ashram?

Ashram means place of work, or place of sadhana. It is an embodiment of simple living, where anyone can go to leave the distractions of the world behind and come home to themselves. Ashrams have a set routine encompassing various different practices that help to purify the body and mind, and help people to develop a positive attitude and an understanding of selfless service.

Traditionally in India it is recommended that everyone spend two weeks every year in an ashram to regain a more balanced perspective on life.

Can I bring my kids?

Families and children are welcome to visit Anahata, however due to limited facilities, we encourage families to bring a tent or stay in our private guesthouse, Chakra, which will give you more privacy. Please understand that some scheduled sessions are not appropriate for younger children, and it is important to be mindful of other guests’ experiences. Parents or guardians are responsible for their children at all times.

Can I bring my pet?

No, unfortunately pets are not allowed at Anahata.

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