Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa - for yoga retreats

Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa - for yoga retreats


Even Yoga teachers dream of doing yoga here on the deck overlooking the gorgeous ocean with birdsong - we will do yoga every morning but you will get more than an average yoga retreat here at Shunyata.

Yoga classes can be very intimidating, but here at Shunyata you will find the privacy and tranquility to fully appreciate each position, and really feel each breath. Usually done on the deck overlooking the ocean, you will be stretched, corrected and opened with a combination of Iyengar and feminine opening and as the days progress you will experience increased flexibility and feel any aches and pains melt away.

Meditation & NZ Yoga Retreat

Paru was trained in India by an amazing teacher who worked with Iyengar's daughter and whose yoga book was underwritten by the Indian Government, specialising in using yoga to heal body issues like sore knees and backs. When Paru first opened Shunyata 12 years ago, she just wanted to get people to start or restart yoga again for the health benefits as we go into old age - and nearly everyone is taking up yoga.

NZ Yoga Reteat

Yoga helps us to grow old gracefully, helping with our posture, lubricating the joints and strengthening our bodies. Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa offers a fantastic NZ yoga retreat, whether you are trying yoga for the first time, start back again, or have a specific aim to heal aches and pains that have been with you for life.

There is nothing as beautiful as doing yoga on the deck overlooking the ocean with the breeze touching the skin - sheer bliss  Even the yoga teachers want to run a retreat here.

I have found that the week doing a yoga retreat with you Paru has truly addressed, like never before, my knee issue and I don't feel I need a cartilage operation anymore. Thank you for the exercises I will keep them up ~ Carolyn Auckland

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Shunyata means quiet mind and this is what truly happens here. We question the mind as per
Byron Katie and then with the enneagram and The Journey method - we get a true quiet mind 
with meditation in the evening.

Question 1: Is it true? ...

  • Question 2: Can you absolutely know it's true? ...

  • Question 3: How do you react—what happens—when you believe

  • that thought? ...

  • Question 4: Who would you be without the thought? ...

  • Turn the thought around:

Many people feel they can’t meditate; the western mind finds it hard to be still. Paru started with active meditations, dynamic in the morning, kundalini shaking in the afternoon and went on to do many dance meditations.

The most important part of meditation is that the mind has some stillness in order to gain clarity. Here at Shunyata, most evenings we will sit with a beautiful guided meditation that truly teaches the mind to be still. Maybe we need to dance before, maybe you need to let go of all that stuck energy in the body and be dynamic – whatever your needs, we will address them. Recently, Paru returned from USA and India  with amazing news meditations from world renown teachers. Osho always said - life can become a meditation when we are present.

There is nothing more peaceful and nourishing than sitting with the birdsong as the sun melts on the mountain behind, Paru cooking a delicious feast in the kitchen as you come to a blissful stillness after a day of true opening.

Thank you for the amazing variety of meditations and DVD's I have experienced this week. I had given up the idea of ever meditating again but will now take this quiet time on a regular basis ~ June Coramandel

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