Yoga of Presence, Focus and Intuition - Afternoon Workshop with Swamis

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128 Middle Pocket Road, Middle Pocket, NSW, Australia
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Yoga of Presence, Focus and Intuition - Afternoon Workshop with Swamis
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17:30 - 20:30

17:30 | Wed 27 Feb 2019 | ShantiDwara Yoga Temple | Byron Bay area | NSW | Australia


Join local Rishis, Nityabodha and Yogadiwali and visiting teacher, Swami Karma Karuna from New Zealand in a unique opportunity to uplift your yoga and bring simple yoga attitudes and practices into your daily life. 

Explore Ajna Chakra, the eyebrow energy centre, representing presence, focus and intuition. Delve into this theme through Hatha Yoga, Om Chanting Meditation, inspirational theory and Kirtan

With regular practice, these techniques help to enhance clarity and expand the witness awareness, developing the ability to embrace life more fully and live it with greater conscious choice. The practices also help us develop the right conditions to receive inspiration and knowledge from deep within. Intuitive insights transcend all mental processes and are simply a feeling or a vision that we know is just right.  The outcome is an ability to manifest our personal vision. 

During this workshop gain skills and perspectives that can support you to move through daily life with more ease and motivation to navigate the spiritual path.

We conclude the evening with Kirtan - singing mantra in the ancient language of Sanskrit. The practice of heart-opening Kirtan is truly called a “super highway" to higher states of experience.



Rishi Nityabodhananda Saraswati

Rishi Nityabodhananda is a Yogacharya (Master of yoga), a versatile, experienced teacher and speaker on the subject of yoga. In the late 1960’s Nityabodhananda left a professional career and for many years studied under his guru Swami Satyananda in India. Over the years he has taught yoga classes and run seminars in many parts of the world. With a vast knowledge of all aspects of Yoga he is well known for his ability to relate original Yoga texts and render abstruse philosophies in a language that enthuses and enlightens Yoga aspirants. He has acquired a deep understanding of his subject and his classes are informative and enlightening. It is his wish that every student of yoga embarks on his or her own path of spiritual investigation and endeavour, striving to go beyond the everyday external humdrum existence.

Rishi Yoga Diwali Saraswati

Rishi Yoga Diwali is an experienced yoga teacher and has always been a devoted spiritual seeker and a talented exhibiting artist. She brings the light of Yoga through symbol yantra mantra and divine form. She introduced a fresh approach to Yoga through her original Yoga and Art courses helping others to pursue imagination and visualisation as tools for relating to the sacred and divine within. Most of the illustrations and book covers of Bihar School Of Yoga, the largest Yoga Institution of India, are by her. 

Her classes are bright and cheerful, energetic yet deep. Diwali's experience of her connection with the divine within emanates from her as she teaches. Her creative ability helps people to visualise, especially those who find visualisation difficult. She also has a deep understanding of others and knows intuitively what people need. 

Swami Karma Karuna Saraswati

Swami Karma Karuna is an engaging, intuitive yoga and meditation teacher, international speaker and writer with more than 25 years of training and experience. A Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communications with a minor in Psychology determined an interest in working with groups and individuals early in life. She specialises in a range or areas such as Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, Prana, Chakras, Yoga Psychology and Women's Health.  Yearly visits to India to practice selfess service, guide sadhana courses and learn from her spiritual inspirer, Swami Niranjanananda, give her food for thought and the push to keep growing! 

Also a founding member and director of Anahata Yoga Health and Education Trust, New Zealand, Swami Karma Karuna is passionate about sharing a yogic lifestyle with aspirants from around the world. 


Delicious chai and food will be available from 17:00.

Suitable for everybody. No experience required. 

Bring your yoga mats and a favourite cushion. 



The next event this week on Saturday 2 March  is "Healing MahaMrityumjaya Havan and Kirtan"  (join the event to keep updated on this one).

Thank you for support! Please, make sure you mark yourself as "going" either on or "join the event" on so that we can estimate total amount of guests.

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Hari Om. ShantiDwara hosts weekly Saturday Healing Mahamrityumjaya Havan, Mantra and Kirtan. Every Saturday 5pm-7pm.

No Yoga experience required. Bring a water bottle, yoga mat and a favourite cushion.

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Check us out! Photos and videos from the workshop at ShantiDwara yoga temple. What a blissfull gathering. Thank you Rishi Yogadiwali Saraswati, Rishi Nityabodhananda Saraswati , Swami Karma Karuna Saraswati . Thank you teachers 🙏🏽 Thank you students 🙏🏽🌺🕊

Hari Om dear friends, the preparation train for our workshop is running full-speed at Middle Pocket. We feel extremely honoured to welcome you all in the sacred space of ShantiDwara Yoga Temple, to say the least. Please, make sure you arrive around 5pm to have a settle down and a sweet chat over a delicious South Indian meal with yummy chai before we go on a journey at 6pm with our special guests Rishi Diwali, Rishi NityaBodha and Swami KarmaKaruna, visiting us from the biggest Yoga Centre of New Zealand "Anahata Yoga Retreat". 

The program for the workshop stands non less than incredible, knowing what teachers are guiding us through and what special juicy practices you are going to "take home" with you... Please, keep in mind that it is going to be a very intimate evening, shoulder-to-shoulder, as somehow we already have 50+ guests to embark on an adventure, exploring the epicentre of intuition, insight and guidance from within - our eyebrow centre Ajna chakra.

Please, if possible, and there is a cushion and a yoga mat to spare for you "neighbour", take them along, as often some students get overwhelmed by the day's experiences and forget their own. ShantiDwara presently have around 15 yoga mats and around 30 cushions, for comfortable sitting often people use a couple under buttocks (or a rolled blanket) and under the knees, when in crosslegged position. We encourage all students to sit comfortably and let the meditation happen effortlessly.

Have a wonderful Sunday, see you all very soon!  

Further reading: (article gives many insights on the importance of a sitting position)

Booking updated! When signed up, which takes a minute to do, directly in the event there are three options to purchase a pass. 

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