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7 Days Exploring the Chakras Kriya Yoga Retreat in Takaka, New Zealand


New Zealand Yoga Retreat

  • 6 days with instruction
  • Join this retreat and explore the chakras and energy pathways using the meditation exercises of Kriya yoga that will be integrated with daily Hatha yoga, relaxation, and chanting classes in a stunning natural location. You will be initiated into the Kriyas in a safe way, with practical applications for your daily life.


    • Daily yoga sessions
    • Daily meditation and chanting classes
    • Kirtan (mantra and music) and Havan (ancient fire ceremony)
    • Discussions on chakras, prana, and Kriya yoga
    • Pranayama, mudra, and bandha practice
    • Complimentary pick up and drop off
    • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • 6 nights accommodation

    Skill level

    • Beginner

    • Intermediate

    • Advanced


    • Instruction language: English
    • Spoken languages: English
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    During the retreat, you will stay at Anahata Yoga Retreat and you may opt for a shared room or tent. Limited private room options are available, to find out more, please send Anahata Yoga Retreat an inquiry.

    Anahata Yoga Retreat, New Zealand, is situated in the midst of native beech forest with spectacular ocean views bordering the Abel Tasman National Park. It is a residential eco yoga retreat using alternative power, composting toilets, eco buildings and nutritious organic vegetarian meals.

    The venue is smoke-free. Please abstain from smoking on the grounds during your stay. In consideration of others, please refrain from wearing strong perfumes or cologne.

    The word Kriya means 'activity' or 'movement' and refers to the activity or movement of consciousness. It involves a powerful combination of yoga, pranayama (breathing practices), mudra (psychic gestures), bandha (energy locks), and meditation and has the capacity to quickly evolve the practitioner.

    Kriya yoga is a doorway to self-reflection, helping the practitioner to understand the unconscious layers of the mind and its monkey nature, propounding a pathway to peace and well-being.

    A distinctive feature of Kriya yoga is that the concentration is not forced, but spontaneously arises as a consequence of the practice. With regular application of the techniques, an alignment of the physical, mental and energetic forces takes place, awakening a subtle perception of one’s own self. This change in perspective enhances the ability to manage outside events and experiences with more wisdom and balance.

    Benefits of Kriya yoga

    • Access to and exploration of the deeper layers of the mind
    • Dynamic relaxation, which allows one to access hidden reservoirs of prana or vital energy
    • Fine tuning the awareness so that it becomes spontaneously one-pointed and tuned to the present moment
    • Purification of unconscious conditioning, gradually freeing the mind from negativity, fears, and false ideas
    • Reshaping the activities of the mind to eventually bring about a state of equanimity or tranquility
    • Transformation of negative emotions into more positive energy
    • Swami Muktibodha

      Swami Muktibodha is considered internationally to be a leading exponent of classical yoga and meditation and has been honored with the title of Acharya (master) of yoga. She has achieved international renown for her commentary on the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. She filters these deep practices and concepts through her down-to-earth Western eye, making them accessible and useful for all. Well versed in the scientific as well as traditional aspects of yoga, she is currently based in Brisbane, Australia teaching and lecture both locally and internationally.

    The retreat will take place in Takaka, Golden Bay, New Zealand.

    • Dining area
    • Environmentally friendly
    • Garden
    • Kitchen
    • Smoke-free property
    • Special menu request
    • Yoga studio
    • Internet access
    • Library

    This listing is vegetarian-friendly Click to see more vegetarian-friendly listings

    You will be served with three wholesome vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At Anahata, you will get the chance to experience a yogic diet, a vegetarian diet that is based on principles of simplicity, and that supports your being in the process of positive transformation. A proper diet that is pure, simple, and as natural as possible is essential for progress in yoga.

    All meals provided are vegetarian - simple, nutritious, and satisfying. Much of Anahata's organic food is sourced from local growers or picked fresh from their garden, which is developed along permaculture design principles. They have a closed kitchen policy and no personal cooking is permitted.

    However, the option of cooking alongside one of the retreat residents and learning about sattwic food preparation and prasad is a possibility during your stay if you choose. Some special dietary requirements for food allergies can be catered to with prior advance notice.

    Anahata can cater to vegan and gluten free requirements, but for other required specialty foods or snacks you may wish to bring your own supply. Please confirm when booking if in doubt.

    The water at Anahata is from a pure mountain spring and is absolutely safe to drink. Please note that Anahata does not serve coffee, but they do have several nice tea options including black tea.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Drinks

    The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

    • Vegetarian
    • Gluten Free
    • Yogic
    • Other dietary requirements on request
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

    Private yoga sessions is available by appointment. It is a unique opportunity to receive practices and insights to suit your personality, body type, health challenges, and get direction or a personal program. Therapeutic applications and health consultations are also available and according to your needs.

    • 6 nights accommodation
    • All yoga sessions
    • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • All meditation and chanting classes
    • Kirtan and Havan
    • Discussions on chakras, prana, and Kriya yoga
    • Mudra, pranayama, and bandha practice
    • Pick up and drop off

    Driving directions from Nelson

    • If you feel like driving, the venue is 15 kilometers from Takaka, with the last seven kilometers being unsealed. You will have to cross five small fords. A 4WD vehicle is helpful, but many people drive up in 2WD cars without any problem.
    • From Nelson, which is the main city in the north part of the South Island, travel west through the town of Motueka. Note that there are no petrol stations available between Motueka and Takaka, so best to fill up in Motueka. Stick to the speed limits to avoid traps!
    • After crossing the Takaka Hill from Nelson, you will drive towards and into Takaka. Turn right immediately past the Visitors Centre (don't go through Takaka!).
    • Follow the road to the roundabout at the dairy factory and turn right. Drive towards Pohara Beach for about 10 minutes. The road curves on a big right and then a big left.
    • You will pass Motupipi School (on left), then take the next turn right at the Clifton "+" crossroads.
    • Turn right at the next "T" Junction at Carlyle Street. Follow this road to the next T-junction and turn left continuing on Clifton Road. As you turn you will see an orange "Anahata Retreat" sign.
    • You will come to a gravel road and a sign saying Bird Road. Follow the gravel road (Bird Road) up to the top of the mountain (seven kilometers).
    • You will notice a sign part way up the hill with several family names on it. This is a private driveway or road to their house. Continue on past this drive.
    • There are some shallow fords and various gates. Please leave the gates as you find them (closed if closed).
    • When you are half way up, you will come to two gates side-by-side. Go through the left gate (not the one going down the hill to the farm).
    • When you arrive at the top after approximately 30 minutes' driving you will see a little sign on the other side of the top gate to the right that says Abel Tasman - Wainui Hut. Go through this gate and follow the same gravel / dirt road heading a little left.
    • On your left (a hundred meters or so) you will see a row of big pine trees, a house, and some gardens. There is an “ANAHATA” sign on the fence to the right of the gate. You have arrived. Welcome to Anahata Yoga Retreat!
    • Park outside and walk through the Anahata gate to the office (in front of and attached to the building you see).

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Nelson Airport (NSN) or Takaka Aerodrome (KTF). Please note that Takaka Aerodrome (KTF) has limited service link. Nelson is the main national airport for the region and is a two-hour drive from Takaka. You can also fly directly from Wellington to Takaka.

    Golden Bay Air offers scheduled flights from Wellington directly to Takaka all year. See Golden Bay Air for flight timetables. This is a gorgeous flight over Cook Strait and Abel Tasman National Park. Air New Zealand offers daily flights to Nelson.

    Arrival by bus

    Golden Bay Coachlines offers daily services from Nelson to Takaka departs Nelson daily at 3:30 p.m., arriving in Takaka at 5:45 p.m.

    Arrival by taxi

    You can hire the local MaxiCab taxi service. Book online or ring the freephone number to book a taxi service. It is essential to pre-book in advance (limited rural service).

    • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
    • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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    Anahata Yoga Retreat is an integral residential yoga retreat in Golden Bay, New Zealand. They organize meditation and yoga retreats that welcome everyone.

    Speaks English

    • Availability: The Yoga Retreats of this organizer are available 93% of the time.
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    7 days / 6 nights


    Arrival: Monday February 12, 2018
    Departure: Sunday February 18, 2018

    Early bird discount

    There is a super early bird discount of 15 % per person. To benefit, book or reserve before December 14, 2017. Receive an early bird discount of 10 % per person for booking before January 13, 2018.

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