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OUR STONE CIRCLE

When we excavated for our house, we came across 5 huge rocks that could not be moved. These now form a stone circle around the building. They correspond to the 5 elements in the way they are placed. The wood element rock is located at the base of a large Norfolk Pine tree. When I was digging around it I found a piece of amber here, petrified Kauri gum. The wood element signifies new beginnings, and happens to be at the entrance to the studio. The Fire element rock faces to the sunrise. It signif...

April 14, 2021

OUR LOGO DESIGN

Our logo began with a design from a Maori artist who gave us our own Manaia. We stylized this and turned it on its side, so it became a resting manaia. Putting it in a circle brings to mind the yin/yang symbol and also the symbol for infinity. The triangle represents the mountain, our house, and the healing properties of a pyramid. Visitors will be reminded of the mists that swirl around Mt Manaia in the mornings, and the full moon rising over the mountain at sunset.Manaia - Spiritual Guardian, ...

April 14, 2021

RECIPES

One of the best things about WHY RETREAT is the food! Not only do you have all your meals prepared for you to your individual dietary requirements, but they are often made with fresh ingredients from our garden and always made extra tasty with a generous helping of love. We are happy to share our recipes with guests, and here are a few of the favorites....

April 14, 2021

WINTER WELLNESS TIPS

The onset of winter means more colds and flus. Here is my prescription for fending off the dreaded lurgy. 1. Keep the bugs out2. Support your immune system3. Catch any invaders early1. Keep the bugs outIt’s basic - Clean Hands stop the spread of germs. Make sure your hands are clean when touching your face or food. A friend’s daughter did a cool school project using glitter gel to illustrate how easily germs are spread, especially in public places.2. Support your immune systemThis is more co...

April 14, 2021

WHY has a Health4You Award

WHY RETREAT has an award for Top 25 Most Popular Health and Fitness Services for 2020 from Health4You. Moving up from second, fifth and tenth spots in 2017 we are now one of the top ranking Health and fitness services in New Zealand!Here is how we ranked:#1 Most Popular Health and Fitness Service in Whangarei (0110)#1 Most Popular Health and Fitness Service in the Northland Region#1 Most Popular Health and Fitness Service in the Whangarei Region#7 Most Popular Health and Fitness Service in New Z...

April 14, 2021

SAFETY AT WHY RETREAT FOR LEVEL 2

STUDIO CLASSES WILL BE AVAILABLE UNDER LEVEL 2 WITH BOOKINGS REQUIREDWHY-FI YOGA THROUGH ZOOM WILL CONTINUE TO BE OFFERED FOR ALL SCHEDULED CLASSES. GENERAL GUIDELINES LIMITED CLASS SIZE - ALL CLASSES ARE ON A BOOKINGS ONLY BASISSTAY HEALTHY PLEASE DO NOT COME TO CLASS IF- RUNNY NOSE, SORE THROAT OR OTHER SYMPTOMS- HAD CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO IS SICK- YOU FEEL UNWELLVULNERABLE PERSON - IF YOU ARE OVER 70 OR HAVE AN UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITION PLEASE CONSIDER DOING THE CLASS ON ZOOMPAYMENTS...

April 14, 2021

24/7 YOGA

The following article appears in New Zealand Yoga Scene Magazine.One of my yoga teachers said “Yoga was once practiced by men in India to achieve spiritual enlightenment. Now it is practiced by Western women to improve their physical fitness and appearance”. As a Western woman, I would agree that my yoga practice began with the physical, to help me change my posture and allow me to participate in pain free physical activity. But the physical Asanas are only one of the eight limbs of a f...

April 14, 2021

Yoga Therapy Classes

Mondays at 9-10.30 am at WHY RETREAT Learn ancient techniques for the prevention and management of pain, injury and illness. This class offers instruction in traditional holistic yoga. There is a short discussion on the concepts set out in the Yoga Sutras, then Asanas (postures), Pranayama (breathing), and meditation. We finish with Ayurvedic tea and informal discussion. PANCHA KOSHA – THE 5 BODIESANNAMAYA – PHYSICAL/ FOODPRANAMAYA – ENERGY/ BREATHMANOMAYA – MINDVIJNANAMAYA – KNOWLEDGE...

April 14, 2021

Pilates and Yoga

THE SIMILARITIESBoth YOGA and PILATES are considered ‘mind-body’ exercise as they teach conditioning and control, not just of the physical body but also for self healing and emotional calm. They are excellent for toning and balance, strength and flexibility, stress relief, pain management and centering. Both are non-impact and are used extensively for rehabilitation of injuries and postural realignment.YOGA:YOGA has its roots in India from around 3000 BC. Although many yoga students only kno...

March 28, 2021

STRESS RESPONSE IN THE BRAIN

What happens to us in response to Stress? When we receive a stressful stimulation, the brain triggers a series of biological reactions to put the body on alert. Known as the fight or flight response, this leads to the activation of the adrenal gland to release of cortisol and the resulting consequences of increased hear beat, increased blood pressure, and a hyper active brainwave.This fight and flight response comes from the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) and shuts down reproduction, growth, t...

March 26, 2021

OCEANS BREATH MEDITATION

THE OCEAN Sometimes the ocean is flat, placid, glassy calm like a mirror. The mirror of calm water can reflect whatever is around it, perfectly. It reflects what is real, what is true. In stormy times the surface of the ocean becomes turbulent, with big waves crashing. No reflection is possible. The only thing we can see is the crashing waves. But underneath, the water is still calm. We are like the ocean. When our mind is calm, we can reflect on what is real and what is true. When the crashing ...

March 12, 2021

FOREST BATH MEDITATION

THE STREAM The stream has much to teach us about life.At times it bubbles and gurgles along merrily.Other times it becomes a torrent rushing past without a care for the destruction it wreaks in its path.Playful waterfalls tumble gently over rocks worn smooth, and oh what fun to be a leaf on that ride.Dangerous rapids and whirlpools can trap us, and at those times there is only trust that the turmoil will pass.It offers calm reflective pools, and the wisdom and clarity of contemplation.One day pe...

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