Monday, July 9, 2007


AUGUST 24 to 26

FRIDAY NIGHT 6.30pm – 8.30pm

SATURDAY 8.00am - 10.00am

SATURDAY 12.30pm - 2.30pm

SUNDAY 7.00am - 9.00am

SUNDAY 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Half deposit on registration

Brian 068443651 0210612594

Margaret 068445417 0212346543

John Scott is a world-renowned practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga and presents both National and International Workshops
John was certified to teach by Shri K Pattabhi Jois in 1996, having studied with him in Mysore, India, since 1989. His depth of knowledge and enthusiasm for sharing his experience is readily apparent in his classes.
Lucy Scott has studied with Shri K. Pattabhi Jois since the early 1990's, and has Guruji's blessing. Lucy assists John, and their combined skills create a dynamic balance of strength and grace. This complements their teaching gifts, knowledge, and enthusiasm for passing on the method of this ancient form of yoga.
John taught until recently at The Ashtanga Retreat Centre in Cornwell, England.
He has now established a centre at Nelson.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

John Scott Coming To Hawkes Bay

World renowned Ashtanga yoga teacher, John Scott, will conduct a workshop in Hawkes Bay in August. There will be five sessions titled "Yoga For Life."
The sessions will be conducted on Friday evening, 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th.
The cost of the workshop will be $220.
More details will be posted as the programme and venue are confirmed.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Simon Borg-Olivier Workshop

Simon Borg-Olivier is to hold a 2 day workshop in Havelock North on the 26th and 27th May. Simon is a renowned teacher from Sydney with a physiotherapy background. The workshop will focus on traditional hatha yoga with an understanding from exercise-based physiotherapy. It focuses on the seven main principles of applied anatomy and physiology of yoga.

Any Student of yoga will get great benefit from this.

Cost $225 if paid before the 28th April, $275 after.

Contact Doris Blum:
06 874 60 39 021 1460199


I am at present enjoying Peter's workshop here in Gisborne. Each session has been well attended by over 30 participants, some travelling from Auckland, Wellington, Tauranga, Hamilton and Napier.
It is a tribute to Peter's teaching that he has developed such a loyal following.
Participating in the workshop is inspiring, as the energy developed by the group gives impetus to one's own practice.
The social activities also are another attraction with the after session get to togethers, Indian meals and pot luck dinners.
All in all a great time.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

You tube videos

You tube is starting to amass some good videos on Ashtanga yoga. Two I enjoyed in particular are described below.
There is a short video (with subtitles) of Sri Patthabi Jois speaking on yoga. In this he gives some insights into yoga. He talks of yoga as being an internal exercise which leads to internal cleansing. He emphasises the need to practice asana regularly, 95% practice and 5% theory. Breathing techniques are mentioned. In particular the need to keep the time of the inhalation and exhalation the same length.
This a good opportunity to see the guru speak and hear those words of wisdom direct from the mouth.
The other displays some aesthetic video clips in the outdoors of various sequences from the Ashtanga series. Worth a look.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Have Westerners Killed Yoga?

Patanjali's Sutras contain 195 aphorisms. The physical practices are mentioned in very few of them. I found 15 aphorisms that contained references to the physical practices.
That leaves 180 aphorisms that talk about the rest of the practice of yoga.
References are made to yoga being taught one on one with the yoga master teaching the student.
When I see yoga classes in many Western studios I see crowded classes of twenty or more. The classes tend to be led classes of asana practice.
How does this fit with the sutras?
The Sutras and Sri Patthabi Jois both say that the physical practice is necessary for the practice of yoga. ("Do your practice and all is coming").
But the sutras also mention that yoga begins with the first limb, being the yamas. Specifically to take care of others and practice service.
How many of us do this?
How many classes are just gymnastic classes that make the student feel good?

Where can I practise yoga in Hawkes Bay?

There are many mysore classes held in Hawkes Bay. Take your pick
Brian's Classes:
Monday Taradale
Wednesday Napier,
Thursday Hastings. All at 5:30 PM.
Saturday self practice in Napier From 7:30AM
Brian 068420510, 0210612594
Shelley and Keri's Class:
Havelock North
Monday at 5PM,
Shelley 8778419, Keri 8750512
Linda's Class
Havelock North
Thursday 5:30
06 877 4684

March Workshop

Ashtanga yoga in Hawkes Bay received another boost with a workshop conducted by Peter. We had great numbers on every day with a good combination of locals and out of towners. Participants came from as far away as Tauranga, Wellington and Gisborne. This attendance testifies to the popularity of Peter and the quality of his workshops.
Thanks to Body Fusion for providing a great venue for this workshop.

Friday, March 2, 2007


Peter Sanson will hold a workshop at Easter in the Gisborne Yoga rooms. Peter has studied and taught Ashtanga Yoga extensively over the past 18 years. His workshops provide a perfect spot for rejuvenating or developing your yoga practice.

Classes are suitable for beginners and students may do one or more sessions.

Friday 1600 - 1800
Saturday 1000 -1200
Sunday 0900 - 1100
Monday 0900 - 1100

Cost is $20 per class or $80 for the entire workshop
Contact Gill 06 8672973

I hope I will see you there!

Thursday, March 1, 2007

The Om Symbol

We gathered for our Hawkes Bay Teacher's meeting last Friday. When I say "we" there was a whole three of us. There are are 17 teachers who are interested in meeting and all were busy except for us three. Kirsten had to rush off so that left Jenny and myself. Now Jenny had turned up because she was going to share some research on the Om Symbol. This was great because it meant I was the benificiary of what she had put together. And very interesting it was too.Each part of the symbol has a meaning. It can be used as a metaphor for the yoga process going from a dream state to transcendence.
The symbol/sound stands for supreme truth, representing creation. It is the primal sound; the cosmic vibration of the universe.In chanting "om" we quieten the senses, improve focus and connect the consciousness to higher truth .
Jenny had a lot more information but, as they say, you had to be there.

Saturday, February 17, 2007


to Body Fusion for opening up their studio at 231 Warwick Rd for free self practice on the weekends of 17th and 18th Feb. and 24th and 25 th of Feb. This is a St. Valentines gift to Body Fusion students. Hope you make the most of it. The self practice is available 7-9 AM on each day.

Peter Sanson's Summer timetable

Peter is on his summer circuit again.
He has just finished in Auckland. Forthcoming dates are:

Tauranga 21st - 25th February contact Paul and Carla 027 2777620

Hawkes Bay 28th Feb - 4th March contact Shelley 06 877 8419

Wellington 5th - 10th March contact Mike and Victoria 04 565 4061

Takaka 11th - 15th March contact Reto and Vera 03 5258663

Peter is a certified Ashtanga teacher who conducts workshops in New Zealand and internationally for six months of the year. He then spends six months in Mysore.
His workshops are conducted in a professional and authentic manner.
Everyone gets a lot from the workshops as well as enjoying them immensely.

Friday, February 16, 2007


Saraswathi Rangaswamy, daughter of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamy’s mother, launched her own website this month, Saraswathi Ashtanga.

This website has been reviewed by Ashtangayoga blog who comment:

She has many insights into Ashtanga, women and family responsibility from a feminine point of view. Each page of Saraswathi’s site is well-worth reading. Her site is infused with the gentle wisdom, kindness and humor of the Jois family.

The main subjects are:

  • Saraswathi - describing her life with yoga intertwined throughout. She has been teaching since 1971 and in 1986 was criticized for teaching women and men together.
  • Insights - wisdom from Saraswathi, like “Everybody speaks about the greatness of my father. Yes now he is great, but does anybody know what sufferings he went through in order to come to where he’s at today?”
  • Feminine Perspective - wisdom specifically related to women’s traditional responsibilities, like:

Men are stronger than women physically, but women are more talented yogis.

The site also lists Saraswathi’s teaching schedule and contact information. It specifically states that Saraswathi welcomes beginning Ashtanga students. She teaches her own class every day after assisting her father, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She has an ever increasing dedicated following.

Guruji's Florida Shala


Pattabhi Jois is opening a new shala in Islamorada, Florida. There is great interest in the Grand Opening at the end of March. The first week of practice is sold out.

There is a Registration form on the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute website which indicates practice times and availability:

Sunday March 25 - Thursday March 29
7am full primary - SOLD OUT
9am full primary - SOLD OUT

March 25th, 26th, 27th & 29th drop-in days also SOLD OUT.
Drop-in days still available: 28th

Sunday April 1 - Friday April 6
(Monday April 2nd no classes)
7am full primary AVAILABLE
9am full primary AVAILABLE

Extra information is available at:


Thursday, February 15, 2007


Hastings Summer Ashtanga Yoga Workshop

With Peter Sanson

When: Wednesday, Feb 28th Sunday Mar 4th 2007

Workshop Dates

Practice days



Wednesday 28th



Thursday 1st



Friday 2nd



Friday 2nd



Sat and Sun 3rd & 4th

10am & 9am



Body Fusion,231Warwick St,

Hastings (off Karamu Road,

a main road to Napier)

Registration: Ring Shelley on 06 877 5777

Cost: 5 days for $100, Fri through Sunday $60, just the led class on Friday $25

Attend any number of classes

Peter's workshops are always a great place to practice in a supportive atmosphere. Join us at the Body fusion rooms with an experienced practitioner and teacher.