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Living Ayurveda Residential Retreat (in Byron Bay)

15-17 May 2015

BOOK HERE - information about the accommodation and yoga contact: (02) 6685 8327

More information about the Ayurveda Retreat contact: Jacinta McEwen 0422 387 370

Ayurvedic Medicine is traditional Indian medicine. It encourages a life lived in harmony with nature's rhythms, with an awareness of balancing all levels of being - body, mind and spirit. According to Ayurveda, each one of us has our own unique blueprint to achieve balance.

This relaxing and nurturing weekend will give you:

  • An understanding of the fundamental principles of Ayurvedic Medicine and how this is applied to your own self healing
  • Knowledge of your own unique constitution (prakruti) and how far you are away from this (vikruti), gaining a deeper understanding of self and your state of health
  • Individualised Ayurvedic lifestyle and dietary recommendations to maintain health, vitality and balance
  • An introduction to simple Ayurvedic daily cleanses, to enhance health and wellbeing
  • Insight into the importance of self massage
  • An introduction to Ayurvedic cooking
  • An introduction and practical experience of Ayurvedic yoga

Retreat for awhile and gain an awareness of how to bring and maintain balance in your life. Relax, learn, laugh and open your heart in the tranquil atmosphere of this unique venue.

When: 15-17 May 2015

Where: Byron Yoga Retreat Centre, 50 Skinners Shoot Rd Byron Bay

Included: all meals, tuition, daily yoga, shared accommodation

Cost: $725 (earlybird price) / $825 (standard price)


Jacinta McEwen ND

Jacinta has been practicing the healing arts for over thirty years, working individually as well as facilitating workshops and trainings in Australia and overseas.

Initially trained as a Nurse, she went on to become a Naturopath, Herbalist, Massage Therapist, Yoga teacher and Ayurvedic Consultant. Jacinta is a founding partner in the thriving organic herbal dispensary, Mullumbimby Herbals, where she offers Naturopathic and Ayurvedic consultations, Massage & specialized Ayurvedic treatments like Shirodhara, and Khati Basti.

Jacinta runs workshops, and lectures, on a large range of health related topics including Women’s Health, Ayurveda, Yoga, and natural First Aid. She has a passion for spiritual growth as well as for physical and spiritual well being.

Find out more about Jacinta at: www.omhealing.com.au

Leanne Moore

Leanne has spent most of her adult life exploring wholistic medicine, especially the art and science of Reflexology and Ayurvedic Medicine. She enjoys gently encouraging people to find wellbeing and peace of mind with Reflexology and Ayurveda at Harbour Health and Healing in Coffs Harbour. Leanne has spent many years as an educator, sharing these modalities. She has trained professional reflexologists in a Diploma of Reflexology and enjoys sharing her insights in post-graduate Reflexology workshops and retreats across Australia.

She also loves to faciliate Residential Retreats in Ayurveda, giving the opportunity for people to experience Ayurveda deeply.

More information about the teachers and Ayurveda: www.omhealing.com.au

Purna Yoga Workshop

At Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Melbourne
With John Ogilvie, Byron Yoga Centre

Saturday 7 March 2pm-3.30pm + 4pm-5.30pm
2pm-3.30pm Introduction to Purna Yoga

With over 25 years teaching experience, John Ogilvie’s Purna style is classical alignment focused hatha yoga with intelligent sequencing, combining this experience with the different styles of Ashtanga and Iyengar.
John will take participants through a 90 minute sequence, offering simple asanas for the less experienced, with options for those with more yoga.

4pm-5.30pm Arm-balances, inversions and Backbends

This dynamic workshop will progress from basic balances to experimenting with more challenging arm balances. The sequence will move onto the major inversions and backbends to fully awaken the spine.
Variations will be given for all levels - but you’ll be challenged to experiment, with an attitude of fun and joy - and surprised at the outcome!

$35 per session or $55 for both
Click here to pay a $10 deposit to book your place 

Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Melbourne

Level 1, 110 - 112 Argyle St, Fitzroy


Intergrative Restoration

Yoga Nidra

6 Week course 6-715pm Mondays 19 Jan - 23 Feb 2015

with Monica Schweickle


An Introduction to Purna Yoga

A workshop suitable for all levels with John Ogilvie

This will be a 90 minute workshop, which would be suitable for everybody at all levels, even as an introduction to yoga for a first timer. In this class John will take participants through a 90 minute sequence, offering simple asanas for the less experienced, with options for those with more yoga experience to take each pose to a deeper level. There will be an emphasis on correct posture and alignment to keep beginners safe in the practice.
Suitable for all levels, John will always provide options so no student will be left out or unchallenged, while encouraging you with knowledge and humour.
When:  6pm to 7.30pm Saturday 7 February 
Where: IXL Studio, 143a Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay, Hobart‎
Cost:    $35
Info:      www.ixllounge.com.au
Email:   info@ixllounge.com.au


~ Previous Events and Workshops ~

Thanks to everyone who supported the 

Purna Retreat Centre Open Day 2014: 

Circus Arts, Ethical Creations clothing, Café Mantra Music, This Is Good For Us Bodywork, 
Iluka Active Wear, Zen Aerial Yoga, Byron Bay Wedding and Party Hire and Evolve Yoga Festival. 
Also all the teachers,musicains, the Purna Café crew, volunteers and Byron Yoga Centre staff.
And thanks to all those that came!
We look forward to seeing you all for yoga classes at the Byron Street Studio and at the Byron Yoga Retreat Centre 
(50 Skinners Shoot, just past Arts Factory)

For more inspiring images of the day click here

Purna Café open breakfast, lunch and dinner
$15 per meal or $10 with a yoga class
Come for the yoga, stay for the food!


Melbourne & Geelong Weekend of Workshops

With John Ogilvie, Byron Yoga Centre



Friday 24 October 6pm – 7.30pm 2014

Dynamic Flow Purna Yoga


With over 25 years teaching experience, John Ogilvie’s Purna Yoga classes combine the different styles of Iyengar and Ashtanga along with the energy principles of Aikido. 

Purna Yoga is alignment based classic hatha yoga and for this dynamic workshop John will flow through Level 3 asana, offering options for the less experienced and a few ‘ridiculous’ variations to challenge the advance practitioners! 


Pilates & Yoga Styles

Level 1, 151 Pakington Street, Geelong West

$30 register your place call 03 5223 3531 and pay cash on the day

Saturday 25 October  2014

Workshop 1: 11.30am-1pm Introduction to Purna Yoga (FULL)

Workshop 2: 1.30pm-3pm Inversions and backbends (ONLY 4 places left)

With the first two workshops almost booked out already, we are pleased to announce a third session with John Ogilvie. This workshop will focus on a whole variety of twists plus some deep hip openers. The perfect counter session to the backbends of the previous workshop. Participants will also be taken through some pranayama and meditation to complete and integrate the Purna Yoga experience.


There are only 24 spaces at each session so you can expect a focus on one-on-one adjustments and corrections. There are still a few places available in the Inversions and Backbends workshop, 1.30pm to 3pm but limited places so book now!


In the first workshop students will be taken through a Purna Yoga sequence. The focus is on alignment with intelligent sequencing and variations are given for different levels of practitioner.

The second session will progress from preparation handstand to experimenting with more challenging inversions. The workshop will then move onto the major backbends to fully awaken the spine. You’ll be challenged - and surprised at the outcome!

Nth Yoga 

316 Napier Street, Fitsroy

$35 for the session, $55 for the Inversions and backbends plus this Twists and Hips workshop or just $20 more if you have already booked at least one of the other workshops register you place northyogastudio@gmail.com, and call in to pay your cash deposit to secure your spot.

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