To inspire yourself, or friends and family, for YOGA 2017
a 10% discount on all concession cards purchased before December 31st.
Give the Gift of Yoga this Christmas
5 session card now $90 instead of $100 (Students/Seniors $72)
10 session card now $153 instead of $170 (Students/Seniors $126)
20 session card now$270 instead of $300
If you’d like to purchase online please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll email back bank details. Please note this offer finishes on December 31st.
GIFT VOUCHERS are available for classes or Reiki & Crystal Healing Sessions
We already have events lined up for 2017 – yippee!!
Shailendra Singh Negi – Yoga master from Rishikesh is back
and offering a evening of
Mantra, Kriya and Discussion
Wednesday 25 January 2017
6.00 – 8.00pm
Shailendra does not practice or teach one specific style of yoga; rather, he focuses on the traditional practice of Vedic yoga which encompasses a wholistic approach, combining the many different aspects of yoga, all of which aim to help students achieve the capacity to attain stillness and peace. His main focus in his teaching is the methodology of making us aware of our inner spiritual roots and how to reach them. Shailendra infuses deep meaning into each of his practices:
Asana (movements and postures)
Pranayama (breathing techniques)
Kriya (yoga practice through movement to gain awareness of the inner life force)
Ayurvedic therapy and
We had a wonderful session with Shailendra a few years ago. This workshop will be a great opportunity to delve into yoga beyond the poses and to learn effective meditational techniques.
Please book your space: email@example.com
Beginners 6 week course with Sarah Dunning
You’ll love your sessions with Sarah – a wonderful teacher to start you on your Yoga Journey. Spaces are limited so do book yourself in early.
Email:happy firstname.lastname@example.org And why not find a Yoga Buddy to share the experience?
Enjoy your holidays and we’ll see you back on the mat Monday 9 January with the Summer Timetable
I am throwing it all into the mix with this post – a tarot card with some practical options to guide you forward? Let’s take that journey with some yoga as there is nothing like asana to distract and clear mind and body. Add a mudra – hand gesture which you can do anywhere and of course….crystal lover that I am…..the crystal energies that assist. To carry with you during the day, or sit and meditate with.
And so we have a little …….. Mind, Body, Spirit.
The card that came forward for today’s post is the 5 of Pentacles – I know – it’s not the most exciting card in the deck but the Tarot is referred to as The Souls’ (Fools’) Journey and we are that Soul. It is all about us taking an honest look at ourselves and our situations and that’s not always pretty!
5 of Pentacles
The number five is always going to bring up conflict and challenges- putting us in a place of transition. The picture says it all – a feeling of destitution, lack, poverty and sorrow. However, look at the light behind her – all is not lost – there is guidance to be found whether that be tapping into our own higher self, connecting with our Spirit Guides, or seeking help from other sources. The card is saying this is a temporary state of affairs but we are being challenged and will have to dig deep to see ourselves through it. Through this we can come to a place of empowerment as we awaken to our inner potential.
In this card the butterfly represents the figures’ Soul – it is trying to catch her attention but she is too caught up in her misery and solitude.
So…there is a reality check here because the card is asking us to look at why we are in this position. Have we been extravagant with money, hit with redundancy or changes in economic circumstances, been over generous and now are the ones needing a handout, or are we compromised physically/ health wise ? We need to address the reasons we are in this position, learn from them and maybe think outside the box to move forward.
Question: Are we a victim of our own circumstances and not others? Are we not seeing advantages/gifts that we do have? What strengths/resources do we have that can ameliorate our circumstances?
To the Mat – Asana
In the Druid tradition the Oak tree is sacred and a symbol of balance. It is a reminder to stay connected to the wisdom of the earth with its’ roots as deep into the ground as it is tall and to stay connected to Spirit through the branches reaching into the heavens. The Oak is considered protective and bought good luck possibly due to the fact that it is said to attract lightening and able to withstand the blast.
The balance Vriksasana – Tree Pose teaches us to connect down into the earth so that we may stand tall and still on one leg. Our arms radiate up to the sky like branches and we become a channel of energy as we draw energy up from the earth through our roots and radiate it out through our head, hands and fingers. Simultaneously, we draw energy in from the Universe and channel it in through the hands and crown down the spine and legs – feeding it into the earth.
That flow of energy is liberating and strengthening – just like the mighty Oak we can hold steadfast against all odds. We may sway but each movement teaches us to re-focus and reconnect into the earth, to secure our foundation and create stability. In our new found stability we find stillness of mind. With deep slow breaths we channel in both Earth and Divine wisdom finding clarity and support.
Think of mudras as doing yoga with your hands. Hakini Mudra aids memory and helps us to focus. It helps us to keep on track and to the point. It is interesting to note how often someone being interviewed, or giving a presentation, bring their hands into this position.
Gertrud Hirshi (Mudras for Body, Mind and Spirit) states Hakini Mudra synchronises the two halves of the brain and that every circumstance even the unpleasant ones contain within them an opportunity, a chance. The trick is to find and use it.
Hakini Mudra – joycehuntingdonart.com
Each finger represents a chakra which opens to the back and front of the body:
Thumb – Solar Plexus Chakra Colour – Yellow
Index Finger – Heart Chakra Colour- Green
Middle Finger – Throat Chakra Colour – Blue
Ring Finger – Base Chakra Colour – Red
Little Finger – Sacral Chakra Colour – Orange
By bringing the finger tips together it is like plugging our chakras in to the energy that we are channeling in through the spine. And we want all our chakras to be running at optimal frequency to clear the 5 of Pentacles energy.
You can do this mudra whilst in Tree Pose – establish the pose and connect Above and Below. Then bring your hands down to the heart centre and form Hakini Mudra – now breathe and observe. Be aware of subtle sensations or impressions. Hold for at least 7 breaths on each side.
Alternatively sit in a comfortable position on the floor, or on a chair. If using a chair make sure that you can place you feet flat to the floor. Close the eyes and watch the breath slow down. Make the connection of your energy flowing into the earth like you are creating roots and feel the subsequent rise of energy up through your spine. Follow it out through the crown of your head – visual your branches reaching out into the heavens and allow Universal energy to pour in through the crown of the head and down through your spine into your roots, into the earth and give Gaia some love.
Bring your hands into Hakini Mudra at the heart centre – focus on slow, deep breaths and observe: breath …..sensation, breath……sensation, breath….sensation. Have no expectations – sink deeply inwards to your heart centre – watch, sense, feel……
Then bring your attention to the fingers: starting with the thumbs and working your way through the fingers – visualize the breath flowing in and out in the colour of each chakra point that the finger relates to. Complete 7 breaths for each of the chakras.
When you have complete you colour visualisation and 7 breaths at the little finger/sacral chakra – bring the awareness back to the heart centre and complete 3 conscious breaths. Absorb the energy and when ready bring the awareness back to the physical body and open the eyes.
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanteeh.
Crystal Support – Crystal Allies
Now we take a look at some crystals that can support our transition through the 5 of Pentacles. You can choose one, or all, to carry with you during your day, place under your pillow at night or meditate with.
Because this card can make us feel stuck or alone my first thought is SnowflakeObsidian.
This black stone is speckled with white spots and reminds us that no matter how dark things may appear there is always light – a bit like the light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. It protects and nurtures whilst giving us that sense of hope.
Smoky Quartz comes to mind because it is the perfect stone have with us when we feel stressed and ungrounded.
Smoky is protective and transmutes negative energy into positive energy – it will help us stay the course.
Flourite is my third option for our crystal combination. Flourite brings structure and order when there is chaos and with the 5 of Pentacles we need to regroup, restructure and think outside the box.
Flourite will help to inspire new possibilities and its’ beautiful colours are reassuring that things will get better. The promise of all being well – just like seeing a rainbow after a heavy storm. It also acts as a ‘psychic vaccum’ so will help clear the aura.
Enjoy your Journey – I’d love hear your insights x
We begin with October with an awesome Masterclass with Sarah Dunning to whisk us out of winter hibernation. Summer is on its way 🙂 – time to move, breathe in fresh air and soak up the sunshine!
Sarah is currently teaching the Thursday 6.00pm class which is the perfect unwind for the end of the week. A class for everyone – we all need time to stop and recharge – give it a go.
Awaken your body for Spring
Sat 1 October
There is quite possibly no better overall workout than a vinyasa flow class. Not just because of the flexibility you develop, but because of all of its physical benefits.
Join us for a weekend warrior yoga class in which we will stretch, bend, and breathe it out.
Move with your breath and find your inner strength. Some upper body and core conditioning will be included, with specific instruction for all levels, as well as our favourite flows in the warrior series.
See you on the mat.
Suzans’ sessions are booking up and we have added more dates. As Sunday 9 October Group readings day is now full – book your space on
Sunday 16 October
In the group sessions everyone will sit with Suzan for their own reading – for this reason the group is small and intimate with just 10 spaces available.
Cost: $100 Time: 12.00-3.00pm.
Please book your space: email@example.com
We still have some spaces for the TalkSaturday 8 October for those not necessarily wanting a reading but have questions regarding the Spirit realm, or simply want to understand the after life a little more. Suzan loves animals and is able to communicate with them both in this life and when they have past over. She is often asked to give readings for pets and relay their messages. For Suzan there really is no separation between the living and those in Spirit and offers great comfort and closure. This is why she has been such a sought after psychic throughout her life. Those with private readings booked are able to attend this talk for free.
Cost: $30 Time: 1.00 – 3.00pm
Please book your space: firstname.lastname@example.org
Private Readings are at Whispered Secrets – allow up to 2 hours – Suzan will continue as long as Spirit has messages to relay. Cost: $280 and please book: email@example.com
And back to general studio stuff 🙂
Monday evening yoga is back @ 6.00pm with Annie
The Tarot Course is booked for Saturday 12th & 19th November 11.00-5.00pm.
This is a small group and is full already however I am taking a waiting list for another date to share Tarot insights and wisdom with you. Text: 021 379 286 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
One more Mala & Beading Day will be taking place soon too. Design your own bracelet, necklace or Mala for someone special and that includes you :). The perfect Christmas gift made with love and healing. Once again let me know if you are keen and I’ll arrange a date.
Yes – Spring is upon us and the promise of warm days ahead to put a little skip in your step and a flip in your down dog!! Where will your inspirations and dreams take you? My mind (as usual) is full of ideas waiting to be ignited – read on and if they grab your attention – yay :). Let me know and we can light the flames.
Firstly though I need to put my business hat on. The class fees will increase on 1st September – just a dollar per class. The new rates are:
Casual rate $25
5 sessions $100 (students/seniors $80)
10 sessions $170 (students/seniors $140)
20 sessions $300
Monthly AP $130 (minimum of 6 months)
3 months $400
6 months $700
Annual Membership $1300
And on to what’s ahead……
Reiki Share Group
Saturday 10 September
11.00 – 2.00pm
Join us in this opportunity to give and receive energy healing. Learn to tap in and trust your intuition, how to create sacred space with crystals and simply to share healing in a positive and uplifting environment.
No experience is necessary. Please book your space: email@example.com
6 Week Tarot Course
As many of you know – I love my cards! I find myself constantly returning to the Tarot for reflection. There is always something new to learn and each deck its own personality offering new insights. Currently I am loving The Wild Unknown Tarot by Kim Krans.
Tarot can be daunting at first but once you understand the structure it can be like a best friend. Through this course you will gain insight in how to interpret and use the Tarot as guidance in your daily life.
Come on a tarot journey with me and explore the wisdom of the cards.
If you already have a deck that’s perfect – let us cement a deeper relationship with it. If you haven’t – I have decks to share and through them you may discover the perfect deck for you.
Bring a journal to note your own Tarot experiences and insights. Something to map your journey and to reflect upon at a later date.
If you are excited (hopefully bursting with excitement!) – please let me know and we can finalize the dates.
Options: 6 sessions over 6 weeks – every other Saturday 1.00-4.00pm.
Or: 3 x Saturdays 12.00-5.00pm.
Spaces are filling up for Suzans’ dates at the studio. She is available for Private Readings – please email Janine Carr: firstname.lastname@example.org to book your appointment.
Dates for Suzans’ sessions are:
Saturday 8 October for a lecture: 13.00-15.00pm. $30.
Sunday 9 October for group readings: 12.00-15.00pm $100.
To book email: email@example.com
Suzans’ Book – The Reluctant Psychic is in stock at the studio. Cost $25.
A great read – here is a review by Good Reads:
We all, as children, saw imaginary friends and heard monsters in the closet. But for Suzan Saxman, those friends and monsters didn’t go away-and they weren’t imaginary. They were the dead who came to her from the time she was a little girl with urgent messages for the living. Raised in a house filled with secrets, she saw and spoke the truth as soon as she could talk, alarming the nuns in her convent school with her revelations and terrifying her own mother with her strange visions. Each night she woke to see a man with no eyes watching her, and each day she kept watch by the window while her father was at work and Steve, her real father, a swarthy drifter, rendezvoused with her mother. It was the 1960s in suburban Staten Island and she tried to hide it all, and be a daughter her mother could love.
Always skeptical of her tremendous gift, she struggled to come to terms with her calling even as she revealed the destinies of everyone, from housewives to hit men, stockbrokers to rock-and-rollers. She could witness everyone’s future-everyone’s but her own. Why was she visited by angels and demons? Could she ever escape this strange fate? Where was her own soul mate?
Now Suzan tells the story of her journey and tries to make sense of her family’s buried secrets. Through powerful readings of others’ destinies interwoven with compelling narrative, a reluctant psychic emerges from the shadows.
Thank you all for sharing your light and yoga @ Whispered Secrets
Firstly – thank you for all the kind thoughts and wishes. I am back in action after my fall and no…… It wasn’t from swinging in the aerial yoga silk :). Thank you to Sarah and Clare for the fill ins and Bryan for managing the phone, studio, Facebook and emails. We tried to reach everyone but I know we did miss some of you so please accept my apologies for that.
To keep up to date please follow Whispered Secrets on Facebook, or alternatively you can text, or email, me your phone number so that in the future we can phone if there are any unexpected class cancellations.
And now to the news 🙂
A big welcome to Sarah Dunning who is teaching the Thursday evening yoga class: Stretch and Unwind 6.00-7.15pm.
Sarah is a 300 hour certified yoga teacher who adores lighting all the candles at Whispered Secrets and settling in for gentle stretch classes. A New Zealand native, she recently returned from 13.5 years in the USA where she taught yoga, wellness workshops, and learnt a bunch about the daily grind as well as the need for a daily unwind.
She studied with with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee, NY, USA for her advanced 100 hour yoga teacher training. Her original 200 hour training was completed with the delightful Shannon Ball and Anne Ethier at the Athens Yoga Institute, GA, USA.
And if a little escape sounds like a good idea then why not book into Clare’s Breathing Space mid-winter retreat.
Everyone loved it last year!
Welcome to the Breathing Space
Join Clare and Jessica for a weekend of restful, nourishing yoga. We will explore breath supported asana, movement, restorative yoga, meditation and breathing practices. Take time to let go, breathe out and pause.
Held at Mana retreat centre, Coromandel
12th-14th Aug 2016
$420 including yoga, accommodation and meals.
Contact Clare for more details:
is coming to New Zealand and Whispered Secrets is the Auckland Venue :). Her book – one of those ” I can’t put this down” reads is available at the studio for $25.
Suzan’s gift is amazing and the book will give you a real understanding of that.
You can book your spaces now and here are the options:
Private Reading; 1-2hours $280 – please bring a device to record the session.
Group Readings: 2-3 hours $100 10 – 20 people maximum.
In the group reading Suzan will talk, teach, answer questions and give everyone personal messages from Spirit. Each participant will sit with her for a short time to receive messages. This will be done in a group environment – intimate and uplifting.
Lectures: 1 hour $30 Suzan will share about her life / book, answer questions and sign books.
It’s time for another Reiki Share Group session. This will be on a Saturday from 11.00 – 2.oopm and is a chance to experience, give and receive healing. Always something new to learn, crystals and healing techniques to practice. No experience is necessary. The cost is $25 and if you would like to attend please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org or text: 021 379 286 and I’ll arrange a date that suits everyone.
Lots to contemplate, share and experience this month.
A quick note on the timetable updates – evening classes are Tuesday and Thursday 6.00 – 7.15pm with me.
Wednesday evenings are 6.15pm with Joanna – $15/class or $12 if you bring a friend. You will need to book your session with Joanna. Text her: 021 041 2736 or click on (or copy and paste into your browser) http://www.allornonrwellness.com/#!yoga/cngb
The Thursday lunch time Yoga on the Ball session has merged with the Thursday 9.30am class – please bring a Swiss ball to the 9.30am session if you have one.
Mid-year is upon us and time for some stock clearance 🙂
20% discount off everything in the shop
for the rest of June
crystals, books, oracle cards and jewelry
And the lanterns – just $20
And it’s time for another Mala/Beading Day. Keep it simple with beading or get weaving and learn some easy macrame techniques.
Bead, Macrame or Knot
Sunday 31 July
10.00 – 4.00pm
The vibe at Whispered Secrets is always mellow – the crystals twinkle, ready to transport you and enhance your creativity as you create your own full Mala, mini Mala, necklace, bracelet or wrap a favourite stone in a basket.
We have some beautiful beads in stock plus new stones with pre-drilled holes – ready to go and plenty of ideas to help you decide on your project. These beautiful Tibetan double terminated points look great on their own, or get creative!
They resonate with the sound of Om, open our awareness to the higher realms and surround the aura in a bubble of light – a wonderful stone for a Mala.
Spaces are limited to just 5 people – so please book and pre-pay to confirm your spot: email@example.com
Cost: $50 plus the cost of beads and findings used on the day.
Please bring a plate for a shared lunch.
Plus we have a great workshop to inspire you through Winter.
Don’t Mess with my MOJO!
Saturday 30 July
Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance!
You may have heard this if you own your own business, are putting on an a fundraising event or a similar time where you have been part of something that needs a lot of preparation…., BUT have you applied this to your lifestyle?
Do you have goals of what you want to achieve with your health? Do you write them down?
They say that we are the average of the five closest people around us. Do you surround yourself with people that encourage and motivate you to be a better you? Who may have similar goals and ambitions?
How is your energy level?
How is your sleep pattern?
How is your eating pattern?
Where is your mojo RIGHT NOW out of 10?
Can you imagine making positive changes in WINTER?
Nikki brings a very holistic approach to health, a personal trainer and life coach, she understands the connection between body and mind, and if our head isn’t in the game, its not going to happen! During this workshop Nikki will discuss your positive choices available to you – YES, even in Winter!
Let Nikki help you set some goals, lay out some processes you can use to reach your goals and make your mojo a whopping TEN out of ten! AND give you some tips to holding your mojo high for the rest of the winter season.
Light lunch included. Bring your current score and watch it soar!
Grab your early bird ticket by the end of June!
Early Bird Ticket $27 – offer ends 30 June
Ticket price $37 from 1 July
Another event brought to you by: liz-fry.com for more details of other events check out her website: http://www.liz-fry.com
Immerse yourself in Sacred Sound, Crystals and Healing.
Wisdom from Within
Sunday 22 May
10.00 – 4.00pm
With just a few weeks to go this is a reminder to book your space for our
Wisdom from Within day.
Group energy is always profound and powerful – this will be a magical day.
Annie will be guiding you through the 9 chakra system in a way that will awaken the chakras, connect you with the subtle energy bodies and take you easily within to a place of stillness.
Working with crystals, simple crystal layouts plus a Mala (garland of Light) which you will to take home – all your senses will be immersed in the practice.
Beverley brings in the ancient wisdom of the earth and Sacred Geometry.
With the sound of the crystal bowls and her beautiful chants you will be transported within to a place of remembrance and reconnection. Bev will connect you to the guardians of the land. A short bush walk is planned – weather permitting and if not – she’ll bring the bush to you 🙂
Another long weekend is here and a few changes to note: Monday 24 April there is just a 9.30am yoga class – no 12pm or 6pm class on that day. All back to normal for the following week.
The other change to the timetable is that we are adding an hour flow class to the Saturday 9.00am Yin class every fortnight. For those just wanting a yin class nothing changes. For the ones wanting to do the extra session – whilst the Yin Yogis are in savasana – you will be holding a yin pose and move into down dog when the Yin Yogis leave. Then we explore the delicious combination of breath, movement and flow :). There is a charge of just $10 for the extra hour. If you are keen to give a 2 hour yoga session a go – join us this Saturday 23 April 9.00am!
We have two great de-stressing workshops for you in May. I am taking bookings now and to secure your space please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send details for pre-payment.
Release Stress with Mind-Body Synch
Saturday 14 May
2.00 – 4.00pm
with Janet de Witt
A few moments of conscious breath and movement work wonders on the nervous system.
Join Janet de Witt (Educationalist Kinesiologst/Educator) in a workshop where you will learn some simple techniques from Kinesiology. With these tools you can enhance your yoga practise, daily life, stress and energy levels.
Physical movements connect and calm the body and mind – these activities can be done anywhere, anytime to keep you together.
Janet de Witt practises from her clinic in Waiake, North Shore.
Time: 2 hours
Venue : Whispered Secrets
Cost ; $30.00
Course notes included: Wear clothes to move in.
WISDOM FROM WITHIN
Sunday 22 May
10.00 – 4.00pm
Immerse yourself in Sacred Sound.
Learn powerful tools for transformation and understanding your unique Inner Light and Gifts.
Beverley Iffla (Shekina Centre of Change)
Brings the unique sound of her crystal bowls and voice to lead you through a journey to the essence of your being. Taking you to the place of pure love vibration.
Beverley will introduce you to the guardians of the land and show you another way to interact with your environment to bring about peace in your world.
Annie Van Den Bergh (Whispered Secrets)
Guides you through the use of breath, mantra (sacred sound), mudra (hand gestures) and Mala practice – techniques uses by the Yogis for thousands of years because they are truly transformational and lead to inner peace.
Annie will be custom making mini malas made from semi precious stones for each attendee – Garlands of Light – which you will take home at the end of the day. Charged and blessed with intent for your Highest Good these can then be your faithful companions, source of comfort and guidance.
Investment for the day: $175.00 which includes the cost of your Garland of Light ($65 value).
For more information and to book your space please contact:
Annie Van Den Bergh: E: email@example.com Ph: 021 379 286
Lastly – I am having a bit of a de-clutter and yes…. I am selling some of the crystals you see around the studio. Ask me which ones when you are next in. Plus the lanterns are all on sale @ just $20 a pair – create a warm and cosy feel for the winter evenings.
And …. don’t forget that Joanna Noll runs a Community Yoga Class for just $10 on Wednesday evenings 6.15 – 7.30pm.