Reasons for Yoga and Yoga Retreats

There are nearly as many reasons to practice yoga as there are people practising it. If you want to practise yoga to get a beautiful and healthy body. there is nothing wrong with that all the old masters say is : “Be aware of your mind. Do you feel more peaceful? Have you developed greater concentration?” If so, you will have experienced that yoga has a beneficial influence on the mind as well as the body. Perhaps you have come to yoga because you have an illness and yoga is your last resort. Maybe you have come to yoga to learn how to meditate and be more effective in what you do in your daily life - be it as a parent, a business person, a professional in whatever field you are working in or a better life partner, or even improve your sexual relationship. Whatever your reason is to start practising yoga you will improve in the area you want to improve in. WHY? - Because the ultimate point of yoga is to expand your consciousness, to open your eyes to the vast number of things around you, of which at present you are unaware of. It was Shakespeare who said: ”Three are more things in heaven and earth …… than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” We must keep our minds open to new possibilities. It is Yoga that shows us a way.

“Sarpasana” (snake pose) - strengthens the lower back and shoulder chest area - actually the whole body.

“Sarpasana” (snake pose) - strengthens the lower back and shoulder chest area - actually the whole body.



Like with so many other things in life you have to practice on a regular basis, on a daily basis. Little children don’t just try to walk once or twice a week. Walking gets incorporated in daily life - and that’s how it has to be with yoga, because integral yoga has a positive impact on all areas of our life we can’t see it just as the cream on our meal, which means it is the nourishing substance of the meal.

Each person is a unit consisting of body, mind and consciousness. Most systems only focus on one part - these days mainly on the physical body.

With Aishani Yoga being an integral yoga you will feel all parts of yourself addressed harmoniously, in a holistic way. The integration of both the theory and practice of yoga is the means of developing a new and simpler outlook on life and its seemingly complex patterns.

To join one of the upcoming retreats this year please email me: shaktiprem@icloud.com

  1. 25 May - 1 June 2019” Yoga Under the Tuscan Sun - cleanse - clear - create””

  2. 6 July 0 18 July 2019 “Yoga in Fiji - Mrs Snook’s gut cleanse and integral Yoga holidays”

  3. 28 Sept - 5 Oct 2019 “Yoga Under the Tuscan Sun - Detox body and mind while being active and relaxed in stunning surroundings”

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Yoga and our breath - Why do we practice pranayama?

"The more you develop and get in touch with your breathing and its relationship with your entire body, the healthier you can become and the more you can stay in touch with yourself and others."

This whole year so far I have looked a lot at the connection between our emotions and our breath and visa versa. And then just this week I came across these lines above on the net. It captures it all. It sounds easy and real - yet I would say it is much more than what it seems at the first sight. A lot of us have understood that we have to learn how to breathe properly. Some think of it in terms of using and extending our lung capacity, others think of calming the mind and lowering high blood pressure. All tend to look at our physical health and if they go a bit further they look at reducing anxiety. To me these are all outer reasons, mainly to fix something, and yet they don't touch the real meaning and purpose of "Pranayama" - which is to harmonise and energise the whole being. Start with the breath. Try to be conscious of it as often as you can during the day and not only during your Yoga practice or yoga class. 

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Yesterday when I took a little group through a day Aishani Yoga Retreat here in Tuscany, on a beautiful property outside of Florence where nature appears to be in complete harmony, I had one student who was very energetic and alert - and who had extreme difficulties to relax and introvert her mind. At the practice of pranayama she said that she can't do it because her left nostril was not allowing any air through and she didn't have a cold or allergies. This observation was a big eye opener for her in just a Day Yoga Retreat, because it didn't take her long to share with the group later that she has the perception of out there a lot, but doesn't feel herself being connected with the world "out there". She described it as two worlds with a huge gap in between like a chasm - the world out there and herself - the latter she didn't experience much. So we did the first step of pranayama and that was done standing, observing the breath come and go naturally, and then at the same time feeling the earth under the bare soles of the feet. After some time of doing that she opened her eyes and a smile appeared on her lips and in her eyes as she looked into the Tuscan hills. We all n=knew that something had shifted.  - Next time I meet this group we will do Jala Neti, to get her nostril unblocked. Any questions? Look forward to hearing from you shaktiprem@icloud.com or call me +39 3923368995 or when back in Australia +61 427681978

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Balance between Sleep and Wakefulness

"Setting a foundation of balance" was the topic of our yoga day in January. First we experienced the balance between activity and stillness with specific yoga asanas and other practices during a special yoga session before the theory part of the day where I presented what the yoga scripts say about balance. The importance of a healthy balance between a "good night's sleep" and wakefulness came to the foreground. 

"So why do we want to attain balance in our life?" Answer: "Balance gives us a quality of life"

Let's look at sleep and wakefulness. and what the WHO came up with in their WHO technical meeting on sleep and health in Bonn, Germany 22-24 Jan 2004. "Sleep is a physiological state occurring in alternation with wakefulness, and its duration and quality are equally important for the quality of life. Indeed, waking and sleeping are not at all independent from each other and they cannot be separated. Our sleeping patterns have a direct influence on our waking behaviour and our daytime activities influence our sleep."

The consequences of insomnia can be behavioural manifesting in poor performance at work, fatigue, memory difficulties, concentration problems, car accidents, psychiatric problems - depression, anxiety conditions, alcohol and other substance abuse, medical - cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal disorders, impaired immune system function and an increased risk of mortality. (according to the WHO paper on sleep and health)

The answers that yoga give are in two fields: pranayama and yoga nidra.

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With Nadi Shodan (alternate nostril breathing) we bring balance into both hemispheres of our brain, which can bring us into a more harmonious, balanced inner state that allows us to slow down and get some rest if we need the countered balance to our active daily life and during our daily activities it assists us to see things less one-sided and more objective which means we have more a choice of how to act in certain situations rather than "spontaneously" react. And yoga nidra allows us to relax the body and mind either during the day in a break to continue the day refreshed and with clarity of mind or before falling asleep to get a deeper restful sleep than when we take all events and emotions we had attached to the events of the day with us into our sleep.