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Breathing & the Brain - The Science of Spirituality


Sat 2 Jun 2012, 9:00am–9:00pm
Sun 3 Jun 2012, 6:00am–9:00pm
Mon 4 Jun 2012, 6:00am–11:00am

Where: Aio Wira Centre, 8 Aio Wira Rd, Swanson, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Standard price - 2 nights (all inclusive): $395.00
  • Early Bird - 2 nights (all inclusive): $350.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Experience the scientific applications of yoga under the guidance of a brilliant neurophysiologist and long-time yoga practitioner.

Learn how to upgrade a poorly wired brain to a fully wired brain and how to change brain chemistry using breathing techniques that affect head and heart.

Throughout history there have been various scientific studies linking the breath and the brain. Science and spirituality come together, diving into the patterns of behaviour and how they directly correlate to the patterns of the breath. Explore how certain breathing techniques can be used to awaken and balance the cerebral hemispheres.

• Deepen your understanding of the neurophysiology behind breathing
• Discover the benefits of yogic breathing and how it affects the heart, brain and nervous system
• Gain powerful tools to help soothe tension, increase concentration, and accelerate healing on all levels

Learn from the power of personal experience and evidence based theory how you can breathe for transformation and optimal wellbeing!

This workshop is set in the deeply beautiful and serene environment of the Waitakere, north of Auckland at Aio Wira Centre. (Off Te Henga Rd, off Scenic Drive North) Aio Wira Centre -

Swami Samnyasananda is a consultant neurophysiologist whose research explores the effects of pranayama, meditation and relaxation on the heart, brain and autonomic nervous systems. He is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Life Member and Fellow of the World Society for Clinical Yoga (Lucknow, India), and has over 30 years of experience in classes, personal tuition & clinical counselling in yoga, meditation, relaxation and stress management (M.B.T.I. Accredited). He is currently teaching and tutoring at Monash Medical School’s Department of General Practice, while sharing his knowledge of health and wellbeing through seminars and retreats around the world.

Swami Karma Karuna is a founding member and director of Anahata Yoga Retreat, New Zealand, and a dedicated, intuitive yoga teacher with years of experience working with a wide range of people. By combining yogic lifestyle and Sannyasa tradition with family life, Swami Karma Karuna has a unique and practical approach, inspiring the integration of yogic principles into everyday activities.


Full residential (2 night/day retreat):

Early bird (by 1st May) $350
Full price (residential) $395

Full Off-site (2 night/day retreat):

Early bird (by 1st May) $300
Full price (off-site) $350

Day prices:

Saturday only (9am – 6pm) $108
Sat & Sun (9am – 6pm) $195

Check in and registration on Saturday is at 9:00am and the retreat begins officially at 10:00am.

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