These are a variety of workshops developed and presented by the Auckland Yoga Academy teachers or by senior international teachers. The intention is to provide you with the opportunity to examine in detail specific aspects of yoga which will be of benefit to your personal practice. The workshops will have both theoretical and practical components which can be applied to a home practice as well as a class setting.

Registration and payment

You can register for the workshops via our online shop by clicking the ‘Book now’ buttons. You can also register in person at the Auckland Yoga Academy.

Please note, unless special payment details are stated:

  • Full payment is required to register
  • A fee of $20 applies for cancellations more than 4 days prior to the workshop
  • No refunds will be given for cancellations within 4 days of the workshop

The Science and Art of using the Ashtanga Vinyasa Count
a workshop for regular practitioners.

Jude Hynes Training Director Yoga Academy

Two 3 hour Saturday sessions: 7 April and 7 July 2pm – 5pm
Four 1.5 hour Wednesday sessions: 11 April, 9 May, 6 June, 4 July, 7pm – 8.30pm

Are you the regular Ashtanga Vinyasa practitioner who is:

Feeling like your Ashtanga Vinyasa practice has hit a brick wall and you are kind of stuck?

Wondering exactly what to do in your practice to experience it as a meditation in motion?

Looking to experience a profound awakening of the body-mind?

Wanting to develop a safe and sustainable Ashtanga Vinyasa practice that can last for your lifetime?

This course will teach you how to use the Ashtanga Vinyasa count, and it is not just for teachers because the count is a mantra , it focuses the mind. Your practice will improve ten-fold using this scientific method. If nothing else there is no surer way to stop faffing around in the practice than trying to stay on the count!!. And then, when the practitioners mind becomes still the movement in stillness becomes fluid, and the practitioners d=goes deeper into each pose and deeper into a meditative state.

The Ashtanga Vinyasa count in Sanskrit is a wonderful tool that you will be taught to use either in your own practice as a Mysore Class student OR  as a teacher wishing to teach Led Sanskrit Classes.

The course is 12 hours long and it is spread over 4 months to allow you to do homework exercises and fully integrate the teachings into your practice.


Cost: $239

Tips and Tricks for Ashtanga Practitioners of all Levels

Jude Hynes Training Director Yoga Academy

Saturday 16 June 2018, 2 – 5pm

It pays to stop and review and renew your understanding of the principles of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice so that your practice does not stagnate and you get stuck at the same place in the same pose for years on end. Break through’s are awaiting you!

In this three-hour workshop Jude Hynes, our Training Director gives you all the detailed technical tips and tricks that she shares with the teacher trainees- and everyone comments on the progress they make within 6 months of training with Jude and Peter!

So, book your place today and master new tips and tricks that will enable you to blast through physical and mental obstacles that are holding you back

Topic One: Ujjayi breathing- light the fire- stoke the furnace. Let the breath carry you through the practice.

Topic two: Bandhas down under: How do you know if they’re on or off? Drishtie- Gaze Points-Look where?

Topic Three: Jump back and jump through – fixed, stable, flying free.

Topic Four: Vinyasa-link each pose with a series of movements- maintain the heat- realign the body- pose counter pose- sweat, purify. Do the push up, dog up and dog down effortlessly.

Topic Five: Topic Five: Tristana- union bandha, breath, vinyasa, dristhi-moving meditation.

 Cost: $99

Jude’s Cook and Eat Course:
Fast healthy foods that are easy to make, and absolutely delicious to eat

This course is for all the good folk of Auckland who want to cook and eat healthy foods but get stymied every which way they turn by tight schedules, family obligations, or pressing social engagements.

With an abundance of recipes and enthusiasm I reach out to offer you my help. Let me show you easy and fast ways to prepare delicious food that is healthy and medicinal.

Cooking healthy delicious food is my love. I cook for those I love and I do it with love. And as with any endeavour that comes from one’s heart and soul, the passion to explore experiment and create is ignited by the interest and gratitude of those who partake in the fruits of one’s work. And although my dearest friends call me to action to create a cook book I step up to create a project that is a social gathering of 8 people who wish to hang out together  in the warmth and privacy of our  large downtown apartment, simply talking about food, creating food  and eating food- “breaking bread” shall we say.

I have five questions in mind when I create my weekly menu:
1. Is it healthy and delicious?
2. Is it fresh and plant based?
3. Is it easy to make?
4. Is it fast to prepare?
5. Is it possible to create batches of food to be taken to work for breakfast , lunch and snacks at 2pm without the food losing its life force?

Time commitment:
Four, 4hour sessions on Saturday 11.00am-3.00pm May June July August

Limited to 8 people: While you cannot book individual sessions it is possible that 4 friends to pay for one place and each person attends one session each.

Jude and Peter’s large Emily Place Apartment, in the Auckland CBD (close to Brittomart, the High Court and University of Auckland)

$350.00 includes recipes, teachings and shared meal.

Jude’s Cook and Eat Course

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The Study of the Chakras with Peter Nilsson ERTY500 YACEP

Saturday 4 August 2018, 1 – 6pm Part 1 – The Chakras of the Contemporary Energy Body
Saturday 18 August 2018, 1 – 6pm Part 2 – The Chakras of the Classical Energy Body

The aim of this workshop is to introduce teachers and serious students of yoga to the energy body and the vortexes of energy, the chakras. The history of the contemporary and classical understanding of the chakras, the nadis (channels of energy) and the flow of the energy will be covered. The symbols of the classical along with the deities will be introduced. Practical mediation methods on the chakras will be shown and practiced in a class environment.

This workshop is divided into two parts. Part 1 covers the chakras of the contemporary body  and part 2 the chakras of the classical body.

The chakras have become a popular topic in New Age thinking, and yoga, as has kundalini, the serpent power which energizes them. But there is a growing gap between how the chakras are viewed today and how they are regarded in traditional yogic literature.

This workshop will explain these differences and provide meditation methods for both the contemporary and classical understanding of the energy body and the chakras.

The practices learned in this in this workshop enable the participants to cultivate a stable steadfast mind and step forward into the challenges and joys of life with equanimity.

Bring comfortable (yoga) clothing as this workshop is a mix of both theory and practice.

Are you a Yoga Alliance registered teacher?
This is a Yoga Alliance continuing education (YACEP) workshop totaling 10 contact hours and 2 non contact hours: 5 hours Part 1 and 5 hours Part 2. A YACEP certificate will be issued to Yoga Alliance registered teachers. YACEP link 

Cost: $199 (both weekends)

Restorative Yoga Workshop with Jude Hynes

Saturday 4 August 2018, 2 – 5pm

Restorative Yoga: the art of relaxation and mindful awareness.

The ultimate 3 hour chill out session – an opportunity to completely let go of all the tension of day to day living.
Learn specific breathing techniques to quieten the mind, reduce self-induced worry and get back to sleep when you wake with your eyes wide open at 2am.

Theme of the workshop:
To share specific breathing techniques so you can quieten the “chattering drunken mind”, reduce self-induced worry.

Cost: $50