Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa – for Yoga Retreats

New Zealand Yoga Retreat
The philosophy of yoga points to begin the journey of discovery. And that is within the body. The mind is full of fear, doubt, and judgment and the body is truly taking you to the soul. Yoga is not a religion. The goal is to get connected to our higher Self, our inner wisdom; to free us from the trap of our chatter-filled mind and see beyond the illusions of our day-to-day drama. Not only from a spiritual perspective does it enhance us but physically yoga benefits us in so many ways Yoga classes can be very intimidating, but here at Shunyata you will find the privacy and tranquility to fully appreciate each position, and really feel each breath. Usually done on the deck overlooking the ocean, you will be stretched, corrected, and opened with a combination of Iyengar and feminine opening, and as the days progress you will experience increased flexibility and feel any aches and pains melt away.

Testimonials from Happy Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa clients

I have found that the week doing a yoga retreat with you Paru has truly addressed like never before, my knee issue and I don’t feel I need a cartilage operation anymore. Thank you for the exercises I will keep them up


Paru was trained in India by an amazing teacher who worked with Iyengar’s daughter and whose yoga book was underwritten by the Indian Government, specialising in using yoga to heal body issues like sore knees and backs. When Paru first opened Shunyata 17 years ago, she just wanted to get people to start or restart yoga again for the health benefits as we go into old age – and nearly everyone is taking up yoga.

NZ Yoga Retreat

Yoga helps us to grow old gracefully, and Paru feels the best exercise to take up for this. str. Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa offers a fantastic NZ yoga retreat, whether you are trying yoga for the first time, start back again, or have a specific aim to heal aches and pains that have been with you for life. There is nothing as beautiful as doing yoga on the deck overlooking the ocean with the breeze touching the skin – sheer bliss Even the yoga teachers want to run a retreat here.


Shunyata means quiet mind and this is what truly happens here. We question the mind as per Byron Katie and then with the enneagram and The Journey method – we get a truly quiet mind with meditation in the evening and Satsang (meeting in truth) in the mornings.

Many people feel they can’t meditate; the western mind finds it hard to be still. Paru started with active meditations, dynamic in the morning, kundalini shaking in the afternoon, and went on to do many dance meditations.

The most important part of meditation is that the mind has some stillness in order to gain clarity. Here at Shunyata, most evenings we will sit with a beautiful guided meditation that truly teaches the mind to be still. Maybe we need to dance before, maybe you need to let go of all that stuck energy in the body and be dynamic – whatever your needs, we will address them. Recently, Paru returned from USA and India with amazing news meditations from world renowned teachers. Osho always said – life can become a meditation when we are present.

There is nothing more peaceful and nourishing than sitting with the birdsong as the sun melts on the mountain behind, Paru cooking a delicious feast in the kitchen as you come to a blissful stillness after a day of true opening.

Make this year your best one yet as you reset your body’s natural systems in an away-from-it-all sanctuary that will leave you fully recharged and renewed – the best Health, Wellness, Detox & Couples Retreat & Day Spa in New Zealand