SARITA YOGA has moved to Napier!

I’m so excited to get to know the Napier community and already I’ve met the friendliest locals and planned some new classes in the city centre!

Here’s what’s new: (starting from Tues 7th Feb onwards)

Tuesday evenings: 4.00pm til 5.00pm Teens Yoga at Yin Yoga Napier, Hastings Street

Wednesday & Friday mornings: Morning Vinyasa 7.15am til 8.30am (10 Herschell Street above the Buddhist Centre)

Friday afternoon 4pm and Sunday 9am Power Yoga at Modern Yoga Napier on Holden Street, Onekawa

Ecstatic Dance 6pm til 7.15pm Fridays at Ashtanga Yoga Hawkes Bay, above Chantals on Hastings Street.


Sunday 12th June FIRE workshop

Stokingthefire workshop poster 17.05.16

EARLYBIRD prices until Friday 27th May.

Just $25 or $20 for students/unwaged.


We want as many of you to be able to join us as possible, because this session will be super helpful for all of us as the weather cools down. Learn ways to keep in balance, healthy and well, all winter long. Yoga to warm you up, and invigorate all the layers of your being, and a wonderful introduction to Ayurveda.

Sunday 12th June
9.00am til 11.30am

Two and a half hours of informative bliss next to the fireplace. Don’t miss it.

Call Sarah now to book: 0211197247

Life is so good! Thoughts on cultivating positive vibes….

Sometimes it really feels like the world is a messed up place. When we are in a space of darkness, it’s just not easy to see the the light in between the shadows. Yoga is my baseline that keeps me coming back to my centre, my place of positivity. I feel like each person has a comfort baseline. Somewhere on a scale between 1 and 10 (1 being miserable and 10 being elated) where they sit regularly and are comfortable there. I’d say my comfort baseline is about a 7 out of 10. That means I’m normally a pretty darn happy person! There is no right or wrong here. What do you think yours is? Have you slipped below it or climbed above it recently? It’s always good to keep the balance of emotions in check. When we slump it feels terrible, yet also when we are too excitable at level 10, it can drain us very quickly. Find your emotional centre, and when you’re happy, let it flourish. When you’re down, take a look at the screen of your mind, and choose a more positive image or thought to put at the foreground. I realise that recently I have been cultivating negative thoughts. WIthout judgement, I choose to now replace those with positive thoughts.

Yoga Sutra 2.33: vitarkabaadhane pratipakShabhaavanam

vitarka=negative thoughts; baadhane=when disturbed by; pratipakSha=opposite thoughts; bhaavanam=should be thought of

“When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite (positive) ones should be thought of. This is pratipaksha bhavana.”

That’s my thought for the week, month, maybe even year! Because Life is actually amazing and I am so blessed. Always think of others and how you can alleviate their suffering. Because we are all suffering in some way, it is part of being human. Let’s choose to focus our mind on thebeauty that is around us, and let that uplift us.

Heartopening jpeg from paint

Summer Greetings!

I hope your 2016 is trucking along at a relaxed pace so far and that your summer has been beautiful! Mine has been fulfilling and exciting in so many ways, especially with Wanderlust festival back in Feb, and the Gisborne Yoga workshop with Peter Sanson in early January. Plenty more adventures to come!

Stay tuned for some wicked new additions to this website, including a few more recipes to be added (including icecream variations and decadent desserts). I have got several great things happening in April too, including a nature photo exhibition at Kawai Purapura’s Earthbeat festival, and again at Yogawest a couple weeks later. Xinia Alderson and I are hosting a backbend heart opening workshop in mid April too. Check back soon for more details! x


Cookies & Cream Icecream. Vegan. Gluten free. Low Sugar.

My creative urges need to be met very frequently. This often gets let out in the kitchen. One of my favourite current hobbies is making delicious and very easy vegan icecream using organic cashews and coconut cream. This latest one is one of the best flavors I’ve done so far! Cookies and cream. Tastes caramelly, creamy and biscuity… HEAVEN!



1 & 1/2 cup organic raw cashews (soaked 3 hours)

3/4 can organic coconut cream (or a whole can if you like)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

a generous splash of agave syrup or rice malt syrup

2 tablespoons cacao powder (because why not?)

BLEND in a hardcore blender such as a Vitamix or Omniblend until thick and smooth

Pour into a big bowl, stir in crushed cookies of your choice. I used LEDA gluten free, vegan, chocolate chip cookies. These are available from the health section of your supermarket usually. They DO have sugar in them though! Naughty naughty!

Put the bowl in the freezer and set a timer for every half an hour. Stir this mixture every half an hour for approx. 2-3 hours or until it sets properly. SO EASY! And definitely stir it well (until well combined) so it gets a nice fluffy icecreamy consistency! Enjoy…