The Power of Breath – Yoga & Meditation Retreat

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 The Power of the Breath – Yoga and Meditation Retreat

The Yogis say that the “quality of your breath reflects the quality of your life”. A fast breath equals a stressed mind, unfocused emotions and a sick body. A slow, deep breath equals a calm, balanced and focused mind, health & well-being.                               

Join us for this special weekend retreat at Tauhara Retreat Centre, Lake Taupo where we will explore the power of the breath and prana through Hatha Yoga, breathing and meditation techniques, and an optional hot springs visit (extra cost).

You will learn the simple science behind the breath and its connection to the physical, mental and energetic experiences as well as gaining understanding on how the breath influences the nervous system. Experience the difference between conscious and unconscious breathing and learn how to develop better breathing patterns, thus influencing the mental and physical health.

Inter-related to the breath is the vital force called prana, which sustains the body and mind and allows us to feel expanded, balanced, energetic and full of life. Deepen your practice by delving into the five pranas or energy flows within the body and experience them through asana, pranayama, meditation, mudra and bandhas.

By the end of the retreat you will learn practical tools to take away with you that include techniques to calm the mind, heal the body and energise your whole system.

Experience different pranayama techniques and learn about their therapeutic benefits; heating, cooling, balancing and tranquilising. Learn how the breath can be used to activate the relaxation response, support digestion and our health, by using Pranayama and breathing practices to expand the breath capacity, bringing fresh energy and vitality to body and mind.Discover how the breath can be used as a vehicle to release deep held patterns and access new dimensions of consciousness.Experience meditation practices that focus on the breath as a way to stimulate prana, our vital life force and enjoy Yoga Nidra deep relaxation including the profound practice of Prana Nidra.  

This weekend retreat is ideal for beginners through to seasoned practitioners and yoga teachers or healthcare workers keen to explore the breath at a deeper level, and gain a understanding of the breath from theoretical, practical and scientific view point. 


Standard Price: NZ$ 475-500 per person shared indoor accommodation

Please ask for private, self-contained and caravan options, and day specials 

Early Bird price: 10% discount if paid in full by 24th July 

Bedding: $15 per person, please request, or bring your own

Dietary Requirements: $15 extra per person for Gluten free or vegan options

Price includes: 2 nights shared accommodation, all meals and teachings.

What's Included

  • 2 nights, shared accommodation, all meals and retreat inclusions.
  • Hatha yoga classes
  • Restorative yoga practices
  • Breathing practices
  • Daily Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
  • Group teachings

Venue Highlights

Stunning beautiful lakeside views, optional hot spa


A range of accommodation from basic to deluxe available.


Delicious & nutritious and mostly organically grown produce used for meals provided.


Arrival by bus

On the website of the Taupo District Council, you can find more information about transportation to and from Taupo Volunteer Drivers. Tauhara has friends of the Centre willing to pick you up from the airport for 25 NZD or or from the bus stop in town for 15 NZD.
Arrival by taxi
You can also take a taxi with:

Go Cabs
Taupo Taxis
Top Cab
Taupo Airport Shuttle
Rental Cars

You might prefer to hire a rental car for your stay in Taupo.

Tauhara is centrally located 12 minutes drive from Taupo town at the heart of the North Island on five hectares of hill top overlooking Acacia Bay, Lake Taupo, New Zealand. Tauhara offers the quiet charm of a pastoral setting within ten minutes easy access to all that Taupo offers as a prime tourist destination.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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Balance my life to be mentally and physically healthy. Dianna

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We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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