Yoga instructor Lila Kirtana leads students Robert Ricketts, Mal Nice, and Henrike Schreer at the Hare Krishna Village.
Yoga instructor Lila Kirtana leads students Robert Ricketts, Mal Nice, and Henrike Schreer at the Hare Krishna Village. Scott Powick

Spirituality not a stretch at farm

YOGA is now big business. But maintaining its spiritual roots is helping provide a point of difference in a crowded marketplace for the Hare Krishna Farm at Eungella, near Murwillumbah.

After many years of offering yoga classes, the farm recently launched a Hatha yoga instructor training program, with the first students about to graduate.

Krishna village co-director Henrike Schreer said there were a host of yoga training programs, but the emphasis of many appeared to be on ticking off accreditation boxes.

However, the farm was offering a holistic program which immersed trainees in consciousness raising, nutrition, and interacting with others in a positive way while also showing how to teach and run a successful yoga business.

“Being a yogi is so much more than doing postures, it’s a way of life,” Ms Schreer said.

“(Its’ also about) what you put in your consciousness, being mindful of how you interact with people.

“Students (at the farm) are deeply immersed in the lifestyle, not just learning theory.”

She said the program was also proving a lure for Woofers, or volunteers, to stay longer on the farm.

Yoga trainer Lila Kirtana said their approach was already drawing students from around the world.

Former ABC radio presenter and digital marketing consultant, Polly McGee from Tasmania, was booked into another yoga training course in Sydney until she heard about the “holistic” program being offered at the farm.

Ms McGee said her original intention was to take a sabbatical from her day job.

“But after my seven weeks here I probably will start looking at setting up my own business and setting up a studio because I’ve been so inspired by the teaching,” she said.

“It’s a big commitment in time but it’s absolutely worth it in terms of being really properly taught how to be a yoga teacher.”

The six-week yoga teacher course starts at $2695 including food and accommodation.



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