Shanti's Blog & Articles

Bookmark this page. This is where Shanti generously shares her experience and knowledge. This is where you find articles about yoga, mediation and relaxation, health, ayurvedic medicine and cooking, herbs and spices, Bollywood, mandalas and life in general.

April 13, 2021
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2021 Retreats Summary

2020/2021 RESIDENTIAL RETREATS Profound Healing, Sustainable Wellbeing See Events Calendar and click for more detail on each event. May 7-9, 2021 Letting Go. Spiritualising Anger, Cultivating […]
February 15, 2021
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To promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable, our work is about conscious evolution, planetary awakening, and flourishing at every level of life. We have […]
June 1, 2020


Nirvana’s therapeutic and kitchen gardens continue by trial, error and flexible participation. They serve the purpose of social experiments so that we evolve real authentic ways of advancing. […]
June 1, 2020
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Yoga Classes Update

As per the permissions we will be opening for classes from today 1st June 2020. We have updated our timetable with changes that will apply to […]
June 1, 2020
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Yoga Centre Equipment

We want to give you the best authentic yoga experience, and it has always been our mission our goal to deliver a safe and friendly environment […]
May 3, 2020

Boost Your Immunity with Preventative Health Measures

The traditional Indian culture, its values, food habits, heritage, spiritual beliefs, positive outlook towards life and challenges have much to offer. From the simple heartfulness of […]
May 3, 2020
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Our HIA Shanti Yoga Centre has reopened for our Course Students

We send our heartfelt thoughts and positive blessings to everyone, as we navigate through these unprecedented times. As we do our part to preserve the health […]
April 27, 2020
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Beyond Ideas

A poem from Rumi put to music in a 1½ minute video. Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you […]
April 27, 2020
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Divine Love is now flooding the Earth

Divine Love is now flooding the Earth. It seems like the less we can move on the outside, the more life moves us on the inside. Joy is not […]
April 3, 2020


Chawanaprash is the most well-known revitalisers (Rasayanas) of Ayurveda. It is one of Ayurveda’s anti-aging supplements, which is purely herbal in nature. Its main ingredient is […]
March 31, 2020

Shanti Yoga posture gallery

Shanti Yoga Posture Colour Series. Photography: Peter Gowans   Shanti Yoga Floor Asanas. Photography: Ivan Gaal Shanti Yoga Kneeling Asanas. Photography: Ivan Gaal Shanti Yoga Seated Asanas. […]
March 25, 2020
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From NIRVANA Wellness Retreat Sanctuary

Some experiences can only be felt and cherished. A retreat at Nirvana Wellness Sanctuary is one of these. The ambiance of glorious views in nature, the […]
March 25, 2020

The Healing Effects of Silence

Silence, retreat, and meditation are the main ingredients many people are discovering to find and live in the heart of awareness. These are precious days, free […]
March 25, 2020
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It’s time to flow with the universe

Every day each of us makes a multitude of choices that will impact our lives.  When the choices are minor, they may impact our lives for the […]
March 25, 2020
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Ayurveda and Allied Therapies at Shanti Yoga Centre

In this rapidly changing response and management to COVID-19, our practitioners and consultants are still able to continue working from our Southport Centre and Gold Coast Retreat, offering […]
June 1, 2020


Nirvana’s therapeutic and kitchen gardens continue by trial, error and flexible participation. They serve the purpose of social experiments so that we evolve real authentic ways of advancing. […]
October 17, 2018


Belonging and Volunteering: Be of service. Mentor. Make a difference OPPORTUNITIES Shanti Yoga Community Graduate Volunteers Shanti Yoga and Ayurveda Affiliate Program Touch the Earth and […]
October 17, 2018

Ballet Outings & Dinner

Shanti Yoga offers a sense of family and companionship with like-minded people who have similar spiritual, health and cultural interests. This provides the potential for community, great spiritual […]
October 17, 2018

Arts and Culture

Bollywood Dance Classes, Free Spiritual Movies, Queensland Ballet Season, Introduction to Calligraphy, Sanskrit & Sound, Chanting, Art - Drawing, Painting, Design & Mandalas at longer retreats, Ad-hoc outings, Vegetarian Dinners & Fellowship
October 17, 2018
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Fellowship & Vegetarian Dinner

Philosophy evening, meditation and buffet dinner Feel inspired by Shantiji’s talk, release stress through guided meditation, meet like-minded people and enjoy a gourmet feast with flavours […]
October 16, 2018

Arts and Culture Weekly Meetings/Spiritual Movie

Inspirational/Spiritual Movie Tuesday 2:00-4:00 pm (or when the movie ends) – Free OR CHANTING – 2-3:15 pm Free ARTS AND CULTURE  Weekly Meetings Spiritual Cinema Tuesday […]
October 16, 2018

Living Yoga Philosophy

LUNCH AND LEARN  Weekly Meetings Yoga off the mat… Eastern Philosophy, Psychology and dharma discussions Join Shanti Gowans, students and our team, for a conversation about everyday […]
October 16, 2018
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Touch The Earth – volunteer program

The earth is a living, conscious being. We call space, air, fire, water and earth sacred because nothing can live without them. To honour the sacred […]
October 16, 2018

Free Restorative Yoga program for cancer patients

Have you been diagnosed with cancer or do you know someone who has? Yoga enhances physical and emotional wellness, it also brings about peace to many […]
March 5, 2018

Free Chanting, Kirtan

Sacred Chants, Kirtan, Vedic Mantras and Slokas FREE All being well with Stage 3 of COVID-19 will allow us to recommence Chanting from 13 July 2020. When: […]
March 5, 2018

Our Communication

Be informed We present specific activities, clarify issues, answer questions, and explain new programs through:- Our email newsletters On the notice board at the centre Brochures, […]
November 28, 2017
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Gita Chapter 2. The Practice of Yoga

Chapter 2 of the Bhagavad Gita, translated by Shanti Gowans. Please click to expand the following sections:- [toggle title=”Overview of Chapter 2″ state=”close”] 2.    The […]