Yoga Arts Academy



'Ghatastha Yoga Is Conscious Exercise For Health, Longevity, Fitness And Ultimate Freedom In The Body And Mind'





Ghatastha Yoga and the art of revolving and twisting the spine for the movement and vigour of eternal youth!


1 – 3 pm, Saturday 4 July 2015


With Duncan Ewing, Master instructor Ghatastha Yoga

Learn how Ghatastha Yoga can return the spine to a feeling of flexibility and power.




See workshop page for full details.


The Yoga Arts Academy was establishment in Melbourne in 1998.


The teachings of Ghatashta Yoga, as conceived by Duncan Ewing and principals of The Yoga Arts Academy have been devised based on the ancient teachings contained in the Classic text, Gheranda Samhita.   

The Gheranda Samhita written in the late 17th century, is a collection of stanzas of Sage Gheranda to his disciple, Chanda Kapali of the warrior caste.  In this classic text Sage Gheranda describes a 7 part system designed to transform the serious aspirant through purification of the body to the highest states of samadhi and knowledge of the soul. Ghatastha Yoga is therefore a Saptanga Yoga system.

Historically the term “ Ghatashta” has been used as a synonymous term for Hatha Yoga.  The Gheranda Samhita defines Ghatastha as “training in hardiness”. Ghatastha Yoga is a flowing form of Yoga comprised of techniques for transforming the subtle essences of the body and developing greater etheric energy conductivity.

Ghatastha Yoga aims to achieve the maximum results with minimal expenditure of energy. The different asana used in the many grades of Ghatastha Yoga have been arranged to bring a rich supply of blood to the brain and the various parts of the spinal column. Asana work by stretching, bending and twisting the spinal column in all possible directions. This promotes the health of the nerves extending from the vertebra to the internal organs, limbs and extremities.

The process of Ghatastha Yoga performed as a meditation in action brings a mastery of the mechanism of the body/mind and increases conscious conductivity for participation in the deeper process of yoga.

At the Yoga Arts Academy we specialise in One To One Tuition and classical Yoga training, we also offer courses, workshops and retreats in all the disciplines of Ghatastha Yoga. 


The best way to contact us is to email

Our new phone number is 03 9598 1710 (if you reach voice mail, please leave a short message with your name and number and we will call you back ASAP). 



Personal  Tuition





One To One tuition lessons are open to beginners and experienced practitioners and students of all ages.

Sakti Krama Yoga One To One tuition lessons are designed to teach a sequence of poses with a particular method of linking breath and movement into one continuous flow.  In these sessions you will learn the fixed forms from the first nine grades of Ghatastha Yoga in the traditional manner.

  • Session times are 
    • Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 6.00 - 7.30 pm
    • Tuesday, thursday & Friday 6.00 - 8.00 am
    • Tuesday to Friday 10.00 - 11.30 am
    • Saturday 8.00 - 10.00 am


  • Sessions are between 60 and 90 minutes duration according to individual requirements.
  • Payment for sessions is due in full on the first day of the course.
  • Fees are valid for 4 weeks from starting date.
  • All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Everybody is welcome to our One To One Tuition sessions regardless of age, fitness or experience.
  • Due to high demand, sessions must be booked.
  • Proficiency is acquired in the performance of the fixed forms only through long and diligent training.  


Cikitsa Krama Yoga is a therapeutic treatment process tailored to individual requirements for purification, rebalancing and regeneration. In these sessions the theraputic Yoga process is applied to treat the current requirements of the individual.
Cikitsa means theraputic or in this case ‘that which is required without causing enervation’ combined with the word Krama we get ‘the correct protocol of breathing and movement to restore the body to a state of equilibrium’. This treatment and teaching method is an effective, traditional way of instruction from the ancient past.
Spine and sports injuries, heart disease, stress, chronic fatigue, back pain, allergies, high and low blood pressure, eating disorders, all these and more can be successfully treated with practice of Yoga exercises and the gentle adaption to a pure and nutritious diet.
Healing requires the dual disciplines of exercise and right nutrition.  All tuition is personally adapted to treat the cause of inbalance within the individual.
The emphasis in these sessions is on gentle adaption to a healthy pattern of nutritious food and daily conscious exercise.

Consultation and treatment by appointment

One hour Consultation/ Lesson $120 (additional $20 fee for home visits)

Block of 10 Lessons $1000


Duncan Ewing has over thirty years experience successfully teaching, healing and guiding hundreds of people through the practicalities of the Art of Yoga.




One To One Tuition Times

Monday.           6:00 - 7.30 pm 

Tuesday.         6.00 - 8.00 am

                        10.00 - 11.30 am

                         6.00 - 7.30 pm   

Wednesday.  10.00 - 11.30 am

Thursday.       6.00 - 8.00 am

                       10.00 - 11.30 am

                        6.00 - 7.30 pm                         

Friday.            6.00 - 8.00 am

                       10.00 - 11.30 am

Saturday.       8.00 - 10.00 am

Sunday.           Closed



One To One Tuition in Ghatastha Yoga

Low flat monthly rate passes are available for:


  • One session a week over four weeks  $140
  • Two sessions a week over four weeks  $240
  • Three sessions a week over four weeks  $300
  • Four sessions a week over four weeks  $320


All passes valid for 4 weeks ONLY from date of purchase.

Initial consultation and trial lesson is $60. This fee is subtracted from the price of the first  four week pass.

Single drop in lesson for former students is $35 (space permiting)


As at 1/3/2015



Duncan Ewing

Duncan Ewing commenced Yoga at the age of seventeen under the guidance of Shandor Remete in Melbourne Australia. Over seven years Duncan recieved a thorough training in all the traditional aspects of Yoga as an apprentice to Shandor.

Duncan went on to study and practice in India and continues to study the Wisdom teachings of his Spiritual Teacher on a daily basis along with his continuing practice and development of Ghatastha Yoga.
Duncan has been teaching for 28 years in Europe, the Middle East, the United States and Australia. In 1994 he founded the Hatha Yoga Institute in Cologne, Germany and in 1998 Duncan founded the Yoga Arts Academy in Melbourne, Australia. 



Catherine Fisher

has been training in Ghatastha Yoga at the Yoga Arts Academy for over 8 years. After completing a probation year of training Catherine started her 3 year part time Yoga Sadhana Apprenticeship under the guidance of Duncan in April 2010. Catherine completed the apprenticeship in 2013 and has remained an apprentice and a teacher to complete the traditional seven year Ghatastha Yoga training.


Graduates and Qualified Teachers of Ghatastha Yoga

Yatren Nadu .. Brisbane.. The Yoga Raj

Dhali Sandwith .. Queensland.. Yoga Dhali

Renae Stevens .. Brisbane.. 

Julia Sandoval .. Spain.. Yoga con Julia

Jamie Power .. Byron Bay... Yogatsu

Jasmine Johnston .. Melbourne               

Lisa Farinosi .. Melbourne... Mukti Yoga Preston

              Catherine Fisher .. Melbourne

             Jack Williams .. Melbourne




"Some 13 years ago I took the practical step with my Acharya Prahlad! My world wouldn't be same without the depths of his insightful teachings. Let me say this - Prahlad is the only teacher that teachers the tradition way, and when I say only I mean ONLY! The light is on."

Dhali Sandwidth, Yoga teacher and graduate of 3-year Yoga Arts Academy apprenticeship



"My world has totally changed since first walking through the doors of Yoga Arts Academy in 2008. At 32, I was unable to walk/use stairs without intense pain in both knees, seeing multiple sports docs and doing weekly physio & pilates to no avail. They all told me it was just the way it was going to be and expect it to get worse. I never got into this style of yoga thinking they would get better, or that they even could. But as a by-product of perseverance, patience & trust in what Prahlad has to offer, they did. They no longer are an issue and it absolutely fascinates me to this day. The depth of Prahlad's knowledge, experience & teachings is profound. It is something that cannot be adequately explained - it really needs to be experienced!"

Barbara Liddiard




Workshops & Events

Sat 17 January - 1.00pm to 3.00pm Mastering the splits for the non-flexible 261 Bluff Road, Sandringham 03 9598 1710
Sat 7 February - 10.00am to 12.00pm & 1.00pm to 3.00pm Building the perfect posture with Ghatastha Yoga Bells Retreat Centre, Maldon Victoria Cheryl Dingle 03 5475 2891
Sat 21 February - 1.00pm to 3.00pm Back bend dynamics 261 Bluff Road, Sandringham 03 9598 1710
Sat 14 March - 1.00pm to 3.00pm Forward bend dynamics 261 Bluff Rd, Sandringham 03 9598 1710
Sun 29 March - 10.00am to 12.00pm & 1.00pm - 3.00pm Seven Stages of practice in Ghatastha Yoga Bells Retreat Centre, Maldon Victoria Cheryl Dingle 03 5475 2891
Sat 18 April - 1.00pm to 3.00pm First Grade Full Practice Format 261 Bluff Rd, Sandringham 03 9598 1710
Sat 16 May - 1.00pm to 3.30pm Second Grade Full Practice Format 261 Bluff Rd, Sandringham 03 9598 1710
Sat 13 June - 1.00pm to 3.00pm Third Grade Full Practice Format 261 Bluff Rd, Sandringham 03 9598 1710
Sat 4 July - 1.00pm to 3.00pm Spinal Twisting Dynamics 261 Bluff Rd, Sandringham 03 9598 1710
Sat 12 September - 1.00pm to 3.00pm Single Leg Balances 261 Bluff Rd, Sandringham 03 9598 1710
Sat 17 October - 1.00pm to 3.00pm How to Build a Successful Yoga Practice 1. Harmonising Breath and Movement 261 Bluff Rd, Sandringham 03 9598 1710
Sat 21 November - 1.00pm to 3.00pm How to Build a Successful Yoga Practice 2. Realigning Posture 261 Bluff Rd, Sandringham 03 9598 1710
Sat 12 December - 1.00pm to 3.00pm How to Build a Successful Yoga Practice 3. Dynamics and Fluid Asana 261 Bluff Rd, Sandringham 03 9598 1710

Please note: All courses can be booked through the Yoga Arts Academy
Phone: 03 9670 2997 or email:






1 – 3 pm, Saturday 4 July 2015

With Duncan Ewing, Master instructor Ghatastha Yoga



Learn the art of twisting and revolving your spinal cord!

In this workshop you will learn a series of simple movements and

breathing techniques to break down the stiffness and tension in the back

and sides of the neck, tone and release the muscles along the spine and

increase blood circulation to the abdomen for improved digestion. 

Deep compression of the abdominal area creates heat and suppleness

throughout the entire body. Tensions and bracing in the abdominal

muscles reduces the effectiveness of the metabolism leading to overeating

and increased weight.  Spinal twisting yoga poses are great for increasing

the body heat and vigour.




Duncan Ewing has been practicing and teaching Yoga for 30 years. With great enthusiasm Duncan has successfully guided hundreds of students past their limitations of stiffness and tightness to a newfound freedom of strength and lightness.



COST: $50

BOOKINGS: Yoga Arts Academy 03 9598 1710,


VENUE: Yoga Arts Academy

261 Bluff Rd, Sandringham 3191


Yoga Arts Academy


261 Bluff Road (near corner of Bay Rd)

Sandringham Victoria Australia 3191


Phone: 03 9598 1710


(for all enquiries)



Ghatastha Yoga



1. Single-minded, unyielding determination is required to undertake Purification of the body/ mind.  Technique is less important than the forging of the spirit.
2. To act in accordance with spiritual knowing, enables the practitioner to be free of self contracting tendencies. If this is truly understood from the beginning Strength manifests naturally.
3. Adapting to changing circumstances like water, not relying on one technique, throw away preconceptions and conduct the full feeling of Prana every day for Steadiness to be established.
4. Students that constantly strive to perfect technique are hampered by too much analytical thinking. Repetition repetition repetition, moment to moment brings Calmness.
5. Find the strength in weakness and the weakness in strength to master asana technique.
6. Movement emerges from stillness; therefore movement and stillness are the same, one. Swiftness emerges from slowness; therefore swiftness and slowness are the same, one. Breathing this is Lightness.
8. Fully feel the etheric life current of prana and its course through the body, direct it to the weak blocked areas of poor health and they will be strengthened and healed.