Shameela at Jama Masjid, New Delhi. Sight seeing 2015.

Shameela at Jama Masjid, New Delhi. Sight seeing 2015.

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Shameela Unka

Shameela aims to share the practices that have influenced her life in an enriching way. To share the fulfillment the practice of Yoga and meditation bring to her daily life.

Six months after completing her Yoga Teacher Training in Goa, Shameela returned to India. First, she travelled north to the Tushita Meditation Centre in Dharamsala where she had enrolled in an Introduction to Buddhism course. The course ran for ten days and all students were in silence for the duration of the course, except for a one hour group philosophy discussion. Shameela described how she valued the space silence gave her, she received many valuable insights into her psyche during this time. 

Shameela also trained in Usui and Karuna Reiki, traditional Thai massage, foot reflexology and therapeutic/relaxation Lomi Lomi massage. She discovered that each of these disciplines are underpinned by a strong focus on meditative practice. Shameela utilises elements from each of these styles of meditation, drawing on their different practices daily, as she works toward her goal of living life in a more peaceful state of mind.

To find out more about Shameela, visit her bio at shambhuti.com or check out her blog


VERA uNKA

Vera loves all the opportunities the natural environment offers. Swimming in Bird Bay below her family home is a personal favourite. She embraces challenges and is currently learning to surf and stand-up paddle board. Vera Played hockey for most of her life including representative and masters hockey. Over the last few years she has shifted her focus toward half-marathons. Vera completed the Kerikeri half marathon then set her sights on Northland’s ‘Wild Kiwi’ event. She competed in the inaugural event, April 2016, and backed it up in 2017 improving her personal best time significantly. The demands of this event were mental just as much as they were physical, Vera explained, but it is her attitude of determination that has seen her develop the strength to take on such demanding events. She attends local Boxfit classes in Parua Bay. These classes, led by an excellent trainer, have developed her strength and fitness. She really enjoys the environment there and the support of her training mates.

Vera and her husband Ashok own Toru Pani, a 20 hectare block where they have developed extensive gardens, including vegetables and fruit trees. They are proud they can share their wonderful produce, which is especially abundant during the Summer months. Ashok is a beekeeper. The bees ensure a large crop of fruit, peaches, apples, mandarins, figs, feijoas and more. Vera thinks there’s nothing better than being able to gather delicious fresh food straight from their backyard. They also have hens who she describes as great layers and enjoys time spent watching them scratch and forage in their large pen. The hard work that comes with keeping up their property is something that both Vera and Ashok find very worthwhile. Consistent pest and weed control supports the significant population of native bush on the top half of the property. Vera says there is always a bush walk to be had on their property, checking the pest control lines, working on the weeds or just enjoying the beautiful bush canopy and view over the headland and bays.

Vera at the start of the inaugural 'Wild Kiwi' 21 km bush race. Bream Head track, Whangarei Heads 2016.

Vera at the start of the inaugural 'Wild Kiwi' 21 km bush race. Bream Head track, Whangarei Heads 2016.