Transformational New Years Yoga Retreat
Date: Dec 26, 2015 – Jan 2, 2016
Price: $445 **
**To be added on to Anamaya’s Base Rates. Please Note: Everyone who decides to enjoy Anamaya for these dates will only have this specific retreat package as an option. It has many additional extras compared to our regular retreat packages and also reflects our holiday rates. It is NOT an option to only do the base rates and a la carte services for this special holiday week.
Begin 2016 as your most powerful, radiant self in one of the happiest countries in the world. Join us with our special guest yoga teachers Gracy & Sarita for a transformational New Years Retreat to deepen your yoga practice and find balance for the year ahead. We’ll join together for sweaty morning practises over-looking the Pacific coastline, and for meditative, restorative classes as the sun sets.
There will also be free time to enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica with surfing, jungle hikes, and horseback rides. This retreat will be the perfect way to reflect on the year past and to gain perspective on your new year ahead. Join us for a golden week at Anamaya, and give yourself a beautiful 2015.
The New Years Retreat Includes:
- Up to 10 yoga classes
- One 60 min relaxation massage
- Surf lesson
- Zipline tour
- Dance lesson
- Cooking class
- Beach and bonfire excursion
- Anamaya farm tour
- Waterfall hike
- Butterfly garden tour
- Special “Dive Deep” Workshop (details below)
- New Years Feast and Circus Performance!
Please note that our packages offer flexibility so that you can spend your time relaxing, or you can fill your days with adventure…or maybe a little bit of both. The most important aspect is that you have a vacation that you will never forget.
Guest Yoga Teachers Sarita & Gracy
Sarita Lou has been teaching movement for 16 years focusing primarily on dance and yoga. As a student of yoga she received for 200 hour TT from Psalm Isadora’s Kundalini Tantra training program, 100 advanced training in India as well as immersions in yoga therapeutics and children’s yoga. As a teacher she is focused on alignment-based vinyasa flow and has been featured as a model and writer for Yoga Journal.
Sarita Lou lives in New York City and works as a choreographer, movement educator and model. Her home yoga practice includes daily rituals to soothe the nervous system – this means using essential oils, spending a few minutes on the yoga mat and drinking a big glass of water before her cup of coffee. Having worked in film, television and theater Sarita continues to seek ways to share her love of movement with the world! Currently she can be found teaching dance at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and yoga internationally.
Check out Sarita’s latest project, web series For the Love of Dance:
Sarita’s Teaching Philosophy
Sarita’s Vinyasa Flow classes are inspired by the definition of GROOVE:
- Describing a rhythmic quality that is emotionally communicative and soulful.
- An enjoyable or exciting experience.
- A pronounced enjoyable rhythm
Sarita’s yoga teaching is influenced by her dance training and class is sure to be expressive, rhythmic and soulful. She has studied Ashtanga, Iyengar and Kundalini technique and weaves these forms into her classes. For all her students she desires freedom of movement and fullness of expression.
Lokah Samastah Sukinoh Bavantu
Gracy is an acclaimed yoga teacher, retreat leader, and self care mentor in the ever-stressed Washington, DC. She is a recovering perfectionist who now understands how to live a life of self care and self love. Her speciality is working with successful but overwhelmed women to help them slow down and enjoy their lives. She knows once we enjoy our lives, we live our way into our true purpose with ease. Honest and nurturing, Gracy creates healing communities all over the world that activate deep change. Her thoughtful and practical application of Yoga and Ayurveda transform many lives.
Gracy is a 500-hour registered yoga teacher, completing both her 200 hour (August 2009) and 300 hour (June 2012) trainings through YogaWorks. She’s studied Ayurveda since 2011 through Lotus Palm and Cate Stillman. Since 2009, she has received over 125 hours of formal Thai massage training, domestically through Lotus Palm, Jen Yarro, and Vanessa King and Nha Ja in Thailand.
She leads several domestic and international yoga retreats a year, is a professional photographer, and writes a widely-read blog on the topics of yoga, health and sensible spiritually. Her life is her work, but in the down moments Gracy loves listening to new music, reading Mary Oliver’s poetry and taking long walks with her terrier Poncho.
Gracy’s Teaching Philosophy
Gracy’s classes are the kind you look forward to going to–challenging and centering with great music and a healthy dose of humor. Her teaching focuses on connecting movement to the breath, bringing attention to proper alignment, and a soulful application of yogic philosophy. Expect a well-balanced, mixed-level practice that builds slowly, gets a bit sweaty and ends with deep relaxation.
Gracy’s teaching philosophy centers on using the yogic principles of “sthira” (strength) and “sukha” (softness) to create balance in mind and body. When met with awareness, each pose becomes an opportunity to see how strength and softness interact in our minds and bodies. As we find a balance inwardly while on the mat, we begin to see the reverberations in the rest of our lives as well. To Gracy, yoga practice is a time to connection to ourselves so that we can become more compassionate to the world around us.
Dive Deep Workshop
From the earliest beginnings of yoga we learn that we have more than one body. During our asana practice we connect with the physical body in beautiful ways but there is so much more to learn about ourselves! During this two hour, highly-interactive workshop, we’ll take a complete journey through the different layers of our bodies (including breath, thoughts, emotions, spirit). Sarita and Gracy will guide you from their decades of yogic and meditative practice. Together we’ll explore the tools of meditation, pranayama (breath work) and introspective journaling. At the end of the workshop, you will know yourself much better and have solid practices to bring back home with you and create a life of fulfilling practice. This is a two hour workshop and is included in your New Years Retreat.