Anamaya Yoga Retreats with Malissa Whited

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DATES:  September 26 – October 3, 2015

PRICES:  See our Rates & Reservations page for our base rates

PACKAGES:  Try one of our many Yoga Retreats. We have four different packages to choose from. Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Surfing, Yoga & Rejuvenation, and Pure Yoga. Click HERE for more information.

WORKSHOPS:  There will be a 3-day workshop offered this week called Finding Bliss in Paradise: The Koshas. The cost for the workshop is $125, or there is a drop in fee of $50 if you decide to do only one or two days. Please see below for more information.

Guest Yoga Teacher Malissa Whited

Malissa Whited Head ShotMalissa Whited stepped on her mat 2 decades ago.  It wasn’t something she was really looking for, but Yoga found her in the most serendipitous way. In the midst of her chaotic life, Yoga was the moment of peace, surrender, and inner wisdom that she didn’t even know she needed. It has become a beautiful, guiding force in her life. Its teachings have transformed her through the years, leading her to see more love, compassion, light, and beauty in others, the world, and herself.  She is grateful everyday for its ability to break her down and show her the abundant blessings that God provides in life. Its calling has inspired her to share it with others. Her practice is an eclectic fusion of therapeutic yoga, vinyasa yoga, and Tantra Yoga. Her classes are educational, created with a therapeutic focus and are breath centered. She shows multiple levels in her classes to allow her students to manifest an optimal experience in their minds, bodies, and hearts.

She is deeply honored to share the traditions and practices of yoga with you at Anamaya. In the morning Malissa Whitedclasses, she will lead you through an energizing practice bringing joy and mindfulness into your day. At night, classes will consist of grounding, yummy asanas by candlelight that will help you embody gratitude and thankfulness for your experiences that you are having on your journey at Anamaya.

Experience:  Malissa Whited  began her practice of Yoga 20 years ago. She has been a health, fitness and Yoga instructor for almost 15 years, and opened  her studio, Mindful Movement, in June of 2010. She became certified as a Group Fitness Instructor in 2002, a Yoga Instructor in 2004, and a Stott Mat Pilates Instructor in 2008. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Toledo in an individualized program of study in 2013, where her major concentrations  of study were health, movement, world religions, psychology and business. She is consistently continuing her education through workshops, trainings and study. Her greatest yoga influences include Doug Keller, Gary Kraftsow, Sean Corn, Shiva Rea, Max Strom, and she is currently practicing with Todd Tesen.

Additional Workshop

Finding Bliss In Paradise:  The Koshas

On our journey at Anamaya, we will be exploring the Koshas, or sheaths within the body. The five Koshas consist of the physical layer, the energy layer, the mind layer, the wisdom layer and the bliss layer. Though philosophy, contemplation, asana, pranayama, meditation and mantra, we will explore each Kosha to its fullest. Understanding them will help us to recognize how balance in these sheaths will create equanimity within.

On Day one, we will discuss the Annamaya Kosha, or the physical layer, and the Pranamaya Kosha, or energy Malissa Whited Pic 2layer.  Because these Koshas represent the elements of earth and water, we will explore postures and pranayama practices that will create power, space, and fluidity in the breath, the lower body, and the hips.

On Day two, we will explore the Manamaya Kosha, or the mind layer. Its element is fire, so our physical practice will consist of  twisting, forward folding, and back bending asanas that will stimulate the digestive system and awaken the core.  A discussion of the  fluctuations of the mind, or vrittis, will help us to better understand our intimate relationships to love, food, and life.

On Day three, we will be discussing the Vijnanamaya Kosha, or wisdom layer, and the Anandamaya Kosha, or bliss layer. These Koshas represent the element of air and space. Our physical practice will include a keen understanding of balancing postures as well as active reflection in them to help use our knowledge and experiences to draw us into the moment.

Join Malissa in paradise for an incredible journey about how to tap into a state of bliss, peace, and harmony within.

Full workshop: $125.00. Drop in price for individual day is $50.00.

Each workshop will be 2 hours long.

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By Kelsey

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