Anamaya Yoga Retreats with Malissa Whited

Anamaya Pool with Yogis

DATES:  April 22 – 29, 2017

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

PACKAGES: We have a number of different Yoga Retreat packages. Try the Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or the Pure Yoga package. For more information please read more about our Anamaya Retreat Packages. Or for those who are not totally into yoga, there’s no need to choose a yoga package at all – you can book all your activities and excursions A La Carte. We call it the Relaxation Retreat.

WORKSHOPS:  We excited to offer our guests this week two special workshops. Let Go: Get Hip On Loving Again, and Put a Little Love in Your Heart: Embody Love Through Backbends. 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 every day 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 Tantric 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 classes, 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.

She will also be offering two workshops throughout the week. Workshops allow you to spend a little more time on deepening the conversation about the practice of Yoga and how it can transform us. Her topic this year is love. Why? Because, we could all use a little more right now. We will be discussing ways in which we can let go of the things that are weighing us down and create space for things that can make us whole again. All are welcome.

Experience: Malissa Whited began her practice of Yoga 20 years ago. She has been a health, fitness and Yoga instructor for 16 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 became a certified 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, science, world religions, and psychology. She is consistently continuing her education through workshops, trainings and study. The universe has recently led her down the path of Wholistic Manual Medicine (WMM), which she uses in her classes and in one-on-one sessions. Her greatest influences include Doug Keller, Gary Kraftsow, Mark Whitwell, Sean Corn, Shiva Rea, Max Strom, Todd Tesen, and Dr. Peter Feldmeier. She is currently being mentored under Dr. Keith Barbour, DO for WMM.

malissa whited at anamaya resort


Let Go: Get Hip on Loving Again

Physical tension and negative emotions like to live in places in our bodies where they can hide out… places that get the least amount of stretching and release. The hips are notorious for holding such tension. In this workshop, we will discuss the function of the pelvis in relationship to the body, as well as common lumbo- pelvic misalignments in our practice. We will then continue this exploration our mat to mindfully move to find freedom, suppleness, and space in the hips and surrounding areas. Practice will include stories and various modifications of Hanumasana. Please bring a journal or notebook with you. 2 hours.

Put a Little Love in Your Heart: Embody Love Through Backbends

At the center of our being, we are love. The challenge that we often face is that we do not see it within ourselves or others. Life and its obligations can often leave us feeling heavy and closed off to the freedom and untapped potential that we hold within. A closed heart can feel like an empty heart. So what can we do? Put a little love in your heart. How? Through backbends. Backbends allow us to tap into the beauty of love that we hold within ourselves. We are able to drop back into our own experience, facing the past, present, and future through our efforts, actions, and intentions. We embody compassion, forgiveness, and unconditional love. Sound yummy? Then join me for an exhilarating and beautiful exploration of back bends. Let love in again. Please bring a journal or notebook with you. 2 hours.

***Price for each workshop is $40, or both for $70.

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