Mandy Lawson, Author at Anamaya Yoga Retreat Teacher Training, Surf Camp and Eco Lodge

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By Mandy Lawson

Mandy is a yoga teacher from Canada, who lives in Costa Rica and is a graduate of Anamaya's yoga teacher training program. She currently works as Anamaya's booking coordinator for our YTTs.

Does Natural Deodorant Work?
November 26th, 2013 by Mandy Lawson
Natural Deodorant?I mentioned recently in another post, that  I had purchased a natural deodorant at Anamaya's gift shop.  I have given it a test run and am ready to tell you all about it! The product that I bought is made here in Costa Rica by a company called Aromaflor.  It is a natural deodorant that has 0% aluminum, alcohol and... [read more]

Anamaya Helped me Reduce Harmful Chemicals in my Life
November 19th, 2013 by Mandy Lawson
Baking SodaHere at Anamaya we do our best to reduce the amount of harmful chemicals used by the resort itself, as well as the yoga retreat and yoga teacher training guests during their stay with us. We do not use chemical pesticides to keep insects out of the rooms, but rather ask the guests to be mindful about what they leave... [read more]

One Way Ticket The Story of YTT Student Dana Brewster
November 12th, 2013 by Mandy Lawson
On the way to Tortuga IslandTell me a little bit about yourself. Did I see that you used to be part of a successful music group? Do you have experience in film-making? It is with great joy and gratitude that I find myself even telling you some of my story. Eight months ago a massive shift took place in my life in which I finally understood... [read more]

Anamaya Cooking Classes
November 11th, 2013 by Mandy Lawson
Healthy cooking classesHave you ever wanted to learn how to cook like the chefs you see on tv? Have you wished you knew how to prepare healthy food so that it's delicious AND pretty to look at? Anamaya has the solution to get you started! As a part of each one of our yoga retreat packages, we offer a cooking class free... [read more]

Coconut Milk in your Coffee?
November 9th, 2013 by Mandy Lawson
Coffee with Coconut MIlkYou just might be a convert by the time you get back home. [caption id="attachment_7928" align="alignright" width="226"] Coconut milk in your coffee?[/caption] Lactose intolerant, vegans, Paleos and other health conscious people have eschewed the use of dairy products in their diets.  There is evidence that dairy is not great for your health whether you have an intolerance to lactose or... [read more]

Diary of a Pregnant Yogini – 11 weeks
February 3rd, 2012 by Mandy Lawson
  Dec. 6, 2011 11 weeks pregnant Sometimes at the best of times we don’t feel like practicing yoga or any other exercise we normally enjoy; we can be tired, busy or just not in the mood.  It can be even more of a challenge to keep up a regular practice when you are pregnant. Pregnancy exhaustion, cramps and moodiness can... [read more]

New Project, new way of thinking. Exploring the 8 Limbs of Yoga
September 17th, 2011 by Mandy Lawson
I have just started writing some educational articles about yoga for Anamaya’s website and I really think I am going to enjoy this project!  My first subject is Patanjali’s 8 limbed path of yoga, which is a structured breakdown of all of the practices of yoga that come together to create a well-rounded way of life for a yogi.  Today... [read more]

More than you think… The 8 limbs of yoga
September 15th, 2011 by Mandy Lawson
The practice of yoga is so much more than twisting your body into a pretzel on a mat. In fact it is more even then a physical activity used to keep the body in shape. Why do people practice yoga? What is the purpose of this practice that seems to have taken the western world by storm over the past... [read more]

Can I build you a castle? My venture into restorative yoga
September 13th, 2011 by Mandy Lawson
One of my favorite classes to teach, actually, my absolute favorite, is restorative yoga. I came upon teaching this style by chance and have never looked back! I was scheduled to teach a “light yoga” class here at Anamaya and remembered some of the training I had had in restorative yoga. At the same time, my love for building forts... [read more]

Bikram’s Yoga Teacher Training
August 18th, 2011 by Mandy Lawson
Deciding to become a yoga teacher is a big step in life. Sharing your practice and wisdom with others is a worthy profession and can be extremely rewarding for both teacher and student. Once the decision is made to make the leap, the next choice is to decide which type of yoga teacher training you would like to do. There... [read more]

Yoga Alliance
August 11th, 2011 by Mandy Lawson
When looking to hire a lawyer you find one that is certified by the American Bar Association, and when finding a yoga teacher it is likely that you will look for one certified by the Yoga Alliance. But who is the Yoga Alliance, and what do they do? The Yoga Alliance is the national education and support organization for yoga... [read more]