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Salad for Breakfast- Day 23
May 25th, 2014 by Tiffany Savion
IMG_5603 The unthinkable has happened. We've not only gotten used to eating salad for breakfast, some us now prefer it. Every breakfast has been a full spread of amazingess, but looking around the breakfast table it seems some of the plates are more filled  with salad and less with the breakfast foods we are more accustom to; oatmeal, pancakes, muffins, breakfast... [read more]

Banyan & Gunas- Day 22
May 24th, 2014 by Tiffany Savion
SAMSUNG CSC Our mix of yogi personalities allowed us all to enjoy today's lecture in our own way.  We've enjoyed the anatomy (physical) side of yoga as well as the spiritual talks. Today we discussed mental nature and Gunas, the fundamental operating principles or tendencies of universal nature. Banyan circled back around to the idea of not judging but simply observing our nature and... [read more]

One on One: Day 21
May 23rd, 2014 by Tiffany Savion
IMG_5585   Teaching a private yoga session is such a different phenomenon than teaching a class. From as students perspective, you get the opportunity to tell your teacher you personal goals, injuries and concerns. Most of us had mixed feelings about teaching private sessions. On one hand it could be less nerve wrecking because there are less yogis to watch closely, but... [read more]

Sweet Surrender: Day 20
May 22nd, 2014 by Tiffany Savion
yogabanyangallagher7 It's a good thing our yoga decks at Anamaya are surrounded by the ocean, beautiful flowers, trees and the sounds of nature. Today our yoga practice was quite difficult. The name of the game was holding. There were sensations in parts of our bodies that we didn't even know existed. Banyan was teaching us how to become comfortable with discomfort... [read more]

Creative Beings: Day 19
May 21st, 2014 by Tiffany Savion
IMG_5084 Yoga Teacher Training "business" has gone on as usual with a minor change…. perhaps major for us. We are all officially teaching class, adjusting and observing. You would not believe how beautifully our sisterhood has come together. As we each approached the front of the room with our hearts beating fast and palms sweating the class sent us peaceful and... [read more]

Locals: Day 18
May 20th, 2014 by Tiffany Savion
IMG_5441 WooHoo… Another day off! One of the best parts about being in Montezuma is going into town and spending time with the locals. Walking down the road from Anamaya, people smile or even stop to ask if you need a ride into town. We saw little families on ATVs and scooters. Doggies run around town free and happy. In the... [read more]

Who Am I: Day 17
May 19th, 2014 by Tiffany Savion
silhouette-68716_640 We've all evolved in our meditation as we sink deeper into YTT. Today we practiced Dhyana, Self- Inquiry Medititaion. Banyan taught us that "I am" is a sense of  self called ego. He gently lead us to go internal and listen closely to what came up when we asked ourselves the question, "Who Am I?"  without judging but instead simply observed... [read more]

Relaxation: Day 16
May 18th, 2014 by Tiffany Savion
anamaya-resort-retreat Yes, of course we are here in Costa Rica to learn all about the yoga, but we mustn't neglect the luxury of the Anamaya Spa Services.  Reiki Treatments, Hot Stone, Deep Tissue and wait for it….. an ORIENTAL HEAD MASSAGE, how can you resist?  Yoga certainly relaxes, restores and heals the body, be that as it may, getting a massage allowed us  to... [read more]

A Yogi is A Yogi: Day 15
May 17th, 2014 by Tiffany Savion
10418292_10202849331331617_272458640945340013_n   Most of the world spends all of its time standing, walking and sitting.  Ever stop to think what it would feel like to reverse the flow of gravity and energy?  Today we broke down Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand) It was a lot of fun. Our little yoginis are all different levels. Banyan taught us that just because we could... [read more]

Surprise- Day 14
May 16th, 2014 by Tiffany Savion
IMG_5547 Thank goodness the Anamaya yoga decks can handle all of this energy. It feels like it was built to hold space for each and every person that steps foot onto the grounds. Speaking of holding space for others; Banyan Banyan Banyan…. We just never know what we're going to get with this Yoga Master. Just when we get all comfortable with our routine,... [read more]

This Is Really Happening!- Day 13
May 15th, 2014 by Tiffany Savion
IMG_5073 Today Banyan told us the unthinkable… We each have to teach class and gift a few lucky souls a private yoga session. A few of our hearts may have stopped for a moment. The room started to fill with chatter. Of course we all knew the day was coming but it really sent home the fact that we are half way through... [read more]

Exploring Costa Rica- Day 12
May 14th, 2014 by Tiffany Savion
IMG_2993   Another day off and may it be noted that time is flying. We are nearly halfway through YTT. Anamaya has been such a delight. Of course it helps that we are in the Southern Region of  the Nicoya Peninsula. The course with Banyan has been amazing, the grounds of Anamaya nurtures all of our purpose to learn and nurture our inner... [read more]