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Kidding Around with Yoga
November 27th, 2013 by Mandy Lawson
KAY-kid When I was a kid I spent almost all of my time playing outside. I built forts with scraps of wood from my dad’s shop and rusty bent nails I found in the junk heap. I went puddle jumping in the rain, and if I wanted to visit a friend I walked to their house, no matter how far away... [read more]

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 Soda Here 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]

Anamaya Cooking Classes
November 11th, 2013 by Mandy Lawson
Healthy cooking classes Have 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 MIlk You just might be a convert by the time you get back home. 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 not.   Dr. Mark Hyman, MD speaks to this... [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]

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]

What to Look for in a Great Yoga Teacher Training
August 9th, 2011 by Mandy Lawson
YTT Practice - Photo by YTT Student Carrie Ingham Teaching yoga is an extremely rewarding and fulfilling career. Once a decision is made to pursue this life-changing avenue there's one big decision to be made: where to do your yoga teacher training. A search online or in any yoga magazine will turn up a multitude of options for completing a yoga teacher training that meets the prerequisites to be... [read more]

Anamaya Revelations
June 8th, 2011 by Mandy Lawson
It may seem that what I’m about to write has nothing to do with yoga. It’s not about a pose or a style of practice or about the latest fabulous bra to come out at Lululemon (not that I would know about that these days). It is however, about noticing and noticing has EVERYTHING to do with yoga. Today as... [read more]

You did WHAT at yoga?!
June 3rd, 2011 by Mandy Lawson
Yoga is a way of life for many people, to others it is a once a week activity, for the masses though, yoga is something totally new and unknown. Even though yoga studios can be found on nearly every corner in many North American cities, it is still a world unfamiliar to many. It can be quite intimidating for a... [read more]

Savasana, No it’s not nap time!
May 30th, 2011 by Mandy Lawson
“Do I have enough time to pick up the kids?” “What am I going to make for dinner?” “Do these pants make my butt look big?” “Is the teacher looking at me... no really, is he?” Does this sound your mind during the final pose of a yoga class? Savasana, also known as “corpse pose” is usually the final posture... [read more]