Costa Rican Holiday Yoga Retreat
Date: December 19 – 26, 2015
Price: $445 **
**To be added on to Anamaya’s Base Rates. Please Note: Everyone who decides to enjoy Anamaya for these dates will only have this specific retreat package as an option. It has many additional extras compared to our regular retreat packages and also reflects our holiday rates. It is NOT an option to only do the base rates and a la carte services for this special holiday week.
Looking to escape the crowds at your local shopping centre? Maybe you need some much deserved rest and relaxation. Or perhaps you want to enhance your holiday experience by spending it in paradise. Whatever your reason may be, the benefits of traveling are endless so allow us help you create a unique and exciting holiday experience. Our Holiday and New Years yoga retreats are two of the most popular weeks of the year to stay at Anamaya. Come and join us in one of the happiest countries in the world – it’s the perfect way to end (or begin) another year.
Our Holiday Yoga Retreat is especially unique. See below for more information.
The Holiday Retreat Includes:
- 10 yoga classes
- One 60 min relaxation massage
- Surf lesson
- Zipline tour
- Salsa dance lesson
- Cooking class
- Beach and bonfire excursion
- Anamaya farm tour
- Waterfall hike
- Butterfly garden tour
- Additional “Open The Gates” Workshop (details below)
- Holiday feast and circus performance
Please note that our packages offer flexibility so that you can spend your time relaxing, or you can fill your days with adventure…or perhaps a little bit of both. The most important aspect is that you have a vacation that you will never forget.
Guest Yoga Teacher Lola Rephann
Lola Rephann has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. Lola’s teaching is informed by stillness, mindfulness, listening to the body, and moving from a place of spirit. Lola studies primarily with Paula Tursi of Reflections Yoga in New York City and Erica Mather, a Forrest Yoga guardian in New York City. Lola is an e-RYT at the 200 hour level. She has amassed well over 1,000 hours of teaching experience working privately, in group classes, and in corporate settings throughout New York City and Hudson County, NJ.
Lola studies Forrest Yoga, Yin Yoga, hatha/vinyasa yoga, thai yoga massage, and shamanic reiki. Lola seeks to bring each practitioner to a place of stillness and awareness, where healing happens naturally.
Lola’s classes are a call to meet your edge, to challenge the body-mind intelligently. A typical class would begin with pranayama and/or meditation, move into deep core integration work to warm the body and the muscles of the core, followed by a strong, yet well-paced, standing pose sequence. Lola weaves a psychological, physical, or spiritual thread of inquiry into each class, and often asks students to observe all three layers of experience during their practice. As a teacher, Lola hopes to guide her students to a deeper relationship with themselves, where inquiry leads to awareness, and awareness leads to transformation.
Lola’s Personal Teaching Philosophy
I practice and teach yoga for healing and growth. Yoga has been the most effective healing and personal transformation tool I have ever encountered. Yoga helps bring me back to myself and remember who I am. Through my teaching, I intend to help others remember or realize their essential nature. When we recognize our true nature, we transcend stress, tension, anxiety and confusion. We glimpse in that moment our essential goodness and connection to all living things. As we heal individually, we begin to heal the collective.
I teach Forrest Yoga-inspired vinyasa, a mindful approach to vinyasa yoga designed to go deep into cellular tissue thru long-held and challenging pose sequences. I also teach alignment-oriented vinyasa yoga, a practice designed to help students become more embodied and find correct alignment in the yoga poses, which helps the prana (vital energy) circulate thru the body-mind. The daily morning practices will be informed by these approaches.
The evening sessions will be a combination of Yin Yoga (a slow practice of long-held poses designed to target the fascia, or connective tissue, of the body), gentle Hatha yoga, and meditation. The fascia is where we store emotional as well as physical trauma, and true healing must address these deep layers of cellular tissue. I may supplement the evening practices with shamanic journeys, techniques to help tap into the collective and symbolic mind and draw guidance and information from deep within the subconscious.
Special Holiday Workshop
Hips, Hamstrings, and Quadriceps: Open the Gates
Our hips and legs are both incredibly powerful and often, incredibly tight. Viewed as “gates” to our energy centers, the legs can either help us tap in to our strength and creativity, or tension there can feel like a block to full self-expression. Release the hips and legs and connect to the power of your 2nd or sacral chakra, the creative center. A vigorous vinyasa practice designed to open the hips and legs will lead to poses that target long held tensions in hips, legs, and low back. Emerge with a deeper connection to your sense of strength and creativity. This workshop is a perfect remedy for those who sit at a desk a lot and feel tension or stress in their low back, hips, and groins.