DATE: April 2 – 9, 2016
PRICES: Check out Rates and Reservations page for our base rates plus the prices for our various packages.
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.
WORKSHOPS: This is a very exciting week at Anamaya. We are offering Aerial Silk classes with the very talented Alexandra Nikolova. Learn the performance art of Poi with Costa Rican dancer Eli Monte Zuma. For more information please see our Aerial Dance & Movement Workshop page.
Guest Yoga Teacher Silvia Eriksson
Silvia Eriksson is originally from a small town in Switzerland, and at a young age moved to Copenhagen, Denmark where she lived most of her life until moving to Montezuma, Costa Rica in 2009. She fell in love with Montezuma and its healing energy and pura vida style, and is now happily married and living in Montezuma full time.
Her transition between life styles and career choices all began with an ever-growing relationship with Yoga around 8 years ago back in Copenhagen where she was working in Hospitality at the time. Going through several physical problems as results of accidents, mainly back and postural issues, she found that yoga was the answer. Practicing yoga continues to heal and contribute to her life in every way.
Silvia has always been an advocate of eating healthy and chemical free food and using non-toxic skin care. This focus continues to guide her career and life in many ways, as she is also a trained esthetician specializing in natural skin care. She came across Anamaya in its infancy phase and was fortunate to be offered a position in the spa (where she still works) and guest services. She then completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Anamaya with Jackie Chiodo. Currently she also teaches Vinyasa/Hatha Flow at the Montezuma Yoga studio with Dagmar Spremberg. Another one of her passions, as discovered in further educational workshops and courses, is Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga which she is eager to share with you during this week, along with working with her dear friends Eli Montezuma and Alex Nikolova in their very special arts!
Yoga to me is synonymous to coming Home. What I try to convey through my teaching is how to create a safe space within ourselves, starting with getting into our body which then creates a space that is open for us to discover what lies deeper within. Growing up I struggled with the doubt of where I “belong” and coming from a small family and spending my childhood and adolescence in a group home in very alternative settings, when I emerged into the “real world”, I felt lost, insecure and out of place. I was fortunate enough to discover Yoga which completely changed my life in a way that I never imagined. Being on my yoga mat and practicing allowed me to harness my attention into the present moment, into my body, which in turn made space for a deep space of calm and security. What I quickly realized is that belonging to somewhere really means belonging to yourself, coming home to yourself and therefore the first time in my life that I could find that, it was on my yoga mat.
One of the meanings of the word Yoga is to yoke, to bring together, and to unify. My practice, which I share as my teaching, is a balanced Vinyasa flow, moving rhythmically and in time with the breath and can vary from vigourous to quiet and calm and with the intention of uniting the breath, movement and attention to the present moment. My classes are designed to balance both strength and ease, and is a dance between the two resulting in space to meditate and breathe followed by relaxation. These practices are available for everyone of any age and background, and one of my main intentions is that everyone in my class feels included and in a safe space, which is exactly what yoga has done for me.