What is a wellness vacation?

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Wellness is the latest buzzword with seemingly everyone having an opinion about what it means. Wellness vacations are another trend on the rise but what exactly is a “wellness vacation”?

If you’re exhausted from putting everyone’s needs before your own, uninspired in your day-to-day affairs, not feeling your best physically, mentally or emotionally – then you are the perfect candidate for a wellness vacation. Typically structured like a retreat, wellness vacations are focused on doing the body good and helping you develop the tools you need to bring wellness back into your daily life. But with lots and lots of relaxation. Think of it like a spa day, every single day for a week.

At Anamaya we’ve designed our week-long retreats to nourish the body, mind and soul. It is the perfect getaway because it is suited for everybody. “Anamaya” even means healthy in Sanskrit, so you know we take it seriously.

If you’re into yoga, we’ve got it. Surf and adventure? We have that too. Just want to chill and read a good book in a hammock? We’ve got you covered. We want everybody who stays with us to get exactly what they need to feel their best and rejuvenate.

All guests receive three organic, home cooked meals from our famous Anamaya kitchen. We avoid gluten, processed sugar and red meat when preparing meals to give our guests the most natural and healthy options. But don’t worry – this isn’t “diet food.” It is delicious and satisfying. Check out our testimonials or come try it for yourself!

Along with nourishing meals, Anamaya boasts the best ocean views, tons of surrounding lush jungle, a saltwater infinity pool, fully equipped spa, two amazing yoga decks and intricately designed cabinas to make you feel right at home.

A wellness vacation is for anyone who needs a break. It is the best way to relax, recharge and rejuvenate. Taking time for self-care is not something to feel guilty about – it is a necessary part of taking care of yourself, so you can continue to live your best life.

Check out our retreat packages to find the perfect wellness vacation for you.

Yoga Retreat with Colynn Vosburgh

DATES: March 23 – 30, 2019

PRICES:  After you look through this page and get to know the yoga teacher for this week, please have a look at our Rates & Reservations page to see our BASE RATES (which cover accommodations and meals).

PACKAGES:  We have a yoga retreat package for everyone, and the cost of the package you choose is added to your BASE RATE. Our packages include Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or Pure Yoga. For more information about these packages please visit Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP). Or for those who are not totally into yoga, there’s no need to choose a yoga package at all – you can book all your activities and excursions A La Carte. We call it the Relaxation Retreat.

We are also now offering a Scuba Certification and Yoga package to our guests and a Couples Retreat package.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS: We are super excited to offer our guests three very special workshops this week. Introduction To The Chakras, Total Discharge and Past Life Regression. For more information and price please see below.

Guest Yoga Teacher Colynn Vosburgh, 500hr ERYT

Colynn Vosburgh brings her West Coast teaching style and life experiences from British Columbia, Canada. After practicing yoga and nursing for over 14 years, Colynn decided to create a massive change and began attending Medical School as well as took her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training. As it is known to do, YTT changed Colynn’s mind on the direction in life she was going. Within 2 years, Colynn quit med-school and nursing & decided to pursue a career in coaching through Yoga & Meditation. Colynn’s western clinical fusion and knowledge of anatomy, physiology and disease process coupled with eastern philosophies makes her classes original and life changing, both mentally and physically.

Colynn truly believes that the world we are operating in is hazardous to our health and wellness. She teaches a supportive class that allows her students to connect to the present moment and take the time to let go of some of the stresses constantly plaguing each person. Regardless of the style of teaching, Colynn promises to deliver a class in which you connect deeper to your true-self, you discharge your nervous system, and you focus on your breath as a tool. Increasing the awareness of your body puts you back in touch with your inherent healing nature and sets you up to integrate these practices when you leave the retreat. Empowering students to continue with this journey far beyond our time together.

Colynn is owner of Frik-Shuhn Yoga & Coaching – a successful boutique studio and yoga school in BC – and has been evolving her teaching skills over the past 5 years by attending such certification programs as Meditation Teacher Training, Yin & Chakra Training, Restorative Teacher Training, Private Yoga Teacher Training, Reiki Level 1, Coaching Apprenticeships, Partner Yoga Teacher Training, Kids Yoga Teacher Training & 300 hour Teacher Training. She has integrated her knowledge into her favourite styles of yoga and teaches unique Flow (Vinyasa), Restorative, Meditation & Yin classes as a result.

Workshops

Introduction To The Chakras

This interactive discussion class is appropriate for all students, regardless of their prior knowledge of the chakras. This 2 hour workshop introduces the chakras, their physical properties and their ties to your physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing. Learn how the chakras and their imbalances are affecting all parts of your life and learn to work with them to get the results you are seeking. The lesson includes tools you can use at home to continue to heal, as well as handouts and a chakra balancing meditation to end the class. Price is $35.

Total Discharge

In the world we live in today, our nervous systems are always on. Our ancient bodies are engulfed in modern stresses and it is affecting our overall health. Join me for a discussion about the nervous system and learn tools to release the constant pressure we put on ourselves and our bodies, and how to integrate them into your daily life. You will then experience a 1.5hr class in which you will totally discharge your nervous system and find complete relaxation. Price is $30.

Past Life Regression

In Yogic tradition, the atman, or true-self, is unharmed in death and continues to reincarnate into physical bodies through the passage of time. Each life has a lesson associated with it and the lesson continues to repeat until it is learned. Each life teaching something different, something more, to support you on your continued journey. Allow me to guide you back through 2 past lives so that those lessons can be sprinkled into your present life. This class is 1.5 – 2 hours depending on how many people attend. Price is $25.

Message From Colynn

Yoga Retreat with Charlene and Lori

 

DATES: April 13 – 20, 2019

PRICES:  After you look through this page and get to know the yoga teacher for this week, please have a look at our Rates & Reservations page to see our BASE RATES (which cover accommodations and meals).

PACKAGES:  We have a yoga retreat package for everyone, and the cost of the package you choose is added to your BASE RATE. Our packages include Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or Pure Yoga. For more information about these packages please visit Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP). Or for those who are not totally into yoga, there’s no need to choose a yoga package at all – you can book all your activities and excursions A La Carte. We call it the Relaxation Retreat.

We are also now offering a Scuba Certification and Yoga package to our guests and a Couples Retreat package.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS: You’re in for a treat this week as we’re offering our guests two exciting workshops. The first is called Inferno Hot Pilates, and the second is Yamas & Niyamas. Please see below for more information and price.

This week we have TWO special guest teachers at Anamaya!

Guest Teacher Lori McKee

Lori has been an athlete all her life and especially loves golf.  She was introduced to yoga in 2011 and after much encouragement to keep practicing, she fell in love with it.  So much so that she received her 200 Hour Hot Yoga Teacher Certification in 2016.  She also went to Inferno Hot Pilates training in 2017.

Lori moved back to her hometown in Ohio after being away for over 30 years to help Charlene manage her yoga studio.  Lori is a vital part to the daily operation of Hot Yoga Escape as the Studio Manager and teacher on staff.

Lori’s Teaching Philosophy

Lori’s philosophy on teaching, whether it be yoga or Inferno Hot Pilates   is “everyday is a different day on your mat, and everyday is a greatday on your mat”. She encourages her students to do what is right for them.  Lori teaches her classes to all levels and is always mindful to give attentive direction to those less experienced.  She wants all of her students to understand how they can receive the maximum benefit from each posture.  You will have fun with Lori’s sense of humor and kind hearted spirit as she guides you further on your journey on your mat!

Guest Teacher

Charlene is a passionate yogi, nurturer and believes living life to it’s fullest.  She found her way to her mat and started a serious yoga practice in early 2011.  She was seeking for more than just a physical workout.  She needed something to quiet her mind and ground her inner self during a challenging time in her life.  Her healing and positive experience motivated her to go to teacher training so she could share the beauty and benefits of yoga with others.

Charlene has her hot yoga certification from Bikram’s Yoga College of India (500 plus Hour) in 2014.  She completed trainings in Yin yoga 2016 and Inferno Hot Pilates 2017.  She has deepened her yoga knowledge and insights further with a transformational and empowering 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training in Spring 2018.  She moved back to her hometown in Ohio and opened a yoga studio called Hot Yoga Escape in 2016.

Charlene’s Teaching Philosophy

Charlene believes that “only you can take care of you”.  Every time you come to your mat, it’s a big deal. She teaches a challenging yet nurturing class. She feels that each person that tries his/ her best will receive exactly what is needed for healing his/ her mind, body and spirit.  She encourages her students to be mindful of breath as well as alignment and not so much about depth.  Breath is your “life force” aka “energy” and depth comes in time with practice.

Charlene will teach the original hot yoga, a Hatha based series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises and a Vinyasa Flow class where focus is on movement with your breath. The hot yoga series and Vinyasa Flow will alternate in the mornings during your retreat. These classes will definitely have energy in the air and offer you the perfect start to lovely day at Anamaya.

Charlene will also teach Yin yoga in the afternoons.  Yin yoga is a gentler yoga and the pleasing complement to the “yang” of the more physical yoga or exercise you do in your life.  Props will be available for use and Charlene will guide you into each posture with loving care.  You may feel like you took a long, rejuvenating nap after class.

All classes are available to all levels and no experience is necessary. Charlene has found that some yogis prefer some one on one time to work on specific postures.  She will be available for private instruction throughout the week, if requested.

Join Charlene on your mat as you make time to take care of you!

Anamaya Pools

Workshops

INFERNO HOT PILATES

Join Lori in a 90-minute workshop of Inferno Hot Pilates. Inferno Hot Pilates (IHP) is a chal­leng­ing, full body, low impact, high inten­sity work­out using Pilates principles. IHP strength­ens mus­cles and burns fat — all with­out the pound­ing of a high impact work­out. It is designed for all fit­ness levels. ZERO experience needed!! The workshop will start with a 30-minute discussion on Pilates principles, proper effective breathing technique and demonstrations on basic moves including bridges, planks and much more. IHP is FUN and it’s UPLIFTING! Get ready for the motivating and inspiring music for a great workout.  Your workshop will be over and you will say: “wow….that went fast!” You will feel AMAZING!! Bring a mat, towel & water. Wear clothes that will allow you to sweat comfortably and it’s a beautiful complement to anything else you do in YOUR LIFE!

***Price is $25 or BOTH Workshops for $60

YAMAS & NIYAMAS

Explore, with Charlene, a guide any yogi needs while on your yoga journey.  The Yamas & Niyamasbook by Deborah Adele will be provided with this 2 hour workshop. Learn how to take ownership of your life and move towards happier fulfillment. You will discuss how to choose attitude, thought and action that will guide you on your best adventure in life. Learn about the valuable benefits of journaling and expressing your inner self on paper. You will leave this workshop with a better understanding of yoga’s ten ethical guidelines. Yoga is more than just doing postures; it is a way of living. Get ready to connect with your inner self and learn a little more about yourself. Bring paper, pen and an open mind for inner exploration.

***Price is $40 or BOTH Workshops for $60

A Message From Charlene & Lori

Yoga Retreat with Erica Cohen

DATES:

  • Sep 1 – 8, 2018
  • Sep 8 – 15, 2018
  • Oct 20 – 27, 2018
  • April 20 – 27, 2019

PRICES:  After you look through this page and get to know the yoga teacher for these weeks, please have a look at our Rates & Reservations page to see our BASE RATES (which cover accommodations and meals).

PACKAGES:  We have a yoga retreat package for everyone, and the cost of the package you choose is added to your BASE RATE. Our packages include Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or Pure Yoga. For more information about these packages please visit Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP). Or for those who are not totally into yoga, there’s no need to choose a yoga package at all – you can book all your activities and excursions A La Carte. We call it the Relaxation Retreat.

We are also now offering a Scuba Certification and Yoga package to our guests and a Couples Retreat package.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOP:  We’re very excited to offer our guests who stay with us during these weeks a special meditation workshop. For more information please see below for information and cost.

Guest Teacher Erica Cohen

With a strong belief in alternative healing practices, Erica focuses on enhancing the lives of her students through yoga. As a passionate teacher, as well as student, she is dedicated to learning; from her students and for her students.

Erica is a New Jersey native, who has found her home here in Montezuma. She spent many years in the real estate industry, assisting her clients in the purchase and sale of their homes. Yoga has played a major role in her life, keeping her grounded through the hustle and bustle of NJ/NYC, and always connecting her back “home” to herself.

Her dedication to this ancient practice brought her to Anamaya in 2015, where she trained with Paula Tursi. Her studies, strongly based on the trinity of body, mind, and spirit, awoken a strong desire to share this practice with others, and she has since moved to the Montezuma to do just that.

From the very start, Erica has had the pleasure of working with some of the most experienced, dedicated teachers. Beyond her 200 hour teacher training with Paula, Erica also studied with Banyan Gallagher, who passes the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya forward, prescribing different yogas for different individuals.

She also studied the healing art of Thai Yoga massage with T’ai Jamar Hanna which has enhanced her teaching and enabled her to bring dynamic adjustments and energy work into the class.

Teaching Philosophy

Erica’s teachings are from the heart. She encourages students to tune into their bodies, making each class a time to notice, connect, release, and recharge. She teaches a well-rounded class that includes asana, meditation, and pranayama. The morning classes are strong, vinyasa flow classes with a focus on moving meditation, and the evening classes are gentle and restorative. Her intention is for students to leave class feeling a greater connection to themselves and the universe around them. Erica’s classes are accessible and inviting to all levels of students.

Erica has both the patience to cater to beginners, as well as the knowledge to provide insight to the veteran yogis. She brings an amazing energy to the class and keeps things flowing naturally. Unlike other classes I’ve attended, Erica actually walks around the room paying attention and giving pointers to each and every student. I highly recommend her class to both newcomers and those already experienced.

Workshop

During this week, we will be offering a meditation workshop focused on returning back to our natural state. We will discuss our obstacles with meditation, how we can work with those obstacles, and ways in which we can calm the fluctuations of the mind. Workshop is 1 hour, and price is $30.

Yoga Retreat with Abbé Ciulla

DATE:  Dec 1 – 8, 2018 

PRICES:  After you look through this page and get to know the yoga teacher for this week, please have a look at our Rates & Reservations page to see our BASE RATES (which cover accommodations and meals).

PACKAGES:  We have a yoga retreat package for everyone, and the cost of the package you choose is added to your BASE RATE. Our packages include Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or Pure Yoga. For more information about these packages please visit Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP). Or for those who are not totally into yoga, there’s no need to choose a yoga package at all – you can book all your activities and excursions A La Carte. We call it the Relaxation Retreat.

We are also now offering a Scuba Certification and Yoga package to our guests and a Couples Retreat package.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS:  We’re very excited to offer our guests this week a special 3-part workshop series called “Mind, Body, Soul”. You can attend one, two or all three workshops! For more information and cost please see below.

Guest Yoga Teacher Abbé Ciulla

Abbé Ciulla is the yogi behind mightyogini.com and co-founder of The Adventure Awaits yoga immersion programs and retreats. She has been practicing holistic healing, bodybuilding and integrative nutrition for over a decade and has been nominated Best Yoga Teacher by Mercury Magazine.

With gratitude, Abbe leads a heart centered practice on and off the mat. Her days are filled sharing her signature “Vitality” yoga classes, as well as teacher trainings and biomechanics workshops. Her devoted students travel to practice with her on spiritually immersive yoga retreats all over the globe.

When Abbe isn’t teaching, trekking or balancing on her hands, she spends her days working at family owned garden center where she is surrounded by nature and motivated by growth and transformation. Drawing on her love for the natural world, her devotion of the practice and her wanderess soul she now travels that passion across the world to teach amongst nature’s wild canvas.

Abbé received her formal training from Patti Doyle of Innerlight and Thames Street Yoga. She has since expanded her study with NASM, IIN, and has spent countless hours with great gurus such as Shiva Rea, Alison West, Tom Meyers and many more.
Certified E-RYT, CPT, CSN

Teaching Philosophy

As a dedicated student and teacher of the flow and a devoted wanderer, Abbé offers to you an empowering yoga experience.

Abbe’s classes are her own deeply researched, biomechanic blend of Vinyasa, Budokon (think hatha infused martial arts) and restorative. Sprinkle on a little plyometrics and pranayama and you have a revitalizing yinyasa-esque experience. Ideal for the curious student, Abbe’s informative teaching style will enlighten you of the whys and hows of the practice and encourage you to dive deeper by cultivating a comprehensive understanding of the human body and spirit.

Abbe classes are specifically designed to take you deeper into your practice, to peel away the layers of doubt and self-limiting behavior. Her classes inspire strength, growth and presence, all the while fostering a joyful environment where students can playfully discover their evolutionary edge.  With Abbe you will explore the universal concepts of alignment and effort in the body- the big ideas of how to move better, practice confidently and live consciously.

Expect to flow, move, dance, laugh and most importantly, dive deeply into yourself.  Abbe’s life is built around growth, and that is what she will inspire in you.

Classes are suitable for all levels of practice.

Testimonials:

Abbe’s classes are amazing! She is funny, professional, incredibly knowledgeable, super inspirational and very talented. She looks for and listens to input from her students before every class. Her classes are always challenging and never the same from day to day. I love her technical knowledge and the way she explains what is going on in your body in various poses. I would recommend Abbe’s class hands down to anyone looking to expand their practice.” – Cat

Abbe is charismatic and has a wonderful zest for life, which shines through her yoga practice and teaching. I have been to many different yoga classes over the years, and Abbe’s classes are by far the one’s I look forward to the most. Her kind heart, patience, mental and physical strength and awareness, and knowledge of yoga and fitness will lead her to an abundant future and following in this community as she encourages and inspires so effortlessly.” – Jocelyn

I am an older practitioner of yoga. I love Abbe’s classes. She’s funny, encouraging , knowledgeable and passionate about helping her students self actualize their potentials. She gives her students the space to learn, practice and grow stronger all the while honoring our bodies. I find myself breathing, laughing, moving and luxuriating in her classes.” – Amy

Workshop Series

Mind, Body, Soul

Yoga means union, aiming to connect the intricate facets of our human condition harmoniously – from the physical and sensory, the emotional and mental, and the spiritual and highest Self-realization.

This workshop series is designed to do just that; To align our three major dimensions: Mind, Body & Soul. Find equanimity in these three pillars. Witness how honoring all equally can lead to transformation and conscious living. Each individual workshop is $40, or $100 for all three.

Part One: The Soul

Break Up, Break Through: A Workshop on Breaking Boundaries

Building a yoga practice balanced in strength and flexibility means we must dig deep & search for any missing pieces. Most often we don’t need to look far as we are not lost, maybe just wandering a little off track. Break up with bad habit, break through boundaries and self-limiting behavior.

In this workshop we will learn how to truly develop a balanced practice. If you feel weakness you will learn how to cultivate strength. If you feel inflexible you will learn how to encourage mobility.
Here we will uncover the simple tricks to help us discover the path to breakthrough. We will discuss the most common yoga setbacks- mental-blocks, injuries & immobilities, and how to honor them so that we get the most out of our practice.

Bring your aspirational or most challenging asana and hop into the hot seat to examine how your pose reflects your habits, your posture reveals your patterns and how to determine your specific course of action.

Part asana lab, part personal exploration. Each participant will receive some one-on-one coaching from Abbe to meet individual goals. Workshop Length: 150 minutes

Part Two: The Mind

Body, Emotion, Fellowship: A Human Yoga Intensive

What are the physical manifestations of human emotion? How does the body react to loss, pain, or joy? Why do we give power to these emotions?

Uncover the importance of community and fellowship. Take your practice to a new level by learning to embody yogic principles that lead to conscious living and transformation. We have been collecting and refining our tools of practice, now it’s time to learn how to use them to heal the mind instead of only the physical body.

Join Abbé as she dives into the layers of what we take on every time we hit our mat.

Workshop is available to anyone with an existing yoga practice and a desire to examine the human experience. Workshop length: 120 minutes

Part Three: The Body

The Fundamentals of Flight: An arm balance and inversion workshop

Not only are arm-balances and inversions fun transitional tools to add to your practice toolkit, they are also important to finding a balanced asana practice. They challenge us mentally and physically by forcing us to slow down, find strength, courage and trust.

During this all level workshop we will build the basic framework for safe and sustainable inversions, specifically working with the anatomy and alignment in the shoulder girdle, core and bandhas. While exploring these elusive arm-balances we will focus on proper alignment and bone-stacking, training techniques and exercise drills to strengthen and open your body for inversion practice.

Each participant will receive some one-on-one coaching from Abbe to meet individual needs. Workshop Length: 150 minutes. Workshop is open to all levels of practice. Bring an adventurous spirit and a willingness to learn.

***Each individual workshop is $40, or $100 for all three.

For more information and to see some of her classes please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=61&v=mCNK5ameD7I 

Yoga Retreats with Cassandra Wilder, ND

Anamaya Pools

DATE:  Nov 3 – 10, 2018

PRICES:  After you look through this page and get to know the yoga teacher for this week, please have a look at our Rates & Reservations page to see our BASE RATES (which cover accommodations and meals).

PACKAGES:  We have a yoga retreat package for everyone, and the cost of the package you choose is added to your BASE RATE. Our packages include Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or Pure Yoga. For more information about these packages please visit Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP). Or for those who are not totally into yoga, there’s no need to choose a yoga package at all – you can book all your activities and excursions A La Carte. We call it the Relaxation Retreat.

We are also now offering a Scuba Certification and Yoga package to our guests and a Couples Retreat package.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS:  We are very excited to offer our guests three very special workshops this week. The first is Opening the Heart and Finding Joy, the second is Sacred Fire Ceremony, and the third is called the Manifestation Circle. For more information and cost please see below.

Guest Yoga Teacher Cassandra Wilder N.D.

Cassandra Wilder is a Naturopathic Doctor, Herbalist and Retreat Leader that shares her wisdom of yoga, the Sacred Feminine and natural health all across the world. Passionate about women’s wisdom and yoga therapy, Cassandra leads Goddess Retreats across the United States and worldwide, inspiring and empowering people to live authentic, vibrant lives. She is honored to be teaching here at Anamaya Resort and to be a part of your beautiful experience here in Costa Rica.

Cassandra grew up in a small town in Utah and from a young age had an interest in natural health, the body and healing. By the age of 13, she had proclaimed to her family that she wanted to be a Naturopathic Doctor when she grew up and help men and women find wellness and balance. By 19, she had completed her first Yoga Teacher Training and began her studies at the University of Utah.

Before long, Cassandra found herself working a stressful corporate job as she tried to navigate through the steps to success she had been taught. She had a decent job, was about to graduate with her bachelors degree, had a nice apartment and lived in a beautiful city, and yet she felt emptiness.

After a relationship ending in a police report and court rooms, Cassandra found herself at her rock bottom. She knew she had two options: she could either stay disempowered and exhausted in her life or, she could begin to change her life and discover who she truly was.

Fortunately, she chose to change.

Immersing herself in yoga, mindfulness and meditation, Cassandra began to feel the light and joy within her return. Little by little, she began to heal herself.

About 6 months later, Cassandra felt called to visit Costa Rica to continue her healing journey and after a few months of resistance, she finally booked a yoga retreat at one of the most beautiful yoga retreat centers in the world – Anamaya Resort.

Throughout her week at Anamaya she began to feel a sense of empowerment and happiness she had never felt before. Spending a week at Anamaya gave Cassandra the support and nourishment she needed to begin to radically change her life.

Soon, she sold everything she owned, quit her corporate job, moved out of her apartment and left to travel the world with her partner Joseph. Exploring Central America, Southeast Asia and the Western United States, she began to discover her purpose and passion in this world.

After spending a few months in Guatemala, Cassandra began leading sacred women’s circles
around the world and later began leading them in Michigan where she was going to school. These circles later expanded into yoga retreats all across the United States and worldwide, providing hundreds of people with a safe and empowering space to heal, rejuvenate and grow. After finishing her schooling as a Naturopathic Doctor, Cassandra began to weave into her teachings the wisdom of health and wellness as well.

Known for her down to earth attitude and warmth, Cassandra holds a loving and supportive space to all who meet her. She is beyond honored to be teaching at this week long retreat in November and cannot wait to be a part of your journey!

Workshops

Opening the Heart and Finding Joy

In this supportive and nourishing workshop, you will enjoy a heart opening yoga flow and special workshop and journaling practice to begin your week at Anamaya. We’ll be exploring empowering heart centered yoga poses and reflecting on the layers of the heart before moving into a gentle meditation and journaling practice. If you’d like to begin your life changing week at Anamaya in a grounded and balanced way, sign up for this beautiful workshop! This workshop is one hour and 15 minutes.

Sacred Fire Ceremony

In this powerful workshop, we will be releasing and burning away the things that no longer serve us. Within this sacred space you will have the opportunity to liberate yourself of the things that hold you back and pull you away from your purpose and joy. Sacred Fire Ceremonies are always included in Cassandra’s Goddess Retreats because they are so transformative and so empowering. Whether you are working through transitions in your life or simply want to feel lighter and more aligned in your life, this workshop will be a powerful addition to your week at Anamaya. This workshop is one hour and 15 minutes.

Manifestation Circle

The final workshop at Anamaya this week will focus on the life changing practice of manifestation. Learn how to manifest and create the life you have always dreamed of! In this workshop you’ll learn the elements or guidelines of manifestation and then be able to create your own. Whether you are looking to move into a new career, find a relationship or friendship that you desire, create more self love or gain more financial abundance, this workshop is for you! This is always a favorite. This workshop is one hour and 15 minutes.

***PRICES: $30 for each workshop, or $80 for all three. 

Message From Cassandra

Yoga Retreat with Jivana

DATES:

  • Sept 15 – 22, 2018
  • Sept 29 – Oct 6, 2018
  • Nov 10 – 17, 2018
  • Nov 17 – 24, 2018
  • Nov 24 – Dec 1, 2018

PRICES:  After you look through this page and get to know the yoga teacher for these weeks, please have a look at our Rates & Reservations page to see our BASE RATES (which cover accommodations and meals).

PACKAGES:  We have a yoga retreat package for everyone, and the cost of the package you choose is added to your BASE RATE. Our packages include Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or Pure Yoga. For more information about these packages please visit Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP). Or for those who are not totally into yoga, there’s no need to choose a yoga package at all – you can book all your activities and excursions A La Carte. We call it the Relaxation Retreat.

We are also now offering a Scuba Certification and Yoga package to our guests and a Couples Retreat package.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOP:  We are very excited to offer our guests a very special workshop this week. It’s called Self-Love into Super-heroism: Love Revolution Movement. Please see below for more information and cost.

Guest Teacher JIVANA

JIVANA (Janine Jordan) is a multi-dimensional being, playful spiritual artivist (art activist) and tantrika-yogini. JIVANA considers art a spiritual path, which includes of course, the art of yoga. With the idea that “I am Art”, JIVANA as an avant-garde yogini applies her philosophy of karma yoga to artivism and in addition to spiritual service to the world through embodiment, art, and action. She grew up in Southern California, and was always involved in some sort of dance or physical-art-movement. She graduated from the business school at the University of San Diego in 2002 and then moved to Hollywood.

She has been running a holistic environmental awareness non-profit for over a decade which includes several projects in the Southern Nicoya Peninsula: Futuro Verde environmental school, Karen Mogensen Reserve in Jicaral, Wild Sun wildlife rescue and release center, and now the Green Wave environmental show home. Interestingly, she attributes finding her yogic path and being empowered to start and continue her non-profit work to an art project she started in 2004 that revolves around the superheroine character and muse, Raver J. JIVANA uses writing, dance-performance art, digital media, and collaborations with artists to raise awareness about important issues, inspire people to feel empowered, and act selflessly to change the world.

JIVANA moved to Costa Rica with her husband two years ago and have built an eco-show home and mini-permacultural farm in Anamaya’s supporting eco-village, Rancho Delicioso. They occasionally travel to festivals and conferences to speak about their experiences.

JIVANA likes to share the path of the spiritual artivist and show people how they can tap into their inner superhero/ine. Through her upcoming fictional autobiography, JIVANA is pioneering rave culture literature, and hopes to inspire and continue to build a global community of artivists – peaceful, playful, poignant, warriors of the rainbow dedicated to transforming the world.

Teaching Philosophy

Through her karma yoga work, JIVANA is a living example and inspiratrix for others to lead a more conscious, intentional, beautiful, and blissful existence while balancing the call to help save the planet in their own unique and creative way. Her teaching is heart-centered, Earth connected and reverent. She will make you a superhero/ine. Her flows are slow-flow vinyasa based with kundalini breath work. The morning classes are strong but good for all levels. Her evening classes are gentle and creative. She teaches about self-love, gratitude, embodiment, and “off the mat” action through her asana classes, workshops, and private consultations. Her classes have been influenced by her teachers. JIVANA has studied with Ana Costa (San Diego of Anahata Heart Yoga), Psalm Isadora (LA, Tantra yoga), Peter Kaaberbol (Anamaya), and the extensive readings from John Lamb Lash (Gaian Tantra), Guru Rattana (Kundalini teacher of Yoga Technology) and Paramahansa Yogananda (Self-Realization Fellowship).

Workshops

Self-Love into Super-heroism: Love Revolution Movement

Learn about the principles of self-love with exercises and strategies that can easily be applied from home. This class is an overview of personal care practices, holistic health (breath, touch, nutrition), and empowering embodiment philosophy and rituals. Leave this workshop with a full and radiant heart ready to shine your heart-centered superpowers out to the world. You’ll enjoy this workshop with live music and aromatherapy based on availability of collaborators.

2 hours $40

***Private Yoga Classes are also available for $70/hour.

Yoga Retreat with Joni Hewitt

DATE:  Aug 25 to Sep 1, 2018

PRICES:  After you look through this page and get to know the yoga teacher for this week, please have a look at our Rates & Reservations page to see our BASE RATES (which cover accommodations and meals).

PACKAGES:  We have a yoga retreat package for everyone, and the cost of the package you choose is added to your BASE RATE. Our packages include Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or Pure Yoga. For more information about these packages please visit Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP). Or for those who are not totally into yoga, there’s no need to choose a yoga package at all – you can book all your activities and excursions A La Carte. We call it the Relaxation Retreat.

We are also now offering a Scuba Certification and Yoga package to our guests and a Couples Retreat package.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS:  We are very excited to offer our guests three very special workshops this week. The first is Restorative Yoga, the second Barre.fit Yoga, and the third is Essential Oils. For more details and cost please see below.

Guest Teacher Joni Hewitt

As a lifelong educator with passion and enthusiasm Joni brings her physical and emotional energy out of the classroom and onto the mat. She first discovered Yoga as a complement to her training as a marathon runner and triathlete, and as a supplement to her work as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer. In her yoga teacher training she was pleasantly surprised however to discover the deep healing power of Yoga through the amazing mind-body connection.  With focus on pranayama and mindfulness, Joni works with people of all ages and all abilities from beginners to seasoned Yogi’s.

A 200-hour Registered Yoga Alliance teacher (RYT), Joni completed her yoga teacher training from Sacred Seeds Yoga School in Southern Maine. As a certified Balanced Athlete Coach, she incorporates these fundamentals to offer Yoga as maintenance to one’s athletic activities. Working with high school athletic teams, she offers sports specific yoga practices showing athletes how the practice of yoga can help build core strength, encourage proper breathing techniques and increase focus.

Always training and learning, Joni went on to study the Barre method and with these principals created her own unique version of Barre.fit yoga with focus on the importance of body sustainability. Whether teaching Restorative Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Barre.fit or Mindfulness practices, Joni’s passion for Yoga is contagious and her commitment to her students is always a constant.

Joni’s Philosophy

Joni considers the practice of yoga as an ideal form of self-care and wellness. She recognizes the value in living life with a strong connection between mind & body, and offers this awareness through teaching from this place of practice. Finding balance is the key! Knowing that it is not always easy, she shows her authentic self in the words she uses and in the teaching she offers.   Adhering to her belief that yoga is for everybody, she teaches to whomever lands on the mat in front of her and relies on her strong understanding of anatomy and proper alignment to offer modifications and gentle assists. Simply put, the main philosophy of yoga is simple: mind, body and spirit are all one and cannot be clearly separated.

Workshops

Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga is the experience of simply being. To yield is to surrender. In the practice of Restorative Yoga, we actively and consciously yield as we surrender our tension to the force of gravity relaxing and softening throughout the practice. It is a pleasant experience because for most of us letting go of tension brings great relief to our body and mind. This yielding is not about collapsing into each posture, instead we actively acquire a dynamic relationship with our surrounding, leaving us present to the softening of stress and tension and present to what might be revealed in the act of letting go. This practice activates the parasympathetic nervous system by deliberately slowing us down. As you incorporate a restorative practice you’ll notice optimal comfort and ease, steady breath, lowering blood pressure and heart rates, relaxing tension, and greater balance. Why wouldn’t you try it?! This workshop will be 75 minutes and $30 (or $80 for all three).

Barre.fit Yoga

Fusing traditional fitness techniques from Pilates, Calisthenics and Yoga, this unique Barre.fit yoga practice is an athletic workout specifically designed to strengthen the entire body while lengthening the muscles and increasing flexibility. Class begins with gentle moves designed to increase the heart rate and build heat.  Following the warm-up,  you’ll move through a series of upper body exercises and isometric moves before continuing to the barre movements with a lower body workout for your thighs and gluteus muscles. Participants are encouraged to work at their own level, modifications are offered as needed. Continue your practice with core-focused progressions, push-ups and planks on the mat.  End with a yoga flow of postures designed to re-stretch your muscles and complete your practice with Savasana. Enjoy your feeling of enhanced stamina & endurance, increased flexibility & calm and leave feeling even better than when you arrived! This workshop will be 75 minutes and $30 (or $80 for all three).

Essential Oils

The mind lives in the past and the future; the oils bring you back to the present.” Essential oils are an excellent addition to any natural and healthy lifestyle. Weaving essential oils into your yoga practice can deepen and expand your experience in new dimensions with just a few pure, powerful healing drops. Both simple and complex, learn how a single oil or blend can be used for a specific intended purpose, and at the same time address multiple aspects of healing the body, mind and spirit. In this workshop, you will learn more about the oils and how they can help you with particular aspects of your health and well-being. This workshop will be 75 minutes and $30 (or $80 for all three).

Message From Joni

Yoga Retreats with Miranda Viorst

 

DATE:  Dec 15 – 22, 2018

PRICES:  After you look through this page and get to know the yoga teacher for this week, please have a look at our Rates & Reservations page to see our BASE RATES (which cover accommodations and meals).

PACKAGES:  We have a yoga retreat package for everyone, and the cost of the package you choose is added to your BASE RATE. Our packages include Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or Pure Yoga. For more information about these packages please visit Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP). Or for those who are not totally into yoga, there’s no need to choose a yoga package at all – you can book all your activities and excursions A La Carte. We call it the Relaxation Retreat.

We are also now offering a Scuba Certification and Yoga package to our guests and a Couples Retreat package.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS:  We are very excited to offer our guests a special 90 min Workshop this week called Smart Alignment for Peak Poses: Backbends and Inversions. For more information and cost please see below.

Guest Teacher Miranda Viorst

Miranda teaches what works. As a devoted student of the Yoga and Tantra traditions, Miranda has spent years digging with curiosity and passion into the pieces of the practice that change people’s lives.

Miranda teaches from heart, from laughter, from lived experience, and from her own academic research as well as that of her peers. She concocts classes that offer the perfect blend of ancient wisdom and modern twist, sincerity and silliness, contemplation and play. Miranda invites you into a safe place to breathe, transform, and let go. All this in the name of moving step-by-step toward the most tremendous expression of you.

A certified RYT-500 trained in Vinyasa, Yin, Hot, Restorative, and Forrest Yoga, Miranda shares her offerings in her regular classes in Colorado, as well as assorted trainings and workshops.

Teaching Philosophy

Miranda teaches with adoration and playfulness. Her creative vinyasa flows focus on allowing students to deepen into their practice with a dance-inspired grace. She weaves in the teachings of her favorite mystics, philosophers, and poets, to craft classes that allow students to get closer to themselves and more intimately familiar with both their perfections and their challenges.

With an emphasis on self-study, she encourages students to nurture spiritual growth through disciplined practice. She does all this with the sense of compassion, curiosity, and playfulness that she infuses into every class.

Workshop

Smart Alignment for Peak Poses: Backbends and Inversions

Many of us fall in love with the Yoga Practice for the way it makes us feel. When we move the body beyond what we thought was possible, our ideas of what our limitations are start to dissolve. We find ourselves feeling more open, more free, more in love. Backbends and inversions are “peak postures” – some of the most potent postures in the physical yoga practice. They are also often some of the most challenging postures to do safely.

In the paramount text on yoga practice, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Patanjali tells us “tatah dvandvah anabhighataha.” Translation: yoga makes the impossible possible. That’s the nature of this practice; to go beyond what we thought was possible.

This 90 min workshop aims to use safe, intelligent alignment to go beyond what we thought our limitations were. Incorporating ancient practices, modern philosophy, breath, movement, and games, we will use the practice of yoga not just to challenge our physical limits, but also to break down internal barriers and fall more deeply in love with the world around us and our daily lives. ***Price is $30

Message From Miranda

Yoga Retreat With Jacqueline Chiodo

Anamaya sunrise in Costa Rica

DATES:

  • June 23 – 30, 2018
  • May 18 – 25, 2019
  • June 22 – 29, 2019

PRICES:  After you look through this page and get to know the yoga teacher for these weeks, please have a look at our Rates & Reservations page to see our BASE RATES (which cover accommodations and meals).

PACKAGES:  We have a yoga retreat package for everyone, and the cost of the package you choose is added to your BASE RATE. Our packages include Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or Pure Yoga. For more information about these packages please visit Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP). Or for those who are not totally into yoga, there’s no need to choose a yoga package at all – you can book all your activities and excursions A La Carte. We call it the Relaxation Retreat.

We are also now offering a Scuba Certification and Yoga package to our guests and a Couples Retreat package.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS:  We are very excited to offer our guests three very special workshops during this transformational week together. The fist is the Chakra System, the second and Introduction to Ayurveda, the third is Refine and Align. Please see below for more information and price.

I was truly in paradise! I wish I was still there. Everything was perfect, even more beautiful than pictures could ever show. Staff was so wonderful and I miss them. Being a vegetarian, the food was simply the best I have ever had and now being back home, I am lost. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the most incredible experience ever, it was perfect because of Anamaya!” – Carolyn

Guest Yoga Teacher Jacqueline Chiodo

JacquelineJacqueline Chiodo ERYT 500 began her yoga practice in 1995, after suffering from a neck injury. Initially, her practice served as a way to relieve physical pain, but within the first year, yoga also became a healthy and effective way to manage stress and emotional well-being.   At the age of 22, Jacqueline entered into the corporate world as an investment advisor and relied on her yoga practice as a way to reset her mind after a stressful day at the office.  The self-discovery that was made from her time spent on the mat helped her transition from the financial world into a full-time career as a professional yoga instructor and studio owner.  Her goal is to help others through yoga, giving back for all that yoga has given to her.  Jacqueline graduated with a degree in Religious Studies and minor in Finance, from Rutgers University. She currently co-operates Joyful Yoga and Spa with her family, since 2005, in SW Florida.

Through the past 20 years, Jacqueline has studied with many profound teachers of yoga, meditation and ayurveda and has cultivated a deep respect for all spiritual paths. Her style is based on Raja Yoga, or the 8-limbed path of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. She combines her knowledge of ayurveda and the chakra system with precise alignment, and breath inspired movement.  A contemplation or inquiry offered in each of her classes, creates a unifying awareness during the practice, creating an experience of yoga beyond physical exertion. Jacqueline’s teaching style encourages the heart and mind to become intimately involved with the movement.  Profound emotional and energetic connections are made through the awareness of each energy center or chakra the practice is designed to awaken. The class themes are inspired by daily life, nature and silence.

According to Krishnamacharya, “yoga should be practiced according to the unique constitution (ayurveda) of the individual and should therefore be adapted to lifestyle, age and stages of life.  One system is not appropriate for everyone at all times.”  Taking this into consideration, Jacqueline is able to teach a broad range of practitioners, from kids to seniors and everyone in between, her style can be adapted and modified by all ages and life stages.

Jacqueline’s love for nature inspires her teaching style. As Einstein said ” nature is god”. When we are in tune with the natural world, we are in tune with everything. Jacqueline will inspire you to observe and connect with the elements and forces of nature.  During our exploration of how the elements connect us through the chakra system you will gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the power within and around you.

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Workshops

The Chakra System

Deepen your connection to the chakra system as it specifically relates to creating new experiences and fulfilling your purpose. Our exploration will build upon the experience of the chakra system in each morning asana practice.  We will discuss the connection between an idea and the creation of the idea on the material plane, trekking the journey from energy to matter within each chakra. Through lecture, writing and experiential activities you will discover where your ideas and dreams get stuck and what you can do to let the idea flow through to completion. 2.5 hours: $ 145

Introduction to Ayurveda

In this discussion you will understand the connection between the Doshas and the chakras, through the elements, discovering practical ways to create balance in your daily and yearly routine. 2 hours: $95

Refine and Align

This workshop will help you refine the anatomical alignment of asanas, we will explore the common misalignments in postures such as downward dog, chataranga, warrior 2, revolved triangle, half moon and twists! 2 hours: $95

***Register for all 3 session for $300 (save $35). 

***Private Yoga or Ayurveda Sessions are available with Jacqueline: 60 min session offering either yoga, Ayurveda or Chakra coaching. $125

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Yoga Retreats With Our Local Teachers

Montezuma Yoga Retreats

DATES:   Jan 6-13, Jan 13-20, or Jan 20-27, 2018

PRICES:  Please have a look at our Rates & Reservations page to see our base rate options.

PACKAGES DURING YOUR STAY:  We have a yoga retreat package for everyone: Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or Pure Yoga. For more information about our packages please visit Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP). Or for those who are not totally into yoga, there’s no need to choose a yoga package at all – you can book all your activities and excursions A La Carte. We call it the Relaxation Retreat.

We are also now offering a Scuba Certification and Yoga package to our guests.

WORKSHOPS:  We are excited to offer our guests specialized workshops every week that are designed specifically for our guests. For more info on the workshops offered please see below.

Reset Your Mind and Body for 2018

Recover from the hectic Holidays and prepare yourself for the year ahead, or join us to simply escape the cold.

Our yoga classes will be taught by a variety of excellent teachers from the area. They will be leading a vigorous morning yoga flow overlooking the ocean, and a more restorative practice at sunset. You have your choice of Yoga Package to choose from PLUS we’ll be offering our guests a special meditation guided by the renowned yoga guru from New York, Paula Tursi.

We are dedicated to offering our guests a space to balance their mind, body & spirit, rejuvenate their system with clean air, organic food, & yoga, and connect with a community of likeminded people from around the world.

Guest Yoga Teachers

Mandy Lawson

Mandy Lawson, E- RYT 500 is Canadian born, but has called Costa Rica home for nearly seven years. She came to Anamaya for the very first yoga teacher training offered at the center, and fell in love in numerous ways. She followed her heart and decided to set her roots in paradise, where they continue to grow. Mandy is now married to a Tico (aka Costa Rican), and has a magical (almost) 5 year old daughter, as well as 3 equally magical step-daughters.

Mandy has over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry, and has been teaching yoga specifically for over 6 years. Prior to her focus on yoga Mandy worked as a personal trainer for individuals and groups. These days, most of her work life is spent traveling throughout North, Central and South America teaching Children’s Yoga Teacher Trainings in both English and Spanish. She loves teaching grown ups yoga too (but don’t be surprised if she breaks out some kiddie songs to shake things up once in a while!).

Working with people and feeling the connection that can be achieved through a group yoga practice is what keeps Mandy coming back for more retreats. She has a degree in Psychology and also is a certified hypnotherapist. She has always sought ways to help people achieve happiness and health on a fundamental level, and through yoga she is achieving this goal on a daily basis.

Lia Marie

Lia has a gypsy soul and loves to move. She was born and raised amongst the corn stalks in Iowa until she made her escape. She learned her Spanish in Oviedo, Spain then moved to Montezuma, Costa Rica. From 2009-2013, Lia spent many happy and tropical years teaching everything from zumba to aerial acrobatics in Montezuma.

However, Lia’s heart is yoga. In 2011, she started teaching at Anamaya as the in house yoga teacher until 2013. During that time, Lia taught what her certificate calls an “alignment based flow.” This is vinyasa yoga with a firm respect for alignment. Lia believes in the technique of talking over showing. This means that her cues immediately adapt to the students, their needs, and their understanding and is able to talk the students through their movements.

This technique is powerful because it allows the teacher to walk amidst her students and adjust each person individually. Lia does demonstrate during her classes, as well. Lia also taught free yoga classes in the park of Montezuma on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These classes used beach towels instead of yoga mats. In 2013, Lia moved to Portland, Oregon where she taught Yin yoga at Yo Yo Yogi and began her pursuit of a degree in physical therapy.

Continuing that pursuit, Lia is now in Richmond, VA where her practice has shifted from the stillness of Yin to the powerful rhythms of Ashtanga yoga. Lia is greatly looking forward to returning to Anamaya December 17-24, 2016, and maybe even seeing some of her old students!

Linea FaeryLight Ginn

Linea is a certified Yoga Alliance Instructor through Banyan Gallagher yoga. Through her 15 year journey & practice in yoga, she has developed her own unique Kundalini Flow which is Kundalini yoga mixed with small flows to accommodate every yogi in an individual way.

Linda is a mother of four, has a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and is a certified nursing consultant. In Denmark she worked in the care giving of people with special needs and sclerosis.

Yoga and body awareness has been a part of her life for 30 years, and has lead classes in Denmark, USA, and Costa Rica. In the practice Linea teaches you how to do pranayama (breath of fire) correctly with the specific intention to connect deeper with the authentic true Self within & to purify, strengthen and balance the body. In the vibration of safety and belonging, Linea invites each student to receive a strong physical experience and let go and embark on a journey within.

Devaya Bari Sue Levin Abedon

Devaya Bari Sue Levin Abedon, MA, E-RYT 500, Reiki Master, a native of Washington DC, naturalized with Costa Rican citizenship for more than 10 years and the original founder of Devaya Yoga TM, The Yoga of Color and Sound. Devaya Bari Sue has more than 25 years of experience training yoga teachers globally, Master Devaya Bari Sue Levin Abedon has a strong base of experience and advanced certifications in various styles of yoga, alternative medicine and decades of serving the population in the field of ancestral yoga and of integral well-being. Devaya Bari Sue belongs to various associations of yoga instructors, has participated in multiple media appearances and is the author of DEVAYA YOGA TM: The Yoga of Color and Sound. Being a highly intuitive guide of many potential yoga instructors, Bari Devaya is one of the most skilled instructors to train yogis on a personal, professional and conscience level.

Teal Day

Teal day is a mindful movement enthusiast with a passion for learning, exploring and challenging the wisdoms of mind-body connection.  She received her certification in her hometown, Austin, Texas at Practice Yoga Austin in 2014 with a focus on Inegar Align and Vinyasa, and has been expanding her practice and knowledge ever since. As a life long student of movement and mindfulness, Teal is dedicated to building functional strength and flexibility of the mind and body through the power of movement and self-awareness while providing a fun, engaging, and energetic atmosphere and sense of community.

Combining her background in various styles of dance, martial arts and Yoga, Teal brings you a flavor all her own that is suitable for beginners as well as challenging for the more advanced practitioners.

Whether you are seeking yoga to further your fitness, focus on your mind-body connection, cross train, or to expand your Instagram photo collection, Teal is here to get you moving and help you meet and exceed your goals from the inside out.

Janine Jordan

Janine or “Jivana” considers herself a dedicated Gaian tantrika, karma yogini, and seva specialist as she runs a nonprofit that supports various charity projects in Costa Rica. She has been practicing for over 10 years and has undergone over 500 hours of training through Ana Costa of Anahata Yoga, Peter Kaaberbol of Yogividia, and Psalm Isadora Tantra Yoga. Other major influences have been 3 years of lessons-study through the Self-Realization Fellowship set up by Paramahansa Yogananda and the reading of numerous books by the beloved Guru Rattana. Her deep passion for yogic philosophy ultimately brought her to the path of Tantra yoga and devotion to the Divine Feminine. Her classes are a mix of hatha, slow-flow alignment-based-vinyasa, kundalini and tantric breathwork, intuitive exploration, and dance. People often love her musical selection, the infusion of subtle ritualistic elements, and her magical savanna adjustments.

Erica Cohen

With a strong belief in alternative healing practices, Erica focuses on enhancing the lives of her students through yoga. Erica began her yoga training at Anamaya here in beautiful Montezuma, Costa Rica where she now resides. She studied under the inspiring Paula Tursi, founder of Reflections Yoga in NYC with a training that was based strongly on the trinity of body, mind, and spirit. Beyond her 200 hour teacher training, Erica studied the healing art of Thai Yoga massage, which has enhanced her teaching and enabled her to bring dynamic adjustments and energy work into the class. Her classes encourage students to tune into their bodies, intending that they leave feeling light, blissful, and connected to themselves and the universe. Erica’s classes are accessible and inviting to all levels of students.

Beginners surfing class at Playa Grande

Workshops

Week of Jan 6 – 13

Mandy Lawson is offering two special workshops this week. The price is $45 each or $90 for both.

Meditation for Stress Relief – Learn some basic meditation techniques to help calm your mind and body in times of stress. Even if you have tried meditation before and felt like you failed to achieve the desired outcome, this workshop can help you. We will explore different positions for meditation, techniques for going from many thoughts to a clearer mind, and how to know when you need meditation most. We will also discuss ways to discover where you hold tension in your body, and how meditation can help create a habit of attention and allow you to release stress and tension more easily on a daily basis.

Maya Making – Create a yoga retreat souvenir and meditation tool all in one! Mandy will guide you through the creation of your very own mala (yoga necklace), which you can wear with pride and also use to keep you focused for meditation. During this 90 minute workshop you will make the mala (don’t worry if you’re not crafty, you’ll get it), by knotting special twine that will be provided for you. You will also learn how to use the mala for meditation and the significance behind the different parts of the mala.

Week of Jan 13 – 20

Latin Rhythms Workshop – This week our very own Ana, our Retreat Coordinator, will be leading this fun workshop for those who love to dance and move with the rhythms of Latin America! The price is $15 per person. Ana is a dancer by heart and began leading Salsa and latin rhythms classes in her early years and loves to share her passion for movement. She has taught in Costa Rica for more than 15 years and she has also taught in Switzerland and Argentina.

This workshop combines the benefits of cardiovascular exercise with learning the main Latin rhythm foundations: salsa, cumbia, bachata, cha-cha … In this way, not only physical strength and muscle tone improve, but also coordination and body control. The main goal is to have FUN while losing some weight and getting rid of stress. It is cardiovascular choreographed activity that combines various dance steps with music and training, so you will keep fit while having the best time! Come sweat it out dancing with Ana!!!

KENSANITY (H.I.I.T.) – Kensanity is High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.) with a slight emphasis on surfing. Ken Jordan, formerly of The Crystal Method, brings the same intensity he was known for in his music to this high energy exercise class. No equipment needed, all bodyweight exercises featuring a warmup, dynamic stretching, 3 blocks of challenging exercises, abs, and a cool down stretch. All of this with high energy electronic music and a fun atmosphere make Kensanity a challenging but rewarding class! 50 minutes for $15 per person.

Week of Jan 20 – 27

This week we are excited to offer our guests a Tai Chi workshop lead by Barbara Cavalca. This workshop has two sessions that are 2 hours each. The price is $150 per person.

Tai Chi Workshop – This ancient, time-tested traditional Chinese method of self-development, is a subtle blend of the most refined Medical, Meditative and Martial knowledge combining self-discipline, graceful movement and effortless power.

Students develop increasing physical and mental skills, as awareness and understanding of all aspects of their self increases. You can learn and practise Tai Chi at your individual pace, and, as there are ever-new levels, throughout the rest of your life. These disciplines rely on a mindful re-discovery of the body to enrich and inspire one’s experience of any aspect of life.

Practitioners of yoga, dance or other martial arts often find that the internal and flowing approach of Tai Chi perfectly complements their own training.

This workshop will be lead by Barbara Cavalca. Since 1985, Barbara has been healing the body mind and spirit when she got her diploma in body work training in Switzerland. As a Taiji Quan bronze metal winner in China, she is fusing her extensive knowledge of the human body and her Devaya Yoga training to create a dynamic body work practice.

Lesson 1 Includes:

  • ”Horse standing” – grounding and the alignments
  • ”The magical 8” – moving the hips in the endless form
  • ”Silk reeling” – coordination leg-hips-uperbody

Lesson 2 Includes:

  • Exercise lesson 1
  • Hit with the fist
  • Flow “Pong-Lu-Chi-An” (push-pull-hit-cent)

Yoga Retreat with Paula Tursi

DATE:  Jan 27 – Feb 3

PRICES:  Please have a look at our Rates & Reservations page to see our base rate options.

PACKAGES:  We have a yoga retreat package for everyone: Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or Pure Yoga. For more information about our packages please visit Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP). Or for those who are not totally into yoga, there’s no need to choose a yoga package at all – you can book all your activities and excursions A La Carte. We call it the Relaxation Retreat.

We are also now offering a Scuba Certification and Yoga package to our guests.

WORKSHOPS:  We always offer our guests very unique and specialized workshops during the week at Anamaya. This week we are very excited to offer you Paula’s renowned Life By Design Workshop. Please see below for more information.

Guest Teacher Paula Tursi

Paula Tursi is the Founder and Director of Reflections Yoga Center and the internationally renowned Reflections Yoga Teacher Training Program. She has been working with alternative healing practices in New York City and internationally for over twenty years. Paula developed Reflections Yoga as a way to integrate what she found most inspiring in other practices with her own personal truth. She began her training at Integral Yoga, where she studied Hatha and restorative Yoga. She went on to work with esteemed teachers such as Angela Farmer and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in the art of asana and movement, breath work and meditation. Paula has been voted one of the top ten meditation teacher in NYC.

Paula’s work focuses on the alignment of mind and body, understanding that we move not only from our muscles and joints, but also from the support of our inner body. She is best known for using movement and the process of yoga to move her students past their psychological blocks. She unites spiritual counselling, yoga and meditation as a way to address the person as a whole and deliver them to their highest self

Paula holds a Masters degree in Psychology from Columbia University and a Masters degree in Education from Hunter College. She did her clinical post-graduate training at the Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis. Paula conducts biannual Teacher’s Trainings in New York City and Latin America, teaches workshops nationwide and in Europe. She teaches on going classes, holds corporate workshops and offers individual instruction in breath awareness, partner yoga and yoga for body ailments.
The Reflections Yoga Teacher Training program is fully registered at the 200 & 500-hour level with Yoga Alliance.

Movement or asana can start from the inner or outer body. Its been my experience that movement initiated from the inner body considers the body as a whole and can bring health to the deeper systems of the body as well as deliver a person to a subtler sense of self.” Paula Tursi

Life By Design Workshop

In my years of living I came to realize that most people don’t believe they can have the life of their dreams……so they don’t. – Paula Tursi

 

During this 4 hour workshop we will:
  • Define your soul’s mission; the thing you were meant to do with your life.
  • We will get in touch with what is blocking you from doing it here and now (your demons aka your “I’m not good enough” stories).
  • We will create an action plan and a network to help you bring your mission to reality.

In the Life By Design course we will get in touch with all three so you can create a clear path to the life you should be living while you spend the week resting, relaxing and having fun. The best ingredients to make a long lasting change. Price is $200.

Testimonials
Life design – it’s all in the name. I think sometimes we forget that we are in charge of our own destiny. This course helps re-awaken that dreamer in you and helps you find the tools to make your dream(s) a reality. — Evelyn
 

I had an enormous breakthrough during the course with Paula. Paula has helped me to see how shame, which is a lie told by others, has been adopted by me as my own belief system and how it made me to feel small and restrained in life. Now that she helped me to become more aware of my negative beliefs and helped me to understand the mechanism behind them, I choose my thoughts and actions more wisely in my daily life. This resulted in better relationships with other people, the feeling of joy, sense of freedom, accepting myself more fully and unconditionally and the courage to pursue my dreams. I highly recommend this course with Paula if you’d like to learn more about yourself and your life patterns and get guided through the process of becoming a more true version of yourself and how to live your life purposefully. Paula is compassionate, fun, gifted and a highly talented teacher. — Tatjana