Yoga Retreats with Veda Ela

DATES:  Feb 24 – Mar 3, 2018

PRICES:  Check out Rates and Reservations page for our base rates plus the prices for our various packages.

PACKAGES:  We have a number of Yoga Retreats and packages we offer our guests. Try the Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or the Pure Yoga package. For more information please read more about our Anamaya Retreat Packages. 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’re excited to offer our guests 3 very special workshops this week. The first is called Creating Your Own Yoga Practice, the second is Meditation in Daily Life to Support You Connecting With Your Life Purpose, and the third is Honoring The Body. More details on these workshops is below.

Guest Teacher Veda Ela

Veda Ela is an international Yoga Teacher who is passionate about sharing the path of yogic life style – an adventurous life full of joy! She is a Dancer, Yoga & Meditation teacher who studied in India and Europe. She travels and teaches in Argentina, Costa Rica, India, Holland, Belgium ,Spain, Ibiza and Mallorca for over 25 years. She studied Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance and various forms of Hatha Yoga. She also holds a degree in Philosophy and Literature.

Decades ago while living in India, Ela fell in love with yoga under the guidance of yoga Master Indra Devi (from the Krishnamacharya tradition). Veda Ela has been  also influenced by the style of yoga teachers in the West like: Judith Lassater, Shiva Rea, John Friend, Rodney Yee and Sarah Powers amongst many others. Veda Ela’s teaching have been continuously evolving, finally leading into the creation of her own style that merges the eastern and western traditions.

She works according to the level of the students mainly with a gentle but powerful flow of asanas, Yin & Restorative Yoga, Breath Awareness, Meditation and Self-enquiry, creating space to rest within moments of stillness and opening the door to Silence.

Veda Ela loves music and considers it essential in her daily life. “Music can change your mood, heal and help transform your life” she says. As a Dj she used to be, music is an inspiring element in her yoga work.

Ela brings passion, sincerity and presence into her classes, workshops and Teacher Trainings, imparting a sense of enthusiasm, curiosity and acceptance towards the yoga practice.

Veda Ela lives and teaches in PachaMama ( She is one of the pioneers of this Eco-village with an alternative lifestyle located in the pristine forest of Costa Rica. PachaMama is based in awareness, meditation and the respect for Mother Earth and the environment. From April to July Ela travels to Europe to share her classes, workshops, retreats and Yoga Teacher Trainings.

Veda Ela has been interviewed by “YOGA MAGAZINE” & dutch magazine: “WELLNESS”.

Veda Ela is a Yoga Alliance Certified and Registered Teacher. For more information on Veda please visit her website: 


Creating Your Own Yoga Practice

Whether you are an experienced teacher or a beginner, you might face times in your life when your own yoga practice has been placed aside or you are postponing to build it. In this 2-hour workshop, simple tools and exercises are shared that will either help you to create your own practice, or refresh the one you already have. Ready to be inspired? Price is $40 (or package for all three workshops is $100).

Meditation in Daily Life to Support You Connecting With Your Life Purpose

Have you tried to meditate, felt frustrated and maybe thought that it wasn’t for you? In this 2-hour workshop you will be pleasantly surprised to find out that meditation not only helps to stay focused, has healthy benefits, and relaxes…It also bring clarity about the life style you would like to have. Veda will share different meditation techniques so you can find your own. You will be given tools to incorporate meditation into your daily life, and allow it to guide your life purpose. Meditating can be fun! Price is $40 (or package for all three workshops is $100).

Honoring the Body

Using elements of Yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Understanding the importance of eating clean, simple and healthy food. Bringing awareness to the cosmetics we use on the body and the cleaning habits in the environment we live. Looking at our self-esteem and the influence of every step we make. This 2-hour workshop is based on how can we be the change we want to see! Price is $40 (or package for all three workshops is $100).


A Message From Veda

Yoga Retreats With Banyan Gallagher

DATES:  Sep 16 – 23, and Dec 2 – 9, 2017

PRICES:  Check out Rates and Reservations page for our base rates plus the prices for our various packages.

PACKAGES:  We have a number of Yoga Retreats and packages we offer our guests. Try the Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or the Pure Yoga package. For more information please read more about our Anamaya Retreat Packages. 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’re excited to offer our guests an Acro Yoga Workshop this week.

Guest Yoga Teacher Banyan Gallagher

Banyan Yoga Teacher - Thumb 200pxBanyan Gallagher has over twenty years experience as an international athlete, circus performer, and yoga teacher. Banyan is an expert at unraveling the beauty—and barriers—hidden within the body.

A passionate teacher and dedicated student, Banyan is the Founder and Director of Warrior 1 Yoga and leads retreats, workshops, and teacher trainings worldwide. With integrity and trust, he challenges his students on levels physical, mental, and energetic. This approach is well balanced by a caring and jovial attitude that demonstrates his love of life and commitment to his students. Never afraid to have a laugh, Banyan is a warm, playful soul whose presence offers genuine calm to all those around him.

From the very start, Banyan has had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s most renowned teachers, from Tias Little to Andrey Lappa, Shiva Rea to Ana Forrest, Eddie Modestini to Nicki Doane, Jim Bennitt to Rod Stryker and T.K.V. Desikachar. To continually deepen his practice and breadth of knowledge, Banyan intensely studies everything from Sufi mystical poetry to human dissection and anatomy. He has spent the bulk of the last ten years traveling the world and learning from a variety of masters both East and West.

Banyan passes the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya forward, prescribing different yogas for different individuals. His multidisciplinary and global studies have facilitated this process well. In his classes, he blends traditional teachings with modern analogies in the interest of giving the Western practitioner direction, stillness, and balance—and maybe a laugh here and there!

Teaching Philosophy

“Sincerity is more important than seriousness”

At the heart of Banyan’s teachings is the sense that life, and therefore practice, is meant to be enjoyed. This “play,” or leela in Sanskrit, is a fundamental part of our existence, and yet a part of us that we often forget. What this means is that although practicing with Banyan can be challenging and push you to the edge of your capabilities, he is always ready with a smile and a reminder of what’s important.

“Being open is more important than being flexible”

And what’s important? Not your flexibility. Not your strength. Not your age or the number of your Instagram followers. What’s important is that you’re open to change, open to growth, open to seeing yourself in a more powerful light.

Banyan’s background is diverse, even from a yoga standpoint. He learned the Iyengar and Ashtanga systems from Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane. He studied at length under Andrey Lappa, Ana Forrest, Tias Little, Seane Corne, Shiva Rea, and many more. He is now a student of Rod Stryker from the Tantric lineage.

What this means is that a session with Banyan is non-dogmatic. Interdisciplinary. Diverse.

Banyan seeks to discover each individual’s needs and employ whatever methodology would most suit these needs. Some yogis need more stillness in their lives; others just need to dance.

“There is no one-size-fits-all yoga”


AcroYoga: The Power of Play

AcroYoga developed as a synthesis of yoga-asana, partner-acrobatics, and thai massage, and has grown into so much more. These days AcroYoga is being shared worldwide through a friendly network of people who see play as a fundamental part of life.

AcroYoga has made me a better listener, a better friend, and a better husband. What I learn in my AcroYoga practice translates immediately into the rest of my life.” – Banyan

In this introductory-level workshop we will create a safe container for the practice as a whole. We will talk as a group about fears, about trust, and about fun. Group and partner exercises will be introduced with a focus on communication, listening skills, and safety. For those who are ready, more advanced variations and options are offered.

Laughter will ensue.

(No partner required)

AcroYoga: The Power of Trust

In this level II workshop, we will build on the fundamentals of the prior session and go a step further. In order to take that step, our trust in one another is key. Therefore we’ll ask: what is it that allows us to trust? What is it that points us towards fear? How can we communicate our integrity to one another? Can we trust others to protect us?

Again, group, trio, and partner exercises will invite further exploration. We will take some of the postures and flows from the first session and build upon them. As always, communication and safety will be the basis for all exploration.

(No partner required)

While you are welcome to sign up for each session individually, we strongly suggest joining us for both workshops. With repetition and familiarity, the whole group is bound to have a lot more fun! Each workshop is 2 hours each, $40 for one or $70 for both.

Yoga Retreats with Ashleigh Abramovich

DATES:  Sept 23 – 30, 2017

PRICES:  Check out Rates and Reservations page for our base rates plus the prices for our various packages.

PACKAGES:  We have a number of Yoga Retreats and packages we offer our guests. Try the Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or the Pure Yoga package. For more information please read more about our Anamaya Retreat Packages. 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’re excited to offer our guests two special workshops this week. The first is an Introduction to Meditation, and the second is Grounding and Balancing the Chakras Through Meditation and Essential Oils. Please see below for more details.

Guest Yoga Teacher Ashleigh Abramovich


Ashleigh has practiced yoga for 17 years and lived in San Luis Obispo, San Francisco, Dallas, Los Angeles and currently resides in New York City. In each city, yoga and meditation has been the golden thread she has connected to.  She is attracted to yoga because it has inspired her to find balance, joy and new ways to move through her life on and off the mat. In yoga you are always good enough and you have everything you need inside of you.

Ashleigh has experienced a lot of healing and transformation to become ready to work with others and share this practice. She considers herself a forever a student. Once she began to teach from a place of love and service she found gratitude and discovered a joy and connection to the practice in an even deeper way. When she is with her students, her main focus is NOW. By being with each other and listening by looking and experiencing what is wanted and needed, she tunes into each moment to share intuitively and presently with the class.

As someone who struggled with being disconnected to her body through her teens and young adult life she was constantly seeking outside of herself grasping to find relief from the frustration of never feeling at peace or at ease in her body. A lot of the fun she was having was short lived and not long lasting. No matter how much she had or what goals were accomplished that connection she sought didn’t appear.

She began a process of recovery out of complete emotional exhaustion after graduating art school and working in the Visual Effects Industry for a couple of years. The rate at which she was living (fast) and the relationship she had to her body (reckless) had taken its toll on her. She sought a spiritual connection and a solution to heal.

She started to meditate and she had many gracious teachers who practiced with her one on one, holding space for her until she was able to hold that space for herself. Ashleigh’s philosophy is to share her experience passionately and authentically. There is a saying you cannot give away what you do not have. Her love of yoga starts with self love, growth and integrity within herself.

Ashleigh aims to share lightness, there to serve as a gentle reminder of what people carry inside of them. There is an ease and awareness we all have accessible to us and it often doesn’t look like we thought it had to.

Ashleigh’s aim is to help guide others to connect and find freedom and relief from stress, anxiety, stiffness and pain. She creates a relaxed and flowing environment which helps to create space and get grounded through a moving meditation. She has been practicing meditation for 8 years with teachers such as Michael Taft & Jessica Graham, and joyfully weaves this into her classes, aiming to guide people to connect to themselves and transform.

Ashleigh will guide you into classes that create a flow state designed to tap you into your creative intuition. This leaves you energized, elevated and at ease. It is a way of being and a way of moving that connects you to how you feel, move how you feel, and handle challenges with ease.

Ashleigh’s Philosophy

Ashleigh shares and embodies the philosophy of Strala, hard things are easy when approached with ease. She guides students to provoke their relaxation response by moving gently and exploring right where they are.

Strala is a way of being, moving and healing created by Tara Stiles, drawing on her background in classical ballet and choreography. The science and movement of Strala is created by Mike Taylor, who studied Mind Body medicine at Harvard and complementary medicine at Oxford. Strala is influenced by Mike’s experience with eastern movement such as Tai Chi and qi gong.

Through Ashleigh’s training with Tara & Mike, her background in meditation, longtime personal yoga practice and work with transformation, the structure she brings is strength, balance, clarity and awareness. She guides a movement system that ignites freedom and gives a radiant experience.

Each class is about the individual and she encourages people to challenge themselves but never to push, which results in doing more with less effort. There is encouragement of exploration, curiosity and a fun expansive feeling.

It is about natural movement from the inside out. Every inhale lifts, opens, expands, and creates space. Every exhale moves you further along, softens, settles, and leads you into that new space. That feeling of lifting and softening, moving further along, going somewhere is exciting and energizing.

Ashleigh will often mirror the class and demo where it applies, always encouraging a breath body connection. Guiding with the breath allows the experience of feeling supported and lifted. Her use of touch is a support to the students in the class and her main priority is connecting to the people in the space and guiding the process.

Ashleigh looks to nature for movement inspiration. Nature is organized chaos. There is always movement in balance. She echoes an insight from Tara, “Trees are sturdy and grounded into the earth and don’t worry about letting their branches and leaves sway with the breeze. When people feel supported with breath body instruction they feel safe and free to explore how it feels good for them to move. There is no wrong way to explore.”

All Strala classes move slowly and continuously, guided with deep breath and easygoing movement from your middle. A moving flow is produced and designed to relax the body and mind, build awareness, and prepare you to move with ease, creating a refreshed and energized state.The stronger classes will build on strength, balance and flexibility, leaving you in a centered, invigorated state while dropping tension.

All classes welcome long-time practicers next to beginners, and everybody gets to move easily from right where they are.

Anamaya Resort Yoga Deck



Introduction to Meditation

In this workshop Ashleigh will share with you an introduction to meditation focusing on body sensation and working with our environment to release tension and anxiety. She will share tools with you that can be taken from paradise back into your daily lives. There will be 30 minutes of introduction, 30 minutes of guided meditation and time for sharing and discussion.

Grounding and Balancing the Chakras Through Meditation and Essential Oils

In this workshop Ashleigh will discuss the Chakras and how to balance and ground using essential oils and guided meditation. She will take us on a journey through each Chakra, as we apply essential oils to where this relates to each point on our body, she will ease us into a relaxing and grounding meditation. As the oils invigorate the senses and the meditation grounds you, the effect is state of bliss and harmony.

***Workshops are 1.5 hours each and open to all levels. $30 for one or $50 for both.


”Although I’ve always been interested in learning more about meditation, I wasn’t so sure as to how to go about it, but was fortunate to meet Ashleigh… Ashleigh had such an amazing way of walking me through the process. It really centered me and made me realize the inner force that we all have, we just need to connect to it. It is so subtle, yet so powerful and calming at the same time as you feel the flow of your breath running in and out of you.” – Helen

”I am in no means an expert at mindful meditation however Ashleigh expertly geared the meditation towards my experience level. Being able to focus on my busy mind enabled me to relax and start to recognize what was going on with my body. That kind of mindfulness allowed me to return to work with a renewed sense of love and positive energy.” – Karamvir

”Ashleigh’s magnificent light makes practicing meditation a truly powerful experience for me. I’ve had resistance in the past, but I’m feeling more confident and clear in my mindfulness practice with every session. Life will keep life-ing, but what a joy it is to retreat to a safe and calm, quiet space in the mind and body, connecting every time like it’s the first… To finish, feeling a renewed sense of energy and love shining outward, truly building from within. Now THAT is spectacular.” – Desiree

A Message From Ashleigh


Yoga Retreats with Mirjam De Hoon

DATES:  April 29 – May 6, 2017

PRICES:  Check out Rates and Reservations page for our base rates plus the prices for our various packages.

PACKAGES:  We have a number of Yoga Retreats and packages we offer our guests. Try the Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or the Pure Yoga package. For more information please read more about our Anamaya Retreat Packages. 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’re excited to offer our guests two special workshops this week. A Meditation Workshop, and a Breathing into Freedom Workshop. Please see below for more details and information.

Guest Teacher Mirjam De Hoon

Mirjam is an internationally certified Vinyasa Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance ERYT 300+ -), Yin Yoga Teacher and Mindfulness coach. She attended many additional teacher training programs and has accordingly studied the anatomy of the body, breathing techniques, Intuitive Development, Mindfulness, Meditation, Healing, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Ayurveda and TCM. She specializes in treating burnout and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, relieving stress symptoms and trauma.

Mirjam started her quest towards personal transformation at the age of 16. Ever since she has collected knowledge and experiences, completed training programs in Yoga, Nutrition and Detox, Awareness, Transformation, Healing, Meditation Mindfulness and Spirituality.
My life has been like that of many, filled with ups and downs – perhaps more downs than ups. I basically lead a life of fear, of struggle and of hard work. I managed to do so on will power and certain convictions. When I was sixteen I started to experience extreme fears and panic attacks. I got exhausted and became depressed. It became part of my life for a long, long time. Multiple burnouts brought me down. I tried many classes and sessions, therapies, psychologists, doctors, alternative healers, coaching, retreats, medication, herbals, and gurus. All in vain.

In 2010 her life took a turn. She attended a Teacher Training Program in the Netherlands. During these classes she was allowed the opportunity to teach herself, and she has been teaching ever since. Half the year she lives and works her partner and daughter in Ibiza and the other half in Costa Rica.

I hope to prevent you from taking that long road of hardship that I took, although now I know it was needed to arrive where I am today. I want  to inspire you and create a setting with other participants and amidst beautiful nature. A setting in which you awaken and reconnect with your heart. It’s time we return to the ease and magic of simply being.”

Teaching Philosophy

In her classes Mirjam emphasizes the more subtle aspects of Yoga that open up the heart, spirit and body, in order to bring about more balance, joy and physical health to your life. She combines knowledge, healing, intuitive development, mindfulness and yoga with the use of meditation, visualization, breathing techniques and physical poses. Mirjam provides you with tools to enable you to heal yourself. She helps you to recognize patterns and you will gain insight on how to break out of them. She will lead you away from your mind and towards your heart. To guide you to a place from which you can observe the world with a clear view and experience peace and joy.

Mirjam aspires to inspire as a teacher, guiding you in your personal transformation. She clears the road to personal transformation, providing you with easy and practical directions. You will find yourself making contact with your inner infinite knowing, peace and happiness. Which as you will come to understand is easily accessible to anyone.


Meditation Workshop – Feel Your Inner Joy

3 hours for $60

In essence life is actually really simple.

Coming back to this essence we can feel true inner joy and peace.

No matter what is going on around and inside you.

The philosophy and practice shared with you during this workshop is aimed to support and inspire your inner joy and peace through meditation. The essence of the practice is training to become a neutral observer and let your mind become an ally. You’ll become the master of your life. Meditation is a state of steady focus, quiet and calm, a self-conscious state of knowing or witnessing

In this workshop Mirjam will share with you yoga philosophy concerning meditation, knowledge about thoughts and emotions, asana and breathing practice to calm down your nervous system enabling you to enter a mindful awareness and of course you’ll practice meditation. Mirjam will guide you towards an easy meditation practice to start yourself after this workshop.

The workshop is very practical and down to earth. You don’t need to have any experience in yoga or meditation. Both beginners as advanced practitioners are welcome.

Bring pen and paper if you want to make notes.

Breathing into Freedom – A Pranayama Workshop

1,5 hours Price Is $30

This workshop will relax your nervous system and free your body from stress.

The workshop is an introduction to the yogic practice op pranayama. Which offers practices and insights that are indispensable to our physical and mental wellness. Breath always has been the thread of connection, taking us from the busy mind towards our hearth, our intuition.

It’s common for pregnant women to learn about how to use the breath while in pain during labor. But who has learned to use breath to deal with physical, emotional and mental challenges and even pain? Pranayama is a specific, intentionally induced pattern of breathing in which you engage for a time to produce a desired effect on your body and mind.

Starting to integrate breath work with the yoga poses (asanas) is what will bring your yoga practice more to the spiritual nature of (hatha) yoga. Pranayama practice will also deepen your meditation practice.

In this workshop Mirjam will share with you the physics of breathing, knowledge about the breath and offers you breathing practices to release tension and other memories inside your body, the practice will calm down your nervous system. She’ll offer it in a very practical way so that you can easily integrate this in your life and/or in your yoga practice.

You don’t need to have any experience with yoga or breathe work.

Let Mirjam know before or at the beginning of the workshop if you suffer from hyperventilation, anxiety, panic attacks, and dissociation or had any psychotic experience.

Bring pen and paper if you want to make notes.

Both beginners as advanced practitioners are welcome.


Yoga Retreats with Antoine and Pamela

DATE:  August 5 – 12, 2017

PRICE:  See Anamaya’s Rates & Reservations

PACKAGES: Try any of our different yoga retreats: Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, or Yoga & Surfing. 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.

3-DAY WORKSHOP AVAILABLE:  We are very excited to offer our guests a workshop this week called the Happiness Program. This is a 3-day, 3-hours per day program of mindfulness practices and stress reduction breathing techniques. The price is $295 to participate. Please see more details below.

Our intention for the week is to give everyone opportunities to connect with one another, to grow
spiritually and authentically and to have a great time through yoga, nature, and sustainable living.

Guest Teacher Antoine Tinawi, E-RYT, PMP, RMQ, ANQ

Antoine TinawiAntoine Tinawi is a direct disciple of world renowned spiritual master Sri Sri Ravi Shankar with whom he has been studying yoga since 1993 in all its aspects (postures, breathing techniques, meditation, mantras, lifestyle and philosophy). He is one of the rare students to be certified in 4 of the most recognized lineages of yoga: Art of Living Teacher, Ashtanga Yoga Teacher and Sivananda Yoga Teacher. From 2008 to 2012, Antoine was the founder and director of the Montreal Art of Living Centre as well as the Canadian coordinator of Art of Living Yoga. Antoine owns and runs two thriving yoga studios in Montreal: Studio Zen-Den and Om West where he offers Yoga Alliance certified Teacher Training Programs. Antoine is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT500; the highest designation for yoga teachers and is part their Schools and Studios Advisory Group. Antoine also has a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from McGill university, he is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Registered Massage Therapist (RMQ) trained in over a dozen techniques and a Certified Ayurvedic Therapist (ANQ).

Antoine’s Philosophy

Antoine offers yoga in different styles including Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Power Yoga, Sivananda Yoga and Yin Yoga. He likes to make his students work hard while encouraging them to remain mindful of their breath and state of mind. His classes are inclusive by giving variations to allow students of different levels to participate within their own limits. During yoga retreats, Antoine likes to go beyond the limits of the mat and inspires students to develop an authentic yogic lifestyle.

Guest Teacher Pamela Gooria, E-RYT

Pamela Gooria

Pamela Gooria is a yoga teacher with the Art of Living Foundation and gives workshops to individuals, institutions and companies. Her teachings are based on the ancient traditions of yoga and meditation that she received under the guidance of world renowned spiritual master Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. She is also certified in Ashtanga Yoga and in Sivananda Yoga. Since 2012, Pamela is the co-owner of Om West and of Studio Zen-Den, two successful yoga studios in Montreal. Over the years, Pamela has been involved in service projects with the Art of Living Foundation. She is also the founder of McGill University’s first Yoga Club, providing students with yoga and stress reduction techniques. Pamela specializes in classical hatha yoga. She is a chef like no other and regularly offers vegan cooking classes to the delight of all. Pamela has pushed the limits of yoga by eliminating her myopia and need for glasses simply by practising eye yoga daily for one year. Pamela, a former robotics engineer, left her corporate career in 2010 to share her lifelong passion for yoga with everyone.

Pamela’s Philosophy

Pamela brings a deep spiritual dimension to her yoga classes. Her calm, radiant presence is sufficient for students to feel wonderful right from the start. Pamela’s classes are taught in a friendly non-competitive environment allowing students to move beyond their physical bodies and tap into higher states of consciousness.

antoine teaching at Anamaya Resort

Happiness Program

Mindfulness practices and stress reduction breathing techniques 

This 3-day, 3-hour per day program is offered by Antoine & Pamela, certified teachers of the Art of Living Foundation. You will learn pranayama breathing techniques as well as the unique Sudarshan Kriya (SKY) practice, designed to master your mind and better deal with the stress of daily living. SKY allows individuals to remove past impressions from the mind and to free the body from toxins and energy blockages. You will learn a home practice that you can continue daily on your own. If you like to practice in a group setting, you will gain access to weekly group follow up sessions offered in 150 countries worldwide.

Price $295

Anamaya Resort, the Gluten Free Hotel

gluten free flour

When you Google “Gluten Free Hotel” many hotels pop up saying they are happy to accommodate gluten free diets, but in our research we haven’t yet found a hotel that is completely gluten free. Whether you have celiac disease, have a sensitivity or intolerance to gluten, or just choose to stay away from the inflammatory ingredient, the number of people choosing a gluten free diet is on the rise. In turn, the amount of amazing gluten free alternatives (and yummy ones at that) is also growing.

Meet Chef Jeff

Chef Jeff HortonJeffery Horton joined Anamaya almost two years ago, and has made it his mission to constantly improve upon the quality of the meals served, and the availability of organic, farm to table ingredients. His experience in Michelin star restaurants, along with his own businesses, plus his passion for new world cuisine was the perfect combination in a Head Chef to give our guests an unforgettable culinary experience.

Chef Jeff believes in the importance of sustainable practices and using local products and produce. Together with the fantastic kitchen team at Anamaya, they continue to provide our guests with a 100% gluten free, organic, and local menus daily. Before Chef Jeff joined the Anamaya team, the hotel wasn’t 100% gluten free. We were close, but after Jeff’s arrival he insisted that going 100% gluten free would be easier then we thought – and he was right. The morning bread he serves is a favorite among our guests. Even for those who don’t follow a gluten free diet, they love all of the meals we serve and don’t feel they’re missing out.

How We Do It

We source all our non refined, bleached or deodorized national Costa Rican gluten free flour. When it comes to gluten free baking it is important to have a mixture of flours so you get a better texture. If you use just tapioca flour you will have a very sticky outcome.

A great bonus about gluten free baking is that the nutritional value is a lot higher in vitamins & minerals than baking with wheat.

There is a large variety of gluten free flours to choose from, but at Anamaya we use sweet potato, green plantain, rice, tapioca flour (yucca flour), amaranth flour, coffee flour made from the fruit shell (so there is no coffee flavor), coconut flour, chia flour, flaxseed flour, arrow root flour and oat flour. With the oat flour we grind our own rolled oats. Oats have a protein similar to gluten (avenin) which only a few celiacs (1 in 12) will react to, and the protein is a great retainer of moisture. If we have a guest who is celiac than of course we abstain from using it.

When baking with gluten free flour it’s important to have a binding agent! At Anamaya we use flaxseed, chia, and arrowroot.

For an egg substitute we use 1 tbsp of ground flax seed plus 2 tbsp of water and let it sit for a few minutes.

Anamaya Yucca Pizza

Dairy Free

A few months ago Anamaya also made some shifts to go Dairy Free to continue to find the right balance in our food. We do store local and organic unsalted butter, cream cheese, plus goat & buffalo cheese in our fridge for our guests who’d like a little dairy added to their meals. As you can see on the Yucca Pizza above, our guests can add those cheeses to their pizza or salads, or butter to their gluten free bread if desired. However, in all of our recipes we have completely eliminated all dairy.

When it comes to fat in gluten free baking, fat is essential to having moist breads or muffins. We use a virgin coconut oil. Grape seed oil is another great option for baking because it’s neutral in flavor. Any fat can be used but at Anamaya our rule is we only use oils from seeds or fruit – never vegetable oils.

Our aim is to keep all our guests happy regardless of their diet intolerances or allergies. At Anamaya we strive for organic & sustainable food, so for us we serve our guests a gluten & dairy free, whole foods gourmet menu.

nicoise salad at anamaya resort



Yoga Retreats with Angela Plaquin


DATES:  Oct 28 – Nov 4, 2017

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. 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’re excited to offer our guests the Bandha, Boundaries and Beads Workshops. The three workshops included are The Health of your Pelvic Floor, Your Body’s Boundaries, and Creative Meditation: Make Your Own Mala. For more information and details please see below.

Guest Yoga Teacher Angela Plaquin

angela plaquinAngela Plaquin hails from Alberta, Canada. Always involved in athletic pursuits, she grew up a jock. Using her body through sport was a form of self-expression. This love of movement combined with the desire to be in a helping profession led her to pursue a career in Physical Therapy.  Soon thereafter, she became a certified fitness instructor. Her first taste of Yoga was in 2001. It became for her, the perfect mix between strength and flexibility. It was that thing that could be tailored to any person regardless of age or physical ability. She began teaching yoga in 2004, and soon recognized it to be her source of calm, balance and grounding energy.  She is a 200hr RYT as well as Level II RYT Yin certified. Over the years she has attended hundreds of hours of courses workshop and conferences in the field of rehabilitation and with well-known teachers from a wide variety of yoga styles.  As co-owner of a thriving yoga studio in Cold Lake Alberta, she teaches Power Flow, Vinyasa Flow, Physi-Yoga, and Yin.

In her continued pursuit for learning, she has furthered her physical therapy professional scope by becoming certified in Level II AFCI acupuncture and spinal manipulation. She often works often in the field of Woman’s Health. Her approach to rehabilitation and to yoga is largely based on functional anatomy; looking at the interaction of whole systems.

Ang’s combined skill set gives her a great advantage as a yoga teacher.  Knowing and understanding anatomy and pathology, gives her a keen eye for alignment, to see subtleties in her students as well as the ability to modify to any level or physical ability. She recognizes that having a knowing of body movement through her own yoga practice helps her to be a better physical therapist, and in turn a better yoga teacher. She values that teaching allows her to express herself and share with others a physical journey on the mat and endeavor to also guide and increase awareness of how this practice goes deeper.


Angela’s Philosophy

Angela believes that yoga should be fun. While you breathe and bend to creative and thoughtful playlists, she loves to make you smile, and find ease within. She enjoys challenging herself and the participant, in a safe and enlightening way. During the week at Anamaya, each class will be developed using the principles of the functional anatomical lines of the body and meridian theory…helping to balance your energies. She will be leading you through dynamic, fun, flowing, morning YANG sequences, as well as deepening, restorative Yin sequences. Her physio brain is angela-class-anamayanever far away and as she leads you through a sequence, she will teach you a little more about your body. Such as, What is dural tension? Why does shoulder pain affect standing balance? Why is big toe mobility important in preventing back pain? She loves to see the “aha”moments in the students faces when they are able to feel the difference a deeper understanding of the body can give their practice. She uses metaphor, analogy and imagery to help spark this physical awareness that then leads a person to seek deeper understanding, and connection to the whole.  The goal of the week is to impart to you some basic tools that serve to help you assess yourself from the inside out.

Ang is known for her energy, positivity, the ability to talk to anyone and for engaging and connecting with her clients.  She is skilled at creating an environment that allows those around her feel safe to further explore, their body, heart and spirit. She is someone from whom friends seek advice, mediation and conflict management. She calls herself a Universalist, believing that we are all connected, and that our similarities are greater than our differences. She greatly looks forward to sharing a week at Anamaya to help deepen your self-awareness, to make the physical, emotional, and energetic connections that a yoga practice can provide.


The Health of Your Pelvic Floor

This goal of workshop is to help dispel the common misconception that as we age, or that after childbirth, that it’s normal to experience some “leakage” or other problems in the pelvic region.   This is not true! While a urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse affect primarily women, men too can experience challenges with the pelvic floor.  You will gain a better understanding and awareness of your pelvic floor, its functions, and how you can effectively train it to prevent these common issues.  See how your yoga practice and bandha activation can support the process. 90min. Price is $35.

Your Body’s Boundaries

Delve into anatomical variation and different types of restrictions.  Learn which types of resistance are good to work through, and which you should honor in order to avoid injury, and support a nurturing, rejuvenating yoga practice that will serve you’re for a lifetime. 90min. Price is $35.

Creative Meditation: Make Your Own Mala

Join me in this chilled out, moving, creative meditation as we build one of a kind, individualized prayer malas; a hand made beaded necklace used in japa meditation.  Enjoy a relaxed, fun, afternoon of community, followed by a group mantra meditation using your new necklace.  Leave Anamaya with a beautiful keepsake to remember your week.  All materials provided and included in the cost of workshop. 2 hours. Price is $50

***Package price for all 3 workshops is $105

Other Services/Bodywork

A top to bottom, individual, biomechanical, Physical Therapy scanning exams to trouble shoot for imbalances, alignment issues, weakness or other impairments that may lead to pain and dysfunction.  One hour each. Includes strategies, tools and recommendations for treatment.

A Message From Angela

Watsu at Anamaya Resort

Watsu with Ana Laura at Anamaya Resort

We are very excited to offer our guests Watsu.

Watsu is the principle form of Aquatic Therapy for rehabilitation. It promotes deep relaxation, quieting the sympathetic and enhancing the parasympathetic nervous systems. It has profound beneficial effects for trauma, both physical and psycho-emotional, with therapeutic application for neuromuscular injuries, stress, chronic pain, discomfort during pregnancy, and special needs.

Watsu is a unique and powerful form of bodywork for the physical, emotional and mental bodies. The water can open and heal us in ways we never imagined…in body, mind and spirit.

This integrated form of bodywork invites you into a space of deep relaxation, connection and healing. In the gentle weightlessness of warm water, your body can open into a new freedom of movement, stretching and release.

Watsu Practitioner, Ana Laura Quesada

Ana LauraFrom Costa Rica, Ana Laura Quesada is the Founder of Amara Healing Therapies. She is passionate about bodywork, energetic work, and water healing therapies as well as breath work. As a graduate of Therapeutic Massage from the National University of Costa Rica, she has been giving bodywork since 2001.

Her healing modalities include: Relaxation, Swedish, Therapeutic, Thai Yoga massage, Deep Tissue massage, Reflexology, Acupressure, Moxibustion and Reiki. Ana Laura combines all of her knowledge to create a unique and personal synthesis for each individual session.

She also became a licensed WATSU provider from the Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Registry and is excited and looking forward to taking you into the Water Flow therapy experience. The Watsu therapy will be performed at a beautiful tide pool, where you will be completely surround by nature and totally immersed into the healing power of the ocean.

Watsu is the principle form of Aquatic Therapy for rehabilitation. It promotes deep relaxation, quieting the sympathetic and enhancing the parasympathetic nervous systems. It has profound beneficial effects for trauma, both physical and psycho-emotional, with therapeutic application for neuromuscular injuries, stress, chronic pain, discomfort during pregnancy, and special needs.

Watsu is a unique and powerful form of bodywork for the physical, emotional and mental bodies. The water can open and heal us in ways we never imagined…in body, mind and spirit.

This integrated form of bodywork invites you into a space of deep relaxation, connection and healing. In the gentle weightlessness of warm water, your body can open into a new freedom of movement, stretching and release.

Come and enjoy the magic of Watsu !!!

Ana Laura Watsu Treatment

What Our Guests are Saying About Watsu

“Just came back from Montezuma, Costa Rica after spending a week at Anamaya Yoga Retreat; Ana works there, but also does the Watsu Therapy. In had never heard of this until I went here, so I was open with no expectations. I’m so glad I was open to this experience as this was a life changing one! Ana took me to the tide pools of the Pacific Ocean early morning. She led me through what can be explained as floating and movement in the water. I felt such joy, love, kindness, acceptance, and mourning; all things I didn’t know would happen. Ana is loving, safe, and connected; her energy is positive. Take a look at her video on Facebook, and if in Montezuma, book a treatment with her. Your life will be changed forever.” – Kris, Visited August 2016

“Ana is a Healer by heart and energy. I have met her years ago as i stayed at Anamaya Resort and started my journey as Yoga Retreat leader about 8 years ago. Ana’s love and passion for the art of waste has made her an incredible practitioner and anyone whom I have referred to get a Watsu session with her wasn’t disappointed and quite the contrary, was Inspired and empowered through a deep sense of nurturing, flow and lightness. I not only recommend a session with her, but most especially urge anyone interested in self-love, Self-healing and self-awareness to flow with Ana in the warms waters of The pacific protected by the Powerful and Blessed energies of Yemanja through Ana’s hands and abilities. Namaste my dear Water Goddess and thank YOU for practicing your gifts!!!” – Cristiane, Visited August 2016

“I never knew what Watsu was until Anamaya and can best describe it as a trauma releasing therapy done in the calming waters. Ana was INCREDIBLE, so nurturing understanding and kind. The time I spent in the water was unlike any other experience and I truly felt healed and prepared for whatever the Universe had in store for me when my session was over. After my watsu treatment, I needed to spend more time with Ana and so a few days later I continued treatment with a massage and reiki session. This was also a wonderful experience. I’ve had dozens of massages prior to but never expiramented with reiki. I am forever grateful for my time at Anamaya and for all of the wonder people I met. I would reccommend watsu massage or reiki for anyone looking to be healed!” – Lindsay, Visited March 2016

Booking Your Watsu Appointment

This treatment is dependent upon the tides so it’s first come first serve as treatment spots are limited. All bookings can be done through Ana Laura after you’ve checked into the Resort, or if she’s unavailable then you can speak with a receptionist to schedule your Watsu appointment.

We look forward to having you as our guest!

Pura Vida.

Yoga Retreats with Natasja and Sandi

Natasja teaching Anamaya

DATES:  April 8-15, 2017

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. 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 have two Guest Yoga Teachers this week at Anamaya, and both teachers will be offering some very special Workshops to our guests. These include Workshops on Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology, Arm balances, and Inversions. Please have a look below for more information.

Guest Yoga Teachers Natasja Payne & Sandi Grekoff-Hunt


Natasja Payne, 200 E-RYT, 500 RYT Ayurveda, FIS

NatasjaNatasja Payne, a Dutch native, lives and operates a busy yoga studio in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. Natasja’s background is in dance, and attended the renowned modern dance school, CodArts in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and enjoyed many years of an active dance career. After the birth of her first child in 1998 she began her career in fitness and taught group exercise classes, group trainings and one-on-one trainings for GoodLife Fitness where in 2007 she was awarded “Fitness Instructor of the Year” for Canada. In 2008 when her mother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer, Natasja felt the pull and need to expand her own yoga practice and to create a sacred space where like minded individuals could gather and enjoy the practice of yoga in a serene, calm and spiritual environment.

teaching anamaya NatasjaToday she operates Fusionmovement Yoga Studio, boasting two spacious practice rooms, 14 yoga teachers, and over 45 drop-in classes a week. Natasja is an active teacher at the studio as well as in her community. She often is invited to teach at local high schools, elementary schools, businesses and community events.

Natasja has been teaching yoga for over 15 years, has led International yoga retreats in Costa Rica, as well been a presenter at the International Toronto Yoga Conference and at the World Fitness Expo in Toronto. She is well known for her creative, fluid, and dynamic yoga classes where she interweaves pearls of wisdom to create that “magic” in her classes. She is currently studying to become and Ayurvedic health consultant practitioner with the school of Kripalu, and is very excited to share this ancient art of healing that can bring one back into ultimate balance and vibrant health.

Natasja is grateful for her teachers; Seane Corne, Coral Brown, Rod Stryker, Maria Garre and Shiva Rea. She is excited to be able to share her passion, love and joy of the yoga practice with you in hopes that it may bring transformation, healing and intrinsic joy.

Natasja’s Teaching Philosophy

Natasja believes that yoga is for everyone and for everybody! Her classes are inclusive and she has the amazing ability to teach the same class at multiple levels, therefor every person in her classes feel safe, successful, and balanced in body, mind and spirit. The morning vinyasa yoga classes begin with a grounding movement meditation and breathing (pranayama) practices, allowing the student to fully drop-in and be present on the mat. Each class will have a different theme and/or peak pose. Classes are sequenced with great creative intelligence, so that the body and mind are completely prepared to move into the peak pose. Hands-on-enhancements are provided throughout the class allowing the student to experience a deeper embodiment of the pose. Each class ends with a 10 minute shavasana and/or meditation. Natasja’s unique touch is that she leaves you an oracle card at the top of your mat with a message that is just for you.

hanumanasanaThe late afternoon yoga classes are very gentle and restorative in nature. Essential oils and therapeutic touch are used, creating a magical and nourishing experience for the student. These classes incorporate breathing (pranayama) practices, mudras (sacred hand gestures), and/or myofascial release techniques.

All of Natasja’s classes are accompanied with music. Music is a very important component in Natasja’s classes and her playlists are created with great care to ensure that they match the experience of the class. Music is like adding spice to food, therefor creating a richer and deeper experience of the yoga practice.

Sandi Grekoff-Hunt, 200-RYT, Nutritionist, MSc

SandiSandi found her way into her first yoga class 20 years ago, around the time she began her career as a Holistic Nutritionist. She was an avid gym-goer, so yoga seemed like the perfect complement to her fitness regimen.

Over the next few years, however, as life became more hectic and stressful with a young growing family, physical injuries, and anxiety, Sandi realized she needed to focus on a form of movement that integrated all parts of her being. Yoga didn’t just strengthen and stretch her body, it fed her soul!

Life’s struggles offer the gift of transformation. During this period of transition, Sandi’s fate was sealed with a deep desire to share her love of yoga with others. She considers it a sincere and humble privilege to guide students through their practice and feels truly fortunate to be part of their journey. She strives to lead with an open heart, creating a safe, sacred space for her students to practice.

Sandi received her formal yoga training with Susie Dias at East to West in Toronto, and with her mentors, Natasja Payne and Kate O’Connor at Fusionmovement Studio in Cambridge, where she has practiced since 2009.

Sandi’s personal passion lies in the challenging, transformative practice of Power Flow Yoga, but she also loves teaching many styles of yoga including Gentle, Restorative and Yin.

Sandi’s Teaching Philosophy

Finding balance can be difficult in our lives today. As a Yoga Teacher, Nutritionist, and mother of 4 beautiful, busy daughters, Sandi’s life is full of paradox. It’s amazing, stressful, organized, messy, calm, chaotic, and sometimes quite un-Zenlike. It’s not perfect, but it’s real. She feels that yoga can bridge the gap between the reality of our busy lives, and the peace and happiness that we all seek.

Sandis Inverted PoseSandi teaches in a very down-to-earth style, because that’s who she is. Her approach is more grounded, less airy-fairy. When you roll your mat out in her class, you feel welcomed and comfortable whether you are a seasoned yogi or a beginner. She teaches safe alignment and intelligent sequencing throughout her powerful Vinyasa classes, encouraging each student to honour themselves and find their own edge. Sandi has experienced firsthand the power of yoga and has witnessed that it’s at this edge where transformation occurs.

She believes the true purpose of even the most challenging asana is to practice mindfulness – to focus on the breath, to be truly present, to create space in the body and the mind.

“Yoga can offer us many gifts. The gift of physical strength, endurance and flexibility, of course. But also the gift of inner-strength, faith in oneself, mindfulness. The real goal of yoga, I believe, is when we are able to take these moments that we collect on our mat and weave them through the fabric of our everyday and very real lives. That, to me, is the ultimate gift of yoga.”

Workshops Offered by Natasja


Introduction to Ayurveda, 2 hours

How to optimize your own health & well-being, Ayurveda is the oldest healing modality in the world and is the sister science of yoga. In recent years, more and more physicians are taking notice as the science of Ayurveda is able to give one a deeper understanding of where disease originates in the body. Many doctors are beginning to realize that the “bandaid” solution is no longer working for their patients, they are tired of giving patients medications to curb the side effects of the medication they prescribed to treat their condition in the first place. Ayurveda is a system that understands that the mind and the body are inextricably connected, nothing is more powerful than the mind. The mind has the ability to transform and heal the body. In this workshops we will look at the mind and how they are influenced by the three Gunas of Satva, Rajas and Tamas. You will be given tools to optimize Satva in your life, you will also learn what your constitution (dosha) is and what it is you can do to optimize your constitution by making small changes to your diet and lifestyle.

The workshop will be concluded with a meditation that balances all constitutions of Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Cost: $35

Introduction to Vedic Astrology, 2.5 hours

In this workshop you will learn the basic concepts of a Vedic Astrology chart, the blueprint of your soul. Your chart is a unique blue print of who you are and the gifts you were born with. At the time of your birth the planets were positioned in specific houses, signs and nakshatras. Every second and minute small changes occur in the placements of these planets, therefor there is only ONE you and no birth chart is ever duplicated. In this workshop you will gain a deeper understanding of each astrological sign, the 12 houses and what they signify, the 7 planets and the nakshatras of the moon. Please bring your time of birth, date of birth, and place of birth. Each student will have the opportunity to receive a unique astrological personal reading. This workshop is limited to 10 students to allow for the personal readings.

Cost: $35

***Package price for both workshops above is $50

Workshops Offered by Sandi


Soar to New Heights! A 2-Part Workshop Series

Arm balances and inversions are not just about physical strength, though they do help build strength and endurance like nothing else! They also teach us how to integrate the body, the mind and the breath by challenging ourselves at the edge of our comfort zone. Each time we bump up against those edges, we build new layers of strength, focus and determination that perhaps we didn’t even realize we had within us.

These poses can offer us many gifts, both on and off the mat:

  • Self-confidence: faith and belief in oneself
  • Overcoming fears
  • Mindfulness: being present in the moment
  • Concentration and focus on the breath and the task at hand
  • Resiliency: to get back up, when we inevitably fall in life!

With patience, perseverance, and a dash of faith in oneself, poses that seemed impossible at first glance, suddenly seem possible.  This is the power of yoga!

Part 1 – Arm Balances:  Building Outer and Inner Strength

In this workshop, Sandi will teach you the fundamentals and guide you step-by-step through the prep poses necessary for building a solid foundation.  We will explore the foundational arm balance Bakasana (crow pose), as well as Parsva Bakasana (side crow) and Astavakrasana (eight-angle pose).  Learn the 4 key components necessary to rock your arm balances!

Whether you are new to arm balances and want to overcome fears, or are a seasoned yogi looking to deepen your practice, there is something for every level in this 2-hour workshop.

Part 2 – Inversions:  Flip your Perspective!

Building upon the skills learned in the Arm Balance workshop, you’ll flip your perspective in this inversions workshop!

We will focus and identify the 3 components of a safe, strong inversion practice.  Sandi will guide you into inversions with proper alignment, teaching you the fundamentals of Sirsasana (headstand), Pincha Mayurasana (forearm balance) and handstand in this 2-hour workshop.

Whether you are looking to overcome your fear of inversions, or you want deepen your practice by refining your headstand or learning new transitions, this workshop will allow you to see your world from a brand new perspective!

Although you will benefit most from these workshops if taken in sequence together, they have been designed to be taken individually as well.  All levels welcome.

If you are looking for a transformative retreat workshop series, this is it

Individual Workshop: $35    2-Part Series: $50

A Message From Sandi

Workshops with Cassandra Wilder

Workshops with Cassandra Wilder

DATES:  April 1 – 8, 2017

PRICE:  $30 per workshop, or $80 if you attend all three (does not include meals, accommodations, or any yoga packages).

YOGA RETREAT:  During this week you can also add any of our yoga packages to your retreat if you wish. The yoga classes will be taught by the amazing Mandy Lawson.

We are very excited to offer three very special and sacred workshops this week at Anamaya. Our Workshop leader is Cassandra Wilder, ND, and her philosophy is dedicated to providing a safe and sacred space for women to be nourished. During each workshop, she delves into different vital topics for women and holds an empowering space for each individual.

Workshop Leader, Cassandra Wilder

Cassie WilderCassandra Wilder is a Yoga Instructor, Naturopathic Doctor and inspirational guide around the world. Cassandra leads sacred women’s retreats and workshops worldwide and empowers women to rekindle their intuition and reclaim their passions and purpose. Her teachings are fun and yet insightful and provide women with wisdom surrounding the moon cycles, manifestation, sacred movement and sound.

Highly intuitive, Cassandra holds a powerful space for women to thrive and unlock deeper aspects of self. After studying the Sacred Feminine and lost traditional wisdom across Central America and Asia, she carries this wisdom forward and shares it with women worldwide.

Cassandra’s Goddess Retreats are highly sought after and are led all across the United States and worldwide. These retreats provide women with the space to be nourished and supported as they delve into sacred practices and workshops. Her work with women has inspired hundreds of women to begin to live authentically and passionately and fully from the heart.

Cassandra is passionate about all things related to empowering, inspiring and supporting women. You can read more about her teachings at

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Herbal Wisdom for Women

Nourishing our body during different times in our cycles is a powerful way to support our bodies and keep our hormones in balance. Cassandra Wilder will be sharing the top herbs for women to use to support their bodies naturally during different stages of life.

You will learn about the uses of herbal medicine, how to make your own herbal medicine at home and what herbal remedies are ideal for different times during your cycle.

No prior knowledge of herbalism needed! Comes with a free book full of recipes and wisdom.

1 ½ hours long.

Fire Ceremony and Manifestation

During this sacred ceremony, we will connect powerfully in circle as we engage in a transformative fire ceremony. Fire ceremonies are cleansing, empowering and liberating. We include this sacred ceremony in all retreats because it is one of the most transformative practices for women.

We will then move into manifestation and focus on inviting in the things that we are seeking in life. How can we embody this life we dream of? How can we live abundantly and fully? All of this goodness and more will be in this lovely and powerful closing workshop.

2 hours long.

My Moon: How Your Menstrual Cycle Connects With the Moon

For thousands of years, women and the moon rhymed in balance and synchronicity. As the moon waxed towards the full moon, women felt heightened energy, a deeper sense of manifestation and a calling to be outward. As the moon turned inward towards the new moon, women felt a call to return to self care and to an inward state.

Your body naturally does this with each moon cycle as your hormones, energy and natural rhythms shift. Unfortunately, this wisdom has been lost for most of us.

Come learn how your body moves in alignment with the moon and how you can support your body during this phases. If there is one piece of information that could transform every woman’s life, it’s this. Understanding the different stages a woman goes through in life and how this can be supported naturally is vital information every woman should have.

Welcome to all women! This information is vital to women who have gone through the journey of menopause as well.

Includes a free booklet. 2 hours long.

A Message From Cassandra

Yoga Retreat with Gustavo Ponce

Gustavo Ponce at Anamaya Resort

DATES:  July 8-15, 2017

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. 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 very excited to offer our guests two very special workshops this week. The package is called AWAKENING THE SUBTLE ENERGY OF THE BODY. For more information please see the details below.

Guest Teacher, Master of Yoga, Gustavo Ponce

Gustavo Ponce is a 70 years old yogi from Chile. He started to study yoga at the age of 11 and in 1972 he traveled to India for the first time where he spent 6 months at the Theosophical Society in Chennai. Ever since, he has returned to India every year to study with masters such as BKS. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, Shri Yogendra and TKV. Desikachar and with many other masters not known in the West. Gustavo teaches mainly in Chile where he has 3 schools, in Brazil, and most countries in Europe, including some from the ex Soviet Union. He has developed 5 methods of yoga based on the teaching received over the years by his mentors: Axis, Dynamic, Sattva Chikitsa, Sattva Vinyasa and Prana Shakti Yoga.


A brief description of his methods:

Axis: Based on the teaching of B.K.S. Iyengar. The focus is the correct alignment of the body using props, but not as much as in Iyengar Yoga; Dynamic is based on the teaching of Pattabhi Jois (Ashtanga Vinyasa), where the postures can be done by most practicioners; Sattva Chikitsa: All the postures are done with the wall (very therapeutic); Sattva Vinyasa: a fluid fix sequence of posture; Prana Shakti: Each movement is coordinated with the breath (pure energy work)

Gustavo Speaks fluently 6 languages: Japanese, English, French, Danish, Portugues, Spanish and lived 20 years in Japan, 10 in Europe and 3 in India and one in the USA. He was Ambassador of Chile to Japan and also worked as CEO of an important multinational company in Belgium. He is a surviver of a very aggressive cancer, a Linfoma. He has published 15 books on yoga, all in Spanish, except two: one in English and one in Portuguees. In Japan he taught languages when he was a student at the University and later on worked at the Fuji Tv. as a story teller.

Gustavo’s website:



Gustavo´s mission in life is to share, unselfishly, his yoga knowledge and life experiences. For him yoga is much more than being supple and in good physical shape. Yoga is a marvelous tool to awaken into altered levels of consciousness in the process of selfknowing, which normally escape to the ordinary person. So in his classes you will find physical excercises (internal and external), respiratory and meditative thecniques.

In his teaching you will find a blend of all the methods he developed as he adapts his teaching to the level and interest of his students. The morning practice is rather vigorous, center in the correct muscle esqueletical alignment. Sometimes the poses he uses are held for sometime, or are connected in a fluid way. Never a class will repeat itself! Every day is a new challenge! The evening class is always more introspective with enphasis is breathing, relaxation and poses that allows a deep inner connection. You will feel totally renovated. Also he uses many unknown thecniques to re-program the nervous system in order to better deal with frecuent difficulties of modern society: stress, insomnia, anger, deppession, etc. In other words, yogatherapy not only for the body, but also for the emotions and the mind.

Gustavo with B.K.S. Iyengar in India

Gustavo with B.K.S. Iyengar in India

Awakening the Subtle Energy of the Body Workshops


In Sanskrit this word means “conscious regulation of the breath”. We breathe in one day approximately 21.600 times and we do not realize we are breathing. We do not realize that learning to use the lungs’ full capacity not only prolongs our lives, bringing us more and more joy to the present moment, but also many of the techniques developed by the ancient sages of India can be very therapeutic, helping us to deal and cure a wide range of modern illnesses like asthma, insomnia, depression, anxiety, stress and other emotional imbalances. We will start this two hour workshop preparing the body for Pranayama and we will end it with a meditation and deep guided relaxation. Price $45.

Inverted Poses and Hands On Adjustments

This is a two hour workshop, which will start by preparing the body for being inverted, as it is not recommendable to start right away inverting the body. Some specific poses to prepare the body will be done, and it’s more fun when done in couples, helping and adjusting each other. But why inverted poses? From the medical point of view, they are excellent to revitalize all the internal organs; the heart does not need to work as hard to pump blood to the brain and helps the heart to remain young and healthy. One who does regularly Head Stand will never suffer from heart arrest! From the emotional point of view, inverted poses teach us to deal with our fears and prepare us to deal with the challenges that life is always presenting us. We will end this workshop with counter-poses and of course with a good guided relaxation. Price $45.

Package price is $80 for both workshops.

A Message From Gustavo

Yoga Retreats with Cat Kabira


DATES:  April 15 – 22, 2017

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. 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:  This is a very exciting week at Anamaya. We are offering two Chakra Workshops for our guests to enjoy and learn about this ancient yogic energetic system. Please see below for more information.

Guest Teacher Cat Kabira

cat kabiraCat Kabira, originally from the USA, has been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching since 2003. What got Cat on the mat initially was a place for personal healing. Meditation, pranayama and asana proved to be immediately effective tools for her to begin her journey back to herself and she used this, coupled with practices in the energetic arts and psychotherapy, for her healing and empowerment.

While Cat has studied with several teachers and traditions around the globe, she is not married to one particular lineage. Her practice and teaching is about being present with what is needed in the moment along with her skills at seeing, feeling, and reading body patterns and energy to find the most empowering and transformational practices for her students. While working with Cat is life-changing and deep, it’s also fun as Cat has a lightness and sparkle as joy and fun are necessities to her.

Cat’s work is largely informed through her training as a craniosacral therapist and other energetic modalities, including years of shamanic training. She was born tuned into the subtle realm and other dimensions, and from an early age has practiced and studied different healing arts to understand more. She has been lucky to study with gifted healers, psychics, medicine men/women and shamans in many different traditions around the world. From all of the study, world-wide exploration, and life experience – what she teaches and practice these days is less directly connected to one single tradition and is more informed by being present with what is.

Classes with Cat range from strong, precise, grounded and dynamic to interdimensional and transformative on several levels. She now focuses primarily on training and mentoring teachers and running workshops and courses around the globe in yoga and the subtle and shamanic energetic arts. As her students say: “Cat is one of a kind: playful, energetic, intuitive, captivating, fully present, devoted. Something in Cat cracks your soul open, asks your inner-self to go deeper within and then lets your magic happen. When Cat crosses your path in life it is a transformative gift to be savored.

Since 2005, Cat has been based in Bali, Indonesia teaching at The Yoga Barn while also teaching around the world in Europe, Central, South, and North America, all over Asia and in Australia.

Teaching Philosophy

Cat’s teachings, no matter how intense they get, always maintain a softness, gentleness and lightheartedness, a feeling of joy and a sense of humor. She acts as a mirror for the student for whatever needs to come through.

There truly is not a language to describe what Cat does as the magic in her class comes from the energy that she brings, the space that is held for the student to connect to her/his deepest truth, love and power. You leave feeling lighter, changed, more joyful and centered. Students often ask what style is practiced, and there is never just one style that Cat will glean from. Her magic is her ability to be present with who shows up in the room and respond to the needs in the class.

Cat emphasizes connecting to the “core” – both in the physical sense of using the bandhas, properly supporting the spine with proper use of the abdominal muscles, and knowing what it feels like to connect within one’s own center. Cat encourages a practice of staying grounded and present, becoming aware of when one is “in” versus “out” of the body, when one is more receptive versus projective and how to feel safe, stable, and trusting of one’s own self. The practice, simply by being in Cat’s field of energy, allows a deeper dropping within and to feel and softly release tensions – from physical to emotional and psychosomatic.

One of Cat’s greatest skills is in holding a safe solid space for students to meet themselves and do their work. She has an uncanny ability to go right into the root of one’s holding pattern and the sensitivity to work with students in the way that’s appropriate for their system. Some say that her work is shamanic in the way she works with the undercurrent of one’s system and goes right into the heart of the matter.

cat kabira yoga pose


Workshop: The Chakras 1-3: Grounding, Passion, Power

Interested in the chakras? Join Cat Kabira in this 2-hour workshop and learn about this ancient yogic energetic system. This is a unique introduction to the chakras that uses asana, dance, breathwork, energy work and mantra to connect with the chakras. Learn what each chakra is, where they are located and the associated anatomy, and why they are so important. This workshop focuses primarily on the first three chakras that will help you explore your feet, legs, hips, and core a whole new way. As nothing with Cat is ever purely physical, you’ll have the opportunity to delve into your life beliefs, clear emotional blockages, feel your personal integrity and have a lot of fun. Bring a journal and an open mind and come prepared to sweat, feel, and play in a whole new way.

We’ll spend a majority of the time experiencing these practices as well as taking some time to discuss what the chakras are and what they personally mean for us.  This is an opportunity to connect to your truth with these fun, powerful, and transformative practices. Every workshop with Cat is unique and never the same as she shares what’s directly needed for whoever shows up.


Workshop: The Chakras 4-6: Love, Creation, Vision

Join Cat on this 2-hour  Chakra journey through the heart, throat, and third eye. We hear about the chakras but what do they really mean for us? How do we sense them? In this workshop your opportunity is to journey through the 4th, 5th, and 6th chakra in a creative and playful way using movement, breath, mantra and focus to help you:

  • Connect to the power and truth of your heart
  • Know your heart’s desire
  • Clear blockages from your throat
  • Own your ability to create
  • Go on A Guided Yoga Nidra Vision Quest
  • Learn to Trust Your Vision

Bring a journal and clothes to move in and come prepared for a whole new of playing and being in your body. Every workshop with Cat is unique and never the same as she shares what’s directly needed for whoever shows up.

While this workshop is a continuation from the “Grounding, Passion, Power” Workshop and can be fun and empowering to take both, both workshops can also be taken individually. Both workshops are 2 hours each, $40 for one or $70 for both.

Cat Kabira teaching yoga

A Message From Cat