Yoga Retreat With Jacqueline Chiodo

Anamaya sunrise in Costa Rica

DATES:  May 19 – 26, 2018 and June 15-23, 2018

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 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.

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.

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.

More Workshops To Be Announced Soon!

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. Once we know what is planned for this week, we’ll post it here to keep you updated.

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

 

 

Anamaya Yoga Center Now Accepting Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies

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By Geoff McCabe, co-owner Anamaya Resort

I’m very happy to announce that we’re now going to be accepting bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies at Anamaya, and anyone paying with them will receive a 5% discount!

What’s the big deal about “cryptos”? Everyone is hearing about bitcoin in the news, but what are they really and what do they mean to you?

Well first of all, I think we’re the first yoga center in the world to officially accept them? I checked online and didn’t see any others.

Second this is great because there are no fees to banks, PayPal, Visa, etc. Who doesn’t like NOT paying the banksters, right?

What are cryptocurrencies? Basically they’re a new technology, created BY PEOPLE FOR PEOPLE as a way of taking power away from banks and governments who, for decades (centuries) have used control of money to manipulate and control the public. They start wars and fund both sides, creating debt that’s paid back as taxes. Ordinary people now have the power to fight the system we’ve been stuck with for a long time.

If you don’t have bitcoin or cryptocurrencies and want to start, you can read online and watch videos. In fact, one of the owners, our very own Kelsey Matheson-McCord, has just started a video blog to teach newbies all they need to know, so you can follow along with her.

If you’re ready to pay with cryptos, talk to our team, and you can use one of these addresses to pay:

BTC – Bitcoin: 1MpevKibSiJyCfpMPVSq8v8nqU1gHzv5iZ
ETH – Ether: 0x6F95b679F68f3f24b8b60A4F09A36409357769C8
LTC – Litecoin: Lg5Rvh8romo3gYinzmSVTeEK2aLyAYN9ji

Others? Tell us your favorite and we’ll probably make a wallet for it. Contact [email protected]

Two of Anamaya’s founders are also working on a new cryptocurrency that’s much easier to use than Bitcoin and current ones. If you’re interested in that, visit the website: www.diviproject.org

Yoga Retreat with Marcela Nunez

 

DATE:  May 26 – June 2, 2018

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 are very excited to offer our guests two special workshops this week. The first is called Journaling Journey – Your Purest Self, and the second is called Accessible Arm Balances for Beginners. Please see below for more information.

Guest Teacher Marcela Nunez

Marcela has been a disciplined Yoga student since 1995, when she developed her personal home practice studying with books, videos and the occasional passerby instructor in the small beach town where she lives. Feeling the void of a light-hearted yoga teacher in her area, she got certified in 2009 guided by the knowledge of internationally respected Noah Mazé, Sianna Sherman, Kenny Graham and others who continue to inspire her practice and teachings. She has over 1000 hours of trainings in Anusara Yoga, Ashtanga, Multistyle, Danyasa, Barre and other styles that complement her teacher skills.

Her creative and coherent sequences have the right balance between personal freedom and thoughtful, responsible alignment with emphasis on breathing and attention to muscular integration. Her playful classes are in fluent English/Spanish.

She’s a contagious optimistic who loves nature, music, animals, a healthy lifestyle and sharing the transformational science of yoga, which for her it’s essentially the way to a peaceful and joyous life journey. She truly embodies the Pura Vida (pure lifestyle) spirit that people from Costa Rica live by.

Teaching Philosophy

My yoga teaching philosophy is founded in the premise of practicality. When you can apply what you learned in your practice off the mat; when your practice permeates all areas ?of your material existence and you can use this yoga to listen clearly to your hearts true voice and tap into your inner wisdom…that’s when yoga is real and useful.

Remember that yoga is not just about us, or meditation, or the asanas (physical body shapes). Yoga is the way you are with other people; yoga is honest service (karma yoga) to others, without an attachment to the results; yoga is devotion that strives to see the love and divinity in every creature; yoga is the wisdom that guides you to spiritual liberation.

A Message From Marcela

Purest YOU, Pure Life Retreat

Come join me to re-energize, unwind and re-connect with your true self while soaking up the blissful surrounds of beautiful Montezuma, Costa Rica…one of the most beautiful places on planet earth, where its inhabitants enjoy amazing health and a simple but rich life quality.

Under my guidance the new yogi will be nurtured and encouraged to explore their asana practice but also to modify poses and rest if necessary. … We will focus not only on asana but also on meditation, pranayama (breathing exercises) and relaxation techniques. I offer you an opportunity to cultivate deep foundations and add relevant, practical wisdom to your practice that everyone can relate to in order to truly live your Yoga on and off the mat.  Experienced yogis will be encouraged to explore and enhance their practice, get new insights and share their understanding of yoga asana in a supportive and nurturing environment.

You’ll be guided through uplifting, playful and accessible vinyasa yoga classes in a peaceful natural setting with amazing views, delicious food and rejuvenating restorative/yin practices  to help you bloom into the best authentic version of yourself and experience freedom.

Show up and share your realness with us in this unique space. Even if your desire is just to rest and stretch, you’ll leave with so much more.

See you soon. Pura Vida

Workshops

Journaling Journey – Your Purest Self

In this 1.5 hr workshop for beginners you will be guided through a short yoga sequence to tap to your deepest heart desires and your true voice so you can transfer these to paper and use this as a tool for personal growth.

We’ll add short exercises to help you shift your perception and pen your new insights in this self-discovery journey.

The journaling technique will help you shed new light on decision-making, gain perspective, deal with emotions & stress, sleep better, understand your moods and release emotional baggage, find purpose and awaken your creative powers.

Your writing will remain private during the workshop. Price is $25

Accessible Arm Balances for Beginners

Arm Balances are empowering and fun! but without the proper technique these poses can lose its purpose and become a source of frustration and injury.

In this 2 hr workshop I will guide you through sequences to access these poses with greater mindfulness and ease, essential actions and movements to help your body understand the mechanics and leverage of arm balances, the power of your inner jewel (nucleus) and make these inspiring poses part of your personal practice to enjoy the freedom of flying! Price is $35

***Package Price for both Workshops is $50

Yoga Retreats with Harumi Maejima

DATE:  March 10 – 17, 2018

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

PACKAGES:  Try one of our special 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.

WORKSHOPS:  We are very excited to offer our guests two special workshops this week. The first is called Meditation 101, and the second one is The Root Chakra/Female Power Workshop. Please see below for more information of these workshops.

Guest Yoga Teacher Harumi Maejima

C-IAYT, E-500 RYT, YACEP

Harumi Maejima is owner and director of HarumiYoga+ Holistic Healing House in Scottsdale, AZ. Harumi discovered the benefits of Yoga when combating the mental and physical fatigue of her demanding work at a Japanese diplomatic office in the US. Her physical practice of yoga soon led to further inquiry into yoga’s mental and spiritual applications. This wider view of yoga addressed the “whole person”, that of the relationship between body, mind and spirit which sparked her decision to pursue training as an instructor.

She succeeded in attaining the highest proficiency level granted by the Yoga Alliance, E-500 RYT (Experienced Register Yoga Teacher, teaching hours more than 5,000 hours). Harumi then obtained the C-IAYT followed by advanced training with a Therapeutic Life Mentor certificate in 2016. Harumi founded unique HarumiYoga+ Holistic Healing House in 2009 in North Scottsdale.

Teaching Philosophy

Harumi utilizes her intensive studies from the different traditions of Kripalu School of Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Prana Flow, Yin Yoga and various styles of Meditation. Harumi combined these with knowledge accumulated from world-wide participation and professional training into her classes. She has studied meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh, Bhante Sujatha, Roshi Joan Halifax and Sensei Jokai Blackwell, and traveled to many temples and monasteries in Asia and US. Harumi’s teaching philosophy and holistic viewpoint evolved into body-mind connection, the cornerstone of her mission to inspire students to promote healthy living.

For more information on Harumi, please visit www.harumiyoga.com

Workshops

Meditation 101

Life can get a little crazy at times. The hectic pace and demands we face on a daily basis often leave us feeling stressed, overworked, tired and even unhappy. Meditation is a simple, effective and convenient way to calm your busy mind, relax your body, become grounded and find inner peace amidst the chaos of day-to-day life.

You will learn basic yet very effective ways to meditate. Learn the basics of how to sit, what to focus on, where to bring awareness to during the meditation. You will learn guided meditation, silent meditation, Vipassana meditation and walking meditation. Find out what the best meditation style is for you.

The Root Chakra/Female Power Workshop

“The Serpent Power”. The First Chakra, sometimes called the Root Chakra, is located at the very base of your spine. It deals with issues of physical survival, safety and security. If you experience any of the following physical symptoms on a frequent or recurring basis: adrenal fatigue, foot and leg pains and injuries, sexual problem and weakened urinary muscles, rectal or colon problems, or immune disorders, this workshop will help you to strength those areas.

***PRICE FOR WORKSHOPS: $35 each, or $60 for both.

A Message From Harumi

Yoga Retreats with Julie Coluccio

DATES:  April 21 – 28, 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 Back to Basics, the second is Intro to Yin Yoga, and the third is Clear and Balance your Chakras. More details on these workshops is below.

Guest Yoga Teacher Julie Coluccio

Julie teaches a creative vinyasa flow class with emphasis on alignment. She encourages her students to cultivate awareness through paying close attention to their breath. Her classes are informative, challenging, and empowering.

Julie lives in Saratoga Springs, New York with her two teenage boys, Andrew and Marcus. She has a B.S. degree in Marketing from Syracuse University where she was a dancer all 4 years for the football and basketball teams. She has been studying and practicing yoga for over 19 years. Some of her inspirational teachers include David Swenson (Ashtanga Yoga), Shiva Rea (Heart and Fire), Dharma Mittra (Maha Shakti), Sadie Nardini (Core Transformers), Natasha Rizopoulos (Back to Basics), Kathyrn Budwig (Glow and Flow), Beryl Bender Birch (Power Yoga), Janet Stone (Five Elements), and Sara Powers (Yin Yoga). She became 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified in 2008 and is completing her 500 hours now with Janet Stone in San Francisco. She is employed as a teacher at Rise and Movement Yoga Studio, Rocksport, and Lake Placid Hot Yoga. Her classes include pranayama, visualization, and meditation.

In addition to her yoga classes, she hosts 200 hour and 300 hour teacher trainings in both Saratoga and the Lake Placid area. She often travels internationally to Belize to share her knowledge, experience, and passion of yoga with the locals. Also, she instructs and coaches the Saratoga Rowing Team and Albany Academy Varsity Lacrosse team in the benefits of yoga, pranayama, and meditation.

Julie’s Philosophy

Julie teaches yoga with passion and enthusiasm. Her playful and creative vinyasa flows keep the students present and engaged. She weaves in a spiritual message to her classes to get her students to think and reflect. She encourages her students to become aware of their habitual behavioral patterns by studying their physical asana practice. This self-study helps them to go inward in order to grow and blossom spiritually. Also, she inspires students to start new habits or rituals to nurture discipline in their lives. She believes the combination of discipline and self-reflection can lead to growth, clarity, transformation, and healing. Her intention is to be of service to others and to guide these students to growth and transformation. Her favorite quote by Carl Jung, “He who looks outside, dreams; he who looks inside, awakens”.

Workshops

Back to Basics (90 Min)

Whether you are new to yoga or are ready to take your practice to a deeper level, exploring yoga fundamentals will improve your practice.

Join Julie in this workshop to build on your yoga foundation by looking at alignment, transitions and yogic breathing techniques.

What to expect:

•    vinyasa break down

•    Alignment in poses such as Warrior I,II,III

•    Anatomy tips for Triangle, Revolved Triangle

•    Standing Poses and transitions

•    Supportive and open environment for questions

•    Hands-on assists

Intro to Yin Yoga (90 Min)

Join me in a practice that will open your mind and body slowly and softly.

Heal the body and renew your spirit! Yin yoga is a practice where you hold poses for 3-5 minutes in order to open the energy pathways. Yin improves joint mobility and reestablishes the calm balance that we all need in our over-scheduled and stressful lives.

Yin is a calming, restorative practice that rejuvenates the body. The long, deep holds along with the focus on breathing encourages us to surrender control over our bodies. Yin helps break up the blockages in our connective tissue to create more freedom and movement.

Clear and Balance your Chakras (90 Min)

The seven chakras are the centers in our bodies in which energy flows through. These swirling wheels of energy correspond to massive nerve centers.  Blockages of energy in these centers can cause imbalances in the body and can lead to illness and disease.

Come join me in getting to know these centers of energy with their different qualities and characteristics. Then we will identify the chakras that you wish to open or explore. And lastly, we will learn how to activate these chakras in order to open up the energy lines to restore balance and heal the body.

***Each workshop is $35, or a package for all three is $95

Message From Julie

 

Yoga Retreats with Cristiane Machado

DATES:  April 14 – 21, 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 very special workshops during this week. The first is a sacred cacao ceremony, and the second is a 3-day Zumba workshop. Please see below for more information.

Guest Teacher Cristiane Machado

Cristiane Machado is Brasilian by birth and a citizen of The Universe by default. Cristiane has been hosting Yoga and Zumba Retreats at Anamaya since we opened 8 years ago. Her open smile and welcoming energy is one of her best assets, which you will feel as soon as you meet her. Cristiane is filled with passion for all types of therapeutic movement. Either by flowing the physical body into asanas, or learning how to move the ethereal and energetic bodies into a ecstatic and tantalizing rhythmic dance with the self, Cristiane believes that everyone was designed to move – hence her retreats that combine yoga, breath, meditation and dance. As a massage therapist and body worker for past 14 years, she has a solid knowledge and understanding of the mechanics of the human body. Cristiane’s knowledge, experiences and studies of Reiki  and Johrei (energy work) since she was 13 years old, makes the understanding of how energy plays a big role in our daily lives accessible and demystified.

Cristiane’s intention for this week is to simplify and clarify the communication between our physical bodies, our minds and our emotions and how it all affects our daily living. She is eager to Inspire and empower the Divine within ourselves and she is devoted to awaken goddesses and debunk the “good girl” syndrome. She is also engaged in supporting women and men (feminine and masculine) to find a middle ground of understanding, respect and communication. Her retreats are ideal for everyone. Her non judgmental approach has became the staple of her craft as a facilitator of inner growth and transformation.

Cristiane has toured the globe teaching Zumba Master Classes and other Zumba Instructors to became successful and how to truly connect with their students.

Her interest in yoga started in her teen years and followed her through to her 30’s when she finally manifested the opportunity to deepen her studies at Anamaya with Sasha Dae. She describes her practice as a fusion of Hatha, Yin and Laughing Yoga. She is also a firm believer of Pranayama and how the breath connects us all.

Cristiane’s background also plays a big role in her spirituality and finds the natural tools to help us achieve a higher vibrational level. She is honored to have been initiated as a Sacred Cacao facilitator and she is also a trained Cacaoga® guide.

WORKSHOPS:

Sacred Cacao ceremony

This workshop is open to everybody – Payment is By DONATION

(Circle – Cacao history – Sipping cacao – Reiki – Heart opening meditation and practice)

“Native to tropical areas of Latin America, cacao is chocolate before the processing; an unsugared, unadulterated form of one of our world’s favorite sweets. Known as a super food, cacao is high in magnesium, calcium, antioxidants, and iron – and is an incredible mood booster! One of its components is anandamide, a neurotransmitter known as the bliss molecule. For those with an interest or background in yoga and/or Hindu philosophy, you may know that the word “ananda” means bliss and refers to a higher state of being. Cacao facilitates our goal of achieving that blissful state and deepening our connection to our truest selves, Mother Nature, and universal oneness. According to an indigenous myth, when the balance between humankind and nature is threatened, cacao comes from the rainforest to open our hearts and return us to harmony. For those of you who know that your connection with chocolate runs deep, we invite you to experience another dimension of that connection–a deeply spiritual or shamanic one. Ceremonial cacao partners with us, facilitating the journey inward and the discovery of our truest, highest, most love-filled selves.”

ZUMBA

(3 classes afternoon – $15.00/person)

Zumba Fitness is a Latin-inspired cardio-dance workout that uses music and choreographed steps to form a fitness party atmosphere. While many of the types of dance and music featured in the program are Latin American inspired, classes can also contain everything from jazz to African beats to country to hip-hop and pop. No dance experience required. Exercise in disguise and a great way to awaken our kundalini and Inner Flavah!

Yoga Retreats with Veda Ela

DATES:  July 14 – 21, 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 (www.Pachamama.com). 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: www.vedaelayoga.com 

Workshops

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”

Workshops

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 BRINGS YOU A PRACTICE THAT IS A SPECTACULAR EXPERIENCE OF YOGA, MEDITATION AND PLAY.

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

 

Workshops

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.

Testimonials

”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.

Workshops

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.

***PACKAGE PRICE FOR BOTH WORKSHOPS IS $75