DATES: Dec 16 – 23, 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 Workshop this week. The first one is called Pranayama and Chakra Process, and the second one is called How to Meditate. Please see below for more information.
Guest Yoga Teacher Lola Rephann
The theme this week at Anamaya will be Energy & Intention and our Guest Yoga Teacher will be Lola Rephann. Lola’s teaching is a call to meet your edge. She asks her students to challenge the body-mind intelligently by asking them to observe the manifestations of the true self and the conditioned self. Lola weaves a psychological, physical, or spiritual thread of inquiry into her classes and workshops, and often asks students to observe all three layers of experience during their practice.
One of Lola’s gifts is that people feel comfortable in her presence. Her students feel safe to to be seen, to drop shields, and to reveal themselves. She is able to help people see and feel what is possible, to reclaim forgotten or ignored parts of themselves, and to initiate healing in a very natural way: simply by reclaiming the parts of ourselves that we long for and desire the most. Lola is honored to work with people in such an intimate and personal way.
Lola studies Forrest Yoga, Yin Yoga, hatha/vinyasa yoga and the intersection of yoga and functional movement. Lola is also a practicing bodyworker using the modalities of Thai Yoga Massage, Myo-Fascial Meridian Release and Reiki. She has been studying Thai Massage for over 7 years and has her Level 3 Reiki Master certification from Olympic Mountain Earth Wisdom Circle. Some of her interests that often inform her classes include astrology, earth magic, ceremony, ritual, moon cycles, and animal totems.
Lola has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. She has a deep and abiding interest in breath, mindfulness, and somatics. Lola studies primarily with Ana Forrest, founder of Forrest Yoga, Erica Mather, a Forrest Yoga guardian in New York City and Corina Benner of Philadelphia, PA. Lola was raised in the traditional lineage of Sivananda Yoga before moving into vinyasa and more contemporary yoga studies. Lola is a lifelong student and is always learning new techniques, methods, and applications for healing, wellness and vitality.
Lola is an e-RYT with over 2,500 hours of teaching experience privately, in group classes, and in corporate settings throughout New York City and New Jersey. She has assisted Ana Forrest and Forrest Yoga Guardians at the national level, leads a yearly retreat to Costa Rica, and is developing a YouTube channel.
Lola’s Personal Teaching Philosophy
I practice and teach yoga for healing, self-exploration, and growth. Yoga is the most effective tool for healing and personal transformation I have ever encountered. My teaching guides you into a state of feeling, connection, and experiencing yourself as you truly are. When we recognize our true nature, we transcend stress, tension, anxiety and confusion. In the moment, we glimpse our essential selves and our connection to all living things. As we heal individually, we begin to heal the collective.
I teach Forrest Yoga, a breath-based, mindful approach to vinyasa yoga designed to go deep into cellular tissue thru long-held and challenging pose sequences. Forrest Yoga excels at healing trauma and disconnection, building strength, and nurturing a state of embodiment. I also teach alignment-oriented vinyasa yoga, a practice designed to help students become more aware by finding correct alignment in the yoga poses, which helps prana (vital energy) circulate thru the body-mind. Lately I have been infusing my teaching with functional movement exercises that build strength and challenge the body. Challenging ourselves physically is necessary to reclaim vitality and self-confidence. The daily morning practices will be informed by these approaches.
The evening sessions will be a combination of Yin Yoga (a practice of long-held poses designed to target the fascia, or connective tissue, of the body), gentle Hatha yoga, and meditation. The fascia is where we store emotional as well as physical trauma, and true healing must address these deep layers of cellular tissue.
This retreat will focus on emotional and energetic healing and release, building strength in body, mind, and spirit, and self-discovery, all while having fun and super-charging your existing yoga practice. Each practice will have a clear intention so that over the course of the week, you will practice seeing and setting small attainable goals for yourself while designing a larger intention that will serve as a guiding principle for your ongoing personal development.
Pranayama and Chakra Process
This 90-minute workshop focuses on pranayama and chakra process. There are many styles of pranayama within yoga. Each pranayama has different effects and generates different states in the body-mind. We will layer pranayama over an exploration of the 7 chakras and go through “Chakra Process,” a method for accessing wisdom stored in each of our 7 chakras. Come with a life question or decision that you are interested in obtaining greater wisdom on, or simply with an open mind to explore what intelligence is within your chakras, waiting to be discovered. ***Price for workshop is $40.
How to Meditate
Are you uncertain about what meditation actually is? Have you tried to meditate but given up when you felt like you weren’t sure what to do? If you’ve longed to establish a regular meditation practice, this workshop is for you. Learn and explore several techniques for quieting the mind. Discover what meditation is, and what it isn’t. Find out how meditation can help you feel more focused, less stressed and more connected. This 60-minute workshop will leave you with a functional basis for continuing a meditation practice. ***Price for workshop is $30.
***Package price for both workshops is $60.
Private Yoga sessions are also available.