DATE: Nov 8 – 15, 2014
PRICES: Check our Rates and Reservations page
PACKAGES: We have a number of different yoga retreat packages. Try Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or the Pure Yoga package. For more information please read further details about our Anamaya Retreat Packages. Our yoga classes are for all skill levels, from beginners to experienced yogis.
WORKSHOPS: There will be a number of additional workshops to attend this week. More information on each workshop is listed below.
Guest Yoga Teacher Lola Rephann
Lola Rephann has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. Lola’s teaching is informed by stillness, mindfulness, listening to the body, and moving from a place of spirit. Lola studies primarily with Paula Tursi of Reflections Yoga in New York City and Erica Mather, a Forrest Yoga guardian in New York City. Lola is an e-RYT at the 200 hour level. She has amassed well over 1,000 hours of teaching experience working privately, in group classes, and in corporate settings throughout New York City and Hudson County, NJ.
Lola studies Forrest Yoga, Yin Yoga, hatha/vinyasa yoga, thai yoga massage, and shamanic reiki. Lola seeks to bring each practitioner to a place of stillness and awareness, where healing happens naturally.
Lola’s classes are a call to meet your edge, to challenge the body-mind intelligently. A typical class would begin with pranayama and/or meditation, move into deep core integration work to warm the body and the muscles of the core, followed by a strong, yet well-paced, standing pose sequence. Lola weaves a psychological, physical, or spiritual thread of inquiry into each class, and often asks students to observe all three layers of experience during their practice. As a teacher, Lola hopes to guide her students to a deeper relationship with themselves, where inquiry leads to awareness, and awareness leads to transformation.
Lola’s Personal Teaching Philosophy and Intention for Anamaya’s Guests
I practice and teach yoga for healing and growth. Yoga has been the most effective healing and personal transformation tool I have ever encountered. Yoga helps bring me back to myself and remember who I am; yoga connects me to my spirit. When we reconnect to our true selves, we are reminded of our connection to all that is, our creative power, and our essential goodness.
In this retreat, I will use the principles of Forrest Yoga (Breath, Strength, Integrity, Embodying Spirit) and Yin Yoga (becoming still, playing your edge, and holding for time) to help release layers of stress, tension, and mental distraction that keep us from realizing our true selves. When we connect to who we truly are, we automatically begin to heal as we find or re-align with our life purpose and realize we are exactly where we need to be. As we heal individually, we begin to heal the collective, or as Ana Forrest says, “mend the rainbow hoop of the people.”
The methodology I use for this aim is the science of yoga: asana (or postures), pranayama (or extension of life force energy, or prana), and meditation. I occasionally supplement with writing and small-group work, ceremony, visualization, shamanic journeying, thai massage, and reiki.
I teach Forrest Yoga, an intense approach to vinyasa yoga designed to go deep into cellular tissue thru exciting and challenging pose sequences, focused pranayama practices, and Native American ceremony. I also teach alignment-oriented vinyasa yoga, a practice designed to help students become more embodied and clear about their particular body-mind-spirit. The daily morning practices will be informed by these approaches.
In the evening sessions, I will teach Yin Yoga, a slow practice of long-held poses designed to target the fascia, or connective tissue, of the body. The fascia is where we store emotional as well as physical trauma, and true healing must address these deep layers of cellular tissue. I may supplement the evening practices with shamanic journeys, techniques to help tap into the collective and symbolic mind and draw guidance and information from deep within the subconscious.
A Message From Lola
Basic Thai Massage – Feet, Legs & Hips (1.5 hours)
Learn & practice a sequence that you can give to your loved ones! Starting with the feet, moving up to the legs, and culminating in a delicious hip sequence, this sequence is extremely healing as all the major meridians (or sen lines, as they are known in Thai Massage) begin in the feet. You will learn to move lymph and prana, gently articulate the joints in the feet and hips, and releases energy blockages for improved circulation and increased well-being. (Price $25 each, or $40 for both Thai Workshops)
Basic Thai Massage – Hands, Arms, Shoulders, Back, Head & Face – (1.5 hours)
This sequence builds on the one from the first workshop and focuses on the upper body, and the exquisitely sensitive face and head. Together with the previous sequence, these two provide a full-body experience of loving, healing touch. Learn a sequence that starts at the hands and arms and moves to the back, with a delicious back release sequence. The shoulder girdle will be moved and lubricated, the spinal cord will be gently rocked and stimulated, and the sequence culminates with the deeply relaxing and rejuvenating head and face points. (Price $25 each, or $40 for both Thai Workshops)
Connect To Your Power Center! (1 hour)
This one-hour workshop will focus on awakening awareness of our cores, which start at the top of the skull and go down to the bottom of the pelvic floor. Through a series of floor exercises, including abdominal and lower-back strengtheners, pranayama, and kriyas, we will wake up, cleanse, and connect to our power centers. When we are connected to our cores, we experience vitality, energy, strength, congruence, sexuality, pleasure, and power! (Price $20)
Forrest Yoga Back Bending Intensive (2 hours)
This two-hour intensive will prepare students to enter into complex and exciting backbends, or to move deeper into existing backbends in a safe, therapeutic, and healing way. We begin by heating the core through a series of abdominal and lower back strengthening exercises, standing poses, and inversions, before culminating in a series of backbends that will thrill and delight even the most experienced practitioners! (Price $40)