Yoga Retreats with Allison Pals


Allison Pals Yoga Retreats at Anamaya

DATES:  February 20 – 27, 2016

PRICES:  Please see Anamaya’s Rates & Reservations page for more details on our Base Rates for meals and accommodations.

YOGA PACKAGES:  We have four different Yoga Retreat Packages (ARP’s) to choose from. Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Surfing, Yoga & Rejuvenation, and Pure Yoga.

WORKSHOP:  In addition to our Yoga Retreats, we have a very special Workshop planned for this week. The workshop is called “Create the Life You Want“, and our Retreat Leader is Micah McLaughlin, Naturopathic Practitioner. For more information and pricing please see below.

Guest Yoga Teacher Allison Pals

Allison Pals

Allison grew up in a small town in Northern California, surrounded by redwoods, rivers and the Pacific Ocean. Her love for the outdoors and feeling connected to something bigger than herself led her to seek other ways in which she could connect with the Divine. She moved to San Diego in 2001 to attend college but it wasn’t until she stepped into a yoga class that she felt like she had found her true calling. She dove into the practice and never looked back beginning her first teacher training at Joshua Yoga in San Diego.

Allison fell in love with teaching. She was able to give her students mindfulness, relaxation, and the sense of joy she received from teaching. In 2004 life brought her to New York City and Allison took the seat as a student once again. She studied under the guidance of Laura Hartman who was a student of Integral Yoga and deepened her understanding of yoga philosophy and meditation. In her free time Allison went to yoga every day drinking in all the variety of teaching and practices the city had to offer.

After a year of city life Allison deeply missed the redwoods and the Pacific Ocean. Allison moved back to Northern California to finish her Nursing degree at Humboldt State University. While in school Allison taught locally at Old School Hot Yoga and Om Shala Yoga in Arcata and also completed a Anusara yoga 200 hour teacher training with Robyn Smith.

Allison’s goal was to finish nursing school, work for two years and go to India. That goal was met and  after two years of allison palsworking in a hospital setting Allison took off with her partner Alex Backman to study in India. It was there that she was introduced to Tantra and completed the three month long yoga course at Agama Yoga with Manu Akshoba and Monika Nataraj. After returning home to Arcata, Allison and Alex married and returned to India to participate in a seventeen day Tantric yoga meditation course and to study more with the great teachers Guruji Rajkumar and Prem Baba. Allison continued on to Thailand to train in Women’s Mystical Dance learning how to bring women together through dance with her teacher Monika Nataraj.

Allison returned to Arcata with a full heart ready to share all that she has learned with her students at Om Shala Yoga. She currently teaches yoga regularly with her husband Alex in the community as well as offers retreats at Anamaya Resort. She is expecting her first baby, a boy, in September 2015 and is excited to share her love of travel and yoga with him.

Allison’s Teaching Philosophy

My philosophy for yoga is based on my study of Tantra and a non-dualistic approach to life. Life is a precious gift and each experience is an opportunity to know ourself more. By working on cultivating joy and equanimity in yoga and in life, we are able to bring positive energy out into the world. In the continual practice of yoga we become willing to go within and rewire our patterns and emotional influences. The focus on my classes is to keep a positive attitude and remain witness to the mind and whatever might arise without judgment. I like to guide my students with breath and intention to create a deep meditative experience in which they are able to go deeper into their own awakening. – Allison

Allison Pals at Anamaya  Allison Pals Yoga Retreats at Anamaya

Yoga classes are for all skill levels, from beginners to experienced yogis.

A Message From Allison

Workshop Leader Micah McLaughlin, Naturopathic Practitioner

The deeper I have traveled down the path of self discovery in my own life, the more I believe that the mind, body, emotions and spirit cannot be separated. Please join me for the Create the Life You Want series at Anamaya designed to help you discover what’s holding you back, how to move forward and create a life inline with your deepest you.

-Micah McLaughlin, Naturopathic Practitioner

Micah McLaughlinMicah McLaughlin is a Naturopathic Practitioner specializing in the integration of the body and mind. With curiosity and investigation Micah brings attention to energetic and emotional blocks underlying symptoms. Herbs, flower essences, supplements, breath work and energy work are used as Micah helps people connect to who they truly are. Through teaching and consulting he guides his clients to shed their limiting beliefs and embodied patterns to find healing physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Micah was trained at the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education and founded Continuum Healing in 2008 and co-founded The Wellness Collective GR in 2014. He further studied Western Herbalism and the Enneagram, deepening his passion to treat the whole person. Micah has also written and taught his Survival Herbalism course at various primitive skills schools throughout the country. Micah deeply believes in the healing ability of the body and inspires his clients through hope and empowerment. While physical symptoms often resolve and disappear, it is the deep work of healing the heart that inspires and transforms those who seek his guidance. Micah is also a singer/songwriter and has been writing, recording, and performing music since he was 16. Currently he writes and performs with The Muteflutes and looks forward to sharing his music at Anamaya as well.

Workshop Series “Create the Life You Want”

There is a series of three workshops being offered this week. The full series is $150, or there is a drop-in fee of $60 if you’d like to participate in only one or two of the workshops.

Understanding the Enneagram (2.5 hours)

Unlock the mysteries of your unique personality type.

We all have a default setting. It’s the way we’ll typically respond if we aren’t paying attention. This innate response of our personality is so deeply tied to our way of being that most of us have little awareness of it.

While this default is often helpful in childhood, over the years, this automated response no longer works for every situation. The Enneagram is a profoundly helpful personality system aimed to give us new tools for self-noticing. While many personality systems box us in, the Enneagram allows you to see your box (your personality) and enables you the capability to step out of it.

If you’re feeling stuck in your life, this class will get you started on your transformation journey. The Enneagram gives us vision and permission to interrupt the patterns and strategies that no longer serve us and invites us to create the kind of life that we’ve always wanted.

Understanding Your Inner Critic (2 hours)

Explore that voice inside and the shame that shapes us

Shame is a part of the human experience and criticism can allow us to see a better way to perform. However, when shame and criticism take over, the inner critic is born.

The inner critic uses shame, judgment and criticism to keep us behaving “properly.” Without a deep awareness and reframing of our inner critic, self-love and self-improvement become difficult to attain.

In this class, you’ll learn how to identify, reframe and spot when the inner critic is showing up and running the show. Through curiosity and investigation you’ll learn the tools to hold yourself with compassion and kindness as opposed to judgment and self-loathing.

Navigating Difficult Relationships Through the Empowerment Triangle (2 hours)

Create relationships that work and conversations that empower

How much responsibility should you take in your relationships? Do you have a tendency to over-give or over-take from friends and family? Complain when things don’t go your way? Or persecute and criticize others when they don’t meet your expectations?

By understanding the Empowerment Triangle, you start to identify relational dysfunction and transform your interactions. Based on transactional analysis, this simple yet profound system helps to shine light on the stuck areas in our relationships and provides a map to get out of those patterns. You’ll leave with a clear picture of how to step away from playing the victim, rescuer or persecutor role and move into the role of creator, compassionate challenger and coach with those in your life.

It takes skill to navigate relationships and communicate in direct and effective ways. By using the Empowerment Triangle, you will be able to navigate everyone’s needs while leading from the heart to build and sustain healthy relationships.

A Message From Micah

For more information on Micah please see the links below:

Continuum Healing

Wellness Collective

The Muteflutes

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