Yoga Retreats with Lucy Hamel

Lucy Hamel Teaching at Anamaya

DATES:  February 4 – 11, 2017

PRICES:  Please see Anamaya’s Rates & Reservations Page.

PACKAGES:  We have a number of great Yoga Retreats to choose from. Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or Pure Yoga. For more info see our Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP’s). 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.

WORKSHOP:  This week Anamaya is offering her very special Once Upon a Time Workshop. Each of our bodies and lives holds a myriad of true stories and myths. The magic is in finding the alchemy of a higher truth. Are you the hero of your life story? For more information please see below.

Guest Yoga Teacher Lucy Hamel


Lucy HamelLucy Hamel, originally from Boston, Massachusetts has been immersed in her love of body work for more than thirty years. Diagnosed as a child with a leg discrepancy she was given the option of surgery or a future back brace. Instead she found healing through love of movement and self belief. Naturally, as an adult, Lucy became a personal trainer focusing on alignment. At 24 years old Lucy moved to Greece and continued personal training numerous clients of all ages. Following her study of clients she fully sensed how energy could flow or be stuck in a person. Her belief in energy led her to become a reiki practitioner in her thirties. Not long after that, Lucy became a rebirth breath work practitioner for which she is now well known, and leads retreats and workshops internationally. All of this curiosity and passion for continued growth and joy led Lucy to explore the study of yoga more deeply. She completed her teacher training in Athens Greece seven years ago . In yoga, Lucy embraced even more profoundly the belief in union. Union not only exists with all life forms, it exists between your thoughts, feelings and body.

Through time Lucy has developed a style of Yoga flow that adds in elements of play (which she considers vital for all of us) that guide you into a deeper union awareness. Lucy narrates her classes in a way that makes you embrace your connection to your self. Simply opening a hand differently in an asana can move feelings though the heart or shift a thought. Her classes bring challenges that will make you shake and smile , as well as focus greatly on the core. Music and mood will vary as much as life. Her ability to see each student as a unique individual adds greatly to the growth you will find during your retreat.

“In respect to the yoga, I effortlessly accomplished asanas I had never been able to master even in my youth. My posture, flexibility, physical strength and endurance mirrored all my internal positive changes Lucy had magically weaved in throughout the week. As I left for home, I had fallen hopelessly in love… with my ever-growing self!”

***Our yoga classes are for all skill levels, from beginners to experienced yogis.

lucy teaching on upper Anamaya deck

Lucy’s Philosophy

To me, yoga is simply (and grandly) awareness.

In practice or in teaching there is an intention to bring one home. A mind has this miraculous ability to be connected with its dreams, fantasy world, very real intuition and silent spaces of peaceful clarity. Yet in life we some times get boggled down with to do lists and emotional challenges.

In practice it becomes about how we hold our space.  We may wobble in a balance posture yet remain soft and still in mind . When we connect with our hearts, core and out to our edges of being in a practice this “home” radiates more wisely.

I can see it happen when a practice begins. I see the thoughts whirring through each person. (Humorously, even the thought that they will be present for the practice.)  I love to bring in music to sooth the class, through humor, memory, and inspiration. About half way through practice the eyes soften and awareness from the heart begins to calm the busy brain. ( Which, let me tell you functions so much clearer after a time of peace)  The physical asana begins to hold itself in a more loving way. A piece of my philosophy holds using the asana as a toy of sorts that becomes a fabulous personal universe for the breath and soul to flow through.

To describe my philosophy in words could take much longer, yet this gives you an idea of who I am and if I as a teacher might be a kindred soul for the incredible you.

lucy teaching on Anamaya's lower deck

Once Upon a Time Workshop

This is a conscious connected breathing workshop. Everything that has ever happened to you is recorded inside you.

Think of your computer; since it became yours it has been gathering and holding information. Some of the information may have a positive effect on the computer while other information may slow it down or make it run improperly.

In “Once Upon a Time” we look at the hero of your life story. YOU. What information do you consciously and unconsciously carry and how much of it works for your highest?

How you have been using your gifts?

What thoughts or old stories need a new perspective?

In the breathwork, we release in the most natural form of healing there is, prana. Rebirth breath work is conscious connected breathing. It is a supportive tool in healing and changing old thought patterns, cell memory and allow healing and conscious change to manifest.

Conscious connected breathing is for everyone. It is yet another tool through which we can experience a release of physical tension, emotional clearing and mental clarity.

Four days workshop, 2 hrs a day.

Price for 2 days is $100, price for 4 days is $200.

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By Kelsey

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