DATES: April 7 – 14, 2018
PRICES: Check here for our Base Rates
PACKAGES: Try one of our four Yoga Retreat Packages. Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Surfing, Yoga & Rejuvenation, or Pure Yoga. For more information on our Yoga Retreats please see our Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP) page.
WORKSHOPS: We’re excited to offer our guests two very special workshops this week. The first is called Living Your Dharma, and the second is called Introduction to Ayurveda. Please see more details below.
Guest Yoga Teacher Natasja Payne
Natasja Payne, a Dutch native, lives and operates a large yoga & ayurveda spa studio in Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA. Natasja’s background is in dance, and attended the prestigious modern dance school; CodArts in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and enjoyed many years of an active dance career. After the birth of her first child in 1998 she began her career in fitness and taught Group Exercise classes, group trainings, and one-on-one trainings for the GoodLife Fitness clubs where in 2007 she was awarded “Fitness Instructor of the Year” for Canada. In 2008 when her mother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer, Natasja felt the pull and need to expand her own yoga practice and to create a sacred space where like minded individuals could gather and enjoy the practice of yoga in a serene, calm and spiritual environment.
Today she operates a large yoga studio and Ayurveda Spa; Fusionmovement Yoga Studio, boosting two spacious practice rooms, 20 yoga teachers, and over 45 drop-in classes a week. Natasja is an active teacher at the studio as well as in her community. She often is invited to teach at local high schools, elementary schools, businesses and community events.
Natasja has been teaching yoga for over 15 years, has led international yoga retreats in Costa Rica, as well she has been a presenter at the International Toronto Yoga Conference and at the World Fitness Expo in Toronto. She is well known for her creative, fluid, and dynamic yoga classes where she interweaves pearls of wisdom to create that “magic” in her classes. She is currently studying to become and Ayurvedic health consultant practitioner with the school of Kripalu and she recently completed her Ayurveda Spa Specialist program with Ayurveda Rituals in Toronto , Canada under the guidance of Andrea Oliveira. Natasja is very excited to share this ancient art of healing that can bring one back into ultimate balance ,vibrant health and ageless beauty.
Natasja is grateful for her teachers; Seane Corne, Coral Brown, Rod Stryker, Maria Garre, Shiva Rea and Andrea Oliveira. Natasja is excited to be able to share her passion, love and joy of the yoga practice with you and that it may bring transformation, healing and intrinsic joy.
Natasja Payne, 200 E-RYT, 500 RYT Ayurveda , FIS
Natasja’s Teaching Philosophy
Natasja believes that yoga is for everyone and for every body! Her classes are inclusive and she has the amazing ability to teach the same class at multiple levels, therefor every person in her classes feel safe, successful, and balanced in body, mind and spirit. The morning vinyasa yoga classes begin with a grounding movement meditation and breathing (pranayama) practices, allowing the student to fully drop-in and being present on the mat. Each class will have a different theme and/or peak pose. Classes are sequenced with great creative intelligence, so that the body and mind are completely prepared to move into the peak pose. Hands-on-enhancements are provided through out the class allowing the student to experience a deeper embodiment of the pose. Each class ends with a 10 minutes shavasana and/or meditation. Natasja’s unique touch is that she leaves you an oracle card at the top of your mat with a message that is just for you.
The afternoon yoga classes are very gentle and restorative in nature, essential oils and therapeutic touch are used, creating a magical and nourishing experience for the student. The afternoon classes incorporate breathing (pranayama) practices, mudras (sacred hand gestures), and/or myofascial release techniques.
All of Natasja’s classes are accompanied with music. Music is a very important component in Natasja’s classes and her playlists are created with great care to ensure that they match the experience of the class. Music is like adding spice to food, therefor creating a richer and deeper experience of the yoga practice.
Living Your Dharma – how to align yourself to your highest destiny
Living in Dharma means living ones’ true purpose and personality, and expressing it in the world. By allowing ourselves to live in fear, limitation or denial we are not allowing ourselves to express our Highest potential and share our God given one-of-a kind gifts with the world. Most of us are living from the expression of our EGO which limits us and keeps us bound to the three dimensional world. In this workshop learn how to uncover your “Gifts”, release blocks, such as fear, insecurity, low self-esteem etc, and allow yourself to be aligned to your True Purpose in this lifetime. We will explore questions like ; “ Who am I?, What do I want?, What is my purpose in life?, What are my values? and What am I grateful for?”
The workshop will begin with a short movement meditation allowing ourselves to get deeply connected to our heart space and our bodies and will end with a short meditation and mantra reciting. Be prepared to dive deep into yourself and uncover the Greatness that you are. Please bring your birth information to this session. (birth time, day and place of birth).
Introduction to Ayurveda – how to optimize your own health & well-being
Ayurveda is the oldest healing modality in the world and is the sister science of yoga. In recent years more and more physicians are taking notice as the science of Ayurveda is able to give one a deeper understanding of where disease originates in the body. Many doctors are beginning to realize that the “bandaid” solution is no longer working for their patients, they are tired of giving patients medications to curb the side affects of the medication they prescribed to treat their condition in the first place. Ayurveda is a system that understands that the mind and the body are inextricably connected, nothing is more powerful then the mind. The mind has the ability to transform and heal the body. In this workshops we will look at the mind and how they are influenced by the three Gunas of Satva, Rajas and Tamas. You will be given tools to optimize Satva in your life, you will also learn what your constitution (dosha) is and what it is you can do to optimize your constitution by making small changes to your diet and lifestyle. The workshop will be concluded with a meditation that balances all constitutions of Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
***Each workshop is 2hrs at a cost of $35 each (or a package rate of $60 for both)