DATES: April 23 – 30, 2016
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 fantastic workshops this week. Yoga of Nurtition – Food as Medicine, and Living in Ritual & Harmony. Please see more detailed information below.
Guest Yoga Teacher Natasja Payne, 200 E-RYT, FIS
Natasja Payne, a Dutch native, lives and operates a busy yoga studio in Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA. Natasja’s background is in dance, and attended the renowned 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; Fusionmovement Yoga Studio, boosting two spacious practice rooms, 14 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. She is well known for her creative, fluid, dynamic and challenging classes where she interweaves pearls of wisdom to create that “magic” in her classes. Just recently she started her studies in Ayurvedic medicine and is very excited to share this ancient art of healing that can bring one back into ultimate balance and vibrant health.
Natasja is grateful for her teachers; Coral Brown, Rod Stryker, Maria Garre and Shiva Rea. 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.
Workshops with Natasja
Yoga of Nutrition – Food as Medicine:
In this 2.5 hour workshop you will learn an Ayurvedic perspective on how foods and spices can either heal us or harm us depending on what our own constitution is. All life is made up out of the 5 elements of Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. These elements or qualities are also present in the foods we eat. Learn how you can maintain vibrant health by eating, drinking and using the right spices for your constitution. Learn about the 6 tastes of sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent and pungent. You will be introduced to how you can stoke and improve your Agni (digestive fire) so that your body will absorb and utilize nutrients more efficiently. Many of us suffer from malabsorption and can leave us feeling depleted and exhausted. We will conclude the workshop in the Anamaya kitchen where you will learn how to make your own Ghee (clarified butter) and Kicharee (Indian Rice dish). Each student will be provided with food lists that will nourish their constitution. (Vata, Pitta, Kapha). ***Cost is $35 (or both workshops for $50)
Living in Ritual & Harmony:
In this 2 hour workshop learn an Ayurvedic approach to navigate and cycle with the rhythms of the day and the seasons. Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga and encompasses a full spectrum approach to harmonizing the mind, body and soul and cultivates vitality, health and longevity. In this workshop learn how to cleanse all your senses to increase your well-being and to remain in balance. Learn practices such abhyanga, neti and nasya to keep the body strong and healthy. We will talk about the importance of creating a daily rhythm which will help to enhance and increase vitality, well-being, and to defy the aging process. We will conclude the workshop with an Ayuryoga & meditation class that will pacify all constitutions. ***Cost is $25 (or both workshops for $50)
A Message From Natasja