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 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
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.
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)