Date: Jan 2 – 9, 2016
Prices: Check our Rates and Reservations
Packages: We have a number of Yoga Retreats. Try our Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or Pure Yoga. For more info check out our Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP). We are super stoked to have Anna Hardwick back as our guest yoga teacher for this week.
Workshops: This week we have three special workshops for our guests. The first one is a Yin Yoga Workshop, the second is an Introduction to Meditation, and the third a Yoga Fundamentals Workshop. Please see more details below.
Guest Yoga Teacher Anna Hardwick
Anna is a passionate yogini and movement junkie, a Certified Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher and Personal Trainer Specialist, teaching in studios, offices and homes across Toronto, Canada and internationally, since 2008. Her love of yoga began at the age of 13, when she attended a class with her entire family. She completed her Teacher Training in 2008 at The Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, studying with Don and Amba Stapleton. She has continued her studies in Toronto with an advanced training in Yin Yoga, as well as prenatal, therapeutics and restorative yoga. Anna is passionate about the transformative potential of the practice, and is in awe at its ability to bring awareness, balance and peace to life. The relationship between creativity and yoga is integral to Anna’s practice, with her background as a performer. Anna creates a powerful, fluid, meditative experience in her classes, with an emphasis on breath, rhythm and creative sequencing. Guided by compassion, Anna inspires her students to live more present, fluid, and integrated lives.
Anna is overjoyed to return to the Anamaya community to teach her second retreat, on her fourth visit to beautiful Costa Rica.
Anna’s Philosophy on Yoga
“Yoga for me is about coming home. My mat is my “home,” no matter where I am in the world. It allows me to check in with my self, return to balance, find my breath and re-calibrate my internal compass to my “True-North.” Yoga is my life-long practice and I am a life-long student – deepening, evolving, questioning, training, reading and mixing it up. I feel such gratitude that I am able to share this practice with others as a yoga teacher.”
Anna’s Intention for the Retreat
Transition and Transformation – A Yin Yang Yoga Retreat
“The beginning of a new calendar year is a powerful time to deepen your practice. It’s a time of internal and seasonal shift and a chance to reflect on the year that has been and the year that is to come, and an auspicious time to set intentions. Yoga offers us the tools to put these intentions into practice, with patience, tolerance and joy. The New Year has been celebrated and honoured since Roman times, and during this retreat, we will create our own rituals to begin the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, we are in the deepest, darkest, most Yin months of the year which surround the Winter Solstice, and we will take this opportunity to replenish and recharge our reserves of inner fire in one of the most beautiful and light-filled places on earth.
Each day will begin with creatively sequenced morning classes in the Hatha and Vinyassa flow style, accessible to all levels. I will lead grounding meditations, at a time of year when we are reminded that life is constantly in a state of change. These meditations will offer us the opportunity for Svadhyaya, or deep reflection, on our experiences of the past year, creating space to cultivate awareness and equanimity for the coming months. In the early evening I will offer Yin Yoga classes, to help you wind down from your day in the surf. Yin Yoga is a slow, deep, transformative practice, encouraging awareness, integration and a sense of wholeness.
Most of all, we will have a lot of fun and soak up the sun and the Prana-filled environment of Costa Rica, connecting with our true selves, our true expression, and our “True North.” I am honoured to join you on this week-long journey of self-inquiry, while ushering in a New Year.”
Transition and Transformation Workshops
Yin Yoga Workshop:
Yin Yoga is a slow, deep, transformative practice, combining Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chakra Theory and Mindfulness, stretching and stimulating the connective tissues, encouraging awareness, integration and a sense of wholeness. Poses are held for a few minutes to train the fascia (or connective tissue), to increase flexibility and offer therapeutic potential, especially for the joints of the hips, pelvis and lower spine. Meridian Theory from Traditional Chinese Medicine is incorporated, as each pose is designed to stimulate certain Organs and Meridian pairs. The Chakras, the gateways between the physical and metaphysical body, are also explored, guiding us towards balance and insight. This 90-minute workshop will deepen your understanding of Yin Yoga, with a specific focus on the Kidney Meridian and the Root Chakra, engendering a sense of stability, abundance and deep relaxation. 90 minutes – $45
Introduction to Meditation Workshop:
Does the idea of sitting still for 10 minutes terrify you? Are you curious about meditation but don’t know where to start? Meditation is called The Path of the Warrior for a reason. It’s challenging and there are no quick fixes, but over time, it does provide clarity, integration and peace. Anna will share with you some ancient techniques, applicable in our busy modern lives. She will guide you through powerful Metta (Loving-Kindness) and Karuna (Compassion) meditations, from the Buddhist tradition. Breath-work (Pranayama) and visualizations will be incorporated. You will leave with the tools to begin your own meditation practice at home. 1 hour – $35
Yoga Fundamentals Workshop:
Can’t tell a Downward Dog from a Sleeping Swan? Are you intimidated by all the bendy people at yoga studios? Do you need a little refresher after taking a bit of a break from the practice? With a lighthearted approach, Anna will help to demystify yoga, offering a brief introduction to the philosophy and practice, and then guide you, step by step, through some of the basic poses and flows, emphasizing safe alignment. You’ll leave more confident to enjoy the retreat, and maybe even want to slap your mat down at the front of the next class! 1 hour – $35
Two workshop package: $60
Three workshop package: $90
A Message From Anna