Date: Dec 14 – 21, 2013
Prices: Check our Rates and Reservations
Packages: We have a number of Yoga Retreats. Try our Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, or Yoga & Surfing Retreats. For more info check out our Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP). We are super stoked to have Anna Hardwick as our guest yoga teacher for this week.
Guest Yoga Teacher Anna Hardwick
Anna is a Certified Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher and Personal Trainer Specialist, teaching in studios, offices and homes across Toronto, Canada, since 2008. Her love of yoga began at the age of 13, when she attended a yoga class with her entire family. She completed her Yoga 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 in prenatal yoga, yoga therapeutics and restorative yoga. Anna is passionate about the transformative potential of yoga, 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. Influenced by dance, Alexander technique, sports and fitness, Anna creates a powerful, fluid, meditative experience in her classes, with an emphasis on breath, rhythm and linking the poses.
Anna is overjoyed to join the Anamaya community, on her third visit to beautiful Costa Rica. Her love of surfing, hiking and the ocean will enable her to tailor a yoga experience that complements the unique environment of the area and all that is offered at Anamaya. She looks forward to creating classes that inspire and support each guest’s retreat experience. She is honoured to join the group on a week-long journey of self-inquiry, while celebrating Winter Solstice.
Anna will lead creatively-sequenced morning classes in the Hatha and Vinyassa flow style. In the early evening she will lead Restorative and Therapeutic classes, as well as special workshops on Meditation and Yoga Fundamentals. She would be happy to tailor private classes for individual guests during the week, integrating strength training and yoga, or focusing on Yoga Fundamentals.
From Anna on her Yoga Practice
“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” – to how I want to act and be in the world, and to how I want to act and be towards myself. Yoga is a life-long practice – I am constantly tinkering, questioning, training, reading and mixing it up. It is ever evolving and I feel so lucky that I am able to share this process with others as a yoga teacher.
The foundation of my yoga is my meditation practice. My physical practice takes on different forms each day, from a powerful vinyassa flow to a gentle therapeutic experience. I am not dogmatic and try to listen to what my body needs each day. My meditation practice, however, is what anchors me and forms the basis of my yoga.
Costa Rica holds a special significance for me. My teacher training here in 2008 was transformative, giving me the tools to share yoga with others, but also teaching me to look within for wisdom and strength, and to guide others to look within to find their own yoga practice.”