Yoga Retreats with Mandy Lawson

 

DATES:  March 31 – April 7, 2018

PRICES:  Please check out our Rates and Reservations page.

PACKAGES:  We have a number of Yoga Retreats to choose from. Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or Pure Yoga. For more info about each package, see our Anamaya Retreat Package (ARP) page. Or for those who are not totally into yoga, there’s no need to choose a yoga package at all – you can book all your activities and excursions A La Carte. We call it the Relaxation Retreat.

We are also now offering a Scuba Certification and Yoga package to our guests.

WORKSHOPS:  During this week we are offering our guests two special workshops. The first one is called Crow and Side Crow, and the second is Mala Making. For more information please see below.

The week of April 1 – 8 we have Cassandra Wilder, ND, joining us at Anamaya to lead three very special and sacred workshops. For more information please visit her Workshop and Profile Page.

Guest Teacher Mandy Lawson

Mandy Lawson

Mandy Lawson, 200 E-RYT, 500 RYT is Canadian born, but has called Costa Rica home for nearly seven years. She came to Anamaya for the very first yoga teacher training offered at the center, and fell in love in numerous ways. She followed her heart and decided to set her roots in paradise, where they continue to grow. Mandy is now married to a Tico (aka Costa Rican), and has a magical (almost) 5 year old daughter, as well as 3 equally magical step-daughters.

Mandy has over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry, and has been teaching yoga specifically for over 6 years. Prior to her focus on yoga Mandy worked as a personal trainer for individuals and groups. These days, most of her work life is spent traveling throughout North, Central and South America teaching Children’s Yoga Teacher Trainings in both English and Spanish. She loves teaching grown ups yoga too (but don’t be surprised if she breaks out some kiddie songs to shake things up once in a while!).

Working with people and feeling the connection that can be achieved through a group yoga practice is what keeps Mandy coming back for more retreats. She has a degree in Psychology and also is a certified hypnotherapist. She has always sought ways to help people achieve happiness and health on a fundamental level, and through yoga she is achieving this goal on a daily basis.

restorative yoga with mandy lawson

Mandy’s Philosophy

Mandy’s approach to yoga is deeply rooted in self exploration. She believes that everyone can practice yoga in their own way, and there is not one practice that works for everybody or every BODY. In Mandy’s classes she encourages her students to turn their attention inward and feel where they are, to turn off the monkey mind and be present. This is not always (or ever) an easy task however, so she shows you ways to get there, even if only for a second, and getting there, even just for a moment is what the practice of yoga is all about. Mandy loves to make this practice fun and light and to allow everyone to let go with laughter or a sigh or tears. She is open, honest and real with her students, which allows for a safe space to just be. Mandy’s previous students note that she is down to earth, accepting, compassionate, inspiring and fun to be around.

Mandy offers a strong meditation component to her classes. Morning classes are a more energetic vibe, with some flow, but also some time is spent working on poses that are commonly done in an un-safe way. As the week goes on and everyone is feeling comfortable with their postures, more of a flow happens naturally. It’s common that students realize that they would benefit from some one on one instruction and Mandy is available for private lessons if requested.

Afternoon classes will be Restorative Yoga. This practice is very deep and still. Many props are used to fully support the body in various positions that may allow the student to relax very deeply. Sometimes called “assisted napping” by past students, this class is definitely more on the yin side of things. Mandy will lead you through a series of postures that allow for a nice stretch, but also an opportunity to slow down in the body and the mind. Sometimes this style of practice is the most difficult for people, especially if they are typically busy and enjoy power or vinyasa classes more than yin or hatha. If this sounds like torture, it’s probably exactly what you need!

Workshops

Crow and Side Crow – 60 min
Have you always wished you could get into an arm balance, or are you almost there but just can’t quite hold it? Mandy has a special gift when it comes to assisting her students to achieve crow and side crow poses. This one hour workshop will teach you how to come into the posture and how YOU in YOUR body can achieve the satisfaction of finally nailing it! – $25
Mala Making – 90 min

Create a yoga retreat souvenir and meditation prop all in one! Mandy will guide you through the creation of your very own mala (yoga necklace), which you can wear with pride and also use to keep you focused for meditation. During this 90 minute workshop you will make the mala (don’t worry if you’re not crafty, you’ll get it), by knotting special twine that will be provided for you. You will also learn how to use the mala for meditation and the significance behind the different parts of the mala – $30

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By Kelsey

Kelsey, one of the founders and co-owner of Anamaya Resort, is also an actress, model, and mom, living in Toronto, Canada. More information about Kelsey and her projects can be found at MathesonEnterprises.com.