Yoga Retreats with Mandy Lawson

Mandys class at Anamaya

DATES:  March 18 – 25 and April 1 – 8, 2017

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 the week of March 18 – 25 we are offering our guests a special workshop designed to improve your Crow and Side Crow poses. 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 LawsonMandy Lawson, a native of Canada, now residing in Costa Rica, is a passionate lover of life. She has found that the richness and beauty of a balanced life ultimately always includes yoga on some level.

With over 15 years experience in the fitness industry, Mandy has offered personal fitness and yoga classes to both individuals and in class settings. She has completed two 200-hour yoga teacher training courses and is currently working on completing her 500 hour certification.

Mandy is also a certified children’s yoga teacher with Kidding Around Yoga, and she loves to introduce the newest generation to a practice that will guide them into adulthood with as much grace and peace as possible.

Mandy is a devoted mother, and finds joy in spending time with her family. Having the responsibility and privilege to influence young people has helped Mandy grow into a much more calm, adaptable and present person. She has found that even the smallest lessons learned in daily life can be applied to the big picture, and that everything happens for a reason.

Mandy’s students enjoy her easy-going, humorous and light hearted approach to yoga. She is patient, and aims to provide precisely what is needed by the class at any given time.  Often throwing in a joke and encouraging a sigh and a smile, Mandy loves to see the faces of her students soften during the class.

restorative yoga with mandy lawson

Mandy’s Philosophy

What Mandy enjoys the most about teaching yoga is the connections she makes with those practicing with her. Over time she has noticed that no matter what someone is going through, everyone is the same on some level.

Mandy aims to share the gift of happiness that can come from all aspects (not just the physical) of a yoga practice, while having the most fun possible. Mandy holds the belief that yoga should be fun, engaging, gentle and powerful all at the same time. She enjoys to discuss philosophy, and includes a theme for each class. There is always room for a laugh and possibly even some dancing between (or during) poses.  Her classes include a short meditation in addition to a juicy, glorious savasana (deep relaxation) with some lovely adjustments (think massage) at the end.

Morning classes at Anamaya (included with all yoga packages), will be a more active, alignment based flow. These classes are great for beginners as well as more advanced practitioners, as we will focus on proper alignment from the outside in. Some props (blocks and straps) will be used to facilitate movement into poses in a way that works for each individual body.

Afternoon/Evening classes will restorative, gentle and grounding.

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60 minute workshop – Crow and Side Crow
For the week of March 18 – 25, learn how to get into crow pose with step by step instruction that will make this often difficult pose achievable and fun! We will start with a warm up and will work into the position step by step. We will also take a look at side crow and work our way into that pose as well. Bring your camera as you’ll want to capture the magical moment when you nail it!! Price is $20.


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By Kelsey

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