Yoga Retreats With Joan Radford

Are you ready for a transformational escape that will support you in finding that much deserved Me-Time, and create balance physically, emotionally and mentally?
Then allow us to provide that space for you.

 

DATES:  March 7 – 14, 2020

PRICES:  After you get to know our special yoga teacher for these weeks, please have a look at our Rates & Reservations page to see our BASE RATES (which cover accommodations and meals).

PACKAGES:  We have a yoga retreat package for everyone so you can customize your retreat experience, and the cost of the package you choose is added to your BASE RATE. Our packages include Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or Pure Yoga. For more information about these packages please visit Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP). 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 who would like to learn how to scuba dive… And a Couples Retreat package if you’re traveling with that special someone.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOP:  We’re excited to offer our guests a very special workshops this week called Personal Fitness & Yoga Training 101: Your Personal Program. For more information please see below.

Guest Yoga Teacher Joan Radford

Joan discovered yoga more than 20 years ago as an athlete and a professional in the fitness industry. As an athlete, marathon runner and triathlete, she was always looking for complimentary workout options that supported her athletic activities. As a fitness professional, trainer, leader and consultant, she was also looking for activity options that invited clients and student to participate, be challenged yet feel accepted, capable and successful. Her initial goal was to seek out physical workouts and her introduction to yoga began with Power Yoga. She discovered quickly that her Yoga practice presented opportunities and benefits that exceeded the physical experience. After several years of her own yoga practice, she discovered that she was enjoying the benefit of practicing the commitment of movement and breath, the connection of the mind and the body and still realizing the physical benefits of enhanced strength, flexibility and postural alignment. She realized the results were on going and continued to grow with her practice. This realization led her to accept the challenge of Yoga Teacher Training. Both personally and professionally, she knew that she would benefit from the enhanced knowledge and experience provided in a training environment.

Her Yoga teacher training began in Toronto, Ontario with the Level 1 and 2 certifications in “Fast Track Training “offered at Maureen Rae’s Yoga Studio. Maureen’s authenticity and sincerity in her approach to supporting and inspiring new yoga teachers with a foundation in tradition, spirituality, sound biomechanics and safety and an overall acceptance of all students motivated Joan to accept the challenge of teaching Yoga. As her yoga practice continued to grow and she began teaching, Joan is very grateful for those years that followed this training as they were filled with yoga practice teaching, incredible and generous mentorship and workshops with some amazing Yoga professionals in North America.

After several visits to Anamaya and some incredible experiences with the teachers there, she decided that Anamaya would be the place to complete her next step of Yoga teacher training.  She was so grateful for the opportunity to attend the 200 hr RYT Yoga teacher training in July 2018 at Anamaya. The training was provided by Antoine Tinawi, Pamela Gooria and Michelle Carroll from Montreal’s Om West. This training provided an intense traditional Hatha Yoga training, deepening and enriching her yoga experience and her ability to share this with her students.

She is now pursuing her 500 hr RYT training in Edmonton with Michele Theoret at Empowered Yoga. She is expanding her knowledge and practice with advanced Asana and Flow, Restorative and Yin Yoga Certifications as well as Yoga for specialized and specific considerations including; Athletes, Therapy and Pain Care and Sustainability with aging.

Joan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, a Special Education degree and a Master’s in Business Administration. She is certified and internationally certified through the Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association as a trainer of fitness leaders. She operates a not for profit business in Edmonton that provides health, wellness and fitness opportunities to employees in the health care environment. She also offers one on one personal fitness training, yoga training and a small group Yoga program, “Yoga with Friends”. She lives and practices in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.

She has been teaching for 5 years and is looking forward to welcoming participants, new and returning to Anamaya for a week of warm and welcoming Yoga practice.

Joan’s philosophy in guiding a yoga practice is to allow participants to practice at their own level for their own personal reasons, always feeling respected and supported. Although yoga provides a platform of common ground and community, it also acknowledges and accepts the individual’s reasons for coming to their mat.

Workshop

Personal Fitness & Yoga Training 101: Your Personal Program

This 2.5 hour workshop will help participants to take away the amazing fitness, yoga and meditation benefits of their week at Anamaya. It can be a challenge to fit ones health, fitness and yoga goals into an every day practical program. By working with Joan in this personalized setting, each individual participant’s goals and interests with fitness, yoga and of course, FUN will be identified and addressed. The goal of this workshop is, with inquisitive guidance and problem solving, to create their own personalized fitness and yoga program, including prescribed breath work and meditation. The price is $75, and in this workshop each participant will:

  • Perform and evaluate a functional fitness assessment
  • Explore and set realistic goals
  • Build a personal fitness program using a variety of body weight exercises, complimented with selected resistance bands, small balls (included with this workshop) and a variety of yoga props
  • Integrate yoga postures that support individual goals and fitness programs
  • Participate in a final group combination fitness and yoga class

 

We Are A Small Boutique Retreat Center So Our Retreats Fill Up FAST!
Book Your Spot Today By Filling Out Our Reservation Request Form HERE.

Yoga Retreats With Leanna Joan

Anamaya is no ordinary retreat center…we provide an experience that transforms people at a cellular level. Our guests connect to nature, they connect to others from around the world, and most importantly they connect to themselves.

You can come for the yoga…but it’s not necessary. Many of our guests come to simply enjoy everything else Costa Rica has to offer.

DATES: March 21 – 28, 2020

PRICES:  After you get to know our special yoga teacher for these weeks, please have a look at our Rates & Reservations page to see our BASE RATES (which cover accommodations and meals).

PACKAGES:  We have a yoga retreat package for everyone in order to customize your experience, and the cost of the package you choose is added to your BASE RATE. Our packages include Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or Pure Yoga. For more information about these packages please visit Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP’s). 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 who are interested in learning how to scuba dive… And a very special Couples Retreat package if you are traveling with that special someone.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS: We are super excited to offer our guests 3 amazing workshops this week. The first is called A New Approach to Inversions, the second is a Myofascial Release workshop, and the third is All About Handstands. Please see below for more information.

Guest Teacher Leanna Joan

Leanna discovered yoga in 2010, after an invite to what turned out to be a three-hour, heated vinyasa flow. With her foot shaking in her hand, Leanna was overwhelmed with laughter and joy. There was no turning back. Coming from a background in dance, Leanna was exhilarated by the challenge of developing both athleticism and breath-body movement. She found that as the dance world became something of the past, yoga became something of the present. She was able to express her artistry through yoga. After two years as an eager student, she decided the next natural step was to pursue her teaching certificate. Leanna trained under Tiffany Yoga (now Yoga Medicine) and received her 200-RYT in 2013. She is currently finishing her 500-RYT program with Yoga Medicine.

Leanna has found that her passion as a teacher lies in the integration of anatomical awareness, and playful, mindful movement. She strives to give each student the opportunity to learn within his or her own body, through very specific and guided cues. Leanna’s specialties are in shoulder, spine and hip dysfunction, yoga for athletes, myofascial release, Chinese Medicine and inversions. While her classes may require unique movement, multifunctional use of props and a possible inversion, or two, they are always accessible for all levels.

Leanna’s Teaching Philosophy

The beautiful thing about yoga is that it encourages us to be content within the present. The more we listen to the present moment and the more we check in within the physical and emotional state of our being, the more clarity we actually receive at the moment we are ready to receive it.” This was the comment I made below a photo that I posted on my Instagram account over a year ago. This has something that has slowly manifested its way into my life after over 9 years of practice. I believe to be self-aware is one of the most powerful tools within ourselves. I love that yoga is a place where self-awareness can be taught and encouraged. Ialways remind my students to come into their practice without judgement, allowing themselves to come into a space of acceptance. When we allow ourselves to set aside those overwhelming and tiring expectations, we are able to more freely come with an open heart. We no longer have to be the person we think we should be. We can come as we are. No matter where you are in your practice, beginner or advanced, true growth will come when you listen to your body. I will encourage you to set aside what you think you should do, and instead, practice in a way that makes you feel good within your own body. I will encourage you to be open to acceptance. I will encourage you to be present. I will encourage you to look within. Let’s reinvent the practice together.

What To Expect

Our practices will follow the elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine: Earth, Water, Wood, Metal and Fire. You will be experiencing both the philosophy behind each element as well as anatomical correlation within the element’s meridian lines. Both morning and evening practices will reflect the same element, however, the morning practice will be vibrant and awakening, while the evening practice will be soft and restorative.

Workshops

A New Approach to Inversions

There are probably more people wondering what the actual benefits of an inversion practice are than those who are ready to jump upside-down. The truth is, there are actually many benefits to getting inverted, including improved blood circulation, mental clarity and increased energy! There are also many levels in which that can be accomplished. I will be here to guide you into your inversion journey safely and with a playful approach. This workshop will look at armbalances, forearm balances and headstand. We will go over specific stabilizing exercises for the muscles involved and then play upside-down! This 2-hour workshop is designed for all levels and is $25.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is a technique used to release and soften the fascia back to a healthy state in order to function properly. When the fascia is functioning properly, the body can work in a healthy way allowing for decreased chance of injury, and/or healing in areas that are already injured. You will receive two tennis balls and will learn the tools of self-myofascial release from the toes to the head. This “hurts so good” technique will leave you wanting more! This 2-hour workshop is designed for all levels and is $30.

All About Handstands

The goal of this workshop is to get you into handstand using a safe, alignment-based method. We will go over strengthening exercises, anatomy of the handstand, how to fall out of handstand, and secret tricks of the trade to get you flying. For those more advanced in your handstand practice, we will also be going over multiple approaches in handstand, including, pop-ups, kick-ups and presses. This 2-hour workshop is designed for all levels and is $25. See you on the flip-side!

 

Anamaya is a small boutique styled retreat center, so our yoga retreats fill up FAST! Book your spot today by submitting a reservation request HERE.

 

Message From Leanna

The Top 5 Ways Yoga Can Help Your Mindset

The Top 5 Ways Yoga Can Help Your Mindset:

Your soul is your best friend. Treat it with care, nurture it with growth, feed it with love.

Ashourina Yalda

Most of us know the many incredible benefits of yoga for the body. Better sleep, more energy, increased flexibility and muscle tone – but have you ever noticed how your mindset changes? How much better you feel mentally when you are consistently practicing?

Yoga is so much more than a workout or movement of the body, it affects our mental and emotional well-being. With mindset being such a key factor in the decisions you make daily, the relationships you have and the way you feel about each moment, placing a focus on your mindset is crucial. 

Here are just a few ways yoga can help your mindset:

1. It moves you from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system, or from flight-or-flight to rest-and-digest.

By human nature, in many situations (especially in today’s society) we live consistently in the flight or fight state. Continuous worry, stress and living in this state can tire you, drain your body and create serious troubles with sleep, digestion and energy levels.

2. It improves your relationships.

You don’t need a partner yoga session to improve your relationship with yoga… yoga can still improve your relationships (romantic or not) because yoga helps you to create peace of mind as well as helping you to relax. …

Yoga releases endorphins and gives us the proper tools to deal with the daily frustrations and stress in life, so that we can focus on getting through them in a way that benefits, rather than hinders, our relationships.

How much better is your mindset when your relationships are thriving versus struggling?

“Only when we deepen our appreciation of ourselves, and what we have to offer, can we begin to truly appreciate and truly support and love another. When you begin a relationship with someone it is the relationship with yourself that continues to deepen as you learn to share your space with a partner.” –Ravi Singh, world-renowned yoga instructor

3. It creates discipline

In your journey with yoga, discipline will be undeniably present.

Not only is yoga a practice you must stay committed to in order to grow, you must also be disciplined and patient as you improve your craft and learn the numerous poses, styles and sequences. In addition, you will be challenged as you work towards your personal goals – your muscles might shake, your body will feel nudged outside it’s comfort zone, and you will gently and lovingly push yourself to improve your practice as you grow.  

4. It improves focus

Yoga is great for so many things, but one of the most underappreciated but overwhelmingly helpful benefits of yoga is the way it helps to improve your focus. Yoga is one of the best teachers of focus. In order to be truly present and get the most out of your practice, you must close out all distractions and outside thoughts to focus on allowing your body to work the poses and feel the depth of them to get the most out of each practice.

5. It is a relaxing break – for your mind and body!

While perfecting the perfect pigeon post may feel more stressful than relaxing, in order to truly excel in your practice you have to learn to relax your mind and body.

When you relax, you release the daily stressors and any negativity and anxiety that has built up over the day… and of course it helps to quite your mind.

Next time you attend a class or practice yoga, observe how you feel at the beginning versus how you feel at the end of the practice: paying special attention to your mind and the way your mindset changes. Did you know that yoga can change your mindset?

How have you changed your mindset since beginning your yoga practices?

Yoga Retreats With Liz Getman

Anamaya is no ordinary retreat center…we provide an experience that transforms people at a cellular level. Our guests connect to nature, they connect to others from around the world, and most importantly they connect to themselves.

You can come for the yoga…but it’s not necessary. Many of our guests come to simply enjoy everything else Costa Rica has to offer.

DATES: Jan 25 – Feb 1, 2020

PRICES:  After you get to know our special yoga teacher for these weeks, please have a look at our Rates & Reservations page to see our BASE RATES (which cover accommodations and meals).

PACKAGES:  We have a yoga retreat package for everyone in order to customize your experience, and the cost of the package you choose is added to your BASE RATE. Our packages include Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or Pure Yoga. For more information about these packages please visit Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP’s). 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 who are interested in learning how to scuba dive… And a very special Couples Retreat package if you are traveling with that special someone.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS: We are super excited to offer our guests 3 very special workshops this week. The first is the Heart-Opening Cacaoga® Workshop, the second is Yin & Thai Yoga, and the third is Zumba® Fitness. Please see below for more information.

Guest Yoga Teacher Liz Getman

Liz Getman is a registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 200, YACEP) and retreat guide who resides in Gainesville, FL. Through yoga, mindful movement, and purposeful living, Liz supports others in cultivating love and compassion for themselves and the world around them.

Liz studied Hatha and Hridaya (spiritual heart) yoga with Arjuna Dharma Das and Arpita Kshama Devi at Mahadevi Ashram & Kaivalya Yoga School in Tzununá, Guatemala. While there, she developed Cacaoga®, a practice that unifies sacred cacao with heart-centered asana and meditation. Liz first began offering yoga and wellness retreats domestically and abroad in 2016 after recognizing the power of travel in her own life and from fellow yoga teachers, such as her dear friend and collaborator Cristiane Machado.

Outside of traveling, Liz teaches yoga and Zumba® regularly in Gainesville and serves as program director of YogaLoka, a nonprofit organization that provides yoga and meditation to traditionally underserved and marginalized populations. Liz has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida. She is the co-host of Beyond Asana, a podcast that features yoga teachers and spiritual leaders living yoga off the mat. Read Liz’s thoughts on life, spirituality, and yoga on Elephant Journal, or join her for a guided meditation on Insight Timer.

Teaching Philosophy

Liz’s teaching philosophy stems from the Yoga for All movement. Though her vinyasa-style classes are physically and mentally challenging, she creates an atmosphere in which all practitioners—no matter their yoga background—feel safe and supported. Liz teaches both flow and yin style practices that integrate yogic philosophy, mindfulness meditation, and a focus on inward experience. As her initial studies included Hridaya (spiritual heart) yoga and meditation, she often designs classes, workshops, and retreats around opening the physical and energetic heart space. Liz has also studied Bhakti yoga, or the yoga of devotion, and often weaves mantra and chanting within her teaching and musical selections. Her background in trauma-informed yoga ensures that even those who have suffered severe tragedy, mental dis-ease, and long-term suffering will feel at home and in community in her presence.

Workshops

Heart-Opening Cacaoga®

Heart-opening, gentle yoga. A warm drink of nourishing cacao. Space to settle your mind, open your heart, and connect on a deeper level. Join Liz Getman, E-RYT 200, YACEP, and creator of Cacaoga® for the bliss-facilitating power of Cacaoga®, a practice designed for all yoga and spiritual practitioners. Cost: $35 US.

This event will include a 90-minute blend of cacao ceremony, heart-centered meditation, and yin-based asana. Come prepared to experience the depth of your emotional power and to open your physical and energetic bodies to the unconditional love and compassion that reside in each one of us.

Native to tropical areas of the world, cacao is chocolate before the processing; a non-sugared, unadulterated form of one of our world’s favorite sweets. Known as a super food, cacao is high in magnesium, calcium, antioxidants, and iron, and is an incredible mood booster! One of its more potent components is anandamide, a neurotransmitter known as the bliss molecule. For those with an interest or background in yoga and/or Hindu philosophy, you may know that the word “ananda” means bliss and refers to a higher state of being. Cacao facilitates our goal of achieving that blissful state and deepening our connection to our truest selves, Mother Nature, and universal oneness. According to an indigenous myth, when the balance between humankind and nature is threatened, cacao comes from the rainforest to open our hearts and return us to harmony. Ceremonial cacao partners with us, facilitating the journey inward and the discovery of our truest, highest, most love-filled selves.

Yin & Thai Yoga

Join Liz Getman, E-RYT 200, YACEP, for a special 75-minute for a Yin & Thai Yoga class that will include hands-on assists throughout our yin-based practice. Yin yoga is a slower-paced, meditative style of yoga, suitable for all levels. Passive asanas are held for 2-5 minutes, allowing practitioners to access fascia and connective tissue while developing a deep inward practice. Hands-on, Thai yoga assists will be offered to help open the body and settle the mind throughout class. Cost: $25.

Zumba® Fitness

Join Liz Getman, Zumba® Teacher, for a 60-minute dance class for all! Zumba® is an exercise fitness program that involves dance and aerobic movements performed to hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, and more. Prepare to sweat, shout, and laugh during this fun and energetic class designed to lift your spirits, build confidence, and connect in community! Cost: $15.

Message From Liz

Our Retreats Fill Up Fast, So Fill Out Your Reservation Request Form HERE. We Look Forward To Having You As Our Guest!

 

Retreats and Infinite Possibilities Workshop

Anamaya Resort Lower Yoga Deck at Sunset
Do You Crave Waking Up Every Morning With a Smile on Your Face Because You Truly LOVE Your Life?

At Anamaya we offer more than Yoga Retreats…we offer life changing experiences, in a nourishing location, with the best instructors and coaches from around the world. Not only will you wake up every morning in paradise loving your life…but you will take that feeling home with you as well.

DATES:  Jan 4 – 11, 2020

PRICES:  After you get to know our special yoga teacher for this week, please have a look at our Rates & Reservations page to see our BASE RATES (which cover accommodations and meals).

PACKAGES:  We have a yoga retreat package for everyone, and the cost of the package you choose is added to your BASE RATE. Our packages include Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or Pure Yoga. For more information about these packages please visit Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP). 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 and a very special Couples Retreat package if you are traveling with that special someone.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS: The theme for this week is Infinite Possibilities and we’re excited to offer our guests a very special workshop that will take place over 3 days throughout the week. Please see below for more information and pricing.

Meditation at Anamaya Resort

Guest Teacher Cristiane Machado

Cristiane Machado is Brasilian by Birth and a Citizen of The Universe by choice. She has moved to the USA in July 1999 where she lived until February 2019. She is now living a Pura Vida in Montezuma Costa Rica.

Cristiane has graduated from The Florida School of Massage in May 2004 and she has been practicing Massage Therapy since them, giving her 15years of hands on experience in working with the Human body.  Cristiane’s knowledge, experiences and studies of Physicalityand how it gets affected by every day living and stressors, has opened her curiosity to the  less obvious subtleties and ways that the Body communicates discomfort, pain and dis-ease.  Studying Reiki  and Johrei (energy work) since she was 13 yo, inspired the understanding of HOW Energy plays a big role in our daily lives and she loves to make that understanding accessible and demystified. Actually, Cristiane’s intention with her craft as a Body worker is to simplify and clarify the communication between our physical bodies, our minds and our emotions and HOW it all affects our daily living.

Cristiane has toured the Globe teaching Zumba Master Classes and hosting Yoga and ZUMBA Retreats. Cristiane is filled with Passion for ALL types of therapeutic movement. Either by Flowing the physical body into Asanas along the Breathe, or learning how to move the Ethereal and Energetic bodies into anecstatic and tantalizing rhythmic dance with the Self, Cristiane Believes that EVERY Body was designed to move hence her desire to combine YOGA, Breathe, Meditation and DANCE.

Her studies of Yoga started at Anamaya when she attended a 200 YTT and has deepened as she connects with profound understanding of ALL matter and the in between.

Throughout her self-loving and self-healing journey, she has learnt and cultivated sacred tools that she is dedicated to share. Cristiane uses Sacred Cacao,Mantra discipline, Breathe, Journaling (self-inquiry) and  a whole lot of having FUN while doing it.

A firm believer that our thoughts and intentions do co-create our reality, she became a Trail Blazer for Mike Dooley’s program, Infinite Possibilities and she has presented in his conferences and taught several workshops on The Art of Manifesting Your Dreams into Reality, adding practical ways to our tools box that will facilitate a reset on old thought patterns and to realign one’s life to its true purpose.

Cristiane’s cultural and eclectic upbringing has instigated in her the belief that we are ALL one, and no matter the status quo, we ALL deserve to be seen under the same light. That belief has inspired and empowered her to co-create the YogaLoka Project, a non-profit dedicated to bring YOGA, Meditation and holistic health to marginalized populations in order to transform mental illness into mental wellness. More info at www.yogaloka.org

Infinite Possibilities Workshop

Have you ever imagined waking up every single day with a full heart and a big smile on your face?

Probably not as you might have been taught that life is hard, unfair, and not everybody is meant to be successful and happy… does that sound familiar? What if I were to challenge you AND those believes? What if I were to tell that actually life is grand, you are Divine, and each and every one of us has the birth right to be deeply fulfilled and happy. That is exactly what I am bringing to my Yoga Retreat at Anamaya. A new way into thought and a new way of living life.

The Infinite Possibilities Workshop is a program developed by Mike Dooley, aka The Universe dude that breaks away old patterns of thinking into a more open, deliberate and conscious way of being. We have all been conditioned into believing that there is not enough of everything for every human being, and our society became sick and competitive; creating a fear base state that only brings us down and away from our Divine selves.

I started working with the program after receiving the “Notes from The Universe” which “accidentally” started arriving in my mail box… I truly do not remember signing up for them, still, receiving those notes were the highlight of my mornings. What was it about those notes that was so special? Well, they spoke of truth. Simple messages that we are ALL meant to be happy and we CAN live fulfilled lives. That by itself resonated very deep within my gut, aka soul. I would even get emotional reading those messages and thats when I knew this guy, Mike Dooley, was up to something profound.

I read and re-read his books and sign up for a conference in New Mexico in 2016. It was ALL I expected and MORE and I became a trail blazer for the program, hosting a workshop for 12 people in 3 days after the conference. Since then, I have been using his program for my own growth and expansion, and have also supported hundreds of humans like me to lead a life with purpose, joy and a deeper understanding of how our thoughts become things and how we are manifesting the lives we are living.

The massive shifts I experienced by incorporating the program into my life were also noted by my closest friends and family. I was no longer afraid of living my deepest truths and I no longer experienced lack. I started feeling the certainty that I was here for many reasons and that one of these reasons was to be HAPPY.

Within the years of being involved in this program and receiving the notes over the last 3 years, I can say I am truthfully blissful and grateful to be ALIVE. I have co-created the life of my dreams with clarity and I no longer suffer. It doesn’t mean I don’t have any problems… it means I’ve gathered tools to navigate my life with an open heart. Even when life throws unexpected stuff my way, I can respond to it instead of re=acting.

There is JOY to be experienced and invite YOU to dive into it with me in this 6 hour workshop that is designed to challenge and shift your way of thinking. We will gather together and work the program which consists of questions in a journaling form that instigate your mind and deepens your sense of self and how our families, teachers and society can sometimes impose “their” way into our psyche.

This 6 hours workshop will be divided in 3 days throughout our retreat and it be a perfect complement for this self-care and self-healing journey you are on. You will receive printed material and we will work side by side in breaking patterns that no longer have a purpose in your growth, expansion and evolving process.

Financial investment: $125.00 working material included.

Cristiane’s Retreats FILL UP FAST so book your spot by filling out our reservation request form HERE! We can’t wait to welcome you to paradise.

Yoga Retreats With Michelle Davis

Are you desperate for some much deserved Me-Time?

Anamaya is no ordinary retreat center…we provide an experience that transforms people at a cellular level. Our guests connect to nature, they connect to others from around the world, and most importantly they connect to themselves.

DATES:  April 18 – 25, 2020

PRICES:  After you look through this page and get to know the yoga teacher for this week, please have a look at our Rates & Reservations page to see our BASE RATES (which cover accommodations and meals).

PACKAGES:  We have a yoga retreat package for everyone so you can customize your experience, and the cost of the package you choose is added to your BASE RATE. Our packages include Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or Pure Yoga. For more information about these packages please visit Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP’s). 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 who would like to learn how to scuba dive… And a Couples Retreat package for those who are traveling with that special someone.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOP:  This week at Anamaya, Michelle Davis is offering two very special workshops. The first is Moon Salutation, Chandra Namaskar, and the second is Spring Renewal Vision Board Workshop. For more information, please see below.

Yoga Practice

Start your morning with a mindful, slow vinyasa practice to cultivate inner peace while invigorating the body. Each class will begin with meditation, Sanskrit chant and breathing practices (pranayama). Michelle will then guide you through a gentle warm-up sequence preparing your body for an uplifting practice that will heat and awaken your body. During this morning practice, you will discover “awareness of sensation” while exploring your physical “edge”. This all-level, uplifting practice will conclude with a nourishing guided relaxation, the perfect balance to an invigorating practice setting the tone for an amazing day.

The evening yoga class will be a deeply nourishing and gentle practice featuring restorative yoga to ease you into the end of your day. This class includes poetry readings and optional aroma inhalation of CPTG essential oils to further facilitate relaxation and inner peace. What a perfect way to rejuvenate at the end of your day.

Guest Yoga Teacher Michelle Davis

Michelle Davis Yoga TeacherMichelle Davis has practiced yoga for more than 25 years. Over the past 17 years, she has taught yoga classes, workshops, retreats and has assisted yoga teacher trainings in New Hampshire, Vermont, California, and Guatemala. She is currently leading yoga classes and workshops at her day spa in Keene, NH. Michelle discovered yoga at the age of sixteen when she became curious about different world religions and astrology. Michelle started her yoga journey at age 23 while she was pregnant with her daughter, Amber. Her yoga practice benefitted her physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being and it deepened her connection with her baby.

Michelle earned her 200 hour YTT certification from Kripalu School of Yoga in 2003 as part of an independent study to complete her B.A in theatre and dance. Since 2003 she has received her 500, 800 and 1,000 hour YTT from The School Yoga Institute. Michelle has cultivated an eclectic teaching style; a combination of the classical teachings of yoga as well as a modern perspective on healthy body movement and alignment. Her teaching style helps students relax and release into the yoga pose so their postures become effortless.

Michelle owns Essential Wellness Holistic Day Spa where she works as a licensed Esthetician, Reiki II Practitioner (Usui Tradition) and teaches yoga. She is also certified Essential Oil Coach and leads healing and transformative  workshops using essential oils with chakras, meridians and yoga postures. Michelle first learned of Anamaya from her daughter who has spent two college spring break trips renewing and healing herself at this magical place. Michelle will travel to Montezuma, Costa Rica for the first time to share her passion for yoga, love of life and meet each of you. Join her at Anamaya either as a returning or new guest to rediscover your radiant health and well being.

Michelle Davis Teaching Yoga

Michelle’s Philosophy

Michelle incorporates classical yoga philosophy in an upbeat and inspiring style to support the individual needs of her students. Her background in modern dance influenced her ability to create unique posture sequences while cultivating a joyous class vibe. She believes that yoga is a transformative practice with the ability to enhance greater well-being. The jovial energy she exudes helps students feel deeply nourished, supported and inspired during their yoga practice. It is her intention to create space for transformation and healing in the world through yoga instruction and her healing arts practices.

Michelle has taught yoga to a diverse age of students ranging from preschool to adults. The variety of classes she leads are gentle, restorative and invigorating. She also enjoys teaching beginner yoga workshops. Michelle believes a consistent yoga practice is integral to a happy, healthy and balanced life. She encourages her students to find ways to incorporate yoga into their busy lifestyles. Michelle’s safe and inspiring classes help students challenge themselves to explore new boundaries while maintaining mindful awareness of sensation without going behind their edge. Michelle believes that when we pause to feel the posture our experience on the mat helps us rediscover our radiant Self.

Anamaya Resort Infinity Pool

Workshops

Moon Salutation, Chandra Namaskar

You have probably heard of Sun Salutations, but have you heard of Moon Salutations? Join Michelle to learn this sequence featuring lunges, squats, twists, and triangles. The Moon Salutation will open you up to honoring the great feminine energy of the moon within your body as you stretch and explore this lunar vinyasa sequence. Embrace the dance of surrender and release into this specialized sequence sure to challenge your strength and flexibility while learning how to cultivate inner stillness and santosha (contentment). This 60 minute workshop is $20.

Spring Renewal Vision Board Workshop

Rediscover your seeds of intention as you shed the heavier, darker qualities of winter. The winter season is a time for inner reflection and deeper rest; a time of stillness. Winter is a seasonal rhythm that connects us with our roots. Spring is a time of rebirth, new life, light, and joy. Spring is our seasonal rhythm for expansion, transformation, and resurrection. This creative workshop blends the holistic practice of yoga with intuitive awareness and artistic expression. Featuring a gentle aroma yoga and guided relaxation practice. You will cultivate inner peace and facilitate personal growth.

Michelle will guide you through two invigorating breathing practices to facilitate an awareness of your higher self, increase energy, and awaken your senses. During this workshop, you will learn how to harness the energy of the spring season, use essential oils to facilitate energetic shifts within the body and use creative practices (vision boards) to transform into a lighter, brighter more awakened version of yourself.

Includes 3 personal mini roller bottles of essential oil blends to use for at home practice to support transformation. *More custom blends are available per request. This 2-hour workshop is $48.

Special Message From Michelle

We’re a smaller sized boutique resort so our retreats book up FAST! Fill out a reservation request form HERE to book your spot today. Pura Vida!

 

Why Costa Rica is a Dream Vacation

Have you been daydreaming about a tropical vacation? Time away from the daily grind? An escape from the random April (or May) snowstorm?!

Forget the to-do lists, winter coats and laundry piles, and start planning your next dream vacation.

 

We talk a lot about how much we LOVE Costa Rica (from our blog to our social media, and to just about anyone who will listen.) But what is it about this Central American country that has us so captivated?

Well for one, it is one of the happiest countries in the world. “In the 2018 Gallup World Poll, a standard for measuring self-reported happiness – people all over the world were asked to rank their life satisfaction from 0 to 10. Costa Rica’s average score was 7.07… 13th in the world and the highest in Latin America.”

Besides that, Costa Rica has almost 100% access to healthcare, and direct their focus on love and prosperity in relationships instead of focusing primarily on financial goals.

Not only are people in Costa Rica happy with their living situations, consistent access to electricity and a lower cost of living, but they find happiness in any and all situations because of their “Pura Vida” (translated to Pure Life) lifestyle. Once you land in Costa Rica, you’ll find some of the kindest, happiest people you’ve ever met, no matter where you’re from, what language you speak or what you look like, Costa Ricans welcome you like a long lost friend.

In addition to these incredible habits, they live in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

The incredible views, stunning waterfalls, beaches and beautiful culture you are surrounded by each day definitely makes it a dream vacation. Even better… The average annual temperature in Costa Rica is between 70° and 81° Fahrenheit (12° and 27° Celsius). Nearly everyday is the perfect day for a lounge by the pool, a surf in the ocean, or a stroll into town.

The best part? With the slow pace of life found in Costa Rica, you won’t have to worry about rushing to your next appointment or activity, because the casual way of life is jokingly referred to as “Costa Rica Time,” meaning no one will stress if you’re a little late and take some time to enjoy the journey to your next destination.

But it isn’t all lazy hammocks and leisurely poolside days (unless you want it to be), Costa Rica is an incredible place to experience adventure and fun in exciting ways.

Just at Anamaya alone you can access the famous montezuma waterfalls, scale a wall to walk into town, enjoy a surf session or two, take a deep dive with scuba diving lessons, fly through the air over the lush, Costa Rican jungle on a zipline, or go on boat  or horseback tours.

You can also take salsa classes, cooking classes, experience a circus like performance inclusive of fire breathers, aerialists and dancers or spend an afternoon drinking a beer in a butterfly garden. At Anamaya we also take a group beach trip, can’t you just see yourself relaxing on oversized towels, munching on sweet, local fruit and sipping coconut water out of a coconut before walking out to where the crystal clear, blue water meets the white sand? Or maybe catching the waves with our trained surf instructors?

Whether you’re looking for fun or relaxation, or perhaps a little of both, Costa Rica is the perfect place to find it.

Ready to visit?

Don’t just dream about a vacation of a lifetime, make it a reality with a trip to Anamaya Resort and Retreat Center.

Contact us here or send us an email [email protected]

What do others have to say about their trips to Anamaya?
“I was physically unable to stop smiling for the first two days while I processed how amazing and beautiful this intimate resort was.

What I would give to start every single day by waking up to the sunrise and the sounds of nature, eating fresh fruit, and doing yoga on the most beautiful sundeck ever created overlooking the ocean and jungle.

The schedule is the perfect balance of yoga, rest, relaxation, and activities.

The staff is extremely charming, attentive, and helpful. The warmth and comfort they provide make it feel like you’ve known them for years.

Every meal I would say this is the best meal I have ever had, just mind-boggling.

Chef Jeff slays and the farm is also very cool. The ultimate kicker was the Lomi Lomi Four Handed massage, a must do here.

One of the craziest experiences of my life.

Anamaya is heaven on earth.”

Our latest review on TripAdvisor is leaving us smiling… we love each and every family member who comes through our sacred space.

Thank you so much for the never-ending love and we can’t WAIT to see you in the near future.

Will you be one of our new family members? We can’t wait to welcome you to your dream vacation soon! Book your stay here

Yoga Retreats with Lola Rephann

DATES:  Dec 14 – 21, 2019

PRICES:  After you get to know our special yoga teacher for this week, please have a look at our Rates & Reservations page to see our BASE RATES (which cover accommodations and meals).

PACKAGES:  We have a yoga retreat package for everyone, and the cost of the package you choose is added to your BASE RATE. Our packages include Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or Pure Yoga. For more information about these packages please visit Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP). 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 and a very special Couples Retreat package if you are traveling with that special someone.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS: The theme for this week is Journey Through the Chakras and we’re excited to offer our guests two special Workshops. The first one is called Introduction to the Chakra System, and the second one is Pranayama and Chakra Process Workshop. Please see below for more information and pricing.

Guest Yoga Teacher Lola Rephann

Lola is a yoga teacher, life coach, personal growth guide, and healer. Her passion and mission is to help each individual heal and grow, which leads to an overall healing and elevation of consciousness on Planet Earth.

Lola’s teaching is a call to meet your edge and sharpen your attention. She asks students to challenge themselves by weaving physical, emotional, and spiritual inquiry into each of her classes and workshops. Lola teaches in a way that encourages students to take the reins of their lives and step into power, intelligence, and grace.

Lola studies Forrest Yoga, Yin Yoga, hatha and vinyasa yoga, Buti Yoga, core integration, and functional movement. Lola is a practicing bodyworker using the modalities of Thai Yoga Massage, Myo-Fascial Meridian Release and Reiki. She has been studying Thai Massage for over 8 years and is a Reiki Master. Some of her interests that often inform her classes include astrology, ceremony, ritual, moon cycles, and animal totems. Lola is also a certified life coach specializing in transformational coaching to remove obstacles, create an inspired vision, and help each person walk their Dharma.

Lola has a deep and abiding interest in breath, mindfulness, and somatics. Lola studies primarily with Ana Forrest, founder of Forrest Yoga, Erica Mather, a Forrest Yoga guardian in New York City and Bizzie Gold, creator of several intuitive movement systems. Lola was raised in the traditional lineage of Sivananda Yoga before moving into vinyasa and more contemporary yoga studies. Lola is a lifelong student and is always learning new techniques, methods, and applications for healing, wellness and vitality.

Lola is an experienced yoga teacher with over 4,500 hours of teaching experience privately, in group classes, and in corporate settings throughout the world. She has coached dozens of people through creative, inspiring transformations.

www.lolarephann.com

lola posing at Anamaya

Lola’s Personal Teaching Philosophy

I practice and teach yoga for personal power, healing, self-exploration, and growth. I practice meditation for cleansing of the mind and access to the subconscious and collective field. I practice transformational life coaching as a tool for creating an inspired, directed life aligned with dharma (life purpose). These tools combined create the most powerful healing and personal transformation I have ever encountered, and it is these tools I will share with you during our week together.

I teach Forrest Yoga, a breath-based, mindful approach to vinyasa yoga designed to go deep into cellular tissue thru long-held and challenging pose sequences. Forrest Yoga excels at healing trauma and disconnection, building strength, and nurturing a state of embodiment. I also teach alignment-oriented vinyasa yoga, a practice designed to help students become more aware by finding correct alignment in the yoga poses, which helps prana (vital energy) circulate thru the body-mind. I infuse my yoga teaching with functional movement exercises that build strength and coordination. Challenging ourselves physically is necessary to reclaim vitality and self-confidence. The daily morning practices will be informed by these approaches.

The evening sessions will be a combination of Yin Yoga (a practice of long-held poses designed to target the fascia, or connective tissues, of the body), gentle Hatha yoga, and meditation. The fascia is where we store emotional as well as physical trauma, and true healing must address these deep layers of the body.

This retreat will focus on the chakra system and energetic anatomy. The 7 chakras are energy centers within the body that help us understand and connect to ourselves and our life journey. Each day will be focused on a specific chakra and will inform our yoga and meditation practices.

I am offering optional meditation each morning at 6:45am prior to the morning yoga sessions. These will be lightly guided.

There will be an optional sunrise yoga practice on the last day of the retreat (Saturday) at 5:45am to celebrate and conclude the work we have done together. Pre-registration is required for the final yoga session.

A series of workshops that build upon each other offers an opportunity for further exploration of the chakras.

Namaste.

Loga teaching on main deck

Journey Through the Chakras Workshops

Workshops: $45 each or $75 for both
These two workshops inform each other. They can be taken individually, but their power will be compounded if you take them both.

Introduction to the Chakra System

This 90-minute workshop is an introduction to the chakra system and energetic anatomy. Learn what each chakra represents, where it is in your body, and how to connect to it for personal healing and growth. Learn about energetic anatomy and how the ancient yogis mapped the movement of prana (vital energy) in the body through the nadis, prana, and chakras. Concludes with a guided meditation through the chakras to experience the energy centers within your own body.

Pranayama and Chakra Process Workshop

This 90-minute workshop focuses on pranayama and chakra process. There are many styles of pranayama within yoga. Each pranayama has different effects and generates different states in the body-mind. We will layer pranayama over an exploration of the 7 chakras and go through “Chakra Process,” a method for accessing wisdom stored in each of our 7 chakras. Come with a life question or decision that you are interested in obtaining greater wisdom on, or simply with an open mind to explore what intelligence is within your chakras, waiting to be discovered.

Private Yoga sessions and Life Coaching appointments are also available.

December is a busy month at Anamaya. BOOK YOUR SPOT TODAY!

The benefits of an intensive YTT

Once you’ve decided to do your yoga teacher training your next decision will be if you want to do an intensive YTT or one that is spread out over a few months. Both have their advantages and in this post we’ll take you through why an intensive YTT may be a good fit for you.

Complete immersion into the program

An intensive YTT allows you to completely immerse yourself into the program without any of the distractions of your daily life back home. Instead, your time is scheduled so that you’re able to absorb the most of yoga philosophy, anatomy, sequencing, asana and more from your YTT. The benefit of this immersion is that you won’t be overwhelmed with your daily life responsibilities because it takes you away from it. Instead of leaving the training each night to go back to your house, your job, your kids or your duties, you leave to go back to your cabina to spend time studying, practicing or simply relaxing. For these 200 hours, you are totally able to check out of whatever is going on back home and fully be in the moment.

You have the ability to focus on yourself

Because you’ve booked the time off to be away for this training, there’s nothing to pull your attention away from what you’re here to do: learn how to become a yoga teacher. Removing yourself from the distractions of your daily life gives you the unique opportunity to take the energy you usually reserve for your daily tasks and use it to dive deeper into yourself. A YTT naturally invites deep self-introspection and examination and an intensive YTT gives you the time to really explore it. The weeks you spend at the YTT are a fantastic opportunity to be the best version of yourself. Eating healthy meals, exercising daily, spending time in nature and daily meditation will all culminate in the healthiest, happiest you.

You’ll be surrounded by likeminded people

An intensive YTT not only brings you a certification to teach yoga but a brand-new family. Of course, it won’t be easy to leave your friends, family and partner behind for a few weeks but in exchange you will be getting a fresh community built on love, support and yoga. Your days will no longer be spent juggling between those you love, those you tolerate and those you wish you didn’t have to be around. Instead, you will be surrounded by likeminded people who all came to the training because they love yoga, want to learn more about it and have open hearts to share. You’ll find very quickly that you will have new best friends, study buddies and pillars of support as you navigate the emotional landscape of total transformation through yoga and personal growth.

Opportunity to travel

This kind of YTT is a fantastic chance to get out there and EXPLORE. Travel introduces you to new cultures, experiences and people. Travel plus a YTT takes you way deeper into the transformative effect of experiencing a new place. Choosing to do your yoga training over a condensed amount of time in a foreign country encourages you to both physically and mentally get out of your comfort zone, creating space for incredible growth and transformation to occur. It’s through this that you will be able to return home at the end of the training shining as the best version of yourself.

All our YTTs at Anamaya are intensive because we believe it allows our students to better focus, dedicate and grow through their yoga training. We work hard to make Anamaya feel like a second home to every guest that passes through its doors, infusing love into every touch and detail at the resort. You can learn more about how we make the intensive YTT a special experience for our students here or speak with us directly at [email protected].

Here’s what past YTT students have said about their experience:

“I lived in this place for a month. Literally. I promise to myself I will try to make my way back for a week retreat every year for the rest of my life. I went to Anamaya for my yoga teaching training program and as my birthday present to find my inner self, be a goddess and to escape my noisy and faster -than the speed of light – NYC life. 

Little did I know that not only Yoga, meditation, and the teachings we got from Jackie -our superb teacher- would make a dent in my memory and transform my life. There is an energy playing as a perfect symphony here: and the key components are the warmth, caring and amazing attentive staff at Anamaya, paired with extraordinary culinary daily delights prepared with love by the world class local chefs and last but not least the amazing nature – and all its glory – that surrounds this place playing as backdrop and of course YOGA! 

This place will always be of sentimental value to me. Time really stopped while I was here. (or slowed down significantly). The beautiful and serene surroundings include, lavish gardens, incredible architecture and design of each house/room of the hotel, the immaculate uninterrupted views of the Gulf of Nicoya from almost every corner of this property and mainly from the spectacular yoga decks ( where one will spend most of the day), a waterfall on premises, howling monkeys, butterflies, lavish jungle all- around, great sunny days and glorious thunder storms that make you feel as witness /as part of the universe from day one.

Anamaya is the place to stay if you are looking for a yoga retreat in Latin America, to reboot your life, disappear from your mundane routine for a while and make new friends and build unforgettable memories. Remote enough but easily connected to the world, this lavish paradise is perfect to escape, grow, connect and join others in the quest of discovering yourself and others while on the yoga mat and beyond the om…Namaste!”

“My experience at Anamaya changed my life. I recently participated in the 200hr teacher training and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. There is something about the energy there, the peacefulness, the beauty, the sounds of the jungle that leave you constantly wondering if you’re dreaming. And that sacred yoga deck. I’d never been in a space like that before, with such an expansive view of land, ocean and sky. Practicing on that deck made me feel connected to the universe, made me feel like I’m a part of something greater.

I used to have a really hard time making decisions. I hummed and hawed over whether or not Anamaya was going to be the best value for my money, if it would live up to the good reviews or if it was all too good to be true. And it turned out to be more wonderful than I could have ever imagined. It became my home, the staff my friends, the landscape familiar. It was the best money I have ever spent. I’d return tomorrow and take everyone I know with me if I could. If you’re looking for solace, beauty, peace, nourishment, awe, rest, and sunshine, you must visit Anamaya.”

The benefits of a couples retreat

You hear us talk a lot about all the benefits of escaping with the one you love on a rejuvenating vacation. You also hear us talk a lot about self-care. Did you know that self-care principles can be applied to relationships, too. In fact, dedicating time and energy to nourishing your relationship is an important part of being in a relationship.

Let’s face it: relationships are tough. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, mindlessly follow a routine or get distracted by life’s responsibilities. Suddenly your partner isn’t your number one priority anymore and your relationship falls to the wayside. And when you’re already stressed, frustrated and overwhelmed, it’s difficult to get back into the mindset of putting romance and intimacy first. In fact, you may be so caught up in your own problems it may feel like an extra burden to take on your partner’s as well.

This is where a Couples Retreat can be a relationship-saver. It allows for you and your partner to have time reserved just for the two of you to reconnect and have some fun. It also removes you both from your daily distractions, and places you in a new and inspiring space that will help to rekindle that intimacy. Spending a week away together, creating new memories, and experiencing new adventures will not only do wonders for your relationship but it will do wonders for YOU.

Our Couples Retreat Package brings you to beautiful and sunny Costa Rica, where you and your partner can enjoy a week of epic ocean views, lush nature and some of the best beaches in the world at our top-rated resort. We are committed to creating a sacred and inviting space for couples to escape the real world and spend some much-deserved time reconnecting and focusing on what’s important. Anamaya is the perfect place to experience a rejuvenating vacation, and the Couples Package is perfect for any couple looking to reignite that spark in their relationship.

Our Couples Retreat Package Includes:

  • A 60 minute couples massage
  • Intimate dinner for two under the stars (with a free drink each)
  • 10 Yoga Classes per person
  • A beach sunset excursion
  • Cooking class
  • Dance class
  • Circus Performance
  • And lots of time to lounge by the pool or snuggle up in a hammock

Remember: it’s not your fault if your relationship isn’t thriving at the moment… it happens to the best of us. Just like anything, relationships require dedicated time and energy to keep them feeling fresh and fulfilling. A Couples Retreat is a great way to hit the reset button and give yourselves the time to dive back into all the reasons that brought you and your partner together in the first place. 

Still not convinced? Here are our top benefits for attending a Couples Retreat:

  1. Improves intimacy
  2. Strengthens communication
  3. Creates new memories
  4. Deepens your connection
  5. Reduces tension and stress
  6. Increased quality time together
  7. Ignites passion

IMPORTANT NOTE: When you choose the Couples Retreat Package, you will be attending the week with other guests who may have chosen other package options. Meaning, there won’t ONLY be couples staying at Anamaya.

Have more questions? You can reach out to our team at [email protected] or contact us here to learn more about this retreat package.

Yoga Retreats With Lindsay Dann

Anamaya is no ordinary retreat center…we provide an experience that transforms people at a cellular level. Our guests connect to nature, they connect to others from around the world, and most importantly they connect to themselves.

DATES: Sept 29 – Oct 5, 2019

PRICES:  After you get to know our special yoga teacher for these weeks, please have a look at our Rates & Reservations page to see our BASE RATES (which cover accommodations and meals).

PACKAGES:  We have a yoga retreat package for everyone in order to customize your experience, and the cost of the package you choose is added to your BASE RATE. Our packages include Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or Pure Yoga. For more information about these packages please visit Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP’s). 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 who are interested in learning how to scuba dive… And a very special Couples Retreat package if you are traveling with that special someone.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS: We are super excited to offer our guests 3 very special workshops this week. The first is Chakra Discovery, the second is Raise Your Vibration, and the third is Introduction to Kundalini. For more info please see below.

Guest Teacher Lindsay Dann

Lindsay Dann’s yogic path led her to Anamaya for a yoga retreat in 2014 when she fell deeply in love with the retreat center, yoga, beauty and nature of Montezuma. After returning home from a magical week at Anamaya, she decided to pursue yoga and meditation in Costa Rica. Her time here influenced her teaching style in a slow down and feel it all kind of way. Central America boasted many adventures like traveling by bus from Panama to Belize, indulging in the Central American culture and finding herself through a new lens of freedom and understanding. She wants to share her experience and love for this magical place with you all, 5 years later!

Lindsay received her first 200 hour teaching certificate downtown Montezuma, at Deveya Yoga Studio and since lives in Jackson Hole, WY. Counting her blessings, Lindsay, found a strong, healthy, mindful yoga community amongst the Teton mountain range (Jackson Hole, WY) where she now teaches yoga and enjoys the outdoors. She has completed many hours of training in Yoga therapy, Kundalini yoga, Shiva Rae’s Lunar Arts yoga, Chakra Restorative and most recently Sculpt Yoga.

Philosophy

Lindsay’s classes focus on a body-mind connection within deep yet simple meditations, pranayama and movement. Breath is the number one source to the asana in all of her sequences and in turn she urges students to slow down and sink into the pose. Her style is accessible and practical for all ranges of students as she cues from a Hatha structural alignment perspective while still allowing each student to be organic. Guiding each pose from the ground up she loves to provide hands on assists and verbal tips that are specific to the students needs.

Cleansing and detoxing the body’s organs and aiding in improved heart function, cardiovascular health, less stress and more relaxation guides all Lindsay’s classes. She gets excited about teaching students the benefits that are happening on the inside of the body and the importance of moving away from the exterior idea of yoga. Lindsay hopes all students come to the mat with an open mind but more importantly open heart. She fosters close relationships with students and believes people need acceptance, awareness and a way to let go of what is no longer serving them physically, emotionally and mentally.

What to Expect

The morning classes for this retreat will follow the heat of the sun with a solar vinyassa flow, infused with soothing movement to build heat yet more importantly nurture the muscles, joints and connective tissue. She will guide the alignment of your body as you practice linking and integrating breath with each posture in longer holds to build strength, endurance and flexibility. The evening will be mellow and restorative with a lunar practice to foster ease in the mind and body. Using props and supports this will be a tonic for the nervous system and a healing space to soften from the day before sleep.

Live Music with Isaac Dann

Professional musician, Isaac Dann who is Lindsay’s talented husband will be joining in on the retreat. He is honored to add live acoustic guitar and vocals to add another element to the retreat. Isaac creates improvisational music that provides space for the environment to create the music and the music to create the environment.  Lindsay and Isaac have taught live music retreats locally and internationally and are excited to collaborate in the heart of the jungle.

Special Guest Sound Healer Daniela Botur

Lindsay is honored to have special guest Daniela Botur a dear friend and guru play the tones and vibrations of Crystal and Gemstone Singing bowls as a symphony during the retreat. Daniela is known for serenading the meditative mind in spirit and vibration. Check out her work HERE.

Lindsay, Isaac and Daniela invite all levels, whether seasoned or new to delve into this experience as a transformational journey to relax, revive and restore your true essence with yoga and sound.

Workshops

Chakra Discovery Workshop with Lindsay & Daniela

Do you understand your energetic body? Through a multi-dimensional lens we will assess each chakra from several angles to understand its impact weather physically, energetically, emotionally, physiologically or spiritually.  Learn how to balance and awaken your energy with sound, yoga, mantra and essential oils. This session will begin in discussion and conclude with a chakra yoga class and chakra sound meditation. 90 minutes for $35.

Raise Your Vibration with Daniela Botur

Focused on raising your energy using easy techniques that cultivate wellbeing this one hour workshop focuses on providing simple tools to bring your life into an upward spiral. Become empowered to shift patterns of stagnation with positive intention setting, clearing your own energy and sound. This workshop is 60 minutes, and includes a relaxing crystal bowl meditation to close.  The price is $25.

Introduction to Kundalini Yoga

Yogi Bhajan said “Kundalini Yoga is uncoiling yourself to find your potential and your vitality and to reach for your virtues. There is nothing from outside, All is in you. You are the storehouse of your totality.

Join Lindsay as she guides you to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system and purify the blood to bring balance to the body, mind, and soul. This workshop combines meditation, mantra, kria and breathing techniques that guide the energies of the body and the mind into a specific result or change of consciousness to awaken your highest self. 75 minutes for $15.

A Message From Lindsay

Pura Vida no matter where you are

If you’ve ever been to Costa Rica then you’ve definitely heard the phrase “Pura Vida.” Translating to “Pure Life,” it’s considered the country’s motto and can be used many different ways but is mainly a desire to express good vibes. It’s the way a Costa Rican may greet you, thank you or even wish you luck.

But more than just a motto, it’s a lifestyle. To be in Costa Rica is to live the Pura Vida lifestyle; that happy, no worries, go-with-the-flow way of living. It’s waking up to enjoy the sunrise, taking the afternoon off to go surfing, or even as simple as taking the time to brighten someone’s day. And it’s not specially contained to Costa Rica; the Pura Vida lifestyle can be lived anywhere. It’s all about the attitude.

So if you’ve been to Costa Rica and miss it, are planning a trip to Costa Rica or are simply curious about it, here are our tips on how to live the Pura Vida lifestyle no matter where you are:

  1. Consider the big picture
    So often we get caught in the hustle, bustle and stress of our daily lives that we allow ourselves to get lost in the details. Small things will set us off and we always feel like we’re in a rush to get from one task to the next. To tap into that “Pura Vida” remind yourself to step back and look at the big picture. What is it that you’re working towards? What’s the purpose behind your tasks? Putting things in perspective will remove the pressure from your day-to-day tasks and allow you to slow down and prioritize what really matters.

  2. Spend time doing things that you love and be fully present in each moment
    This may be the most important tip for living Pura Vida; do what you love and enjoy every second of it. There is nothing purer in life than that! Costa Rica consistently ranks as one of the happiest places in the world because people there actively work towards enjoying themselves. Maybe their job isn’t the dream job but they make up for it in other ways, like time spent with family, friends and doing activities they genuinely love to do. Consistently make time in your day to do what you love and then allow yourself to enjoy it fully – that means no running through your To Do list in your head, scrolling through Twitter or thinking about your next task while you’re in the middle of this one. Just be there. Live each moment of it and love it every second of it.

  3. Lots of fruit and healthy snacks!
    Health is a direct link to overall happiness and wellbeing. Maybe that’s why Costa Ricans are so happy – they’re constantly snacking on the fruit and healthy snacks that are abundant throughout the country! Nothing tastes more like the tropics than fresh fruit or yummy vegetable plates. Check out our blog post on healthy snacks that will have you feeling like you’re on the beach in Costa Rica no matter where in the world you are.

  4. Spend as much time as you can outdoors
    Finally, get outside. Soak up the sunshine. The heat is awesome but you don’t need warm weather to get your daily dose of Vitamin D or to spend time in nature. Experience life in its purest form; through the beauty of nature. Find activities you love to do that you can do outside. Truly explore ways to appreciate the land you live on, no matter where you are. Costa Ricans love their land and it shows – the country boasts some of the most beautiful beaches, jungles and forests. Any time spent in nature is time well spent.

If you’re looking to experience the Pura Vida life for yourself, check out our retreat packages. Costa Rica has proudly been our home for the past decade so of course we honor its national way of living. From relaxation to adventure to yoga we have a retreat package for every kind of traveller. Send us an email at [email protected] or contact us here to learn more. Pura Vida!