Yoga Retreats With Bridget Fujioka

Are you ready for a transformational experience that will support you in finding balance and peace physically, emotionally and mentally?
Then allow Anamaya to provide that space for you.

 

DATES:  March 14 – 21, 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 WORKSHOPS:  We’re excited to offer our guests two very special workshops this week. The first is Yoga For Back Care, and the second is a Meditation Workshop. Please see below for more information.

Guest Yoga Teacher Bridget Fujioka

Bridget Fujioka (E-RYT 200, YACEP) was first introduced to yoga in 2001 after several tragedies in her life. Through yoga she found a calm aspect of life never before experienced. After that first year she knew becoming a yoga teacher would be life changing. To have a place where others could also use as a sanctuary would bring joy to her life. It took some time and several detours, but everything has fallen into place. She received her 200-hour teacher training from Bright Spirit Teacher Training in Hoboken, NJ in 2011 with Liza Bertini, Jillian Pransky, Carrie Parker-Gastelu, and Tam Terry.  Shortly after graduating, she became an owner of the first yoga studio in Jersey City Heights, Beloved World Yoga(formerly Yoga in the Heights). She has extensively studied Restorative Yoga at Yoga Works with Jillian Pransky, Yin Yoga with Lola Rephann, and Yoga for Backcare with Allison West. When not running the studio and teaching, she spends her leisure time with her family playing with her two boys and exploring the world. She is so grateful for the opportunity to share yoga with her community and now the rest of the world at Anamaya Resort.

Teaching Philosophy

Bridget encourages students to cultivate awareness in their yoga practice and daily lives. She believes that although the practice of yoga may not be easy, it is very simple in its overall concept. As illustrated by Yoga Sutra 1.1 “atha yoga anushasanam”, which translates as “now, the inquiry of yoga begins,” Bridget guides her students to practice mindfulness, to inquire and reflect on their experiences and to do so in a way that is kind and gentle. Bridget’s goal in teaching a yoga class is not a fancy pose, although she can help you get there, but rather that her students find a kindness and love of themselves. She believes thru this inquiry of the inner world, it will positively reflect and improve upon relationships and interaction in the outer world.  Bridget teaches breath and alignment based Vinyasa, and has a special knack for teaching beginners. She also specialized in stress reduction techniques through Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra. She infuses her yoga classes with other movement modalities she has studied over the years that have furthered her practice, such as the Feldenkrais Method, Egoscue Method, and functional movement. She wishes that all of her students leave class feeling restored and empowered in their daily lives.

Workshops

Yoga For Back Care

Back pain is one of the primary reasons why so many people do yoga!” If you are one of these people, then learning basic yoga techniques to care for your back can be an essential part of your practice. In this introductory yoga for back care workshop, we will explore how breathing, movement and mindfulness practices can help release tension, alleviate pain and support your back.

This workshop is appropriate for people with some basic yoga experience, in generally good condition, who are experiencing or want to prevent back pain, and who can get up and down off the floor with little assistance. This is also an ideal workshop for teachers wanting more insight on yoga for back pain. This workshop is 2 hours and the price is $55.

Meditation

Many of us only get a chance to experience mediation as it is weaved into an asana class.     Take a moment to be still and re-center through the use of;

Asana, the physical exercises of yoga, is only 1/8th of the practice of yoga. Come to this all-levels class to incorporate pranayama and meditation practices into your experience of yoga. Pranayama is a system of energy management. Meditation is a practice for developing concentration and focusing the mind. In this one-hour workshop, you will learn about what mediation is, some of its variations and how it can positively impact your physical, mental, and emotional health. You will be guided through 2 meditations which will include breathing techniques, mantra, mudra, and intention setting. No experience necessary. Start exactly where you are. This workshop is 1 hour and the price is $25.

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Yoga for Stress Relief

Life can be a bit stressful…

In one of our most recent posts, we spoke about how yoga can improve your mindset in numerous ways. (Check that post out here)

But did you know that one of the key benefits of yoga is stress relief?

There are so many things that inundate our day to day life… juggling our responsibilities and pushing forward as fast as we possibly can in the race that is modern life. When it all gets to be too much, or you get to be a little too stressed, turn to yoga.

Not only does it refine your practice of turning your mind off, but it also helps you to center yourself, have a few moments of pure peace and solidify your intentions for the day.

Here are a few poses to practice when you need a bit of stress relief…

Click the title of each pose for a quick instructional on them and the benefits of each. 

 

 

Easy Pose

This pose is often practiced at the beginning or end of a yoga flow sequence and it is an excellent way to ground the body while tapping into the joyful expression waiting in the heart:

  1. Start from a seated position with the legs crossed.
  2. Arrange the padding under your sitz bones so that your hips come above the knees.
  3. Bring one heel toward the groin and the other may rest on your lap.
  4. Root the sitz bones down into the earth allowing your spine to rise out of the pelvic area.
  5. Position the shoulders over the hips and slide the shoulder blades down your back to open the chest.
  6. Place your hands on your lap or on your knees with the palms facing up in an open and receiving position. Prayer position is also fine.
  7. Keep the crown of the head rising toward the ceiling. Keep the back long and not rounded.

Releasing from the pose is done by allowing the back to round as the legs are uncrossed. If you sit in this position for a long time, remember to switch the legs.

Easy Pose with a Twist

After completing the easy pose, take the next step to twist over to the right side, bringing your left hand to the right knee and your right fingertips to the floor behind you. Be sure to life through the top of the head, keeping the spine tall.

Downward Facing Dog

From the easy pose position, move to your hands and knees and place the knees directly underneath the hips and the feet hip distance apart. Hands should reach out in front of the shoulder with the fingers spread wide and the palms fully pressing into the floor. Lifting the knees off of the floor, reach the tailbone up towards the ceiling and straighten into the legs. Press the heels towards the floor and look up at the belly button, relaxing the tops of the shoulders

Triangle Pose

Engage your right thigh muscles and draw your right femur into its socket. Extend your right hand toward the front, keeping your right hip tucked. Lower your right hand down onto your shin or ankle. The left shoulder stacks on top of the right one as you open your chest, reaching your left fingertips toward the ceiling while keeping your left shoulder rooted in its socket. Turn your head to look up toward your left fingertips. Repeat the pose with your left leg forward.

Bridge Pose

Lying on your back, bend the knees and place the feet on the floor, about hip distance apart. Place the hands palms down on both sides of the hips. On an exhale, lift the hips and butt up towards the ceiling. Keep the thighs parallel to the floor.

Savasana

This is the ending pose of a yoga practice. It’s important in this pose to ensure that the body is in a neutral position, so you may use blankets or folded towels wherever there is pressure or the need for support. Typically, under the knees and neck and sometimes under the lower back.

  1. Starting from a lying position, face up on your mat, arrange the supports you need to get your body into a neutral state.
  2. Slowly raise one leg, extend it and then allow it to lower gently to the floor. This ensures that the legs are long.
  3. Relax the legs completely, allowing the feet to fall outward away from the center of the body.
  4. Relax the groin and pelvic area and soften the lower back into the mat or a support.
  5. Reach the arms toward the sky and extend them, then allow them to gently lower to the floor as well. Turn the palms face up in an open and receiving position.
  6. Make sure the shoulder blades are resting evenly on the floor and spread the collarbones.
  7. Soften the tongue, the face and nose, and the ears to give a full release to the face.

Stay in this pose for 5 minutes for every 30 minutes of your yoga practice. To exit out of the pose, deepen the breath and roll gently over onto one side. Take a few long deep breaths and use the hands to push the torso up, dragging the head after.

What pose helps you to relieve stress? Want to take your stress relief to the next level? Come to Anamaya to escape, relax and rejuvenate. Join us. 

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Anamaya is a truly transformative experience.. whether you need an escape to the adventure of the Costa Rican jungle or a week in the surf and sand… time focusing on truly bettering yourself and growing spiritually, emotionally and physically can be exactly what you need to reset and recharge.  
 
 

We’re offering 30% off your second week with us! 

                                                                                                 *For retreats hosted from July 1st to November 30th, 2019. 

(Only if you book before July ends,  so be sure to send us an email or submit a contact form now!)

 

                       
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From a recent guest… see more reviews on TripAdvisor

“The photos do it no justice. Everywhere you look is just beyond beautiful. Doing yoga on the yoga deck hearing howler monkeys, looking out at the ocean and the mountains was something I’ll never forget. We stayed in the Bali Cabina and that has by far been the absolute most amazing place I’ve ever stayed. The outdoor bathroom with an ocean view (and a giant bath tub) was so awesome. The pool is so great and the food was super amazing! We even went fishing and chef Jeff made a variety of stuff with the fish we caught for everyone to share. It was great! They had salsa dancing and a cooking class too amongst other things. We did a few day long tours though and it was all great. The staff set those up for us and handled everything. Laura was incredibly helpful and so sweet. I cant say enough good things about our stay. I came here after 4 years of traumatic life changing experiences and this was everything I needed to reset and take a breath and move forward. So magical. You really make a lot of new friends and I loved us all sitting by the pool at night sharing wine and stories. Downtown montezuma is super close so we walked down and the breweries, beach, and bars are a lot of fun. Just a really great spot.” 

                                                                                  

Why to go on a Yoga and Surf Retreat

Why go on a Yoga and Surf Retreat:

 
The sound of waves hitting the shore,
Sand in between your toes,
A total mind, body and wellness experience.

Imagine waking up to the calming chorus of nature as it envelops you, surrounded by the lush greenery of beautiful Costa Rica. Walking through the colorful landscape as a beautiful sunrise peeks over the clouds to a deck overlooking a breathtakingly blue ocean view.

Stepping onto your mat as the quiet music plays and warming your body up for an exhilarating day, pushing it to the limit as the day warms and ending your practice in complete peace.

Now imagine enjoying a delicious, organic meal that will fuel you for a day of adventure and excitement as you’re taken to the beach with a group of new friends for a day of surfing.

The ocean crystal clear, the jovial locals welcoming you and the waves challenging you.

 

That is only a small part of enjoying both yoga and surfing at Anamaya Resort. The Yoga and Surf Retreat package is the perfect combination of serene rejuvenation and relaxation paired with fun and adventure with the ocean beneath your feet.

Many avid surfers, in order to enhance stamina and prevent injuries, commonly practice yoga.

What’s included in this special package?

What’s Included:

  • Daily Yoga Classes (Beginners – Intermediate)
  • 5 Surf Lessons & Board Rentals (Beginners – Intermediate)
  • Waterfall Hike
  • Beach Sunset Excursion
  • Circus Performance
  • 3 Meals, 2 snacks daily
  • Luxury Accommodations
  • So much more!

Not only do you get to experience a wonderful tropical paradise and expand your mind and body, but you’ll also get a chance to make new friends in a beautiful new location, immerse yourself in local culture and leave with a new or improved skill.

Interested in learning more about this retreat?

Costa Rica awaits you…

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 Hamilton

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 Hamilton

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. I always 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

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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!