DATES: Dec 8 – 15, 2018
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, 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.
OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS: We’re excited to offer our guests two special Workshop this week. The first one is called Four Directions Ceremony & Life Design Workshop, and the second one is the Chakra Process Workshop. Please see below for more information and price.
Guest Yoga Teacher Lola Rephann
The theme this week at Anamaya will be Yoga, Meditation, Chakra Balancing and Life Design, and our Guest Yoga Teacher will be Lola Sephann. Lola’s teaching is a call to meet your edge and sharpen your attention. She asks her students to challenge themselves intelligently by weaving a psychological, physical, or spiritual thread of inquiry into her classes and workshops. Yoga is a powerful tool for healing and self-development and 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, earth magic, ceremony, ritual, moon cycles, and animal totems.
Lola has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. She 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 Corina Benner of Philadelphia, PA. 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 e-RYT with over 3,500 hours of teaching experience privately, in group classes, and in corporate settings throughout New York City and New Jersey. She has assisted Ana Forrest and Forrest Yoga Guardians at the national level and leads yearly retreats in Costa Rica and Bali.
Lola’s Personal Teaching Philosophy
I practice and teach yoga for healing, self-exploration, and growth. Yoga is the most effective tool for healing and personal transformation I have ever encountered. I teach in a way that encourages students into a state of feeling and connection with the self, where we are able to witness ourselves as we truly are. When we recognize our true nature, we transcend stress, tension, anxiety and confusion. In the moment, we glimpse our essential selves and our connection to all living things. As we heal individually, we heal the collective.
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. Lately I have been infusing my 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 tissue, 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 utilize the chakra system as a metaphor for understanding ourselves. The classes will focus on each of the 7 chakras as we move up the body, starting with the 1st or root chakra and working our way up to the 7th chakra.
I am offering optional meditation each morning at 6:45am prior to the morning yoga sessions. These will be lightly guided but mostly quiet time to witness ourselves.
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.
Four Directions Ceremony & Life Design Workshop
The Four Directions Ceremony is a Native American spiritual process that was taught to me by my teacher Ana Forrest. Each direction is aligned with a stage of life and rites of passage common to all human beings. By intentionally calling in and aligning with the wisdom (or medicine, as it’s called in Native American spirituality) of each of the four directions, we open ourselves to inspiration, support, and guidance from the Great Spirit (God/Goddess/Source Intelligence as you understand it). This workshop includes chanting, meditation, visualization and writing. It is most powerful when combined with the Chakra Process Workshop. This workshop will help set an intention for your current phase of life beyond your week at Anamaya. 60 minutes long.***Price for workshop is $40 (or $70 for both).
Chakra Process Workshop
This 90-minute workshop focuses on the “Chakra Process,” a method for accessing wisdom stored in each of our 7 chakras. Come with a life question or decision that you seek answers to, or simply with an open mind to explore what intelligence is within your chakras, waiting to be discovered. This workshop includes pranayama (breath work), meditation, writing, and visualization.***Price for workshop is $40 (or $70 for both).
There are Private Yoga sessions are also available. Optional meditation offered daily prior to morning yoga sessions (6:45am; included in your price). Optional sunrise yoga class offered on the morning of departure on Saturday ($25).