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True Nature Retreat in Panama

Yoga is a practice of transformation. My favorite truth about this process is that yoga doesn’t aim to change you into someone different or new. Instead, yoga reveals to you your true nature–that which is present, open, and free. And let’s be honest–what better place to remind ourselves of our true natures than in the sunny paradise of Panama?

Often in our daily routines we get stuck in old ruts, patterns and habits that hold us back from happiness. On this retreat, we have the precious opportunity to step away from the daily grind to get back to nature. We’ll begin in Panama City exploring the history and roots of the city, and will enjoy getting to know one another. Then off to the beautiful island of Bocas del Toro to get our yoga and surf on, and to practice letting go of whatever is holding us back from feeling happy and free.

Mornings will begin with meditation and yoga. While vigorous, these morning asana practices will also be precise, uplifting, and will provide inspiration for all levels of practitioners. Evening sessions will be different each day–we’ll explore restoratives, workshopping tricky poses, and will touch on yoga and Buddhist philosophy and its application in our lives off the mat.

We’ll work hard but let’s be honest, we’re also here to have some fun, right? There will be plenty of time to relax, hit the beach and to kick back around the dinner table building solid relationships with your fellow Travel Yogis. Join me in Panama for a week of transformative yoga, relaxation and play, and to remember that the keys to your happiness lay within!

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1:00 PM13:00

What is Real? Choosing Love Over Fear Workshop

What is real? Yoga philosophy tells us we are already enlightened, we have just forgotten the way. What led us astray? What is at the root of this misunderstanding?

The yoga sutras explain the root of this misunderstanding through the kleshas (obstacles). due to avidya (ignorance), asmita (clinging to ego), raga (attachment), dvesha (aversion) and abinivesha (fear of death), we move into a false perception of ourselves in our world. We mistake our thoughts for reality. We confuse what is changing for what is permanent. We tell stories about our lives and thus cease to live them authentically.

Yoga empowers us see through this confusion and lends us bravery to connect to the relationship of direct experience. Through yoga asana we gain the opportunity to look at our attachments, aversions and fears head on, and begin to sort out what is real in our bodies, minds, and our relationships.

This workshop will begin with discussion and will move onto asana practice. We will approach postures that can bring up aversion or fear. And yes, this means some inversions. We’ll be sure to include meditation and will close with a guided relaxation to allow the transformative potential of the practice to take root.

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2:00 PM14:00

Jivamukti Yoga: Practicing Compassion in Turbulent Times

What is jivamukti yoga? 

At its core philosophy, Jivamukti yoga is a path toward enlightment through compassion for all beings. While this sounds well and good on the surface, what does this really mean to us as yoga practitioners? How can we practice compassion holistically in times where we are angry, feel victimized, powerless or fearful?

In this workshop we will dig a bit deeper into the method, breaking down Jivamukti’s five tenets: bhakti, nadam, dhyana, shastra, and giving special attention to ahimsa (non-violence). We will examine what it means to walk the path of non-violence in harmony with the path of self-respect and activism.

This workshop will include mantra recitation, a 90-minute Jivamukti open asana class, meditation and a guided shavasana. If you’re interested in delving deeper into your practice and how it can enhance your relationships off the mat, then this workshop is for you.

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2:00 PM14:00

Fire up Your Sun Saluatations Workshop

Surya Namaskara are at the heart of a vinyasa yoga practice. They heat the body, increase strength and flexibility, and set the tone for synchronizing breath and movement--ultimately achieving what becomes a moving meditation. Unfortunately, however, sun salutations are often sped through without awareness of proper alignment or technique, which can lead to confusion or even injury.

In this workshop we will delve deeper into both Surya Namaskara A and B in scrutinizing but joyous detail.

Because we find elements of each vinyasa in almost every yoga posture, refining our execution of sun salutations will strengthen the entire yoga practice. This workshop will also include clarification of Tapas (heat/discipline), Prana (life force), and will culminate in Sirsasana (headstand) and seated meditation.

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