LIVING YOUR YOGA: creating increased ease and balance ‘off the mat’
Explore how Yoga can help guide you toward living a life of increased ease and balance within relationship to yourself, others and the environment. With the current challenges presenting themselves in our world, the first limb of Yoga, or the Yamas, can be an invaluable and practical set of guidelines in how to act, speak, and reflect in way that allows us to live our Yoga ‘off the mat‘ in a more sustainable manner.
Join Kristina (E-RYT500 yoga teacher, certified yoga therapist and vedic chant teacher with over 15 years of experience) for an incredible week at one of the most exquisitely beautiful and energetically open places on earth…Villa Sumaya on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Under her knowledgable and intuitive guidance, this retreat immersion has the potential to transform your perspective of yourself, others and the world. Kristina creatively weaves together the physical, energetic, mental, emotional and spiritual elements of yoga into daily practices that both nurture and challenge. All this…while being held in the gentle and powerful energy of Lake Atitlan and the majestic volcanoes that surround and protect her.
“The retreat was all I expected and more! Held at Villa Sumaya on the shore of beautiful Lake Atitlan, it was the perfect setting for a week which centered around yoga sessions taught by the amazing Kristina Ahern – – she incorporates both the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga, while offering adaptations to meet each individual’s capabilities. There was also time for a variety of activities including hiking, kayaking, exploring nearby towns, and shopping in local markets. I came away not only physically relaxed and rejuvenated, but also with a much better feel for the Guatemalan people and culture.” ~ B.L.
“My first impression of Villa Sumaya was of ease and openness. The staff gave the impression of sincerely caring for our well-being. My room was comfortable and beautiful and the meals were delicious and plentiful. Also, unlike so many that claim to be environmentally friendly, Villa Sumaya truly lives up to the moniker “eco-retreat center”.
Kristina led a twice daily practice that was transformational. The theme she chose for the week was ideal for the setting and level of the participants. With her gentle guidance in this palpably spiritual environment, I felt that my practice was opened to another level.” ~ J.L.
Villa Sumaya is located in the midst of Mayan culture, providing participants the opportunity to experience the richness & diversity of the indigenous people of Guatemala. In the spirit of generosity and cultural appreciation, a portion of each participant’s retreat registration fee will be donated to Multicolores, http://multicolores.org, a Guatemalan based ngo (founded by Maryanne Wise & Jody Slocum of Cultural Cloth in Maiden Rock, WI) that supports the expansion of economic & educational opportunities for local women artisans.
Consider that you may want arrive early or stay later than the yoga retreat to allow more time to experience the area on a deeper level…so now is not too early to commit and begin to make reservations & plans!
- 7 nights of accommodation @ Villa Sumaya (taxes included)
- 3 vegetarian meals per day (meat/alcohol extra $)
- unlimited tea/coffee/water daily
- Twice daily yoga practices which may include a creative blend of postures, breath work, visualization, meditation, chanting, guided relaxation and group discussion.
- Use of Tara Temple studio space
Registration & Pricing
***$500 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot (prices per person)
Extra Early Bird (before 7/1/17) Early Bird (before 9/1/17) Full Price (after 9/1/17)
Extra Early Bird: $1895; Early Bird: $1995; Full Price: $2095
Extra Early Bird: $1595; Early Bird: $1695; Full Price: $1795
Extra Early Bird: $1495; Early Bird: $1595; Full Price $1695
All registration fees must be paid in full by Nov. 15th, 2017. Pricing does not include air or ground transportation.
Kristina has over 18 years of teaching experience and draws from a deep well of knowledge & creativity. She blends yoga techniques that are adapted to meet the capabilities of each student…meeting each person where they are at. This approach honors each individual’s journey toward personal growth, transformation and healing. Her training is based within the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar, a respected lineage of yoga that honors the needs and capacities of each individual with respect to traditional yoga philosophies. Kristina’s method of teaching is an evolutionary and dynamic process, rather than a fixed ‘style‘ or dogma.
She owns Santosha Springs Yoga & Wellness http://www.facebook.
“If you can breathe, you can do yoga.” ~ T.K.V. Desikachar
“At some point in our lives, we need to step completely outside of what is ‘familiar’ to us in order for true transformation to take seed and blossom…..and Yoga is about transformation!” Shanti, Kristina