Led by a family of Kripalu yoga teachers, this retreat will nourish your soul and deepen your practice. One group will focus on the art & science of Ayurveda and healthy lifestyle. The other group, comprised of experienced yogis and meditators, will dive deep into advanced practice. Both groups include pranayama, meditation, yoga nidra, journey dance, and asana practice in addition to village excursions and other activities.
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About the leader
Sharon Hills-Bonczyk is the founder and owner of 5809 YOGA, a cozy, in-home, neighborhood yoga studio in southwest Minneapolis. She is a transformational Kripalu yoga teacher and ayurvedic educator.
A yoga practitioner for over 35 years, Sharon offers classes, private sessions, workshops, and leads yoga and meditation retreats to paradise settings around the world. In addition to her home studio, she teaches at the Marsh in Minnetonka and at Normandale College. She offers all levels of yoga practice in addition to yoga nidra (deep relaxation), meditation training, restorative, and therapeutic yoga for those with physical issues. As an an ayurvedic educator, she offers guidance in finding balance through lifestyle and nutrition.
Sharon has a background in Community Health Education. Her 15 years in healthcare included supervision of 80 staff and oversight of the Family Services department at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. She has presented locally and nationally on a variety of health, parenting, and service excellence topics. She previously ran a school camp clinic in Michigan for 5 years and taught birth & parenting classes, attending home and hospital births for more than a decade.
Sharon grew up overseas, one of 6 children in a missionary/teacher family, and served in the Peace Corps in the Fiji Islands with her husband of 37 years. Her husband and two of her three children are also yoga teachers.
With knowledge and strong commitment to healthy lifestyle and healing through inner medicine, Sharon delights in introducing people to meditation and yoga that works for them. Her goal as a yoga teacher is to help each person find greater ease, strength, flexibility, and mindfulness in their life; greatly increasing their capacity for joy.