Yoga and the Four Elements / Jessica Goulding
May 7 - 14, 2022
Step back from the routines of life and retreat into the care of mother nature. On the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan, we will connect with the healing power of earth, water, fire and air as we open to the nourishing practices of yoga, meditation, rest and play.
Lake Atitlan offers a deeply healing environment to immerse ourselves in the elements of the first four chakras. This area is known to locals as “the belly button of the Earth,” and it is in this serene natural setting where yoga can do its best work, grounding your body and uplifting your spirits.
EARTH – we will get close to her vibration and let our nervous systems settle into her steadiness.
WATER – we can swim in the pristine waters of Lake Atitlan and practice letting go…letting life flow.
FIRE – we will enjoy sunsets, three spectacular volcanoes, and a sacred Mayan Fire Ceremony and see the transformative alchemy of fire.
AIR – we will do yoga in open-air studios surrounded by majestic landscapes, and we’ll tune the breath in our body to the breath of Nature and open our hearts to her gentle work of replenishing.
You are invited to join in community, practice some yoga in this beautiful setting, and allow yourself to be filled up.
The 5,000 foot altitude of Lake Atitlan and its proximity to the equator offers a semi-tropical paradise often referred to as “the land of eternal spring.” The deep caldera walls of the lake form a powerful inverse vortex to the volcanic mountains and ridges above, creating powerful energies and striking natural beauty in this play of opposites. During your week, you’ll receive daily yoga classes and workshops, healing foods, and sacred Mayan ceremonies. There is plenty of time built in to rest, receive spa services, explore, play, and adventure!
On and Around Lake Atitlan, many options and extras are available including:
- Boat rides around Lake Atitlan
- Hiking the San Pedro Volcano
- Climbing El Pico del Cielo
- A shopping excursion to Panajachel
- Guided village tours to Santiago, San Juan, Santa Catarina, San Antonio, and the Chichicastenango Market
The opportunity to recharge in a natural setting such as this is a true gift from mother earth herself. Let the practice of yoga reflect the vision of your best self in this land of serene mountains and dancing waters.
Jess Goulding (E-RYT 500) has been teaching Hatha Yoga since for over 15 years, after having been introduced as a student in 1995 as part of her dance training at University of Texas at Austin. Her original certification was completed in New York City in the alignment-based Anusara™ method, where she began learning of the therapeutic effects and applications of yoga. Since this time, she has studied with numerous master teachers in the physical, mental, spiritual, and philosophical aspects of yoga, and in 2018 she earned her certification as a IAYT Yoga Therapist through the multi-year comprehensive training program at Yoga Yoga in Austin, Texas.
In addition to the thousands of public classes Jessica has taught, she also has hundred hours working one-on-one with individual clients. Jessica enjoys bringing the rich healing methods of yoga to all the challenging aspects of life, such as stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, chronic disease, and injury. Her keen eye for body mechanics, quick wit, easy laugh, and depth of understanding of the yogic teachings make yoga Jessica a easeful and skillful teacher to be with in a group setting and one on one.