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A Shamanic Yoga – Soul Journey / Ananda Yogiji & Jaya Lakshmi

December 14 - 21, 2019

Are you looking to experience more shamanic practices and wisdom into your life?  How about incorporating it into your yogic and meditation teachings and practices? Then please consider joining us on this transformational Soul Journey to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

Few places in the world are more conducive to bring presence, awe and wonder like Lake Atitlan.  We auspiciously timed it so that the retreat leads up to the Winter Solstice, a time where Yogic and Mayan traditions consider to be the most potent times of the year for ceremony and spiritual practices.

Is this Soul Journey for You?

Over this week, you will be exposed to a living indigenous and shamanic culture that dates back over 4,000 years.   You will experience fire and cacao ceremonies from Mayan shamans trained in age old lineages.  In addition, we will be sharing mantra chanting, Kundalini Yoga, and our own version of a cacao ceremony.  We will also share ways in which you can integrate the ancient with the modern, the shamanic with the yogic.

This retreat with help deepen your love and practice of chanting, bhakti, kundalini yoga, and ceremony in a majestic and elevating environment.  We will sing and dance our hearts open, rejuvenate, relax, and explore yoga as a practice of embodying spirit in a heart opening and devotional way.  Through daily meditation and chanting you will refine your perspective of these practices and yourself.

The retreat is open to all people and of all levels of yoga and kirtan experience.  Each participant will practice according to their individual needs guided by Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda. Loving care, attention and support for your experience will always be available.  This retreat is truly a gift to yourself!

*If you want to bring your family (children), we would love that! Please contact us to arrange that and for pricing discounts.
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What to expect
  • Daily Kundalini Yoga (All Levels) with live music by us. One of us will lead while the other serenades.
  • Evening chant circles
  • Cacao Ceremony led by us
  • Mayan Fire Ceremony led by local shaman
  • Outings to various towns on the lake by boat
  • Mayan arts and crafts shopping
  • Daily swims in the lake
  • Stunning retreat center and spa set on the lake

*To take a yoga class with us or just get a feel, click here.

*To see live videos of our music, click here.

Villa Sumaya
We will be staying at the beautiful Villa Sumaya Retreat Center in a small village called Santa Cruz.  Villa Sumaya is right on the lake with absolutely stunning views of the three volcanoes that tower over the lake.  Check out this video of the location, click here. The rooms are beautiful and tastefully decorated. You will be held in a nurturing and healing environment by Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda as well as the loving and supportive staff at Villa Sumaya.
Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda-Mudras
Sample day at the Retreat:
  • 7am-9am: Yoga led by Jaya Lakshmi & Ananda (daily offerings of Kundalini Yoga and meditation as well as a few Anusara and Vinyasa Flow influenced classes)
  • 9am: Breakfast
  • 10am-1pm: Free time
  • 1pm: Lunch
  • 4pm-6pm: Afternoon activities (cacao ceremony, Chanting workshop, yoga, or meditation)
  • 6:30pm: Dinner
  • 8pm-9pm: Chant Circles/Free Time
All Inclusive Program Offers the Following:
  • Lodging
  • Three delicious vegetarian meals a day.  {The restaurant offers a variety of Guatemalan, American and European Cuisine.}
  • Transportation on outings.
  • Mayan Fire Ceremony led by local shaman
Outings include boat trip visits to these lake towns:
  1. Panajachel: Incredible shopping/crafts
  2. San Marcos: Beautiful park on the lake with a jumping platform and beautiful swimming.  Also the hub of the Yoga culture on the lake.
  3. Santiago: The largest purely indigenous city in the world (over 50,000 people) with site seeing and shopping in traditional Mayan markets.
About the Leaders:
Maui-20Ananda has been a dedicated practitioner and teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan since 2006. He also completed and taught at numerous holistic yoga and leadership immersions at the Dharmalaya (a holistic yoga, permaculture and meditation center in Eugene, Oregon). In addition to his BA in international and sustainable business, he has a minor in East Asian Religions and studied yogic philosophy at the University of Oregon and the Dharmalaya. Ananda Yogiji has studied under the guidance of master teachers Gurucharan Singh, Gurmukh, Guru Singh, Krishna Kaur, Ravi Logan and many more. He spent 4 years learning with Viriam Singh and Kaur in Eugene, Oregon. He has attended nine, nine day Kundalini Yoga summer solstice intensives in New Mexico.
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Jaya Lakshmi has regularly practiced hatha-based yoga since 1996, including Pattabhi-Jois style Ashtanga yoga and Anusara Yoga. Since meeting Ananda in 2010 she integrated Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan into her daily practice, regularly attending the Summer Solstice Sadhana gathering in Espanola, NM. Her most influential teachers have been Kia Miller, Janet Stone, Sianna Sherman, Anand Mehotra (Rishikesh, India) , and Saul David Raye. 

Cacao Ceremony
Ananda Yogiji connected with a cacao shaman in Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, who shared with him his way of holding cacao ceremonies and how to connect with the spirit of cacao. Inspired by this wisdom, he began sharing cacao ceremonies with Jaya Lakshmi in their own unique and heart felt format with their music. Jaya Lakshmi has been attending Native American tipi ceremonies since 1996. From this she developed a deep understanding of holding sacred space and ceremony. For them, the cacao ceremony is about celebration, connection, heart opening and community. Together they have held over 100 cacao ceremonies worldwide.
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For more information:
JayaLakshmiAndAnanda.com