Yoga Retreat with PETER KAABERBOL - Anamaya Costa Rica Yoga Retreat Hotel Teacher Training, Surf Camp and Eco Lodge

Yoga Retreat with PETER KAABERBOL

Are you ready for a transformational and healing escape that will support you – mind, body & spirit! Then book your spot at Anamaya Resort TODAY!

Retreat Details

Our weekly retreats run all year long, so when you book your stay with us the FIRST STEP is to choose the week that works best with your schedule. Every week we have different guest yoga teachers from around the world that come to teach at Anamaya bringing their unique talents and energy. Our retreats run from Saturday to Saturday. 

The price of your retreat starts with your BASE RATE (which includes your accommodations and meals). Excursions, workshops, and other add-ons you choose to customize your week will be added to your final bill at Anamaya. 

Simply fill out the inquiry form to get more information on available accommodations,  pricing, and options specific to your needs.

Oct 30 – Nov 6, 2021

Peter Kaaberbol - Yoga Teacher - Photo by Carin Smolinski
Peter Kaaberbol

GUEST TEACHER BIO

Peter Kaaberbøl Kristensen is the founder of both LagoCph school of yoga in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark and the online Yoga portal Yogidia.com. He’s also an accomplished personal trainer, and the creator of the “X-Pand Me” body stretching system. In addition to yoga, he’s a practitioner of, meditation, and bodywork and for the last fifteen years has devoted his life to training yoga teachers worldwide. Peter has a knack for explaining complex yogic principles in a way that helps his trainees investigate their body’s subtle energies. By bringing his students’ awareness to their inner worlds, he helps them deepen their yogic practice from the inside out. His intensive teacher training programs deepen the trainees’ personal practice and guide their teaching techniques to a place where they can freely impart the body’s inner wisdom to their own students.

Peter began practicing yoga at 18-years old and has studied with a broad range of classical Indian teachers including Akhil Bhattacharya and massage master Rahul Bharti in Nepal. He has practiced extensively in India, Brazil, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Japan, and the United States. His interest in bodywork and movement took him to martial arts, including Aikido and Capoeira, Thai yoga therapy, and Acro yoga.

Peter runs his teacher training programs in Denmark and, in Costa Rica, Italy, Guatemala, and Honduras. He lives in Copenhagen with his wife and two daughters.

View from the Ananda’s bathroom
View from the Ananda’s bathroom
View from the Ananda’s bathroom

WORKSHOPS

Massage and Stretching Workshop

Two Hour Workshop. Price $55 (or $99 for both).

This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn a few simple and wonderful massage techniques. You will first be taught some grips, stretches, and strokes of muscle groups, to later safely practice on each other with the help of the instructor.

When the workshop is complete, you will be able to give a short gentle and relaxing massage to your friends or family. We will provide candles, gentle music, snacks, tea and everything needed to keep the mood high throughout the day.

The Bandhas Workshop (Energy Locks or Valves)

Two Hour Workshop. Price $55 (or $99 for both).

The body and its internal pranic energy is an excellent tool to use in developing one’s spiritual side. Through the understanding of pranic/energetic energy flow we can find a deeper and easier approach to our bodily wellbeing and spiritual practice through yoga. In this workshop we will work both theoretically and practically with Maha-Bandha (Mula, Uddhyiana, and Jalandhara combined is called the Maha-Bandha).

What will you learn by taking this workshop?

  • What the bandhas are and why we use them
  • The vayus (inner pranic winds), prana, apana, and samana, udana and vyana
  • The purpose of the bandpass and the Granthis
  • How to apply all of bandhas (Maha Bandha) separately and together
  • How to use them in in asana

The Purpose of the Bandhas and the Granthis

The bandhas create the support needed for a release to take place. The granthis, on the other hand, prevent the free flow of energy through the spine. It is the job of the bandhas to pierce, or move through the granthis, and help create a clear energetic flow – sometimes referred to as the sushumna or kundalini.

When and Why Do We Use The Bandhas?

We use the bandhas during pranayama practice, as well as to enhance various asanas. Energetically, they help us find our central channel. Muscularly, they help find the inner momentum needed in a vinyasa practice.

The three major bandhas are Jalandara, Uddiyana, and Mula Bandha. They work together by contracting toward one another creating a inner vacuum of sorts, so when they are released, a shift in the inner body can occur. In other words, by engaging the bandhas we limit the breath pattern. Releasing them it is much like a dam breaking, creating a rush of energy with a force that can redirect patterns in the body. This is why we sometimes think of the bandhas as “un-locks.” Each bandha feeds the next, and though you can and sometimes do apply them in isolation, they are meant to support one another from bottom to top to create the deepest, most effective, flow.

The three bandhas coordinate the body diaphragms (Jalandara/throat diaphragm, Uddiyana/breathing diaphragm, and Mulabandha/diaphragm of the pelvic floor), creating a domed central channel (sushumna), as well as inner body support. They redirect the flow of the pranas into the sushumna nadi (the center of the central spinal cord). The ancient texts, The Upanishads, have referred to the movement of this energy, or shakti, in the body as a bird tethered to its perch. When the bandhas have been perfectly coordinated, the bird will ascend, freeing the crown chakra.

Bandha means to bind, hold, or tighten. The definition may seem to point toward tension, but the esteemed Ashtanga yoga teacher Richard Freeman contextualises this for us by explaining, “When the bandha is perceived as the linking together of complementary patterns, then the foreground and the background come into full relationship. The sense of effort and tension initially involved in the production of the bandha melts away, and the bandha transforms into a whole-body pattern.” With understanding of the deeper purpose of the bandhas, we can feel them as loving winds lifting the interior of the body rather than harsh gripping, particularly as we invite the vayus into the experience.

We have both muscular and energetic bandhas. Whenever we coordinate our breath with movement, we create an inner space that in a way mimics the bandhas. In movement, we tend to use muscular bandhas, while in Pranayama we mostly use our more subtle, energetic bandhas. As the practice evolves, all of what we do becomes more subtle, and thus more energetic. The asanas become subservient to the breath and the bandhas; the poses become an arena in which to experience our breathing and the opening created. Peter has found that practicing with this perspective has opened the doorway to truly experience the energetic bodies.

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