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June 11 YTT – Pitta Day!

“I feel like calling my mother to let her know that she gave birth to a raging Pitta,” was the first thought through my head at the end of our third session yoga class oriented toward balancing pittas. Every single describing detail,  comment or piece of advice that Jackie offered, I was like “oh my,

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Anamaya Revelations

It may seem that what I’m about to write has nothing to do with yoga. It’s not about a pose or a style of practice or about the latest fabulous bra to come out at Lululemon (not that I would know about that these days). It is however, about noticing and noticing has EVERYTHING to

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June 7 Journal – Third Day YTT Jackie Chiodo

This morning started much like the last in that it is official that I can not seem to get out of bed at 5:30am. Thus, at 6am, I hit the floor running to catch my dogs who are still sleeping and wondering why I am so excited. I tie them up, feed them, say thanks

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Flirty Girl Fitness

Flirty Girl Fitness Yoga and Pole Dancing Retreat

Have FUN, get FIT and feel FABULOUS with this amazing Flirty Girl Fitness week in paradise! The mornings will begin with a Vinyasa Flow Yoga class to get us warm and open to dance. Every day will have a pole-dancing class in addition to another FGF dance class: Chair Dance, Video Vixen, Burlesque and Booty

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Yoga Teacher Training – Day 1

First full day of the training.  I am feeling inspired by the asna and general yoga education.  Jackie remains to be my favorite teacher and I feel aligned with her philosophy in many ways.  I think she is handling the group well also.  I love the info she is teaching although I feel like we

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You did WHAT at yoga?!

Yoga is a way of life for many people, to others it is a once a week activity, for the masses though, yoga is something totally new and unknown. Even though yoga studios can be found on nearly every corner in many North American cities, it is still a world unfamiliar to many. It can

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Savasana, No it’s not nap time!

“Do I have enough time to pick up the kids?” “What am I going to make for dinner?” “Do these pants make my butt look big?” “Is the teacher looking at me… no really, is he?” Does this sound your mind during the final pose of a yoga class? Savasana, also known as “corpse pose”

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Kirtan is not a fancy spelling of Curtain

I remember visiting the home of a friend of mine in elementary school. She was of Indian descent and her home was decorated very ornately with pictures of various gods, goddesses and other colorful images. There was also music playing that I had never heard, it definitely was not the Bruce Springsteen or Bryan Adams

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Namaste, but why?

Yoga can be extremely intimidating. It’s a whole world of body contortions, chanting, strange language and eclectic music, not to mention the seemingly “perfect” bodies scantily clad performing every pose just so. To a beginner, heck, even to a seasoned yoga pro, entering a new class or studio can be a will testing experience. Part

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We need to breathe?!

I have been told many times that I make the most annoying sounds when I am working on the computer. Apparently I hold my breath until I can’t possibly hold it any longer, then I let it out in short, irritating spurts. When I was made abruptly aware of this behavior I started to pay

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Yoga is for EVERYONE… YES! this means YOU!

I first started doing yoga when I was about two years old. My Mom, who has always been a huge inspiration for me, especially in the area of healthy living, would watch an old yoga program on TV and I would follow along. I still remember how she would tell me the names of the

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Surfing for Beginners

SURFING TIPS FOR BEGINNERS Surfing is an awesome sport and can be extremely addictive. It has truly become a way of life for many people around the world but starting out can seem a little daunting and even a little scary. Learning how to surf at Anamaya’s Surf and Yoga Retreat can become much easier

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Yoga & Surfing Truly are Soul Mates

Surfing and yoga may seem to be diametrically opposed to one another. Surfing is seen as intense, thrilling, and adventurous, and yoga as tranquil, controlled, and meditative. The fact is that they complement each other very well. Surfing is a very popular sport but with any sport certain areas of the body will be more

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Surf Camp

Soul Surfer Yoga Retreat and Surf Camp

It’s no secret that Costa Rica is well known worldwide to be a hotbed of surfing and yoga. The Soul Surfer Yoga Package is a perfect combination of the two. This package is for those who are complete beginners and want to learn how to surf, as well as seasoned surfers who want to take

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