Yoga Retreat to the Blue Spirit Costa Rica March 7-14 2015 with Angela Kukhahn & Aimée Donahue

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 Blue Spirit Costa Rica

March 7-14 2015 (7 Nights)

THE RETREAT PACKAGE FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Delicious Healing Food – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served buffet style.
  • All is local, fresh, and wonderfully healing and healthy!
  • Excellent coffee, teas, and fresh juices served with each meal.
  • Meditation
  • Daily Yoga sessions
  • Evening programs
  • Full beach access
  • Infinity pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Daily free time to explore Costa Rica as you wish!

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 OTHER SERVICES AVAILABLE AT BLUE SPIRIT:

  • Massage and Bodywork. -Available at additional cost
  • Blue Spirit Cafe’ -open from 1PM-10 PM offering treats and libations. -Available at additional cost
  • On-site store.
  • Infinity Pool purified naturally by salt
  • Beautiful beaches which are part of the Playa Ostional Wildlife Refuge
  • Public computer for your use, Wifi, telephones and International calling cards(for purchase).
  • Excursions: Surfing and Paddle Surfing, River Kayaking, Zip Line Tours, Snorkeling, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Boat Tours, and Bird Watching -Available at additional Cost
  • Sustainability- Blue Spirit is to committed preserving the natural beauty of the area by sustainable green practices. That commitment includes; Solar powered water, reclaimed water for the gardens, eco-friendly air conditioning, natural ventilation, recycling & composting, and earth friendly operational practices.

To reserve your spot it is a non-refundable cash deposit of $500. Please be advised that credit or Paypal payments will have a 3% surcharge. Please call Trina Solomon at (949)-910-2783 or e-mail trinasolomon@gmail.com for all inquiries and reservations. We are thrilled to have Trina as our contact person, as a fellow yogi and participant on our past retreats, she knows just how to make your experience special. All reservations made before Nov 1st will receive the early price which is $100 less than reservations placed afterwards, so sign up early!

If you’d like assistance in booking flights, travel insurance, or vacation packages to explore more of Costa Rica before or after the retreat, feel free to contact travel advisor and fellow yogi Louise Sper (louise@steadywanderlust.com or 310-901-1921). Louise has traveled to Costa Rica numerous times and can provide advice or suggestions on visiting this beautiful country.

*Airfare is NOT included

*Room pricing is per person

*Daily schedule will be handed out upon arrival

*Travel Insurance

Visit the Blue Spirit Website to see even more photos.

Below Are The Room Choices and Prices

 Superior Room with A/C, superior ocean views, private bath, and king size bed. These beautiful double rooms have beautiful step-out balconies and extraordinary ocean views. These rooms are elegantly furnished to provide our most luxurious space for couples or singles. Each room has a king-size bed, a private bathroom with solar hot water and air-conditioning.

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Per person single occupancy early $2,7500/late $2,8500

Per person double occupancy early $2,125/late $2,225

Nature Suite with A/C, private bath & king or 2 twin beds. These suites are situated on a hillside overlooking the lush vegetation. These simple and natural wood frame structures have private bathrooms with an outdoor shower overlooking the jungle. Each suite sleeps two people and includes a separate enclosed porch with a desk for reading. Each room has solar hot water as well as A/C. These rooms are a short walk up the hill to the main building.

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Per person single occupancy early $2,200/late $2,300

Per person double occupancy early $1,775/late $1,875

Hermitage Single/Couple Room with private bath, these rooms are specifically designed for traveling singles to provide privacy and elegance, while being cozy and inexpensive. Many of these rooms have partial views of the ocean and others of the mountains nearby, a queen-size bed, a private bathroom with solar hot water, ceiling fan, and screened windows to enjoy natural ventilation.

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Per person single occupancy early $1800/late $1900

Per person double occupancy early $1550/late $1650

Eco-Cottage with shared bath-house and 2 twin beds, these cottages are beautifully situated in lush vegetation, allowing for a sensual being-in-touch experience with nature. They are simple and natural wood frame structures with screening for natural ventilation. Each cottage sleeps two people and share a common bathhouse that has solar hot water showers and everything runs on solar powered electricity to provide a comfortable and ecological setting. The Eco-Cottages are situated below the Main Building and involve a short hike up a stone stairway to get to the main building.

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Per person single occupancy: early $1700/ late $1800

Per person double occupancy: early $1400/late $1500

Platform Tent with shared bath-house, Queen size air mattress, linens provided. For the true jungle experience. These platform tents are situated in lush vegetation, allowing for a sensual being-in-touch experience with nature.

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Per person single occupancy: early $1300/late $1400 

Getting to the Blue Spirit Click HERE!

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See you in paradise!

Angela, Aimee’ and Trina

Semi-Private Backbend Series with Angela Kukhahn at Yogaworks Southbay

Angela Kukhahn in King Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) Photo by Jasper Johal

 

Hi Yogis!

For the month of September I will be doing a semi-private backbend series. The mini-workshops will take place at Yogaworks, El Segundo, CA every Sunday in September from 10-11am. If you have ever wanted to deepen your backbends, but didn’t know where to start, this series is for you! 

Benefits of Backbends:

Get Rid of Back Pain

Improve Breathing

Strengthen Legs

Increase Flexibility of Spine

Relieve Anxiety and Stress

Compress and Detox Kidneys, Liver and Adrenals

Alleviate Depression

Increase Feelings Of Hope, Happiness and Courage

Hope to see you there! 

 

 

Yoga Workshops at Village Yoga Chicago May 2-4 with Angela Kukhahn

Village Yoga Chicago May 2-4

Hi Yogis,

I am excited to announce that I will be visiting Village Yoga in Chicago May 2-4! During that time I will be teaching a Master Class and a Yoga Intensive. Below is a short description of the class and workshops I will be teaching and a link to register on their website! I would love to see you there! Also, if you have a friend that lives in Chicago who you think might be interested feel free to spread the love by sending them this link!

Master Class
Date: May 02, 2014
From: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Lincoln Park
Register

Join Angela Kukhahn for this special Master class. Suitable for all levels. Expect to set the tone for the rest of Angela’s weekend intensive – including inversion and arm balance practice. A great start to any Friday night!

$30

Weekend Intensive with Angela Kukhahn

Join Angela for a Weekend Intensive focused on cultivating strength, courage and confidence on the mat. Angela’s love for yoga began in 2003 after she refused surgery following an awful car accident that damaged both of her knees. Fortunately, fate had it that she stumbled upon a beautiful studio called the Adiaya Yoga Sanctuary where she met her compassionate teachers Dy Tysen and Rachel Sellars. Yoga healed her broken knees and sparked a fire inside of her. The flame was lit and she knew she wanted to teach! She completed her first 200hr teacher training with Yogaworks in New York City. She then migrated to sunny Los Angeles to study under the brilliant Annie Carpenter. After completing the 6 month mentorship program at Yogaworks she spent a month in Sydney, Australia as Annie’s teaching assistant. Annie’s alignment-based style of teaching has had a profound effect upon Angela’s teaching style. Other teachers that continue to shape Angela’s teaching include Brock and Krista Cahill, Vinnie Marino, Kathryn Budig, Dice lida-Klein, and Briohny Smyth. $40/session or $110 for all Saturday/Sunday Sessions

Grow Your Inversions

Saturday
Date: May 03, 2014
From: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Lincoln Park
Register

This is an inversion basics class aimed at getting you comfortable upside down. This is a great foundation for beginners or anyone wanting to review the fundamentals of inversions. We will make our way through an inversion specific warmup, plenty of corework, headstand A, headstand B, pincha maryurasana and handstand at the wall. Come willing to sweat, play and let go of some old fears!

$40

Fly Like A Yogi

Saturday
Date: May 03, 2014
From: 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: Lincoln Park
Register

Are you ready to have some fun? This workshop is playful on purpose to get you out of your head and flying with ease! While staying grounded in the essential elements of alignment we will adventure away from the wall and out into where the magic happens! Expect a strong vinyasa warmup, plenty of ab work and to have fun. We will be exploring creative ways to find your balance in handstand away from the wall.

$40

Fun With Flying

Saturday
Date: May 04, 2014
From: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Lincoln Park
Register

Are you ready to take your inversion practice to the next level? This workshop is for you! The focus will be on slowing things down and moving exclusively from the core to control our inversions. We will also discover the importance of the abdominals as we play with scorpion in pincha mayurasana and handstand. Expect to sweat, smile and be challenged!

$40

See you in Chicago!

Caribbean Yoga Retreat To Aruba with Angela Kukhahn and Susie Frank July 12th-19th 2014

Aruba-yoga-retreat-Manchebo-beach-resortExpand your practice with twice daily transformative yoga classes on a breathtaking beach, a healthy breakfast, and  afternoons spent chilling beside the sparkling Caribbean Sea or enjoying local excursions. Watch the sun dip behind the horizon as you practice on the outdoor yoga pavilion in the evenings as you bid farewell to another blissed-out day in paradise. Spending a week at the Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa combines vacation with rejuvenation for mind, body & spirit. Leave feeling revitalized, relaxed and renewed.

The resort is located on the shores of majestic Eagle Beach, Aruba’s widest, an ideal place for a rejuvenating getaway. Manchebo is home of the exotic outdoor Caribbean-Balinese Spa del Sol where guests can enjoy a full range of spa treatments. The island of Aruba offers a variety of gourmet cuisines, tropical adventures and of course the inspiring crystal clear turquoise ocean.At Manchebo Beach Resort guests can relax, rejuvenate and liberate themselves from their daily life routine, so come and experience a Caribbean Yoga Vacation at Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa!

7 nights Yoga Package Inclusions:

  • Deluxe Sanctuary Garden View Room or Deluxe Ocean View Room
  • Daily breakfast and healthy smoothie
  • Welcome & farewell dinner at the resort
  • Sunset sail
  • Room Service Charge & Tax
  • Transfer Airport – Resort – Airport

Rooms and Rates

Deluxe Sanctuary Garden View Room

  • Single Occupancy: $2,725.00
  • Double Occupancy: $1,785.00
  • Triple Occupancy: $1,584.00

Deluxe Ocean  View Room

  • Single Occupancy: $3,060.00
  • Double Occupancy: $1,955.00
  • Triple Occupancy: $1,697.00

Check in time is at 3pm and check out is at noon, and they do have a changing room for guests that have a late flight.

Optional Additional Activities (for an additional fee)

  • SUP Paddleboarding and Paddle Board Yoga
  • Snorkeling
  • Horse Back Riding
  • Scuba Diving
  • Island Tours
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Wind Surfing and Kite Surfing
  • Aruba Ostrich Farm
  • Butterfly Farm Aruba
  • Museums
  • Shopping
  • Mountainbike Rentals and Tours
  • Golf
  • Segway Tours

For more info call Angela at (310) 985-0218 or e-mail ajoyfulyoga@yahoo.com

If you want to reserve your spot email reserve@manchebo.com or call toll free 1-888-673-8036. A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your place on the retreat.

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5 Reasons You Should Be Wearing A Mala

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1. It is a reminder of the infinite in the midst of the mundane. When I wear my mala it is a reminder of something true and good, regardless of whatever else may be happening at that moment. It reminds me to take the high road, even during those times when let’s be honest, I would rather kick someone in the shins. It reminds me that there are forces greater than me working together for my good. That I am a spiritual being in this human experience. That even though I may not see it at the moment things are working out exactly as they should.  
2. They have healing qualities. My Tiny Devotions Mala is made of Rudraksha beads and the Guru Bead is an Amethyst. They say that crystals choose you, and in my case I am starting to believe it is true. This is the third Amethyst that I have been given this year. They are said to have a spiritual quality to them aiding in meditation, restful sleep, conquering addiction and healing of all types. 
3. They are stylish and beautiful and add a bohemian flair to any outfit you put on. I am constantly in yoga clothes, in fact without yoga clothes on people barely even recognize me. Sometimes it is challenging to look stylish and cute when you are constantly wearing some type of spandex and sweating all day. A beautiful mala is just the thing to add a little flair to any outfit whether you are teaching a yoga class or headed out for the evening. 
4. They are excellent for meditation adding a tangible and tactile way to count your breaths or chants. I am a bit of a baby meditator and have only been meditating now since last October. As anyone that has tried meditating knows staying present is hard work! One minute you are meditating and the next thing you know your mind has wandered and you are obsessing over what you are going to make for dinner later. Malas have  long been used to keep the hands busy and help to focus the mind by running your fingers over each bead as you meditate, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale…you get the idea.
5. Stones create a magnetic field that our body responds to. Crystal healing works on the electromagnetic field around the body, known as the aura.  Any form of disharmony or disease in our lives can cause blockages or other disturbances in our aura, which may eventually manifest as illness and dis-ease in the body. Wearing a crystal balances your electromagnetic field keeping your body happy and healthy.

To find your own beautiful mala check out www.tinydevotions.com!

Yoga Retreat in Santa Barbara Oct. 3-6th with Angela Kukhahn and Aimee’ Donahue

Angela Kukhahn in Upward Facing Dog in the Tuscan sunflower fields (yoga pose) photo by Tara RiceJoin me & Aimee Thursday, Oct 3rd to Sunday, Oct 6th for a wonder-filled weekend at the legendary White Lotus Retreat Center nestled in the rustic coastal mountains of Santa Barbara

This Dynamic & Restorative retreat weekend includes:
* Gourmet vegetarian meals
* Kundalini Yoga (level 1-2) & Vinyasa Flow (level 2-3) classes daily
* Pranayama & Meditation Instruction
* Special Inversion & Thai Yoga Partner Massage Workshops w/ Angela
* Deeply Restorative Sound Healing & Relaxation with Crystal & Tibetan Singing Bowls w/ Aimee
* Group Discussions on how to apply Yogic Wisdom in Daily Life
* Hiking & Swimming in Clear Mountain Spring Watering Holes
* Relaxing in the Hot Tub under a canopy of Stars
* Meditating in the underground Kiva & more!
All levels welcome.

Decompress from stress, renew & take your practice to the next level in this dynamic and restorative weekend among like-minded friends in a beautiful & tranquil environment. If you are interested in bringing a good friend or partner and prefer private accommodations, see below* We welcome those who wish to accompany their loved one and do not wish to attend all or any of the classes or workshops. There are plenty of amazing alternatives; take a hike, get a massage, sit back and read a book, enjoy the mountain air and ocean sunsets…

Price per person is $795.00 which includes lodging for 4 days and 3 nights, all meals, classes & events. Lodging is first come first served. We encourage camping, the grounds are beautiful! We are extending a special price of $695, please let us soon if you prefer to camp as these spaces are limited. *For couples or anyone seeking more privacy, private cabins are available for an additional fee of $125-350 per person.

Massages may be scheduled, please reserve yours early, there are limited time slots.

We recommend placing your deposit as soon as possible as this retreat is expected to sell out quickly based on the interest we have received. You can submit your transferable deposit immediately to hold your space below. (If you are unable to attend for any reason, your deposit is transferable to a future retreat.)

Deposit:
A non-refundable $200 deposit holds your space. You can pay by cash or check or to make your secure deposit via PayPal. All major credit cards accepted. Please note that a 3% surcharge will be added if you pay via PayPal bringing the total deposit to $206. Click HERE.

Balance due September 9th. If you need any assistance, please feel free to contact me at (310) 985-0218

Los Angeles Inversion Weekend with Angela Kukhahn Sept 20-22 2013

Angela Kukhahn in Handstand. Photo by Jasper JohalInversions Weekend
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Sep 20 – Sep 22 2013
South Bay
$35 Friday, $45 Saturday or Sunday, $110 entire weekend

This weekend has something for all levels of flyers so come willing to sweat, play, and let go of some old fears!
Friday Session (7:15-9:15pm): Grow Your Inversions
Beginner: This inversions basics workshop is designed to make you comfortable to go upside down. We will discuss the fundamentals of inversions; begin with an inversion specific warm-up followed by core work, headstand A & B, forearm balance, and handstand at the wall.

Saturday Session (2:00-4:30pm): Fly Like a Yogi
Intermediate: This workshop is playful on purpose to get you out of your head and flying with ease. While staying grounded in the essential elements of alignment, we will play with creative ways of balancing away from the wall. Expect a strong Vinyasa warm-up, plenty of core-work, and lots of fun.

Sunday Session (12:00-2:35pm): Fun with Flying
Intermediate & Advanced: For the advanced yogis, this workshop will focus on slowing things down and moving exclusively from the core to control your inversions. We will discover the importance of the abdominals as we play with scorpion in forearm balance and handstand.

Angela Kukhahn and Aimee Donahue’s Yoga Retreat to White Lotus May30-Jun 2nd 2013

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Join Aimee’ Donahue and I Thursday May 30th to Sunday June 2nd for our 2nd annual yoga retreat! Relax and renew during this dynamic yet restorative long weekend of yoga in beautiful Santa Barbara. We are in a new inspiring setting this year at the White Lotus Retreat Center.


 I am really excited to help you deepen your practice on this retreat that is a joyful integration of all that we love! Teaching, practicing and sharing yoga come together in a magical way with amazing people to make this a unforgettable experience.


Two asana classes daily, workshops, pranayama, meditation, discussions, massage, gourmet vegetarian meals, mountain springs, swimming, sun and more.
Spend a long weekend away from the city, relaxing and being pampered while deepening your yoga practice. Take a hike, get a massage, enjoy the mountain air and ocean sunsets.
All levels welcome.

Price per person is $750.00 which includes lodging for 4 days and 3 nights, all meals, all classes and events. All lodging is first come first served. Private cabins are available for an additional fee of $125-200 for couples or anyone seeking more privacy. Camping is also available at a reduced price. Massages available at an additional fee. 

Deposit: 
A non-refundable $200 deposit will hold your space. Click HERE to make your secure deposit via PayPal. All major credit cards accepted. For further inquiry please contact me at (310) 985-0218. Directions to Retreat Center


We look forward to seeing you there!

Much Love,

Angela and Aimee’

Yoga Workshop on Inversions with Angela Kukahn Saturday March 9th from 2-5pm

Yoga Workshop on Inversions with Angela Kukhahn 
Angela Kukhahn in Handstand. Photo by Jasper Johal
In Advance: $45
Day Of: $55
This is an All Levels Class!
Playing Upside Down: From Fear to Fun!
In this workshop we will explore inversions with a sense of adventure, curiosity and most of all fun! Inversions are for everyone and are extremely beneficial in strengthening the body and focusing the mind. We will work on the strength and flexibility needed for inversions, develop core awareness and discover proper alignement for floating and flying. We will explore headstand, forearm balance, and handstand. In addition we will explore how different variations and the use of props make inversions approachable to just about anyone! Come expecting to sweat, laugh, play and fly!