Above and Beyond Yoga, Health and HealingJune 5th - 11th, 2016
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About the Retreat
7:00am – 7:25am Morning Meditation
7:30am – 8:45am Morning Practice
9:00am – 10:30am Breakfast
11:30am – 12:15pm Yoga, Health and Healing Conversations
12:30pm – 3:00pm Lunch/Free Time
3:00 – 3:45pm Chant/Pranayama
5:00pm – 6:15pm Evening Practice
7:00pm – 8:30pm Dinner
ABOUT THE RETREAT
This summer, join Shoshana Treichel and Josh Blatter for an opportunity to create health, happiness and healing through the practice of yoga and meditation as expounded by the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya. We could not be more excited to bring together our combined decades of experience with you in this one week escape into the serenity of the Casa Om. We have crafted and polished a program of daily yoga, meditation, conversation and chant to both inspire and invigorate. Whether you are a long time practitioner, yoga teacher or absolutely brand new, this retreat is for you.
The yoga practices will be a combination of hatha, vinyasa, bikram and therapeutics. We want to give you a variety of tools to release tension present in the body and cultivate the space for healing. The meditations will be primarily breath-awareness based with plenty of explanation on technique. We want this to be something you can take back with you when the week is over. Conversations will be on the topics of body and health, the importance of breath, the nature of mind and developing a home practice. Chant will be an option for those interested and we will work with some of the very classical verses on healing from the Veda(s).
What we want more than anything is to create the space for you to feel good physically and be at peace mentally. That is what this retreat has to offer and we hope to see you there.
Meet the Teachers
Shoshana Treichel is a very dynamic yoga teacher and co-owner of Above and Beyond Hot Yoga in Mobile, Alabama. She teaches a wide range of yoga classes with a strong foundation in classical asana practices of Southern India as well as the Hot 26 series. On the mat, her extensive education and knowledge of the body create an unexplainable connection with her class that enables them to reach their maximum awareness. Shoshana teaches daily yoga classes, develops various group exercise and yoga classes for studios throughout the US including an inspiring strengthening yoga class with weights. She also teaches anatomy and physiology for yoga teacher training courses as well as certifies personal trainers. Shoshana was a 25 year Bodybuilding and Powerlifting competitor, who is also a certified nutritionist. She currently is an NPC Judge for Physique sports, helping to empower athletes. Shoshana not only has over 500 hrs. of training, but is currently enrolled in a 3 year Yoga Therapy program at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai India. She travels to India every 8 months, through this process, bringing back the origin of Indian culture and philosophy that not only enhances her Physical instruction, but brings a sense of enlightenment and higher consciousness to her students.
Josh Blatter is a sought after meditation and yoga instructor, corrective exercise specialist, public speaker, writer and educator in San Diego, California. He is best known for his depthless wisdom and polished ability to present ancient insight cloaked in modern day flair. Josh teaches weekly yoga classes, holds workshops, leads retreats internationally, facilitates teacher trainings and is a regular publishing author on various websites. On the yoga mat, his intelligent sequencing, pacifying presence and unequivocal understanding of the human body enforces the importance of present moment awareness and the ability to breath. Josh yields a humble approach in the way in which he holds space and is constantly inspiring others to grow and learn. His classes are a very dynamic blend that exemplify his background in the practice and his studies in Southern India at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram; imbued with vinyasa-esque flow, refined alignment, conscious breathing, meditation, visualization, sound, somatic awareness and rich with a modern take on ancient philosophy.
Thomas earned his Masters degree in Physics through his studies of Black Holes and Holograms. He has studied intensively in a variety of ancient healing arts including Qi Gong, Reiki and Acupressure. He travels the world studying, teaching, performing and exploring at the magical precipice where Music, Physics and Healing are one.
Thomas is the founder and president of SoundTables.com, a company dedicated to the development of advanced sound immersion technologies. Thomas also remains deeply engaged in music and film production, as Sirius Colors Media, in the midst of his studies of the effects of sound, vibration, and color upon our mind and body. He has been actively engaged in a worldwide effort to understand and employ the power of acoustics toward a fuller development of our individual and collective potentials. He was invited by the country of Malta to conduct acoustical characterizations of the world’s most ancient temples and has received multiple grants to study the acoustics of fundamental geometries. Thomas has done extensive research in the effects of sound upon body and mind processes utilizing neuro-feedback and heart biofeedback. He is currently the apprentice of 102 year-old Yaqui-Mayan medicine man, Tata Kachora, about whom he is currently making a documentary.
Thomas has been an invited speaker at the International Academy of Consciousness Conference in Portugal and the World Qi Gong Congress and is the author of a number of scientific publications including:
In any case, you are likely to find him smiling and sharing his great and ever-growing LOVE and enthusiasm for the deepest roots of music, science and healing.
Casa Om has 10 beautiful bedrooms and bathrooms, a spacious and well equipped yoga room, swimming pool, a rooftop dining area and 2 kitchens. Bedrooms can set for either single or double occupancy, and have either a private bathroom or a bathroom shared between two rooms. Casa Om also has a new dorm that sleeps up to 6 people in bunk beds.
The rooms at Casa Om are comfortable and beautifully designed with air conditioning and fans. Drinking water and wifi are provided. Casa Om sleeps 24 and is across the street from the beach.
At Casa Om we run a full gourmet vegetarian kitchen. We offer extensive Mexican, Thai, New American, and Lebanese food options. Visitors love our fresh juices and superfood smoothies. All dishes are prepared with a healthy yogic lifestyle in mind. We love to make gluten free and vegan meals as well.
We will include breakfast each morning and dinner 4 nights out of the 6 you are with us. The other nights we will venture out into town.
Our head chef, Eduardo, is a former restaurateur; he brings more than 10 years of professional cooking experience to Casa Om. He is passionate about food and his cooking classes are a favorite amongst our visitors. Those passionate about cuisine will find a like-minded soul.
Please fly into Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Once you have booked your ticket, please email your flight itinerary to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are located at 9 mza 26 sm 02 avenue javier rojo gomez, Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo Mexico.
You can get driving directions here http://casaom.com/travel/
Go Diving or Snorkeling:
Puerto Morelos is meters away from one of the largest coral reefs in the world. Take a morning to explore the reefs with a guide and see colorful fish, coral, and maybe even a sea turtle!
Visit a Ceynote:
Explore an underwater cave in the Mayan jungle! These caves of groundwater are hundreds of feet deep and full of crystal clear water. Take a zip line over them for a once in a lifetime experience!
Have a Spa Treatment:
Relax and refresh yourself with a spa treatment right at Casa Om! Our in-house massage therapist can provide a relaxing massage or Ayurvedic treatment – a great compliment to a yoga retreat for a total body blissful experience!
Explore Playa del Carmen:
Take a shopping trip, have a great meal, or just enjoy people watching on a trip to Playa del Carmen. This is a fun tourist spot where you can shop for anything from cheap souvenirs to boutique items.