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Caribbean Culture and Yoga Retreat: May 20 – 28, 2017

Join us in the beautiful Dominican Republic for a week of yoga and cultural immersion. Start each day with a yoga, meditation and mindfulness practice followed by fun on the beach and exploring the country as a local. Bring your friends or come solo, all ages and experience levels are welcome!

Give yourself the opportunity to create deeper connections with your mind, body and spirit in an open and relaxed environment. Learn simple practices that you can incorporate in your daily routine to live a mindful and purposeful life.

We will stay at Natura Cabana, a beautiful eco-lodge and spa, located directly on the beach and nearby the heart of downtown Cabarete.

This culture and yoga retreat is organized by Uta, a certified yoga instructor with experience in organizing tours in the Dominican Republic. Beyond her love for yoga, Uta’s knowledge of local customs, nuances and logistics will make this experience memorable.

What’s included:

  • 8 night stay at Natura Cabana boutique hotel and spa (breakfast included)
  • Transportation to and from Puerto Plata airport (POP)
  • Transportation to organized activities
  • Daily yoga, meditation and mindfulness practice
  • Excursion to a local plantation (TBD coffee, fruit, cocoa, rum)
  • Local backcountry experience (river swim, escape in nature)
  • Salsa dance happy hour
  • 3 Dinners: welcome dinner, dinner at a local restaurant, goodbye dinner

Additional activities: Cabarete and Sosua offer various activities which you can engage in during the day: surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, zip-lining in a monkey jungle, jumping off hidden waterfalls, diving in underwater caves, swimming with dolphins, horseback riding

Tentative weekly schedule:

Saturday, May 20 Sunday, May 21 Monday, May 22 Tuesday, May 23 Wednesday, May 24 Thursday, May 25 Friday, May 26 Saturday, May 27 Sunday, May 28
Morning Arrive Yoga, meditation, mindfulness practice Yoga, meditation, mindfulness practice Yoga, meditation, mindfulness practice Yoga, meditation, mindfulness practice Yoga, meditation, mindfulness practice Yoga, meditation, mindfulness practice Yoga, meditation, mindfulness practice  Yoga, meditation, mindfulness practice
Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
Day Beach day Cabarete Beach Day Sosua Plantation visit Local backcountry experience  

 

Depart

Evening Light Yoga and Meditaion Welcome dinner Dinner at local restaurant Salsa dance lesson Goodbye dinner

 Retreat Investment*: Single Double
Sign up by Jan 31 $ 1979 $ 1599
Sign up by Feb 28 $ 2059 $ 1649
Sign up by March 31 $ 2129 $ 1799

*VAT not included. All other goods and services such as airfare, airport/visa fees, additional activities and spa services, bar drinks, food/drinks/incidental, travel insurance and gratuities will be charged separately.

Interested in sharing accommodations but don’t have a roommate yet? You can sign up for a double and we will make every effort to help find you a roommate of your gender. If a roommate cannot be found by the final payment date, the single occupancy rate will apply.

Space is limited, sign up today! 50% down payment due upon registration, final payment by March 31, 2017.

Questions? Contact Uta at utaopitz@hotmail.com

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Mudras for Strength and Balance

It’s Holiday season, stores are overflowing, people are in a hurry to get all the food items or gifts they want to give to their loved ones. Some simple hand mudras (hand gestures) can help us in stressful situations. During a recent visit to Germany, I attended Satsang (a gathering) with Dechen Thurman at Jivamukti Yoga Berlin. He shared with us some stories about Sir Francis of Assisi, particularly from his book The Little Flowers of St. Francis, and we spent some time sitting in meditation with these two hand gestures, or “Mudras”.IMG_5207

Pran Mudra (Life Mudra)

You can see me holding the stabilizing and calming Pran Mudra. In her book Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands, Gertrud Hirschi says: “The Pran Mudra generally increases vitality, reduces fatigue and nervousness, and improves vision. It is also used against eye diseases. On the mental emotional level, it increases our staying power and assertiveness, healthy self-confidence, gives us the courage to start something new, and the strength to see things through.”

Simply place the tips of thumb, ring finger and little finger together while keeping the other fingers extended. Hold for 5 to 30 Minutes as needed.

Kubera Mudra (Dedicated to Kubera, god of wealth)

Dechen is holding the Kubera Mudra, which will give inner repose, confidence and serenity. It is used to “put more force behind … plans for the future. It always involves goals that people want to reach, or wishes that they would like to have fulfilled.” It can be used when looking for a free parking space, the right gift, or necessary information.
This mudra also decongests the frontal sinuses, which can come in handy during winter time. The tip of your thumb, index and middle finger are placed together, while the other two fingers are bent.

If you are curious, I highly recommend Gertrud Hirschi’s Book Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands. Maybe it’s that Christmas gift, you were looking for…

Love, Uta