DISCONNECT AND DEEPEN YOUR YOGA PRACTISE IN PARADISE WITH A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF STUDIO AND BEACH YOGA - ALL LEVELS OF YOGA VERY WELCOME. QIGONG / TAI CHI + MINDFULNESS CLASSES ALSO AVAILABLE NOW ON SELECT RETREATS
At Santa catalina retreats, our yoga style includes Hatha, Vinyasa, ashtanga and Kundalini. Focusing on the breath, fundamental postures and having fun playing with new challenges. All levels are welcome as our instructors will adapt poses to suit your ability.
Yoga is also a perfect compliment to surfing - developing your strength, flexibility and balance. Especially great for stretching out the shoulders, back and opening the hips after your surf session!
our yoga classes vary between 1 - 2 hours, with between 1 - 2 classes each day depending on your retreat. we provide your mat + props, and iced water for every class. just bring some comfortable yoga gear and you are ready to go :)
Yoga class locations
to embrace the natural beauty of Santa catalina, and ground your practice, we often combine a class where you can get your feet in the sand, literally :) we couple beach yoga with classes in our tranquil open-air yoga shala with ocean views and our waterfront yoga deck. you'll experience your yoga classes listening to the calming sounds of the ocean and the abundant sounds of wildlife all around you.
MEET OUR YOGA INSTRUCTORS
MICHELLE BARGE E-500RYT - INTEGRATED VINYASA / ALIGNMENT BASED PRACTICE
Michelle Barge has been practicing Yoga since 1996 and teaching in studios, in corporate environments with Balance Integration and in the public school systems through Bent on Learning since 2006.
She has been leading global retreats since 2008 and has led retreats in Jamaica, Costa Rica, Mexico, Italy and Panama as well as the Standard Hotel Miami. She teaches an integrated Vinyasa practice focused on proper alignment and building core strength. Focusing on proper alignment helps her students tap into the metaphysical benefits of the practice. Her style fuses her training in traditional Hatha yoga schools – Iyengar and Ashtanga – with her training in Core Strength Vinyasa Flow. Michelle brings a deep meditation practice to her classes as well having studied many forms of Buddhist and Hindu meditation.
In keeping with a holistic lifestyle and alternative healing Michelle also incorporates the use of essential oils in her practice and meditation -- using essential oils to heal, soothe and increase meditation having studied with Bridget Shields. Michelle has studied, practiced and taught in some of the top yoga studios in New York City and continues to train under some of the leaders in the field.
Michelle's passions for horseback riding, surf and ocean life and well as fine wines, organic, healthy foods and wellness cross over into all retreats Michelle leads.
STEPHANIE ROSENBLUM – E-RYT 500HOUR, Creator OF YEAH YOGA. w/ training in vinyasa, yin, restorative, bhatki, theraputics + katonah yoga
Stephanie teaches connection, exploration of body awareness and a willingness to move differently. Her yoga style is an unexpected blend of strong and playful. Her energizing flows embody curiosity, complexity and lighthearted vibes into creative sequences that lovingly push and expand just beyond what you may think is possible.
stephanie creates funky playlists that match the beat of the breath with pauses for alignment and reflection and offers energetic assists, muscle melting adjustments and supported prop play. Her methods will grant you the physical and mental freedom to challenge self-imposed boundaries, drop previous assumptions and melt in acceptance.
IAN PESCOD, 200 RYS - ASHTANGA VINYASA
Student of Yoga. Passionate about oriental philosophies such as Taoism, Buddhism, Zen and Tantra. Began his path into Yoga in 2012 with the practice of sitting meditation, later experimenting Viniyoga, Power Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Hatha Yoga and eventually Ashtanga Yoga.
Completed a 200 hour Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher training program under ‘It’s Yoga International’ in early 2015 and has been practicing the method committedly ever since, complementing his studies under the guidance of experienced teachers such as Mariela Cruz (Costa Rica), Krista Shirley (USA), Day Christensen (USA), Michel Guiou (USA), Kristina Karitinou (Greece), Hamish Hendry (England) & Barbara Süss (Austria).
In 2016, he completed a month long trip to Mysore, India to practice under the guidance of R. Sharath Jois at the KPJAYI (Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute).
Brenda Lyons, RYT- 200, M.A.,
brenda has been involved in the world of health and wellness since she was a teen. During her 30 years of teaching in international schools, Brenda has taught Qigong, Yoga, Mindfulness and Tai Chi to students and adults at all age levels. She has also published articles internationally in the areas of health and well-being. Her aim in all of her teachings is to inspire and empower people through physical movement to tap into the healing energy within for better health and a feeling of well-being.
Over the past 15 years brenda has studied with master teachers Shiva Rea, Erich Schiffman, Baron Baptiste, and Angela Farmer, and has earned additional certifications in teaching Yoga for Stress Relief, Yoga for Seniors, Creative Yoga for Kids, Kripalu Yoga in the Schools for Teens, and Partner Yoga. brenda is also a licensed instructor for the .b (Dot B) Mindfulness in Schools Project for grade 6-12 students, a facilitator for the Mindful Ambassador program, and trained in the signature Google Mindfulness program – Search Inside Yourself.
AURORA BRENES, 200 RYS - VINYASA, ASHTANGA + HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH
Aurora is a Panamanian certified Vinyasa Yoga instructor with a deep practice in both Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga. Aurora has had the opportunity to study with great teachers including; Seane Corn,
Melanie Fawer, Nathalie Croix, Bryce Yoga, Day Christensen,
Kino Mc Gregor, and Mariela Cruz.
Aurora embodies a deep respect for the tradition and lineage of Yoga, which is experienced through her classes. Her classes are a blend of alignment based asana practice, spirituality, energy work, and meditation. Aurora has been able to share her knowledge in the US and Panama; in studios, private classes, public events, workshops, and retreats.
Aurora is also a Holistic Health Coach Graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her passion and focus is on helping people heal through food and finding a deep connection between mind, body, and soul, to feel vibrant and empowered. Aurora has just returned from 9 months of a self-discovery journey throughout Asia. In her travels she spent her time deepening her yoga studies, venturing herself into the art of Thai Yoga Massage, and exploring herself
Natalia de Diego, 200CYT hatha & Gendai Reiki Ho Level 1, 2 & 3
Yogini, surfer, mermaid, nature lover, and energy healer. Natalia is a happy and dreamy young woman who teaches Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative, Kundalini and Power Yoga, integrating her classes with meditation, pranayama, healing, aromatherapy and daily inspiration.
She has experience leading community and private classes, retreats, workshops, classes in festivals and was the co-founder of Yoga con Causa, a yoga fundraiser.
in addition to yoga, she is an energy healer and life coach. She believes in the combination of all of her learned tools to change lives. She makes personal plans to help others and herself to manifest their wildest dreams. She is a firm believer in the power of love. Love is everything. LOVE is all