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One Day Yoga Retreat in Montauk! SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017

One Day Yoga Retreat in Montauk!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017


Are you ready to step off the hamster wheel? Even if it’s just for the day?

I know you’re thinking you can’t…

But I’m here to tell you it’s totally possible.

What if I told you that one day nurturing yourself will feel like two weeks? By making yourself priority for a single day and devoting time and energy to your yoga and meditation practices, applying yoga philosophy to every day life, eating organic and rejuvenating foods, and allowing ourselves to move at a slower pace we have the chance to renew balance in our lives.

If you’re ready to:
Press the pause button on life for just a day.
Find inspiration for your practice and life.
Receive support from a community of like-minded souls.
Surrender to the flow of life in this moment.
Develop a deeper connection to your self and community.

Then I’ve got exactly what you need.

How does this sound?


 

One Day Yoga Retreat in Montauk

  • 8:00am Check In, Tea, Coffee
  • 8:30am Guided Ashtanga Yoga Class
  • 10:15am Brunch
  • 11:00am Meditation
  • 11:30 Yoga Philosophy Class
  • 12:30pm Workshop
  • 2:30pm Lunch
  • 3:30 Silent Hour
  • 4:30 Restorative yoga with reiki & aromatherapy
  • 6:30 Final blessings and Retreat Conclusion

*Our delicious vegan, gluten free, and organic meals are made with love and provided by Organic Krush. Coffee, tea, cold pressed juice, and vegan/paleo desserts included.

Are you ready?

Let’s do this.


 

Investment:

  • Early Bird Price (Valid June 19-23) – $450
  • After June 23rd – $499

*This retreat will be capped at 20 people.

 


But wait, there’s more!

To make a beautiful retreat weekend even more fulfilling, I have created a special, semi-private half day practice intensive add-on, limited to 5 students only.

If you are ready to commit and effectively up-level your practice, this intensive will provide a powerful transformation by:

  • Improving your strength and technique
  • Deepening your knowledge of anatomy and injury prevention in your practice
  • Connecting to the roots of yoga philosophy and applying them to your daily life as a means to greater joy, clarity, and inspiration EVERY DAY.
  • Customized learning in an intimate setting of like-minded practitioners

Here’s how it works:

Semi-private practice intensive:

  • Friday, October 13, 2017
  • 10:00 am Semi-Private Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga Class
  • 12:00 pm Customized technique workshop
  • 1:30pm Lunch
  • 3:00 pm -4:45 pm Yoga philosophy class and implementation
  • 5:00 pm Meditation in Montauk Salt Cave

There is no substitute for personalized attention.

Imagine entering Saturday’s retreat ALREADY connected to yourself, supported by the community, more conscious of your practice, rejuvenated, and primed for personal growth?

It’s your time and you’re ready.

Register for both: $999
Combo after June 23: $1049

October 13 Semi-Private day only: $650

October 14: Montauk Yoga retreat day only: $450 (early bird price, valid through June 23rd)
$499 regular price.

 

 

All cancellation requests submitted by to August 31, 2017 will receive a full refund. Unfortunately, no refunds can be granted from September 1, 2017 onward.

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David Robson July 17 - July 21 MANDALA YOGA CENTER


DAVID ROBSON – PRACTICE INTENSIVE

ASHTANGA YOGA WEEKEND WORKSHOP

MON, JULY 17 – FRI, JULY, 2017


Monday, July 17, 2017

July 17 -21 Intensive includes daily morning Mysore classes, three afternoon workshops, and yoga theory class.

Mysore 6:15am8:15am, Monday through Friday
Mysore is the traditional format for practicing Ashtanga Yoga. Led classes are a fantastic way to learn about the vinyasa, but Mysore-style is where you follow your own breath and deepen your focus and meditation skills.

Monday 7/17:
3-5pm Learn to Float

When breath and movement are in union, our practice becomes graceful and filled with ease. Focusing on the vinyasas of Surya Namaskara, the Sun Salutations, this workshop will provide you with invaluable techniques to help you bring lightness into your practice. All levels are welcome to attend.

Tuesday 7/18:
3-5pm Elements of Arm Balancing

Arm balances show up throughout the Ashtanga sadhana. From the first jump back in the Sun Salutations, the opportunity to balance appears again and again. When we commit to these opportunities to embrace the work of arm balancing, we begin to develop strength and deepen our focus.

Wednesday 7/19:
3-5pm Deeper into Backbends

Explore the alignment and actions of Ashtanga’s Primary & Intermediate Series backbends. Find the balance between organization and surrender that will allow your body to go deeper into the postures. This workshop is open to practitioners of all levels.

Thursday 7/20:
8:15am-9am Yoga theory

Delve deeply into the yoga sutras and gain tangible tools to apply this ancient wisdom 24/7. This philosophy reminds us yoga is a lifestyle which is meant to help us in every aspect of our lives.

Friday 7/21:
6:15-8:15am Mysore

Pricing & info:
Full Intensive: $499

Svadhyaya Summit Registration: $599 Svadhyaya is the Sanskrit term for self study.

Includes – Monday through Friday practice intensive PLUS:

  • Limited audience Q&A session with David and Sara
  • Sara Intonato’s audio class bundle, which includes the Ashtanga yoga primary series, meditation, pranayama, and yoga philosophy lessons
  • David Robson’s full primary series class to drum beat

***For this limited, exclusive offer email Jessa@mandalayoga.com to secure your space.



David Robson is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto. With 100+ students each morning, he leads one of the world’s largest Mysore programs outside of India. After completing a degree in Comparative Religion, David made his first trip to Mysore, India in 2002, where he initiated studies with his teacher, Sharath Jois. Since then he has returned annually to deepen and enrich his practice and teaching, and was Authorized in 2007. In addition to teaching his Mysore program in Toronto, David teaches workshops and retreats around the world, and is the author of a popular series of instructional videos and recordings on Ashtanga which you can see at learntofloat.com.

 

Peru’s Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu May 6TH - MAY 13TH, 2017

1 ROOM REMAINS


I know you. You’re in excellent health. You have a wonderful family, a beautiful home, and you’re successful.

Life looks good on paper but you want more.

Something is missing but you shrug it off because you already have more than most.

 

Here’s what I want you to know:

  • You don’t have to apologize for wanting more.
  • I get it.
  • It took me a while to admit to myself I want more.
  • That I want to be more.
  • I have learned the deeper level of spiritual fulfillment is what really gets me high.

It excites me more than anything else. For me, a “good” day isn’t enough. I strive for each one to be magnificent and filled with inspiration.

This can only happen when we do the work. When we commit to focused yoga practice, meditation, and spiritual study, our life changes before our eyes.

That’s why you’re here, isn’t it?

To grow, to push the envelope, to challenge what everyone else is doing and chart the course of your own journey.

Because good isn’t good enough for you.

You want to live in your zone of genius, watching yourself transform and elevate your potential every day.

That’s why I have intentionally created a retreat to support us as we do just that.

This yoga retreat is a chance to take a deeper look at yourself, connect to what inspires you most, and discovering the tools you need live an inspired life everyday. No more going through the motions. This clarity is what empowers us to live in connection to our deepest potential EVERYDAY.

AND we will be doing this in the most energetically powerful place on earth! This retreat is not just a vacation.

It is a catalyst into the life you’ve always wanted to live.

If this sounds like the MORE you are looking for, you’re not going to want to miss Machu Picchu.


 

What’s Included:

Join me in Peru’s Sacred Valley as we visit Machu Picchu, participate in shamanic ceremonies and energy work, and nourish ourselves through yoga, meditation, clean food, culture, and body treatments.

 

The Location:

Peru’s Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

 

About the Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu:

Peru’s Sacred Valley, once home to the Inca Empire (1438-1533) runs between Cusco, once the capital of Incan civilization, and the legendary 15th-century city of Machu Picchu Also known as the Urubamba Valley, this fertile region s a tranquil and vast stretch of land steeped in Andean history and culture. For visitors, ancient Incan ruins, ceremonial sites, temples and an abundance of cultural activities beckon. For hikers, winding rivers, charming villages and high mountain meadows where herds of llama and alpaca graze await exploration. Nowhere else in the world can compare to the richness of beauty, culture, and spirit.

 

The Retreat Center:

Willka T’ika Guest House in Peru’s Sacred Valley, a premier inn and wellness retreat center situated between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Located in one of the most energetically charged places on earth, Willka T’ika prides itself on serving the spiritual and cultural needs of all guests seeking an authentic mind, body, spirit experience. Gourmet vegetarian cuisine, authentic Andean ceremonies, guided adventures through Incan sites, elaborate Chakra Gardens for healing relaxation, pampering spa treatments, and sunlit yoga studios highlight this one of a kind venue.

 

The Rooms:

Single and double occupancy rooms are available, in standard rooms or more spacious luxury rooms. Each room named for the Andean medicinal plant that grows at its doorstep.  The spacious luxury rooms, designed using feng shui principles, include a seating area and offer mountain and garden views. The cozy garden rooms, recently renovated, are tucked away in charming spots throughout the gardens. The bathrooms are modern and feature pure organic products.

 

Sample Daily Schedule:

  • 6:30am Ashtanga Yoga class
  • 8:30am Breakfast
  • 9:30am Yoga philosophy class
  • 10:30am Spa treatments and exploration of the chakra gardens
  • 1:00pm Lunch
  • 2:00pm Journey with our guide to the spectacular ruins of P’isaq. Overlooking impressive Incan terraces, the group is invited to hike to the Temple of the Sun, a doorway to the upper Andean world of the Condor, messenger of the Gods. As a group we walk silently in personal vision quest to open the third eye.
  • 3:30pm Return to the main square of P’isaq and visit the famous, colorful market filled with woven goods, jewelry, wall hangings and hand-painted beadwork. Enjoy café or tea in the market square where we observe colorfully dressed campesinos wearing traditional clothing coming to barter and sell their produce. P’isaq is a photographer’s dream.
  • 4:30pm Return to Willka T’ika for a late afternoon chakra garden meditation
  • 6:00pm Organic vegetarian dinner

 

Who this is for:

This retreat is perfect for yoga practitioners of all abilities who are looking to integrate more spirituality into their daily lives. A strong desire to learn is required. Individuals who appreciate a cultural experience in addition to yoga and self care are ideal participants. All levels of yoga practitioners are welcome.

 

Register:

  • $5200 per-person double occupancy
  • $5700 per-person single occupancy.
  • Upgrade to a luxury room for an additional $200 per-person.

Included in retreat price:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • 3 Lunches
  • Privately guided excursions of picturesque towns and Incan historical sites, including Machu Picchu
  • Airport Transfers
  • Daily Ashtanga Yoga classes
  • Daily meditation and yoga philosophy classes

 

Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers for different dates (should you want to extend your stay)
  • Lunch on days of air travel and certain excursions ($5-$10/day is sufficient)
  • Spa treatments
  • Laundry service
  • Gratuity for resort staff

 

Payment:

  • One payment of $5200 per-person for double occupancy, $5700 single occupancy.
  • 4 payments of $1300 per-person for double occupancy, $1425 single occupancy

 


REGISTER FOR MACHU PICCHU NOW

Please email Sara directly if you would like to pay by check.

 

Cancellation Policy:

Any cancellations received on or before January 31, 2017 will be refunded less $1,000 retreat deposit. No refunds are available after February 1, 2017. Individual participants are responsible for purchasing their own travel insurance.


 

Machu Picchu FAQ:

Q.Which flights do you recommend?
A.

Option 1:

Depart — Fri, May 511h 25m
11:20p — 6:00a Lands Sat, May 6
New York (JFK) — Lima (LIM)
LATAM Airlines 531  · 
Change planes in Lima (LIM)Layover - 2h 10m
8:10a — 9:45a
Lima (LIM) — Cusco (CUZ)
LATAM Airlines 2023  
Operated by Latam Airlines Peru
Return — Sat, May 1311h 40m
7:35p — 9:10p
Cusco (CUZ) — Lima (LIM)
LATAM Airlines 2068  ·
Operated by Latam Airlines Peru
Change planes in Lima (LIM)2h 30m
11:40p — 8:15a Lands Sun, May 14
Lima (LIM) — New York (JFK)
LATAM Airlines 530  
Option 2:
Depart — Fri, May 5, 201711h 25m
11:20p — 6:00a Lands Sat, May 6
New York (JFK) — Lima (LIM)
American Airlines 7739  · 
Operated by LAN Airlines
Change planes in Lima (LIM)Layover - 2h 10m
8:10a — 9:45a
Lima (LIM) — Cusco (CUZ)
American Airlines 7239  ·  Narrow-body Jet  ·  Airbus A320-100/200
Operated by Latam Airlines Peru
Return — Sat, May 1311h 40m
7:35p — 9:10p
Cusco (CUZ) — Lima (LIM)
American Airlines 7694  ·  Narrow-body Jet  ·  Airbus A320-100/200
Operated by Latam Airlines Peru
Change planes in Lima (LIM)2h 30m
11:40p — 8:15a Lands Sun, May 14
Lima (LIM) — New York (JFK)
American Airlines 7740  ·  Wide-body Jet  ·  Boeing 787-9
Operated by LAN Airlines

Any flight you take must arrive in Cusco, Peru by 11:00am on Saturday, May 6, 2017.
This is important in order to give yourself ample time to acclimate to the altitude. Please plan your return flight to depart Cusco, Peru no earlier than 4pm on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Q. What is the weather like in the Sacred Valley in May?
A. May is one of the driest months in the Sacred Valley, with rain being unlikely. Daytime temperatures will peak between 68-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Low temperatures will fall to 40 degrees during the night.

Q. Do I need to worry about the altitude?
A. The staff at Willka T’ika, our venue, guide us step by step as we adjust to the altitude of 11,000 feet above sea level. We spend our first night (May 6th), in a small hotel in Cusco. Getting as much rest/sleep as possible is crucial during the first 24 hours. Our guides provide us with nourishing food and cocoa leaf tea, a natural and plant based antidote to altitude sickness. Hydration, calm activities, and keeping the body warm are the best prevention.

Q. Are payment plans available?
A. Yes! Those who register in August 2016 may make 7 payments (once per month). Those who register before or during the month of December 2016 may make 4 payments, also once per month. The final balance is due by March 1, 2017.

Q. What is appropriate gratuity to give to the resort staff?
A. The resort has asked each person to bring an envelope with $10/day ($80/total) upon arrival to distribute amongst the Willka T’ika staff. Gratuity for our private guide for the week is at the discretion of the guest.

 


 

GALLERY

 

Sara Intonato - Breaking down the primary series SUNDAY, JAN 22, 2017

Ashtanga Yoga: Breaking Down The Primary Series

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22ND, 2017

2:00PM – 4:30PM

$65

Join level 2 Authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher, Sara Intonato, for a dynamic and informative afternoon. Using the traditional Sanskrit count and detailed instruction, we will demystify the most challenging aspects of the primary series. Called yoga chikitsa, or yoga therapy, discover the incredible healing aspects of this practice as you gain strength, both physically and mentally.

All levels are welcome

Bio: Sara Intonato (E-RYT 500, Authorized Level 2 Ashtanga Yoga), took her first yoga class as an 18 year old college student in Boston, Massachusetts. By the time she graduated from Boston University in 2003, Sara had already completed her 200 hour Hatha Yoga certification and begun focusing her practice and teaching in the Ashtanga tradition under the tutelage of David Swenson. In 2005 Sara made her first trip to Mysore, India to study under Guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and deepen her connection to the Ashtanga Yoga lineage. She continues to make annual trips there, furthering her practice with R. Sharath Jois, Guruji’s grandson whom has guided the tradition since his grandfather’s death in 2009.

Sara received her level one authorization to teach from R. Sharath Jois, director of the KPJAYI in Mysore in 2013. She was given her level two authorization in 2014. She is honored to perpetuate the lineage of Ashtanga Yoga. In New York, Sara remains connected to the tradition as a student of senior teacher Eddie Stern. She humbly dedicates her practice and teaching to her late Guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his family

One Day Yoga Retreat in Montauk! SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016

One Day Yoga Retreat in Montauk!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016

SOLD OUT

Please email Sara to get on waitlist


Are you ready to step off the hamster wheel? Even if it’s just for the day?

I know you’re thinking you can’t…

But I’m here to tell you it’s totally possible.

What if I told you that one day nurturing yourself will feel like two weeks? By making yourself priority for a single day and devoting time and energy to your yoga and meditation practices, applying yoga philosophy to every day life, eating organic and rejuvenating foods, and allowing ourselves to move at a slower pace we have the chance to renew balance in our lives.

If you’re ready to:
Press the pause button on life for just a day.
Find inspiration for your practice and life.
Receive support from a community of like-minded souls.
Surrender to the flow of life in this moment.
Develop a deeper connection to your self and community.

Then I’ve got exactly what you need.

How does this sound?


 

One Day Yoga Retreat in Montauk

  • 8:30am Check In, Tea, Coffee
  • 8:45am Introductions
  • 9:00am Guided Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series Class
  • 11:00am Brunch*
  • 12:00pm Yoga Philosophy Class #1
  • 1:00pm Cultivating Core Strength Workshop
  • 2:30pm Lunch
  • 3:30pm You Choose! Restorative Yoga with Reiki, Sound healing in the Montauk Salt Cave
  • 4:45pm Yoga Philosophy Class #2
  • 5:30pm Meditation
  • Final Blessings and Retreat Conclusion

*Our delicious vegan, gluten free, and organic meals are made with love and provided by Organic Krush. Coffee, tea, cold pressed juice, and vegan/paleo desserts included.

Are you ready?

Let’s do this.


SOLD OUT

Please email Sara to get on waitlist

Lead With Love Retreat - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2017

Is your life controlled by fear or directed by love?

Most spiritual traditions recognize love as the greatest healing force.

Yet, our lives are motivated by fear.
Our world is consumed by it.

We spew hateful words
We act defensively
We criticize and judge because we are afraid.

Love is the most fundamental energetic vibration. When we connect to love we rise above these lower behaviors and operate from a higher place. It’s the most vital action we can take.

But nobody puts “connecting to love” on their to-do list.

What if you did?

Only when you forgive yourself and love yourself can you really BE yourself.

Only when you are operating from your most centered, loving place can you live your best life.

Here’s how:

Lead With Love Retreat

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2017

Location: A private studio space in Plainview, NY


Schedule:

  • 8:00am Ashtanga Yoga full primary series class
  • 9:30-10:15am organic, plant based breakfast
  • 10:15-11:30am Heart chakra based philosophy and meditation
  • 11:30-12:30pm Law of attraction workshop: how forgiveness clears the way for manifesting your goals
  • 12:30pm Blessings and Retreat Conclusion

 

This special semi-private event is limited to 15 participants.
Early Bird Price for ONE WEEK ONLY (ends January 23rd): $310
Regular price: $360

 


Feedback from January’s mini-retreat

“This retreat surpassed my expectations. I loved how much thought, care and generosity were put into each aspect of the day.”

“I thought it would be the asana practice, but my favorite part of the retreat actually was the philosophy. I really enjoyed Sara’s perspective and how I was truly able to leave the retreat questioning and reflecting on my life and my journey.”

“The primary series class provided so much instruction in addition to being a fluid practice, it was like a workshop on its own. The inspiring and spiritual philosophy and meditations were wonderful. The whole retreat was put together so well.”

Create your MOST conscious year Mini-Retreat in Plainview, NY SATURDAY, JAN 7, 2017

Create your MOST conscious year Mini-Retreat
in Plainview, New York

SUNDAY, JANUARY 7TH, 2017

8:00AM – 12:30PM

$335

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Do you ever feel like you’re experiencing life from the passenger seat?
Holding on too tightly.
Twisting and turning.

What if I told you that you could be the driver this year?
You can chart the course of your own journey?

It’s time to do just that.
Life is not a dress rehearsal.
How do you want to show up in 2017?
How do you want your life to change?

You get to choose.

Immerse yourself in the ancient traditions of Ashtanga yoga, meditation, and the law of attraction to create the year you’ve always wanted to have.

No distractions, no false promises. Just you, yoga, and the power of your mind.

Here’s the plan:

Conscious Creation Mini-Retreat in Plainview, New York
Saturday, January 7, 2017

  • 8:00am-12:30pm
  • 8:00-9:30am Guided Ashtanga Primary Series
  • 9:30-10:15am Breakfast
  • 10:15-11:00am Yoga Philosophy Class
  • 11:00-11:30am Meditation
  • 11:30am-12:30pm Consciously Creating Your Best 2017
  • 12:30pm Blessings and Retreat Conclusion

Space is limited to 15 participants.

Taylor Hunt Oct 14, - Oct 16, 2016 at ABSOLUTE YOGA

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Dharma Talk with Taylor Hunt

Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Authorized Level II teacher, Taylor Hunt, for an evening discussing the philosophy behind the Ashtanga Yoga method. He will share his story and how the practice helped him find his true path. Learn how this transformational and healing practice can work in your life and how to overcome some of the roadblocks along the way.

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Mysore Style Class with Taylor Hunt

Sat, Oct 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join Taylor Hunt for a unique opportunity to receive individual attention and deepen your practice in a Mysore-style setting.

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FOUNDATIONS: Ground Your Practice with Taylor Hunt

Sat, Oct 15, 2016 at 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
With a careful anatomical understanding of the muscular and skeletal activation needed to access the natural external hip rotation available to everyone you will have fun exploring the interior spaces of your hip joints. Make contact with your hips and unlock their potential for movement.

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Mysore Style Class with Taylor Hunt

Sun, Oct 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join Taylor Hunt for a unique opportunity to receive individual attention and deepen your practice in a Mysore-style setting.

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Introduction to Second Series with Taylor Hunt

Sun, Oct 16, 2016 at 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
The second series is called nadi shodana which means to cleanse the nervous system. The series works on the subtle body by opening the channels allowing prana to move freely. In this workshop, we will take an in-depth look at the Second Series from alignment of the physical postures to the energetic qualities. Learn how to safely approach these challenging postures. Open to all levels but be prepared to work!

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TAYLOR HUNT is a devoted student of Ashtanga yoga. He makes yearly trips to Mysore, India to further his studies at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) under the guidance of his teacher, R. Sharath Jois. In 2013, after several extended trips, Taylor was granted Level 2 Authorization to teach from KPJAYI and has had the honor of assisting in the shala in India on two occasions. Taylor is dedicated to sharing the healing practice with others by teaching daily Mysore classes at Ashtanga Yoga Columbus and offering workshops around the country. He continues to inspire others through his accessible approach to the practice and story of personal transformation detailed in his recently published book “A Way From Darkness”. Taylor is also the director of the Trini Foundation that brings the life-changing practice of Ashtanga to those struggling with addiction.

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