Villa Sumaya in Guatemala Yoga Vacation Retreat

When: 15 Nov 2014 - 22 Nov 2014 (Sat - Sat, 7 nights)
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Villa Sumaya

Villa Sumaya, featured in Taschen's Great Yoga Retreats, is an eco oriented, full service, retreat center, and hotel,  serendipitously  situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Atitlan (at 1,500 ms/4,500 ft ASL). With an uninterrupted vista punctuated only by a skyline of three perfect volcanoes, Villa Sumaya is the ultimate high for romantics and adventurers in search of rest, reflection and ageless natural beauty. Our unpretentious, thatch roofed complexes, have luxurious rooms, private baths and patios.  Our property boasts spacious gardens, café/bar, gift shop, hot tub, sauna, and outdoor pergolas that are all set beautifully in the natural surroundings. We specialize in group packages that can accommodate up to 33 guests comfortably and also cater to individuals who want to create their own personal retreat.  There are lots of great options! We are located in Santa Cruz la Laguna on Lake Atitlan, in Guatemala, a 15 minute boat ride from Panajachel.

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Debbie Mathew; Experienced 500hr Yoga Alliance Certified

Debbie Mathew on practicing yoga.

"It has truly been the guiding light of my evolution as a human being. When I explore the practice and wisdom of yoga deeply, I gain wisdom, compassion and feel the expression of my greatest potential."

Yoga CV

I have been practicing yoga since 1981, having fallen in love with the practice after my first class. Since then I have explored many differing traditions, and integrated the various practices that resonated with me, into my own teaching style.

I began with the intelligent alignment proffered by BKS Iyengar. This yoga master’s focus on the slow and steady building of body awareness, and the importance of alignment and props, laid a solid foundation for my practice and teaching. I continued solely studying with Iyengar trained teachers through the early 1990’s.

In 1993, I moved to the Rocky Mountains, and for many years attended the annual Estes Park Yoga Journal Conference, where I practiced with a variety of teachers, representing many hatha traditions, from Kundalini (with Gurmukh), to Astanga (Richard Freeman), Iyengar (Judith H. Lasetar, Patricia Walden, Rodney Yee).

I began teaching yoga full time in 2003, in Laramie, WY, opening a downtown studio in 2005, the same year I became certified through Yoga Alliance: RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher – 200 hour training).

My interests expanded into the more subtle teachings of breath work (Pranayama) and meditation. So I deepened my studies with longer workshops and trainings with Tias Little (Prajna Yoga), Saraswati Buhrman (RMIYA – teachings of Baba Hari Das), and Richard Miller, with whom I did a Yoga Nidra training. I continued studies with Aadil Palkivala (Purna Yoga), with whom I completed a therapeutic teacher training, some of which involved the use of the Wall Rope System.

From 2006 onwards, I began teaching numerous workshops, in addition to the regular classes. In 2009, private consultations for therapeutic purposes evolved, which has expanded greatly since 2012, when I focused upon the therapeutic applications of yoga during the 500 hour certification program with Joseph and Lillian Le Page.

I am also venturing more deeply into Ayurvedic studies, as they apply to yoga practices (asana, pranyamana, meditation) and nutrition.

I continue to teach a variety of classes, workshops and do private and semi-private consultations to engage rebalancing of physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of being human. See more photos and other events by this presenter

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