This is a perfect opportunity to experience Panama’s beauty and positive energy while making your well-being the utmost priority on this yoga retreat. Come and unplug, connect to nature, meet nice people, and deepen your yoga practice with the guidance of your skilled and intuitive teacher Yasmin. You will have a chance to do yoga, meditate, appreciate nature, daily tours and excursions, and as a bonus, you will get a certificate in yoga and Ayurveda healing!
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You will be accommodated for two nights at Central Hotel Casco Viejo and six nights at Mount Totuma Cloud Forest Lodge in shared double and private room occupancy basis.
The historic hotel is located in the Casco Antiguo of Panama City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, next to the Panama Interoceanic Canal Museum and facing the Plaza de Independencia. Located opposite the Cathedral, the hotel is just steps away from the Municipal Palace, and is close to the Presidential Palace, along with other attractions in the area.
The Central Hotel opened its doors for the first time in 1874. It hosted guests such as Theodore Roosevelt and Count Ferdinand de Lesseps among other public figures of the time. The Central Hotel was the first hotel in Panama, serving as a “rendezvous” for all of the passengers who traveled to the American continent, and becoming famous throughout the western hemisphere for offering high-style European and American services at reasonable prices.
Construction work on the building has been completed. This work consisted of totally restructuring the building while maintaining the façade and respecting the original structure. The hotel is unique given its location, modern appearance, history, and institutional connections. The hotel features 135 rooms, a pool, restaurant, bar, and spa.
Mount Totumas´ cabins were built from sustainable timber harvested from the reserve´s second growth forests and, where possible, dead or dying trees were harvested. Mount Totumas supports the local cottage industries. All the furniture in the cabins was made by local craftsman using the lodge´s own timber. All rooms come with a private bathroom and the upper suites even come with a private balcony offering stunning views over the cloud forest.
Mount Totumas is powered with renewable energy from micro hydro power station and guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi.
A sister-science to yoga, Ayurveda is a healing modality, which is also indigenous to India. It has been practiced as a medical system for more than 5000 years and is still highly effective and widely used. The word Ayurveda means “science of life” or “lore of life” in Sanskrit. The guiding principle of Ayurveda is to promote health through the balance of the five natural elements; earth, water, fire, air, and space (ether).
Due to the unique qualities of these elements, it is believed that their pairing creates three distinct energetic constitutions or “doshas”. Within the human body, the three doshas are known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each has specific mental attributes and handles certain functions, such as digestion, hormonal activity, and communication.
Vata is composed of air and space elements and controls all movements in the body’s circulation, breath, voice, transportation of nutrients to cells, communication between nerves and excretion of waste. Vata is also associated with creativity and adaptability.
Pitta, comprised of fire and water elements, is responsible for digestion, metabolism of nutrients and production of cell energy. Pitta also ignites our passion, courage and intelligence.
Kapha is made up of earth and water elements and handles bones, lubrication, cell membrane structure as well as growth and development from fetus to adult. Emotionally, Kapha is also about compassion, reliability, and memory.
Ayurvedic treatments include custom food plans, daily routines, herbal remedies, poultices, breathing techniques, yoga, and other therapies such as oleation, massage, and chakra balancing.
Born in India more than 5000 years ago, yoga was originally practiced strictly by men for the purpose of spiritual development. Away from the distractions of women and family life, these yogis spent their time in long periods of meditation. They developed yoga asanas (postures) in order to build their stamina and bring balance to the physical and energetic bodies.
This pre-meditation ritual became known as “Hatha yoga” or “sun-moon yoga”, referring to the solar and lunar energies, as well as to other opposing, yet complementary, forces. The word “yoga”, in its rudimentary connotation, stems from the Sanskrit word “yuj”, which means to connect or to unite. Thus by definition, everything people do, be it making a salad or making love, can be a yoga and a union of supreme consciousness.
This immersion program helps develop and deepen personal practice. Therapeutic yoga practices, meditation, breathing exercises, postural alignment, joint mobility exercises, nutrition counseling and Ayurvedic techniques are included. Learn simple principles to support digestion, sleep, graceful aging, immunity, weight management, increased energy and general happiness, and well-being.
The intention of Yoga + Ayurveda Healing I is to offer life enhancing tools to better understand oneself, to promote healing and improve your quality of life (mind, body, and spirit).
The curriculum for this certification will include:
Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program. This certificate can be used for personal development, continuing education credits, or towards a 200 or 300-hour therapeutic yoga teacher certification.
On arrival to Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, you will be met by an Ancon Expeditions of Panama driver and transferred to your hotel in Casco Viejo, the historical district in Panama City. Tonight, you will meet your host and Yoga teacher Yasmin for a welcome briefing. You may join her for a night walking tour in Casco Viejo and optional dinner at Ochoymedio. Overnight stay at Central Hotel.
This morning you will be transferred to Panama City’s domestic airport at to catch a 50-minute flight to David, capital of the Chiriqui province, in western Panama. Chiriqui is the country´s “breadbasket” contains some of the most breathtaking highland scenery in Central America. After arrival to David Airport, you continue for approximately 90 minutes to the western side of the Volcano.
Strategically located between the highlands and lowlands of Chiriqui, Finca Ceriana forms part of a privately protected area for the conservation of flora and fauna in the region. One of its unique characteristics is the number of bird species and other animals from the upper and lower mountain areas. The property is part of the biological corridor that hosts the famous volcano lagoons and a large variety of animal and plant species.
The total area counts 10 hectares of protected land and nearly two kilometers of nature trails, in addition to one of the most beautiful views to Costa Rica’s Golfo Dulce, or sweet golf, and Osa pensinsula as well as to Punta Burica in Panama. Once at Finca Ceriana, you will enjoy a nature hike through three kilometers of beautiful trails and then you descend to the lower part of the farm for a gourmet picnic under beautiful Cedar trees.
From Finca Ceriana, you will continue for another 20 kilometers West, and for most part of the journey you will be on a very irregular and rough mountain road, which can only be maneuvered by a good 4×4 car until you reach Mount Totumas, the highest eco lodge in Panama at 6300 feet (1900 meters). Its mission is to protect and preserve the 400 acres of Mount Totumas Cloud Forest that represent an important buffer zone for the wilderness of La Amistad National Park.
Get settled and enjoy a welcome dinner and orientation with Yasmin.
After a Yoga Ayurveda flow light morning practice and reviewing highlights from the week you will enjoy a hearty breakfast at Mount Totumas and then descend with Yasmin in 4×4 vehicles back to the town of Volcan. Experience the Volcano Lakes via sit-on top kayak. Kayaking on Las Lagunas is a special experience because the Lakes are the highest natural lakes and wetlands in Panama and the fifth highest aquatic ecosystem in Central America.
While kayaking enjoys breathtaking views, the beautiful surrounding tropical forest, world-class birding, and amazing wildlife. After a healthy lunch at the Janson’s beautiful family farm, you will learn more about the estate’s award-winning coffee through a brief tour and introduction followed by a coffee and tea tasting. The Janson’s saw that Geisha had proven its excellence and acceptance worldwide. Thus, they decided to increase the production of the Geisha on the Family Farm. %Today, the Farm is a ‘Geisha Estate’ with over 50 percent planted in the Geisha Arabica variety of coffee. Janson Geisha is known for its excellence and micro-roasted on the farm in Volcan. The Janson Coffee Farm is at the perfect altitude, has rich volcanic soil, and hosts a special microclimate that the Geisha Coffee thrives in. Late afternoon you will be transferred to David Airport to catch the domestic flight back to Panama City.
You will be dropped off at your hotel in Casco Viejo and Yasmin may join you for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant in the old own before you say goodbye. Overnight stay at Central Hotel.
Today you will be transferred to Tocumen Airport two and a half to three hours prior to your scheduled departure flight. Pre- and post-experiences to the beach or other regions of Panama can be added upon request.
Yasmin Fudakowska-Gow is a professional wellbeing coach, speaker, and writer. She's an accredited naturopathic doctor specializing in Ayurveda and has taught yoga around the world for over 15 years. In 2010, she completed 108 days of 108 sun salutations and then became the first woman to break the Guinness World Record for the longest yoga marathon lasting 32 hours.
This retreat will take place in Panama City, David, Finca Ceriana, Mount Totumas, and Las Lagunas.
The price of the package includes daily delicious meals.
Please book your flight to arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Yasmin Yoga + Ayurveda will pick you up from the airport.
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