A Gentle Way: Customizing Yoga to Support You and Your Body
Lanita Varshell, E-RYT 500, owner of A Gentle Way Yoga & Joyful Movement Center in San Diego, was one of the first plus-size yoga teachers to successfully open a studio and build a loyal following…
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For all levels; especially beneficial for the larger, aging, or neglected body.
Discover an intuitive side of yoga that is safe, slow, playful, and deceptively deep. Somewhere between classical hatha yoga, Yin Yoga, and restorative yoga is Lanita’s trademarked Aalamba Yoga®, created at her Gentle Way Yoga and Joyful Movement Center in California.
Aalamba means “support” in Sanskrit, and Aalamba Yoga is customized to meet the needs of each individual, from the largest, newest student to the most stressed-out yoga teacher or executive.
This retreat includes
- Specific yoga postures and techniques to release physical and emotional tightness
- A "Yoga for Your Back, Your Spine, and Your Mind" floor-based program
- Modifications for popular postures so you can practice safely in group classes
- Highly effective breathing and relaxation techniques that awaken the healer within.
Your most advanced practice this week is not about how much you can do, but how much you can let go.
Recommended Reading and practice Gentle Yoga with Lanita (CD available at www.agentleway.com); Roger Jahnke, The Healer Within (HarperOne); Alice Christensen, Yoga of the Heart: Ten Principles of Achieving Limitless Growth, Confidence, and Inner Harmony (Rodale Press).
- 22 credits for Athletic Trainers (BOC), $30 additional charge
- 22 credits for Yoga Alliance (YA), $30 additional charge
- room & meals pricing
9:00 am–5:00 pm, Monday–Friday
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Choice of Accommodations
Rates below reflect total housing costs for all program nights.
The dorms allow for 5–22 people per room, and offer simple bunk beds and nearby hall bathrooms.
- Standard Rooms
- $565 and up
These spare and peaceful rooms measure 8' x 12' and include a double or queen-size bed or platform twin beds.
- Standard Plus Rooms
- $860 and up
These quiet rooms are perfect for those who want a real retreat, and include simple décor, a double or queen-size bed, or twin beds.Learn More