Jo Ann Yoga

2021 Retreats

I am very excited to offer two retreats this fall. Both will take place at the Guadalupe Abbey Monastery located in Pecos, NM. These in-person yoga retreats will be restorative and strengthening.

3-day retreat September 17, 18, 19, 2021

The focus of the retreat is
Regaining the Enthusiasm for LIFE!

“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” B.K.S. Iyengar

The Focus

Our lives have been disrupted in various ways. And now more than ever, we have to reconnect with our family and friends. We yearn to return to normalcy, whatever it may be. With many uncertainties, we want to continue building healthy and enriching relationships.

First and foremost, we have to reconnect with our bodies and with our sensory organs. Take stock of what may have changed and what is bothering us lately. Then, without judgment, we have to address the changes, the ailments, and the pains. Therefore during the retreat, we will address them one by one and regain the consciousness of your body and senses. The beauty lies within us, and in nature that surrounds us at the monastery. I will guide you in this process, and with each move, you will consciously attain physical and emotional wellbeing. During our afternoon walk, I will remind you of your senses by making astute observations about nature. You will sharpen the awareness of your senses and feel the moisture coming off the river, and see the sun’s rays glistening through leaves in the trees.

Iyengar yoga teaches us how to become aware and with every restorative breath regain the power of the senses. While we remain in the present during the retreat, we also want to learn how to set healthy goals for your daily yoga practice and for the future. Most importantly, we want to breathe consciously, remain nimble, and learn to use our senses to the fullest.

Ultimately, this retreat will teach you to regain enthusiasm for life and give the tool kit to respond positively to whatever may come.

4-day retreat October 8, 9, 10, 11, 2021

The focus of this retreat is
Embrace your restoration and reclaim your strength!

“Breath is the king of mind.” B.K.S. Iyengar

The Focus

Breathing is the most essential function we perform. Without a breath, we cannot exist, and yet we do not know how to breathe. During yoga, we are instructed to “breathe consciously” to connect with the subtle energy within.

Breathing enables us to remain present; it oxygenates the blood and assists fresh nutrients in reaching all peripheral vessels and capillaries. Also, controlled breathing can induce relaxation. When you are happy, for instance, the corners of your mouth turn up automatically, and the edges of your eyes crinkle in a characteristic expression. Conversely, when you feel frightened, in pain, or tense and uncomfortable, your breathing speeds up and becomes shallower.

Multiple studies have proven the positive impact of breathing on the mental, emotional, and physical state. And yet, in a stressed situation, we hold our breath or breathe faster and exacerbate the panic attacks through a vicious circle: fear triggers faster breathing, which increases anxiety.

In this retreat, we will learn about our respiratory, circulatory, nervous, muscular, and skeletal systems. We will learn sequences that relate to each system. And we will learn to re-learn how to breathe consciously. We will explore the interconnectivity between the systems through pranayama exercises and learn how to regulate our breathing to respond to stressful situations. Most importantly, the Iyengar yoga poses we will practice will help us restore our wellbeing and reduce symptoms of long-term stress.

If you have additional questions,
please do not hesitate to contact Jo Ann.