Welcome to Yoga Immersions in Puerto Vallarta

Join Anna and Visiting Teachers in Beautiful Puerto Vallarta for a yoga retreat that will elevate the relationship to your practice and to your body and may bring clarity to your life. This is a time of exploring yoga - putting everyday life on hold so you can see clearly where you would like to make improvements. There will be no tension of your normal daily routine to distract you. Come and rejuvenate your body and clear your mind. This experience will have an impact on how you live yoga in your day-to-day life.

Restorative Yoga Module
Davannayoga Teacher Training
Lynette Suchar
May 14 & 15
11-2:30 each day

This restorative yoga module will be a glimpse into what restorative yoga is and why it is important to weave into our lives, as well as why it is important for yoga teachers to cultivate a safe and quiet space for students.

The module will include:

  • What is restorative yoga and why is it important
  • The three pillars of restorative yoga
  • The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system
  • Yoga nidra, vizualization, and intention-setting
  • Restorative Yoga postures
  • How to effectively use props to aid support and relaxation
  • Lanuage and silence
  • Develop your ability to observe and assist
  • Sequencing a restorative class

Note: This module is not a full restorative yoga teacher training certification but will give teachers a foundation of teaching restorative yoga and sesven hours of continuing education with Yoga Alliance.

Recommended reading: Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times (Judith Hanson Lasater)

Price: 1400 pesos for teachers who require a certificate of 7 CEU's & 1200 pesos for those not interested in the certificate

Biography of Lynette

Lynette is an E-RYT 500 hr certified yoga teacher whose teaching style focuses on both flow and alignment. She believes that we should explore yoga with compassion, a gentle determination, and a sense of humour. "I hope to inspire others by living a creative, inspired life." Lynette continues to study with Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini of Maya Yoga, a system that blends both Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga. She is a certified Relax and Renew® trainer with Judith Hanson Lasater and a certified yin teacher with Bernie Clark.

3 Day Retreat with Earle Birney
The Three Higher Trainings
June 3-5, 2016


The three days of this workshop mirror what is known in Buddhism as The 3 Higher Trainings (ethics, meditation, and wisdom). All spiritual practice can be found within these topics and to understand their interconnection is crucial in understanding the spiritual path. Participants will learn the fundamental differences and practices of the various paths of yoga, be given a road map of the meditative experience including the common problems and solutions for advancement, and look at the idea and feasibility of eliminating anger and all other negative emotions. Forever.

This retreat is for anyone:

  • looking for grass roots instructions on meditation, for those that feel stuck in their practice, or for anyone doing great but not sure how to take their meditation to the next level
  • interested in taking their yoga practice from the mat to the street, 24/7
  • struggling with negative emotions and wanting to find more joy in life

It is my hope that each participant will walk away with a strengthened personal practice and be inspired to engage with the world with new spiritual eyes while holding a bit of the wisdom of these great texts in their hearts.

Friday Evening, June 3
4-5: Introduction to Your Retreat
5-7pm: The Perfection of Wisdom: Distinguishing Between the Yogas - Lecture

kevalam râja-yoghâya hatha-vidyopadiŚyate || 2 ||

"I will teach you hatha yoga, but only as a means of reaching raja yoga!"

These opening lines of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika tell us that the physical yogic practices are a means, not an end. But a means to what?

In this class we will explore the different forms of yoga and tantra and look at how we can integrate these often lofty ideals into our everyday lives.

Saturday Morning, June 4th
The Perfection of Meditative Concentration

9-11am Yoga Asana Practice - Rooftop - Yoga of the 5 Winds - lead by Earle

An ashtanga based all levels class connecting postures to the 5 winds or vayus. Class will start with a short talk on the nature of the 5 winds, their connection to our thoughts, and how we can use them to further our practice of Yoga.

11-11:30 light breakfast break - fruit and agua fresca + home made gluten free, vegan items.

11:30-1:30 - 9 Stages, 5 Problems, and 8 Corrections - Lecture

Using the greatest meditation text of all time, Master Kamalashila's Steps to Meditation, we will look at how to establish a meditation practice… and the resulting problems once we do (I don’t want to meditate!); the solutions (there's 4 of 'em) and how we can then progress through the 9 stages of meditation resulting in "Samadhi".

Rest Time

4:30-6:30pm : Shamatha and Vipashyana Basics - Meditation Practice

A practical class consisting of a series of short meditations, a whole bunch of practical tips, and lots of time for questions and discussion.

Sunday 5th: The Perfection of Living an Ethical Way of Life

9-11 Asana practice with Anna - All levels Flow based on today's theme.

11-11:30 Light breakfast break - fruit and agua fresca, homemade gluten free, vegan items

11:30-1:30 - What to do When the Sh*t Hits the Fan! - Lecture

The Bodhisattvacharyavatara, or Guide to a Bodhisattva's Way of Life, by Master Shantideva, is one of the greatest spiritual texts of India. Apparently 1400 years ago in India, they had crappy days too, as in this text he outlines some beautiful advices on what to do when things get rough. This Chapter on 'Patience', the 2nd of the "6 Perfections", is where the rubber meets the road in spiritual practice!

Rest Time

4-6pm - Don't Leave Your Yoga on Your Mat! (Creating an Inspired Personal Practice) - Lecture and meditation.

What are the essential aspects of an inspired personal practice? How can I get the most bang for my spiritual buck? How can I move from working harder at spiritual practice to working smarter? Topics will include "a 6 Times Book", advices on 'developing the good heart' from the Kadampa lineages, and a short introduction to the 9 part 'joy of impermanence' meditation.

Earle Birney Biography

Having completed a 14 year program in advanced Buddhist studies that culminated in a 3 year 3 month 3 day silent retreat at Diamond Mountain University, Earle has been teaching workshops and youth retreats around the world.

Earle has extensively studied the yogic scriptures from both the Buddhist and traditional Hindu perspectives. Now the goal has become making these teachings real through the integration of these systems into a modern yogic lifestyle and sharing these teachings and experiences with others.

Earle's workshop focus is to bring traditional authentic teachings down to a relevant practical level and hopes to do so in a joyful, good hearted way.

Cost: $240 USD for all three days
You can attend one day only or one session only. Contact Anna for pricing of individual days or individual sessions.

Here's How To Reserve Your Space:
1. Send an email to Anna (anna@davannayoga.com) with your request to register
2. Send your deposit of $100.00usd to: paypal.me/earlebirney
or drop by davannayoga to register and make your deposit

Your deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable except in the unlikely event that this retreat is cancelled by the event organizers, then your deposit will be refunded in full by Earle Birney.

For Questions, please contact Anna: anna@davannayoga.com

FEBRUARY 6-11, 2017

FEB. 15-21, 2016

Photos from past Davannayoga Retreats
Housing Recommendations (if Housing is not included in your immersion/retreat package)

All of these are within a 10 min. walk to Davannayoga:

You must let them know you're taking the immersion course with davannayoga for any special pricing that they may be offering

CasaDulce Vida: www.dulcevida.com

Hotel Catedral: http://www.hotelcatedralvallarta.com

Casa De Amigos Guest House: http://CasaDeAmigosPV.com

Dream Studios: http://aliciabueno.blogspot.mx/

Frida's Artist Retreat: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/895029

Vista Pacifico: www.suitesvistapacifico.com/

Bed and Pizza Youth Hostel: http://www.bed-pizza.com

Oasis Youth Hostel: http://oasishostel.com/en/index.html

Hostal Vallarta Suites: http://hostalvallartasuites.com/

Youth Hostels

Bed and Pizza (youth hostel with some private rooms available bunk beds about 11$ daily) will make a great deal for long term stays (8 min. bus ride to davannayoga) http://www.bed-pizza.com

Oasis Hostel - 3 blocks from davannayoga - you want the one in old town near the cathedral (there are two) http://oasishostel.com/en/index.html

New hotel/hostal with suites this season! It is economical, clean, and only steps away from Davannayoga. A more upscale version of a hostal with suites (bathrooms in the bedrooms). http://hostalvallartasuites.com/

A look inside a Yoga Immersion at Davannayoga
Here is your view during morning yoga practice on the rooftop!
Ley Lines


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