COSTA RICA RETREAT
MARCH 7-14, 2020

| MEDITATE | PRACTICE | SURF | CELEBRATE | CEREMONY |


The week in Dominical, Costa Rica will begin with morning meditation and contemplation, followed by a locally sourced breakfast, at the gorgeous Casa Nautika run by dear friends Jon Sam and Jessica Petrone. You will enjoy a variety of the following activities; daily Yoga, surfing, jungle – plant medicine walks at The Living Library. Evenings with live music, & led ceremony with Colleen Lila and Jessica Petrone, Eco-Psychologist.

Additional bookings for massage/thai bodywork, horseback rides on the beach and
ocean boat rides can also be made available per request.

The retreat will be book-ended with opening and closing ceremony. Both will include, live music, libations and traditional cacao ceremony. Cacao ceremony has been practiced by the indigenous people of the Amazon as a way to celebrate and feel good for ages.

Please see the list of benefits below ??

To register or reserve for this retreat please contact Colleen at:

colleenlilayoga@gmail.com


Retreat Cost:

private luxury suite/private bath: $2200 single/ $3900 double occupancy
jungle view room: $1800/ $3200 double occupancy
ocean view room: $1800/ $3200 double occupancy
???? shared room: $1300. (bunks)
???? the jungle den: $1800/ $3200 double occupancy


My passion for treating victims of trauma began with my own experience.
In our community, we use the word empath as a marker of kindness, intuitiveness, sensitivity -it implies being spiritually attuned.

I didn’t know until recently that origins of empathic tendencies are rooted in childhood abuse and neglect.

I had little knowledge of the link between empaths or co-dependents and Cluster B Personality Disorders.

While I knew a lot about PTSD, I didn’t know about a much more difficult to treat form of PTSD called, CPTSD (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

CPTSD, is defined as repeated trauma experienced in a situation in which the individual cannot escape and is dependent on the abuser and often includes -a double bind or catch 22 scenario.


I didn’t know that empaths, are often the escapees of abusive families, and without treatment and knowledge -are the most vulnerable for re-enacting familiar abuse cycles with teachers, students, friends, and romantic partners who have Cluster B Personality Disorders.


But now that I know – I see the dynamic playing out everywhere.


The good news is Yoga and meditation have been proven to help people recover from PTSD and CPTSD.

It happens by a process of reclaimation. Feeling the feels, and telling the truth about the abuse. Then aligning the world view closer to reality and facing the truth by telling the story and re-experiencing it as it actually was. This requires abandoning coping mechanisms that once served the individual; such as, magical thinking and neurotic naivety. Then the individual can learn to keep themselves safe.

In order to begin to do this the brain needs to heal. Simple cues like; grounding into the feet, and using deep diaphragmatic breathing stimulates the somatic sensory cortex and helps to enlarge the hippocampus. While meditation improves the neurological pathways between the limbic and the prefrontal cortex, which increases memory and helps to restore vital function and reduces the intensity of emotional flashbacks.

In my up coming 300 hr Yoga training, we will discuss in great detail how to use Yoga as a tool for recovery. How to use trauma sensitive language and concepts, to help our students heal and to help ourselves become more real and identify unhealthy systems.

We will explore why and how we get stuck and how to inspire others.
We will learn about self-love and self-care which is often linked to diet or beauty regimens, these surface concerns barely scratch the surface of what keeps us repeating patterns that are less than ideal.

Self-care isn’t a discipline but rather an outpouring of intrinsic, unwavering self-worth.

First the work and then the payouts naturally unfold.


Ayurveda, uses herbs and spices to aid the body in the digestive process, (dipana, enhances agni,while pacana, burns ama /toxins). Many of these spices have been widely used by culinary traditions around the globe but little is understood about the various medicinal benefits of these herbs apart from flavor enhancement.

Below is a list of the most common Ayurvedic kitchen herbs and the benefits of each. Use them skillfully and keep your digestive system working smoothly.

Some things you should know about Herbology in the Ayurvedic tradition: K= kapha, P= pitta, V= vata. The symbol – means reduces and + means increases. Vipaka- refers to the post-digestive effect, which is the ultimate effect the herb has on the body and therefore the dosa. This effect takes place in the second stage of digestion in the lower small intestine. Generally, a pungent vipaka is good for kapha and vata (so long as it’s not too drying, or too often) and increases pitta, which is already firey, sweet vipaka is good for vata and pitta, but is building and therefore not good for kapha. Sour vipaka is good for vata.
Virya, refers to the temperature of the herb, we generally describe these as being either, heating (usna) or cooling (sheeta), vata and kapha dosha benefit from a usna virya or heating effect, whereas, pitta requires a sheet vireo. Understanding, the virya of each herb makes all difference when choosing herbs for the individual. Which is why I have compiled a list of the most common kitchen herbs listing benefits, special effects (prabhava) and the post digestive effect.
GINGER- zingiber officinale, KV-P, used for all vikruti (imbalances)- KVP, vipaka- sweet, Virya- heating.

Therapeutic Actions: digestive stimulant, rejuvenative, carminative, aphrodisiac, vasodilator, anti-spasmodic, diaphoretic, anti-cholesterol, expectorant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, promotes voice.

Traditionally used for, colds, flus, abdominal pain, indigestion, vomiting, nausea, hemorrhoids, motion sickness, belching, arthritis, heart disease, headaches, hypothermia, laryngitis.

Widely used for it’s ability to alleviate motion sickness, but also for it’s anti-microbial and antioxidant properties. Ginger stimulates peripheral circulation. I use it in formula to move medicine into the deeper and peripheral tissues, this action is called a catalyst.

TURMERIC- curcuma longa, K-PV+ (in excess), in moderation


it is tridoshara. Vipaka- pungent, Virya- heating

Therapeutic Actions: alterative (‘blood cleaning’), antibiotic,
antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, antioxidant,
antiseptic, antispasmodic, cardiovascular stimulant, carminative,
stimulant,vulnerary, analgesic (pain relieving).

Traditionally used for indigestion, poor circulation, skin disorders and lung issues, such as bronchitis and coughs, rheumatoid disorders and arthritis, infections, hemorrhoids, parasites, gallstones and anemia, IBS, yeast infections, has anti-hepatotoxic effects. High in Magnesium, silicon and potassium.

Widely used for it’s anti-inflammatory benefits. this plant has been studied at length for it’s positive effect in protecting the brain from developing plaque. For more information on these finding read this PubMed article here. Precautions, Turmeric is a blood thinner and is the source for drugs such as Wayfarin. If already using blood thinners speak with your Dr. about dosages.

NOTE* 100mg-1500mg considered a medicinal dose!

BLACK PEPPER- piper nigrum, KV-P+, Used to reduce Kapha and Vata, Vipaka- pungent, Virya- heating

Therapeutic Actions: stimulant, expectorant, carminative, febrifuge,
anthelmintic, emmenagogue.

Traditionally used as a way to reduce toxic accumulation
in the intestines. Used to increase metabolic action,
sinus congestion, poor circulation,
amenorrhea, and helps ti increase absorption of nutrients.

Black pepper is one of the most useful stimulants because it adds a penetrating power to other herbs aiding and promoting absorption. In fact, black pepper with turmeric increases bioavailability by 90%!!! Black pepper is heating and can further aggravate Pitta dosa, therefore incases where pitta is activated pippali (long pepper) is a better choice.

CUMIN- cumimum cyminum, KV-P= (in excess P +),
Vipaka- pungent, Virya- mildly heating. Primarily for rasa (plasma) and rakta (blood).

Therapeutic Actions: carminative, alterative, stimulant,
antispasmodic, galactagogue, aphrodisiac.

Cumin has the special action (Prabhava) of balancing all dosas, it can be added to any combined formula to
harmonize the actions of other plants.
It is especially effective on the 5 bhuta agnis, which are the liver enzymes. Combined with Fennel, this herb acts as a powerful galactagogue, prompting lactations and reducing colic. There are no precautions. Daily use is recommended for assimilation and absorption of nutrients.

CORIANDER/CILANTRO- coriandrum sativum, PKV=, Vipaka- sweet, Virya- mildly heating
Bladder and skin.

Therapeutic Actions: diuretic, alterative, diaphoretic,
carminative, stimulant, antiseptic.

Coriander has a special action of helping to balance pitta dosa
i.e. too much fire in your energy, heat in your face, spreading
rashes, rage and judgment. It has the ability to stimulate digestion
without aggravating pitta dosa.

Traditionally used to treat saamapitta
disorders (toxic heat) and Vata disorders of the blood and urine,
such as, bladder infections.

Coriander is the seed of Cilantro. Cilantro is said to aide in the removal
of heavy metals from the blood and tissues, because of it’s high levels on selenium.
‘It is both a chelator – moving heavy metals out of the body and a mobilizer, moving mercury and other heavy metals from deeper stores to more readily removal areas’ -National Integrated Health Associates. To read more on removing neurotoxins from the body read this article.

FENNEL: foeniculum vulgare, VK-P=, Vipaka- sweet, Virya- slightly heating rasa (plasma), rakta (blood), mamsa (muscle), majja (nerves). Tridoshic spice.

Therapeutic Actions: carminative, stomachic, diuretic, digestive stimulant, antispasmodic, expectorant,
galactagogue.

Fennel is indicated whenever there is digestive trouble and can be used safely by all ages. Excellent for all kinds of colic pain. The fruit or bulb has a tonic effect for the nervous system and is sattvic for the mind.It has the social effect (prabhava) for being helpful in lactation. There are no precautions for this herb.


CARDAMON: elettaria cardamomum, VK-P=, Vipaka- sweet, Virya- cooling cardamon

Therapeutic Actions: expectorant, carminative, stomachic, diaphoretic, digestive, stimulant, mild-antiseptic.

Cardamon, highly regarded as a digestive spice. It’s increases digestive enzymes, which we call agni in Ayurveda. It is a highly effective spice for balancing vata related digestive issues, of irregularity. Cardamon is safe for nursing mothers to drink, for digestive relief passing through the milk to relive colic symptoms. It is believed to cleanse the 5 pranas of the body directly working with prana and samana vayu. Cardamon taken with caffeine helps to reduce the toxicity of caffeine on the liver.

CINNAMON: cinnamomum zeylanicum, VK-P+, Vipaka- sweet, Virya- heating. Works on (dhatus),

rasa (plasma), rakta (blood), mamsa (muscle), majja (nervous system).

Therapeutic Actions: diaphoretic, carminative, stimulant, expectorant, diuretic, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antiseptic, analgesic, alterative, vermifuge.

Cinnamon is traditionally used as an expectorant helping to break up mucus, relive congestion of colds and flus. Also helpful for chronic lung disorders and recent evidence suggests its excellent for stabilizing blood sugar levels. High doses should be avoided when pregnant. It is also known to reduce arterial tension, so should be avoided where cases of extreme low blood pressure are a concern.


GARLIC:allium sattivum, VK-P+, Vipaka- sweet in raw form/pungent in dry or oily form, Virya- heating, rasa (plasma), rakta (blood), media (adipose tissue), majja (nervous system), sukra/artava (reproductive).

Therapeutic Actions: stimulant/catalyst, expectorant, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, antibiotic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, anti-parasitic, rejuvenate, alterative, hypotensive.

Traditionally used to alleviate colds and flus but in contraindicated for pittas dues to it’s highly rajasic nature. But can be roasted with oil to lessen the rajas qualities. It is also good for controlling cholesterol and also good for helping to manage arteriosclerosis. It is an APHRODISIAC so bring on the garlic breath!!




Namaste,

We have moved into Vata season, governed by the elements, air + ether. It is at juncture in seasons and in life, that are we are most vulnerable to creating imbalance in our bodies.

Like the planet, our bodies hang in delicate homeostasis, there are many external factors that can disrupt this balance. These external factors are termed parinama samyoga- temporal factors which include: passage of time, seasonal changes, life and cycle changes. It is during this time that it is most important for us to follow a diet that decreases the accumulation of dosha before it enters deeper layers of tissue, this diet is alleviating or in sanskrit, prasama.
In Fall this diet is primarily based in local seasonal, organic vegetables like squashes and green leafy vegetables that are rich, unctuous, and deeply grounding, such as root vegetable. Ayurveda is the oldest continuously practiced medicine that remains relevant and current as it is faithful to the rhythms of the planet and the smaller rhythms of the individual seeking to bring the individual into harmony with the larger rhythms of the surrounding world. The primary aim is to avoid disease states, in Ayurveda the term disease state has a much broader definition than in western medicine. A disease state, according to Ayurveda is a state of imbalance that began as the accumulation of too much of one or two elements in the body. The way to overcome accumulation in the body id through the, Three Pillars of Health.

The Three Pillars of Health:
Ahara-diet
Vihara-lifestyle
Ausada- herbs


Sancaya-? Prakopa-? Prasama-?


SEASONAL CHANGES:
Dosa Spring Summer Fall/Winter
Vata ? ? ?
Pitta ? ? ?
Kapha ? ? ?

In Ayurveda states of disease all classified in stages, alleviation becomes more difficult as we progress through the stages of disease.

Six Stages of Disease:
Sancaya: accumulation
Prakopa: aggravation
Prasara: dissemination
Sthanasamsraya: localization
Vyakti: manifestation
Bheda: differentiation
Stages of disease manifest in the order listed above. The aggravated doshas move through the bodies channels, from the center to the periphery. The two mobile dhatus are rasa (plasma) and rakta (blood).

Vrddhi-increased state, Ksaya-decreased state. In the prasara stage we can see the dosha vrddhi signs, we can see some systemic manifestations of the dosa, ex. extreme dryness of the skin, blackish coloring. If we do not get balanced in the prasara stage we move into sthanasamsrayastage, the angry dosha moves along in rasa and rakta settle into a vulnerable place in the body called, khaivagunya= kha-space, vaigunya-impairment/defect. A Khavaigunya can be a genetic predisposition, a previous injury or an area of continued abuse of neglect in the body.

In vata signs of an increase appear as emaciation.
ABNORMAL STATES OF THE DOSAS, DHATUS & MALAS:

Vriddhi Lakshanas: vata- emaciation, catabolic process on the body, it doesn’t build it depletes.
Temples hollow
Veins
blackish/grayish/ashen discoloration in the skin- circles under the eyes
Joints prominent
Dehydrated
Abnormality, tics, tremors, roll shoulders, turn head, antsy, quivering lips, spasms/fine tremors in the muscles, heart palpitations etc. end of the range, epilepsy, Parkinson’s
Constipation- painful, dry, hard, infrequent, ease of transit and/or frequency changes. Bowels should move every day, it’s not ‘optimal’ to move bowels less, output and input should be balanced, toxins getting reabsorbed, water is getting reabsorbed. Three different herbal remedies to get them to do this is probably not best, bloating discomfort, passing gas are signs they need help.
Loss of sense, poor taste perception, loss of feeling, tinnitus,insomnia -vata governs the 5 senses, if it’s eyes but the eyes are red then it could be pitta and vata, two dosas involved.
Meals and sleep, three hours before bed
Excess talking is a vrddhi lakshana of vata, content irrelevant.
Higher mental function- confusion, not really understanding things, cognitive impairment, not fully understanding things
Joint and muscle pain- warm sesame, mahanarayan oil, castor oil
Emotions- anxiety, fear, restlessness (physically and mentally) impending doom, self conscious, people are judging them,
Ksaya Lakshana: of vata- when vata is ksaya
Aversion to talking
Loss of appetite
Hyper salivation
Tired
Depression

Vrddhi Pitta:
yellowish/reddish discoloration of the skin/stools/urine/eyes- ranges from a little to a lot (yellowish eyes ? jaundice)
Hot red angry,’itis’, superficial inflammation of the skin, pittas are more reactive by nature
People with allergies tend to shy away from herbal and topical interventions because they tend to react to things.
Increase body temperature and burning, feel they are burning up, they feel parched and thirsty, always thirsty
Disturbed sleep, predominately vata or pitta?
Fainting, vertigo, dizziness
Weakness of the sense organs particularly the eyes
Bitter taste and sour belches
Emotional state, angry, irritable, road rage, criticism (explosive), fighting with people



Ksaya Pitta:
Dull complexion
Slow bowels
Decreased body temperature

Pitta provides the home for fire and water etc. therefore if pitta is high in pitta the aggravation will be higher. Pitta is hot, sharp, oily, light, liquid. When pitta agni is too hot the food will be burned and not absorbed. Digestion is too sharp the absorption is poor.

Vata will tend towards irregular agni vishama, vata is cold, rough, dry, hard, light, mobile. If vata eats too much cold food or someone with a vata imbalance eats too much cold food the agni will become cold…sometimes they can digest the food and sometimes they cannot.


NEW DATES & FEATURED WORKSHOPS FOR THE UPCOMING 200hr. TRAINING

Weekend 1 September 9-11: Adhikara-Step Into the Forest of Insight, the Philosophy and Practice of Yoga

Weekend 2 September 17-18: Anatomy & Physiology

Weekend 3 October 14-16: Ride the Wave of Consciousness

Weekend 4 November 5-6: The History & Origins of Yoga, Chakra Texts with Christopher Tompkins (this weekend is open to the public $150/per day. All Yoga teachers receive a 60% discount)

Weekend 5 November 19-20:Surrender False Identity and Step Into Your Highest
Friday December 4th Body Assessment and How to Apply it! 4 hrs. with Laurie Nemetz

Weekend 6 December 9-11: Embrace the Divine Within

Weekend 7 January 6-8: Sequencing & Therapeutics

Weekend 8 January 21-22: Crossing the Threshold; student teaching

TEACHER ENHANCEMENT WORKSHOPS
July 19th 10-5 pm, Yoga and Rock Climbing** with Colleen Lila and High Xposure in New Paltz, NY for details email Colleen at: colleenlilayoga@gmail.com
July 30th 2-4 pm, Get Your Sexy Back, Yoga and Menopause** with Ellen Patrick
September 18th 3-6 pm, The Shoulder Girdle: Anatomical Understanding of Arm Balances with Laurice Nemetz
September 25th 3-5 pm, Connecting the Dots with Brigit Moynahan
October 22nd 2:30-4:30 pm, assisting and Hands On Adjusts with Iris Cohen
October 23rd 2-6 pm, Pre-Natal for the Non-Pre-Natal Teacher with Kelly Devi
October 29th 2-5 pm, Living Your True Purpose** with Joyce Schroeder
October 30th DIWALI CELEBRATION!!
November 5-6 The History & Origins of Yoga, Chakra Texts with Christopher Tompkins
November 12th 2:30-4:30 pm, Props to Props: Supporting Your Practice with Props with Laurie Jordon
November 13th 3-5 pm, Precision lignment with Caroline Martinez-Zuber
November 18th 3-5 pm, Yoga Ball Tune Up** with Darcy Bowman
December 4th 3-6 pm, Body Assessment and How to Apply It with Laurice Nemetz
January 14th 2-4 pm, Workshop with Tao Porchon-Lynch
TBA, Intro To Yoga Therapy with Ellen Patrick
**These workshops are NOT included in The Teacher Training price, but can be attended at a discount for TT students,
Whether you want to become a teacher or just deepen you practice, teacher training is a beautiful way to transform your life to create more possibility. In teacher training you will not only learn how to teach Yoga, you will also explore your own unique inner landscape through meditation, breathwork and contemplation. In this training we will delve deeply into diet, lifestyle, ethics and what it means to become a community leader.

You will learn:
How to sequence and teach
How to assist and adjust
How to recognize and modify injuries and illness
Yoga anatomy and physiology
The history of Yoga with Christopher Tompkins
Yoga philosophy and meditation
Chanting and breathwork (pranayama)
Receive one-on-one mentoring to help set your focus and uncover and refine your teaching message
The business and ethics of Yoga (understanding common pitfalls, how to avoid politics and the diluting of Yoga by staying true to your authentic self)

Investment: $3,500
Financial Aid is available through Yoga Alliance, apply for Fall by AUGUST 5TH !!!!: yogaalliance.org

To learn more about this training, please call Colleen Breeckner (cell: 203-313-4281) or email colleenlilayoga@gmail.com



Envirotour and Eco-Retreat w/ Soultree Surf + Colleen Lila Yoga

Location: Sebastion, Fl.

Dates: May 13-15, 2016

Did you know, Sebastian, Fl. is a world class surfing location on the Gold Coast of Florida? Also known as the Treasure Coast, Sebastian, Fl. is the hometown surf spot of world champion surfer, ranked 2nd in the world, Kelly Slater (very sexy, and NOT from California).

The Treasure Coast was once a hideout for pirates who looted Spainish ships for treasure, so there’s a pirate vibe.

More wild, than strip mall…it is severely lacking in both pythons and Starbuck’s. Sebastian, Fl. is pretty and un-gentrified, maybe you can appreciate that for the natural habitat and lack of pavement it offers ;-)…?

Chef,Jesse Raymond will prepare delicious nutrient rich meals made from local ingredients in creative and healthy ways to sustain us on our paddle Yoga adventures.

Expect to play, unplug, detox, laugh and enjoy the company of friends.

This is a zero plastic eco-adventure retreat designed for the maximum exposure to the gorgeous natural surroundings of the State Land Preserve and FREE open access beaches available up and down the coast of Florida.

Your retreat will include:
Morning Yoga at the beach and nature preserve with Colleen Lila
Nourish yourself with a nutritional plant based/fresh fish diet with chef Jesse Raymond
SUP lessons and paddle adventures through the mangroves
Nature hikes and birdwatching at Pelican Island Wildlife Refuge
Evening meditation and Yoga nidra with Colleen Lila
Heal with consciously prepared herbal remedies by Colleen Lila

Not Included but available:

-surfing lessons available with Soultree Surf
-sunset plane rides over the Inlet
-airboat tours
-Thai massage/swedish massage
-herbal consult w/Colleen Lila
-personal training

Investment: 3 days for $750.discounted $600.!!

To register please contact me at: colleenlilayoga@gmail.com


I left home at a young age. In fact my cousin recently reminded me that I began running away from home at a very young age. As a child I would fill a red bandana with my most precious items and fasten it to a stick over my shoulder like I had seen in the cartoons. I’d climb the ladder to my treefort staying until it got cold enough to force me back inside. Often my parents wouldn’t notice I was gone -or they pretended not notice as that was likely what they thought a good parent should do to not encourage the behavior. It didn’t work, I ran away because I felt unseen and unheard, so a pattern of extreme behavior to get attention was emerging. While in the treefort I’d imagine a world free from parents and rules and fighting. As an adolescent I began to see this pattern emerging in a larger, more global context. People who feel unseen and unheard will try to get their needs met in all manner of ways, some inflict injury to self, while others inflict pain on others. People screaming at each other to close the gap between them to feel heard. In a larger social context people create radical extremist groups to terrorize the oppressor. The old adage hurt people, hurt people comes to mind. A cycle of pain begetting more pain emerges. Our legal system punishes in punitive ways failing to excavate the root cause of the crime. Why is someone stealing? Why have they become violent?

The question then becomes do we know who our oppressor is? How can we know if we are responding to a perceived threat rather than a real threat? What measures can we take to tell the difference between real and perceived threats? What does this work look like on a personal and global scale?

When I left home the final time I joined a commune of young like minded folks. Many like me, escaping their own history and hoping to create something meaningful and radically different than what society was offering. We had our challenges, many of us had yet to process the emotional pain that we brought with us and with little skills to master this pain it was easy to bring that pain into the group dynamic and allow it to richochet off of one another. That said, we got a lot right. We created together, built families together, made music together, birthed our children at home together, we made clothing and built homes together. We ate meals together and fell apart and came back together many times. We learned a lot about ourselves and while many people our age were learning in college, we learned to live in community and off of the land.

I left Hawaii and the community setting a few months after my son was born. I had confidence at that time that I could bring the gifts that I had learned from the group back to my family of origin to heal the original wound from which I came. I felt it was holding me back from realizing my full potential. In the setting of community, I felt valued and honored and therefore rose to meet the challenges I faced. In the setting of the community there were ample opportunities to create and therefore I consumed less and felt more satisfied and whole. This all changed when I came home to Connecticut. When I returned I learned I was too young to be a mother (21) and that my unmarried status was shameful and embarrassing to the family and stigmatized me as an ‘unwanted woman’ in the culture regardless of the truth. I was expected to be dumb for having chosen to bear a child at a young age and was treated as such by almost everyone I encountered. Strangers offered to adopt my child from me, etc. While having created a whole community with friends I was thought to have no skill sets to offer. I felt under valued and unseen again, the original wound re-opened and I had to hold tight to the memory of my worth.


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