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Fall Info Self Care – Yoga and Spa Retreat

Fall Info Self Care – Yoga and Spa Retreat

Self-care is developing the awareness of and then honoring what you really need—on every level—and developing the rituals and practices that ensure you’re looking after your total well-being every single day. It includes habits that make you healthier, happier, and help you to feel more connected.

This retreat will focus on work shopping topics such as:

  • Self Care & Energy
  • Making the most of nutrition – with special guest Carrie Ann Bacon

Included in attendance:

  • Daily Yoga practice with Melissa Tungl
  • Nutritious meals prepared by Carrie Ann Bacon
  • An afternoon at world renown Crystal Spa, with one Massage, Facial, or Specialty Pedicure
  • Also access to spa amenities such as steam, sauna, showers, lockers, hot tub, relaxation room, light refreshments
  • Access to Crystal Mountain Amenities (walking trails, mountain biking, indoor pool, hot tub, golf course, mountain slide and more)
  • Shared accommodations in large, newly renovated home at Crystal Mountain
    • 2 private rooms available, shared bed occupancy
    • Twin bunks in other rooms

Optional experiences:

  • Private Chinese Medicine consultation with expert Carrie Ann Bacon
  • Additional spa treatments (cost varies per service)
  • Access to restaurants and pubs on property

Give yourself the gift of relaxation, pampering and community.  Self care is not selfish.

Fall Into Self Care- Yoga and Spa retreat at Crystal Mountain Resort Spa
When? November 10-12

sign up $399

Lunar Vinyasa & Vino Flow

Lunar Vinyasa & Vino Flow

In this workshop we will explore the energy and influence of the Lunar cycle through a dynamic vinyasa flow and an introduction to biodynamic wines.  Throughout history we have recognized the strong pull and effects of the relationship between the earth and moon, from the tides in the ocean to the growing cycles of plants and beyond.

Here we will explore a 1.5 hour practice integrating asana, pranayama and meditation with a strong connection to the energy of the moon as it reaches it’s peak of the cycle.  This will be followed by a free wine tasting and introduction to the winemaking philosophy known as Biodynamics.  Used for generations in farming practices biodynamics moves beyond sustainable and organics and focuses on the relationship between grape, moon and glass.  We will discuss this integrated winemaking style as we sip a few wines and enjoy a night full of full moon splendors from practice to glass.
All levels of yoga practitioners and wine enthusiasts welcome as this is meant to be an evening of exploration and enjoyment for all.
Lunar Vinyasa & Vino Flow

Friday November 3rd 6:30-9:00pm

sign up $35

Josh Feister

Josh Feister

1.  What originally brought you to yoga?
My whole life I had been interested in Eastern Spirituality and its connection to science and a modern scientific worldview, and its claims on being able to master and understand the mind. I was always a lay fan of Buddhism and esoterism until I moved to Grand Rapids. It became clear that I need an outlet to center myself and express myself as a way to balance a stressful work environment. A friend of mine invited me to Yoga at Seva and I haven’t left since.

2.  What keeps you coming back?
No matter how stressed or tense I am, I know I can do something holistically positive for myself on my mat.

3.  What is your favorite asana and why?
Savasana

4.  What do you love about Seva?
The eclectic background and interests of all of the teachers makes every class a new experience.

5.  What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
Willpower, mindfulness and compassion

6.  Favorite Book:
Thought as a system by David Bohm

7.  Favorite Place to Visit:
Northern Michigan

8.  Food:
No bake cookies

Ashley Bedker

Ashley Bedker

1.  What originally brought you to yoga?
My mission in life is to live wholeheartedly.  After a traumatic incident, I was in the healing process and learning to love myself.  Yoga was offered at my place of work and it did not take me long to realize what an amazing tool yoga was for my heart journey. 

2.  What keeps you coming back?
I started on a journey for my heart 6 years ago.  Almost 4 years into my journey, I found yoga and realized how well it aligned with my journey and the way I was trying to live my life.  Through trauma, heartbreak, healing, and love my practice stays with me and through my yoga practice my mind, body, and soul are strengthened as one.  Yoga has dramatically influenced my life and my heart awareness.  The people closest to me even recognize now when it is time for me to practice!

3.  What is your favorite asana and why?
I am a heavily grounded person.  So, any grounding/balancing postures feel like home.  Hip openers are amazing because they help lighten my heart and help me to stop grasping.  So, what better pose is there than Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana?  Root me down and lighten me up at the same time!

4.  What do you love about Seva?
Seva!!  Life brought me to Seva when I needed a safe place to heal and grow.  Nothing but good vibes and love within the walls of Seva.

5.  What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
Yoga helps lighten my heart and keep me open.  Spending time on my mat helps me live in the present without grasping when I am off the mat.

6.  Favorite Book:
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron

7.  Favorite Place to Visit:
Lake Michigan

8.  Food:
It is terrible, but ham is my favorite!

 

Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown

1.  What originally brought you to yoga?
I first came to yoga, like many do, as a way to address back pain, stress and anxiety.

2.  What keeps you coming back?
I keep coming back because of the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits I continue to receive and the support from my teachers and fellow students.

3.  What is your favorite asana and why?
Parivrtta Upavistha Konasana is my favorite asana as it provides a whole side body stretch that leaves me feeling more open and expansive.

4.  What do you love about Seva?
I love the variety of classes at Seva and value the unique perspective and life experience each teacher brings to the practice.  I am always learning something from each of them.

5.  What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
The ability to share the benefits of yoga with friends and family, inspiring them to begin their own practice, is a gift that keeps on giving.

6.  Favorite Book:
Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater is my favorite and most recent book I have read.

7.  Favorite Place to Visit:
Cedar Point has had a place in my heart since I first visited as a toddler in the 70s.  I am obsessed.

8.  Food:
Pretty much, if you put it in front of me, I’ll eat it. However, I am drawn to healthier options, because I don’t operate well on fast food or empty calories.

Sara Van Horn

Sara Van Horn

1.What originally brought you to yoga?
I started attending yoga classes 4 years ago. I had become an avid runner, participating in a lot of 5k races, and my knees and hips were suffering. It was suggested to me that I do yoga a few times a week to help strengthen my knees and open my tight hips.

2. What keeps you coming back?
The yoga classes I was going to were helping. I noticed a difference in my running. Even my posture and breathing improved! And I met great people at the classes who were all so different. Some athletes like me, others were parents who needed the calming meditative part of yoga. And college students looking to de-stress and older men and women who were trying to stay flexible and healthy. It was great! I thought yoga truly is for every body!

3. What is your favorite asana and why?
Half moon (Ardha Chandrasana) is my favorite asana because it is hard for me to do. But the days when I can fully open my hips and keep my balance and breathe I feel so strong and full of light. It makes the days of struggle worth it.

4. What do you love about Seva?
I love the wide selection of classes and teachers to choose from. And I love the community. The people I have met while on  my mat and then reconnected with outside of the studio. These people keep me honest and encourage me in my practice and in my life.

5. What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
Patience. I admittedly used to be a person who would easily get frustrated, angry or annoyed. Years of yoga practice and calming down my ego have taught me patience with myself and with others.

6. Favorite Book
My favorite book right now is Living your Yoga by Judith Lasater. I love her stories and honesty. It’s been my nightly go to and premeditation guide during my yoga teacher training classes.

7. Favorite Place to Visit
The Rond-a-vue cottage on Lake Michigan during the summer months. Warm sunshine, calming waves and great company!

8. Food
Vegetable Korma…yum!

Dom and Leslee

Dom and Leslee

1. What originally brought you to yoga?
Leslee
My first exposure to Yoga was at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. I was taking General Ed courses there after High School and blindly enrolled in Hatha Yoga 101 with a wonderful teacher named Eunice Levy. I took two semesters with her and loved it but it was ten + years later that I reconnected with Yoga through Seva.

Dom
High Blood Pressure

2. What keeps you coming back?
Leslee
Yoga makes me feel strong, calm and connected…. It’s helped me learn how to let go of daily stress.
I never regret coming to class and always leave feeling happy and whole!

Dom
Yoga allows me to simplify my thoughts and focus my mind into the moment. It helps me relieve everyday stress.

3. What is your favorite asana and why?
Leslee
That’s a tough one. I would say any variation of Surya Namaskara. Because it keeps me super connected to my breath and when you go through the sequence with a room full of people it’s kind of magical.

Dom
Warrior 3….I have no idea why, but it’s my favorite.

4. What do you love about Seva?
Leslee
There is something for everyone at Seva! Each instructor brings a unique experience to the studio. And great music too 🙂

Dom
The instructors at Seva are energetic, passionate people. My fellow students are friendly and good natured. It is a place I go to feel better.

5. What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
Leslee
The more time I spend on my mat, I find the more patient and deliberate I am, off the mat whether it be on a project at work or just cleaning the kitchen. Yoga sort of wraps itself around you.

Dom
A broader healthier perspective.

6. Favorite Book
Leslee
Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls.

Dom
True North by Jim Harrison

7. Favorite Place to Visit
Leslee
I’ve been able to travel a bit but it’s hard to choose. I’ll say anywhere there’s fresh water, or fresh powder, good people and good music. 🙂

Dom
A little farm up in Hoxeyville, MI near Caberfae Peaks. My friends and family head up there almost every weekend in the winter to ski, eat and enjoy.

8. Food
Leslee
An unbreakable three-way tie. Peanut Butter, Fried Eggs & Avocado.

Dom
Soup….does not matter what kind, I celebrate the entire catalog.

Kristin Whalen

Kristin Whalen

1. What originally brought you to yoga?
Initially I was looking to bring balance into my normally hectic life.  I had forgotten how to just be and that it’s ok to let things be as they are.  Yoga has been my teacher, reminding me that I don’t need to always do.  Sometimes doing nothing…just observing…and letting things fall where they may is better than interceding and controlling.

2. What keeps you coming back?
Now that I have found a greater sense of balance and contentment, I am less quick to react and judge.  I have found a happier, more positive and less stressed perspective.

3. What is your favorite asana and why?
Side angle pose, for sure. When I can work my way into perfect alignment I feel like I can stretch my spine for miles.  For someone who sits at a desk most days, this is an awesome feeling.  Plus, I love pigeon pose.  It’s the first pose I run to do after a long flight.

4. What do you love about Seva?
Honestly, I got hooked because the teachers have the best playlists and they update them often.  I stay because I have gotten to know them and I love their encouraging style.

5. What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
My breath. The power of observation.

6. Favorite Book
I don’t really have one at the moment.  Recommendations welcome. 🙂

7. Favorite Place to Visit
Istanbul

8. Food
Veggies. Love them all.

Courtney Protor

Courtney Protor

1. What originally brought you to yoga?
After going through treatment for breast cancer I was looking for a way to get my physical strength back and yoga appealed to me because I thought in addition to gaining physical strength it would help me in my search for connecting mind, body and soul.

2. What keeps you coming back?
I found the connection I was looking for and then some – yoga is so much more of a spiritual experience than I imagined. And also much more physically difficult than I thought it would be! Yoga has become one of the ways I express my gratitude to the universe for this beautiful life and one of the ways I feel the love the universe has for me and all creation.

3. What is your favorite asana and why?
Cow face because the first time I sat in that pose with my palms connected to the arches of my feet and my chest on my knee I was so overcome with a feeling of love that it brought me to tears. And every time I return to that pose, regardless of how many times I have been there, I am met with a showering of love that gently urges me to release what I have been holding onto and no longer need.

4. What do you love about Seva?
Pretty much everything!! I would not have gained as much as I have from yoga without the truly wonderful teachers who are so open and caring and make Seva what it is. I love the ambiance of the studio so much that I often imagine myself there when I am meditating at home. Also the students are so wonderful and help create such great energy.

5. What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
The three big things I have learned and that I have truly been able to incorporate into my daily life are:
1. Don’t panic (and I used to…a lot)
2. BREATHE (which I was not very good at in the past given all the panic)
3. You can do more than you tell yourself you can do

6. Favorite Book
Eat Pray Love which may sound cliche but I laughed, I cried and I was inspired to make positive changes in my life. What more could I ask for in a book?

7. Favorite Place to Visit
My father-in-law’s house in Florida. It is such a relaxing, tropical, beautiful get away and doesn’t break the bank!

8. Food
Pasta. Or nachos. I really love food so pretty much anything vegetarian would make the list!

Taylor Smith

Taylor Smith

1. What originally brought you to yoga?
I first encountered yoga years ago when I was studying dance. I came back to yoga looking for a full-body activity that offered some of the physicality of dance. I originally came for the body, knowing there was a mind component; even though I didn’t know what that would entail. I just let the mental and spiritual aspects find me.

2. What keeps you coming back?
For me, yoga provides the link that aligns my ‘animal self’ and my ‘human self’. I am continuously surprised by what my practice does for me in mind, body and spirit. I love the connections that it fosters between people. Having a place where I can ground and find center is vital to me.

3. What is your favorite asana and why?
Savasana, because it’s the hardest one for me. I was never wired to sit still, so for me to transition from an hour of movement to laying down and letting go is a refreshing challenge.

4. What do you love about Seva?
The people here have been really good to me. Everybody in this life is on a journey; at Seva there is a feeling of mutual respect for one another’s journeys. There is a great amount of energetic space that we create within this physical space.

5. What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
Greater compassion for myself and others. Also, yoga has strengthened me physically and helped to lessen the pain I suffer due to old injuries.

6. Favorite Book
Aura by Carlos Fuentes

7. Favorite Place to Visit
Pacific Coast of Oaxaca, Mexico

8. Food
Pizza!