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CircAsana Acro & Aerial Yoga Retreat


CircAsana Yoga is hosting a 7-day, 6-night creation vacation, compete with daily CircAsana Yoga workshops, a range of relaxation and adventure activities and some excellent people!

The grand finale will be a CircAsana Yoga community circus performance on the final evening, which you can perform in too, or relax, enjoy and be lead clapper in the audience ;)

Inclusions

  • Airport shuttles to / from Magnific Rock;
  • 7 nights stay in Magnific Rock cliffside accommodation of your choice;
  • Daily CircAsana yoga classes;
  • Daily CircAsana workshops, including aerial silks, hula hoop, AcroYoga, slackline and inversions; 
  • Surf lesson;
  • 1-hour massage;
  • CircAsana Yoga community circus performance;
  • 3 bright, colorful and super healthy meals daily;
  • Daily fresh fruit or vegetable smoothie; and
  • Unlimited tea, coffee and water refills.

Pricing

3-share apartment: USD 1,390
2-share studio: USD 1,590

Early-bird special:  SAVE $200 for all sign-ups before Dec 1st.

What to expect?

During the retreat, we will apply the real life magic of yoga to all things movement.  Learn about yourself, try new things, overcome fears, and connect to the present moment with an adventurous, movement-loving, positive-minded, inspiring community.

You will have the opportunity to taste test acroyoga, handstands, aerial silks, hooping, slackline, dance and surf, all with a yoga twist, in a safe, supportive setting.  We will also enjoy a sunset sailing trip along the Nicaraguan coastline, and have the option to join teaching CircAsana Yoga to the local school children.  

All activities are optional, and beginners are very welcome.  The only prerequisite is an open mind and desire to do something different, connect and enjoy.

Example Daily Schedule

7am - Morning coffee, fruit and granola
7.30am - Active CircAsana Yoga workshop, incorporating acroyoga, aerial silks, dance, hula hoops and other fun additions
9-10am -  Healthy, delicious buffet breakfast
10am-1pm - Free time for surfing, slacklining, exploring the magnificent Magnific Rock, soaking up the sun in the sparkling rock pools, feeling the sand between your toes, watching the surfers show their style on the waves out front, teaching CircAsana Yoga to the local school children, paddling around on a SUP, or chit chatting with new friends
1pm – Bright, colorful fresh lunch
1-4.30pm - More free time for enjoyment
4.30pm-6.30pm – Restorative CircAsana Yoga session, incorporating relaxing therapeutic yoga, Thai massage and restorative aerial silks and acroyoga options
7pm – Family-style dinner, where Magnific Rock Chef Scotty Johnson and his team will show us their very best ;)
8pm - Hot springs evening adventure

What is CircAsana Yoga?

CircAsana Yoga is a fun blend of acrobatic and aerial conditioning, vinyasa yoga and restorative physical therapy.  It works to develop sustainable strength, flexibility, grace and joy.

The acrobatic and aerial conditioning component focuses on the development of functional strength, through connected-upside-down-ness, safe flight and other creative, playful activity.  Classes incorporate pulling strength, pushing strength, core strength and active flexibility, leaving you balanced, with a happy core, and ready for any physical challenge.

The vinyasa yoga element explores graceful and creative movement, synchronizing dance, breath and mindfulness to open every corner of you, inspire heart-warming peace and bring you into the present moment.

Testimonials

Saffron and Amy have infectious personalities that make you feel loved and warm, and make you want to try new things, and give you the confidence to try things you never thought your body could do. With their instruction, I felt like I could let go and put my body into amazing different positions, and just be silly – I think that was what a lot of it was about – just being silly.
— Robin, USA
My favorite thing was learning the silks.  I didn’t know I had that skill, so it is something I want to work on.
— Maria-Andrea, Nicaragua
I learnt some new techniques when it came to inversions – all the pointers and techniques really nailed it in for me.
— Nathan, Canada
It was a very beautiful weekend, with a lot of very powerful, strong, vibrant people. I enjoyed all the new things we’d never tried before – hula hooping classes, surfing, the fancy breakfasts, and integrating with all these faces and new friends from all over the world.
— Lisa-Marie, USA
The CircAsana retreat was a super adventurous, colorful, very outdoor, energetic retreat.  My favorite part was the hula yoga, because I had no idea what we were going to do, and I didn’t know how to use the hula hoop at all – at all!  I had seen it at a circus show, and thought, I wish I could do that – I want to learn!  Next thing I knew, I saw myself doing it.  It was awesome.
— Marie Elisa, Germany
I learned that I can surf, so I don’t have to be afraid of the water anymore.
— Kara, USA
 

The teachers

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Amy Rowland

Previously a circus-performing lawyer yogi in Australia and Japan, Amy took a break from her corporate career to run away with the circus and do more yoga.

She performed as an adagio acrobat in Australia, studied at the circus school in China, street performed in Serbia, traveled with clowns in Mexico and practiced plenty of yoga along the way.

Amy is a qualified Partner Acrobatics teacher, Sivananda Yoga teacher, Thai masseuse and co-founder of CircAsanaYoga.

She teaches CircAsana Yoga at Magnific Rock in Nicaragua, and leads CircAsana retreats, workshops and trainings, and coordinates CircAsana Yoga community circuses.  She also manages the Magnific Rock yoga retreat program, facilitating yoga retreats for inspiring yoga teachers from all over the world.

 

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Saffron Van Rossem

Saffron is a beautiful circusing, surfing, ecstatic dancing, yogi butterfly of fun. Saffron has practised yoga for 8 years, is a professional aerial silks performer, qualified partner acrobatics teacher, and favourite yoga and circus teacher for both kids and adults alike wordwide, from California to Nicaragua. 

Saffron's classes combine her movement passions with her solid yoga foundation to create a truly unique experience.  She brings focus to the profound subtleties of the body mind connection through the medium of magical moving play.  Saffron's classes are simultaneously dynamic and slow, with interesting props (including hula hoops!), dance inspired sequences, and a sprinkling of partner acrobatics and aerial inspired flows and conditioning.

 

CircAsana Yoga community circus project

CircAsana Yoga periodically hosts community circuses at Magnific Rock and other hotels in Nicaragua.  The performances involve professional performers, children from the local school, unsuspecting hotel guests and anyone else who might have a slight inclination to test themselves in front of a friendly audience.

This retreat gives participants the opportunity to learn some of the CircAsana performance tricks of the trade, and be a part of the community circus creation formation.