Yoga Retreats with Cristiane Machado

Date:  August 19 – 26, 2017

Prices:  Please see our Base Rates and Reservation information.

Packages:  We have a number of Yoga Retreats and packages we offer our guests. Try the Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or the Pure Yoga package. For more information please read more about our Anamaya Retreat Packages. Or for those who are not totally into yoga, there’s no need to choose a yoga package at all – you can book all your activities and excursions A La Carte. We call it the Relaxation Retreat.

We are also now offering a Scuba Certification and Yoga package to our guests.

Workshops:  We are super excited to offer our guests Sacred Cacao Ceremony workshop, and ZUMBA® Fitness workshops. For more details, please see below.

Guest Yoga Teacher Cristiane Machado


Cristiane Machado is Brasilian by birth and a Citizen of The Universe by default. Cristiane has been hosting Yoga and Zumba Retreats with us at Anamaya for many years. Her open smile and welcoming energy is one of her best assets, which you will feel as soon as you meet her. Cristiane is filled with Passion for all types of therapeutic movement. Either by flowing the physical body into Asanas along with the breath, or learning how to move the ethereal and energetic bodies into an ecstatic and tantalizing rhythmic dance with the Self, Cristiane believes that EVERY Body is designed to move hence her co-creation of a retreat that combines yoga, breath, meditation and DANCE. Her intention with all of her Retreats and workshops is to create a safe space for her students to explore their most inner talents and desires.

Yoga has been calling her name since she was a teenager. It was an on-and-off relationship until she moved to the USA and attended the Florida School of Massage in 2008, and was reconnected with her deep longing to practice yoga. Surrounded by like minded and spiritual folks, she dove into a journey of self-realization and self-healing. Her practice has taken her to several teachers and guides, and the gifts she has received from each and everyone of them made the call to pass lineages of yoga as therapy for the body and soul along quite loud. She has a 200 hr YTT from Anamaya Retreats with Sasha Dae in 2010 and has been guiding yoga, breath and meditation to all levels since. Her yoga style is a fusion between Hatha, Yin, Flow with hints of Laughing Yoga.

As a Massage Therapist and body worker for past 13 years, Cristiane’s understanding of human body mechanics, adds insight to her teachings of yoga, breath work and movement. Her guidance and cueing in classes are focused on the understanding of HOW our bodies move and get into the Asanas and HOW it connects with the breath, making her practices a profound way to connect with our bodies.

Cristiane has also delved into the studies of Reiki and Johrei (energy work) since she was 13 years old, and she is passionate about making energy accessible and demystified.

ZUMBA® has been a huge part of Cristiane’s career. The exercise in disguise fitness program with Latin and International rhythms came into her life and catapulted her into a global tour teaching Zumba Master Classes and choreography workshops. She worked as Zumba Jammer inspiring and empowering other Zumba instructors to become successful and connect with their students. Through her classes and workshops she has ignited MANY (too many to count) people’s passion for Dance, movement and self expression, resulting in a sense of freedom and total acceptance of our own “imperfections”, which makes us perfect.

As a Brasilian, Cristiane has been raised with an open mind for all types of beliefs, religions and spirituality. She brings with her the knowledge and inspiration from Native South and Central Americans and she is constantly looking for natural and organic tools to empower and awaken our inner teachers. For this week/retreat, she is bringing Sacred Cacao (food of Gods by Mayan’s tradition) and offering a ceremony to open our hearts and set the opening and transformational tone to guide us into a journey of healing and connection. She has been honored to have been initiated as a Sacred Cacao facilitator and she is also a trained Cacaoga® guide.

Cristiane’s Intention for the Week

Cristiane’s intention throughout this week is to simplify and clarify the communication between our physical bodies, our minds and our emotions, and HOW it all affects our daily lives. She is eager to inspire and empower the divine within ourselves and she is devoted to awaken Goddesses and debunk the “good girl” and “good boy” syndrome. She is also excited to engage in helping women and men (feminine and masculine) to find middle grounds of understanding, respect and communication. This retreat is ideal for everyone! Cristiane’s non judgmental approach to each and every person whom she comes in contact with is the staple of her craft as a facilitator of inner growth and transformation.

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Sacred Cacao Ceremony

This is a heart opener and facilitator of healing  – Open to everybody – $15.00/person.

This workshop will include: Circle – Cacao history – Sipping cacao – Reiki – Heart opening meditation and practice.

Native to tropical areas of Latin America, cacao is chocolate before the processing; an unsugared, unadulterated form of one of our world’s favorite sweets. Known as a super food, cacao is high in magnesium, calcium, antioxidants, and iron – and is an incredible mood booster! One of its components is anandamide, a neurotransmitter known as the bliss molecule. For those with an interest or background in yoga and/or Hindu philosophy, you may know that the word “ananda” means bliss and refers to a higher state of being. Cacao facilitates our goal of achieving that blissful state and deepening our connection to our truest selves, Mother Nature, and universal oneness. According to an indigenous myth, when the balance between humankind and nature is threatened, cacao comes from the rainforest to open our hearts and return us to harmony. For those of you who know that your connection with chocolate runs deep, we invite you to experience another dimension of that connection – a deeply spiritual or shamanic one. Ceremonial cacao partners with us, facilitating the journey inward and the discovery of our truest, highest, most love-filled selves.


(3 classes – $15.00/person . Package Price is $35)

ZUMBA® Fitness is a Latin-inspired cardio-dance workout that uses music and choreographed steps to form a fitness party atmosphere. While many of the types of dance and music featured in the program are Latin American inspired, classes can also contain everything from jazz to African beats to country to hip-hop and pop. No dance experience required. This is an exercise in disguise and a great way to awaken our kundalini and inner flavah!

A Message From Cristiane

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