PADI Yoga Diver Specialty – 1 day course – Bonaire

Come and enjoy a day of wellness, skill development, and bubble therapy in the Caribbean divers paradise, Bonaire!

The objective of the Yoga Diver course is to introduce a fundamental understanding of the Yoga practice, from both a traditional and a contemporary point of view, highlighting basic history, theory, components, and benefits of Yoga. During some land based knowledge development and Yoga practice we will explore some Asanas (gentle yet powerful physical postures), Pranayama (breath control exercises), mindfulness, and other meditation techniques. We will then use these foundations of Yoga to enhance our scuba experience during 2 open water training dives.

Divers and Yoga practitioners of all levels have benefitted from the Yoga Diver course, enhancing their focus, relaxation, buoyancy, gas consumption, and connection with the underwater world. Don’t miss out on this unique offering, taught by the original course author, and earn a unique specialty while at it! The Yoga Diver specialty counts towards your 5 required specialties if you are working towards earning your PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

The course starts with some simple e-learning to learn about some foundational Yoga concepts and practices we will be exploring the course. The e-learning can be done in as little as a few hours and can be done at your own pace.

Your in person training will include some land based Yoga practice, knowledge development discussion, and 2 open water training (shore) dives. On your training dives you will practice different meditation, relaxation, and breathing techniques in the water, buoyancy skills, and participate in an underwater Yoga class!

This is a one day course. No Yoga experience required. All fitness levels welcome. If you are fit enough to dive, you are fit enough for Yoga Diver!

Location:

Toucan Diving

Van der Valk

Plaza Resort Bonaire

Available Dates:

April 1st, 2019

April 4th, 2019

Price:

$250.00 U.S.

The price includes course materials, land-based and in-water instruction, 2 open water (shore) dives, equipment, air, and PADI certification.

Groups welcome. For more information, or to reserve your spot , contact:

Amanda – SoulScuba

Amanda.soulscuba@gmail.com

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Slo-mo Vinyasa Flow – Yoga class for all levels – Pinneys Beach, Nevis

Get your day started right with some beach Yoga!

When an individual can find their own personal balance between effort and ease, even the most simple postures can be powerfully beneficial for both body and mind. When this balance is paired with conscious, deliberate movement, guided by the breath, a powerful state of awareness occurs. This is meditation, the foundation of our Yoga practice.

Vinyasa is a Sanskrit term that means to “place in a special way”. In Yoga we are not “performing” postures, but “experiencing” them. Each movement is deliberate, mindful, and flows from one to the next guided by a conscious breath pattern. Vinayasa is meditation in motion.

Slowing down our movements challenges us to really take notice of each stage of this flow, and therefore to witness what is happening in our body, our breath, and our mind. When we force ourselves into slow motion, we can consciously seek out our tension, our weaknesses, even our discomfort, and then send the necessary attention we need to these areas. This is not just exercise. It is a profound mind-body experience and is a great way to relieve physical and psychological stress. Afterwards you may just like you just got a massage and spa treatment. Even if you are not on vacation, you will feel like it!

This multi-level class is suitable for beginners but also aims to challenge experienced practitioners. All fitness levels welcome. Please inform the instructor of any physical concerns you have so that she can suggest modifications and practices to avoid.

Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. Other times available by appointment

Bring a beach towel or era to sit/lie down on. A refreshing swim is always nice after Yoga so feel free to bring your swim wear!

Advance Sign-up required

Cost:

Single class $10 US ($25 EC)

Multiple class discounts (valid for 6 weeks from purchase):

4 classes: $35 US ($90 EC)

Contact:

Amanda.soulscuba@gmail.com

+1 869-764-6651 (call, text, or Whatsapp)

http://www.soulscuba.com

Hatha Yoga Foundations – Class for all levels – Mondays, Oualie Beach Resort, Nevis

Start your day right with some Yoga at Oualie Beach Resort, Nevis. Rain or shine, class is indoors in the breezy, light filled room that gives you the best of both worlds: Beach Yoga ambiance with Yoga-Studio style comfort.

The emphasis in this class is on finding your Hatha balance. In contemporary Yoga, Hatha is often used to describe a specific gentle and meditative “style” of Yoga. However, if pursuing Yoga from a traditional point of view, Hatha is fundamental concept that should be applied to any Yoga practice, regardless of pace and style.

The Sanskrit word “Hatha” translates as “sun and moon”, representing a pair of balanced opposite energies (light/dark, masculine/feminine, yin/yang…). “Ha” (Sun) is represented by heat and an extroverted, active energy, whereas “tha” (moon) is characterized by a passive, gentle, and introverted energy.

Some people are very active, both in mind and body, and find it challenging to be still. Others may find stillness easy, but the motivation to be active is the challenge. A balance of both active and passive energy is required in the Yoga Asanas. When we can find this balance, we are able to hold the position longer, breathe into it, explore it, and lay a foundation for expanded awareness.

Unlike a “flow” class, in this Hatha class we hold the postures longer, taking breaks as needed, fine tuning our alignment and seeking out our Hatha balance.

Because each practitioner is guided to seek their own individual balance between effort and ease, it truly is an all-levels class. Beginners will benefit from this foundational instruction and experienced practitioners will be encouraged to challenge their practice by exploring the edge between control and surrender.

Mondays 9:00 a.m., seasonally November – July. Other times available by appointment.

Advance Sign-up required

Cost:

Single class $15 US ($40 EC)

Multiple class discounts (pre-paid, valid for 6 weeks from purchase):

4 classes: $40 US ($100 EC)

– Wear flexible, comfortable clothing
– it is advised not to eat any heavy meals 2 hours prior to practicing Yoga
– Mats are available, but in limited supply, so if you do not have your own, it is best to reserve one in advance

Contact:

Oualie Beach Resort +1 869-469-9735

Instructor, Amanda Parr
Amanda.soulscuba@gmail.com
(+1) 869-764-6651 (call, text, or WhatsApp)

www.soulscuba.com

Nevis Yoga-Scuba Vacation – 2019 – Choose your own Dates

Amanda, founder of SoulScuba, is a Yoga/Meditation instructor who lives in paradise. She wants to invite you to her unique, tranquil little Caribbean island and treat you to week of wellness, personal development, and adventure! What do you say?



Nevis, the smaller, quieter sister island of St. Kitts, is only 36 square miles with a population of 11,000 people. With no cruise ship port and just the right amount of development, Nevis is the perfect little off the beaten track place to relax and dedicate some time to mind-body wellness.



Never heard of Nevis? That is not a bad thing. In fact, that is one of the things that makes this place so nice…not everyone has heard of it (yet), so it is still possible to have an authentic island experience without getting lost in the tourist traffic!

Nevis is not over-developed and commercialized like a lot of popular tourist destinations. Nevis is simple, rustic, and authentic, yet still provides upscale comfort, making it a perfect choice for people who like a balance of luxury and down to earth Caribbean vibes.



Nevis offers an ideal atmosphere for those who love nature. A dormant volcano and lush rainforest rest at the center of the island, while the outer edges are fringed with both white and black sand beaches, old sugar plantations, historical sights (such as the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton), cool beach bars, and some excellent swimming, snorkelling, and dive sites.


Spending some time with Mother Nature is essential for our physical and psychological health. The clean, cool, air of the rainforest offers cleansing and healing vibes

The ruins of Alexander Hamilton’s family sugar plantation. His birth home, a few miles away, has been turned into a museum and cafe

“Hey what’s up?” Both Green and Hawksbill turtles are a common sighting on St. Kitts and Nevis dive sites


In this ongoing retreat you choose which week you come and how much or how little you do. Whether you are travelling alone, or with your yoga buddies, Amanda will be your teacher and tour guide, making sure that you have a unique, down to earth, island experience with an equal balance of relaxation and adventure.

Group sizes are kept small (up to maximum 6 people) to allow for a laid-back, flexible, personalized experience.

Past participants have described the trip like “coming to see their good friend (sister, daughter…)” who meets you at the airport, gives you the low-down on the culture and customs, looks after you, gets you around to the worthwhile sights (not just the most marketed), provides you with a “back-door” local experience, and best of all, guides you through a daily yoga and meditation practice that inspires simple yet transformational concepts that can be taken home and integrated into daily life.


Read the trip report from a recent Nevis Yoga-Scuba Vacation



Every day will be a unique experience of Yoga and meditation offerings, focusing on Hatha yoga foundations and Vinyasa practice.

Amanda’s approach to Yoga is traditional and humble . With a foundation of mindfulness and conscious breathing we explore gentle, yet powerful exercises that aim to limber the body, improve breath control, relieve tension and pain, boost metabolism, detoxify the system, and strengthen the body-mind connection. Guided by fundamental concepts and techniques, Yogis of all levels are coaxed into a deeper state of awareness, where steadiness of body and stillness of mind can be achieved both on and off the mat.

The central theme of all of these offerings is mindfulness. You will be encouraged to let go of stress and worries and will receive frequent reminders to anchor yourself in the present moment.

When we are anchored in the present moment a heightened state of awareness occurs and everything that we do becomes more conscious, deliberate, vivid, and meaningful. With regular practice we learn to apply mindfulness to everything that we do…talking, walking, washing the dishes, brushing our teeth, driving a car. When we practice mindfulness we are more alert, more likely to see and hear the truth of what we witness, respond rationally to challenging situations, and derive a more simple, but intense satisfaction from what we encounter.

Amanda is very passionate about promoting a “yoga for all” approach. All practices will be adapted to suit the experience and fitness level of each participant. Classes will be held in various indoor and outdoor environments.

Class sizes are typically 6 people or less. Included in the trip price is a private Yoga consultation/session so that the needs and goals for your practice can be assessed and personalized.

There will also be opportunities to try some specialty classes such as SUP (Paddleboard) Yoga, Volcanic Hot Springs Yoga, and Laughter Yoga.



Amanda is also scuba diving instructor (PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer), and specializes in “Yoga for Divers” and how to integrate Yoga concepts and techniques into scuba diving to enhance relaxation, focus, air consumption, buoyancy, and overall enjoyment of the dive experience.

In addition to several 2-tank fun dives throughout the week, certified divers will participate in the PADI Yoga Diver Distinctive Specialty course.

Your host Amanda is the author of the original PADI Yoga Diver Course.

The objective of the Yoga Diver course is to introduce a fundamental understanding of the Yoga practice, from both a traditional and contemporary point of view, highlighting basic history, theory, components, and benefits of Yoga.
Through knowledge development (via Yoga Diver E-Learning), instructor-led discussion, land based practice, and open water dive training we then learn how to use these concepts and practices to enhance the scuba diving experience and, in general, to become more relaxed, focused, happier, healthier people both in and out of the water.

If you are not a certified diver, no problem! This retreat is also available for non-divers and those that wish to try diving or become a certified diver!


Have you ever thought of trying Scuba Diving but have been held back by apprehension and anxiety? Breath control, meditation, and other Yoga practices encourage relaxation, composure, and awareness, and can make taking those first breaths underwater a lot less intimidating.

Amanda specializes in making scuba a relaxed and comfortable experience for everyone, especially beginners and those challenged by anxiety.

In the one day Yoga-Scuba Experience, you will learn the basics about scuba equipment, safety guidlines, and how to integrate Yoga practices into your experience for enhanced relaxation, awareness, and sense of wonder with the underwater world.

Following practice of some fundamental Scuba Diving skills in shallow water, you will be invited to join Amanda on a safe, guided tour of a top-notch Caribbean dive site! Be aware, you might just get hooked on diving!



Often, this experience leads to a new passion that you never imagined. If you choose to continue the scuba adventure, Amanda can help you earn your PADI Open Water certification, your license to dive the world, in as little as 3-4 days.

If you already know that you want to become a certified diver, you can complete some of the course requirements at home, starting with PADI E-Learning, leaving you more chill time in Nevis!


Not interested in diving? No worries, there is plenty to do in Nevis without getting wet. In addition to the daily Yoga offerings, Amanda has plenty of other activities planned for you, such as sightseeing tours of both St. Kitts and Nevis and a rainforest/waterfall hike.

Brimstone Hill Fortress is one of the scenic, historic sights you will visit on your St. Kitts excursion


Amanda is always available to help you find things to do, whether it involves action and adventure, or relaxation and solitude.

For the adventurous, parasailing, jet-skiing, fly-boarding and other water sports are available

Massage and Spa services are available for those that prefer some relaxation and pampering


Trip Advisor’s Top 15 Things to do in Nevis


One unique offering of this trip that was a hit with past participants was a vegan Rastafarian “bbq” and beach bonfire. Amanda and her partner Derrick operate Taste of Fari -Ital Food and Rastacraft, a humble little beach shack on Pinneys Beach.

“Ital is vital”, so says the Rasta. Ital Food is clean and natural, full of power from Mother Nature. Cooked traditionally over coals in a clay Yabba, Ital is made with lentils, beans, fresh herbs/seasoning, and various local “provisions” (such as carrot, sweet potato, tania, dashie, eddos, pumpkin, green bananas, breadfruit), freshly grated coconut, and plenty of love, served in a calabash bowl with a coconut spoon.

Local “bush” tea is also served and Ras Derrick will also make some coconut oil over the fire and send you home with a sample!

If you love the Ital food, regular meals are available throughout the week, a healthy, inexpensive, and local option.

Pinneys Beach is the hang out on Nevis. With some cool little beach bars, a harmonious mix of locals and visitors, beautiful scenery, and a great setting for sunset meditation, you may find yourself hanging out here regularly.


Of course, remember…this is YOUR vacation. All itinerary offerings are optional! The great thing about this style of Yoga retreat is that there is no rigid schedule and plenty of space for flexibility and personalization.

If you like keeping busy, being on an organized schedule, and having someone making plans and decisions for you, then you got it! On the other hand, if it is solitude and independence you love, then that is possible too.


Accommodation is at Oualie Beach Resort, a tranquil beachfront property that captures the charming, idyllic, rustic beach life with all the comforts of home, like TV, A/C, and refrigerator.

View from Oualie Beach Resort

The cottage-style rooms are right on the beach, complete with a screened in patio where you can listen to the sea, the crickets, the geckos, and maybe even the clip-clop of a passing donkey during the tranquil evenings.

There is a restaurant, bar, dive shop, and yoga room on property, so you don’t have to travel far to get what you need.

Your daily breakfast is included at Oualie Beach Resort’s beachfront restaurant. Lunch and Dinner are also available and there are vegetarian and vegan options


Price:

(8 day/7 night Yoga Package. Prices are per person, based on Double Occupancy).

$1,495.00 Low-Season (May 15 – Dec. 15)

$1795.00 High Season (Dec. 15 – May 15)

Nevis is not a budget travel destination. However, Amanda has used her local experience and connections to get you the best prices possible for this unique itinerary of wellness and adventure.

Bring some friends, its cheaper! Discounts available for groups of 3-6 people.


What’s Included (all packages):

– 7 nights Beachfront Accommodation at Oualie Beach Resort, Nevis

– Daily Yoga and Meditation offerings, including some unique specialty classes (suitable for all levels), such as Beach Yoga, SUP (Paddleboard) Yoga, and Volcanic Hot Springs Yoga

– Private Yoga consultation/session.

– Personal vehicle and driver to get you around to activities and destinations

– Guided tour of Nevis

– Guided sightseeing excursion to St. Kitts (includes water crossing, private driver/tour guide, and admission to sights)

– Guided Rainforest hike and Waterfall meditation

– Daily Breakfast

– Lecture on “Mindfulness and healthy eating” followed by a complimentary Rastafarian “Ital” meal (vegan & gluten-free), serving of local “bush tea”, beach bonfire, and demonstration of making coconut oil over the fire (with samples!) compliments of Taste of Fari

– Airport and ferry transfers, transportation to and from scheduled activities

– Meet and greet at the airport

– Logistical and personal support all week from your host. Anything you need, just ask!

Please note: There are no discounts or refunds if you choose not to participate in any of the scheduled offerings.


Certified Diver Package:

Also includes:

– 6 boat dives with Amanda, your personal dive guide

– PADI Yoga Diver certification

Price:

(Double Occupancy)

$1,895.00 Low-Season (April 15 – Dec. 15)

$2295.00 High Season (Dec. 15 – April 15)


Learn to Dive Package:

Also includes:

– PADI Open Water certification (Required E-Learning is an additional cost)

– Rental Scuba equipment

-PADI Yoga Diver certification

Price:

(Double Occupancy)

$2,195.00 Low Season (April 15- Dec 15)

$2,495.00 High Season (Dec. 15 – April 15)


What’s Not Included:

– Round trip airfare to St. Kitts Basseterre Airport (SKB) or Nevis Airport (NEV)

– Daily Lunch and Dinner

– additional activities and transportation to non-group activities

– gratuities


Optional Add Ons:

Single Supplement:

$595.00

Additional days:

(Accommodation, breakfast, Yoga) per day

$175 (per person) double, $275 single (high season)
$125 (per person) double, $225 single (low season)

Discover Yoga-Scuba Experience (for non-certified divers): $150


Booking Terms:

$500 US deposit due on reservation- refundable up to 30 days prior to arrival minus a $150 administrative charge

Full amount due 30 days prior to arrival

No refunds 30 days prior to arrival

Secure payments accepted online


Sound good? What are you waiting for?


Request to Book

Submit the booking request form and Amanda will get back to you shortly with availability and price confirmation.

Contact Amanda for questions and assistance

Nevis Yoga-Scuba Vacation November 10-17

Yoga and Scuba are a match made in heaven. Meditation, breathing practices, and the gentle, yet powerful exercises practiced in Yoga can really inspire and transform your experience underwater. Don’t miss out on this unique experience uniting the two and the chance to earn a unique specialty PADI certification in paradise.

Nevis, the smaller, sister island of St. Kitts is only 36 square miles with a population of 11,000 people. With no cruise ship port and few signs of commercialization, Nevis is the perfect off the beaten track place to relax and dedicate some time to mind-body wellness.

Nevis also offers an ideal atmosphere for those who love nature, being active, and want to be immersed in some authentic Caribbean vibes. A dormant volcano and lush rainforest rest at the center of the island, while the outer edges are fringed with both white and black sand beaches, old sugar mill ruins, historical sights (such as the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton), cool beach bars, and some excellent dive sites.

Every day will be a unique experience of Yoga and meditation offerings, including specialty classes such as Beach Yoga, SUP (Paddleboard) Yoga, Volcanic Hot Springs Yoga, Walking Meditation, and Laughter Meditation. With a foundation of mindfulness meditation and conscious breathing we will explore some gentle, yet powerful exercises that aim to limber the body, improve breath control, relieve stress, boost metabolism, detoxify the system, and strengthen the body-mind connection. Classes are suitable for beginners to Yoga, but will also aim to challenge experienced practitioners.

The highlight of the trip is participation in the PADI Yoga Diver Course, taught by the original course author, Amanda Parr of SoulScuba. Amanda is a certified and experienced Yoga/Meditation teacher, and a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer. St. Kitts and Nevis has been her home base since 2014, meaning she has plenty of local connections and an intimate knowledge of the island to share with you.

In the PADI Yoga Diver Course, participants learn how to integrate fundamental Yoga concepts and practices into their scuba diving experience. Through knowledge development and discussion, land-based Yoga classes, and open water dives, we will address anxiety and buoyancy issues using breath control and meditation, encourage a heightened state of awareness and safety by applying mindfulness techniques to the entire dive experience, and even participate in an underwater Yoga class! Both new and seasoned divers have benefited from this course, enhancing their focus, relaxation, buoyancy, air consumption, and sense of oneness with the underwater world.

The Yoga Diver course is open to all Open Water certified divers (including those trained through certifying agencies other than PADI). No previous Yoga experience is necessary. If you are fit to dive (as confirmed by the PADI medical questionnaire) then you are fit to take the Yoga Diver Course!

If you are not yet a certified diver, here is your opportunity! There is an option available for you to complete your knowledge development and confined water training at home and complete your certification with 4 open water dives in the warm, blue, Caribbean waters in Nevis.

In addition to Yoga and Scuba Diving, you will also enjoy guided sightseeing excursions of both St. Kitts & Nevis, a guided rainforest/waterfall hike, Traditional Vegan “Ital” Rastafarian meal and beach bonfire, and have the opportunity to mingle with the locals and enjoy the relaxed, cool vibe of a unique Caribbean island.

Price:

$1,395.00 US (Shared Double)

$1,095.00 non-diver

Additions:

$500.00 single supplement for private room
$250.00 Open Water referral check out dives

What’s Included:

– 7 nights Beachfront Accommodation at Oualie Beach Resort, Nevis

– Daily Yoga and Meditation offerings, including some unique specialty classes (suitable for all levels)

– 5 boat dives (2 Yoga Diver certification dives and 3 fun dives. ! Snorkelling excursion for non-divers. Non-certified divers enquire about PADI Open Water Referral options)

– PADI Yoga Diver manual & certification

– Guided tour of Nevis

– Guided sightseeing excursion to St. Kitts (includes ferry, taxi, and admission to sights)

– Guided Rainforest and Waterfall hike

– Daily Breakfast

– Rastafarian “Ital” meal (vegan & gluten-free) at the beach and beach bonfire

– Airport and ferry transfers, transportation to and from scheduled group activities

What’s Not Included:

– Round trip airfare to St. Kitts Basseterre Airport (SKB)

– Daily Lunch and Dinner

– additional activities and transportation to non-group activities

– gratuities

Booking Conditions:

$500 deposit due upon registration. Full amount due 30 days prior to trip start. No refunds 30 days prior to trip start

For more information or to book, contact Amanda at SoulScuba

amanda.soulscuba@gmail.com