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Sharon Abbondanza

Sharon AbbondanzaTrained as a yoga therapist, she teaches a blend of yoga therapeutics and flow-style (vinyasa) hatha yoga. Her passion is integrating the radiant practice of vinyasa asana to vitalize the body, and the reflective practices of yoga therapy to refine awareness and promote healing. Sharon is a dynamic teacher, passionate about educating her students through a felt sense of anatomy; she is nurturing and down to earth. With ten years teaching experience, and numerous certifications, Sharon's love of yoga translates into on-going personal studies that include meditation, philosophy, anatomy and Vijnana Yoga. For 7 years, she has been the in-house yoga teacher at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club, collaborates with Ginny Golding to offer Yoga & Golf workshops, and co-facilitates workshops for women, creatively synthesizing yoga and drumming with...

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Brigitte Longueville

Brigitte Longueville(Netherlands) Director of Solstice Yoga Center. Her teachings focus on the opportunity to "restore" innate capacities to their optimal expression through "relaxation as practice" coupled with traditional yoga practice. Her teachings are a reflection of her long study with international teachers and yogis in the area of "traditional" South India yoga, pranayama, critical alignment, anapana and vipassana meditation. She obtained her teaching certificate after completing a 3-year course at The Bharata Institute of Yoga, Amsterdam, Netherlands. The institute is world renowned for it's work in critical alignment. She is a certified Yoga Alliance teacher and teacher trainer. She has been doing pranayama for 25 years and has been practicing vipassana meditation for over 10 years. An international yoga teacher and member of that community, she teaches workshops around the world...

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"I discovered Solstice Yoga Center by chance when searching for a Christmas yoga retreat. I was not disappointed.

The yoga: Intense, especially for a beginner, but the instruction by Brigitte and the two teacher trainers, was outstanding. I felt very well supported and encouraged when overwhelmed and the retreat was definitely a great introduction to the practice of yoga.

The food: Wow!!! My body felt so great and cleansed at the end of the retreat. The food was fresh, clean, natural and beautifully presented. I try to follow a vegan diet whenever possible and the cooks were more than willing to accommodate myself and other guests at each meal.

The accommodation: La Loma Linda is a beautifully constructed, eco friendly accommodation on a hillside overlooking the beautiful surf of Zipolite. The landscaping is beautiful, the owners and staff friendly and helpful, and the rooms clean, natural and calming. The four legged members of the La Loma Linda family were a wonderful addition to the relaxing atmosphere.

All of the components of the Christmas retreat were impressive and I had a rejuvenating and relaxing experience. I left Zipolite and La Loma Linda knowing that I will find my way back there in the future. It is definitely worth a second trip. "
-- teacherinchina, TripAdvisor member