Are you ready for a rich, juicy, and fascinating yoga deep dive into Yoga Evolution? Join our dear friends Baxter Bell, MD and Melina Meza under Montana’s Big Sky to explore the evolution of your personal yoga practice. Ideally, your practice changes, shifts and grows over time so it stays continuously relevant to your shifting life circumstances and the goals for your one-of-a-kind life. This week is all about refining, refreshing, and advancing your practice — so it is free to evolve!
During your time at the Feathered Pipe Ranch with Baxter and Melina*, you’ll have time to dive in to how the world of yoga itself is evolving thanks to new discoveries gleaned from ongoing research on how yoga can support Healthy Aging and personal well-being. Baxter will share some of the newest and most relevant findings from such diverse topics as bone health and brain function. Wait till you try on some of his sometimes surprisingly easy new practices! Sessions with Melina, refracted through the beautiful prism of Ayurveda, will address adapting diet, exercise or yoga practice, and daily rituals to synchronize with the seasons and stages of life. Time with Melina is always built around the goal of identifying customized approaches that promote quality of life and physical health.
Let your evolution begin! With Baxter and Melina as your guides, you’ll enjoy accessible concepts of yoga’s evolution, share well-balanced stress reducing yoga practices, and receive support to design a sustainable lifestyle and yoga practice that support you in your current stage of life. The yogis say it is never too late, or too early, to consider sequencing your life today for a healthier tomorrow. This retreat will get you started on this evolutionary path and ready you for navigating all that life presents to you.
*Melina will be joining the retreat on Monday, August 14.
About Baxter Bell, MD
Baxter Bell, MD, eRYT500 fell in love with yoga in 1993 while he was working full-time as a family physician. His appreciation for the potential of yoga for fostering health, healing, and equanimity was so great, he soon stepped down from his medical practice and trained to become a yoga teacher. Now he focuses on teaching yoga full time, both to ordinary students of all ages and physical conditions, and to the next generation of yoga teachers, to whom he teaches anatomy and yoga therapy along with his accessible, skillful style of yoga. He also sees students privately, helping them use yoga to help heal from and/or cope with a wide range of medical conditions. At this point, with 17 years of teaching experience under his belt, Baxter brings a unique perspective to his teaching, combining his understanding of anatomy and medicine with his skill at instructing people from all walks of life and all levels of ability.
In addition to teaching classes, workshops, and retreats internationally, Baxter is a presenter at Yoga Journal Conferences and the International Association of Yoga Therapy’s Sytar Conference, and teaches online courses and classes at Yoga U Online. Baxter is also the co-founder and writer for the popular Yoga for Healthy Aging blog, where he shares his knowledge of medical conditions, anatomy, and yoga with practitioners and teachers across the world. He has written articles for Yoga Journal and the journal of the International Association of Yoga Therapy. And he is often quoted as an expert on yoga and health by major national news outlets such as the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.
About Melina Meza
Melina Meza (BS Nutrition, Ayurvedic Health Educator, Certified Yoga for Aging Teacher, 500-ERYT) has been sharing her knowledge of Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, and whole foods nutrition with yogis around the world for over 20 years. Melina pioneered Seasonal Vinyasa, an innovative multi-disciplined approach to well-being, and is the author of the Art of Sequencing books and the creator of the Yoga for the Seasons – Fall Vinyasa DVD. Since 1997, Melina has been teaching yoga at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers in Seattle, Washington, where she also is Co-Director of their 200- and 500-Hour Teachers’ Training Program.
Currently residing in Oakland California, Melina facilitates year-round yoga and Ayurveda workshops and leads retreats in extraordinary sanctuaries around the world. Her continual growth as a teacher and practitioner has been influenced by studying with numerous instructors, including Dr. Robert Svoboda, Scott Blossom, Jin Sung, Sarah Powers, Gary Kraftsow, Kathleen Hunt, and Baxter Bell, MD. Retreats and sabbaticals are also vital to Melina’s personal practice and bring her deeper reflection and inspiration.
Melina holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Bastyr University, where she deepened her interest in the world of whole foods nutrition, and is a certified Ayurvedic Health Educator from the California College of Ayurveda. While attending Bastyr, she found what her body, mind, and spirit had been waiting for — yoga. From her very first class in 1993, she have never stopped exploring the physical, mental, and spiritual practices passed down from the ancient sages. Yoga has been the “launching pad” — as her teacher Gary Kraftsow describes it — that has rocketed her into a life journey of cultivating the disciplines necessary to gain insight and wisdom integral to being healthy, compassionate, and radiant, as well as how to share those gifts with others.
Check out Melina’s unique offerings on the Yoga Anytime, YogaUonline, or at Gaiamtv and practice from the comfort of your own home.
Our lodging options offer the finest in rustic comfort. Indoor and outdoor choices include a variety of private or shared accommodations ranging from chalet-style rooms to tents, tipis and yurts nestled in the forest.
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After retreat registration, Feathered Pipe office staff will contact you to confirm your lodging preference. Accommodations include all meals and use of all amenities – our bathhouse, sauna, hot tub, as well as all the Feathered Pipe Ranch facilities and grounds.
Accommodations exclude massage and bodywork.
Pricing & Registration
Program tuition and basic accommodations: $1795
Basic accommodations are shared room Main Lodge, Yurt, Sai Condo or single Tipi/Tent, and include meals and use of all amenities – our bathhouse, sauna, hot tub, as well as all the Feathered Pipe Ranch facilities and grounds. Other housing options are available for a supplemental fee; please see pricing details below.
A $500 deposit is required to secure online registration/payment.
Airport shuttle service on the day of arrival/departure is an additional $65. Non-arrival/departure shuttle service is $100.
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