Belize Yoga Retreat | Island Expeditions

Basecamp Yoga in Belize!

Yoga By The Sea - Awaken your mind, body, and spirit in Belize through the gentle practice of yoga in stunning natural surroundings.

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Over ten years ago we introduced yoga practice and instruction to a few select Basecamp departures. After just a few sessions, with a magnificent backdrop of the sun rising over the Caribbean, we were wondering why it took us so long to join the two! Our guests, most of whom had never tried yoga, told us how much they enjoyed the daily practice. Not only is yoga a perfect form of exercise to loosen up before or after our day of active adventures, it also brings relaxation, balance, and mindfulness to ease away the complexities and stresses of our busy lives. Join us at Glover's Reef or Lighthouse Atoll as we bring yoga to the sea with certified yoga instructors on select departures during our season. Please call or email for details. Another great reason to travel with Island Expeditions!  

2018 / 2019 Yoga Instructors

Below are several of the Yoga instructors joining select departures of our Basecamp trips to Glover's Reef and Lighthouse Reef

JULIA KAUFMAN  

Julia began practicing yoga at the age of 19, which led her to a career as a vinyasa teacher/junkie in New York City and avid lover of traveling and self-exploration. At age 25 she took a leap of faith and moved to Israel, a very distant place from where she called home. But the practice of yoga is universal and portable, the yoga practice is there for us wherever we go, we can be held whenever we need. She is a student of religious texts, with a bachelor degree from NYU. She teaches and leads retreats now to bring to others the same sense of transformation and compassion that yoga delivers her. Her classes are challenging, graceful and spontaneous. Julia is thrilled to be joining the Island Expeditions team this December in her mother’s home region of Central America.
Glover's Reef & Mayan Caves - Dec 3, 10
Glover's Getaway - 5 Days - Dec 5, 12
Glover's Getaway - 4 Days - Dec 9, 16
Epic Belize - Nov 30

LISA BENNETT 
Lisa began practicing yoga over ten years ago. When diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in 2010, yoga became an integral part of her healing. Lisa is now a seven year survivor! After visiting Lighthouse Reef as a guest, she decided to become a certified yoga instructor and return to lead yoga classes. Lisa believes that morning yoga at base camp should focus on a restorative, awakening, spiritual practice that targets the muscle groups used from snorkeling and kayaking. Her morning practice is a welcoming practice that is catered to individual needs and abilities. She will assist you in your poses and offer you modifications. Lisa believes that yoga is for everyone no matter what age or level or ability. 
Lighthouse 6 Night Adventure  - Dec 20, 24, 28 
Lighthouse Getaway  - Dec 21, 25, 29

NATALIE BOWMAN

Natalie began her yoga practice at age 12, when she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis and had spinal fusion. She uses lessons learned from her own life to positively impact the lives of her students through self-acceptance and embracing the challenges of life. Her yoga practice is slow, healing, and empowering. Natalie works with all ages from children's yoga to geriatric classes and can easily adapt classes to be an uplifting and enjoyable experience for each person regardless of age, experience, or physical capabilities. She has traveled to over 20 countries and taught in many of them; she is very excited to add Belize through Island Expeditions to her explorations!
Glover's Reef & Mayan Caves - Jan 14, 21
Glover's Getaway - 5 Days - Jan 16, 23
Glover's Getaway - 4 Days - Jan 20, 27

JILL DOROSZ  
Jill Dorosz is an experienced yoga teacher, 500 RYT, influenced by the ParaYoga, Anusara, and Lyengar styles of Hatha yoga; a certified Tai Chi/Qigong instructor; and an energy healer through Reiki, External Chi Healing, and Reflexology. Her professional allied health experience informs her teaching and practices.  Jill is an expert at distilling the essential aspects of yoga into a program suitable for persons of all ages and physical abilities. All her classes include relaxation, pranayama (breath work), and meditation. As an avid kayaker, stand-up paddler, and master swimmer, she is also experienced in integrating yoga practice in these water sports. We are honored to welcome Jill back for her fifth year with us! 
Lighthouse 6 Night Adventure  - Jan 25, 29, Feb 8, 12  
Lighthouse Getaway  - Jan 26, 30, Feb 9, 13  
Lighthouse 8 Night Adventure  - Feb 3

SHAWNA ZYLSTRA
A true ‘Gypsy Soul’, Shawna is free spirited, authentic, wildly passionate and always looking for adventures – a fun person to be around.  She loves yoga, travelling and hosting events so she turned her passions into a business with Gypsy Souls Yoga and couldn’t be happier to be sharing her energy and enthusiasm with our Island Expeditions guests at our Basecamp paradise in Belize!
Glover's Reef & Mayan Caves - Jan 28 & Feb 4
Glover's Getaway - 5 Days - Jan 30 & Feb 6
Glover's Getaway - 4 Days - Feb 3 & 10
Epic Belize - Feb 1

JODI DODD  
Jodi started doing yoga regularly in 2007 and fell in love with the practice. She is passionate about sharing this practice and its benefits with as many people as possible. Jodi has always had a love for the outdoors and her soul thrives on being out in nature and near the water. She has been teaching SUP Yoga classes in the Whistler area since 2013, and she has spent time teaching yoga on the remote shores of Nicaragua and other retreat settings; awakening the senses and facilitating breath connection and awareness in beautiful surroundings. Her classes are playful, therapeutic, and grounding. Her intention is to guide students towards more space in the body, deeper connections, greater self-awareness, health, empowerment, and well-being.  We are pleased to welcome Jodi back for her third year with Island Expeditions in Belize! 
Glover's Reef & Mayan Caves - Feb 18, 25
Glover's Getaway - 5 Days - Feb 20, 27
Glover's Getaway - 4 Days - Feb 24, Mar 3

KENDRA TOOTHILL  
Yoga has had a large impact on Kendra's life for over 10 years now. Her personal practice and teachings can include a variety of different types of yoga, all with an intention of coming back into the body and bringing awareness to breath and movement. Kendra's classes allow you to feel grounded and safe in your body as you move through a playful practice rooted in yogic fundamentals such as; breath, alignment and ease of movement. As a person who loves to help guide someone's personal journey, Kendra is incredibly delighted and honoured to be teaching yoga for her second year in beautiful Belize with Island Expeditions! 
Lighthouse 8 Night Adventure  - Jan 19, Feb 17, Mar 3 
Lighthouse 6 Night Adventure  - Jan 1, 11, 15, Feb 22, Mar 2 
Lighthouse Getaway  - Jan 2, 12, 16, Feb 23, Mar 3

LINDY VAN DER BURG 
Lindy studied natural therapies in the 80's in New Zealand, and practiced dance and yoga most of her life. She became a certified yoga instructor in 2014. She is a trained facilitator of Conscious Connected Breathwork and will be offering this as well as yoga classes. Whether you are after slow, deep stretching or a dynamic workout, she will create a practice that will suit your needs on the day. The aim of her practice is to create expansion and letting go of tension or restrictions in the body, relax the nervous system, cleanse toxins, regenerate all areas of the cellular body and establish higher states of awareness. She is inspired by nature and the ocean in Belize and invites you to experience this most beautiful setting by the sea. Namaste 
Lighthouse 8 Night Adventure  - Mar 17 
Lighthouse 6 Night Adventure  - Mar 22, 26, 30  
Lighthouse Getaway  - Mar 23, 27, 31