Yoga and Latin Dance Leaders
On this retreat your yoga practice brings a mindful beginning each day under the leadership of Scott Hobbs. Each afternoon winds down with an inspiring dance lesson from Liz Lira as you prepare to explore the nightlife in the birthplace of Salsa!
Scott Hobbs has been practicing and teaching Iyengar yoga for over 40 years.
In 1984, he founded the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles and Scott was a member of one of the first groups of Americans to be certified as an Iyengar Yoga teacher.
Iyengar Yoga, one of the world’s most widely practiced forms, emphasizes correct alignment of all parts of the body within each yoga pose. This precision builds strength and stamina–balance and flexibility–and a new sense of well-being.
Scott is fortunate to have studied yoga with B.K.S. Iyengar and his children Geeta and Prashant. Currently he teaches at Red Diamond Yoga and studios throughout the Los Angeles area.
Scott’s classes not only feature his many years of expertise but a healthy dose of humor as well.
Liz’s mission is to use the power of Latin Dance to transform lives on and off the Dance Floor!
Liz Lira, a 25-time World Champion Latin Dancer, award-winning choreographer, Grammy’s featured artist, empowerment coach, and inspirational speaker, who’s transformed millions of lives on and off the dance floor. She is also the author of the #1 Amazon best-selling book, The Life-Changing Power of Latin Dance.
Liz isn’t only a champion, but a pioneer in the Latin Dance industry. She holds multiple World, European, and National championships, is a celebrity choreographer for Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and multiple Hollywood feature films. She’s a recognizable personality on television and film, making appearances all over the world.
Liz instills confidence, connection and positivity in all of her students; whether it’s live teaching at her Liz Lira Academy in Los Angeles, in her new online dance series, or leading retreats, workshops and events on the power of femininity and leadership through dance. She is truly a pioneer in the Latin dance world and an ongoing inspiration and trendsetter in her integration off dance and personal transformation.
Way too many years ago a friend convinced me to try a yoga class. I was active but yoga had always been in the “not my thing” bucket. But I tried it and I struggled, I was frustrated by my lack of balance, lack of flexibility, and surprised by my lack of strength. So of course, I was hooked!
Over the years I have met some of the best people ever through yoga classes, and as my practice grew, I noticed the mental benefits were even more powerful than the physical ones.
As a corporate executive I found that mental clarity, focus, intuitive skills, and stress management, were all things learned on my mat that positively impacted my work and personal life. In the same way the movement practice had in my body. And all I had to do was show up on my mat and be present.
Little did I know that one day I would step into a new journey leading an amazing yoga community. My business training and discipline have been very useful, not only managing the yoga business itself, but also as a teacher, trainer, and mentor.
My classes are designed with a specific result in mind, whether that’s to open your hips or to calm your mind to find a meditative state. Each element works together so that by the end of class we work to our goal.
I have designed this adventure in the same way. It’s a celebration of life in the present. It’s about allowing your excitement and joy to crowd out the negativity that has been bombarding our minds over the past couple of years.
Every element of this journey will support your work and even if you have never practiced yoga in your life, you will leave feeling connected, centered, and balanced. You will feel the Joy of being Human and you won’t ever want to let that go! And all you must do is show up and be present.