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6 Days Mexico Yoga Retreat

  • Yelapa, Mexico


Yoga Retreats in Mexico

Engage in a yoga retreat to the south of Puerto Vallarta, at Yelapa, Mexico. The retreat comprises of 9 yoga classes led by Leah Gillman and assisted by Alek Trail and Jovida Ross. This retreat is for students in relatively good physical condition, who have a basic familiarity with Vinyasa Flow yoga’s commonly used asanas and transitions.


  • Engage in 9 yoga classes
  • Deepen your practice in Vinsaya flow
  • Enjoy local, fresh tropical fruits and vegetables, and farm-raised meats
  • Indulge in a yoga retreat in a natural surrounding
  • Train under the guidance of yoga experts
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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The accommodations provided are unique and comfortable, with thatched roofs that harmonize with the surroundings and open walls to let in the cool jungle breezes. Beds are suspended from the ceiling and have mosquito nets. Fresh, safe drinking water is provided at bedside. Bath facilities have rosewood counter-tops, ornate tile sinks, and hot water. They signify rustic elegance. All casitas enjoy the peace and beauty of Yelapa.

Sunday, January 22

  • 12:00 Meet at the Los Muertos Pier in downtown Puerto Vallarta
  • 12:30 Water taxi departs for Yelapa. Once in Yelapa, there is a 15 minute walk to the retreat site
  • 13:30 Arrive and settle in
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Yoga class
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Dinner

Monday, January 23

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Yoga class
  • 09:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
  • 17:00 – 18:30 Yoga class
  • 18:30 – 19:30 Dinner

Tuesday, January 24

  • 07:00 – 09:00 Yoga class
  • 09:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
  • 17:00 – 18:30 Yoga class
  • 18:30 – 19:30 Dinner

Wednesday, January 25

  • 07:00 – 09:00 Yoga class
  • 09:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
  • Afternoon is off. You will have the option to sign up for a guided excursion.
  • 18:30 – 19:30 pm Dinner

Thursday, January 26

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Yoga class
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Yoga class
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner

Friday, January 27

  • 07:30 - 09:00 Yoga class
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:45 Meet to walk to beach for water taxi back to Puerto Vallarta
  • If you are flying home this day, choose a flight that departs after 15:30 from Puerto Vallarta International.

Leah Gillman

Leah Gillman is the founder and director of Barefoot Movement. She began using the name ‘Barefoot Movement’ in 2004 to encompass her yoga teaching as well as her Barefoot Bodywork practice (a form of massage where the practitioner uses her feet to work on the client’s body). In 2010, Leah opened the brick and mortar version of Barefoot Movement and a few years later remodeled and expanded the space.

Leah has focused practices in: Ashiatsu (a.k.a. Barefoot Shiatsu), from which Barefoot Bodywork was developed, with Edward Spencer since 2000; in White Crane Silat, a form of Indonesian kung fu since 2008; and in yoga with Mark Horner since 2010. In her earlier years, Leah pursued a career in modern dance and choreography. She began practicing yoga in 1994 and in 1999 she began teaching yoga classes and studying massage. She began teaching Barefoot Bodywork in 2006 and training new yoga teachers in 2008.

Leah’s Flow yoga classes have evolved to include elements from kung fu and dance to better prepare the body for traditional yoga asana and life in general. Her classes take students into a clearer state of physical and mental awareness while expanding their capabilities. For beginners, the focus is on the gross-level placement and movements of the practitioner. Over time, as the blueprint of the method becomes increasingly inherent, the practice shifts toward more subtlety and receptivity. Leah lives in Berkeley with her two, delightful, teenage daughters, Naomi and Olivia.

Alek Trail

Alek came to yoga in her late teens, and since then has been exploring and experimenting with the physical and mental practice as a way to stay curious, humbled, and connected. With a background in modern dance and improvisational movement, yoga has provided her different perspectives to approach and refine the subtle body and mind. With her teaching philosophy rooted in authenticity, kinesthetic awareness, and question-asking and answering, her intention is for her students to walk out of her classes feeling as though they have a deeper sense of their inner-landscape with which they can dive deeper, intellectually, spiritually, and physically. She strives to facilitate an experience for the practitioner to become more familiar with the subtle body- allowing them to hone awareness, drop in, and gain more mindful insight into their own unique personal practice. Alek received her 500-hour certification with Leah Gillman at Barefoot Movement.

Jovida Ross

Raised by a yoga teacher, Jovida was introduced to asanas at an early age. Contorting into shapes with animal names was a fun game as a child. Based on this early exposure, she practiced asana and meditation casually through adolescence and college. As an adult she turned to yoga in the midst of personal and professional transitions and found healing as well as inspiration in the practice. Jovida found her yoga home at Barefoot Movement in 2010 after a number of years sampling a variety of yoga styles and teachers. She completed the Flow Yoga Teacher Training I in 2012, and earned the 500 hour certification through Barefoot Movement’s Flow Yoga Teacher Training II in early 2014. Her primary yoga influences are Leah Gillman‘s alignment-attentive vinyasa flow that incorporates insights from martial arts and dance; vigorous vinyasa teachers such as Stephanie Snyder and Naushon Kabat-Zinn; and practitioner training with Mark Horner, which she began in early 2014.

Outside of her yoga practice, she shares her nonprofit management expertise as a consultant, trainer and coach with Movement Strategy Center, where she also practices 60-40 Stance, an applied mind-body technology that incorporates aspects of Mu-i Tai Ji Zen, developed by Norma Wong of the Institute of Applied Zen.

The retreat takes place in Yelapa, Mexico.

Los Naranjos provides three meals a day using local, fresh tropical fruits and vegetables, and farm-raised meats. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available.

  • 3 meals a day
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 9 yoga classes
  • Water taxi to and from Yelapa from the Los Muertos Pier in Puerto Vallarta
  • Any extra food, beverages
  • Round-trip airfare to Puerto Vallarta (PV), MX
  • Round-trip transportation from PV to Yelapa if not able to meet with scheduled water taxi
  • Round-trip transportation to/from the airport
For information about the booking conditions, please send Barefoot Movement an inquiry.
  • Review by Jalal
    10 out of 10

    "For about a year, I was a semi-regular attendee of Leahs classes at the Oakland YMCA. I just wanted to thank Leah for the positive impact shes had on my life. Her teachings set me on the path of a lifelong yoga devotee. I dont need to tell you the benefits Ive enjoyed from that gift. As someone who has had a limited, yet wide, variety of experiences with yoga, I want you to know that my experience with Leah stands out as the most engaging, educational, and enjoyable. When I think of the positive forces in my life, my yoga practice invariably comes to mind. Leah is most definitely to thank for that. I would be grateful if, someday, I were given the opportunity to practice with Leah again. In the meantime, I hope that she is being rewarded for the good that she has brought into the lives of others."

    Barefoot Movement website, edited

  • Review by Kim Rankin
    10 out of 10

    "Leahs classes have been transformational for my yoga practice. Her combination of precision, athleticism, grace, and playfulness has been a delight to experience. She challenges me to go to my edge, yet is always flexible and accommodation - the sign of a true teacher."

    Barefoot Movement website, edited

  • Review by Roxanne Fuller
    10 out of 10

    "Leah is an exceptional Yoga instructor. She is sensitive to her students needs, their challenges, and to their personal goals. She pays attention to detail, adjusting the pose as needed, with gentle compassion. I am motivated to be mindful and to challenge myself. At the end of Yoga practice, I feel the benefits of meditation, and my body feels more energized and free."

    Barefoot Movement website, edited

Oakland, United States

Barefoot Movement is a down-to-earth, community-oriented studio that offers friendly, personal approach to practice, and in-depth study of yoga and bodywork.

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Arrival: Sunday January 22, 2017
Departure: Friday January 27, 2017

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