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Join Christine Boyer and Noel Nichols for an amazing week of Bikram Yoga, HIIT Inferno Hot Pilates, Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Ayurveda, meditation, educational workshops, beach, drinks, food, and fun at Casa Om on the warm sandy beaches of Puerto Morelos, Mexico. We will offer daily Yoga & Pilates classes – the schedule will be decided based on everyone’s wishes. There will be downtime in paradise to explore, go on group excursions like the Mayan ruins, happy hour on the beach, go snorkeling, enjoy quality beach time, have a message sample the delicious local food and drinks and much more. Eat freshly prepared food in a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere. You will come back Happy & Rejuvenated!
Casa Om is located 16 miles (27 kilometers) south of Cancun International Airport (CUN). They rent out 11 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a pool, a koi pond, three kitchens, and a 1000 square foot (92 square meters) yoga room suitable for all types of yoga, including hot yoga.
The yoga room can fit 40 yogis comfortably and has mirrors, heaters, a sound system, mats, towels, blocks, straps, blankets, and chairs. Each bedroom has air conditioning and fans. They provide free Wi-Fi as well. They are a 1-minute-and-29-second walk at a moderate pace from the beach and a 10-minute walk from restaurants, a grocer, and coffee shops.
Casa Om offers a number of nice spaces for groups to gather. Whether you are running a yoga teacher training, or want a space to hang out and relax, we offer the following spaces.
The palapa is great for dining, discussions, outdoor yoga, and meditation.
The yoga room is great for yoga and as a meeting space with the use of a projector. Groups use it for watching movies, massages, and discussions
The dining area sits up to 16 people. Its a nice space to have an air conditioned dinner, meeting, or to play games
The pool is a great space to cool off, hang out, or have a small group discussion.
The deck across the street is a public space. Casa Om is at the quiet end of town and usually this space is nice for a morning class overlooking the ocean as the sun rises. Watch the waves crash on the coral reef in the distance or take this entrance to walk on the beach.
Puerto Morelos is home to one of the largest coral reefs in the world. Catch a boat out to the reef and snorkel for hours or just hang out on the calm beach and relax until your heart is content.
When all attendees have been confirmed, we will do a survey to decide the best times and classes for everyone's preference. We will have two to three classes per day with one or two educational workshops. You will have a free day for excursions to go exploring if you choose and time to go the beach, relax and have some fun!
There will be two to three classes held daily, either in the heated yoga room, on the roof overlooking the ocean or on the public deck on the beach. Classes are for all levels and include Bikram yoga, Vinyasa yoga, yoga Nidra and interval training - a full body workout to fun, energetic music.
Afternoon classes may include yoga Nidra (a deep relaxation technique that means yogic sleep), Pranayama (breathing exercises), and / or meditation to facilitate rest and relaxation for the body and mind. We may also do an evening pranayama and meditation session before bed to help facilitate sleep. This vacation is for you to feel good, refresh, renew, and rejuvenate.
This retreat will take place in Puerto Morales, Mexico.
At Casa Om, they run a full gourmet vegetarian kitchen. They offer extensive Mexican, Thai, New American, and Lebanese food options. All dishes are prepared with a healthy yogic lifestyle in mind. They offer gluten free and vegan options as well.
The head chef, Eduardo, is a former restaurateur; he brings more than 10 years of professional cooking experience to Casa Om. He is passionate about food and his cooking classes are a favorite amongst visitors. Those passionate about cuisine will find a like-minded soul.
Between classes you will have ample time to rest and relax by the pool, in the hammock, on the quiet white sand beach or have a spa treatment at the Casa Om spa. The reef at Puerto Morelos is spectacular and easily accessible. Snorkeling is fabulous, either from the shore or by boat.
You can enjoy touring the Mayan ruins in Tulum, the preserved indigenous botanical gardens, go shopping locally or in Playa del Carmen and / or visit the Mayan city of Chichen Itza, one the seven wonders of the world. You are free to go on excursions any day you like, and Wednesday we may hold one early morning class to reserve that day for those who wish to go on a full day excursion. All Activities can be booked directly at Casa Om.
Puerto Morelos has an excellent variety of restaurants, ranging from Uruguayan food, Vegetarian, Indian, Mexican, Fusion gourmet, and more. Most places offer a fish and sea food menu, but you can always ask them to prepare you something vegetarian. You can find a wider variety of options in Playa del Carmen and Cancun, as well as numerous organic stores of fine delicatessen products from the region.
Have a spa treatment in Casa Om's spa, and let all of your stress melt away. The in-house therapists offer a breath work therapy, Polynesian massage, or reconnective healing to relax you during your stay. Casa Om also partners with Mayan healer Avelino May Xul, who practices energetic healing techniques rooted in Mayan culture. He comes to Casa Om one day a week, by appointment only, so please let the manager know in advance.
Thanks to the coral reef, Puerto Morelos has excellent water conditions allowing you to enjoy this friendly exercise while contemplating on an unusual panorama off the shore. It will just take you a few hours, but the silence above the water might be exactly what you need.
Ek Balam is one of the most ancient, and more recently restored Mayan cities in the area. You can rent a bike to ride across the jungle, go on top of the main pyramid, and visit a refreshing cenote full of geological formations and a very fun zip line. It’s only a two-hour drive from Puerto Morelos, and on the way you can also visit the colonial town of Valladolid.
Just three kilometers away from Casa Om, you can go to the botanical gardens of Puerto Morelos for a nice walk in the shade. As you explore this beautiful green park, look for spider monkeys, discover rugged temple ruins, and cross a swinging bridge. It takes about 90 minutes for this local adventure, and it’s the only place in the region where you will find preserved and pure indigenous nature.
As one of the world’s premier tourist destinations, the shopping options in the Riviera Maya are impressive. You will find everything, from ultra-chic designer stores and famous brand names to flea markets and souvenir shops. There are many shopping malls in Cancun and Playa del Carmen, all offering the avid shopper a real treat; however, if you are looking for real and authentic Mexican handmade gifts you can go over the Market 28th in Cancun as well as to the 5th Avenue (Quinta Avenida) in Playa del Carmen, which is a pedestrian street where restaurants, shops, art galleries, and various services are located.
Every Thursday during the evening, arts and cultural bazaars are installed along 5th Avenue, where you can find and get original pieces directly from their authors.
The Mayan city of Chichen Itza is the jewel of the archeological sites in the Yucatan peninsula. Considered one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza’s more famous landmark is the main pyramid call “El CasFllo” There is also a sacred cenote on the site where ancient Mayans used to perform a lot of sacrifices.
It is a four-hour drive from Puerto Morelos, but visits can include a stop in the colonial town of Valladolid, where excellent vegetarian food can be found. The excursion will take a whole day, but this majestic site will not disappoint you.
If you want to swim with the largest fish in the world, in the Riviera Maya you can do it. From mid May to mid September, this area has the privilege to receive the largest migration of the mighty whale sharks. Casa Om's manager can help you make a reservation for the transportation to pick you up and take you to Punta Sam, where you will get on a boat that will take you in to open waters, where the sharks can be found.
The boat ride is about an hour long and, to avoid damaging the sharks, sunscreen is not allowed before swimming with them. It is recommended that you sleep well, take a t-shirt with you and avoid eating a lot before getting on the boat. Remember to please not leave any trash and avoid touching the sharks.
Xel-ha and Xplor Xcaret amusement parks are known for the quality of their shows, delicious food, huge aquariums, and beautiful locations. From adventure to nature, Xcaret parks have it all. For the more adventurous, Xplor offers underground caves, ATVs and thrilling zip lines.
Lovers of nature will enjoy Xel-ha’s incredible sea life but, for a more complete experience, Xcaret main park and its famous night show will take you through the history of Mexican culture, ranging from ancient civilization to modern identity. Food is included inside of the parks, so it is recommended that you plan a whole day for your visit.
The bay of Akumal (one hour south of Puerto Morelos) is famous for its unique visitors: the sea turtles that can be found there all year long feeding from the sea grass that grows in the bay. It is important not to touch the turtles, but you can swim very close to them and visit the coral reef of the area. In Akumal, there is also the Yalku lagoon, where cenote waters meet with seawater, creating a natural aquarium where you will find hundreds of colorful fishes.
If you want to have a night full of emotions and imagination, the Riviera Maya is one of the few places in the world where you can experience a show hosted by this renowned circus. The performance starts between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. and last 70 minutes,
The Tulum ruins are just two hours south of Puerto Morelos. It is one of the main ceremonial centers of the ancient Mayans. Today, the archeological site is one of the most visited locations of the Riviera Maya. Its location and turquoise mythic waters will not disappoint any expectations. Casa Om can help you arrange a transportation that will pick you up, take you there, help you by the entrances, wait for you, and bring you back. To avoid big crowds it is recommnded that you go very early and avoid weekends.
Puerto Morelos is located in front of a National Marine Park, which includes the Mesoamerican coral reef, the second largest reef in the world. There are amazing scuba diving and snorkeling spots right in front of Casa Om. You can walk from Casa Om to the beach, get on a boat, snorkel on the reef, and come back in less than three hours. There is also snorkeling excursions in Isla Mujeres and Contoy Island, but consider that going there will take a whole day.
If you feel like having a quiet night out you can catch a movie at one of many movie theaters in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. You can find 3D theaters in Cancun and Playa del Carmen and 4D theaters in Cancun. Films are played on their original language and with Spanish subtitles, but sometimes they are translated so make sure you check at the ticket office first.
Please book your flight to arrive at Cancun International Airport (CUN). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Christine Boyer will pick you up from the airport. Casa Om is a 20-minute drive from the airport.
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