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24 Day Module 1 Intensive Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Mazunte

Hridaya Yoga Center, Mazunte, Oaxaca, 70900, Mexico

Intensive Yoga and Meditation Course on the Mexican Pacific Coast

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Mexico.

The Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive is a holistic course that creates the conditions for the revelation of your real nature, the "Spiritual Heart". It is a life-changing journey in which fundamental spiritual topics are introduced in both a practical and theoretical way. The practice of Hatha yoga provides an intimate inner knowledge of the physical body, bio-energies, and chakras (energy centers), as well as of your ultimate nature. Therefore, a contemplative attitude and an awareness of what you essentially are is an important part of the practice.

Meet the instructors

Hridaya
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Highlights

  • Daily morning meditation sessions
  • Twice daily Hatha yoga sessions for 19 days
  • Daily evening lecture series on fundamental yogic topics
  • Extracurricular activities like movie and devotional singing evenings and sharing circles
  • You will have qualified, 500-hour certified teachers
  • 23 nights accommodation

Yoga styles


19 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 27 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
09:00

Hridaya Yoga provides two comfortable dormitories and spacious private rooms with eco-friendly bathrooms. Guests enjoy the use of a refrigerator, access to clean drinking water, and two vegan meals per day. As accommodation at the Hridaya Yoga Center is limited, you are welcome to join this retreat without purchasing the lodging package. If you need assistance in finding alternative accommodation in the event they are fully booked or you would like to stay on after your course ends, Hridaya Yoga will be happy to support you in finding financially accessible options in the nearby towns of San Agustinillo and Mazunte.

Program

Hridaya Hatha yoga is unique because:

  • It teaches how to open to the limitlessness of energy. What you consider to be just “your energies” are revealed as being universal.
  • It opens your hearts deeply, bringing the perspective of Advaita Vedanta, the vision of non-duality.

Hridaya Hatha yoga creates the condition for deep relaxation and for an opening to realize the “transfiguration” of the body itself. The Hridaya yoga retreat: Module 1 Intensive is a highly beneficial and transformative program that can bring amazing purifications at the physical, psychological, and mental levels. Learning how to awaken and become aware of subtle energies, the chakra system, and Kundalini allows a profound psycho-mental regeneration.

Schedule

The first component of Module 1 features three classes per day for 19 days. As Sundays are free, the retreat experience spans 22 days. There are two-hour morning and afternoon sessions that include yogic theory, Hatha yoga practice (asana and pranayama), and short meditations. Evening lectures present a variety of important topics in yogic philosophy and lifestyle, all taught from a Hridaya yoga perspective.

Module 1 also includes an additional day when you join together to perform a traditional yogic purification practice. Hridaya also encourages participation in one-hour daily Hridaya morning meditations. Please note that although the first component of Module 1 is a 19-day course, you are welcome to join any day and complete as many days as your heart desires.

The (optional) second component of Module 1 is the participation in a Hridaya silent meditation retreat. You may choose to attend the retreat for either three or ten days in order to allow yourself to delve deeper into the essence of meditation and your "Real Nature".

The curriculum of the yoga retreat

The Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive aims, through its vision, methods, and attitudes, to make these teachings resonate more deeply within each of you. They are rooted in the "Consciousness of Oneness" and your highest priority is to keep the universality of the message, beyond dogma and biases. The teachings of Module 1 unfold over four stages:

  • Week 1 - Introduction and subtle structures
  • Week 2 - Purifications*
  • Week 3 - Spiritual transformation and grace
  • Week 4 - Integration in daily life

The curriculum of the Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive includes:

  • Hridaya Hatha yoga principles and the stages of doing an asana. The comprehensive explanation of both the practice and the symbolic significance of more than 40 asanas, yogic techniques, and warm-up exercises
  • The yogic system of chakras - yogi psychology
  • About nadis (subtle energy channels), the five subtle bodies, and the polarity of energy
  • Ramana Maharshi’s "Self-Enquiry" method
  • The infinite softness and power of the "Spiritual Heart"
  • Diet recommendations for yogis; proper diet for a healthy life
  • Yogic purification techniques
  • Cultivating proper attitudes for a Hridaya life (a life lived with an open heart)
  • Overcoming laxity and excitement in spirituality
  • Yoga Nidra - The yoga of sleep/lucid dreaming (The yoga of sleep in the Tibetan tradition)
  • Yogic practices for the sublimation of energy
  • Bhakti yoga - The yoga of devotion
  • The concept of Karma and Karma yoga - The yoga of action done with detachment
  • Pranayama - The control of the energies using rhythmic breathing
  • Simple concentration and meditation techniques

To support your integration of the teachings, you will receive a booklet of course papers that provides valuable information on the theory introduced in the morning classes. Supplementary materials for evening lectures are available in a separate booklet, which you may purchase at the Hridaya Yoga Center or on Amazon.

Continuing education

The Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive is the first part of a systematic and comprehensive yoga course that will include other modules of:

Advanced Hatha yoga practices

Pranayama

Advanced Tantric practices (mudras and bandhas for Kundalini awakening)

Meditation

Once you have attended the Hatha yoga module, you are welcome to attend that same course at Hridaya France on a donation basis (meals and accommodation not included). Please contact Hridaya for more information.

Instructors

Hridaya teachers

Retreat location

Hridaya Yoga is located in the charming and breathtaking little beach town of Mazunte, on the Pacific Coast of the state of Oaxaca in Southern Mexico. Mazunte is a small, friendly village on the Oaxacan coast. The Hridaya Yoga Center sits atop an attractive hill with a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. The three yoga halls and the sustainably-built accommodations offer an atmosphere of serenity and simple luxury.

Distances

  • Zipolite - 10 minutes
  • Puerto Angel - 25 minutes
  • Pochutla - 30 minutes
  • Puerto Escondido - 1 hour
  • Huatulco - 1 hour

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Due to the global situation concerning COVID-19, Hridaya Yoga International will not offer meal plans during Yoga courses until further notice. There are many restaurants and cafes around Hridaya where you can enjoy healthy vegan and vegetarian options. It is a beautiful opportunity to support the local community and to try to meet your preferences and dietary needs.

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

Things to do (optional)

  • Discover the magical coast of Oaxaca and the three coastal fishing villages of Mazunte, San Agustinillo, and Zipolite.
  • Head to the breathtaking waterfalls of the Cascadas Mágicas de Copalitilla, only two hours distant, but a world away.
  • Join an early morning ocean tour where you will encounter a sea swarming with whales (seasonal), dolphins, turtles, stingrays, and flying fish.
  • Join one of Ola Verde's expeditions, they offer fantastic half-day river rafting excursions on the Rio San Francisco, just north of Tonameca.
  • Relax by the calm bay in nearby San Agustinillo where local cafes line the beach, shelter under a multitude of coconut palms swaying in the breeze, or take your surfboard down to Mazunte or Zipolite for more action-packed surf.
  • Take a 30-minute walk from the Hridaya Yoga Center to Punta Cometa, the southernmost peninsula on the Pacific side of the North American continent, where the sunsets are spectacular.
  • Visit the museum and aquarium of the Mexican Turtle Center in Mazunte and get to know one of the greatest species in the world, the sea turtle.
  • Visit the nearby ecological reserve of Ventanilla, a mangrove swamp where you can see crocodiles, deer, iguanas, birds, and more.

What's included

  • 3 daily yogic theory and practice sessions for 19 days
  • 23 nights accommodation
  • Daily morning meditation sessions
  • Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive course booklet
  • Optional extracurricular activities

What's not included

  • Airfare to Mexico
  • All meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Transportation to the Hridaya Yoga Center
  • Travel or health insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Puerto Escondido International Airport (PXM) or the Bahias de Huatulco International Airport (HUX).

Arrival by bus

From Oaxaca City, you may take a bus to Pochutla. From there, you may take the first-class tourist bus that takes about nine hours but is a less windy route or you may take a regular minibus that will take about six hours but takes very curvy mountain roads.

To take the first-class bus, you may go to the ADO bus station in Oaxaca to buy a ticket. There are several departures each day including one overnight bus. There are several mini-bus companies and also have several departures per day.

Arrival by taxi

Taxis are available at Puerto Escondido International Airport (PXM) or the Bahias de Huatulco International Airport (HUX). You may walk from the airport terminal to the main road and catch a taxi to the venue for about 450 MXN.-Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Puerto Escondido International Airport (PXM) or the Bahias de Huatulco International Airport (HUX).

Arrival by bus

From Oaxaca City, you may take a bus to Pochutla. From there, you may take the first-class tourist bus that takes about nine hours but is a less windy route or you may take a regular minibus that will take about six hours but takes very curvy mountain roads.

To take the first-class bus, you may go to the ADO bus station in Oaxaca to buy a ticket. There are several departures each day including one overnight bus. There are several mini-bus companies and also have several departures per day.

Arrival by taxi

Taxis are available at Puerto Escondido International Airport (PXM) or the Bahias de Huatulco International Airport (HUX). You may walk from the airport terminal to the main road and catch a taxi to the venue for about 450 MXN.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Please note that the tuition-only cost for this program is 420 USD.

Thursday November 19, 2020
(24 days / 23 nights)

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