25 Days Intensive Meditation & Yoga Retreat in Mazunte, Mexico

Intensive Yoga and Medication Course on the Mexican Pacific Coast

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

Also known as the Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive, this is a holistic course that creates the conditions for the revelation of our 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. This retreat is a highly beneficial and transformative program that can bring amazing purifications at the physical, psychological, and mental levels. You will learn how to awaken and become aware of subtle energies, the chakra system, and kundalini, which facilitates a profound psycho-mental regeneration.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily morning meditation sessions
  • 2 daily Hatha Yoga sessions for 20 days
  • Daily evening lecture series on fundamental yogic topics
  • Extracurricular activities including movie nights, devotional singing evenings, and sharing circles
  • Daily vegan breakfast and dinner for 20 days
  • Qualified, 500-hour certified teachers
  • 24 nights accommodation

Yoga styles


20 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Hridaya Yoga provides two comfortable six-bed 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.

You may choose to reserve a private room for yourself, or you can choose the shared option to be placed with a roommate. 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 Center will be happy to support you in finding financially accessible options in the nearby towns of San Agustinillo and Mazunte.

Hridaya Yoga International Module 1 Intensive Yoga Retreat Program

Course Overview

This course features 3 classes per day for 20 days. There are 2-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. Additionally, you may participate in one-hour daily Hridaya morning meditations.

This Hridaya Yoga intensive yoga course aims, through its vision, methods and attitudes, to make these teachings resonate more deeply within each of us. They are rooted in the consciousness of oneness, and our highest priority is to keep the universality of the message, beyond dogma and biases.

The teachings unfold over four weeks: week 1 (introduction on subtle structures), week 2 (purifications), week 3 (spiritual transformations and grace), and week 4 (integration in daily life). You will receive a course booklet that provides valuable information regarding the theory introduced in the Hatha Yoga classes. Supplementary materials for evening lectures are available in a separate booklet.

Course Curriculum

The teachings presented in this retreat include:

  • Hridaya Hatha Yoga principles and the stages of doing an asana
  • A comprehensive explanation of more than 40 asanas, yogic techniques, and warm-up exercises
  • The yogic system of chakras: yogi psychology
  • About nadis (subtle energy channels), the 5 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 and 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

Hridaya Hatha Yoga

The practice of Hatha Yoga provides an intimate inner knowledge of the physical body, of its bio-energies, chakras (energy centers), and of our ultimate nature. Therefore, a contemplative attitude and an awareness of what we essentially are is an important part of the practice.

Hridaya Hatha Yoga is unique because:

  • It teaches us how to open to the limitlessness of energy. What we consider to be just our energies are revealed as being universal.
  • It opens our hearts deeply, bringing the perspective of Advaita Vedanta, the vision of non-duality.
  • Hridaya Hatha Yoga creates the condition for a deep relaxation and for opening to realize the transfiguration of the body itself.

Continuing Yoga Education

This Hridaya Intensive Yoga Retreat: Module 1 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

Instructors

Hridaya teachers
All of Hridaya's courses are lead by teachers who have completed the intensive 500-hour Hridaya Teacher Training Course.

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. TThe three yoga halls and our 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

There is an option to book two vegan meals per day made and served with love in the Hridaya Yoga dining room. The meals are delicious, simple, and vegan. The dining room cannot accommodate food allergies and other special requests. If you generally are a very selective eater with many special preferences, you may prefer to join the retreat without adding the meal plan. No meal refunds will be given once the retreat begins.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

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 Magicas de Copalitilla, only two hours of distance, 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 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, countless birds, and more

What's included

  • 3 daily yogic theory and practice sessions for 20 days
  • 24 nights accommodation
  • Daily morning meditation sessions
  • Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive course booklet
  • Optional extracurricular activities
  • Vegan breakfast and dinner for 20 days

What's not included

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

How to get there

Arrival by Airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Puerto Escondido International Airport (PXM) or Bahias de Huatulco International Airport (HUX). When you arrive in Mazunte, walk along the main street with the ocean on your right. You will pass the Turtle Center, and soon after the road will begin to climb. The center is located at the peak of the hill. If you start going downhill again, you have gone too far.

Arrival by Bus

From Mexico City, you have to go to one of these two bus stations, Central del Sur Taxquea or TAPO. Look for the bus company ADO (Camiones ADO). There, you should ask for a ticket to go to Pochutla, Oaxaca (pronunciation would be: Wahaka). It costs around 750 MXN. Usually, it departs at 19:30 and it takes around 16 hours to get to Pochutla.

Alternatively, if you are heading from Puerto Escondido International Airport (PXM), walk out of the airport to the road, cross the street, and take a collectivo (trucks with blue tarp roofing over back) which will cost you around 10 MXN or less to the town. From there, you can catch a bus from near the SuperChe supermarket (40 MXN). Ask the driver to drop you off at Las Cruces de San Antonio, the crossroads where the OXXO convenience store is located. From there, you can take a taxi or collectivo for 5 MXN to Mazunte or San Agustinillo.

If you are heading from Oaxaca City to Pochutla, there are two options for this. Either take the first class tourist bus that takes a longer (eight to nine hours), but less windy route, or a regular minibus that is faster (six hours), but takes very curvy mountain roads (Dramamine recommended for those who suffer from motion sickness).

To take the first class bus, go to the ADO Bus Station in Oaxaca to buy a ticket. There are several departures each day including one overnight bus and there are several mini-bus companies. You can search about it online or ask someone at your guesthouse in Oaxaca for a recommendation. Their departure times will vary seasonally so call ahead and check the schedule.

Arrival by Taxi

There are several ways if you would like to take a taxi. Taxis are available at both airports. You can take a taxi from inside the airports directly to the Center, but this is the most expensive option and will probably be around 800 MXN. For the cheapest price, walk from the airport terminal to the main road and catch a taxi from there to the Center, it will cost approximately 350 to 450 MXN.

Alternatively, if you are coming from Pochutla, you can to take a taxi (around 150 MXN) or a colectivo truck (10 MXN) to get to the Center. Tell the driver to drop you at "El Neem" or "el centro de yoga entre Mazunte y San Agustinillo."

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.
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Please note that the tuition-only cost for this program is 335 USD.

Thursday September 13, 2018
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