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5 Days Art of Awareness Yoga Retreat in Mexico

Meditation and Yoga Retreat Mexico

Hridaya Yoga International invites you to a yoga and meditation retreat that will leave your mind feeling refreshed and your body feeling relaxed and ready to take on every day demands. This meditation course is dedicated to the study of a central practical scripture of Kashmir Shaivism and Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, focusing mainly on its most inspiring attitudes and meditation methods.

Retreat highlights

  • 2 daily yoga sessions
  • 2 daily meditation sessions
  • Exploring the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra
  • Recommendations for deepening lovemaking
  • 2 daily vegetarian meals (except on Sunday)
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles

3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
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Staying at Hridaya Yoga means you have easy access to everything the center has to offer. The private rooms are spacious, clean, and well-appointed. The single-sex dormitories feature a unique design and excellent mattresses. The two camping areas offer fresh air and peaceful surroundings. The guests can enjoy wireless internet access, use of a refrigerator, and clean drinking water.

Hridaya Yoga International Mexico Yoga Retreat Program

Art of awareness practical meditation workshop

This workshop will emphasize the intimacy and familiarity of these and other similar attitudes. It encourages you to recognize their natural appearance in yourself, when the prepared mind lets go of its limitations and the mysteries beyond maya (the relative world) are unraveled.

This workshop presents an overview of the spiritual approach of Kashmir Shaivism and a summary of Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, but mostly elaborates on a few attitudes and meditation methods and their practical application. It offers inspiration for your real nature to blossom in freedom and love.

Describing both formal and informal contemplative attitudes, the workshop reveals the way in which all these practices emerge naturally from inside, from the very intuition of the spiritual heart. Thus, gradually, they become a way of living, a continuous celebration of life. Sahajananda will highlight how these contemplative practices can simply and effectively be integrated into daily life.

What is Vijnana Bhairava Tantra?

Kashmir Shaivism is a tantric, world-embracing, and non-dual approach to spirituality that originated in northwest India. The Vijnana Bhairava Tantra is hailed as one of the most famous scriptures of this tradition, offering 112 different meditation methods for the sudden recognition of your real nature. This classic text, many times celebrated as a unique jewel in the entire treasury of yoga books, emerged, metaphorically, from the ecstatic lovemaking of Shiva and Shakti within the heart.

Topic coverage

  • Lucid dreaming and the continuity of awareness during sleep (turya)
  • Ways of bringing the mind in a perfect contemplative condition, equanimity, and using the awareness of the breath
  • The awareness of inner lights and sounds seen as an expression of the supreme consciousness
  • The limitlessness of the physical body
  • Wonder, rapture, love, desire, exhaustion, and their role in self-inquiry
  • Recommendations for deepening your sexual experience, revealing how and why ecstatic lovemaking becomes a path to oneness, and much more.

Re-evaluation of concepts

The Vijnana Bhairava Tantra workshop invites you to reconsider some apparently well-known concepts like space, the body, the sense organs, social relationships, etc. Therefore, this workshop is a fascinating invitation to explore new contemplative attitudes from the non-dual tantric tradition.

This recognition of the consciousness of oneness beautifully integrates into the teachings and practice of Hridaya yoga as well as Hridaya practitioners and newcomers alike will learn new practical tools and flavors in the direct knowledge of what you really are, the spiritual heart.

Daily schedule

  • 08:30 - 13:00 Morning session
  • 16:00 - 20:00 Evening session

Retreat location

Hridaya Yoga is located in beautiful Mazunte, 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. Their three yoga halls and newly-constructed, sustainably-built accommodations offer an atmosphere of serenity and simple luxury.


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



  • Boating nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming
  • Whale watching nearby


  • Bar nearby
  • Beach
  • Caf nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Yoga studio


  • Internet access
  • Mosquito net
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Vegan and vegetarian delicious food is always ready in their spacious cafeteria. During the three days of the workshop, three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be served with love and awareness. You will also find an irresistible variety of vegan and vegetarian pastries, cakes, muffins, and herbal teas.

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 Mgicas de Copalitilla. Only two hours distant, but a world away.

Join an early morning ocean tour where you will encounter a sea swarming with life. Whales (seasonal), dolphins, turtles, stingrays, and flying fish are often there to behold.

Join one of Ola Verdes expeditions. They offer fantastic half-day river rafting excursions on the Ro San Francisco, just north of Tonameca.

Leave at first light for the nearby ecological reserve of Ventanilla, a mangrove swamp where you can see crocodiles, deer, iguanas, countless birds, and more.

Relax by the calm bay in nearby San Agustinillo, where local cafs line the beach, sheltering 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 the 30-minute walk from the Hridaya Center to Punta Cometa, the southernmost peninsula on the Pacific side of the North American continent. Here, the sunsets are spectacular, with the fading light bouncing off the sand and cliff faces.

Visit the museum and aquarium of the Mexican Turtle Center in Mazunte and get to know the life of one of the greatest species in the world: the sea turtle.

What's included

  • 2 daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 2 daily vegetarian and vegan meals (except on Sundays)
  • Free drinking water
  • Free internet

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from Mexico
  • Personal expenses
  • Transportation to and from airport

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

You can choose to fly to the Puerto Escondido International Airport (PXM).

The Bahas de Huatulco International Airport (HUX) is also within driving distance of the retreat.

Arrival by bus

From Puerto Escondido, walk out of the airport to the road, cross the street, and take a collectivo (10 MXN or less) into 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 (its the crossroads where the OXXO convenience store is located). From here, you can take a taxi or collectivo (trucks with blue tarp roofing over back) for 5 MXN into Mazunte or San Agustinillo. Or, you may opt to take a more expensive bus which also leaves from the same bus station.

From Pochutla, take a bus 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 winding 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 station in Oaxaca to buy a ticket. There are several departures each day including one overnight bus. There are several mini-bus companies. They also have several departures per day. You can search for one 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

From Huatulco, there are several ways. First, you can take a taxi from inside the airport directly to the retreat, but this is the most expensive option and will probably cost around 800 MXN. You can exit the airport and walk 200 meters down the road. From here, you can take a private taxi (with good bargaining maybe around 400 MXN) directly to the retreat, or to Pochutla and transfer to public transportation. Your last option is to exit the airport and find a shared taxi to Pochutla, which should cost around 35 MXN, and from there take a taxi or collectivo to Mazunte and San Agustinillo (10 MXN).

From Pochutla, you have to take a cab (around 100 MXN) or a collectivo bus (10 MXN) to get here. Tell the driver to drop you in El Neem or el centro de yoga entre Mazunte y San Agustinillo.

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