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This renewal retreat is for those individuals who wish to achieve subtle understanding of yoga, drawing upon the strength, and intelligence that pranayama has to offer. The Essence of Yoga vacation offers spontaneous, fluid, and accommodating yoga classes at all levels. The warm weather of the Mexican Caribbean, along with the strength of pranayama, and the intimacy of slow conscious movements will take your spirit, and body through that yoga understanding. Come prepared to flow into an insightful, spontaneous, organic, and emotionally satisfying approach to yoga.
Casa Om is boutique yoga retreat center located right across the street from the beach with an ocean view from the rooftop palapa. Featuring ten bedrooms, accommodations at Casa Om are comfortable, modern and quiet. There are five rooms with double beds, and private bathrooms, two rooms with double beds, and shared bathrooms, one room with a queen bed, and private bath, one room with a king bed and private bath, and one dorm room with three bunk beds. Except for the dorm room, all of the rooms have organic bamboo sheets, a mirror from India, onyx lights from Puebla, hand carved headboards from Bali, travertine floors, and art from local photographers. The rooms at Casa Om are comfortable and beautifully designed with air conditioning and fans. Drinking water and a small coffee maker are in each room, and most rooms have a small mini-fridge. Yoga mats, towels, and beach towels are provided.
With over 35 years of teaching yoga, Amanda has intensively study the body movement, in a search for what truly liberates it, inspires the asanas, and people`s lives. Her background includes an ongoing focus on the alignment principles of Iyengar yoga, and study with Angela Farmer and Victor Vankooten. She holds a master’s degree in dance and kinesiology. With the use of uniquely vivid imagery, and introspective dialogue, Amanda's teaching style is clear, nourishing, and distinctive. She believes that by beginning in stillness, breathing deeply, and expanding into movement, you can connect to the inner core that creates, and supports alignment in even the most challenging poses. Amanda's teaching has an underlying thread of strengthening trust in the inner being, and realizing the true own nature of each person.
Beautiful Casa Om is located 16 miles south of Cancun International Airport in the picturesque town of Puerto Morelos. This private location provides you with first class amenities, serene beaches just steps away, and a peaceful atmosphere. Dine on exquisite vegetarian cuisine, swim in fresh underground pools, or transform yourself in the ocean.
Puerto Morelos is a small village situated 20 miles between Playa Del Carmen and Cancun. For years, the quaint yet lively Puerto Morelos village has drawn yogis from around the world for their winter retreats. Just 20 minutes from Cancun International Airport (CUN), Puerto Morelos lies between the ocean, and the jungle; and offers experiences to explore both. With its perfect placement on the Rivera Maya, Puerto Morelos offers easy access to all the magical coast offers.
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The price of this retreat includes tasty lunches. Opening night dinner is included in the workshop. You will also gather for a closing night dinner at a favorite local restaurant on the beach. As for breakfast, and dinners a wide variety of options are available at Casa Om restaurant, or the many colorful cafe and restaurants in Puerto Morelos. Or you can shop at the local market, and use the kitchen facilities.
The bay of Akumal 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. In Akumal there is also the Yalku lagoon, where cenote (underwater caves) waters meet with seawater, creating a natural aquarium where you will find hundreds of colorful fishes.
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.
Considered one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World, the Mayan city of Chichen Itza is the jewel of the archeological sites in the Yucatan peninsula. There is also a sacred cenote (underwater caves) on the site where ancient Mayans used to perform a lot of sacrifices. It is a 4-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 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.
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 shows hosted by this renowned circus.
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, visit, and swim in a refreshing cenote (underwater caves) full of geological formations, and ride a very fun zip line.
Puerto Morelos has an excellent variety of restaurants, ranging from Uruguayan, vegetarian, Indian, Mexican, fusion gourmet food. Most places offer a fish and sea food menu, but you can always ask them to prepare you something vegetarian.
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.
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 28 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.
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 also boating excursions to Isla Mujeres and Contoy Island for snorkeling.
From mid-May to mid-September you can swim with the largest fish in the world. The Riviera Maya has the privilege to receive the largest migration of the mighty whale 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.
Have a spa treatment at the Casa Om 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 goes to Casa Om one day a week, by appointment only, please arrange this special Mayan healing in advance.
Casa Om is located in Puerto Morelos on the beach side.
After leaving the Airport, take the highway into Puerto Morelos and turn left on Javier Rojo Gomez.
Go down to the last entrance to the beach and Casa Om is on the left side.
Casa Om is a big white building with a dark wood Indian door. Enter through the side door.
"I wanted to share with you, what a profound effect your yoga workshop had on me. It's like everything has shifted into "real time" after years of living in fast motion. I have been practicing a regular Buddhist sitting meditation for about three years, and have found it quite useful, but nothing feels as profound or transformative as the experiences that you lead. Many thanks for sharing what must be years, and years of deep work. I feel so blessed that I get to learn from you."
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"As I was practicing today, I was trying to identify what it is that is so inspiring about your teaching. Your language is very evocative, and then when you move and explain the process, it's so clear that comes from a real experience. Your approach makes me feel the possibility of formlessness within the asana. For me, that is really inspiring, and appealing. At last I can see beyond the confines of the little rectangular mat."
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"My yoga journey has been lengthy, and erratic. Studying yoga with you has given me the sense of coming home. The yoga that you teach is real, true, and authentic. As I sat in pranayama before each class, I felt that my body, and my soul were being prepared to receive a gift. Thank you for the integrity of your own practice, and for the passion in sharing it with me, and all your students."
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