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Treat yourself to yoga and meditation in front of the sea. Learn about mantras and how to incorporate mala beads into your meditation. Indulge in the fabulous Mayan spa treatments and massages. Cover yourself in Mexican clay to detox and purify your skin, then wash it away in the sea. Join Yoga Adventures Worldwide for New Year yoga and spa retreat in paradise to rejuvenate, refocus, reevaluate, and reconnect.
All ages are welcome as participants.
Yoga Adventures Worldwide's goal is to make yoga retreats amazing and affordable. Yoga Adventures Worldwide offers beautiful accommodations at the Amansala Eco-Chic Resort, overlooking the Caribbean sea. Set on a beautiful part of the of the beach in Tulum, Mexico. Getting to town is a short 10 minute drive or about 20 minutes by bike. It is an idea hotel to use as a base to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulum which are a short ride away or to explore the cenotes. Amansala Eco-Chic Resort is more like staying at a friends beach house. Offers relaxed eco chic accommodation like no other boutique hotel in Tulum. Rooms are spacious, with attention to detail throughout. The restaurant serves fresh fish, local produce and the tastiest mango margaritas in the Riviera Maya.
You will start the days with an invigorating Vinyasa flow morning practice, enjoy healthy and fresh meals, and offer free time to relax by the Caribbean sea or explore the wonders of the area. Afternoon practice is a Yin or Restorative to wind down the day. You will reconnect and rejuvenate yourself in this amazing Mayan land.
Andrea (affectionately called “Anj”) is known for her bhakti-filled classes with a whole lotta soul and fierce flow. She warmly invites students on a sacred journey through her unique expression of the Vinyasa flow that is dreamy and dancey while also being smart and intentional. Recognized as a Lululemon ambassador in Berkeley, California, her classes have become synonymous with her love of chanting and her want for connectedness.
She has been learning from the best for over a decade. From the sweet song she learned while chanting with Jai Uttal to the cosmic dance of her Laughing Lotus teacher Jasmine Tarkeshi, from the sumptuous flow she fell for with Janet Stone to the intelligent alignment of Jason Crandell, Anj connects an ever-growing well of experience with impressive music and book libraries to inspire bodies to move and minds to still.
Ashley is a New England native who’s greatest joy is to teach the anatomy of yoga asana (posture) and to personalize the practice for every-body in an educational, fun and easy to understand approach. Her goal is that yogis step away from each class with newfound knowledge about themselves and their practice, both physically and energetically. She encourages her students to apply the principles of yoga to their daily lives both on and off the mat. Having an extensive clinical massage therapy background and maintaining her own massage therapy practice, Ashley’s classes always offer new and practical tips for optional self care and muscular balance. She has completed her 500 hour yoga teaching credentials through The Institute of Interdisciplinary Yoga Studies with a concentration in Yoga Therapeutics utilizing a more Ayurvedic approach in her sessions. The primary teachers that have greatly influenced her classes are Renee DeTar, Dr. Ray Long, Tiffany Cruikshank, and Erich Schiffmann.
Originally from Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Darlene has called Tulum home for more than 8 years. Her classes touch on the physiological, energetic and emotion aspects of the students as each class combines a poetic flow of asanas developed to connect them with their inner vitality, vigor and of course, joy.
Darlene has trained extensively with Swami Niranjanananda in India in the Sivananda Yoga style and in Taiwan studying Tantric Yoga gaining 300 hours of formal training plus many more here in Tulum with the numerous yoga retreats she manages and gets to attend. You can expect to flow while being guided with inspirational messages, incorporating the poetry of the body with verbal cues to challenge and guide the mind to a peaceful place of presence. Whether the focus is a musical meditative flow or holding specific asanas and drawing the breathe to honor specific areas of the body, each class is an experience to grow and evolve within yourself.
Darlene’s hope is that her students find that moment where they pass into the space where their mind is clear and body and spirit are aligned, loosing track of time and focus on the purest form of energy circulating through and healing their body.
Halle “homegirl” Becker has been spreading her sweat and surrender fitness gospel on yoga mats and soul bikes for over 15 years. Halle was voted most popular yoga teacher in NYC and her soulcyle classes have a devoted following of celebrities and NYC mover shakers all seeking their dose of sweat and rock & roll. Halle teaches from the parts of her life that have needed healing and spiritual examination – an open book and loud preacher, Halle will help you find your truth and sing the body electric! Halle credits all her students around the world and especially NYC as well as her beautiful daughter Maya the magnificent for teaching her important life lessons to share everyday.
Laurie Greene is a PhD in anthropology. She has practiced yoga since age 15, having grown up in a yoga family. Since then, yoga has become her healthy addiction. Always an enthusiastic student, Laurie combines her training in a variety of classical Hatha traditions, bringing insights and techniques from all these to her eclectic teaching and practice. Training extensively in the Iyengar tradition, emphasis is on safety, technique, and proper alignment so that students will get the greatest benefits from their practice and easily experience the joy that yoga affords every fitness level.
Laurie is also certified in Vinyasa flow and is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an experienced teacher and trainer. Her continuing exploration of classical and newer interpretations of Ashtanga Vinyasa have led her to study with many amazing teachers, and to all of them she is forever grateful. Having completed her 500-hour certification with the wonderful Edward Clark and Elizabeth Connelly, Lauries passion lies in blending many styles into a practice that is instructive, creative, and fun. Her masterful adjustments will change your practice.
Nina has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years. She grew up watching her mother practice meditation and yoga - an experience that made a profound impression and deeply influenced her approach to wellness. Nina completed her 200-hour RYT at New York Yoga, studying under Michael Gilbert. She simply wants to give students what she continues to receive from her teachers - Love, peace. and simple things that slowly started to change her life.
Nina creates a supportive, warm, and open environment for students to go deeper in their practice. Her Vinyasa flow classes are playful, thoughtful, and challenging. She encourages students to feel the asanas from the inside out, to move slowly and honestly, to be right where they are without judgment. She is inspired by traveling to places outside her comfort zone, both physically and emotionally. She believes in living your yoga, that the asanas are part of something much bigger.
Pepper is an intuitive healer, a nurturing believer, and a compassionate creator. The environment she creates is warm, welcoming and super supportive. Taking you to the depths of your internal guidance, she speaks in a language that truly resonates on a soul level. Pepper is a Breathwork teacher, Reiki practitioner and yoga instructor. She has practiced the healing arts for over 15 years and has studied with some of the world’s leading masters. Her private classes, workshops and trainings encourage spirit seekers toward creativity and self-discovery with ways to approach their life with generosity and an open heart. She loves spending time among the trees, practicing the vintage art of hand lettering, digging in the dirt and smelling salty air.
Native to Huntsville, Ontario where she owns Sacred Breath Yoga studio, Wendys teaching style is intimate and inclusive, leaving you with an invitation to begin where you are in your body and allow the journey to unravel from the inside out. She weaves a tapestry of practical guidance, subtle details, and deep insight so that we all may access a pathway to self-discovery unique to ourselves. Wendy is an RYT 500 with 12 years of teaching experience. She follows the roots of the Hatha yoga tradition yet continues to spin an eclectic web of various styles and teaching modalities into her classes. These teachings have been drawn from, the sensitive and body specific teaching of yoga therapy, to the uplifting and spirited style of Prana flow yoga, the inspired method created by Shiva Rea. When we create a yoga practice, a different life begins and the body expresses an aliveness never felt before. This attitude inspires her teaching, inviting us all to uncover and reach continually for our most alive route to life.
Tulum is a yogi's paradise. Tranquil, crystal clear waters, powdery white sand beaches, amazing yoga, great food, Mayan ruins, and healing powers rooted deep inside the earth.
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Meals consist of delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine enjoyed in the al fresco dining area.
Explore the charming colonial city of Valladolid. You will visit a local perfumerie, check out a designer handbag studio that works with the local Mayan community, and get a VIP peek into a bazaar that gathers vintage pieces of furniture and other art pieces from all over the Yucatan. An Instagramer’s delight. Round out the afternoon with a stroll through the main town square and a visit to the convent San Bernardino where you end your adventure with some local botanas (snacks) and a refreshing margarita or fruit water. Bring your suit for a splash in one of the area’s famous cenotes to cool down. A fun filled adventure that you’ll not soon forget!
You leave Tulum at 11 a.m. and return around 7:30 p.m. 195 USD per person (minimum 4 shoppers).
Hop around Tulum’s bustling taco scene starting at 11 a.m. (remember tacos are for breakfast here and the best ones are gone by noon). You will try amazing pork tacos with handmade tortillas, pozole from a back street polozeria that will knock your socks off (choose from red, green or white broths), grilled chicken that rivals to be the best food in town and you finish up relaxing with a fresh fruit popsicle (try the pineapple or mango with chile) or coconut water in a hidden colonial style garden. Included in the afternoon is a local fruit and vegetable market tour. Be sure to wear your walking shoes…you will be walking around town to balance the indulgance.
Note that this is a leisurely walking tour. Hotel pick-ups at 11 a.m. and returns around 4 p.m. Cost per person 95 USD (minimum 4 participants).
Make sure there is enough authentic sustenance to balance the tequila flights and mezcal cocktails as you hop from hot spot to hidden treasure along the main avenue and beyond in Tulum town. A super fun evening out with local guide and friends both old and new. Starting in a charming backstreet haute cuisine restaurant with a Mexican wine flight and homemade appetizers, you hop to an "al pastor" taco stand to try local treats and rice or hibiscus flower water. Moving along from there to a local hang-out for a tequila or mezcal flight and a breather. If you are up for it, try a Mexican chelada with local beer, lime juice, ice and a salted rim. You continue your journey to another culinary destination to enjoy a light appetizer and a mezcal margarita followed by a late night pit stop for one last tamale. A lovely evening with a sampling of the best Tulum has to offer.
Note that this is a walking tour. Hotel pick-ups at 6 p.m. and returns around 11 p.m. Cost per person 135 USD (minimum 4 participants); Private tours also available, please inquire.
Kiteboarding is one of the most popular water sports in the world. Here in Tulum we are lucky enough to have the perfect conditions such us lots of wind, tranquil waters, and gorgeous scenery. The International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) has implemented more safety regulations on the equipment and the sport in general making it more accessible to the willfull newbie. Innovations in kite design, safety release systems, and instruction make it a very approachable sport. The professional instructors are experts providing the most efficient and safest kite boarding lessons to students.
The mysterious population of hundreds of thousands that just seemed to vanish into thin air. There are many speculations as to what might have happened to this peaceful people but we cannot know for sure. Come explore the impressive cities they built both to live in and to celebrate their Gods here in this blessed land.
From these famous ruins overlooking the Caribbean Sea you will find a small site with ocean access. Enjoy a different perspective as you swim out into the ocean and then turn to take a look up at what the ancient Mayans must have also believed was truely paradise. Explore this local site on your own. Entrance fees are low and you can rent an audio set if you like. Biking to the ruins from the beach road is simple and easy, just head north on the beach road and you will run right into the entrance.
Coba is another impressive Mayan ruin site nearby to Tulum where you are still able to explore the city by bicycle (of foot if you choose) and have the opportunity to climb your way to the top of the largest pyramid in the Yucatan for a breathtaking view of the lush jungle surrounding you. A half day tour to Coba includes roundtrip transportation, a cenote dip, entrance fees, lunch for 135 USD per person.
Ek Balam is an amazing archeological find featuring the 5 meter tall mouth of the jaguar featuring winged Mayan warriors and Mayan script. From the top of this structure you are able to see the tallest structures of Coba and Chichen Itza. A powerful and enchanting ruin site not to be missed. A full day tour to Ek Balam includes a cenote dip and lunch for 145 USD per person.
Chichen Itza, one of the New Wonders of the World is a pre-columbian site built by the Mayans in the center of the Yucatan Peninsula. Set perfectly to cast shadows of the sun as it rises and sets during the Spring and Fall Equinox, this impressive city is home to the famous feathered serpent, Quetzalcoatl said to slither down the side of El Castillo, with the sun’s movement into the ground. In the Spring to fertilize the crops and make for a bountiful harvest and in the fall to protect the ground and prepare for the coming cycle. Also noteworthy in this well-preserved site are the Great Ball Court and the Temple of the Warriors. Completing this tour you will also have the opportunity to wander the colonial city of Valladolid, shop in the markets and marvel at the architecture that make this city so unique. A full day tour to Chichen Itza includes a cenote dip, colonial city stop and lunch for 145 USD per person.
Learn to create your own handmade tortillas, fresh salsas, moles, fire stone soup, fruit waters, and appetizers all under the expert guidance of a professional chef here in Tulum. The cooking school is a fun way to spend an evening with friends or make some new ones in a drop-in class.
Class includes :
5 hour class and dinner with transfers 125 USD per person. Minimum group size is 4 students.
Join in paradise to explore cenotes, unique only to the Yucatan Peninsula which is home to the world’s only natural, underground river systems. These crystal clear fresh water sink holes were known to the Mayan culture as the passage and connection to the underworld. Come explore these cool, fresh water pools filled with cavelike formations, stalactites, stalagmites and incredible lighting effects in the crystal clear water. Unlike anything you have ever experienced, these majestic caverns offer marvels at every turn making memories to last a lifetime!
Enjoy great visibility and colorful reef dives along the second largest reef in the world with sightings of caguama sea turtles, bull sharks, stingrays and more. Opportunities for diving with bull sharks when in season or to the deepest cenote in the area.
Guides and instructors are PADI or NACD certified, cave and cavern trained with years of experience diving in the area. Your safety is of the utmost importance and staff provides all the knowledge for beginnings and experts alike to dive safely in these wonderful underground worlds.
The biosphere reserve of Sian Ka’an, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997 boasts nearly 800,000 acres of pristine biodiversity. With 23 known archeological sites of the Mayan civilization and over 200 successful conservation projects to date, this fantastically beautiful nature preserve is home to a variety of wildlife species and rich Mayan history both ancient and still in practice today.
This tours offer you the opportunity to connect with nature and explore untouched beaches, lagoons, and jungle. You can also choose to have a first hand look inside the Mayan community and take part in their sacred rituals and ceremonies.
This adventure includes a ruins visit with a local Mayan guide who details the ancient city and how it was used. Then a boat ride through freshwater lagoons leads you through canals used by the Mayans to trade goods with other inland cities. Jump in for a float with the current through the mangroves and crystal clear water.
You leave Tulum at 11 a.m. and return around 6 p.m. Cost is 125 USD.
Cenotes were sacred to the ancient Mayans, thought to be the passage and connection to the Underworld. Ceremonies and rituals took place inside these cavernous, fresh water sinkholes. Filled with stalactites and stalagmites, crystal clear cool water, and small fish, turtles, and birds these hidden treasures are unique only to the Yucatan Peninsula. Exploring these refreshing and beautiful natural wonders is a must while visiting the area. This adventure takes you to one of the largest cenotes in the area.
Later you will ocean snorkeling from the beach to the calm waters of Akumal. You will see all kinds of tropical fish, the giant caguama sea turtles, rays, and corals. We combine this snorkel with a fresh water cenote stop so you get to experience the best of both underwater worlds here in paradise. A must see!
You leave Tulum at 11 a.m. and return around 5 p.m. Cost is 95 USD per person.
Stand-up paddleboards (SUP) are an amazing way to tour the waters of the Sian Ka’an biosphere. These large, wide boards are built for stability and specifically for the practice of yoga so go ahead and try your hand (and your balance) at a few yoga postures as you paddle around on this amazing adventure into nature. Please bring a rashguard, hat, water bottle, biodegradable sunscreen, as well as eyewear straps if you need glasses.
Cost is:95 USD per person.
During the months of June to late September this place is host to the migrating whale sharks as they make their way around the world. Passing through the waters just north of Cancun adventurers have the opportunity to head out in to the ocean and swim alongside these ‘Gentle Giants of the Sea’.
Measuring up to the size of a yellow school bus, the grace that these creatures exude is impressive and stunning. Eating only plankton, they skim the surface of the Sea with a wide mouth (about 3 feet in width!) taking in as much of these tiny organisms as they can until they dip below the surface again. With a well-trained and knowlegable guide at your side, you will be fortunate enough to snorkel and experience these amazing fish, the second largest species in the ocean.
The peacefulness and tranquility that accompany this tour will make it one of the most amazing experiences of your life.
Yoga Adventures Worldwide can help with your plans for snorkeling with the whalesharks. It is a lot for 1 day so it is recommended taking at least 2 days for this experience. Yoga Adventures Worldwide arranges your transportation and accommodations on the small island of Holbox, just north of Cancun at one of many adorable boutique hotels. Package rates vary depending upon availability. These tours and accommodations are in high demand so Yoga Adventures Worldwide recommends booking as early as possible. Please contact them for more information
All 60 minutes for 95 USD
Begin on the beach with a large jar of Mayan Clay (TM) mixed with honey and sea water. Applying this detoxifying mixture to your body, face, and hair is said to be the fountain of youth. Get your neighbor’s back and help them style their new hair do then settle into a more inward reflection as we guide you through an affirmation meditation in front of the sea. A rinse in the Caribbean washes away anything that is no longer serving you. Notice the immediate effects this natural remedy has on your skin. A fun group activity and an amazing experience. 45 USD (4 person minimum).
A truly unique experience that will leave you feeling like new. 90 minutes for 135 USD.
The temazcal (or sweatlodge) was traditionally used by the Mayan culture to purify the body, mind, and spirit to reach a deep connection with Mother Earth. They would enter the temazcal for days at a time in search of the answers within themselves, exiting the ritual as a newly profound being. Laboring women also enter the temazcal to birth their babies using the heat, aromatherapy, and chantings as a guide in bringing a new life into the world. In general, the temazcal was viewed by the Mayans as the womb of Mother Earth.
Yoga Adventures Tulum offers a sample of this traditional ceremony to visitors from all over the world. You begin with a purifiying ritual of burning Copal, a sacred Mayan tree resin to cleanse and harmonize the body, mind, and spirit. A freshly made herbal tea is used to splash over heated volcanic rocks to produce a fragrant steam which begins to relax and detoxify the body. Four guided meditations are used inside the temazcal each focusing on a different cardinal point. These meditations will be accompanied by chanting and ancient music. Between each the door to the temazcal is opened to allow in fresh air and new energy of the next cardinal point. Once outside the temazcal refreshing cenote water is used to cool and hydrate the body.
The temazcal experience is unique to each participant. It is said to release emotions, creativity, toxins, and more. Step inside for yourself and find out what you will discover through this ancient Mayan tradition. This Temazcal ceremony is about two and a half hours of total release of toxins, physical, emotional and spiritually. You will be within the actual temazcal (clay steam dome) for approximately an hour and 12 minutes. 95 USD per person. Private and group temazcal also available (please inquire for pricing.
Take it to another level and dig nesting holes in the sand like the hatching sea turtles. Cover yourself in powdery Tulum sand, be one with the pulse of the earth, and break free to run to the sea and renew your spirit. A unique experience that is loved by all. 65 USD (4 person minimum).
Follow the main highway south, towards Playa del Carmen and Tulum. You will stay on this highway until you reach Tulum pueblo, past Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and Akumal. Once you reach Tulum, turn left at the second stop light, towards Boca Paila and Punta Allen (before the main town). At the end of the road, you will hit a T intersection, turn right and follow the road (it will get bumpy). About 300 meters after Maya Tulum at the big speed bump you will see Amansala Resort and Spa Tulum on your left.
Please book your flight to arrive at Cancun International Airport (CUN). If you would like Yoga Adventures Worldwide to arrange transportation to and from the airport, please let them know by sending your full flight itinerary, and they will send instructions for finding your driving.
Yoga Adventures Worldwide will try their best to pair those arriving at similar times together in an attempt to share the costs, or if you need a private ride (at a rate of 135 USD each way). they will be happy to make those arrangements.
Please look for the Yoga Adventures Worldwide sign outside your terminal if you plan your transfers with them.
"I could not have imagined a better experience for my first yoga retreat. Christina took absolutely tremendous care of our small group. She was happy to do some light hand holding in the weeks leading up to the retreat, with my being a little nervous and having lots of questions. Christina's restaurant recommendations were amazing, I could write a dozen reviews for the food in Tulum. Tulum is honestly a magical place, with so much charm and rustic elegance. Everyone I met, from the locals to the expatriates, was warm and friendly. The location of the retreat was so stunning. The beach had the whitest sand and the warmest water. Rebecca Jo was our yoga instructor on the retreat. I did not know what to expect when it came to the yoga practice, as there are so many styles and philosophies, and I am used to very vigorous power yoga. Rebecca Jo led us through the most wonderful series of what I will call workshops, as opposed to classes. Her teaching style and the practice she led us through really opened up my body and mind to something totally new. This was honestly the best thing I have ever done for myself, and I cannot wait to attend another Yoga Adventures Worldwide retreat with Christina!"
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"There is no such place as Tulum. Utopia just offers you the best in paradise, an amazing spot right on the beach and close to all the cool bars, restaurants, shops, and great yoga workshops. I have been there twice and long to go back again. Thanks to Christina and her staff. The only thing I would say is that you should not expect top luxury; if you are looking for plush pillows and linen, Utopia is not the place. Although the lack of luxury is more than compensated for by the fact that you are surrounded by the lovely nature of the jungle and the sea. I recommend to bring ear plugs, as the ocean is super noisy at night, it can be intense!"
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"This was my first yoga retreat, as well as the first time I committed to sticking with the practice. Nina was the best teacher and spiritual leader and kept her words light and connected. This was one of the best experiences ever; I walked away with a greater and calmer sense of self. I also made friends, who I will be connected to for life! Utopia is an eco-chic home on the beach, which is clean and friendly, with amazing fresh food. I highly recommend this if you need to get away and reconnect with yourself and take a time out from the chaos in life that you no longer need."
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"The yoga and spa retreat at Utopia was life-changing. The staff was super attentive, the massage therapist was amazing, and Luna, our yoga teacher, was such a wonderful spirit. She offered the perfect mix of classes, poses, and postures. The food and variety of fresh juices were delicious. We felt completely safe in Tulum at all hours. We went in July, when the weather is hot; however, the location of Utopia, right on the beach, offers a wonderful breeze. Christine, the owner, has developed a wonderful retreat in this perfect location."
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"One of the best yoga retreats I have ever been on. It was set in luscious surroundings, with an awesome accommodation. The yoga practices were beautiful and the food was amazing! I am ready to book my next retreat. Thank you, Christina, Nancy, and Rebecca Jo. I will be back."
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