CHRISTMAS YOGA RETREAT • MEXICO 2017
CELEBRATE IN THE SUN
YOGA, PEACE & JOY!
DECEMBER 24—30, 2017
Choose a holiday full of health, relaxation, gratitude and meaning. Our Christmas Yoga Retreat is a perfect way to escape the madness — spend this holiday practicing yoga, meditating and rejuvenating along a serene private beach in Mexico — with sun, sea, surfing, horse-backriding, paddle-boards, kayaks and a group of like-minded, multi-cultural yogis!
Flow of a Day
MORNINGS Wake up to a stunning sea view and chorus of tropical birds as you sip tea or enjoy a coffee in quiet contemplation and breath-taking beauty. Stroll the beach, dive in the sea, then step into a magical morning of body, mind and soul rejuvenation in the Jungle Studio overlooking the ocean. European yoga teacher, Josie Sykes, beloved for her depth of knowledge in yoga, her beautiful harmonium music and her wise and sweet spirit—will guide morning meditation, pranayama and yoga class. Josie leads Vinyasa and Hatha classes with a superb understanding of healthy postural alignment from her extensive background in both yoga and the Feldenkrais postural method. Exotic Yoga Retreats founder Gayle Olson will adjust during yoga classes and offer her empowering and fun inversion workshops! All our Exotic Yoga programs are designed for mixed levels, offering modifications for beginners and greater levels of challenge for advanced students. We emphasize safety, awareness, intelligence—and the joie di vivre of yoga!
AFTERNOONS Free time to enjoy the sunshine! Lounge on the beach, swim in the sea, surf, paddle-board, kayak, hike in the jungle, horse-back ride, enjoy a fabulous massage, experience a traditional sweat lodge… or just lie in a hammock basking in the sweet luxury of down-time! At noon a couple times during the retreat, Exotic Yoga Retreats founder, Gayle Olson, will offer inversion workshops for those interested in exploring nuances and safety practices in headstands and handstands. A delicious buffet lunch is served from 1:30-2:30, followed by plenty of time for a siesta to the sound of the waves!
EVENINGS At sunset we reconvene for a deep and relaxing afternoon yoga practice watching the sun set set over the ocean below. Josie guides your body and mind into deep awareness and alignment—quieting your mind, balancing your nervous system and awakening your consciousness. Gayle adds her soothing yoga massage to bring you deeper into the present moment of body and breath. Following our sunset session is an exquisite dinner on the sea-view terrace, a three-course gourmet meal featuring inspired and traditional Mexican recipes, designed for the healthy life-style of a yogi. After dinner take a moonlight stroll on the beach, gather with friends around a bonfire or even try your feet at salsa!
PRIVATE BEACH ECO–RESORT
Accessible only by boat, you will be met at the airport in Puerto Vallarta and taken by boat to the one of Exotic Yoga Retreat’s favorite retreat spots — an intimate and secluded seaside eco-resort highly acclaimed for it’s serenity, beautiful open-air accommodations, delicious vegetarian cuisine and stunning yoga studios. Accommodations are on the simple side—not EYR’s traditional 4-5 star classic luxury—but luxurious to the soul, and magical in the setting amidst nature and sea. All rooms offer a view to the sea and a chorus of waves for deep, rhythmic sleep! Meals are based on locally grown produce, fresh fish and seafood, served in the spacious terrace dining area with spectacular views that overlook the jungle and the ocean. All dietary preferences are warmly catered to, and the friendly staff make sure that all guests are well taken care of. Xinalani is truly a paradise for our Mexico Yoga Retreat!
Our annual Mexico Holiday Retreat sells out early each year. It is a wonderful trip, with solo travelers, couples, families and friends. We hope you will join us to celebrate the holidays in peace, joy, sun and fun!
I truly enjoyed our Exotic Yoga Christmas in Mexico. If you want a get away from traditional Christmas, this is the place to go! Great facility, friendly staff, good program choice, but I think what made this yoga retreat so special was Gayle’s attention and love to participants. This is not a retreat to just go and do yoga. This is a retreat to create life long memory.
Kaz Iso, Japan
Nothing but excellent things to say! I did the Mexico Christmas Retreat and it was beyond amazing. The people, the facility, the yoga…all incredible! This was my first yoga retreat, and I could not have been more pleased. Practicing yoga with like-minded, wonderful individuals was such a treat. I felt calm, relaxed, and connected with myself.
If you are interested in doing a yoga retreat, or the thought of trying one has even popped into your mind, DO IT! You do not have to be an avid yogi to get something out of this experience. This retreat is far more than just yoga – but the yoga was and intructors were amazing!