Isla Mujeres is home to amazing people, delicious nourishing food, and healthy colorful beaches.
Starting each day with yoga established a sense of calm and grounding throughout the day as well as the opportunity for each of us to attune to a natural rhythm. The energy and vibrancy of the nature surrounding us enhanced a sense of shakti- powerful, positive energy.
Breakfast each day at Na Balam included green detox juice, lattes or cha., fresh baked breads, homemade granola and yogurt with fresh fruit, and eggs with chaya (a green like spinach). When we could not finish our food, Ponchito (pictured above) was sure to help!
The inward journey that accompanies twice daily yoga practice, and true relaxation on retreat, tends to last longer and be more effective than other vacations.
Before exploring the island for dinner, we practiced late-afternoon yoga in the beautiful Yoga Life studio at Na Balam hotel. Each session began with a journal question to help clarify goals and intentions from thought into written word andby extension, into reality. Asana flows included a Warrior series, the Moon Salute, Hip Opening, and on the last day we practiced Partner Yoga & Yoga Nidra.
The evenings were star-lit and warm. Our flavorful exotic dinners tended to be accompanied by the rhythm of the gentle sea.
When we return to Isla Mujeres for the next retreat, we will not only enjoy the island and our personal time there but we’re making arrangements to give back as well by doing yoga with a local girls organization and helping with an animal-rescue organization.
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Explore ancient yogic philosophy, relax, and energize with asana flow by Jane Yoga. Learn the power of breath and meditation in various settings and ways. Experience the serenity of Isla Mujeres and Na Balam resort. Spend time resting and reflecting on your own as well as enjoying the community of women around you. Ample time for optional spa treatments, adventures on the island, and excursions through the Yucatan Peninsula into the Mayan World.
Isla Mujeres is short ferry ride from Cancun. Na Balam Resort, located on the far North- Eastern tip of the island, is Isla Mujeres’s premier beach and the islands only yoga orientated hotel.
7-8:30 am: Time to sleep in, practice meditation, or walk into town for coffee & snack
8:30-10 am: Awaken with Morning Yoga and the Power of Breath
10-11 am: Yogini Breakfast: eggs, breads, greens, granola, yogurt, chai coffee, fresh juices
11-4: Free time to rest, walk, read, swim, get a spa treatment, or plan an excursion
4-6 pm: Evening Yoga at Yoga Life Studio
6 pm on: Enjoy dinner on your own at the islands many yummy hot-spots.
Price with shared room: $999 Price with private room: $1399
- Na Balam: where we stay
- Isla Mujeres
- Yoga Life Studio at Na Balam
- Images: April 2011 Jane Yoga retreat at Na Balam
ABOUT THE TEACHER:
(Although all is well and he will be greatly missed, due to unforeseen circumstances, Yogiraj Prem Prakash will not be co-teaching at this retreat).
Jane Jarecki Lanza, certified in Kripalu yoga, teaches diverse students in all stages and walks of life. Through years of personal practice, teaching, and meeting people worldwide on the yogic path, Jane’s discovered yoga’s power to heal. She shares this knowledge and love. Along with her husband, Ben Lanza, Jane creates the Liberate Music & Yoga Festival& the Burlington Yoga Conference, Vermont’s first yoga festivals. New yoga events are forthcoming in Vermont and beyond along with a SEVA component. Jane has been featured in Yoga Journal, Seven Days, Burlington Free Press,WCAX, and weekly on ”The Yoga Show,” on VCAM. Visit Jane Yoga Blog to learn more about Jane:http://janeyoga.com/blog
Excerpt from Teaching 103 from Comfortable with Uncertainty (this schedule’s book club book) by Pema Chodron:
As warriors-in-training we develop wholehearted determination to use discomfort as an opportunity for awakening, rather than trying to make it disappear. This determination generates strength.
Lindsay teaches Kripalu Yoga every Friday at 9 am.
by Danna Faulds
There is no controlling life.
Try corralling a lightening bolt
containing a tornado.
Dam a stream and it will create
a new channel. Resist, and
the tide will sweep you off your
feet. Allow, and grace will carry
you to higher ground.
The only safety lies in letting it
all in–the wild and the weak,
fear, fantasies, failures, and
success. When loss rips off the
doors of the heart, or sadness veils
your vision with despair, practice
becomes simply bearing the truth.
In the choice to let go of your known
way of being, the whole world is revealed
to your new eyes.
by Danna Faulds
It only takes a reminder to breath, a moment to be still, and just like that,
something in me settles, softens, makes space for imperfection. The harsh voice
of judgment drops to a whisper and I remember again that life isn’t a relay race;
that we will all cross the finish line; that waking up to life is what we were born for.
As many times as I forget, catch myself charging forward without even knowing
where I’m going, that many times I can make the choice to stop, to breath, and be,
and walk slowly into the mystery.
You can check out Lindsay’s class Friday mornings at 9 am.