Restore your mind, body, and spirit in beautiful Puerto Vallarta on this Namaste Vacay! Over one meaningful week, you'll be surrounded by the five healing elements – earth, water, fire, air, and ether.
This all-levels retreat will have a special focus on reconnecting the mind, body and spirit. We will introspectively explore the seven chakras, focusing on one chakra each day. Our contemplative study of the seven chakras is rooted in the belief that when the chakras are open and balanced we are full of vitality and experience complete bliss and divine alignment. Together, we'll explore this ancient tantric philosophy that is at the heart of yoga and also learn practical meditation techniques that will support us in dropping judgment and cultivating feelings of loving-kindness.
In perfect harmony, we'll balance our practice with adventurous activities and plentiful free time for leisure. Surrounded by breathtaking views and positive energy, you will experience the trip of a lifetime.
This retreat is a blend of energizing Vinyasa flow yoga, uplifting Pilates, and nurturing meditation. Cathy, your retreat teacher and guide, will begin each day by offering an optional 15-minute morning meditation to early risers. Following the meditation we will enjoy a 75-minute yoga flow in one of the fully equipped ocean-view yoga studios. In the late afternoon, expect to be challenged with mat Pilates that will chisel your core, massage your spine, and increase stamina, strength, stability and flexibility. Plus, each day guests will learn a new arm balance!
In addition to our group fitness sessions and our introspective exploration of the seven chakras, we'll also share in two adventurous excursions, both included in the program. On our first excursion, we will explore Puerto Vallarta's beautiful culture by visiting local villages. We'll also go chasing waterfalls, where we will swim and enjoy a healthy lunch. On our second excursion day, we'll partake in an authentic temazcal ceremony with a local shaman. This sacred ancient ritual is believed to purify the mind and body while healing some ailments.
Our commitment to relaxation is just as important as our classes and activities. Our beachfront property is equipped with a pool and lounge area, perfect for cooling off or relaxing. If you're craving a spa day, you're in luck. Our property has a soothing spa where you can pamper yourself while overlooking the ocean. (Spa services will be provided for an additional fee).
Cathy caught the yoga bug in her teen years and completed her first teacher training at a Baptiste affiliate studio in 2014.
Prior to that, she received her 600 hour comprehensive Pilates certification so you can expect core work infused in the practice. Most recently Cathy completed her 300 hour in Ayurveda and loves to invite in the 5 elements and incorporate yoga philosophy throughout her classes. She offers various modifications and applications.
You can expect a lot of cuing on breath (as she believes this is the foundation of the practice), alignment, and hands-on assists. Apart from yoga, Cathy holds an M.ED in Counseling and Development from George Mason University and has experience working as a Mental Health Counselor and as a Stress-Management Professor at George Washington University.
To connect with Cathy, follow her @cathytrenary on Instagram.
Saturday, May 9
Welcome to Mexico! Guests will arrive no later than 4PM in Puerto Vallarta and will be transported to Xinalani to check in and get settled. We'll meet for introductions and a Sage and Crystal Welcome Ceremony where we'll focus on clearing out the old and welcoming the new. We'll also set and write personal intentions for the trip. We'll continue getting to know one another at dinner.
Sunday, May 10
Wake to an optional morning meditation followed by our first yoga class and breakfast. Then we will on an exciting cultural adventure. We'll head to the peaceful and isolated cove of Majahuitas for swimming and snorkeling. After a sightseeing boat ride, we’ll visit the charming Yelapa, a traditional fishing village nestled in a stunning bay. We will hike through town to the waterfalls go for a swim! Back on the beach, we’ll have time for a delicious lunch at a restaurant. Back at the hotel, we'll have a late afternoon Pilates class and group dinner on the beach to celebrate Cathy's birthday!
Monday, May 11
This morning we'll wake up for meditation and yoga. After breakfast, the day is free! Relax at the beach or enjoy the pool as the day is yours. Today is also the perfect time to check out an extra excursion you may be thinking about! In the afternoon we'll come together for a special partner yoga workshop and dinner. Tonight we'll enjoy live entertainment at the hotel like salsa dancing or a musical performance!
Tuesday, May 12
We're just over the halfway mark of the retreat! Today we'll have our morning meditation and yoga, and then ease into a Happiness Workshop after breakfast. Then with happiness on the mind, we'll have a free day to enjoy some down time or indulge in a spa treatment. In the afternoon we will have a Pilates and group dinner.
Wednesday, May 13
Today we will have a morning meditation and yoga class and breakfast, and then some free time to relax and enjoy lunch. In the afternoon we will visit the temazcal sweat lodge and have a special ancient ceremony with a local shaman. Temazcal means “house of heat” in the Aztec language Nahuatl. With indigenous origins in ancient Mexico, a Temazcal is a sweat lodge that was once used by healers to cure the sick and to prepare warriors for battle. We will experience this prehistoric tradition with a shaman who will guide you through an ancient ceremony to invoke the four elements, purifying your being at all levels. Afterwards, we will come together for Pilates and dinner.
Thursday, May 14
On our final full day together, we will wake up to a meditation and yoga class and breakfast. We'll enjoy a free day to soak up some last rays of sun and maybe treat ourselves to a massage on the beach. After lunch we'll have some more free time to relax or have fun with the complimentary kayaks and paddle boards, and then come together for our second class, a Pilates session, before our final dinner. After dinner, we will enjoy a bonfire to celebrate the retreat and how much we have learned and grown.
Friday, May 15
This morning will kick off with a meditation and final yoga class to get our minds bodies and minds ready for the travel day ahead and the transition back home. We will review the intentions we set on the first day and carry them forward as we go home. We'll have breakfast, pack up and say our goodbyes! Guests may book flights that depart at or after 11AM in order to take part in complimentary group transportation.