A Mind and Body Yoga Retreat with Alyson Pollard and Kelly LayfieldOctober 29th - November 4th, 2017
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About the Retreat
It is said that we travel not to escape life, but to ensure life doesn’t escape us. Immerse in all the elements the Mayan Riviera serves up during this unforgettable week of yoga, reflection and connection.
Steps from a pristine Mayan Riviera Beach, nestled in a nook of paradise is Casa Om – all the amenities of an upscale hotel but quaint, private and intimate. Morning meditations, divinely prepared vegetarian meals vibrant with color and nutrients, two yoga classes daily, Pilates and core work to build a stronger practice, journaling, connecting, reflecting, not to mention… Rejuvenate in the ocean, lounge by the pool, dream in hammocks…slow your flow.
No yoga or meditation experience necessary. All levels welcome.
- 7–7:30 am – Morning mediation on the beach (optional, of course you can sleep in if you choose!)
- 8:30–9:45 am – Fluid Vinyasa on the deck overlooking the sea!
- 10:00 am – Brunch
- 1–3 pm – Perspective broadening workshop; from within through discussions, journaling and reflection…and turn your practice upside down and to a new level!
- 4–5:15 pm – Fluid Vinyasa Slow Flow
- 6:30 pm – Dinner on the Rooftop
- 7–7:30 am – Morning meditation on the rooftop
- 8:45–9:45 am – Pil-Yoga Fusion in the yoga room
- 10:00 am – Brunch
- 12-3 pm – Offsite excursion in the Cenotes!
- Afternoon ~ Siesta & Rest
- 5:30 pm – Dinner on the rooftop
- 7:00–8:30 pm – Soothing Spa Yoga
About the trainers
Alyson Franca Pollard is co–owner of WheelHouse Mind Body studio in Clifton, Virginia. Alyson joyfully completed her RYT– 200 with Fluid Yoga school, and continues to work closely with the school through retreats and workshops. With a mindful approach to building her practitioners confidence and ability in their yoga practice, she ensures that one feels accomplished where they currently are in their practice, while safely building to and sprinkling in glimpses of what the next level holds. The union of breath and movement, and mind and body are the foundation of her classes, while enhancing her teachings with a subtle spiritual influence. Alyson is committed to furthering her studies and practice to better enhance the experience of her students, ever evolving.
Outside of her love of teaching yoga, she is mother to 3 wonderful children, and as a family they enjoy time outside and sports throughout the year. You might find her swaying in the hammock in her front yard with a book in hand, while her children are jumping on the trampoline. Compassion and service to others, mixed with a little fun and not taking herself too seriously is the foundation from which Alyson’s parenting and teachings are formed. You can experience her teachings at WheelHouse Mind Body Studio and special events or retreats.
Kelly Layfield started her love for movement as a dancer in your youth. She found joy in the art of moving and noticed when she wasn’t exercising she wasn’t as happy and felt disconnected to her true self. After discovering a Pilates class in College, she noticed it dramatically helped her destress, cope with her own body issues and feel more balanced. After college, she discovered yoga classes and it was then that knew she needed to make it a part of her life and eventually share her passion with others. Completing her RYT–200 with Fluid Yoga School took her practice and teachings to a new level.
With 20 years of experience as a teacher and co–owner of Wheelhouse Mind Studio in Virginia, Kelly loves learning from her students more than anything. She challenges herself and them to be creative in their movement and fide their inner strength. Her philosophy is “It’s not about what your body looks like, it’s about what it can do and how it makes you feel”. When we feel good about ourselves, the rest will follow. She’s found a niche for teaching fusion classes which take in the best of her favorites – Pilates and yoga.
Kelly is excited to share her passion of teaching and connecting students in a non–intimidating environment where they can stop taking themselves so seriously. She truly believes through yoga and Pilates we can become more centered, happy with ourselves and therefore more compassionate to others.
Casa Om has 10 beautiful bedrooms and bathrooms, a spacious and well equipped yoga room, swimming pool, a rooftop dining area and 2 kitchens. Bedrooms can set for either single or double occupancy, and have either a private bathroom or a bathroom shared between two rooms. Casa Om also has a new dorm that sleeps up to 6 people in bunk beds.
The rooms at Casa Om are comfortable and beautifully designed with air conditioning and fans. Drinking water and wifi are provided. Casa Om sleeps 24 and is across the street from the beach.
At Casa Om we run a full gourmet vegetarian kitchen. We offer extensive Mexican, Thai, New American, and Lebanese food options. Visitors love our fresh juices and superfood smoothies. All dishes are prepared with a healthy yogic lifestyle in mind. We love to make gluten free and vegan meals as well.
We will include breakfast each morning and dinner 4 nights out of the 6 you are with us. The other nights we will venture out into town.
Our head chef, Eduardo, is a former restaurateur; he brings more than 10 years of professional cooking experience to Casa Om. He is passionate about food and his cooking classes are a favorite amongst our visitors. Those passionate about cuisine will find a like-minded soul.
Transportation to and from the airport included – 2 meals a day included with the exception of dinner out one night.
Go Diving or Snorkeling
Puerto Morelos is meters away from one of the largest coral reefs in the world. Take a morning or afternoon to explore the reefs with a guide and see colorful fish, coral, and maybe even a sea turtle!
Visit a Ceynote
Explore an underwater cave in the Mayan jungle! These caves of groundwater are hundreds of feet deep and full of crystal clear water. Take a zip line over them for a once in a lifetime experience!
Have a Spa Treatment:
Relax and refresh yourself with a spa treatment right at Casa Om! Our in-house massage therapist can provide a relaxing massage or Ayurvedic treatment – a great compliment to a yoga retreat for a total body blissful experience!
Explore Playa del Carmen:
Take a shopping trip, have a great meal, or just enjoy people watching on a trip to Playa del Carmen. This is a fun tourist spot where you can shop for anything from cheap souvenirs to boutique items.
Double Occupancy – its more fun to share! $1695
Single Occupancy (only 2 available) $1800
For more information contact Alyson by email firstname.lastname@example.org