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Bikram Yoga and Hot HIIT Pilates Retreat

March 25th to 31st 2018

About the Retreat

Led by Senior Teachers Richard Pike and Dan Markowitz and hosted by Hot HIIT and Bikram teacher Emma Nygard. Come join fellow Bikram Hot Yogis from around the world for an unforgettable 7 days/ 6 nights Bikram Yoga & Hot HIIT Pilates at the stunning Casa Om in Puerto Morelos, Mexico.

Daily Bikram Yoga classes and workshops you will enjoy whether you are an experienced practitioner or new to Bikram Yoga. Daily Hot HIIT Pilates classes will strengthen and tone. Great music and and awesome vibe from Emma leading the classes – you will be in heavenly bliss.


  • 7:30 am – 8 am: Coffee, tea
  • 8 am – 9:30 am – Bikram Yoga Class
  • 9:45am – Brunch
  • 10:30am – Day Leisure Time (options) massage on the beach, shop in town, snorkeling on the coral reef, zip line at cenotes, explore mayan ruins, charter tour, hiking in botanical gardens, or take a nap in a hammock
  • 4pm – Bikram Yoga Class or Posture Clinic or Hot HIIT Pilates class
  • 6pm – Dinner
  • 8pm – Evening Leisure (options)… movie & popcorn, walk beach, meditative yoga class, group vision work, or turn in early for rejuvenating sleep.


Richard Pike
It was just another Tuesday in June 2003 when my friend John Sikorjak (thank you, John) suggested I join him for a Bikram Yoga class. I said sure, why not, how hard could it be to do yoga? My first class- I was a train wreck. Not supposed to leave the room – I left the room. Water? Spent most of the time pouring it on my head. Standing Head to Knee – could not reach my foot. Fixed Firm – no, don’t think so. Triangle Pose – fugetaboutit. Thanks to a patient and loving certified Bikram Yoga teacher, somehow I made it through the class. I went home, poured myself into bed, and thanked God for allowing me to survive. I woke up the next morning and it was like a miracle – my knees felt better than they had since high school. My back felt better. And, I felt 3 inches taller. So, I went back…and went back…and went back. Seven years later and 35 pounds lighter, I realized I needed to share this wonderful yoga as much as I possibly could. So, I trekked off to San Diego in the Fall 2010 and immersed myself in Bikram’s rigorous nine-week Teacher Training. Now I look forward to meeting you and sharing this life changing yoga as we sweat and stretch and transform our bodies, minds, and spirits.

Emma NygardEmma-Nygard
Emma decided to make yoga even more of a central focus in her life, at the young age of 19, and completed her Bikram TT Spring of 2014. The mind and body connection and her love for the practice is what made her want to share it with others. A few years into her yoga career she came across HOT HIIT and found that it was a great compliment to Bikram. Emma found the physical and mental strengths to be challenging and rewarding so she added the 60 minute High Intensity Interval Training classes to her profession. She is looking forward to inspire and share her love for the practice at her home studio in NY, and around the world.


Casa Om has 11 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 26 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.


We are located at 9 mza 26 sm 02 avenue javier rojo gomez, Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo Mexico.

You can get driving directions here http://casaom.com/index.php/travel/


Optional Excursions (additional fee applies):

The Mexican Riviera is flush with these beautiful underground pools and a trip here isn’t complete without a dip in these refreshing waters. There are multiple cenotes to visit that are much less crowded than those in the Tulum area and only about 30min away by car. Find tranquility below ground or liven you experience with a cenote/zip line combination. Both options are available and booking at least a day in advance is recommended.

Snorkeling & Snuba
The biodiversity on the protect reef in the Mexican Riviera is stunning. Take off for an afternoon when the sun lights up the corals, tropical fish and sponges and search for turtles or reef sharks. Snorkelers can float above it all while scuba divers (no certification needed) can swim down into the tropical traffic. Either option will highlight why this area is protected and turned into a National Marine Park. Yogis can walk to the beach and take a 5 minute stroll to reach the operator. This natural oasis is literally steps from our retreat center.

If you’re a diver there’s twice the opportunity here, you can dive in the coral reefs or, for something a little different, take a cavern or cenote dive. Seasonally the more adventurous (crazy?) yogis can also try a bull shark dive…eek! Tons of diving options await the intrepid.

Akumal Sea Turtle Snorkel
The warm Caribbean waters off of the Mexican Riviera boast sea turtle populations year-round. You can outfit with a dive shop to snorkel with these lovelies or head out with your own gear and see if you get lucky.

Coba Ruins
The Mayan ruins at Coba is one of the few sites in the Yucatan that is still relatively unrestored. Many of these ancient buildings are the same as when they were rediscovered in 1890. The beautiful location is less hectic and touristy than other Mayan sites and is certainly worth the day trip.

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.


Single Occupancy: $2195

Double Occupancy: $1595 per person

Shared Occupancy in 6-bed dorm: $1295 per person

For more info, email richard@bikramyogascarsdale.com.