Mexico Yoga AdventureApril 3rd - 9th, 2016
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About the Retreat
Join Devinder Kaur and Laurie Howe for an unforgettable week of yoga and adventure in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. Rejuvenate, and unwind for 7 days and 6 nights, while deepening your yoga and meditation practice in paradise!
Just steps from a pristine beach, enjoy all of the amenities of an upscale hotel but in our own private Casa. Rejuvenate in the ocean, lounge by the pool, explore a quaint town on the Mayan Riviera or take in some of the optional excursions and adventures available. Relax, laugh and recharge… take this time for you to deepen your practice, open your heart, reconnect, realign and inspire yourself to take your practice and life to another level.
No yoga or meditation experience necessary. All levels welcome.
Typically daily schedule
5:30 am to 6:30 am – Sunrise practice/meditation at beach or in Casa Om Yoga Studio
7 am to 8:30 am – Yoga Class in Casa Om Yoga Studio
8:30 am – Breakfast
Open Time: Choose one of the optional excursions, lounge by the pool, spend time at the beach or stroll into town.
5 pm to 6:30 pm – Yoga Class in Casa Om Yoga Studio
6:30 pm – Dinner
8:00 pm – Evening meditation/Yoga Nidra at beach or in Casa Om Yoga Studio
About Devinder Kaur
Attend a Kundalini class with Devinder, and you’ll experience why students have studied and practiced with her for well over a decade. She is a smart, experienced, and positive yoga teacher, who approaches the spiritual practice of Kundalini with humour and sensitivity. Her strong interpersonal approach to teaching helps people reach their individual goals and empower themselves through yoga. Chosen by the international Kundalini community, Devinder recently won the 2014 International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association’s “Certificate of Teacher Recognition” for an outstanding reputation of teaching.
While talented and practiced, Devinder is also thoroughly accredited – she is a 500 Hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher in the Hatha and Kundalini Yoga traditions. She is an Ottawa Hatha Yoga Teacher Trainer and is recognized as the Kundalini Yoga Lead Trainer in the Ottawa region, as certified by the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI). Devinder is also honoured to serve as member of the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) Board of Directors.
She is a registered member of Yoga Alliance, the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Associations (IKYTA), the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and the Sound Healers Association. Devinder has studied with many top international trainers and continues to deepen and expand her knowledge by pursuing further education each year in Canada, the United States, and abroad.
In 2003, Devinder created PranaShanti (Prana means breath, Shanti means peace) as a web resource and free eNewsletter to share the benefits of Yoga. In 2008, as she saw that the Ottawa yoga community had grown considerably, she grew the concept into the PranaShanti Yoga Centre. PranaShanti is now recognized as the largest yoga training centre east of Toronto, and is a community where many teachers and students receive exceptional yoga education.
In 2007, Devinder released her debut CD – Echo – featuring a combination of relaxing gong and guided meditations. In 2014, Echo was followed up with two more meditation albums, Wave and Ease. Devinder’s abundant creative energy is also found in her writing, and she regularly writes yoga and health related articles for local and national magazines and websites. All of her work can be found on her website, www.devinderkaur.ca
Known to be an organized and detail-oriented yogi, business skills came naturally to Devinder. As a child, she played shop selling peaches and cherries from her Grandmother’s garden in British Columbia, where she grew up. Her work ethic flourished as a teenager, and she opened her first retail business at age 21 while earning degrees in Political Science and Business Administration from the University of Victoria.
Today, with over 25 years of experience as a self-employed business owner and business/IT consultant, she is a much requested presenter on television programs, at local and national Yoga and Women’s conferences, and travels extensively as a guest trainer for Hatha and Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training programs.
About Laurie Howe
Laurie’s calm presence and sense of humour create a space of light heartedness, acceptance, a safe haven from our busy lives. Whether doing an intense, fiery practice, slow flow or yin, students come out of the Laurie’s classes feeling completely cared for and rejuvenated.
Classes are based on the energy she feels at any given time in the room. She adapts the pace and flow of her sequences to the seasons – making them either slower or more energizing depending on the time of the year. Laurie’s love of alignment, appreciation for the uniqueness of each student’s practice and range of motion, and her expertise for assisting make her class a truly complete experience.
Laurie’s first Hatha Teacher training was completed at the renowned Kripalu Centre. That same year she also completed training with David Swenson in the Ashtanga primary series. Laurie has continued training since then with many master teachers, including Advanced Pranayama, Yoga for Depression and Anxiety, Therapeutics among others. Todd Norian has been one of her most inspirational teachers to this day. She will always be a student first and foremost, and is passionate in the areas of anatomy, alignment, pranayama and opening to grace.
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.
Please fly into Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Once you have booked your ticket, please email your flight itinerary to firstname.lastname@example.org
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/travel/
Go Diving or Snorkeling:
Puerto Morelos is meters away from one of the largest coral reefs in the world. Take a morning 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.
$1,499.00 per person, double occupancy and includes:
- 6-nights’ accommodation in a luxurious double-occupancy room (2 people per room, separate beds)
- Choice of Hatha and Kundalini yoga classes each day, including sunrise and sunset practices, mindfulness meditations and more
- Wholesome, protein rich breakfasts daily and 4 evening meals
- Free wifi and complimentary pure drinking water
- Airport transfer
- Does not include airfare