Returning to Self: Yoga and Meditation Retreat with Brian Tobin and Lakshmi PlashaMarch 24th - March 30th, 2019
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About the Retreat
Join Brian and Lakshmi for a 7 day retreat into the ancient wisdom of our bodies, and the oceanic understanding of the mind. Through the practice of yoga and meditation we will cultivate authentic patterns of inner harmony and reconnection to Self. This tropical retreat is held on the shores of the Caribbean at Casa Om sanctuary in Puerto Morelos, a laid back beach town south of Cancun. Each day we will have two yoga and meditation classes that weave together the active and more subtle body practices of yoga. Classes are designed to help retreat guests move deeper inward whether it be through long comfortable holds or slow rhythmical movements focusing on core integration. The retreat is one of openness and flexibility, so as students sign up workshops will be designed based on group interest. Outside of the yoga space the retreat includes a trip to Chichen Itza, one of the most sacred sites in the Mayan empire. Come revitalize, restore, and awaken.
- 7:30 am – 9:00 am Led Practice 1
- 9:00 am – 9:20 am optional meditation
- 9:30 am – 10:30 am breakfast
- 10:30 am – 4:00 pm Free Time
- 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Led Practice 2
- 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm optional meditation/pranayama
- 6:30 pm – 8 pm dinner (4 nights at Casa Om/2 on own)
- 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Satsang, Community Activity, Workshops
Lakshmi was led to Hatha yoga in 2003 in search of a quieter mind. In the summer of 2010 she moved to the Sivananda Ashram in Grass Valley, CA where she taught traditional Hatha yoga and meditation, over the next 10 months. Upon leaving the ashram she settled back in her roots of the Pacific Northwest where she taught and studied Restorative and Vinyasa yoga under Kathleen Hunt. Lakshmi moved to Vermont in the spring of 2012; it was then she began to recognize her calling in the therapeutic yoga realm. Lakshmi now specializes in meditation and yoga for both teen and adult Eating Disorders, Addiction, and mood imbalances. Lakshmi is a rostered psychotherapist and wellness coach in the state of Vermont, using witness consciousness and somatic meditation to move through protective systems and fear. In each of Lakshmi’s classes or individual sessions, she emphasizes breath-based movement from within the subtle body; through instruction in rooting, core integration and energetic expansion. Meditative and investigative stillness, along with slow, steady, rhythmic Vinyasa awaken us to breath, body, the inherent web of love, and our own essential emptiness. Lakshmi is founder and lead instructor of Lunar Flow Restorative Teacher Trainings.
Brian is a Hatha Yoga and meditation teacher based in Burlington, Vermont. Brian aims to work with each student, starting from where they are, in order to develop their own personal practice. Utilizing techniques including yoga postures, breathing techniques, mantra, concentration, visualization, and relaxation techniques, a custom practice is carefully crafted. The goal of all of these practices is to increase Self-knowledge and Joy in daily life.
At a young age, Brian began to wonder how to cultivate meaning and connectivity in life. Years of interest in consciousness and philosophy led Brian to the traditional practices of Hatha, or physical, Yoga. Studying and practicing alongside his beloved teachers, he has explored in-depth the intersection of body, breath, energy, mind, and spirit. His studies revolve around teachings from the Sivananda, Yogi Gupta, Babaji, Gosh, and Goenka Vipassana lineages. Brian teaches private lessons, serves as faculty in Teacher Trainings, designs programs for athletes, and leads international yoga retreats.
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.
Fly into CUN – Cancun Airport.
We will pick you up from the airport and take you 20 minutes south to the beautiful town of Puerto Morelos on the white sandy beaches of the Mexican Riviera.
We are located at 9 mza 26 sm 02 avenue javier rojo gomez, Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
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.
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.