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Playful Balance Mayan Riviera Retreat

December 4th -10th, 2016

About the Retreat

Escape the ordinary and find a way to balance everything, playfully!

We will be exploring the past and present of the jewel that is the Mayan Rivera and dive into the surreal world of the cenotes. We’ll balance the discovery of the local culture through food, interaction and local treasures alongside awakening practices that add in the mind-heart-body connection.

Whakapaingia will lead you in a strong and calming playful vinyasa flow every morning, ensuring you stretch your body and your mind. And whether on a free day or a big adventure out, evening practices will explore balance with the playful integration of acrobatic yoga and Thai massage. You will explore balance in fun weightless inversions and arm balances and float through this warm sunshine, warm heart and warm culture retreat.

The fun of acro-inducing laughter and gravity-freedom set the tone for a week that infuses your mind, body and spirit with the magic combination of great yoga, great food and the great culture of the Mayan Rivera.

What’s included:

  • Strong and playful flows each morning (except one) with Whakapaingia
  • Evening classes with Whakapaingia including
    • acro yoga
    • Thai massage
    • arm balances and inversions
  • Swimming, diving and playing excursion to two cenotes
    • dive into the crystal clear water and float in ancient pools
  • Morning swim with the sea turtles at Akumal
    • all turtles, fish, smiles, snorkels, flippers and life vests included
  • Visit to the Tulum ruins
    • geek-out on a fully guided history of this ancient culture and structure
  • Hands-on cooking, culture and gardening seva visit to a local Mayan community
    • get hands-on and in as you help cook a traditional lunch and contribute to the garden that supplies the good greens
  • Comfort-lux accommodations
  • Buffet breakfasts daily
  • Vegetarian dinners (this is a meat-free and alcohol-free retreat center)
  • Transportation to and from Cancun (CUN) airport
  • Wifi

What’s not included:

  • Airfare to Cancun
  • Lunches (except at the Mayan village)
  • Additional excursions
  • Alcohol or items of a personal nature/souvenirs
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Gratuities

About the Teacher


Whakapaingia“Whaka” is the spiritual heartbeat of Koha Yoga and the Acro Revolution tribe. Having always been a warrior and athlete, Whaka found the healing power of acropeutics and the joy of acrobatics when he was living in the US as a rugby player.

In 2005, he started his healing journey after giving up his perception that yoga “was for girls” and not for tough guys. A few months into his practice, Whaka noticed his body recovered from tough rugby matches without the usual drugs or surgery. Through the path of yoga, he learned to heal himself. Whaka began to give this gift of healing to others by becoming a certified yoga teacher and thai massage practitioner.

Whaka found acro serendipitously on a beach when a women approached him and asked him if he wanted to fly. That woman became his wife, Sara. In one day Whaka found his life long passion and the person he would share that gift to the world with for the rest of his life. Whaka and Sara founded Koha Yoga in 2009 with the intension of sharing their passion and knowledge as ‘Koha’ is the Maori word for gift. Whaka and Sara travel around the world with their daughter Tahi, helping people discover the gifts of trust, joy, laughter, play, balance and release through acro, acropeutics, yoga and paddle-boarding.


Casa Om has 10 beautiful bedrooms, a spacious and well-equipped yoga room, swimming pool, and a kitchen. Bedrooms are double occupancy, and have either a private bathroom or a bathroom shared between two rooms.

The rooms at Casa Om are comfortable and beautifully designed with air conditioning and fans. Drinking water and a small coffee maker are in each room, and most rooms have a small mini-fridge. Yoga mats, towels, and beach towels are provided!

Wifi is included and available throughout the resort.

Enjoy meals up on the rooftop palapa with a stunning 360 degree view of Puerto Morelos, perfect for watching sunrises and sunsets over the Mayan Jungle.

Casa Om sleeps 24 and is across the street from the beach.

Some meals are provided by Casa Om’s team of exquisite chefs who locally source their food for an incredible culinary experience. Their food is guaranteed to help you be stronger and healthier on your trip.


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.


Casa Om will arrange shuttle service to and from the airport.

Casa Om is a 20-minute car ride from the airport (CUN) to Casa Om. We are located at 9 mza 26 sm 02 avenue javier rojo gomez, Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico.


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!

Enjoy Puerto Morelos:
Puerto Morelos is a great town with a vibrant night life and great restaurants! Take a 10 minute walk on the beach to get there, and then enjoy dinner, dancing, live music and more!


Shared Bathroom:
Bunk Room: $1699 (female yogis only)
Double Occupancy: $1895 per person
Single Occupancy: $2195

Private Bathroom:
Double Occupancy: $1995 per person
Single Occupancy: $2395

Bunk Room:
Yin Yang Mayan Riviera Retreat – Bunk Room (full payment) per person: $1,699.00

Double Occupancy:
Yin Yang Mayan Riviera Retreat – Double Occupancy full payment (shared bathroom) per person: $1,895.00
Yin Yang Mayan Riviera Retreat – Double Occupancy full payment (private bathroom) per person: $1,995.00

Single Occupancy:
Yin Yang Mayan Riviera Retreat – Single Occupancy (shared bathroom) full payment: $2,195.00
Yin Yang Mayan Riviera Retreat – Single Occupancy (private bathroom) full payment: $2,395.00

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Have questions? Please contact The Travel Yogi: more@thetravelyogi.com or 562-304-3032

Deposits are non-refundable. Travel insurance is recommended for this retreat.