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Playful Balance Mexican 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 Mexican 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 Mexican Rivera.

What’s included:
  • Strong and playful flows each morning (except one) with Whakapaingia
  • Evening classes with Whaka including
    • acro yoga
    • Thai massage
    • arm balances and inversions
  • Fully guided cultural and seva excursion to a local Mayan village
  • Traditional hands-on cooking class at a local Mayan village
  • Guided clear blue water sea turtle snorkel at Akumal
  • Local-led Tulum ruins excursion
  • Fully guided cenote history, exploration and snorkel
  • 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 (on arrival and departure days)
  • Wifi
What’s not included:
  • Airfare to Cancun
  • Lunches
  • Additional excursions
  • Alcohol or items of a personal nature/souvenirs
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Gratuities
About the Teacher


whakapangia-teacher“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.


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 snuba 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 5min 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.

Casa Om Spa
Whether you’re looking for an amazing massage or energy work, The Travel Yogi team can tell you first hand how amazing the team at Casa Om is. Please be prepared to book early to secure a spot. Once the word gets out from the first few massages, they’ll book up quickly!

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.


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:

Playful Balance Mexican Riviera Retreat – Bunk Room deposit (non-refundable) per person $500.00

Double Occupancy:

Playful Balance Mexican Riviera Retreat – Double Occupancy deposit (shared bathroom, non-refundable) per person $500.00

Playful Balance Mexican Riviera Retreat – Double Occupancy deposit (private bathroom, non-refundable) per person $500.00

Single Occupancy::

Playful Balance Mexican Riviera Retreat – Single Occupancy deposit (shared bathroom, non-refundable) per person $500.00

Playful Balance Mexican Riviera Retreat – Single Occupancy deposit (private bathroom, non-refundable) per person $500.00

Have questions? Please contact The Travel Yogi: more@thetravelyogi.com or 562.335.8000

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