Spring Cleaning: A Yoga Retreat to Cleanse the Mind, Body, and Soul

The previous guest blog post about “Touring Thailand” was so well-received, that I’ve decided to make it more of a regular thing. A majority of my friends are avid travelers. I love to get their perspective about where they’ve visited and what they’ve seen and, of course, I always take it into account when I’m planning my next trip.

Today’s guest post is by a good friend of mine, avid traveler and author, Jen Swetzoff, who I actually met while traveling to Mongolia in 2005. We were the only two girls in our group, and spent almost two weeks exploring the Gobi together. We bonded instantly and continue to share a great friendship and intense passion for travel today.

Below Jen shares her experience at a yoga retreat outside Puerta Vallarta, Mexico.

Have you taken a yoga retreat somewhere lately? Share your favorite spots or comment on this post. If you have questions for Jen, we’ll make sure she gets back to you.

Sure, you could clean out your closet to celebrate Spring’s official arrival. But if you really want to get rid of those lingering Winter cobwebs and start fresh this season, why not consider a yoga retreat?

My husband and I recently spent several days at Haramara Retreat in Sayulita, Mexico. This rustic yet luxurious getaway, just an hour south of Puerto Vallarta is the perfect place for glam globetrotters who want to incorporate yoga into a relaxing beach vacation, but who don’t want it to be the entire focus. Secluded within a lush jungle high above the ocean, its
idyllic location is a bit hard to find (especially if you rent a car like we did and try to navigate the local roads at night), but it’s
well worth the extra effort. I practice yoga regularly, but my husband is a beginner, and we both really enjoyed the classes here—not to mention the gorgeous setting and delicious food. Three healthy meals a day are included in your nightly rate, and each one is more delectable than the next, full of fresh fruit, vegetables, and fish. Plus, at Haramara, you don’t have to worry about being forced to give up any guilty pleasures here: coffee and tea are served every morning, and alcoholic beverages are available at dinner.

Different yoga retreats led by various teachers are offered throughout the season, so check the online calendar to find the one that most appeals to you. Even if you come on your own, without signing up for a scheduled retreat, you can always take at
least one yoga class a day. Afterward, you can wander down to the private beach, gaze at the pristine setting, and chill out in a
hammock. Or, if you’re craving more adventure, you can walk to town in just about 15 minutes for world-renowned surfing, boogie boarding, sea kayaking, or simply relaxing in the sea and on the sand. In the evenings, your candle-lit cabin—complete with a hammock, a comfy bed draped in a mosquito net, and an outdoor shower—are sure to inspire tranquility and romance. Just remember to bring your flashlight because there’s no electricity on the property outside of the open-air dining pavilion—a perfect excuse to hold hands as you stroll there for dinner. Namaste.

If Haramara is a bit too far flung for you this spring, find your inner Ohm with a local yoga class. We also hear great things about the yoga getaways at Sivananda in the Bahamas and Kripalu in western Massachusetts.


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One response to “Spring Cleaning: A Yoga Retreat to Cleanse the Mind, Body, and Soul

  1. Or check out http://www.leelatravel.com to see fabulous all-inclusive yoga retreats which focus on sustainable travel and voluntourism as well as some much deserved pampering! Destinations include Belize, Mexico, Thailand and India.

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