Near the Ferry Dock, Isla Mujeres
Paddle Boards, Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres Clothesline
Na Balam, Triangle Pose
Isla Mujeres, Local Tacos
Latte at Na Balam Cafe
Isla Mujeres, Eastern Coast
Isla Mujeres Staircase
Na Balam, Palapa, Tree Pose
Na Balam Beach, Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres, Flowers and Fruit for Sale
Isla Mujeres, Flower Calling
We love Ziggy at Cafe Cito, Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres is home to amazing people, delicious nourishing food, and healthy colorful beaches.
Starting each day with yoga helped us establish an energized yet releaxed energy for the day as well as the individual opportunity for each of us to attune to a natural rhythm. The prana (vital life force) and vibrancy of the nature surrounding us enhanced a sense of shakti- powerful, positive energy.
Breakfast each day at Na Balam included green detox juice, lattes or cha., fresh baked breads, homemade granola and yogurt with fresh fruit, and eggs with chaya (a green like spinach). When we could not finish our food, Ponchito (pictured above) was sure to help!
We spent afternoons exploring the island on foot or golf-cart, visiting Mayan ruins, resting on the beach, practicing meditation, and reading. Every moment is and was an opportunity to practice yoga off the mat, to be present, as relaxed as possible, and aware.
The inward journey that accompanies twice daily yoga practice, and true relaxation on retreat, tends to last longer and be more effective than other vacations.
Before exploring the island for dinner, we practiced late-afternoon yoga in the beautiful Yoga Life studio at Na Balam. Each session began with a journal question to help us clarify personal goals. This is an age-old technique in yoga and other disciplines to transform thought into written word and by extension, into physical reality. The asana flows I led included a Warrior series, the Moon Salute, Hip Opening, and on the last day, we practiced Partner Yoga & Yoga Nidra. The consistent theme was conscious alignment, relaxation through the breath, self awareness, acceptance, and love.
The evenings were star-lit and warm. Our flavorful exotic dinners tended to be accompanied by laughter the rhythm of the gentle sea. I cherish this time we shared.
When we return to Isla Mujeres for the next retreat, we will not only enjoy the island and our personal time there but we’re making arrangements to give back as well by doing yoga with a local girls organization and helping with an animal-rescue organization.
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