Yoga, Thai Massage, and Mindfulness Feb. 10-15th, 2018
Join us for a rejuvenating Valentine’s retreat on a secluded beach in Mexico where we will cultivate effortless, heart-opening practices to revitalize your relationship. We will work with both partnered and group exercises to create more joy, flexibility, and heightened awareness in the way we share touch.
This intimate retreat is geared towards couples that would like to develop more sensitivity, play, and mutual support in their relationship. You’ll learn deeply nourishing practices that are great for any level. No prior experience is necessary. We will explore creative ways to stretch with a partner, give and receive Thai Massage, and explore improvised movement with your partner through Contact Dance. You can expect to come away with useful skills that will enhance your connection with your self, partner, and community.
Anjuli and Alok have been developing their work together since 2010 to bring deliciously deep and creative somatic practices to open the body, heart, and spirit.This amazing retreat will include delicious farm-to-table meals, a chocolate making workshop, fire ceremony on the beach, guided astronomy tour, releasing baby turtles, boogie-boarding in the warm ocean, and unlimited beach walks. Playa Viva is the perfect place to relax and find more peace and freedom in your relationship to life.
We will start the mornings with a (solo) 5 Elements yoga practice and layer in partner stretching and therapeutic adjustments. Our afternoon Contact Yoga practice will focus on creative and effortless ways to stretch, dance, and share rejuvenating massage with your partner and the group. Afternoons will also include reflective dyads and council to harvest our experience both in pairs and in group. Evenings will feature music, singing, bonfires, and a special cacao ceremony on Valentine’s Day to open the heart and senses.
You’ll have plenty of unstructured time to explore the surrounding 200 acre preserve, take a cooking class with our gourmet chefs, journal, book a massage, or take an excursion (our favorites are: 4x4 trip up to the cacao farm and temezcal sweat lodge)
Sounds like the perfect winter getaway? Join us for a deeply nourishing experience to revitalize your relationship at one of most beautiful and remote eco-centers in Mexico surrounded by nature. Don't delay -- there are limited spots and the retreat will likely sell out.
Abundant, local and organic food and non-alcoholic beverages: three gourmet meals a day, plus delicious snacks and refreshments. (Full bar is available, individuals responsible for their own bar bill.)
Airport ground transportation to and from Playa Viva
ANJULI MAHENDRA, LMT Anjuli Mahendra is a multi-modality healer, teacher, and founder of Shakticura Healing Lounge. Her Berkeley-based private practice, Embodied Resonance includes integrated bodywork, coaching, and workshops that focus on opening the body to its highest potential. Her connection to holistic movement and healing started in 1999 through a regular Iyengar yoga practice that developed into yoga teaching by 2004.
Her adventurous nature took her to Asia in 2004 where she fell in love with the Asian healing arts of Shiatsu and Thai massage, trained in both and added them to her repertoire. Anjuli’s teaching style is a unique synthesis of dance, movement, and healing practices. She has developed her unique twist on Contact Yoga, drawing on her somatics experiences with contact improvisation, acro-yoga, and bodywork. In addition to Contact Yoga, she teaches Thai massage, hatha yoga, and dance workshops. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org website: http://anjulimahendra.com
Alok is an experienced yogi and bodyworker who has traveled the world studying with various master teachers and styles. As a healer, his yoga instruction takes the approach of helping people find more freedom in their body and mind. He is a teacher and practitioner of Thai Massage and loves to share the art of giving and receiving. Alok especially loves working with couples and helping them find playful ways to deepen intimacy through partner yoga, contact dance and therapeutic touch. Alok is the founder of Rock Water Healing Arts which focuses on wellness in all aspects of life. Providing massage, yoga, dance, mindfulness, wellness coaching, and nature experiences, Alok’s passion is to inspire people to find a healthy balance in their lives through honest connection with themselves and others.
"The location, food, people, turtles, sunsets and all accommodations, were a perfect setting for healing and allowed for personal growth. The guidance and example Anjuli and Alok provide is encouraging which set the stage for open free exploration of self in a safe nonjudgmental environment. It was also made clear this time is for us to grow and we were encouraged to do as much as we were comfortable with without pressure. The positive energy which filled the area was truly encouraging. Thank you for a great experience and look forward to next year. Both Nicole and myself had a wonderful experience." --Micheal,, Playa Viva Retreat Participant "Anjuli and Alok are wonderful teachers and healers. They have dedicated their lives to developing different modalities including yoga, Thai massage and music. Spending time around them lifts my spirits." --Brain, Playa VIva Retreat participant
"What an awesome time! Thank you for the fantastic experience and bringing us to Mexico for such a high vibration workshop in a very special place! Loved the elements of the contact yoga experience and personalized instruction. The experience was 5 stars! XOXO" -Cameo, Playa Viva Retreat, Feb 2015
"Alok and Anjuli are highly skilled facilitators who weave a beautiful web of co-creative leadership together. The experience they craft with the synergy and balance of their skills is playful, spiritual, connective and fun! Throughout the retreat I felt rejuvenated, inspired, challenged in all the right ways and excited by the new skills I learned. What they offer is truly a unique experience to both build community, grow deeper in your own embodiment, and gain tools for creating a healthy, fun and fulfilling lifestyle. They also do a great job of weaving in beginners and more advanced students alike, giving something for everyone. I highly recommend this experience to everyone!" -Haley, Summer Retreat Participant
Anjuli and Alok are two of the most compassionate teachers I've ever worked with. They care so deeply that everyone experience the energy that exists both in themselves and between two partners. I'm so glad that I took this retreat and got to explore with them! -David, Summer Retreat Participant
"Alok & Anjuli are masterful at creating a space for learning, connecting and enjoying yoga and the many aspects of it. Weaving together meditation, yoga, contact & partner exercises, teamwork and thai massage happens so effortlessly in a community of acceptance. Each participant is allowed to join at the level and involvement they are willing to. As the process unfolds, so much joy and love is shared, felt and experienced. So honored to be in the dance." -Clifford, Summer Retreat Participant