Welcome to Playa Viva
Playa Viva is a convenient 30-minute drive from Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa International Airport. We offer direct transportation via low-emission, diesel-fueled van included with your stay.
Join Anjuli and Alok for their 3rd Annual Contact Yoga Retreat on the Pacific coast of Mexico! Enjoy 5 days and 4 nights of blissful practices at one of the most beautiful eco-centers in Mexico.
Surrounded by pristine coastline and a luscious subtropical climate, not only will you rejuvenate your body with healthy, organic meals lovingly prepared on-site, you'll have plenty of time to explore the natural surroundings. The invigorating morning yoga and afternoon contact yoga classes are the perfect balance of solo yoga time and partner exercises that will open pathways for increased strength, flexibility, and meaningful connection.
What is Contact Yoga?
A unique blend of partner stretching, contact improvisation, acrobatics, and Thai massage that helps you develop trust, strength and flexibility. Practices will include deep partner stretching and balancing, therapeutic touch, and improvisational movement geared towards opening to greater levels of joy, freedom and presence.
In our early evening sessions before dinner, we will offer a Contact Yoga practice tailored to the level and interest of our students. We will share a cacao ceremony to open the heart and senses. Optional activities will include: earth medicine hikes, chanting, singing, improvisational movement, and meditation. You’ll also have plenty of unstructured time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, journal, book a massage, or take an excursion. Sounds like the perfect winter getaway, doesn't it?
Come breathe, stretch,and relax with us in beautiful Playa Viva, Mexico. Don't delay -- there are limited spots and this retreat will likely sell out.
Spend 5 days stretching, breathing and learning Thai Massage at a stunning, secluded eco-retreat center on the Pacific coast of Mexico.
She returns regularly to Asia to do further trainings in the healing/movement arts including Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, Watsu, Shintaido, Butoh, Classical Indian Dance and most recently Chi Nei Tsang. In addition to the modalities studied abroad, she completed her 700-hr training in Structural Bodywork in ‘08 that she uses as a framework for her healing sessions. Anjuli’s private practice includes bodywork sessions, weekly yoga classes, healing events, and workshops both locally and in Asia.
Anjuli’s main dance focus over the last few years has been Contact improvisation, as it requires moment-to-moment presence with another person and his/her environment. Because there is such a wide range of expression possible in this dance (from slow, subtle movements to acrobatic lifts), there is infinite space for exploration and development. In conjunction with CI, she has been practicing and sharing partner yoga over the last few years that requires similar rapport with a partner.
Anjuli’s teaching style is a unique synthesis of dance, movement, and healing practices. She encourages her students to use fluid, spiraling movements to warm the body in preparation for deeper connection through dance, contact yoga. and resonance work. She holds space for her students to explore deep inner journeywork through solo and group dance encouraging them to tune into their natural surroundings for clues to go deeper into the unlimited nature of consciousness. In both her bodywork practice and contact yoga teaching, Anjuli facilitates her students/clients to get in touch with their internal experience and express this energy through movement, sounding, release, and acknowledgement. See more photos and other events by this presenter
For 5 years Alok traveled extensively, studying a variety of yoga styles including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, Shadow, Acroyoga, and Hatha. His classes creatively blend these styles, emphasizing the union of breath, body and mind.
After studying Thai Massage in Thailand, Alok has been offering this ancient modality while incorporating Acupressure, Reiki, Shiatsu and Chi Nei Tsang (abdominal Chi massage) techniques. Each massage is customized intuitively for the client’s needs. Embracing the Thai philosophy, Alok supports the internal balance of the body by applying acupressure to the sen (energy) lines, removing blockages to the free flow of energy in the body. With his background in the yogic arts and a degree in exercise physiology, Alok uses this knowledge to unwind both the muscular and energetic systems of the body. Known for his strong, intuitive hands, Alok encourages awareness of the breath to help with release.
Alok is a patient teacher of yoga, Thai Massage, Contact Yoga, meditation, pranayama, and nature awareness. He is happy to assist you on your way to peace and awakening to your true nature. See more photos and other events by this presenter