September 29 to October 6th, 2018
Maya Tulum Resort, Riviera Maya
Join Pineapple Yoga Studio this Fall 2018 for an unforgettable journey of exploration and self-discovery. The Maya Tulum Resort is one of Mexico’s premier destinations for beachfront yoga and wellness. This one-of-a-kind retreat offers pristine views of the Caribbean Sea, seclusion, serenity and peace ~ ideal attributes for the exploration of the physical and metaphysical Chakra system.
The PYS Maya Retreat is a Chakra balancing journey starting with the Root Chakra (relating to your instincts, security, survival and your potential) and ending with the Crown Chakra (our highest consciousness and our connection to the Divine). We will use journaling to explore the Chakras, their meaning, and how we experience them through the subtle anatomy of our bodies. The journal will chronicle your journey and help you identify imbalances, work through them and enable you to find balance, harmony, equanimity and homeostasis. We will give you the tools that foster Love and Kindness for Self as the basis for the deepest kind of transformation and change in your life. Our days will be filled with exploration, Asanas (yoga postures), Meditation, and Journal writing.
Chakra means “wheel” in Sanskrit, the ancient language of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. According to yoga philosophy, these represent energy centers in the body where the body and spirit meet. When the Chakras are open and balanced, vital life force (prana) flows freely throughout the body. Each Chakra represents important and vital aspects of our being, from the physical and emotional to the spiritual. When the Chakras are not in balance, the flow of energy is obstructed, resulting in mental, physical or emotional pain. The goal of this retreat is to bring the Chakras into balance to fulfill your fullest potential.
No prior yoga experience or knowledge of yoga is required to participate in this retreat. It is open to everyone, all levels and all bodies! All that is required is your willingness to breath and explore.
Pineapple Yoga Studio brings its passion for yoga, wellness and community to the Riviera Maya this fall. Maya Tulum Resort ~ one of Mexico’s premier destinations for yoga and wellness retreats worldwide, is our host for our fall retreat fostering the union of mind, body and spirit.
Maya Tulum Resort is located 90 minutes south of Cancun, in the heart of Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Its cabañas and yoga halls are secluded on the largest stretch of prestine beachfront in Tulum, offering spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea. The resort has two yoga halls: Ixchel Hall (2,800 square feet) and Itxamna Hall (1,200 square feet). Both yoga halls are fully stocked with yoga mats, props, blocks, blankets and straps for your convenience.
Your days will begin with a healthy breakfast of fresh locally sourced foods in the resort dining hall, serving a variety of Mexican dishes. After your breakfast, the group will meet at the yoga hall for a 90 minute Chakra inspired practice. This includes 60 minutes of asana (yoga postures), followed by guided meditation and an introduction to the Chakras and journal assignment. After your morning session, you’ll have time to reflect, rest, and journal at your leisure.
Our afternoon yoga session is a 45 minute all levels slow flow yoga practice followed by group discussion. Our group discussions will foster community, loving-kindness, forgiveness, and support your personal exploration and the groups’ experience. After the afternoon practice, you’ll have additional time to rest, walk the beach, enjoy a spa treatment or take a swim in the Caribbean Sea. Dinner is served in the dining hall buffet style where you’ll enjoy the succulent tastes of Mexico.
We complete our day with guided meditation and sound bath meditation using Tibetan bowls synchronized to each Chakra to help balance them and prepare you for a peaceful night sleep.
Sian Ka’an means “Origin of the Sky” in the ancient language of the Mayan people. The biosphere is a UNESCO World Heritage site located on the east coast of the Yucatán peninsula. This reserve contains tropical forests, mangroves and marshes, as well as a marine habitat intersected by a barrier reef. It is a rich habitat of flora and fauna, and over 300 species of birds and terrestrial vertebrates, which inhabit this unique hydrological ecosystem. It is part of more than 200 conservation projects aimed at implementing environmental and sustainable use of natural resources policies in the Yucatán.
Our full-day adventure to Sian Ka’an and the ancient city of Muyil is scheduled on Monday. Lunch boxes will be provided by the resort for your excursion. Upon reaching Muyil, a guide will show us the ruins and explain the importance of this ancient Mayan trading post and the Ixel moon goddess. On our way to Muyil lagoon, you will climb to the highest view point of the Sian Ka’an and enjoy panoramic views of the reserve. Once we meet our local skipper, we will go on a two hour boat trip across the wetlands, visit a secret Mayan Temple, and jump into an antic canal. You will float in the translucent fresh waters while the soft current carries you across beautiful mangroves. Once back at Muyil, we will celebrate our experience with a wine & cheese pairing of Mexican wine and artesanal cheeses (vegan options available). You will learn about the Mayan culture, enjoy the wildlife of the Sian Ka’an, a unique eco-system in the world ~ renewing our connection to the natural world around us. Your excursion includes an English speaking guide, transportation, entrance fees to the Sian Ka’an, boat transportation and our wine & cheese pairing.
The pre-Columbian Mayan Ruins in Tulum sit atop 39 foot limestone cliffs, along the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. This ancient site was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Mayan people and it is still used today for Mayan rituals. We will visit three famous structures at the Tulum site: (i) El Castillo (ii) the Temple of the Frescoes, and (iii) the Temple of the Descending God. The spectacular ‘Temple of the Frescoes’ was used as an observatory for tracking the movements of the sun. Niched figurines of the Maya ‘diving god’ or Venus deity decorate the facade of this temple. The ‘diving god’ is also depicted in the ‘Temple of the Diving God’ in the central precinct of the site. A stucco figure of the ‘diving god’ is still preserved above the entrance on the western wall, giving the temple its name. Your excursion includes an English speaking guide, transportation, and entrance fees.
Maya Tulum Resort has been one of Mexico’s top destinations for yoga and wellness retreats for more than 30 years. The Resort offers a variety of unique services and amenities focused on the healing of the mind, body and spirit. The resort is located 90 minutes south of Cancun, in the heart of Mexico’s popular Riviera Maya. The resort offers airport transports on Saturday for $40 per person each way.
Resort accommodations include villas and cabañas with garden, ocean view and ocean front views nestled on a secluded oceanfront property with an expansive beachfront. The resort has an expansive list of holistic spa offerings to compliment your experience including: massage (deep tissue, aromatherapy, hot stone therapy, Reiki vitality, Thai massage, Shiatsu massage) and Mayan specialties (clay massage, spiritual cleansing Temazcal ceremony, body wraps, exfoliations and facials). Your retreat includes a $100 resort credit which you can use for anything you’d like during your stay. Enjoy a relaxing onsite spa treatment or bask in the sun on the secluded white sand beach ~ you’ll leave the retreat feeling rejuvenated and re-energized.
Your retreat includes your accommodations, yoga, three meals per day, two excursions and a $100 resort credit. The meals are made from fresh seasonal ingredients served in the dining hall, an exquisite cabaña with cool marble floors and white limestone walls. Enormous windows offer fantastic views of the Caribbean Sea. The healthy menu selection showcases proteins, seafood and vegetarian options. Special dietary needs can be accommodated by the talented chef with advance notice.
The following options are available for accommodations:
Garden View Room, Two Double Beds or King Bed
Single Occupancy: $3,329.20 pp
Double occupancy: $2,657.20 pp
Ocean View, Two Double Beds
Single occupancy: $3,693.20 pp
Double occupancy: $2,842.00 pp
Ocean Front View, Two Double Beds or King Bed
Single occupancy $4006.80 pp
Double occupancy $2998.80 pp
If you are traveling with family and friends, the resort also offers a vacation house and villa.
E-RYT200, Pursuing RYT300 Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
MFA in Design, Massachusetts College of Art
Doctor of Jurisprudence, LLM Suffolk University Law School, BA Art History, Boston College
Wife, Mother, Writer, Photographer and Artist
Claudia is a Kripalu trained yoga instructor and the owner of Pineapple Yoga Studio in Sarasota Florida. Nominated as a leader in Women in Business by SRQ Magazine in 2017, and Localpreneur of the Year in 2018, she is a recognized advocate and leader in her community. Her passion for service is at the heart of her practice and studio. She brings her heart and soul to the yoga mat and shows up in the service of yoga. It is a sense of responsibility to the community which inspires her to offer a wide range of yoga classes serving a diverse clientele. The union of a strong physical body and a balanced emotional SELF lies at the heart of her practice, allowing for a compassionate healing space to arise within. She is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor (E-RYT200) as well as a Certified Personal Trainer and Paddleboard Yoga Instructor. Her practice is dedicated to Meditation, Asana, Pranayama and the Anatomy of the subtle body. Before owning a yoga studio, she was a practicing attorney in the area of intellectual property law, an interactive media designer, and adjunct profession of design at Boston University. Her retreats and teacher training programs are steeped in yoga philosophy, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and The Eight Limbs of Yoga, while being complimented by a thorough knowledge of anatomy, physiology and fascia for a safe and satisfying practice.
Pineapple Yoga Studio is a boutique yoga studio located in downtown Sarasota, Florida. Rated Best New Yoga Studio in 2017 by Sarasota Magazine, the studio is known for the caring instructors and its healing space which welcomes everyone to the practice of yoga. The studio’s core value is to serve the community and to bring awareness to important social issues in Sarasota, Florida and around the world.
Your participation in this retreat helps support THE PINEAPPLE YOGA STUDIO DHARMA FOOTPRINT PROJECT™ which fulfills our mission to serve the community and use yoga for positive change in the world.
The Dharma Footprint Project works with the host resort to select a special community project benefiting the local community and we donate our time and funds to made it a reality.
The studio will donate a Cargo Tricycle and dedicate hours of community service as an expression of our gratitude to the Mayan people of Tulum. The recipient of the Cargo Tricycle will be selected with the help of the host resort.
Cargo Tricycles are used to sell products on the streets of Tulum. This is a method of transportation and a means of earning a living. A tricycle can mean the difference between a life of poverty and a fair wage that supports families and children in Tulum. Our studio is honored to be able to contribute in this way. Our goal is to provide 5 tricycles for Tulum in our Fall Retreat.
Pineapple Yoga Studio is here to serve the community. Feel free to contact us via email or phone with any questions you may have about yoga or any of our programs. We look forward to hearing from you. Namaste, PYS