I just completed the last day of my yoga retreat in Ixtapa Mexico. I am in transit – heading back home to Northern CA. I’m sad to be leaving….
First, Ixtapa Mexico is a wonderful place. The people are great, the town is far less developed (touristy) than other cities in Mexico (Cabo, Cancun, etc). I have always wanted to visit Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo and I’m glad I did – it is awesome. I’ve always wanted to visit because it is where Andy Dufrane escapes to in the movie – Shawshank Redemption. And when his best friend Red gets out – he shows up too. I think of Zihuatanejo as the Mecca to my favorite movie. This place is great.
Second, one of my favorite people opened her world up to me. I got to spend time with her and meet all her friends. It’s a precious thing when the people you like want to share special people and moments. When she told me about the retreat I was sold… I booked it right away – some 7 months ago – and now the trip is over….. 😦
I will do my best to summarize –
- The instructor is simply amazing. I LOVE Kundalini yoga. I have not been able to find a yoga class or instructor that incorporates Kundalini, the breath, flow, and meditation in a class. The yogi – Jorge Luna – has me in love with yoga again. His Yoga was a great combination of breath/connection (Kundalini) , stretch/movement/flow (Vinyassa), and fun! Yes, remember when exercise was fun, not a task/to-do/chore? Uh-hum mm, those days. I loved every day of class. And he has inspired me to re-launch my search for a yogi in my area that inspires me to get my ass out of bed on a weekend.
- The people are just like me… But not. Yep, all of these amazing people from all walks of life – different backgrounds, cultures, color, sex, gender preference.. You name it, it was in the mix. No matter what was shared/observed, there was nothing but openness to learn, to understand, and to enjoy. I realize this may sound “zen like”, but it’s true. Most of these people only see each other when on this trip – and they attend this retreat year over year to see their friends again. It is a great group of amazing people from all walks of life.
- The location – Las Brisas Resort– a beautiful natural preserve. The hotel is a mere 15 minutes from the airport… It has a natural environment – it feels like you are in a rainforest, not in a Ritz Carlton. It was very clean but not manicured. The pools were great and the beach was amazing. The food was really good for an all-inclusive resort and they have some top notch restaurants available on premises. The rooms were spacious and the resort was completely full two nights during my stay and it did not feel crowded at all. My only complaint is that I wished they would turn off the pool fountains so we could hear the ocean from the pool… I know right, first world problems.
Would I go again? Absolutely. I will definitely go on the next trip – if they will have me (Ask me about the “gummy experiment”). I do hope I get an invite the next time around!!
It sounds like an amazing trip, Mexico is really an amazing country and filled with some of the greatest people in the world. I feel your dismay at returning to the land of political blaspheming and backstabbing.
I hope one you touch down and loose your sea legs you can harness some of the “zen” you have found and see where your sails ⛵️ turn
As they say, may the wind always be at your back and the road always rise to meet you.
Be well H.S.