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Harmony Yoga Pilates Studio

7th Annual Mexico Yoga Retreat

with Helen Mikuska, E-RYT500, IYTA, SOYA ~ February 14-21, 2016

PRIVATE DAILY YOGA CLASSES – 8:00-10:00 a.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m.
YOGA ONLY Early Bird Pricing – $400.00 prior to Nov. 15/15.  After this date $550.00 (CDN Funds)

The yoga retreat is being held on-site exclusively at

Grand Isla Navidad Resort

Barra de Navidad (Fly to Manzanillo)

Plan to enjoy yoga along with the sun and relaxation of Mexico!

Sadhana is a term for a means of accomplishing something or more specifically spiritual practice. Yoga means to join/yoke/unite; the union of the individual soul with the universe and spirit. You will experience daily:

  • Hatha Yoga {asana} ~ physical postures.
  • Pranayama {shakti, life force} ~ control of breath.
  • Raja Yoga {royal yoga} ~ creating peace of mind with meditation.
  • Bhakti Yoga {devotion} ~ chanting & reciting japa {sacred words}.
  • Jnana Yoga {knowledge, wisdom} ~ meaningful readings.
  • Yoga Nidra {yogic sleep} ~ relaxation to quiet and center the mind.

For further information, contact Helen (403) 809-1402 or

INCLUDED in Retreat Fee: Yoga instruction ONLY.

Yoga Instruction Cancellation Policy – Full refund 2 months before retreat date; 50% refundable 1 month before and no refund after that time.

NOT INCLUDED in Retreat Fee:  Shared Accommodation at Grand Isla Navidad Resort (Each attendee pays $869.75 CDN/week).  Breakfast is included.

Each attendee MUST BOOK their own accommodation either through  or with the hotel directly at Note:  The resort does offer an all-inclusive package, but instead Harmony selects the “breakfast only” option.  We prefer to dine in town as Barra de Navidad has many excellent restaurants to experience.

Attendees are also responsible for their own flights, taxis and any other meals other than breakfast.  The taxi ride from the airport takes about 30 minutes and averages about $36 US each way.


I have booked a direct flight with Westjet on Sunday, Feb. 14th ~ WS2272 ~ 10:05 a.m. to arrive in Manzanillo at 4:05 p.m.  (I am staying a few extra days in Melaque and will return on Friday, Feb. 26th).  But Westjet offers a return flight on Sunday, Feb. 21st ~ WS2273 leaving Manzanillo at 4:55 p.m. and arriving in Calgary at 9:10 p.m.  Retreat begins with dinner in town on Sunday, February 14th and ends Sunday, February 21st after the morning yoga practice.  You always have the option of arriving earlier or staying longer as suits your schedule.  Westjet flies direct on Sundays and Fridays to Manzanillo.


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In case four hours of yoga isn’t enough for you, the resort offers golf, tennis, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, beach volleyball, bicycling and horseback riding.  The resort has an equipped gym under the supervision of qualified instructors.  It has a 4 ½/5 star rating.

Grand Isla Navidad Resort offers you a state-of-the-art health spa with skilled personnel that provide facials, massages, and other beauty services.



grand bay lagoon beachThe resort has a small beach surrounded by a spectacular view of the lagoon and also with an open sea beach.

You may also wish to experience the quiet, clean and secluded golden-sand beaches located within 30 minutes away. Soothing waves can be found in the beaches of Boca de Iguanas, Tenacatita, La Manzanilla, and Careyes, to name a few. Many of the beaches have beach-side restaurants and magnificent landscape and ocean views.

Ahh, relaxation on the beach, sounds so good!



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This magnificent Grand Isla Navidad Resort  is the centerpiece of a 1,200 acre private island development, bordered by ocean sculpted coves and a tranquil salt water lagoon.  Isla Navidad on Mexico’s Pacific Gold Coast is one of the country’s most exclusive resort communities.  Grand Isla Navidad Resort is a luxury provides luxury accommodation.

It overlooks a popular marina and mixes modern convenience and old world charm.





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The Deluxe Room is a spacious 516 sq. ft. with either a king-size bed or two double beds, equipped with satellite TV, direct dial telephone and messaging service, electronic safety deposit box, individually controlled A/C, wireless internet service (complimentary), ceiling fan, balcony with screen door, robes, iron and ironing board, coffee maker and in-room mini-bar.   The Deluxe rooms offer ground level or mountain views, pool.  The luxurious marble bathrooms offer separate shower and tub, over-sized mirrors and vanity.  Turn-down service is provided nightly.



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“Around the world Cuisine”

Casual family restaurant with relaxing atmosphere and beautiful view to the lagoon, breakfast, dinner buffet and a la carte service with an international variety dishes.

Casual attire is allowed for dinner, no bathing suit or beach sandals.

Open daily from 7:00 to 12:00 and from 18:00 to 23:00.




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“Snacks, Fish and Seafood”

This poolside casual restaurant is located on the ground floor and offers Mexican snacks, tropical drinks and seafood specialties.

Proper attire is suggested inside of the restaurant.

Open daily from 12:00 to 18:00.



grand bay golfThe 27-hole course is one of the two golf courses in Mexico that have received the “Gold Medal Award” distinction from Golf Magazine and was named Mexico’s Leading Golf Resort 2012″ by World Travel Awards. Its spectacular views and the green areas between the sand dunes allow, in addition, a majestic view of the lush mountains and from the five ocean front holes.

This championship course was designed by Robert von Hagge, who utilized the amazing natural landscape, the fresh water lagoons, and the long beach to design one of his masterpieces. No great golf course can be regarded as such anywhere in the world that is not at the same time visually magnificent. The three nines at Grand Isla Navidad Resort: the Ocean 9, the Mountain 9, and the Lagoon 9, while their character remains the same, they are nonetheless very different in every respect and can be enjoyed by golfers of all levels and aptitudes.



barra de navidad beachBarra de Navidad is located approximately 140 miles south of Puerto Vallarta, Barra De Navidad straddles the border of Mexico’s Jalisco and Colima states in the Costalegre region. Surrounded by mountains draped in lush vegetation and with golden sand beaches kissed by the Pacific Ocean.  It is a tranquil town on the southern arc of the Bay of Navidad, where you can watch fishermen haul their daily catch of scallops or hop on boat taxis from the lagoon for trips between sleepy coastal villages, before heading to its more bustling neighbor Melaque on the northwest tip of the bay.  Most of Barra de Navidad is composed of two streets on a long sandbar.

The resort is located across the salt water lagoon from the quaint village of Barra de Navidad.  You cross the lagoon via a water taxi which cost $2 US per person and takes only three minutes to reach this lovely little town situated on a sandbar in a large bay on the coast of Jalisco. A long curving beach extends the full length of the town and continues across to the neighbouring town of Melaque.

The surrounding mountains are great for hiking, bicycling and camping, while the Marabasco River to the south is perfect for swimming.



barra de navidad statueIn 1559, a decree from King Phillip II of Spain arrived in Mexico, ordering another fleet to sail west to the Philippines. All western Mexico was mobilized in support of this fleet. Roads were built to ferry supplies to Barra de Navidad where the ships were to be built. The expedition finally set sail on the 21st of November 1564, under the command of Lopez de Legazpi.

A small monument of Legaspi in Barra de Navidad’s plaza commemorates these explorations.  Tourists to Barra enjoy the finest fresh seafood in the world, including red snapper, dorado, marlin, sailfish, tuna and lobster. You’ll see the fishermen every morning coming in with their catch of the day. Cultured oysters and clams are harvested daily from the lagoon in front of the small village of Colimilla, just a five minute trip by water taxi, from the town center.



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In town the streets are paved with cobblestones and bricks and it is a delightful walk along the Melacon.  There are numerous restaurants and small shops.  Fruits and vegetables grown in the area include chile peppers, squash, mangoes, papayas, tomatoes, bananas, limes and coconuts. One of the largest coconut and banana plantations in the world is located just outside of Barra de Navidad.

The town of Barra de Navidad has a street market on Thursdays.  Calle Guanajuato is blocked off from Avenida Veracruz to Avenida Tampico.  Streets are taken over with portable stands and tables with tarps tied across the street for shade.  Vendors from everywhere gather in the town square where they sell a variety of Mexican goods.

On the very south end of the beach is a great spot for amateur surfers. There are a couple of places that offer classes and rent boards.

Barra de Navidad has spectacular sunsets almost every day.

Hope you can join me in beautiful Barra…

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti

…Harmony in Mexico…