Harmony Yoga Pilates Studio

8th Annual Mexico Yoga Retreat


with Helen Mikuska, E-RYT500, IYTA, SOYA, WAYT

 March 24-31, 2017


PRIVATE Daily Yoga – 8:00-10:00 a.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Yoga ONLY Early Bird Pricing $400.00 before Jan. 31/17.

After this date $550.00 CDN Funds.


The yoga retreat is being held on-site exclusively at

Casa Los Angeles Locos, La Manzanillo 


 Plan to enjoy the sun

and relaxation!

photo casa

Sadhana is a term for a means of accomplishing something or more specifically spiritual practice. photo 2nd floor veranda

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}.ocean distance view

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 email info@harmonyyogapilatesstudio.ca

 INCLUDED in Retreat Fee:  Yoga instruction ONLY.   NOT INCLUDED in Retreat Fee:  Shared Accommodation at Casa Los Angeles Locos is ONLY $150-$200 CDN/week to be paid to along with retreat fee.  Attendees are responsible for their own flights, taxis and meals.  Two can share a taxi ride from the airport for $600-700 pesos each way and the ride takes around 45 minutes.

Retreat/Accommodation Fee Cancellation Policy- Full refund 2 months before retreat date; 50% refundable 1 month before and no refund after that time.

Available Accommodations at Casa Los Angeles Locos!

casa headingCasa Los Angeles Locos is nestled on a low-lying hillside that overlooks the village, the Bay of Tenacatita and its famous mangroves.  The Casa’s main residence has two levels. The second level exhibits a traditional Mexican red-brick domed ceiling, with an open-floor plan kitchen, spacious living room, bathroom, and a master bedroom, all open to a veranda with wrap around views of jungle, ocean, & sunsets, while providing all of the modern amenities of home, if needed, but not required.

The Casa’s downstairs first level offers a wrap-around veranda that doubles as an overhang sheltering the patio & outdoor kitchen shared by 3 private bedrooms as listed below:

ocean room

Ocean Room has two double beds.

(Attendees in this room share a main bathroom with attendees in the Jungle Room).

Each attendee pays only $150 CDN for the week.



jungle room

Jungle Room has two double beds.

(Attendees in this room share a main bathroom with attendees in the Ocean Room).

Each attendee pays only 150 CDN for the week.



ground floor bedroom

The ground floor bedroom has one double bed to share.

Has it’s own own ensuite bathroom.

ONLY $200 CDN for the week.




The hacienda’s landscaping includes fountains, statues, gardens, lawns, flagstone terraces, & a swimming pool. The Casa’s location, architecture, grounds, and accommodations have been masterful designed and purposely created to offer their guests a peaceful and joyous experience.


Enjoy a cool dip in the pool!


Open concept kitchen in the Casa.



Living Room in Casa.

townIn La Manzanilla you’ll find warm pacific coast waters, lively beachside restaurants and friendly local residents. Nestled against the southern edge of Bahia de Tenacatita, La Manzanilla is the ideal location for enjoying the simple pleasures of a seaside vacation – basking in the sun and breathing in the fresh sea air; going for a dip in the calm, clear waters of the bay; working your toes into the soft, honey-colored sand while strolling down the beach; and relaxing to the soothing sounds of waves.

From the Casa, it is a short five minute walk to the main plaza (town) and a three minute walk to the beach!



There is a direct flight with Westjet departing from Calgary on Friday, March 24th ~ WS2272 ~ 10:05 a.m. to arrive in Manzanillo at 3:05 p.m. with a return departing Manzanillo on Friday, March 31st ~ WS2273 at 3:55 p.m. and arriving in Calgary at 9:06 p.m.  I will be heading to Manzanillo a week prior so I will met you at the casa, but will return to Calgary on March 31st  flight.


Hope you can join me in La Manzanilla…

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti

…Harmony in Mexico…




Sadhana Guide ~ Helen Mikuska and Tour Guide ~ Mina Tilakraj

March 12-27, 2018

Tour Day March 2018 Tour Designations
Depart Home
Saturday, March 10
Allotted Two Days of Travel
Day 01 Monday, March 12 Arrival EARLY a.m. Chennai & Transfer to Hotel
Day 02 Tuesday, March 13 Chennai – Kalahasti – Tirupati – Chitoor
Day 03 Wednesday, March 14 Chitoor – Vellore – Tirupattur – Dhamapuri
Day 04 Thursday, March 15 Dharmapuri – Madurai
Day 05 Friday, March 16 Madurai
Day 06 Saturday, March 17 Madurai – Rameshwaram – Ramanathapuram
Day 07 Sunday, March 18 Ramanathapuram – Sivagangai – Pudukottai – Trichy
Day 08 Monday, March 19 Trichy – Tanjore
Day 09 Tuesday, March 20 Tanjore – Kumbakonam
Day 10 Wednesday, March 21 Tanjore – Thiruvarur – Nagapttinam
Day 11 Thursday, March 22 Nagapatinam – Chidambaram – Cuddalore
Day 12 Friday, March 23
Cuddalore – Pondicherry – Villupuram
Day 13 Saturday, March 24 Villupuram – Tiruvannamalai – Mahabalipuram
Day 14 Sunday, March 25 Mahabalipuram – Chennai
Day 15 Monday, March 26 Chennai
Leave Chennai Tuesday, March 27 Depart from Hotel & Transport to Airport

 DAY 1 (Mon., March 12/18).

(Arrive EARLY a.m. to Chennai) – Shopping day for clothing.

  • Mylapore, ChennaiKapaleeswarar Temple of Shiva.

O/N Chennai – The Pride Hotel, Chennai.

DAY 2 (Tues., March 13/18):

Chennai – Srikalahasti (Andhra Pradesh].

  • Srikalahasti, Andhra PradeshSrikalahasteeswara Temple.

Srikalahasti – Tirumala (Andhra Pradesh).

  • Tirumala, Andhra PradeshVenkateswara Temple.Shiva


O/N Chittoor – Hotel Rangalaya Royal, Chittoor.

 DAY 3 (Weds., March 14/18):

Chittoor – Vellore.

  • Tiruparkadal, Vellore - Sri Prasanna Venkateswara Perumal Temple.
  • Vaniambadi, VelloreSri Athitheeswarar Temple.

Vellore – Tirupattur.

  • Tirupattur, VelloreSri Renuka Parameswari Amman Temple.
  • Siruganur, TirupatturBrahmapureeswarar Temple.

Tirupattur – Dharmapuri.

  • Keelpudupettai, VelloreSri Dhanvantari Bhagavan Temple.

O/N Dharmapuri – Hotel Adhiyamaan Place, Dharmapuri.

 DAY 4 (Thurs., March 15/18):

  • Dharmapuri – Kaalabairawar Temple.

Dharmapuri – Karur.

  • Krishnarayapuram, Mahadanapuram, KarurSri Mahalakshmi Temple.

Karur – Madurai.

O/N Madurai – Poppys Hotel, Madurai.

 DAY 5 (Fri., March 16/18):

  • Vaigai, MaduraiMeenakshi Sundareswarar Temple.
  • Thirumohur, MaduraiThirumohur Temple.


  • Thirumohur, MaduraiSri Kalamegaperumal Temple.

O/N Madurai – Poppys Hotel, Madurai.

 DAY 6 (Sat., March 17/18):

Madurai – Ramanathapuram.

  • Rameswaram, RamanathapuramRamanathaswamy Temple.
  • Devipatinam, RamanathapuramSri Navapashanam Navagraha Temple.
  • Thiruppullani, RamanathapuramSri Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple.
  • Thiruvadanai, RamanathapuramSri Adhi Ratneswarar Temple.OMPH Mala

O/N Ramanathapuram – Kalaimagal Residency, Ramanathapuram.

 DAY 7 (Sun., March 18/18):

Ramanathapuram – Sivaganga.

  • Thirupuvanam, SivagangaiMadapuram Kali Koil.
  • Tiru Koshtiyur, SivagangaiSri Soumya Narayana Perumal Temple.

Sivaganga – Pudukottai.

  • Avudaiyar Kovi, Pudukkottai – Sri Athmanathar Temple.
  • Tirumayam, Pudukkottai – Sri Sathya Murthy Perumal Temple.


Malamelkudi, PudukkottaiBhuvaneswari Amman Temple.

Pudukottai – Tiruchirapalli (Trichy).

O/N Tiruchirapalli – Sangam Hotel, Tiruchirapalli.

 DAY 8 (Mon., March 19/18):


  • Srirangam, TiruchirappalliSri Aranganathar Temple.

Tiruchirapalli – Tanjore.

  • Kanjanur, ThanjavurSri Agneeswarar Temple.
  • Maruthuvakudi, ThanjavurSuryanar Kovil.
  • Suriyanarkoil, ThanjavurSri Suriyanar Temple.
  • Thanjavur, ThanjavurSri Kuberapureeswarar Temple.

O/N Tiruchirapalli – Sangam Hotel, Tiruchirapalli.

 DAY 9 (Tues., March 20/18):

  • Thingaloor, ThanjavurSri Kailasanathar Temple.
  • Tiruchittrambalam, ThanjavurSri Ema Dharmaraja Temple.
  • Varagur, ThanjavurSri Lakshmi Narayana Temple.
  • Kumbakonam, ThanjavurSri Brahmma Temple.

Tanjore – Kumbakonam.

  • Tirunageswaram, KumbakonamSri Naganathar Temple.
  • Vaitheeswarankovil – Sri Vaitheeswarar Temple.

O/N Kumbakonam – Paradise Resort, Kumbakonam.

 DAY 10 (Weds., March 21/18):

Kumbakonam – Thiruvarur.

  • Alangudi, TiruvarurSri Aabhatsakayeswarar Temple.
  • Koothanur, TiruvarurMaha Saraswathi Temple.
  • Tirupamburam, TiruvarurSri Seshapureeswarar Temple.Vishnu
  • Tiruvarur, TiruvarurSri Thiagarajar Temple.


Madapuram, TiruvarurSri Kamalambika Temple.

Thiruvarur – Nagapattinam.

O/N Nagapattinam – MGM Valiankanni Residency, Nagapattinam.

 DAY 11 (Thurs., March 22/18):

  • Sirkali Taluk, NagapattinamSri Swetharanyeswarar Temple.
  • Keezhaperumpallam, NagapattinamNagannathaswamy Temple.

Nagapattinam – Chidambaram.

Chidambaram, Tamil NaduNatarajar Temple.

Chidambaram – Cuddalore.

O/N Cuddalore – Anandha Inn, Cuddalore.

 DAY 12 (Fri., March 23/18):

  • Parankippettai, CuddaloreSri Muthukumara Swamy Temple.
  • Melakadambur, CuddaloreArulmigu Amritakateshwarar Thirukkoil.

Cuddalore – Puducherry.

  • Tirunallar, PuducherrySri Dharbaranyeswarar Temple.

Puducherry – Villupuram.

Tiruvamathur, VillupuramSri Abirameswarar Temple.

O/N Villupuram – Hotel Grand Kubera, Villupuram.

 DAY 13 (Sat., March 24/18):


  • Annamalai Hills, TiruvannamalaiArunachaleswarar Temple.
  • Padavedu, TiruvannamalaiSri Renugambal Amman Temple (includes three subtemples – Arulmigu Ramachandra Swamy Temple, Arulmigu Ammaiappa Eswarar Temple and Arulmigu Subramania Swamy Temple).


  • Thennangur, TiruvannmalaiSri Pandurangan Temple.

Tiruvannamalai – Kanchipuram.

  • Periya, KanchipuramEkambareswarar Temple.


Sriperumbudur, KanchipuramSri Adikesava Perumal Temple of Maha Vishnu.Bell

Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram.

O/N Mahabalipuram – Sea Breeze Beach Resort, Mahabalipuram.

 DAY 14 (Sun., March 25/18):

  • Mahabalipuram – Shore Temple.
  • Mahabalipuram – Descent of the Ganges.
  • Mahabalipuram – Pancha Rathas.

Mahabalipuram – Ramapuram.

  • Ramapuram – Ramaswamy Temple.

Ramapuram – Chennai.

O/N Chennai – The Pride Hotel, Chennai.

 DAY 15 (Mon., March 26/18):

  • George Town, ChennaiKalikambal Temple.


  • George Town, ChennaiSri Chenna Malleeswarar Temple.
  • Mylapore, ChennaiSri Aaadi Kesava Perumal Temple.
  • Villivakkam, ChennaiSri Agastheeswarar Temple.

O/N Chennai – The Pride Hotel, Chennai.

 DAY 16 (Tues., March 27/18):


(Depart early a.m.)

 Tour Cost:Ganesha

As per the Itinerary: $3,985 USD/per person on Twin Sharing Basis.

Single Room Supplement – Additional $975 USD.

(Based on current prices for 2016-17 and are subject to change at the time of booking).

Plus GST is applicable on the total invoice at current CDN rates.

 Tour Deposit:

$500 USD non-refundable booking deposit required at time tour registration via e-transfer in USD funds, to be credited towards tour cost.  Please supply exact name as on your passport (valid for six months from the date of travel).  You must also apply for your Indian Visa and provide the following information (number, date and place of issue and expiration date).   Also required is your date of birth and all contact information for our files.

 Full Tour Payment:

Payment in FULL must be made by December 31, 2017 ($3,985$500 deposit = $3,485 USD) by e-transfer in USD funds.  You are welcome to make payments throughout the year as all e-transfers will be put in a US account for the tour with appropriate recordkeeping of your payments.

 Included in Tour as per Itinerary: 

∞        Accommodation 3* hotels as per list above.

∞        Daily breakfast and Lunch/Dinner at all hotels + wifi wherever possible.

∞        AC mini coach for entire tour available for all single visits and transfers.

∞        Driver and helper fees and overnight allowances.

∞        Accompanying tour guide for entire tour, fees and accommodation included.IMG_2086

∞        Local guides wherever necessary and available.

∞        Assistance on arrival and Departure at Chennai Airport.

∞        Entrances to all temples for single visit only.

∞        Shoe fees at all temples.

∞        Daily supply of 1 litre bottled water while travelling.

∞        All taxes, parking fees, toll taxes and any other taxes applicable.

∞        A “Tour Sadhana Book” will be supplied to you, written by Helen, which will list all the temples, particulars about them, our planned practices for each temple/deity with pranayamas, mantras, meditations and mudras.  Also within this book, space will be provided for you to journal after each of these practices.  AWESOME!

 Not Included in Tour: 

∞        International / Domestic Airfare, airport fees, visas and any insurances.

∞        Any charge for excess baggage at airports or elsewhere.

∞        Camera/Video fees.

∞        Any extra visits or activities other than those mentioned in the itinerary.

∞        Any items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, table drinks, etc.

∞        Any extra meals other than those specified above.

∞        Extra running to destinations other than those mentioned in the itinerary.

∞        Any charge for any extra service at hotels or elsewhere.IMG_0897

∞        Any Pooja or ritual expenses at temples or elsewhere.

∞        Any Ayurvedic treatment or massage.

∞        Any medical or emergency expenses.

∞        Any tips at restaurants, concierge, driver, helper, etc.

∞        Any gratuities for Tour Guide or local guides.

 Special Notes

∞       Prices are based on current 2016-17 costs. They are subject to change with any fluctuation of forex rates or rates of hotels and all other services provided.

∞       Confirmation of rooms is subject to full payment and availability at the time of booking.

∞       Please note, in case of the hotels specified not being available, accommodation shall be provided at an alternate hotel/home stay in similar category.

∞       Dinners are included at all hotels for the sake of convenience and is also an energy-saver.

∞       In South India, especially in the small and remote non-touristy places, hunting for a suitable place for dinner is not the most enjoyable sport.

∞       Prices not valid for peak season X-mas, New Year & Diwali Holidays.

∞       It is advisable to dress in Indian attire like salwar-kurta or saree. Not all temples in South India allow foreigners in all areas, especially the inner sanctum.  Even those that allow have a strict dress code where only sarees are acceptable.

 Cancellation Fees:

∞       More than 30 days from departure – 25% of the tour cost.

∞       20-15 days – 50% of tour cost.

∞       14-01 days – 75% of tour cost.

∞       No show – 100% of tour cost.