On October 19th we embarked on a week-long trip to a yoga retreat hosted by Live Love Flow studio. Our destination was Xinalani, a 45 minute boat ride from Puerto Vallarta. Attending an event like this together had been an aspiration for a long time. As we arrived at Xinalani we saw before us a village of thatched roofs topping open air structures nestled on the jungle hillside. Our room had two beds equipped with mosquito nets and an entire wall that was totally open to see the bay, with only a railing to keep us from falling out. The weather was tropic heat and it took a few days for our Seattle bodies to become acclimated to the heat.
We had arrived in paradise! The ocean was like soothing bath water, and the food was healthy and super fresh – particularly the wide array of tropical fruit we were served each morning. And the Margaritas prepared on the informal terrace bar were a great way to end the day.
The week flowed with two yoga classes a day taught by Jaime and her team of teachers. The yoga studio was 176 stairs up at a beautiful thatched roof open studio with a large tree growing through the middle of the floor. What a setting for yoga! Since Julie is still in Achilles recovery mode and her heel was stiff in the morning, we attended only the evening class each day. The class started with flow and yoga nidra and then a mediation session. It was a great way to end the day before dinner.
We took several excursions, including mountain biking, a horseback ride and swim at a waterfall, snorkeling in a cove full of exotic fish, and swimming with wild dolphins in the middle of the bay. The jungle was lush and our naturalist Kimmie informed us of the beauty encountered at every turn. Kimmie was inspiring – a man passionate about nature and so full of joy it was contagious!
Oh, and there was a spa overlooking the bay with talented masseuses to get the kinks out – heavenly!
The evening was wonderful; fresh dinners and new friends followed by margaritas at the outside bar and fun dance music. The last evening ended with about 15 of us skinny dipping at 11:30 pm, what a way to end the trip!
What we took away from our trip:
It is good to let loose once in a while – and do what is good for the soul.
It was a time to work on conquering ones’ fears.
Eat fresh fruit, do yoga, get a massage once in a while, and drink tequila!