Yoga in Mexico
With one foot in North America and one in Latin America, Mexico’s rich diversity, stunning scenery, and renowned cuisine make it an irresistible location to visit and practice yoga.
A country with so many sights, sounds, smells and tastes have endless possibilities for visitors who want to do yoga in Mexico; and explore one of the most fascinating countries.
With over 5 thousand miles of coastline, there is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to white sands and turquoise waters.
So, if it’s a yoga holiday in Mexico that you’re interested in, these attributes are definitely worth considering. Venture further inland and you can find arid cactus-strewn deserts and steamy rainforests. The diversity in the landscape is reflected in the composition of its peoples: from the numerous indigenous groups to the Spanish and European ancestry that so many of its inhabitants possess, the influence can be felt in the language, traditions, and dishes that you may encounter if you do a yoga retreat in Mexico.
Mexico is a country steeped in history where you will find pyramids built by the Aztecs, ruins of Mayan cities and both the immaculate and crumbling facades of Spanish colonialism. In the North of the country, the ubiquitous cowboy hats tell their own story about the influence of their Northern neighbors.
Such is the line-up of locations and activities available for visitors in this vast country that it can be difficult to choose where to start. However, for seasoned practitioners or those at the start of their journey on the mat, doing yoga in Tulum should be first on your list. Located on the Mayan Riviera, you will find a refuge from the teeming all-inclusive resorts, which are synonymous with the area. A thriving yoga scene – with some of the best yoga retreats in Mexico – quiet beaches and bohemian vibe make it a very tempting proposition.
If you’re looking for a more contemporary, urban environment, the dizzying megapolis of Mexico City should be your target destination for yoga in Mexico. With a metro population of almost 9 million people, it is one of the world’s biggest cities. An active health and wellness scene has resulted in numerous yoga studios popping up all over the city, offering the full complement of yoga styles and holistic treatments.
Whether it’s Tulum, Mexico City or somewhere else, there are many excellent retreats and studios to pick from in Mexico:
Baja Zen Yoga offers combination yoga and surf retreats which are a great way to make the most of some of Mexico’s best features. Walking distance from the white sand beaches and the pristine water found in Baja Sur, it’s the ideal spot for yoga and board enthusiasts alike.
Among the plethora of studios in Mexico city, Green Yoga’s mission to bring yoga to the masses combined with running a sustainable and environmentally conscious space, make it a sound choice.
For the next generation of yoga instructors, the bohemian town of Sayulita on Mexico’s Pacific Coast hosts Villa Sayulita retreat center. There sought after 200-hour Vinyasa yoga teacher training program has become a popular location to fully immerse yourself in your yoga development.
Maya Tulum hosts various visiting yoga instructors from around the world and encourages people of all levels to join in. Located in Mexico’s yoga capital, Tulum, the classes include Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Hatha.
What Yogis should know about Mexico
The iconic green, white and red of the Mexican flag can sometimes seem as though it was based on the country’s cuisine. Fiery chilis, rich avocado, and the potent national drink all abound throughout the country. With such a bounty of fresh, local ingredients, vegan and vegetarian yogis will have no problem shopping in markets or eating out. Check out Charly’s Vegan Tacos in Tulum for the perfect post-yoga sustenance.