The day-to-day life grind has you down. It’s okay, it happens to the best of us. The same routine, the same meetings at work, the same food — you’ve been dying for a break and we say it’s time to go for it. Mexico has always looked appealing. Excellent food, the calm tropical waters of the Caribbean or the excellent surf of the Pacific, warm weather — the basic combination is hard to turn down. But maybe you want more than the basic vacation. Maybe the only thing you want to bring from your home routine is yoga. You’re in luck because Mexico is full of top-notch yoga retreats designed to get you in the open air and into a physically and mentally healthier version of yourself. Without further ado, here are the best yoga retreats in Mexico.
1. 8-Day Personal Retreat – Tulum, Quintana Roo
Tulum is about as beautiful as Mexico gets. Located just south of Cancun in Quintana Roo, the area is dotted with white sand beaches, beautiful resorts and Mayan ruins perched on cliffs overlooking the water.
This retreat is easy to personalize with a wide range of yoga classes offered. You can focus in on one style or mix and match. Hitting the beach in between sessions for sunbathing and snorkeling sounds like an excellent break as well.
2. 5-Day Jungle Taoist Retreat – Aguacate, Jalisco
Flipping to the Pacific Coast, this five-day retreat is located just south of Puerto Vallarta. The surrounding area is absolutely gorgeous and the jungle goes a long way to help you leave the old routine behind.
The Taoist structure means you’re there to get yourself back to what is natural. You’ll eat gourmet food, forget all about your phone, and practice yoga surrounded by the energy of the jungle. That emphasis on disconnecting makes this one of the best yoga retreats in Mexico.
3. Amansala – Tulum, Quintana Roo
And back to Tulum we go. Yoga teachers here are accustomed to working with Hollywood stars and yoga travelers from all around the world. What does this mean? World-class classes of course.
While the quality of the classes is reason enough to go, the eco-chic style of the resort might be even greater motivation. The whole space has an open-air feel and the pool looks out over the bright blue water of the Caribbean sea. Yes, it’s as good as it sounds. Maybe better.
4. Xinalani Retreat – Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Our favorite part about Xinalani is the setup. Bamboo huts with thatched roofs climb a hillside that looks out over a secluded beach and the Pacific.
Expect daily yoga classes in an open-air setting, with the convenient shade of the large roof. Breaks from the classes can mean anything from surfing lessons to salsa dancing. It’s hard to go wrong here.
5. 8-Day Spirit of Cacao Retreat – Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca
Further south along the Pacific coast lies the beautiful beaches of Puerto Escondido. Known for excellent surf and the surfing culture that comes with it, the area is also a stunning location for a yoga retreat.
This eight-day retreat focuses on meditation techniques and the use the famous cacao drink to get you back to ground level and away from distractions.
6. Pachamama – Todos Santos, Baja California Sur
Cacti and palm trees blend here as the desert meets the Pacific Ocean. The combination is at its best at sunset, so make sure you pick a good spot every evening and have the camera ready. You may even catch migrating whales cruising offshore.
If you’ve had enough beach time, you can always return to your luxury tipi after yoga class.
7. Playa Viva Yoga Retreat – Playa Icacos, Guerrero
Playa Viva takes the prize for best accommodations. That deep peaceful state you found in your morning workout class will certainly follow you back to your thatched open-air hut that looks out over the ocean. The mix of cacti and palm trees (not unlike Pachama) is another cool bonus.
Playa Viva still has an “untouched” vibe and isn’t bogged down by tourism as much as many other Mexican beach destinations. This place is truly a getaway.
8. Prana del Mar – Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur
Prana del Mar not only combines desert and ocean beauty, but also offers classes led by world-renowned instructors. You’ll get the very best instruction in every class so come ready to work.
You may take a class inside or you may take one down on the beach. If it’s the latter, be sure to line up after class for surf lessons to keep the energy going.
9. Hridaya Yoga – Mazunte, Oaxaca
Every retreat center on this list places an emphasis on spirituality, but perhaps none go quite as far as Hridaya. The staff focuses on the concept of the spiritual heart and making sure it’s fully realized. With authentic yoga, a special focus on meditation and top-tier instructors, Hridaya is a well-rounded experience.
Mazunte itself is absolutely gorgeous with its green hills and a multitude of pretty, secluded beaches.
As you can see, the best yoga retreats in Mexico will surely break the routine and send you back home with new energy and a new outlook. It’s been in you all the time, sometimes you just need a little surf and an ocean-view yoga session to find it.