I decided to venture to Tulum this past April with my good friend Maggie on what turned out to be one of the best vacations I have ever been on. Tulum has been on the top of my vacation go to list for years as it seems to be a hot spot for hipsters, models, bloggers, and so many yogis. What I really needed was a getaway trip to rejuvinate my mind, body, and spirit, and hopefully to lose a few lb's that had been stored up over the winter months. I packed a carry-on with as many bikinis, leggings, and sports bras that I could fit and strapped my yoga mat over my shoulder. Before we knew it, we jet-setted off onto a Mexican sojourn of a lifetime.
We joined a 7 day yoga retreat with an amazing yoga instructor whom I was familiar with from NYC (David Regelin - he really needs no introduction) at the eco-chic beachfront resort Amansala Tulum.Tulum turned out to be a magical little town where the untamed and overflowing jungle meets the forever warm, turquoise waters of the Caribbean. It's a place to find everything you didn't even know you were looking for. We awoke naturally every day from the sunrise outside of our doors and a "gong wake up call" at 7:30AM. We had our organic coffees every morning before class, but it was an authentically barefoot affair with pristine views of the water.
The yoga was beautiful and intense. Our morning session consisted of the ashtanga primary series with some minor variations. Our evening session was a vinyasa based flow with workshopping elements based on the student/teacher preference for the day. I have been practicing the ashtanga series for almost 2 years, so was very familiar with the sequencing and method, however, it was amazing to learn a fresh perspective from a beautiful teacher. We continued the teachings in the evening sessions and built on the main teaching points of the morning during the PM. We also practiced pranayama (breathing practice) in the evening.
The food was outstanding. I felt so energized eating fresh, local, and all natural food. It was such a beautiful break having all my meals prepared! My favorite dishes of the trip were the banana bread french toast, the asian style slaw salad with toasted pepitas, and the ancho chile cocount corn soup. We also had plenty of fresh guacomole and tortilla chips daily! We ate out one night at a beautiful restaurant called Hartwood. Turns out, the restaurant was started by 2 guys from Brooklyn who decided they didn't feel like dealing with the NYC grind anymore. We enjoyed the jicama salad, grilled octopus, slow roasted bbq spare ribs, plantains, and a few delicious cocktails. The food was outstanding, seriously, one of the best restaurants I have been to in a long time including in NYC! I would highly recommend it, but get there early in the day to make a reservation!
Throughout our day we enjoyed a lot of lounge time! There were these fantastic day beds that were suspended from a thatched roof that lulled me in and out of a nap every hour or so. There was also a very consistent ocean breeze and of course the sound of the ocean that was pretty much a lullaby. If there is one thing that relaxes me and puts my brain at rest, its the sound of the ocean and watching the waves! I was totally blissed out.
By the end of the trip, not only did I feel great, but I felt toned, strong, and clear minded. I hadn't looked at a computer screen once, I wore flip flops one time to dinner, and I didn't even listen to music. It was the perfect time to reconnect to myself and revive my body and mind for my upcoming adventures! I highly recommend Tulum as a vacation destination and hope you enjoy my post and pictures.