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This is a unique program due to its incredible venue and in its emphasis on shamanic healing and holistic cleansing. The cleansing focuses on all aspects of wellness (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) in order to reveal your truest self so that you can step onto the mat as a yoga teacher who guides from the pure essence of your heart and from your connection to your spirit. Realize your inner stillness and access the wisdom that resides deep in your heart and soul. Come join Pura Vidya and awaken the power of your spirit while living in an eco-friendly paradise on the coast of Mexico.
Present Moment Retreats 11 private bungalows are the perfect antidote to the chaos of everyday life. Each unique bungalow is dedicated to one of the values that they hold in the highest regard. All bungalows have an indigenous palapa thatched roof, hand-crafted in the Mexican tradition, and are furnished with a pillow top queen-sized bed, luxurious 400 count cotton bedding and a canopy of white linen. The yoga teacher training package includes 20 nights accommodation in a shared double room. A single room preference during the course may be communicated in advance.
Compassion: Situated just 30 seconds walk to the beach, oval shaped, high roof lines, and stunning ocean view.
Renewal: A seaside bungalow, with open air design and garden setting. Here you can sit in one of the two matching rockers on your private deck with the Pacific a stone's throw away.
Intuition: Centrally located and hand-crafted, you will be just steps away from the beach, amazing yoga classes, massage, and fine dining.
Wisdom: Located closest to the sea of all accommodations, this bungalow has been the residence for many artists, writers, and folks who treasure ease and simplicity.
Tranquility: This stunning little cottage's soft lines, tropical hardwood features, and woven stick walls are furnished with Mexican and Asian antiques.
Harmony: Created for groups of 3 or 4 to share, this spacious, private bungalow has a full view of the gardens, pool, yoga pavilion, and the stunning Pacific Riviera.
Bliss: Just 30 seconds walk from the beach with amazing vantage points to the sea, gardens, and pool.
Unity: This large, family style bungalow features 3 luxury pillow top beds, antique furnishings, rocking chairs, and a view over past the entire resort to the sea.
Peace: The only air conditioned suite, still close to the main activities, common buildings, and boasts both mountain and beach views.
Serenity: A version of a crow's nest, resting at the highest point of the resort with 360 degree views and furnished with Mexican and Asian antiques.
Joy: Offered on a limited basis, especially reserved for group retreats, weddings, honeymoons, and more throughout the year. This exceptional 2nd story bungalow is literally perched overlooking the Pacific, and with an oversized, walk out deck.
There are private and intimate meditation gardens to put you in touch with the elements. Present Moment creates personal, spiritual sanctuary using the indigenous plants and stones of Mexico. These healing gardens inspire balance and a sense of peace as you explore your inner self.
The open-air yoga pavilion at the heart of this unique resort is gracefully suspended on stilts above the beach. The pavilion accommodates classes of up to thirty people; all yogis receive the space needed to comfortably practice a wide range of postures. In addition, a hand woven canopy was constructed to protect even the fairest complexion from the ever present Mexican sun.
Before you pack and head home, dont forget to swing by their boutique and gift shop which features fine antique art and jewelry from around the world. It also showcases the Indigenous Artisan Crafts and Jewelry made in Mexico. Also in store is a tempting array of women's and men's yoga clothing and sportswear from Prana, Yoga Tribe & Culture, Be Present and many more name brands. The store is open from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. daily.
Come to the award winning Present Moment Retreat and take part in a School Yoga Institute Yoga Alliance certified 200 hour yoga teacher training and cleansing retreat. This is a life enhancing, transformative experience where you will learn meditation, pranayama, asana, cleansing, shamanic philosophy, application of yogic theory, and much more. Pura Vidya believes that the best way to learn yoga is by living yoga. Thus, they have developed an experiential curriculum where you will live a yogic life for three weeks while learning the theory behind the practice.
During the training you wake up while the sun rises and experience the beauty and serenity in the midst of the tropical setting. Guided group meditation starts at 6.30 a.m. Meditation is followed immediately by asana (yoga posture) practice. It includes pranayama, asana, and relaxation.
In the afternoon there will be an Art-of-Teaching workshop. They also have lectures, discussions, and activities that cover yoga philosophy, yoga theory, yogic living, yoga diet, yoga anatomy, and yogic healing. You will end your day with after dinner satsang (wise gathering) to contemplate and reflect on your sadhana (spiritual practice) of the day.
The yoga teacher training is a holistic program, to understand yoga, you must first understand self, body, mind, and spirit. Pura Vidya uses the four directions of the Native American Medicine wheel as a guide and foundational structure for the course.
Within each direction, they will focus on different types of movement, diet, and meditation. They bring to life the ancient teachings of yoga through accessible spiritual lessons, a solid foundation in yogic philosophy, and a daily yoga practice. The curriculum includes the following:
Learn to teach 2 sequences: Vinyasa and Hatha flow
Practice pranayama, kriyas, and bandhas
Understand a variety of meditation techniques
Study yoga anatomy and physiology
In depth study of select yoga sutras
Learn the Native American Medicine wheel
Take part in shamanic ceremonies
Understand the history of yoga
Focus on integrating yoga into your life through daily spiritual lessons
Introduction to The Business of Yoga
Exposure to yogic healing arts
Participate in Art of Teaching workshops
Practice peer-teaching starting day one
Understand chakras and energetic anatomy
Study Ayurvedic philosophy and yogic diet
Present Moment Retreat is the ideal place for a vacation and yoga retreat. It is one of the last sacred and authentic destinations in Mexico located at the heart of Troncones Beach. Nestled between the lush mountains of the Sierra Madre and the sparkling Mexican Riviera, Present Moment Retreat combines the ambience of nature's grandeur with personally challenging mind-body work, set in harmony on beautifully landscaped tropical grounds.
Troncones Beach is a small, recently-developed community lying on some 3 miles of pristine Pacific beach - a strand of white sand punctuated by occasional rock outcroppings often harboring tide pools teeming with fascinating salt-water life. The little village is home to a small school, a public library donated by generous local residents for education of the village's children, a church, several dry goods outlets, and a few other small provisioning services for essential items. All of these are couched within a traditional and tropical Mexican ambiance.
Dine on mouthwatering vegetarian gourmet cuisine! Present Moment presents a healthy delicious intercontinental fusion style featuring fresh caught seafood, vegetarian specialties, regional Latin American dishes, Asian delicacies, and house-made deserts. They also serve a wide variety of mouthwatering smoothies and elixirs, and will gladly create special meals for guests who follow detox programs or special dietary menus.
First Course: Cracker crusted dorado cake with wild sprouts and chile aioli
Main Course: Sauted basil prawn, white wine cream, roasted tomato, garlic, tempura leeks, and saffron potato croquets
Dessert: Petit apple crisp - goat's milk caramel, scratch granola, and nutmeg whip cream.
The restaurant has two levels, one directly on the sand, while the other cantilevers over the beach. The bar boasts an international wine list compiled from over 70 vineyards and tequila menu represents more than 50 of the top distilleries in Mexico. Bon appetite!
Dance and Qigong classes
Hikes to waterfalls
Sunset horseback riding
Surf-yoga excursions and surf lessons
Enjoy a relaxing experience paddling through La Boca estuary surrounded by lush vegetation and home to many different species of local wild life. A local marine biologist, Alejandro Rodriguez Pruneda, will guide you through the maze of river ways.
The Sierra Mountain range is directly across the road. Enchanted with forests of pine, oak and aspen, stunning blue skies, meadows and mesas, your hike can be a gentle or an extreme adventure. Choose to have a local guide lead the way or blaze new trails on your own.
Present Moment features local, professionally trained, friendly, and beautiful riding horses. Walk, gallop, and cantor along the stunning beaches and beach towns of Troncones, Manzanillo Bay, and Majahua.
Countless surfers come to Troncones for our classic point breaks. There are amazing waves for both long boarders and short boarders alike. Excellent conditions for both beginners and experts. Lessons are available upon request.
Troncones is situated between several beautiful snorkeling spots. Troncones Point, a short walk away, has a beautiful reef full of sea life. If you want to venture farther, Present Moment will help you arrange transportation to Manzanillo Bay or Las Gatas.
If surfing isn't your interest, you might want to take one of the complimentary boogie boards out to play in the waves. Adjacent to Present Moment is a long stretch of idyllic beach perfectly suited for swimming, boogie boarding, and playing in the waves.
Present Moment works closely with the sea turtle sanctuary to repopulate this magnificent creature. Every afternoon on Troncones beach, dozens of sea turtles are released and you can take part in this amazing experience.
Your stay in paradise would not be complete until you experience the invigorating spa treatment offered by Present Moment. All spa products are 100% organic and non-toxic. Masks and soaps are customized to each individual guest to perfectly match the needs of your skin.
Back exfoliation treatment
Hot stone massage
Make-up and hair styling
Shamanic energy bath
Therapeutic hair treatment
The massage rooms are located right on the beach for a full sensory experience. Massage therapies embrace exotic international techniques including Thai, Swedish, acupuncture, Shiatsu, and shamanic healing. Luxuriate in the bliss of your muscles being kneaded as your tension slips away, to the point of ultimate liberation. Also offered are detoxifying massage, stress relieving massage and craniosacral.
Troncones is about 20 miles north of the Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo International Airport. The airport is served by a number of major carriers including US Airways, Delta Airlines, Aeromxico, and Continental Airlines amongst others. Present Moment Retreat is a 45-minute drive from the airport.