There are healthy retreats, and there is Villa Ananda. If you’re like me and love the spiritual and physical benefits of yoga practice, then you’re really going to get your money’s worth from a visit to this blissful escape just north of Puerto Vallarta. If you and your loved one want to turn up the heat this fall and winter season, head to this sunny coast and experience the warmth and relaxation of Villa Ananda.
Recommended Resort: Villa Ananda. Located north of the Puerto Vallarta in Banderas Bay on the Pacific coast of Mexico, the resort is a hidden oasis surrounded by nature in a small private community called Punta Burros.
Discover a one-kilometer stretch of white sandy beach, deep blue sea with mountains, Marieta Islands and spectacular sunset views at this lovely beachfront community. Ayurveda, India’s traditional system of natural healing, provides the foundation of Villa Ananda. They specialize in Pancha Karma, Ayurveda’s signature program for detoxifying and rejuvenating the body. The week-long program includes Ayurveda Consultation, daily Yoga-Meditation practice, personalized daily treatments and wholesome diet.
Check In: Banderas Bay in Puerto Vallarta, 503-922-1712, villaananda.com
Check Out: Yoga. The resort invites you to join the morning Yoga Meditation class, relax in your favorite garden spot, swim or walk on the beach. Herbal tea, fruit and vegetable juices and exquisite vegetarian meals are available. Yoga is for everyone, regardless of age or physical condition.
In each class, the staff will meet guests where they are and gently guide them through postures, breathing and meditation to strengthen the body and relax the mind, allowing for a natural flow of energy. The morning Yoga Practice is held outdoors overlooking the ocean with herbal tea served after. Classes are complimentary, donations gladly accepted. Private Yoga and Meditation sessions also available.
Don’t Miss: Pancha Karma. Meaning five actions, this is Ayurveda’s signature system for detoxifying and rejuvenating the body. Luxurious and in-depth purifying treatments provide the basis for health, rejuvenation and longevity. Pancha Karma addresses the causes of imbalance and reverses their negative effects on the different body tissues by thoroughly eliminating the stored toxic waste. This fine tuning technique enhances energy levels, increases mental clarity, slows down the aging process and renews our sense of wellbeing.
The week-long Ananda Pancha Karma program begins with an Ayurveda Consultation and evaluation of personal health history. Specific therapies, foods, herbs and oils are then selected based on the individual body type constitution. Each day begins with herbal tea and Yoga Meditation practice. Treatments that follow may include herbal colon cleansing, aromatherapy steam, skin brushing, tandem Ayurveda massage, Chakra balancing and Shirodhara.
Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Always a Bridesmaid Columnist, Darren Elms.
Photos courtesy of Villa Ananda.
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