The Heart of Contact Yoga with Anjuli Mahendra and Alok Rocheleau

February 28-March 4, 2014

Drop into your body and spirit with this 5-day, 4 night Contact Yoga retreat on the Mexican Pacific Coast with Anjuli Mahendra and Alok Rocheleau. You’ll stay at the luxurious, remote eco-retreat center, Playa Viva -- only 30 min away from Zihuatanejo and its international airport, yet completely immersed in nature.

Surrounded by pristine coastline and a luscious tropical climate, not only will you rejuvenate your body with healthy, organic meals, lovingly prepared on-site, you'll have plenty of time to explore the natural surroundings. The invigorating classes will help you connect more deeply with your inner and outer worlds.

What is Contact Yoga?

A unique blend of partner stretching, contact improvisation, acrobatics, and Thai massage that helps you develop trust, strength and flexibility. Practices will include deep partner stretching and balancing, therapeutic touch, and improvisational movement -- all so that we can open to greater levels of joy, freedom and presence.

During the retreat we will also explore the 4 Sublime States (loving-kindness, vicarious joy, compassion, and equanimity), derived from Buddhist tradition, including powerful practices to integrate these into your daily life. We will start the mornings with pranayama (breathing), meditation, and asana practice before breakfast. In the early evening before dinner, we will offer a flowing Contact Yoga practice. After dinner, special optional sessions will include chanting, singing, improvisational movement, and meditation. You’ll also have plenty of unstructured time to connect with the beautiful surroundings, journal, book a massage, or take an optional excursion.

Does this sound like exactly the retreat your soul is yearning for?

Come breathe, dance, stretch, grow, and evolve with us in beautiful Playa Viva, Mexico. Don't delay -- there are only 8 spots and we will likely sell out. Sign-up by Jan 15th and save $200!

We look forward to sharing this beautiful practice with you!
Anjuli & Alok
~May all beings be happy and free~

What is Included?

  • Four Nights and Five Days (double occupancy; single accommodation can be requested)
  • Abundant, delicious, mostly local and organic food and non-alcoholic beverages : three gourmet meals a day, plus unlimited snacks and refreshments.
  • Pick up and drop off from airport
  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • Afternoon Contact Yoga classes+Optional Evening Sessions
  • Unlimited on-site excursions (hiking, turtle sanctuary, etc.)
  • One Therapeutic flying session with Alok or Anjuli

Space is limited to 8 participants for this unforgettable retreat!

Cost: $1090 per person (based on double occupancy)
Special Couples Rate: $2080 ($100 discount!)
After Jan 15th, 2014, $1290 (based on double occupancy) NOW EXTENDED THRU JAN 31ST ONLY!
Please inquire about single rooms, and the option to add on an extra day.
A non-refundable deposit of $250 is required to hold your space.
Final Balance Policy: Final payment must be received by Jan 15th in order to be eligible for the early bird pricing and is non-refundable after that date.
Cancellation Policy: In the event of cancellation, your entire payment will be refunded less the $300 deposit if the cancellation is made before Jan 15th, 2013. Payments after this date are non-refundable.
Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your trip. There are many travel insurance companies to choose from, but Travelex and STA are two reputable organizations for worldwide travel coverage to check with.


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Telephone: 808-639-2462 or 800-397-6093
* In the Playa Viva reservation form, specify arrival and departure dates of February 28-March 4, 2014, 2 adults in the room, and use Promotional Code ‘Heart2014’ in the ‘Remarks/Request’ field of the reservation form. If you prefer a single room, have any questions, or experience any problems with online registration, including if you find that rooms are sold out, please call 1-800-397-6093.

About Anjuli Mahendra, LMT

Anjuli Mahendra is a multi-modality healer, teacher, and founder of Shakticura Healing Lounge. Her Berkeley-based private practice, Embodied Resonance includes integrated bodywork, coaching, and workshops that focus on opening the body to it’s highest potential. Her connection to holistic movement and healing started in 1999 through a regular Iyengar yoga practice that developed into yoga teaching by 2004. Her adventurous nature took her to Asia in 2004 where she fell in love with the Asian healing arts of Shiatsu and Thai massage, training in both and adding them to her repertoire. Anjuli’s teaching style is a unique synthesis of dance, movement, and healing practices. She has developed her unique twist on Contact Yoga, drawing on her somatics experiences with contact improvisation, acro-yoga, and bodywork. In addition to Contact Yoga, she teaches Thai massage, hatha yoga, and dance workshops.

About Alok

Alok has taught yoga for 9 years throughout the world, incorporating partner yoga, meditation, and pranayama. He is a teacher and practitioner of Thai Massage and loves to do flying therapeutics. Alok is the founder of Rock Water Healing Arts which focuses on wellness in all aspects of life. Providing massage, yoga, dance, mindfulness, wellness coaching, and nature experiences, Alok’s passion is to inspire people to find a healthy balance in their lives through honest connection with themselves and others.


"When I'm in classes with Anjuli and Alok, I feel like their energy is really genuine. A heart offering. Also, I can feel that they are both long time practitioners, so they are not only well-versed in the practices, but also do have a lot to offer to students just in terms of the power of being in their presence."
- Yosemite Yoga & Backpacking participant, 2012

Playa Viva
Sustainable Resort & Residence Community
1 (800) 397-6093 US
+1 (650) 585 6770 US
+52 1 (742) 112 3000 MEX
Carretera Zihuatanejo-Acapulco
Playa Icacos
40834 Juluchuca, GRO

US Business Office:
20 Melrose Court
San Mateo, CA 94402
To Sign Up for the "The Heart of Contact Yoga" retreat at Playa Viva:

Please complete the form below and make sure to put "Heart2014" in the field marked "Comments/Specific Information Request:" or call +1 800.397.6093 and Leigh Ellen can answer any questions about group reservations. Please let us know if you have any questions related to this fun and healthy event. Or you can contact Anjuli or Alok at the numbers or email address provided above.
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