Soul Zest

Yoga & Culture in Cuba

February 19th to 25th 2017 at a hidden tropical paradise just fifteen minutes from Old Havana

Soul Zest Take the trip you've always dreamed of taking: seven days and six nights in Cuba! Savor sunrise meditation and yoga by the beach at our retreat center in the tropical paradise of Playa Del Este just fifteen minutes from Old Havana. Dive into local culture with salsa dance lessons, sustainable organic farm tours, stand up paddle-boarding, a trip to Hemingway's Finca Vigia residence, beach and relaxation time, cigar rolling, nights out at Fabrica De Arte, sunset meditations overlooking the Caribbean, authentic cafe con leches, a day-trip to the stunningly beautiful mountain region of Pinar Del Rio, a special practice with celebrated Cuban yoga teacher Eduardo Pimentel, vintage cars, amazing dinners and an unforgettable adventure full of inspiring and unique experiences only to be found in Cuba.You have just arrived at a tropical paradise on the beach of Cuba for a magical week of exploration, adventure and bliss with Jai Rhythm and Colin Brightfield.

SOUL ZEST HIGHLIGHTS: 6 nights beach-chic acccomodations at Mhai Yoga Delicious, organic & nourishing breakfasts, lunches and dinners daily Yoga & meditation practices daily led by Colin Brightfield Group salsa dance lessons Visit to Hemingway's Finca Vigia residence Tour of local urban organic farm Guided tour of Old Havana Day-trip to UNESCO World Heritage region Pinar Del Rio, enjoy a unique yoga practice here followed up with a farm-to-table lunch and time for exploring the area Special yoga practice with celebrated Cuban yoga teacher Eduardo Pimentel Raw adventure and fun everywhere you turn Fun loving community and relaxed, laid back vibe   We look for like-minded and passionate people to work with when we decide on a retreat location. The team behind Mhai Yoga are at the center of yoga and cultural connection in Cuba, and are bringing into fruition a new way to approach modern life, balance and traveling with purpose. We are honored and excited to be bringing our tribe to the absolute best spot in Cuba for a yoga and cultural adventure. Located only 15 minutes away from the spectacular city of Havana, this beach is renowned for its pristine white sands and crystal aquamarine waters. This beautifully secluded atmosphere is perfect for relaxation and rejuvenating your mind, body and soul. Beautiful beach villas surrounded by lush plants and tropical flowers are the perfect setting for your yoga journey. These villas are situated just steps away from the beach. Take serenity on the outdoor terraces, perfect for reading or sunset meditation.

The growth of yoga in Cuba is largely the work of one man, Eduardo Pimentel. He is the president and Founder of the non-governmental, Cuban Yoga Association (CYA). He studied yoga by mail with BKS Iyengar. He has worked and practiced with some of the greatest yogis such as Krishna Kaur and Deepak Chopra on their Havana visits. Pimentel is a humble man, known for his patience and sense of humor. He lightens every class with his joyful spirit and his endless knowledge and expertise. He eagerly welcomes new students as he loves to share the path of joy, healing and yoga. We will get to experience practicing with Eduardo one morning and meet some of his students!   Yoga practices will be rejuvenating and support the play we are doing off our mats. We will begin each morning with a sunrise meditation that will open us up to our surroundings and help us get present to the amazing day we have ahead of us. Our morning meditations will gently segue into our flow yoga practice. Practices will vary from vigorous and fiery to more grounding and relaxing to assist in preparing us for the activities and adventures of the day. Colin will lead two special yoga workshops on asana and meditation during two of the afternoons that we do not have excursions planned.

Retreat Location:
Havana, Cuba

February 19-25 2017

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