Newsletter – October 2011

Yoga in Yelapa                                             

Returning To Yelapa October 2011

Primal-Prehistoric Moments

My landing in Puerto Vallarta is greeted by warnings of hurricanes Jova and Irwin.

It is still the end of the rainy season as October begins. I am always searching for words to describe the power of returning back to Yelapa at this absolute wet and lush time of year.

I spend the night in PV wondering if I will make it to Yelapa, or I’ll be riding out the storms staying in PV till boats are running safe again. But the morning skies are open and the wind is still. The sea is calm and a completely empty boat, like a private boat ride back, awaits me. The warnings are for the hurricane to land tomorrow in the middle of the night and Netto, our boat man, sensed it was still safe to make a run from PV to Yelapa.

My heart and spirit race as I try to get a few things done before we take off. The rising excitement is a feeling like trying to beat a hurricane home. Stepping from the sandy shore, my feet again in direct contact with earth and water, I respond to Netto’s big adventurous smile welcoming me back. The boat men here are so connected to the sea, I feel held in the safety of his life long relationship with this body of water capable of wiping out an entire population in one wave and at the same time bringing life, nourishment, and multitude faces of beauty to all those who behold Her.

Ahhhhh, the boat ride back to Yelapa with mountains covered in saturated shades of green meeting the sea. We enter the coastal zone of no more roads for cars where travel is done in small boats called ‘pangas’ reaching small isolated villages.

The sea is totally empty of tour boats today and no village beaches are adorned with chairs and umbrellas waiting for visitors to spend a few hours taking in a short moment of this small, seaside village lifestyle.

Yes, it feels like a primal-pre-historic moment reaching back in time before life was filled with so much movement and activity. The time before our human population exploded on the planet with inventions and technology.

We reach Yelapa and my feet hit the earth as I realize I am not walking on cement, steel and tar. I feel the initial vibrational change that I know comes with living in this place. In the next weeks, the shifts for me will be powerful as I adjust to a life on the mountain in the jungle again.

I’m on a journey of learning everything that appears to exist outside of us exists deep within. What is it that draws me to my practice over and over again I ask? We can each reflect on our own motivations drawing us to whatever practice in life we choose. What intention do we hold as we practice?

And today, my desire to practice is strong. There is something about this primal-pre-histortic sensation around me that feels familiar. Something about this feeling and how it soothes me is part of what draws me to practice. This is like entering a knowingness that is beyond the form of time and structure. It is like getting to touch a mysterious intelligence that is the Mother of all Creation.

Something about this sensation today also begins as I step on my mat and take my seat. A metaphor could be that the sensation is similar to dropping into my own vessel like a vehicle to begin again another sacred journey. I feel myself making subtle adjustments as I look for that place of alignment and ease perhaps similar to a pilot adjusting the controls of his navigational panels.

I close my eyes and turn to the sensation of my breath. All my attention begins to notice the subtle movement of the breath as it deepens. And I find I am on the journey again exploring a space of emptiness filled with vibration.

Perhaps it is a sensation of a primal-pre-historic experience that feeds me? The sensation is one of an internal knowing of no separation. I am moving closer to the Heart and Soul within. This place is described as freedom and bliss. And we practice over and over with a sense of deep gratitude for even a glimpse of Truth. Our practice holds the possibility of grounding us in a wisdom beyond words and outside of our limited cultural conditioning. We reach with open hands and heart to partake of the nectar of this primal-pre-historic understanding. And as we take tiny sips on the pathway of practicing, we fill our hearts, minds and spirits with expansion and infinite possibility in the process of transformation.

I’ve returned to the blessing of living in the Sky Temple and it is with an offering of devotion that I begin the preparations of sharing this blessing with all who come and partake!


(The predicted hurricanes brought gentle tropical rains with no wind and we were all prepared in Yelapa and I must say at ease. The locals here are never shaken.)

Announcing Sky Temple Yoga Classes     Nov 2 – Jan 27

 With Deb Cahill and Judith Roth

Mondays:         Level I         10:00 – 11:15      with Deb

Beginning Yoga

Wednesdays:     Level II        10:00 – 11:15    with Deb

More Flow

Fridays:            Go Deeper   10:00 – 12:00    with Judith

Nourishing & Fun

 Let’s Join For Friday Yoga Group Lunch’s At The Bahia After Classes

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Enjoy Lodging At The Sky Temple

Come to Yelapa and enjoy a stay up on the mountain top here at the Sky Temple. Yoga classes will be offered three days a week. Your lodging is complete with yoga classes, private kitchen, and beautiful space over looking the ocean, beach and jungle. I’ve listed the openings below when the Sky Temple is not hosting groups. Enjoy the beach, hike to the waterfall, find fun places to eat and play in Yelapa!

We have openings:

Dec 19 – Jan 28

Feb 11 – 18

March 4 – 10

Contact Judith:

Visible Prayers

Intentional Adornment

with Claudia Brown

December 3 to 10, 2011


The December 2011 workshop dates are now closed and a big thank you to all of those who responded!  Due to interest in Short Session Workshops, Claudia will be offering Afternoons of Creativity with Beads in her lovely, jungle-garden Green Dragon Studio.  Please contact her to pre-arrange your session for a time during your Yelapa Visit.  Also you can arrange to be on the waiting list for future week-long workshops!!

For More Information: 

Yoga & Ayurveda

with Sarajoy Marsh

January 28 to February 4, 2012

 Winter is the season of inwardness, reflection, and renewal.  Ayurveda suggests this season is a time for our most auspicious spiritual unfolding. Join us in the study of Yoga and Ayurveda specifically directed at deepening your experience (and ease) in meditation, your connection to the natural world as inspiration for life’s questions and creativities, and your innate experience of awe.  We’ll practice the tools of yoga that cultivate the state of dhyana (meditation), naturally, including seated forward bends and twists, inversions, bandhas, pranayama, chanting, and mindfulness.  We’ll draw on a wide array of yoga asana to prepare ourselves for these practices; and we’ll explore the teachings in the Bhagavad Gita for insight into how life unfolds through despondency to clarity, devotion, and surrender.  


For More Info:

Yoga Retreat

with Lori Gholson

February 4 to 11, 2012


Come and experience a week long retreat which allows both the time and the space to develop a more intimate connection to your practice within the vastness of the open sea and sky. Blending the beauty and preciseness of asana with the depth and focus of pranayama, daily classes will provide the opportunity to settle both the mind and the body as one. Lori Gholson has been teaching with great respect and enthusiasm for yoga for over 14 years.  Her primary teachers are Patricia Walden and Donald Moyer.


For More Info:


9th Annual

Yoga & Birding Vacation

with Judith Roth & Bruce Ferry

Feb 18 to 25, 2012


Many report back saying this is  

“A Trip Of A Life Time”


Our Yoga & Birding week in Yelapa is an unparalleled opportunity to commune with nature, delight in the abundant species adorning this area, enjoy yoga in a village seaside setting, walk along the river, swim in the sea and waterfall, eat delicious food and be with like minded fun people.  

For More Info Contact Judith: Yoga In Yelapa


Unleashing Your Creative Spirit

A Jewish Women’s Journey to Yelapa

Feb 26 to March 4, 2012

Facilitated By:

R. Diane Elliot, Nancy Katz and Tammy Lianu


Join us for an immersion into sun and sea, wilderness and wildness, silence and song, Judaism and joy, creativity and consciousness. We will utilize texts from Judaism, from our bodies, from our hearts, and from the earth, as we co-create a living sanctuary of nourishment and connection.


Diane Elliot, rabbi, dancer and somatic therapist; Nancy Katz, nationally recognized Jewish artist and arts educator; and Tammy Lianu, psychotherapist and teacher of the embodiment of Jewish wisdom, are excited to merge their interests and skills to facilitate this program.

 For More Info:

Especially For Women

with Sarahjoy Marsh

March 10 to 17, 2012


Sarahjoy has been working with women in unique and powerful way for more than ten years.  This retreat is an invitation to come together and utilize the tools of yoga to look closely at our path as women.  This work is risky, fun, compelling, surprising, liberating, challenging, and profoundly renewing.  We’ll invite discussion about an array of issues that we face as women, including body image, creativity, self-care, empowerment, and so on.  Prior to the retreat, you will be asked to respond to specific questions, from Sarahjoy, so that she can best tailor the teachings to those of us coming together.  Near the Spring Equinox, this retreat promises to shift the balance of your life toward one of greater self-understanding, compassion, creativity, nurturance, and direction.  


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Sound Immersion – Chanting

With Gina Salá

March 17 to 24, 2012

Experience the pleasure and power of vocal freedom.  You can sing!  Your unique voice is a direct path to open to grace and ease in your body, mind and heart!  Learn and practice mantra, deepen the bliss of bhakti yoga (yoga of the heart) through Kirtan (chant) and Nada (sound) yoga. 


Discover your power to learn, create, share and lead chants and songs in several cultural styles. All are welcome, no experience needed. 

For More Info:      Gina Salá

 Cultivating Balance

Yoga & Nia in Yelapa, Mexico

with Gina Puccinelli and Cristin Divine

March 24 to 31, 2012

 Cultivating Balance calls you if you have the desire to rejuvenate, reclaim balance, and bask in the wonder of the natural world while deepening your yoga practice.  In addition to yoga and Nia Technique movement, this retreat offers ample opportunity for personal growth and creating community through meditation, council, ceremony, and connection with nature.

For more information or to register contact

 Gina at 831-578-5382 or Cristin at



Om Town Yoga’s Annual Yoga Vacation

with Wendy Lippmann

April 1 – 8, 2012

Join Wendy for A Week That Warms Body and Soul. 

Daily Anusara-Inspired Yoga classes at Sky Temple.  

Time for swimming, hiking, hanging out at the beach, and optional day tripping adventures on land and sea.

Delicious meals together.   For More Info: Om Town Yoga

“Nourish & Replenish”

  with Francesca per  Poorten

 Essential Yoga

 April 8 to 15, 2012

Join us at the Sky Temple in Yelapa, where the studio sits high above bay and looks out over the sea and the hills. People who love to be off the beaten track, appreciate getting to walk, climb hills, be in nature and enjoy the ocean come to Yelapa. Renew this spring in a jungle coastal paradise reached only by boat, experience hiking to the waterfall, beautiful pristine beaches in a pueblo. Feel the mellow vibe of this quiet seaside village and allow it to influence your way of moving through the world. For More Info: Essential Yoga

Seldom Seen Tours with Brad

We are so pleased to offer The Best of Day Trips from Yelapa. Our friend, Brad takes up to 6 people on an adventure to the nearby ranches and places rarely visited. It’s an eye into the real life of Mexico. You will get the oppourtunity to actually feel like family and  enter into the locals houses, eat the freshest of meals and exchange Kindness and Love. This “living museum kind of day” will stay with you through out many years to come. Take a look at Brad’s site and talk to your group leader about experiencing this tour.


 100,000 Monks In Prayer For A Better World.  

Let The Light Shine!