Exploring Yoga in Puerto Vallarta: Celebrating Death

Note: Even though my trip is over (I got back early this morning) I am determined to finish writing about my trip because I had such a great time! After this short blog, just one more entry ought to do it!

Day 5:

Friday, a short yoga practice with my husband on the rooftop and I practiced a few inversions.

Continuing to strengthen my headstand.

Continuing to strengthen my headstand.

Day 6:

On Saturday, I did not do any physical yoga practice as I was enjoying spending time with my mother and my husband, Steve. Saturday afternoon, we stopped by to visit our PV friends who had gathered to prepare for the Day of the Dead festivities.

Mom, Steve and I walked back down to the Malecon and observed a lot of the festivities going on. I hadn’t realized how populous PV was until that night. The area was packed with locals and tourists alike. The Day of the Dead has such a different feel to it than Halloween. I am having a difficult time putting my fingers on what made it feel so magical to observe the local celebration. Desikachar writes “The ultimate goal of yoga is to always observe things accurately, and therefore never act in a way that will make us regret our actions later.” I am not sure that I observed enough of this celebration to accurately understand what it all entails, but I felt that it really gave the people a connection and a respect for the people who are no longer with them in physical form. This observation makes me feel it has a deeper connection that Halloween, where the emphasis is on scaring others for amusement, dressing up for parties, and gathering candy for overconsumption.

Performer on the Malecon.

Performer on the Malecon.

Day 7:

On Sunday, November 1st, we rented a jeep and drove up the coast to La Cruz and Sayulita. We stopped at the market in La Cruz to see the wares created by local artisans as well as scope out the amazing spectrum of boats moored at the marina.

Sayulita has a very different aura than Puerto Vallarta. The crowd here was generally younger and there was a lot of surfers in the water. The prices were cheaper than PV at the restaurants and local shops. After spending an afternoon there on the beach and walking through the square to observe the public altars set up for Dia de los Muertos, I realized that I would really like to spend a few days there on my next trip down there to get to know this small town better.

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