Exploring Yoga in Puerto Vallarta: Final Chapter

Statue at restaurant on the beach.
Statue at restaurant on the beach.

In my previous posts about Puerto Vallarta I discussed a class I attended at Yoga Vallarta.  While in Mexico, I was also able to take classes at Kupuri Yoga and Davannayoga.

At Kupuri, I attended the 90 minute Monday morning 9 am class taught by Paul. The studio was clean, spacious and airy. This was the first time I had attended a studio with a tile floor and I found it a refreshing foundation for my practice. I enjoyed Paul’s teaching style…he used very unique phrases such as “this pose is psychedelic” and “rock-n-roll your hips back”. Paul’s class started with a very gentle warmup and he employed gentle transitions and flow. Although the class was not “geriatric yoga” it was definitely “vacation yoga”, as Paul clearly states and several of the poses we did were “yinnish”. At the end of class, we were given the choice of either a seated meditation or Savasana. The only element that I found that detracted from my practice was the amount of street noise. The studio is on street level and there was construction work being done across the street. Overall, I truly enjoyed my experience at Kupuri and would recommend this class to any level of student. Seriously, who doesn’t want a teacher who recognizes the “psychedelic” nature of certain poses?

Warrior 1
Warrior 1

At Davannayoga, my mother and I attended the Morning Yoga class on Tuesday that was taught by Sam. This studio is located close to the Malecon in downtown and is the smallest of the three studios I went to. When we arrived at class, the teacher had already set up the mats and props for the class in a circular arrangement so that we were all able to be aware of everyone in the class. Sam did a great job of bringing awareness to our breath, our foundation in each pose and our drishti (gaze). Personally, I felt the class was just a warmup for my body (which I think was the intent of the class) and after the class was over, I really felt ready to embrace the day. In savasana, Sam gave each student a massage with an aromatic oil on the forehead that was very invigorating.

The classes that I took in PV never felt physically challenging to the level that I experience in the studios I attend in the Seattle area. This could be due to the demographics of the students in PV, or the culture, or perhaps I just didn’t attend the classes that were intended to be more invigorating. Overall, I was very pleased with my experiences at all three studios and would invite everyone to try them.

Davannayoga studio
Davannayoga studio

This was my first long trip where I was seeking to find yoga. Everywhere I looked there was something: a buddha statue or picture, a menu with a yoga reference, an awareness of the need to connect to the body (there are literally massage parlors on every block). Puerto Vallarta has a small but strong yoga community and I look forward to returning soon to get to know it better!

Caffe de Olla
Cafe de Olla

5 thoughts on “Exploring Yoga in Puerto Vallarta: Final Chapter

  1. Hi Carrie!
    This is Andrea, one of the girls from Leslie’s office. 🙂
    Next time you come to town I recommend you go back to Davannayoga, but at around 9am. The classes Anna herself leads are a bit more challenging…the morning classes are gentler than the Vinyasa ones that she leads later in the day. 🙂
    Looking forward to reading more of your Yoga travels!
    Namaste ❤

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    1. Andrea, thanks for the advice!

      I would like to try more classes at Davannayoga, I was also interested in trying their YogicArts class, but didn’t make the time for it this trip.

      The owner of Be Yoga Burien (a local studio I attend classes at) is holding a retreat in Sayulita in February, so I am contemplating coming down for that as I already miss the sunshine!

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      1. Yes! Yogic Arts is cool! Anna was taught by Duncan Wong himself, the style’s creator, and Anna herself is an awesome teacher. Back in 2012 I took the teacher training her shala offers, mostly to deepen my understanding of Yoga.
        See you in February! 🙂

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  2. It was great to read your blogs. You have a very economical writing style and interesting perspectives. Coral’s graphic talents are impressive. I’d love to see something from her on every blog entry. Alicia

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