Katonah Yoga® & Ashtanga Yoga Retreat

Nov 20 - 27, 2021

Join us for eight days and seven nights of Katonah Yoga® & Ashtanga Yoga practice, an array of workshops from Partner Yoga to Ecstatic Dance, deep rest, delicious plant-based organic cuisine, good company, and soul-filling sunsets. November is one of the best months to experience this part of Mexico. Our time will begin with the Full Moon—the perfect time for turning our attention inward

Julia and Brian have been practicing and teaching together since 2008, and this will be their 5th retreat at Haramara. You can expect a very special week with expert teaching and vigorous practice.

As for the location, we call it barefoot luxury...

Haramara is a place to cancel the extra. A return to the essential. No wallet, no keys, no shoes. Surrounded by lush greenery and precious wildlife. Sleeping in open-air cabañas to the sound of ocean waves lapping on shore. Option for immersing yourself in good company via group activities or choosing solo time. The choice is yours every step of the way. Dipping our souls into Haramara for a week prepares us to return to our cities, our families, and our Work with new purpose and clarity.

Packages include:

  • Daily morning yoga practice

  • Afternoon workshops (Partner/Acro yoga, Katonah Yoga®, Restorative yoga, Thai Massage, Dance)

  • Three organic/plant-based meals per day

  • Temezcal Ceremony (guided sweat lodge cleanse)

  • Guided sunrise group hike to top of Monkey Mountain

  • Transportation to/from Puerto Vallarta Airport

  • Full access to the Haramara resort & Wellness Spa facilities

  • 19% Mexico IVA & Hotel taxes


Dorm: $2,450.00 USD (you’ll have up to 7 roommates)
Flying Solo: $3,450.00 USD
Two to Tango: $3,050.00 USD (you’ll have 1 roommate)
Three’s Company: $2,850.00 USD (you’ll have 2 roommates)

Type of Retreat: Creative, Wellness, Yoga
Style of Yoga: Hatha

Additional Information, Questions & Registration:

Contact Name: Julia Shemesh
Contact Email: study@yalla-yoga.com
Contact Phone Number: +972585382099
Online Registration: https://www.yalla-yoga.com/retreats-payment
Website: https://www.yalla-yoga.com/yoga-retreat-mexico-sayulita-2021

About the Instructors:

Julia Eda Shemesh

Founder of Yalla Yoga, E-RYT 500, YACEP

I have studied deeply with Yoga, dance, meditation, movement therapy, and integral anatomy for over twenty years. After teaching various forms of āsana (vinyasa, 26+2, hatha) and literally thousands of hours of yoga teacher training programs, I was lucky enough to find Mysore style Aṣṭāṅga Yoga. Since 2014, I’ve sustained a daily practice and have gratefully studied with my beloved teachers, Maia Heiss and Noah Williams in Los Angeles. In 2017 and 2019, I traveled to Mysore to study with Sharath Jois, Arvind Pare, Lakshmisha Bhat, Dr. Jayashree and Prof. Narasimhan. I am devoted to making a regular return to India for ongoing study.

Though I do not identify as either, I am a certified Pilates Instructor and Doula, and these experiences have influenced the way in which I understand the human body and her fierce ability to know what to do. As Nietzsche mentioned, “There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.” I spent my twenties dancing professionally and performing on all sorts of stages. The joy I found in my physical form was the gateway to how I began sensing the subtle world--and desiring more from myself. By way of the movement language known as Gaga, I explored the limits of what my dancing body could do. But it was finally Yoga that allowed me entry into the deeper world of prāṇa and wisdom.

The ecstasy I discover through the discipline of Yoga practice is unparalleled. The joy of seeing mySelf more clearly is constantly rife with newness, and yet, I recognize I have always known this light deep in the caverns of my bones. I have always been this radiant. The Yoga simply doesn’t let me forget it.

This is why I practice. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with material anxieties, and subsequently, their absurd remedies, Yoga is both a shield to protect from the insanity and a doorway leading to a buried reality. As long as we accept that we are human, we will encounter stuff that we tend to avoid: fear, insecurity, anxiety, doubt, loss, grief, rage, and pain. No one is exempt. Graciously, Yoga offers a reliable rock that we can sit on quietly. Here, we can listen to ourselves breathe freely and deeply. Yoga is a stand-in for the inner voice that has always known what to do and how to be.

My intention is to uncover and harness the curiosity and compassion within us, so that we may each continue our journey inward and onward with faith, steadiness and ease. I bow down to the teacher within for eternal guidance and I fully believe in you. Now is the time to sit patiently and listen, so that we may stand up bravely and know how to live. I invite you to join me.


Brian Peoples

E-RYT 500

Brian is compelled to share yoga practice as a means to living life more fully, simply, sensibly and embodied. Encouraging students to become curious, deliberate and playful in their choice making; his lessons illustrate how to recognize form for its function and understand natures implicit pattern as found in the body. Through sound adjustments in joint space, breath work and metaphor; each practitioner can develop their awareness to better refine, relate, re-pair, attune and achieve more harmony in how they conduct themselves and the energy around them.

He has been a guest teacher at the United Nations, and annually headlines workshops, retreats, festivals and training programs, both in the U.S. and internationally. He lives in New York City.

briannygardyoga.com & thestudio.yoga