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Travel Mama: Guatemala

Posted by in Travel Mom, Yoga on the Road

This is a quick note really to say that after a lot of emails and messages and questions, I’ve finally put together a trip for mom’s and their kids. I have done a lot of solo travel in my life, and I’ve traveled with a dog (which is glorious as well) but traveling with my daughter was a whole new world. It’s like solo travel except everyone talks to you and treats you like you are welcome. People want to help you and tell you about their kids and congratulate…read more

The Yoga Forest – San Marcos, Guatemala

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Nestled above infamous hippie town, San Marcos, lies The Yoga Forest. It’s a beautiful walk through a trail marked by painted rocks that twists past houses and through a sparse forest until you come to a gate marked “The Yoga Forest”. Upon entering, there are close to 100 hundred steer stairs left for you on your journey and they are well worth it. Once you breathlessly make it to the top of the stairs, there is an open concept kitchen waiting for you with plenty of filtered water to gulp…read more

Retreating into Darkness

Posted by in Meditation

Jyotir is a long time friend and no-nonsense hippie on what we call “the path” around these parts. He’s also old hat at sensory deprivation meditation and agreed to tell us his thoughts on dark retreats. *** I took my first dark retreat in Guatemala, in a vacant building on a dirt road between two towns on Lake Atitlan. The top half of the building was unoccupied (except perhaps by the ghosts of my imagination) and the bottom half was four  adobe walls with a hobbit-sized door and no windows….read more

Have Baby, Will Travel: Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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I have been traveling by myself since I was 4, yes 4! My parents lived a three hour plane ride from each other and since it was the 80s, kids were more independent then, and they just decided to put me on a plane twice a year to fly across the country and see my dad. I practically came of age in an airport. By the time I was 26, I had moved to New York alone at 18 and then did a year in University in England; traveled around…read more

A Guide to Yoga In Antigua, Guatemala

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Antigua, Guatemala has been my home for the past two years on and off. One of the frustrations I found moving here, and hopefully I will help solve for anyone coming through in future, is that it was really hard to get reliable information on what kind of yoga was available in town. Even though it’s a tourist town where everyone is promoting 24-7 to the tsunami of tourists coming through, there are often only a few players on the advertising field and like many places, it takes time and…read more

Tikal 2 Ways

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Located in the Peten region, in a lush rain forrest, Tikal is one of the largest uncovered Mayan archeological sites in North America. The most common way to see Tikal is to fly or bus into Flores, the sleepy Italianesque island near by, book a hotel or hostel there for a few days and make the trek into Tikal with a tour and guide for sunset or sunrise. I’ve done it before and it’s decent. But knowing what I know now about Tikal, I’d never do it again. Here’s my…read more

Earth Lodge, Antigua Guatemala

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Earth Lodge is an eco hostel and restaurant perched in the hills above Antigua. It’s not really in the city at all, and that’s more than half of the charm. On weekends, they play host to a Sunday BBQ with a revolving host of acoustic bands and people flock both local and foreign for the great food and even more incredible view. I was one of the Antiguans who would make the trek up the Earth Lodge weekly, taking my dog up past the lush site of Cerro De La…read more

Mystical Yoga Farm-Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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I had the pleasure of spending the weekend at the Mystical Yoga Farm near Santiago on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala this weekend. It’s the off season right now, so my friend Grace and I had the place all to ourselves. Luckily, my good friend Jah is the manager and put together a lovely getaway package for us. For $45 USD a night you get to stay either in a dorm or a private casita, have three delicious meals which are made from produce grown on the farm as much as…read more

Studio Y Antigua, Guatemala

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Nestled between three volcanos, just one our outside of Guatemala City is the smaller (only 40,000 residence), older and far more charming town of Antigua. It’s an expat city with more than 30% of the population coming from outside the country and culture. It’s also a huge tourist destination. This is where people come to learn Spanish or teach English or to soak up some history among the many ruins on their way to the next rural area in Guatemala. There’s a few yoga studios in town, but so far…read more

Las Piramides San Marcos, Guatemala

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Las Piramides Del Ka is located in the tiny hippie enclave of San Marcos on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. It’s one of the longest standing centres in a town filled with healers, yogis, mystics and of course, weirdos. But Las Piramides is the real mccoy. You can tell the moment you walk through the gates into their extensive gardens-the vibe is mas tranquilo. I first heard of it when i was traveling through Central America in December of 2013. I kept meeting these hyper focused normal men and women (mostly young…read more