Sattva Moving into Balance

Sattva Moving into Balance

From March 20 to 27, 2021

Relax, recharge and reconnect at Sattva Yoga’s Winter Retreat in Mexico, designed to recalibrate and bring balance to our energies by harmonizing the Yin and Yang aspects of our being. 

We will re-visit Playa Xinalini for our second year,  spending 8 days and 7 nights immersed in this sanctuary of wellness and serenity amidst 10 acres of unspoiled jungle on the pristine shore of Banderas Bay on the south shore of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We will become one with nature, staying in open air deluxe rooms nestled between lush jungle and emerald ocean.

Daily dynamic Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation sessions will leave you feeling restored, refreshed and revitalized. We will feast on gourmet, healthy, local cuisine designed especially for yogis.  Ocean and wildlife adventures are available daily or you can simply choose to spend your leisure time relaxing in your personal hammock, or hanging beachside connecting with like-minded souls.

Beachcombing snorkeling & kayaking are always available on  Xinalani’s private beach. Enjoy optional afternoon hikes to a nearby beach town or waterfall, visit a local fishing village or perhaps pamper yourself at a full-service spa on-site with master bodywork professionals. Emerge and return, recharged, renewed and inspired.

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About the teacher

Sattva Moving into Balance

Karen Mandell

Karen Mandell

Karen began practicing yoga in 1998 as a means to escape her fast-paced life as a fashion executive in New York City. She soon discovered how a regular yoga practice brought a much-needed balance to her life on both a physical and spiritual level as well as a deeper connection with herself and the world around her.

She was called to teaching in 2009 and received her 200-hour certification from the Bright Spirit Yoga Teacher Training with Jillian Pransky and Carrie Parker. She later went on to receive her 300-hour training and certification at ISHTA Yoga in NYC with Kavi Yogiraj Alan Finger. Karen also received her Advanced Level Restorative and Therapeutics Yoga Training with Jillian Pransky at Yoga Works as well as her  Yin Yoga Levels 1 &2 certification with Ulrica Norberg and additional Yin Yoga training with Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley.

She began teaching to teachers herself in 2013, sharing what was shared with her by these masters in various teacher training programs as well as her own Sattva Yoga Restorative Yoga training and Yin Yoga training. Karen delights in teaching family yoga as well; she received both her Kid's and Family Yoga training with Karma Kids as well as Post-Natal and Yoga Mom Buddha Baby Training with Jhotyi Larsen in 2011.

Classes with Karen invite a joyful opening in body, mind, and heart. Her classes are tailored from the traditional ISHTA lineage of chakra-based vinyasa yoga taught at a mindful pace to go deeper and connect to the breath. Her classes combine a graceful flow of movement with mindful alignment, balancing pranayama (breath), kria and meditation techniques.

She teaches Yin and Yin-yang style classes inviting her students to slow down and find space for stillness and self reflection. She believes that yoga is all about finding the balance within ourselves that exists inherently but simply needs to be rediscovered by removing the obstacles that keep us from being our authentic selves and finding our connection with the unique spirit that resonates within all of us.

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Maureen Taylor

Yoga Instructor

From the first moment Maureen stepped onto her mat, which she affectionately calls her magic carpet, her life was transformed. Maureen received her RYT-200 hour certification from Yoga in the World in partnership with Surya Yoga Academy in Jersey City, NJ. She went on to receive her 100 Hr advanced Yin Yoga training as well as 50 hr Hot certification. She will be completing an additional Mandala Flow training in 2019.
Maureen creates an authentic space with stimulating asana for all levels of practitioners, hatha-trained with alignment-based focus, she is a dedicated and passionate individual who will bring the same passion to each and every one of her classes, sharing her love and devotion for both the physical and spiritual aspects of her yoga. Her classes will leave you feeling grounded and balanced as well as super energized.


About the experience

Sattva Moving into Balance
Sattva Moving into Balance
Sattva Moving into Balance
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All Included


per person PETITE SUITE  $2,595 DELUXE ROOMS  $2,295


per person ECO CHIC SUITE  $2,295 PETITE SUITE  $1,995 DELUXE ROOMS  $1,795


  • Selected accommodation
  • 3 deliciously healthful meals served daily
  • Coffee, tea, fruit and granola
  • 2 daily yoga clases
  • All taxes
  • Kayak
  • Snorkel Equipment
  • Meditation class
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