One Week in Mexico

If you live in Seattle (or a similarly grey climate), then you are familiar with the sinking sensation that hits in February of each year when you realize you can't remember the last time you saw the sun. Before I left on my adventure down south I was totally starting to get into my winter bluesies. 

I was v #blessed to have the opportunity to assist the studio that I work at, Breathe Hot Yoga, in leading their annual yoga retreat in Chacala, Mexico. It was, to say the least, the absolute best work week of my entire life. 

Peep my gallery below to learn all about my trip. Includes terrible vacation puns including, but not limited to, life's a beach. Sorry I'm not sorry. 


I'm leaaaaaving on a jetplane! My brother told me immediately to stop singing this song, but he's not the boss of me. I can sleep pretty much anywhere, so I usually use flights to recharge and get a solid nap in. On the way to Mexico, though, I was excited to see all my yogis and get some work in that I spent the whole flight writing sequences, making new playlists, and planning workshops for the summer. Yoga, I love you.

I'm leaaaaaving on a jetplane! My brother told me immediately to stop singing this song, but he's not the boss of me. I can sleep pretty much anywhere, so I usually use flights to recharge and get a solid nap in. On the way to Mexico, though, I was excited to see all my yogis and get some work in that I spent the whole flight writing sequences, making new playlists, and planning workshops for the summer. Yoga, I love you.

Our first class of the retreat! We had a few students join us who were new to yoga and pilates, and watching them fall in love with their brand new practice reinvigorated my own love of yoga and movement. You never get to re-take your first yoga class, but the joy of watching somebody else fall in love with theirs is almost as satisfying. 

Our first class of the retreat! We had a few students join us who were new to yoga and pilates, and watching them fall in love with their brand new practice reinvigorated my own love of yoga and movement. You never get to re-take your first yoga class, but the joy of watching somebody else fall in love with theirs is almost as satisfying. 

This! This was our sweet little studio space! We left the doors wide open for the sunshine, breeze, and sound of the waves to come on in and hang out with us. Because of the sunshine it still felt like we were in a hot yoga studio, which was amaaaazing. I cannot articulate how good it feels to have actual rays of sunshine beating down on you while you do yoga. It's next level.

This! This was our sweet little studio space! We left the doors wide open for the sunshine, breeze, and sound of the waves to come on in and hang out with us. Because of the sunshine it still felt like we were in a hot yoga studio, which was amaaaazing. I cannot articulate how good it feels to have actual rays of sunshine beating down on you while you do yoga. It's next level.

The best part about being a teacher is watching a student learn how to do something new. One of my regulars came along on the retreat, wanted to do a headstand, and popped right up like a little balloon on his first try! He became the headstand king for the rest of the week. So v proud.

The best part about being a teacher is watching a student learn how to do something new. One of my regulars came along on the retreat, wanted to do a headstand, and popped right up like a little balloon on his first try! He became the headstand king for the rest of the week. So v proud.

This was my uniform for the week: sports bra, sand in my boobs, a slight sunburn, and a big smile. Oh, and bug spray. Mexican bugs are not fucking around.

This was my uniform for the week: sports bra, sand in my boobs, a slight sunburn, and a big smile. Oh, and bug spray. Mexican bugs are not fucking around.

The resort center had some of the best fresh food I've had in ages. The morning chia pudding with dates, bananas, and coconut milk was so insanely delicious that I started making it the second I got home. It's no donut, but it'll do.

The resort center had some of the best fresh food I've had in ages. The morning chia pudding with dates, bananas, and coconut milk was so insanely delicious that I started making it the second I got home. It's no donut, but it'll do.

We could walk out of the studio and right up the bar. Obviously, this was 100% ideal. I once heard that beer is the perfect after workout recovery beverage because it has both carbohydrates and electrolytes. I have no idea if this is true but I will gladly spew this information as fact for the rest of my life. Baby, will you be my Corona and lime?

We could walk out of the studio and right up the bar. Obviously, this was 100% ideal. I once heard that beer is the perfect after workout recovery beverage because it has both carbohydrates and electrolytes. I have no idea if this is true but I will gladly spew this information as fact for the rest of my life. Baby, will you be my Corona and lime?

What type of tree fits in your hand? A palm tree. (I can't help myself with these puns guys I'm sorry!)

What type of tree fits in your hand? A palm tree. (I can't help myself with these puns guys I'm sorry!)

Life's a beach I'm just playing in the sand! Ugh, I hate myself for writing that on the internet but I just couldn't help it. This sweet little view was about a 2 minute walk from where we had breakfast every morning, can you believe it? I would cool off after teaching or practicing by jumping in the ocean and then working on my tan. Life is so hard. (Pure sarcasm: life is SO good). 

Life's a beach I'm just playing in the sand! Ugh, I hate myself for writing that on the internet but I just couldn't help it. This sweet little view was about a 2 minute walk from where we had breakfast every morning, can you believe it? I would cool off after teaching or practicing by jumping in the ocean and then working on my tan. Life is so hard. (Pure sarcasm: life is SO good). 

We spent the week in Chacala, which is a pretty quiet area nestled between the rain-forest and the beach. It was refreshing to be away from masses of humans for a few days. This is the closest I got to being anywhere that even resembled a town, and it was pretty quiet. BUT beers were cheap. Or so I heard.

We spent the week in Chacala, which is a pretty quiet area nestled between the rain-forest and the beach. It was refreshing to be away from masses of humans for a few days. This is the closest I got to being anywhere that even resembled a town, and it was pretty quiet. BUT beers were cheap. Or so I heard.

I once heard that the biggest cliche in photography are sunrises and sunsets. I don't disagree, but LOOK AT HOW HEAVENLY THIS IS!

I once heard that the biggest cliche in photography are sunrises and sunsets. I don't disagree, but LOOK AT HOW HEAVENLY THIS IS!

Phew! It's good to be back. 

Happy #FRIYAY my babes.

Big thank you again to Breathe Hot Yoga for putting together such a wonderful week in the sun! If you ever find yourself in Seattle, check out their awesome class offerings here.

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