Exotic Yoga Christmas Retreat

Exotic Yoga Christmas Retreat

From December 24 to December 30, 2017

Joyous & Healthy Holiday!

Choose a holiday full of health, relaxation, gratitude and meaning. Our Christmas Yoga Retreat is a perfect way to escape the madness — spend this holiday practicing yoga, meditating and rejuvenating along a serene private beach in Mexico — with sun, sea, surfing, horse-back riding, paddle-boards, kayaks and a group of like-minded, multi-cultural yogis!

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About the teacher

Exotic Yoga Christmas Retreat

Gayle Olson

Founder of Exotic Yoga Retreats

Exotic Yoga Retreat founder and healthy hedonist, Gayle Olson, has taught and practiced Vinyasa, Iyengar and Hatha yoga around the world for over 25 years. Gayle has developed a unique method, Adjustment-Massage for Vinyasa Practice, giving students hands-on adjustments during class — it’s like receiving a full-body massage during a vinyasa practice! Whether a practice is fiery and energetic, or soft and receptive, Gayle guides students to maintain a strong meditative focus on breath — and on the joy of yoga!

Attracted to the internal world that yoga opened up for her at 17, Gayle began what has become her life’s path. She’s lived and traveled everywhere from Thailand and Tuscany, to Burma and Bombay, and now splits her time between San Francisco and Nice, France. Gayle blends the best of both worlds—a Gallic sense of joie de vivre with a can-do creative American spirit—into her transformative yoga retreats at exotic destinations around the globe.

Exotic Yoga Retreats’ variety of holidays and adventures reflects Gayle’s unique brand of mindful enjoyment. Rather than teaching traditional yoga philosophy, Gayle guides students to appreciate the “spiritual within the simple”. Through yoga, life coaching and a variety of meditative and reflective activities on retreats, Gayle encourages people to integrate simple practices that bring a visceral sense of joy, balance and health into the daily life. “The touch of sun against skin, a hand placed on the sacrum during yoga class, the taste of an Italian grown tomato drizzled with fresh olive oil— these small sensory experiences, combined with awareness and gratitude—greatly enhance our emotional and physical well-being.” says Gayle.

Gayle has devoted her life to helping people discover their unique paths to health and happiness. In 2007, Gayle trained as a life coach (CTI) to better serve people in living their fullest potential. She brings coaching work into her retreats through specially designed exercises to help people stretch—in both body and mind. In addition to offering yoga retreats and health holidays, Gayle trains other yoga teachers in her unique method of hands-on Adjustment-Massage For Vinyasa Practice.


  • Iyengar Yoga (B.K.S. Iyengar & teachers in the US and India)
  • Ashtanga (Richard Freeman)
  • Slow Vinyasa (Barbara Benagh, Eric Schiffman)
  • Anusara Yoga (John Friend)
  • Vipassana Meditation (as taught by S.N.Goenka)
  • Life Coach training (CTI)
Exotic Yoga Christmas Retreat

Josie Sykes

Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga Teacher

Exotic Yoga Retreat guest teacher, Josie Sykes, originates from the UK and currently lives and teaches in Amsterdam, at the popular Jivamukti yoga studio, Svaha Yoga. A Vinyasa, Hatha yoga and teacher of the Feldenkrais Method, Josie has a superb understanding of somatics and healthy postural alignment. Introduced to pranayama by her mother at the age of five, both breathing practices and meditation feature strongly in her teaching, as does a joyful steadiness and a healthy dose of practical philosophy. Josie’s loving and helpful assists are deeply appreciated by her students, as is her enthusiasm and deep care for her students. Josie has been a guest teacher for Exotic Yoga Retreats and teaching yoga for more than a decade throughout the UK and Europe.


About the experience

Exotic Yoga Christmas Retreat
Exotic Yoga Christmas Retreat
Exotic Yoga Christmas Retreat


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  • Selected accommodation
  • Selected accommodation
  • 3 deliciously healthful meals served daily
  • Coffee, tea, fruit and granola
  • 2 daily yoga clases
  • Airport transfers and Boat ride to retreat center
  • All taxes
  • Snorkel Equipment
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Flow Of A Day

MORNINGS  Wake up to a stunning sea view and chorus of tropical birds as you sip tea or enjoy a coffee in quiet contemplation and breath-taking beauty. Stroll the beach, dive in the sea, then step into a magical morning of body, mind and soul rejuvenation in the Jungle Studio overlooking the ocean. Exotic Yoga Retreats founder Gayle Olson guides morning meditation, adjusts during yoga classes and offers her empowering and fun inversion workshops! Leading morning and afternoon yoga classes is European teacher, Josie Sykes, beloved for her depth of knowledge in yoga, her beautiful harmonium music and her wise and sweet spirit! Josie leads Vinyasa and Hatha classes with a superb understanding of healthy postural alignment from her extensive background in both yoga and the Feldenkrais postural method. All our Exotic Yoga programs are designed

for mixed levels, offering modifications for beginners and greater levels of challenge for advanced students. We emphasize safety, awareness, intelligence—and the joie di vivre of yoga!

AFTERNOONS  Free time to enjoy the sunshine!  Lounge on the beach, swim in the sea, surf, paddle-board, kayak, hike in the jungle, horse-back ride, enjoy a fabulous massage, experience a traditional sweat lodge… or just lie in a hammock basking in the sweet luxury of down-time!  At noon a couple times during the retreat, Exotic Yoga Retreats founder, Gayle Olson, will offer inversion workshops for those interested in exploring nuances and safety practices in headstands and handstands. A delicious buffet lunch is served from 1:30-2:30, followed by plenty of time for a siesta to the sound of the waves!

EVENINGS  At sunset we reconvene for a deep and relaxing afternoon yoga practice watching the sun set set over the ocean below. Josie guides your body and mind into deep awareness and alignment—quieting your mind, balancing your nervous system and awakening your consciousness. Gayle adds her soothing yoga massage to bring you deeper into the present moment of body and breath. Following our sunset session is an exquisite dinner on the sea-view terrace, a three-course gourmet meal featuring inspired and traditional Mexican recipes, designed for the healthy life-style of a yogi. After dinner take a moonlight stroll on the beach, gather with friends around a bonfire or even try your feet at salsa!

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