The 12 Best Yoga Retreats in Mexico

Every year, tens of thousands of travelers head to Mexico in order to enjoy a much-needed vacation. Our destinations might be different, but our reasons for visiting Mexico are more or less the same; we want to take some time off from our busy lives and de-stress a little (or a lot).

Yoga, as you might already know, is one of the best tools for the job. Not only does it keep you physically healthy, but it also has countless benefits for your psychological and emotional health.

Combine yoga and Mexico, and you’ve got a match made in heaven. It also helps that some of the world’s best yoga retreats are found here.

Mexico is in fact considered one of the most spiritual places on the planet, and not only because of the Mayan wisdom heritage but also for the special energy that this place has.

a lady doing yoga on the beach at sunset

In fact, when I moved to Cancun, I was told that it was one of the most energetic places on earth.

And that’s where I started my journey into the teaching of yoga and meditation. I was literally drawn to that, something that when I was living in Italy I wasn’t even considering.

Of course, Mexico is brimming with amazing natural wonders to discover and spectacular beaches where you can find yourself without spending hundreds of dollars in a retreat.

Cenote Corazon - aerial view
Cenote Corazon aerial view

However, if you choose wisely there are many interesting Yoga and Meditation retreats that combine the beauty of the place with the wisdom of a knowledgeable teacher which makes your spending worth.

In this post, I’ll be covering some of the best yoga retreats in Mexico for all skills and budget levels. I’ve divided these retreats according to different categories like budget, luxury, and there are even options for yoga teacher training. Let’s get started!

Budget yoga retreats in Mexico

7 Day Connect to Your Power: Surf and Yoga Retreat in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Starting at: US$US$753 per person
Skill level: Beginner/ Intermediate/Advanced

This 7-day yoga retreat is the perfect mix of outdoor activities and yoga practice in the healing atmosphere of tropical vegetation and cozy lodging. For the duration of this retreat, you’ll be staying at the Barbarenas.

The place

Perched on the top of the hill of Colonia Brisas de Zicatela, more popularly known as “La Punta de Zicatela”, Barbarenas is a beautiful retreat space offering sustainable ocean-view bungalows in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca.

The cozy bungalows have been built with local elements in respect of the surrounding environment. Together with the natural swimming pool and the delicious freshly prepared vegan meals, create the perfect environment for you to focus on your inner self, relax and connect.

The retreat

This retreat includes daily hatha yoga classes with a professional experienced instructor, 2 surf lessons, light-am-breakfast, vegan brunch and dinner, and a variety of heart-opening experiences and yoga workshops, all according to your preferences.

What’s included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Up to 2 yoga classes a day
  • 2 surf classes per week
  • Various workshops and ceremonies
  • Daily vegan lite am breakfast, brunch, and dinner
  • Water, tea, coffee, fruit, and snacks daily
  • Mat, blocks, and accessories provided

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Cleansing/Healing/Meditation Yoga Retreat in Mazunte, Oaxaca

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Starting at: US$400 per person
Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced

Being on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t get options. This retreat is based in Cabana Los Alisios Retreat Center, which is located near the dreamy town of Mazunte. Cabana Los Alisios is surrounded on all sides by nature and is the perfect place to relax.

There are plenty of yoga programs here, ranging from 4 days to 15 days. What I love about this place is the sheer number of options they offer.

Even in their most economical package, you get the option of a cleansing routine, healing routine, meditation routine, and more. The classes also get tailored according to your skill level. A ton of yoga styles are covered here, including Yin, Hatha, Vinyasa, Nidra, and Chakra.

Every 4-day package includes:

  • 4 days and 3 nights of stay at the Cabana Los Alisios
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 3 daily vegetarian breakfasts
  • spa treatments, and more.

All in all, this 4-day retreat provides a ton of value for a very pocket-friendly price.

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Luxury yoga retreats in Mexico

Honeymoon Package and Yoga Holiday in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Starting at: US$4,000
Skill level: Beginner

If you’re going to go on a honeymoon yoga retreat or even your first retreat as a couple, you might as well go in luxury. This 8-day retreat is designed from the ground up for couples, especially those on a honeymoon (but not necessarily).

Besides yoga, you’ll get plenty of opportunities for adventures, romance, trekking through the jungle, and more.

For the duration of your retreat, you’ll be staying at one of Xinalani Retreat’s oceanfront cabins. All of these eco-chic suites exude elegance and coziness. You wouldn’t expect anything less from a luxury yoga retreat, right?

When you initially arrive for your honeymoon retreat, you’re presented with complimentary champagne and a bouquet of flowers.

And it only gets better from there. There’s 1 daily yoga class, tailored to both your needs; a complimentary wild jungle trek; a romantic dinner on the beach; and 1 complimentary massage for each person.

In addition, all your meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for the duration of your stay are covered in the package.

After all the hubbub of the wedding, all you want to do is relax and unwind; have fun with the person you love the most in the world. That’s exactly what this retreat is for.

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Tailored Luxury Yoga & Wellness Holiday in Tulum

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Starting at: US$1,600 per person (shared room), OR US$2,350 per person (private room)
Skill level: Beginner

You can’t make a list of luxury yoga retreats and exclude Tulum. With its white-sand beaches, Tulum is the perfect place to have a luxury getaway. Even better if said getaway involves yoga!

For this luxury yoga holiday, you get a choice between 3 venues: Casa Ganesh Tulum, Villa Pescadores Tulum, and Kai Tulum.

Each of them offers a different kind of atmosphere. Casa Ganesh is situated a few steps away from Tulum’s beach clubs, and restaurants. Each room is beachfront and gets a dreamy view of the Caribbean Sea.

Villa Pescadores is known for its rustic, eco-friendly accommodations. The hotel is surrounded by palm trees and each room is situated only a few steps away from the beach. While staying here, you’ll also be only a 10 minutes walk away from Tulum’s Mayan ruins.

Lastly, Kai Tulum is the picture of eco-conscious elegance and luxury. Both Kai Tulum and Villa Pescadores are situated far enough from Tulum’s bar nightlife scene that you’ll have plenty of peace and quiet, but close enough that you can walk almost anywhere you’d want to go. The perfect balance.

Coming to the yoga side of things, all of your 7 days will be perfectly planned here (with plenty of input from you, of course). Starting from airport transfers to how you spend your days, you’ll be in charge of how you spend your time.

The package price includes 4 yoga classes (so they’re not daily), and you’ll have the option of practicing SUP yoga (also called paddleboard yoga).

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Best Yoga meditation retreats

All-inclusive Yoga, Massage, Meditation, and Hiking Retreat in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Starting at: US$999 per person (shared quadruple room), OR US$1,499 per person (shared double room)
Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced

I was almost tempted to feature this 8-day retreat in the previous section because it offers a very luxurious experience. However, it’s also a meditative retreat focused on regaining your emotional, physical, and mental balance.

You’ll stay for 8 days, 7 nights in a treehouse villa. Beyond Yoga Retreat is surrounded by the jungle so you get a very secluded, serene experience in the outskirts of the vibrant tourist city of Puerto Vallarta. The natural setting offers a perfect place for those people who want to disconnect from the outside world and just meditate.

The variety of styles offered here is really impressive. You get your usual Ashtanga, Hatha, and Vinyasa, but also Zen, Restorative, Anusara, Bhakti, and more.  

The classes also cater to all skill levels, from completely new to yoga to very advanced. In addition, the classes also focus on breathwork, meditation, and chakra alignment.

But the process goes beyond yoga here (hence the name). You get three tailored gourmet meals (plus snacks) per day; there’s also a choice of optional spa treatments as well as excursions in the jungle.

Two guided excursions are included in the price of the package.

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Healing Retreat in the Jungle of Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo

Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
Starting at: US$900 per person (minimum requirement of two participants)
Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced

I know a lot of retreats claim to provide a truly unique experience, but this gets as close to that claim as possible. If you’ve always dreamed about practicing yoga far away from civilization, surrounded by nature, this is it. Perhaps that’s why this is one of the most popular retreats in Mexico.

The Healing Retreat house is situated near Playa del Carmen and is completely surrounded by the jungle. This location gives you the opportunity to go adventuring and explore the many trails and cenotes around the house. Just in case you want to practice yoga on your own, you can go to the local cenotes or other designated places to do so.

Side benefit: you get to sleep in the jungle. (Don’t worry, the area is protected and thus completely safe.)

All meals served here are vegan and completely organic. On the yoga side, you’ll have one daily vinyasa group practice coupled with a meditation session.

In addition, there are Temezcal and Cacao ceremonies, which are great for healing and will help you with your recovery. Music is also regularly used for sound healing.

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Best Yoga retreats in Tulum

Tulum Ayurveda Detox, Yoga, and Sound Healing Retreat with Iris and Ximena

Duration: 10 days, 9 nights
Starting at: US$2,600 for one person (private room), OR $3,800 for two people (private double room)
Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced

When you search for the best yoga retreats in Mexico, Copal Retreat is bound to show up. Copal is easily one of the highest-rated retreats in Mexico because they feature some of the best yoga instructors in North America. These retreats might be on the expensive side, but they’re well worth it.

The Copal Villa is perfectly situated, 20 minutes away from Tulum, in a town called Paamul, right where the spectacular Paamul beach is located, one of the best beaches on the Riviera Maya.

Surrounded by coconut palm trees and the jungle, the villa has an abundance of wildlife and nature around it for you to explore.

The ungroomed beach adjacent to the house is a sanctuary for turtles, and there’s another pristine public beach a couple of minutes’ walk away. Paddleboards, hammocks, beach bikes, and kayaks are also available for the guests.

Every aspect of this retreat is designed with love and care, with plenty of free time left in between for excursions and adventures.

There’s a mixture of ayurvedic diet (prepared by the excellent in-house chef), intermittent fasting, and varied yoga practices. Speaking of which, there are two 1 hour yoga practices daily; these will be at sunrise and sunset each day.

Put simply, Copal Retreat isn’t just about having a yoga vacation. It’s also about transformation and positive changes that you can take away with you to incorporate into your daily life afterward.

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Dive and Yoga Retreat in Tulum, Quintana Roo

Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
Starting at: US$1,389 per person (private single room), OR US$2,114 for two persons (private double room)
Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced

It’s no secret that among al the things to do in Tulum, there are spectacular diving opportunities. What happens when you combine diving with yoga? Heaven. (At least for those of you who are fond of scuba diving)

Even if you don’t have any experience with scuba diving, this is a great place to start. The dive instructors at Tribal Tulum are great, and they’ll tailor the diving excursions according to your level.

Yes, it’s still intimidating, but this is about as safe as you can get when it comes to snorkeling and scuba diving. From different cenotes to the Caribbean Sea, there are plenty of options available for diving.

The idea behind combining yoga and diving is to cultivate more appreciation in your mind for your breath as well as your body.

Daily yoga classes are practiced in Iyengar, Vinyasa, Yin, and Restorative styles, and are tailored to your needs and skill level.

One of the best things about this retreat, in particular, is that group sizes are kept very small; the maximum group size is 4. This is done to give individual attention to each participant. If you’re like me, and not fond of the crowds, this can be a huge plus.

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Best yoga wellness retreats in Mexico

Detox, Yoga, and Weight-Loss Retreat in Sunny Sayulita

Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
Starting at: US$1,530 per person (shared twin room), US$1,780 (private single room), OR US$2,850 (private twin room for 2 people)
Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced

Yoga and wellness practically go hand in hand. This 6-day program, organized by Mi Vida Yoga retreats is based on the dreamy Nayarit Coast. You’ll be staying at the Villas Sayulita hotel, with the Sayulita beach just a few steps away.

For the 6 days you’re staying here, you’ll engage in two yoga classes per day; one Acro/Vinyasa and one restorative.

While you’re not doing yoga, Mi Vida has filled the downtime with plenty of fun and adventurous activities like cooking classes, health workshops, personal coaching, jungle tours, surf lessons, a temazcal ceremony with a local shaman, a cacao ceremony with chakra healing, and much more.

The small town of Sayulita provides the perfect place for you to have a soothing wellness retreat. There’s also a spa available in the hotel where you can wind down with a relaxing massage at the end of the day. The participants in each batch are kept to 4-10 people so each person can receive the maximum attention.

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Rest and Relax Yoga and Wellness Retreat in Oaxaca

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Starting at: US$425 per person (private apartment for 1), OR US$700 (private apartment for 2)
Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced

Wellness retreats are generally thought of as quite expensive, so I wanted to include an option for those people who are on a budget. Don’t think that budget means bad. With a maximum group size of only 2 people (in the case of a couple), this retreat is all about your wellness needs.

For the duration of this retreat, you’ll be staying in your instructor’s house. It’s a cozy and beautiful two-bedroom apartment that’s situated only steps away from the beach.

Apart from the daily yoga class, you’re free to tailor your schedule according to your preferences. There’s plenty of free time in which you can fit any activity you desire, or you can just lounge on the terrace of your apartment and read a book.

The best thing about this retreat is the individual attention you get. If you’re going alone, you’ll be the only person receiving yoga classes and wellness instructions from your instructor. If you go as a couple, you can both take part in this journey together.

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Best yoga teacher training retreats in Mexico

Inspiring 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training On Beautiful Isla Mujeres

Duration: 15 days, 14 nights
Starting at: US$2,275 per person (shared double room), OR US$2,975 per person (private single room)
Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Yoga styles covered: Hatha, Nidra, Restorative, Vinyasa, and Yin

Now we get to yoga teacher training. I’ll start off with one of the most popular and highly rated programs in Mexico. Based in the beautiful and famous Isla Mujeres, this 200-hour yoga teacher training covers a lot of ground.

This retreat is organized by Kootenay Yoga School, and is led by some of the best yoga instructors in the world. Your accommodations for this retreat are designed to be as eco-friendly as possible. The house has an outdoor yoga shala where you get to practice surrounded by nature and zen.

During 200 hours of instructions, the students gain knowledge of 5 different yoga styles and 45 different poses.

Every single day is filled with seminars and diverse activities, but you do get enough time to explore the rich nature around your accommodations. To put theory into practice, students are also given the opportunity to lead and teach small groups of yogis.

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100 Hour-Trauma Informed Movement, Somatics and Yoga Teacher Training cerca de Xico

Duration: 15 days, 14 nights
Starting at: US$1,519 per person (early bird discount), OR US$1,719 (without the early bird discount)
Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Yoga styles covered: Hatha

Yoga goes way beyond just physical fitness, and science is just beginning to uncover its psychological benefits. Multiple types of research have shown that yoga can do wonders to stabilize a person’s autonomic nervous system and help them heal.

This program is designed to educate students on how different types of traumas affect the brain and the body, as well as how to use yoga to enhance people’s body image, body awareness, and create choices for them in an appropriate and healthy environment.

The first half (50 hours) of this program is dedicated to cultivating compassion within the retreaters; after all, one cannot guide anyone towards healing from trauma without compassion.

The latter half involves comprehensive education about trauma, including the biology of PTSD and how trauma affects the nervous system.

And then you get to put all that theory to effect through conducting practice classes. Beyond yoga, you’ll also be educated on how to combine movement with techniques like art therapy and dance therapy to facilitate the healing process.

Putting it all together, it’s easy to see why this program has one of the best ratings out of all the yoga retreats in Mexico. If you’re looking to integrate trauma therapy into your yoga classes, this is one of the best programs to lay a great foundation.

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