Take Om Home
Pristine beaches and the healing spirit of the Maya have lured yogis to Tulum, Mexico, for decades. Our favorite retreat? Sanará, with its low-key yet modern architecture; rooms that feel like refuges; and a sun-soaked, waterfront yoga studio. Experience some of Sanará’s offerings at home with these self-care tips for relaxing and resetting.
1 SOAK UP SOUND THERAPY* Tuning into the vibrational sounds of nature is another way (yoga being the first!) to come into union with the world, explains Sanará’s studio coordinator Alessandra Montana, a certified sound therapist. To try this at home, set an intention to channel the energy you’ll be working with in a positive, mindful way. Sit in a comfortable posture that allows you to connect to your breath and simply listen to the natural sounds around you. “Hear with your entire body by feeling the vibrations as far inside you as the center of your heart,” says Montana. Then, bask in the afterglow of love and light.
2 INDULGE Sanará’s restaurant, The Real Coconut, serves up the fleshy fruit in unique recipes including coconut-flour quesadillas, coconut fish ceviche, and this heart-healthy Very Berry Chia Parfait from Sanará cofounder Daniella Hunter: In a bowl, whisk together 1 tbsp chia seeds with 1½ cups coconut milk and ½ tsp vanilla extract, and refrigerate until it gels. In a Mason jar, layer 3 tbsp berry jam (mixed with another 1½ tbsp chia seeds); 2 tbsp coconut milk–chia seed mixture; 1/4 cup coconut yogurt; and three sliced strawberries. Repeat, cover, refrigerate for a few hours, then top with fresh mint sprigs before serving.
3 TAP INTO MAYAN HEALING* Many of the Mayan healing practices offered at Sanará are based on the belief that your stomach represents your mental and physical wellbeing. This belly self-massage from Sanará therapist Harumi Barrios is for calming the mind and connecting with heartfelt wishes: Lie on your back, close your eyes, and feel for your pulse around your belly button with your middle and pointer fingers. Move the massage from the center of your belly to the right side, then up to your ribs, along the underside of your ribs, down the left side, and then across the bottom of your belly. Continue making circles for 5 to 20 minutes.