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Yoga Journal - - CONTENTS - By Tasha Eichense­her

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.

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