Story and pictures by Rachel Younger
In case you are an individual who loves holistic wellness and subscribes to a really folksy-type of spirituality, then welcome to Tulum. It’s a veritable wonderland for the health-conscious and yoga-minded. A bit of hodge-podge of various spectacles nestled proper into the jungles of the Mexican Yucatan, the place new experiences wait to be found inside of every colorfully- painted nook and cranny.
Situated lower than a two-hour drive from Cancun, Tulum is a tiny city cut up into two distinct elements with two totally different appeals: the downtown space, the place you’ll find all of the colourful and vivid native haunts, after which the lodge district which spans the stretch of Tulum’s crystal seashores. The latter is usually endearingly referred to as the “bougie jungle,” which is a hilariously correct homage to the Instagram-famous influencers who strut from seashore bar to seashore bar and award-winning restaurant to award-winning restaurant, in addition to the gathering of boutique treehouses and huts that may gladly adorn you in Tulum-tastic, rustic-chic clothes and trinkets. This isn’t the Tulum your hippie mom visited in the ‘80s, where a person could roll in, day-of, to rent a tent on the beach and fish their lunch straight from the ocean… but it does still have a certain charm. The jungle has awoken to the possibility of wellness as a tourist attraction, and as a way of making the strong Mayan culture and spirituality available to those who seek wholeness. While Tulum continues to evolve, she continues to maintain her authenticity and magic.
A few other wellness things to do in Mexico:
A Mother/Daughter Wellness Escape to Puerto Vallarta
Sábila Spa & Villa del Palmar on Mexico’s Gulf Coast
Buying with Chef Stefania, Vinos + Tapas, San Miguel
Taking the Waters at La Gruta Scorching Springs, San Miguel
From beachside yoga to vibrational sound therapeutic, and from uncooked/vegan delights to moonlit shamanic ceremonies, you might simply keep in Tulum for a number of months and by no means run out of latest wellness experiences to delight you – bodily, emotionally and spiritually. In case your time right here is restricted, it’s straightforward to have the complete Tulum expertise in only a matter of days.
Listed here are just some of the highlights:
Multi-Vibrational Sound Therapeutic — Sanara Lodge
For many who commit to wellness on a mobile, vibrational degree, there’s the oft-unexplored nook of psychophysics referred to as ‘sound healing.’ For those who’ve by no means heard of sound therapeutic earlier than, don’t fear — you’ve in all probability already partaken with out even understanding it! The ‘om’ that leads you into your yoga class or singing to music in the automotive are each methods of utilizing sound to regulate your physique’s vibrations, in the identical method that crystal bowls, gongs and rain sticks are used throughout a sound therapeutic session to promote rest. It’s extra, nevertheless,than pure rest. Expert sound therapeutic practitioners and therapists are in a position to fine-tune totally different chakra vibrations through the use of totally different devices, or utilizing them at totally different pitches.
Sanara Lodge gives sound healings twice every week, and every session runs about 90 minutes and takes place in their beachside yoga studio. I took half in a classthat coincided with summer time solstice, and the complete therapeutic expertise was tinted pink with messages of common and unconditional love. On the entrance of the studio, organizers had set outa dazzling array of vibrational devices, includingtuning forks and brass singing bowls, and throughout the room blankets and pillows have been neatly stacked. Because the practitioner and his daughter wove amongst us, producing mind-melting sounds of all types, it waseasy to really feel really one with the setting.
Colourful and Wealthy Smoothie Bowls — RawLove, Matcha Mama
Smoothie Bowls are a craze that Instagram has been fast to undertake, and it’s straightforward to see why. They’re lovely picturesque creations of blended acai and different berries, eaten with a spoon (somewhat than a straw) and artfully adorned with fruit, granola and different sweets. They’re chilly and refreshing, whereas feeling mild and invigorating and a tasty means to beat the early afternoon warmth. In fact, in a spot like Tulum, Smoothie Bowls are widespread, however the easiest might be discovered at each Uncooked Love Cafe and Matcha Mama. Throughout Tulum’s excessive season (November – April) these small cafes are bustling, however definitely well worth the journey. Situated beachside, Uncooked Love Cafe additionally provides different vegan fare includingsoups and salads. Matcha Mama has two places, one in the jungle and the opposite in the guts of downtown, and their menu is a little more smoothie-centric. Ensure to convey your digital camera, since you’ll need to doc your time on the jungle hut’s uber-cute (and social media well-known) swings.
Healthful, Beachside Delicacies — The Actual Coconut
If the saying is true that “real health starts in the kitchen,” then contemplate posh restaurant The Actual Coconut your new Common Practitioner. The Actual Coconut places a brand new twist on previous classics to make them gluten, grain and dairy free (and there are lots of animal free choices, too). Coconuts abound in Tulum’s tropical local weather and this restaurant places them to good use, utilizing the coconut milk/water in super-charged smoothies, the coconut flour to craft wholesome tortillas, and the coconut sugar to whip up snackable cookies and different candy treats. All the things The Actual Coconut serves is imbued with a tropical sweetness that’s notably absent in conventional Mexican fare, however really enhances the complicated flavors of the meals they serve. The Actual Coconut’s appreciation for nourishing, healthful meals feels prefer it comes from the guts and units The Actual Coconut aside from different eating places that attempt to obtain an identical vibe, however typically come throughout as pandering. However, what is nearly higher than the meals is that all the restaurant and plant-covered terrace is open-aired and beachside, so you’ll be able to order your coconut iced coffees together with your ft in the sand and with out worry of bloating in your bikini. I nurture a small obsession with their plantain-falafel tacos, however their salads are vibrant, beneficiant and equally as filling. As for his or her juice bar, I discover myself always reaching for his or her medicinal mushroom latte or their lemonade with activated charcoal. Be cautious, although, throughout my current go to, two smoothies and a bowl of guacamole value me almost $45 USD. Like most eating places on Tulum Seashore, it does add up shortly.
Yoga with a View — Ahau Lodge
In case you’re visiting Tulum, it’s probably that you simply’ll partake in a minimum of one yoga class, asin this little nook of Mexico, the kinds of yoga courses obtainable for walk-ins are quite a few and assorted. There’s the normal Vinyasa Yoga class – which focuses on shifting the physique in flows which might be timed with the breath – round each nook, however there are additionally different types reminiscent of Yin, Aerial, Ashtanga and Hatha. On the seashore, there are standalone yoga studios, most related to inns, which frequently means the areas are grand and the views hanging. For example, Ahau Hotelboasts an elevated studio with a relaxing view of the lapping ocean tides. The studio is cozy, so courses are stored intimate in the neatly designed half-indoor / half-outdoor area set proper above the lodge’s primary foyer. Take a look at Eli’s courses on Wednesday and Friday mornings for a slow-paced class that may floor you and get you again in contact with nature.
Retreats for the Yogini at Coronary heart — Shambala Petit Lodge
One might simply fly into Cancun airport, take the taxi or bus to Tulum, after which shortly piece collectively an exquisite trip that options yoga, inexperienced juices and academic experiences — however why do all of the work your self when you’ll be able to go on a yoga retreat and have every part deliberate out for you? That’s the thought if you join a yoga retreat. Historically, yoga retreat attendees are following a beloved instructor, guru, or have an interest in studying — or dwelling — a brand new facet of yoga in a brand new and overseas a part of the world. The complete itinerary is deliberate out, from dawn meditation to sundown yoga, and retreats are good for the intense practitioner who needs to deepen their apply or solo traveler who needs the expertise of studying with a gaggle. Shambala Petit Hotelis a venue that caters particularly to a lot of these journeys. The small property can solely accommodate about 20 individuals, which retains the retreats cozy and intimate. The candy decor and sandy flooring, solely steps from the seashore’s edge, acts as a haven the place individuals from everywhere in the world can converge and expertise what a yogic life is all about.
Refresh Your Picture — Prep Hair Salon
Wellness is about feeling good on the within as nicely on the outdoors and, in fact, we will’t neglect the surface! Tulum is a spot the place it’s straightforward to really feel fairly, whether or not you’re sporting your bikini 24/7 or you’re glammed up in your greatest tunic… however the humidity of southern Mexico can wreck havoc in your hair. I discovered Prep Hair, a classy little boutique salon, full with hammocks and wall hangings and woven rope sculptures alongside pleasant stylists, an amazing spot to “defrizz.” Prep is nestled right into a moderately good seashore membership, so shut to the water that the ground is product of sand, and full with your whole important beachside outlets. You possibly can guide Prep’s hair and make-up artists for weddings, in case you are one of many many individuals who flock to Tulum’s pristine seashores to get hitched, or you’ll be able to cease by to get a trim and a delicate search for an evening out. Prep’s head stylist, Karina, works magic together with her scissors.
Cleanse Your self in Holy Water — The Virgin’s Cenote at Clan-Destino
Cenotes are one of many many wonders of the Riviera Maya. Primarily, cenotes are our bodies of water that happen when the limestone partitions of the world’s many aquifers naturally collapse. The water is obvious, pristine, and effervescent straight from under the earth’s floor. At a cenote’s greatest, they’re extraordinarily holy religious websites for the Mayan individuals (typically occasions referred to as the Eyes of the Earth) and at their worst (which continues to be, truthfully, their greatest) cenotes are pleasant swimming holes the place individuals can bounce in and funky off on a scorching afternoon. There are greater than sufficient cenotes to go round and, when you can cenote-hop from all the favored ones in a single afternoon, it’s one thing else solely to discover that good little hide-out that you’ve all to your self. Now, at Clan-Destino, you won’t have the cenote to your self, however it’s a place properly value sharing. Half cenote, half bar, half restaurant, half retailer and half hostel, Clan-Destino is a spot the place locals and vacationers can come to loosen up, meet different like-minded individuals and keep up late. It’s uncooked and gritty in a means that units itself aside from the opposite stylish locations on the seashore — Clan-Destino doesn’t attempt to be one thing it’s not as a result of what it’s, is otherworldly. You’ll be able to pay attention to a slew of curated music and dine on their budget-friendly (and easily scrumptious) menu, in fact, however the actual draw is their personal virgin’s cenote.It’s stated that the crystalline blue waters are sufficient to cleanse and revive you and serve to bridge the hole between the various totally different cultures that converge in this place. Whereas at Clan-Destino, I overheard a number of individuals (sure, a number of) make the daring assertion that this was their greatest place that they had ever been in their whole life. When contemplating the vibe, the candle-lit cenote, I can see why it’s simply so interesting.
Take Half in an Historic Temazcal Ceremony – Maya Tulum
Once you go to Tulum, there are a number of phrases that tend to dominate dialog. Phrases like yoga, tacos, cenote, bicyclesand mezcalall have their rightful place, however the phrase Temazcal tends to increase probably the most eyebrows. It’s a standard Mayan ceremony and sweat-lodge that serves to renew and purify thespirit — it’s scorching, it’s sweaty, and also you want to put the work in to get probably the most out of it. Simply as anything new and totally different, it’s been commodified for mass consumption, so the prudent traveler is greatest to be discerning when selecting a ceremony, a location and a information to work with. Maya Tulum is a yoga retreat vacation spot that additionally has a brick hut designated for Temazacal ceremonies and, although the grounds will not be open to the general public, non-guests are welcome to take part in the lodge’s ceremonies. Carried out in English by a information named Yahomiqui, individuals are guidedon a scorching and sweaty journey by way of the ceremony’s totally different elements. By way of using drums and flutes, smokes and herbs, chanting and singing and typically yelling, individuals are in a position to shed any “extra baggage” they’re carrying round and head down their wellness paths renewed and reenergized. It’s an intense expertise and one thing to be immensely revered. “Everything here is about becoming a better person,” stated spa supervisor Valerio, when requested about it. “The staff, the rooms, the food, it’s all designed for magic. This is a place where people come to heal.”
Tulum is a small place with the potential of turning into one in every of Mexico’s most fascinating journey locations. Whereas the locals and people in the tourism business work exhausting to maintain the city as genuine as attainable, it will be clever for any vacationers to make a visit now earlier than it falls prey to the identical sort of mass-marketed Mexican tradition that Cancun and Playa Del Carmen boast. If my very own expertise is any proof, when you expertise Tulum and really feel its magic, you’ll be coming again in no time.
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Rachel Younger is a yoga instructor, a spirited explorer and lover of nature. Her want to impression social motion and alter has led her to advocate for a lot of causes shut to her coronary heart together with literacy/schooling, animal rights and environmentalism. She loves most to journey, train yoga the world over, and share her discoveries by means of writing. Learn extra of Rachel’s work at therachellaurenyoung.com or Instagram
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