Finding peace under the stars on a roof top in Mex

Trip Start Jul 16, 2011
Trip End Jul 21, 2011

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Rancho Santa Cruz, Baja Mexico

Flag of Mexico  , Baja California,
Sunday, July 17, 2011

It's hard not to notice the Asana in Paradise crew at San Diego International Airport. Yeah you know the typical yogi/yogini look: athletic pants, bohemic top, stainless steel water bottle and a yoga mat-bag dangling of one shoulder. Oh and did I mention, a hot yoga body to fit in the outfit!

We all meet and greet each other and admire our Yoga teacher, Roxanne DePalma's, phenomenal re-make of a polo shirt to a sassy little top with no sleeves.- "Nothing special, she shrugs, just couldn't do the polo shirt thing", showing off the Asana in Paradise print in the back. She looks great, sunkissed skin and golden wavy hair that frames her pretty light blue eyes. I can't wait to take her class!

A skip, hop, an hour flight and another hour on a bus away we were at About Me Cabo Hotel on famous Nikki Beach, Cabo San Lucas. Here, at Baja’s southernmost tip, you can see the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez meet and crash against tall beautiful capes and rock formations. Unfortunately a gigantic Vegas-looking hotel has taken over most of this beautiful beach and it looks like a scene out of "Spring Break in Cancun" mixed with "MTV dance party". The Dj is spinning the latest Euro hits on near to ear deafening volume while drunk Americans are working on their tan in the hot midday sun.

We have lunch and move on about an hour north to the little artist town of Todos Santos. Here, at the beautiful Villa Santa Cruz, we'll be enjoying amazing food, yoga and the beach.

Villa Santa Cruz is a 25 acre Hacienda style estate surrounded by palmtrees, agave, mango trees and beautiful exotic flowers. The interior of the villa is decorated in true colorful Mexican style with high ceilings, blue and green stainless glass, embroidered pillows and a large kitchen. Every little detail is thought out and the colors makes you smile. It is a happy place.

The welcome margarita tastes divine up on the roof terrace overlooking the Pacific ocean. I squeeze a sliver of home grown lime into my hand made Mexican glass and watch the sun set in the perfect 75-degree warm weather. Life certainly is good here in paradise.

I wake up as the sun is peaking over the mountaintops outside the gigantic floor-to-sealing windows in the bedroom. Roxanne, our yoga teacher, and I are sharing a beautiful room in the so called Bali house located 10 min walking distance from the main villa. The house is the first built in it's style on this continent with wooden sliding doors, beautiful cement floors, a sand garden outside and a yoga room with custom made Balinese wind chimes that flow in the wind. It is simply a divine place!

Todd and I start off the morning with a photo shoot on the beach followed by a yoga morning session in the Bali house. Blissed out after the class, we all head over to the main villa for fresh fruits, home made yogurt, granola, eggs, salsa and, my favorite: red hibiscus juice. Yum!

The rest of the day is spent on empty beach, stretching for miles. The strong swimmers brave the waves while others lounge by the pool. Clouds float by and is the only indicator that time is passing by. The estate dogs doze in the shade and a few little birds sing for us. Lunch is followed by another yoga class by the poolside where our yoga teacher reminds us that we should really feel the surfaces beneath our feet, the grass, the sand, the ocean. It is a beautiful reminder to just stop and observe. And to take time to feel.

Our cook, Dominique, serves up another phenomenal meal consisting of chille rellenos, tender beef, sweet corn, salsa verde and anything else you can possible imagine that completes the ultimate Mexican feast.

That night, on top of the roof, we do a candlelit restorative yoga class under the stars. And I take time to really feel what it is like to be alive and grateful, to the sounds of the waves crashing against the warm sand somewhere, not to far away below us.

Peace-Love & Yoga

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