Ashtanga Yoga Retreat in Mexico with Marque Garaux and Alejandra Irwin
Chan-Ka Resort Village
Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico
March 25-31, 2020
This one week retreat is designed to deepen your existing yoga practice, or to get you started on your path to wellness. All are welcome, from complete beginners to seasoned practitioners, to join us in the heart of Southern Mexico. This week will include daily Mysore practices and workshops; time to explore the rainforests and ancient Mayan ruins; as well as a chance to rejuvenate and de-stress with the luxurious amenities of the resort. The Chan-Kah resort serves delicious meals that can accommodate all dietary needs, beautiful pools for lounging, a full service spa, and plenty of green space for meditation, reading, or hanging out with your friends. Explore nearby archaeological sites, waterfalls and rivers, in an area that has become one of the most important sites for the legendary Mayan civilization.
Accommodations include 6 days at the Chan-Kah Resort and Village, two meals (breakfast and dinner), and transportation to and from the Carlos Rovirosa Perez International, Airport. In addition to the 2 included meals, there will be water, coffee and fruit to enjoy during the day.
There will be two students per room, each with their own double bed.
Classes and workshops will be taught in both English and Spanish.
5-7-- Marque and Alejandra will practice, meditate, and energetically prepare the space for the students. Students are welcome to show up as early as 6:30 to meditate or practice pranayama. As Marque and Alejandra finish their practice, it is requested that students greet each other with a smile or a nod while observing noble silence. This will keep your mind fresh and undisturbed for your asana and meditation.
7-9-- Mysore: Marque and Alejandra will both be assisting, moving around the room, and addressing students' needs
Afternoon-- Free Time: explore, rest, de-compress.
4-5:30-- Daily workshops (Saturday and Sunday workshops will be from 3:30-5:30): Topics will include: surya namaskara a and b; floating and handstands; jump through and jump back, as well as backbends and hips.
7-7:30--Sutras discussion and Japa meditation
Early Bird Pricing (prior to December 31, 2019): $900 (US dollars) for the full week.
Regular Price (on or after January 1, 2020): $1100 (US dollars) for the full week.
Upon completion of this registration form, you will be sent a link where you can pay by credit card. Contact Marque Garaux if other arrangements for pay are needed at
Refund Policy: If you cancel your booking up to 8 weeks prior and 80 percent refund will be issued. When canceling later, no refund will be issued.
Booking your flight
The Palenque International Airport and the Carlos Rovirosa Perez International Airport are the two options to fly into.
The Palenque International Airport takes 18 mins by car to the resort. You will have to arrange your own transportation to and from this airport.
Transportation to and from the Carlos Rovirosa Perez International Airport, a two hour drive from the resort, will be provided for you at noon or 4pm. Try to plan your flight accordingly.
About Marque Garaux
Marque Garaux, a US Marine Veteran, long time rock climber and overall outdoor enthusiast, discovered Ashtanga Yoga while seeking different ways to alleviate his lower back pain. After noticing an almost immediate physical change, Marque then slowly began to see other positive changes happening in his life as well. With no Ashtanga teachers in the area, he found himself with no choice but to get up early and practice with his wife before work everyday. During this time Marque also attended a 200 hour teacher training and several Ashtanga workshops and intensives to deepen his understanding of this beautiful system.
In the fall of 2014 Marque decided to follow in the footsteps of the teachers that he most respected and applied for study at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI). Marque was accepted and spent the first 2 months of 2015 in Mysore, India learning under the guidance of R. Sharath Jois. Since that first trip, Marque has practiced with Sharath during multiple US tours and has also returned to India each year where he has practiced with both Sharath and Saraswathi. Marque received the blessing as an Authorized Level 2 teacher from Sharath on December 12th, 2017 during his morning practice.
Marque is the owner of Great Lakes Ashtanga Yoga, where he runs a full Mysore program, teaches private lessons and hosts workshops. He, his wife and their adopted Indian street dog travel as often as possible to climb or to share yoga with others.
About Alejandra Irwin
Alejandra graduated from her 200 hour YTT in April of 2017. Since then she has been cultivating a dedicated ashtanga practice with many remarkable Ashtanga teachers. During her studies she attended an Ashtanga intensive week that included workshops and Mysore at Great Lakes Ashtanga Yoga with Lucas Caralho and Marque Garaux. This was followed by a 7 day yoga retreat with Certified ashtanga teacher Laruga Glaser in Mykonos, Greece, which included asana workshops on and was steeped with rich yoga philosophy. Twice a year she visits Great Lakes Ashtanga Yoga to practice and assist under the guidance of Marque Garaux. When not visiting Marque's shala she continues to study on her own and through weekly online meetings where discussions on the Ashtanga method, the count, philosophy, anatomy and asanas take place. She has also attended several workshops and retreats at Palma de
Mayorca with the amazing teacher Bibi Lorenzetti and a 6 day Ashtanga yoga retreat in Portugal with
Certified teacher Dana Kingsberg who has been studying and practicing Ashtanga yoga over 30 years.
Alejandra grew up and lived in Palenque, Mexico until she moved to the US as an adult. This retreat is especially close to her heart and there is no place better that she can image taking this group. When Alejandra is not busy traveling the world she teaches at her shala, Ashtanga Yoga Eden, located Burlington, North Dakota. This is home for her, her husband, their three children, and their Australian Shepherd, Ridge.
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