Sanará means “you will heal” in Spanish. Dedicated to nurturing the health and wellness of all who visit, the Sanara boutique luxury eco-resort in Tulum is committed to bringing about this type of healing transformation for guests and environment alike. prAna Ambassador Amy Ippoliti shares a similar commitment, supporting her students and the environment throughout her career as a yoga teacher, author, and earth activist.
Follow Amy’s journey through white sands and turquoise waters, and learn more about the importance of restorative travel in Tulum that has inspired her long after her return.
3 Lingering Memories
ONE: BEACHSIDE STROLLS & MIDNIGHT TUNES
On the first night, a few of us took a stroll down the beach in the dark. As we walked barefoot, the sand glowed in our footsteps from phosphorescent beings in the sand. #Mindblown! It was my first time in Tulum, but Ashley Hart, another yogi on the trip, had been to Tulum more times than she could count. She explained that coming to Tulum was part of her spiritual practice and sense of well-being, so whenever she got the opportunity to come, she would say yes!
I think for many people, we connect to a particular place in the world and crave being there regularly to receive guidance and inspiration. We were happy to have Ashley as a tour guide that night, because as serendipity would have it, we stumbled into a little beach side hotel with live music that happened to be Ashley’s favorite band, and truly the best band on the island. Their music was sublime, and sharing it with each other was one of those magical moments in life you remember forever.
TWO: MORNING BEACH RITUAL
There’s nothing like having a white sand beach and a turquoise sea as a backdrop for yoga. Although it is definitely not as easy to get the traction you need to get any major yoga poses in when you’re practicing on the beach, the trade off for the location is well worth it! I thoroughly enjoyed my morning ritual of a walk/run along the beach, followed by a practice in the sand, topped of with a splash in the ocean. It was the perfect medicine and warm up for the rest of the day’s adventures.
THREE: PALEO-MEXICAN CUISINE
The highlight of Sanara Resort is The Real Coconut restaurant. My preference is to eat dairy and grain-free, so Mexican food is usually a bummer because of all the corn and cheese. The Real Coconut serves Paleo-Mexican, which no one does - let alone in Tulum! They make tortillas from coconut flour, cheeses from coconut, and grain-free pancakes & breads; so delicious, we were all in food heaven. The menu is so creative, yummy, and healthy, we wanted to order everything on the menu each meal! It’s rare these days to stop long enough to break bread with good company, and sharing meals with our awesome crew was time I will cherish.
1. Wake up and meditate in bed
2. Bikini on, bee-line to the beach for walk/run/yoga/swim
3. Family style breakfast with our crew at The Real Coconut: Green juice, coconut yogurt, fruit and pancakes
4. Family Style lunch with our crew at The Real Coconut: Salads, sustainable fish tacos with coconut tortillas, grain free/dairy free coconut quesadillas, and more
5. Casual free dinner: usually at The Real Coconut again, because it’s that good!
6. Crash early to prepare for the next day
Plug Into the Community
Teaching yoga abroad has been a traveler’s dream for me. Vacations are typically spent in a hotel, eating out every night, and the closest you get to meeting locals is the hotel staff. However, because of the yoga community, I’ve been lucky enough to stay with local yoga students wherever I go. Because I am teaching workshops, I literally meet the locals in class, interact, and then outside of class we cook and get outdoors to their favorite spots.
If you can find a way to connect with real people in the places you travel to, do it! You will be amazed at what you can learn, and most likely you’ll be privy to the secret spots that most tourists don’t see. One of my favorite memories is staying in a student’s home in Malaysia and hanging out with the students during the breaks. I tried Durian fruit for the first time, and got an in-depth lesson from four different people on how to open obscure tropical fruits like mangosteen, rambutan, and lychees like a total boss!
The minute you arrive, try to get outside for a walk or run. In the past, I used a paper map to navigate but now of course your smartphone can lead the way. Whatever your method, getting outside and exploring your surroundings is the first order of business. Especially if there is a beach involved. Dipping my toes (at the very least) into the ocean is a must upon arrival. I am also a huge fan of finding the local food store or natural foods store to stock up on local snacks and breakfast foods. For some reason, this is very grounding for me and I always do it (this proves difficult of course if you’re in a more remote location).