Frequently Asked Questions
Which airport do I fly into?
The Cancun, Mexico International Airport is conveniently located about 45-minutes driving time from Playa del Carmen on a modern, 4-lane highway. A good web site to compare fares from the US and Canada is Kayak.com.
How can I get from the airport to Playa?
You can rent a car; take a taxi (about $100 one way); travel via comfortable shared vans (about $25 usd) that will take you right to your desired location in Playa; or there is a bus ($10) that runs hourly from the airport to the central bus station in Playa. The ADO bus runs from 8 am to 8 pm and once you get off at the ADO station, you can get a taxi for $50 pesos (about $4 usd) to anywhere in Playa. Note, most drivers and transportation assistants expect a tip of between 10-30 pesos. There are transportation desks inside the terminal where you can receive information and pay for your ticket. Any hotel you are staying at can arrange for you to be picked up by a private company (about $75 for one person one-way, $120 round-trip)
Where are Yoga By The Sea Classes held?
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Do you have recommendations for other hotels?
Students have had pleasant stays at the following hotels:
Hotel Lunata: http://www.lunata.com/
Hotel Luna Sol: http://www.lunata.com/
Hotel Aventura Mexicana: http://www.aventuramexicana.com/
Hotel Playa del Karma: http://www.hotelplayadelkarma.com/
Illusion Boutique Hotel: http://illusionhotel.com/
Luna Blue Hotel & Garden www.lunabluehotel.com
What kind of yoga do you teach?
We offer an integrated blend of Hatha-Flow classes at Yoga By The Sea. All our teachers are certified and offer a variety of yoga experiences. I am an Iyengar-informed teacher, but often include Sun Salutations in my classes. I was a professional dancer, so I like to include, and I think students appreciate, a good warm up and an organic flow of sequences. I typically choose a thematic focus for class, such as twists, or arching poses to open the heart. Meditation, pranayama, and Savasana are regularly included. Although I’ve studied with many wonderful dance and yoga teachers, I’m deeply grateful to the following master yoga teachers who have most influenced my work: Judith Hanson Lasater, Eric Schiffmann, and Jasmine Lieb.
What is your class schedule?
You can access the yoga class schedule by clicking here. We offer ongoing morning classes Mon.-Sat. Evening classes are held Mon., Wed., and Fri. and are more Vinyasa-based. Private classes are available for singles and groups. I also offer yoga celebrations for weddings and family reunions.
Do you offer Yoga Teacher Trainings?
Yes, they are an important part of our offerings. Yoga By The Sea is accredited with the Yoga Alliance in the United States. I offer RYT-200 certification courses, advanced teacher training workshops, continuing education classes, and well as yoga retreats. The yoga teacher trainings are one-month intensives, which is a lovely way to learn as you have a chance to immerse yourself in yoga and leave your day-to-day activities behind. You get to concentrate on yourself, your growth and deepen your spiritual development while enjoying nature, fresh air, and the sea! The trainings are comprehensive and detailed. You will make lasting friends.
Click Here for more information on Yoga By The Sea Teacher Trainings.
Click Here to read an article about studying yoga in paradise that appeared in the Malibu Chronicle.
What is the best way to pay for yoga workshops, classes and for things once I arrive?
You can pay for your Yoga By The Sea Vacation and classes on line, via my web site, www.morethanyoga.com. Click Here to pay online. Once in Playa, you can pay for classes in cash (US dollars or Mexican Pesos). Credit card payments are not available for yoga classes once you are here.
In general, cash or credit cards work for most purchases in stores, etc. in Playa. However, check with restaurants to see if they accept credit cards as some take only cash. Tipping is appreciated: 10% is standard, up to 20% for good service. It is helpful to bring an ATM card. Notify your bank prior to your trip that you are traveling to Mexico so they don’t put a stop on your card due to unusual activity.
If I sign up for a Yoga Retreat and I want to share a room with someone, but I’m traveling alone, will you help put me in contact with another student to share a room?
Yes, as long as there is someone else who is looking for a roommate for double occupancy.
If I am a woman traveling alone, is it safe?
Yes, but as with any travel, you want to be aware of your surroundings and where you place your purse and bags. The hotels near 5th Ave. are safe. There are nice coffee shops nearby where people-watching is king. Always a favorite when I’m solo.
What is the weather like?
It’s the tropics, so the weather is temperate year-round. In winter, the highs are from mid-70 to the mid 80’s Fahrenheit. Winter lows are on average, 60 to 70 degrees. In summer, it reaches up to 85- 95 degrees. Due to the Caribbean Sea, it can get humid, (great for the skin), but there’s almost always a pleasant sea breeze coming onto shore which keeps things fresh.
It’s a good idea to pack a light sweater or jacket for the evenings. The sun is out most days, and it doesn’t rain often, but when it does, it can be a tropical downpour for a brief spat, so bring some kind of waterproof outerwear for protection until the rainbows come out! Mosquitoes sometimes come out after a rain too, so pack repellant if you’re sensitive. Wear sun screen even on cloudy days. Remember your feet, ankles, and ears – places people tend to forget.
What other activities can I do in Playa?
- The beach is spectacular here, so sunning, swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving are big draws. You can dive and snorkel in cenotes, which are numerous in the Yucatan Peninsula. (Dive Mike located on Calle 8 near the sea is a good place to book your dive trips). There’s also parasailing, kayaking, and windsurfing available on the beach.
- You can catch good music (reggae, jazz and rock covers) in nearby beach restaurants - Fusion Beach Grill and Zenzi to name two. They are fun places where locals like to hang out to watch sunset and moonrise.
- Take Salsa dance classes and listen to live Cuban music at La Bodeguita del Medio restaurant on 5th Ave at 32 Calle. Watch out for those Mojitos! They’re famous for them.
- There’s good shopping all along the pedestrian walking street of 5th Ave (clothes, jewelry, linens, silver, cigars, and ceramics).
- Indigenous tropical birds fan their feathers at the Xaman Ha Aviary, located in the residential community of Playacar Fase 2 at the south end of town - a 20 minute walk from the studio.
- Side trips to the Mayan archeological sites of Tulum and Coba are just an hour drive away.
- You can swim with the dolphins in Puerto Adventuras, 15 miles south of Playa.
- The island of Cozumel, reachable by a half-hour ferry ride, makes for a nice day trip.
- Enjoy the ultimate luxury - a massage on the beach or at nearby massage center.
- You can also just relax with a good book on a cozy lounge chair with a cool drink under an umbrella on the beach as the waves gently lap up on shore.
“Arielle is a teacher’s teacher. She focuses on alignment working from the ground up and
fine tunes each pose. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and energy!”
Trisha D. - Yoga Teacher, Los Angeles
“The wealth of knowledge I’ve gained is invaluable. I’m now able to move deeper
into my practice, therefore enhance my teaching.”
Greta C. - Yoga Teacher, Denver, CO
Through my private classes with Arielle I have recognized that I can incorporate yoga into my workout régime and no longer need high intensity boot camp classes.”
Kristen C. - Stunt Performer, Los Angeles
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