Mancora Yoga is a creation and collaboration of movement teachers and healers residing in Mancora, Peru. We are from varying backgrounds and countries but united in our vision and hope to help bring greater health, joy and radiance to our local community as well as our international visitors through a variety of movement arts.
Mancora Yoga was formed by Christa Angelo in April of 2012 after residing and teaching Yoga in Mancora, Peru since 2010. She has been joined by other guest teachers and healing professionals to create a unique centre that offers a variety of classes and workshops in movement (such as Yoga, Pilates, Dance, Qi Gong and Feldenkrais Method) as well as Massage, Reiki and Meditation.
In addition to regular, year round classes, Christa is pleased to offer individual private or small group classes in a setting of your choice.
Mancora Yoga also created “Downward Dogs for Turtles”, a fundraising event which offered a monthly donation based yoga class in which 100% of the proceeds have gone directly to help support Ecoceanica and their turtle research projects here in North Peru. This event has been temporarily suspended but we hope to relaunch it again in 2014.
Currently all Yoga classes are being held at the beautiful, beachfront Hotel Del Wawa located directly in front of the main surf point, between Green Eggs and Ham (Papa Mo’s) and Don Giovanni Suites and Las Olas Hotel. From the beach you’ll see several tall wooden totems and a two level beach deck – class takes place on the second level.
Easy access from the beach less than a one minute walk south.
Beach walk access is directly across the street from this hostel - look for either the front entrance to the hotel just after Don Giovanni and Las Olas, or continue on to the beach and look for tall wooden totems, and two level deck.
Follow directions above for Kokopelli or walk directly out to the beach and head north.
Take a 5-10 minute moto taxi ride north into Mancora and ask for Hotel Del Wawa.
Christa Angelo, RYT 200, stumbled onto her first yoga class more than 12 years ago and has been practicing ever since. She received her certification to teach Hatha Yoga in the U.S. and has taught both in her home country and abroad for the last seven years.
Her teaching style and philosophy blends an eclectic mix of Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, Anusara and Yin Yoga. She weaves together her training, experiences, knowledge of anatomy and intuition to guide students through a balanced and rhythmic yoga experience with moments of challenging effort as well as deep relaxation.
At present Christa is offering a limited schedule of Yoga classes only, as she is expecting a baby to arrive in early 2014. These classes are being held at the beautiful Hotel Del Wawa located directly in front of the beach and main surf point. The open air yoga deck at this classic hotel is the ideal location to enjoy the sound of the waves and ocean views during your professionally led yoga class.
All classes are mixed level and suitable for all students from absolute beginner to advanced; however, if a student has extensive limitations or concerns it is recommended to contact Christa first to discuss and possibly arrange a private session before joining the group practice.
Mats are provided however students are welcome to bring their own, a yoga towel and or beach pareo. It is also recommended to bring water. Space is limited so please prepare to arrive at least 5-10 minutes before class to secure your space, as well as prevent interrupting the opening meditation. Also please rinse any sand off your feet if entering from the beach before stepping up to the yoga deck and turn off your cell phone. Please wear appropriate and comfortable yoga or exercise apparel.
We also organize and offer a variety of customized Yoga Retreats for individuals and small groups. Past retreats have included Yoga and Surf Escapes, however we are happy to plan your Yoga and Adventure Retreat to include an endless array of activities that are available here on the North Coast of Peru such as scuba, kitesurfing, whale watching bird watching, or stand up paddling.
For those looking for more relaxation versus adventure, consider a Yoga and Wellness Vacation including Yoga, Meditation, healthy organic meals, massage and plenty of time to rest, restore and relax the day away in a tranquil setting.
Contact us to discuss planning a Yoga Retreat you’ll never forget.
We had long been searching for a spot to experience some yoga, and Mancora Yoga was the best find! Great company, fantastic teaching and the most beautiful way to start and finish a day. Appropriate for all levels, Christa’s openness of spirit and intuitive teaching makes you feel welcome and involved regardless of being a novice or experienced yogi. An absolute must, I hope everyone stumbles across this gem and enjoys this amazing experience like we did. Enjoy an evening class and finish as the sun goes down! perfection!”
I have been practicing yoga for about 10 years, but every time when I can do it on the beach and especially with such professional teacher as Christa is, it’s a fresh emotional swell for me.
I have been staying in Mancora for 3 weeks and visiting yoga classes every day. Christa is very open and positive person and before every class she chat with students and makes such a warm atmosphere in a studio, that Everybody can feel comfortable no matter what skill level the person has.
Every time I am so happy to meet such persons in my life, because I can definitely tell that Christa is one of the persons who made my holidays. Want also mention that all practice prices are very affordable. And if even you are just thinking about start practicing yoga, Mancora yoga center is a perfect place to do it.
Incredible classes, instructor, views and value for a relaxing escape in Mancora!
Mancora Yoga is the perfect place to catch up on some relaxation and get the good energy flowing! I was in Mancora twice, once after having traveled for 9 months, and once again to stay for 6 months, and both times Mancora Yoga made it feel like a home away from home. Christa is an incredibly warm and bubbly person, and is an amazing teacher. I loved the pilates classes in the mornings to get me going, and sunset yoga to wind down and cool off after a stressful day. She uses the perfect music depending on the class, and is always in a good mood to keep you going, even when it gets tough! People of all levels can attend the classes, and she makes it a point to give everyone personalized attention. If you are planning on being in Mancora for a few days to a few weeks, check and see what packages she has going for some really great discounts! Theres really nothing else like it in the town…I cannot recommend Mancora Yoga enough!
Oh and when you go, make sure to give her super cute pups a huge hug…they’ll love you forever for it ;)
Best Yoga Studio Ever! You really need to visit this place!! You will not regret it! I will recommend it to everyone I meet who is going to Mancora, and if you try it out you will understand what I’m talking about.
I just left Mancora after a being there a couple of weeks and this lovely yoga place is the main thing I’m gonna miss about Mancora.
The yoga instructor Christa is just the warmest, nicest, most welcoming person ever. You will imediately like her and she will make you feel comfortable doing yoga even if you’ve never tried it before.
On top of having a great personality she is super professional! She will tell you exactly how you need to stretch not to hurt yourself and she is a great teacher for both beginners and for people who have been doing yoga before.
She also gives great advice on what to do in Mancora and things to think about as a tourist in general.
The view from the yoga studio is amazing and doing yoga there was exactly what we needed to relax after having travelled for three months.
Perfect Compliment to a Surf Vacation! I was pleasantly surprised with the experience I had at Mancora Yoga. I live in Los Angeles so I’ve attended Yoga classes with some top notch instructors, but I would have to say that Christa’s Yoga instruction was some of the best I have received. And it was in Mancora! Oh yeah, she can also tear it up in the waves on her long board. I definitely recommend Mancora Yoga.
“BLISS! An absolute highlight of my South American trip. A week of yoga and Pilates in sunny Mancora was just what I needed and I was delighted as these classes exceeded expectations! It is superb value for money and the surroundings are incredible, it’s not often you get sunset yoga overlooking the crashing waves. Christa’s teaching is some of the best I’ve experienced and it left me addicted to both yoga and pilates. Thanks Christa!”
Adapted from my first published piece on yoga, or any subject for that matter. Demystifying Yoga: A Beginner’s Guide was written for a local magazine back home, http://www.bewellworld.com/ in 2011. I thought it would be a good place to start, kicking off the launch of my website and first blog, with the basics. I hope […]