Yoga on Ambergris Caye, Belize

I’m a bit of a yoga nut. My passion for yoga bloomed in Costa Rica, where my good friend Anna of Pura Vida Yoga Vacations, started a class in a beautiful garden setting. I attended dutifully three times a week and the difference in my body and mind was extraordinary.

I love the mindfulness of yoga, the meditation and the physical challenge. My body quickly transformed from my chubby “I just had a baby” physique to the toned, slim and freakishly strong body that it is now (I may be exaggerating a little, but just a little). It has also provided me with a foundation of nonjudgmental and broadminded growth, better posture and proper breathing.

So, when we decided to move to Belize I knew I needed to find a place to do yoga. It has become the foundation of my day, makes me a better wife, mother and business owner, and helps me become a higher quality version of myself.

The following are places on Ambergris Caye to do yoga divided into North of the bridge and South of the bridge.

NORTH of the Bridge Yoga Classes

Ak’bol Yoga Retreat Center

Kirsten moved from Chicago 3 years ago to start a yoga retreat center located on the beautiful Caribbean waters of Belize. Ak’bol is Maya for Heart of the Village. Ak’bol is Belize’s first Yoga Retreat and Family Eco Resort and is located on the tranquil North side of Belize’s largest island, Ambergris Caye.

I love coming here because the yoga palapa is located right over the ocean and students look out into the beautiful turquoise waters. Most yoga sessions are 1 1/2 to 2 hours long at Ak’bol. Since it is a retreat center, there a a number of wonderful yoga teachers from all over the world that come to teach here, which is a special treat. When no retreat is happening, Kirsten herself teaches the class.

Yoga classes at Ak’bol: Monday – Saturday 9 am, Sunday 10 am.  $15 per class

Ak’bol also has a great bar area on the beach that makes perfect banana smoothies and delicious food at reasonable prices, perfect for after class.

Yoga at Ak'bol Yoga retreat center - Ambergris Caye, Belize

Yoga Palapa at Ak'bol Yoga retreat center - Ambergris Caye, Belize

the Hotel

Rachelle, of ChiJunky.com, holds a wonderful yoga class that is perfect for beginners or intermediates alike. She offers yoga at the new hotel, indiscriminately called “the Hotel”. Her voice is one of the most soothing voices I’ve ever heard and you will be beautifully relaxed and rejuvenated after one of Rachelle’s classes.

Yoga Classes at the Hotel: Monday – Saturday 9 am $15 bz per class

Rachelle also offers nutrition counseling and clean cooking via her website.

ChiJunky Yoga @ The Hotel - North Ambergris Caye

ChiJunky Yoga @ The Hotel - North Ambergris Caye

SOUTH of the Bridge Yoga Classes

Sol Spa at The Phoenix Resort

The beautiful Phoenix resort is home to an equally beautiful spa area that is run by Carrie. Carrie is a trained masseuse and a licensed yoga instructor. She also happens to be one of the most delightful people you’ll meet on the island. Beginners will learn proper postures in her class and advanced yogis will be challenged with increasingly difficult variations. Afterward, you may want to stay for a massage or a facial at the beautiful spa.

Yoga classes at The Phoenix Resort: Tuesday & Thursday at 9 am in the Sol Spa

The beautiful Phoenix resort. Yoga every Tues & Thurs 9 am

The beautiful Phoenix resort. Yoga every Tues & Thurs 9 am

Exotic Caye Beach Resort

Although I haven’t gone to these yoga classes during my time on Ambergris, I wanted to include them in this post for those of you staying south of San Pedro Town.  Yoga classes are held in a dedicated yoga room located at the Exotic Caye Beach Resort on the southern tip of San Pedro.

Daily Yoga Classes at 9:30 am  (intermediate – advanced Level)
Yoga for Beginners at 11:00 am Monday & Wednesday
$15 bz per class, monthly passes available

Just do yoga

Whether you’re on vacation or you live on Ambergris Caye, yoga is for everyone and it is a highlight of my day. Yoga restores and provides focus for me and Ambergris Caye is a beautiful place to practice it. I’m happy to share this list with you and hope that you spend some time nourishing yourself with yoga on the island.

Doing yoga in the Caribbean Ocean

Doing yoga in the Caribbean Ocean

If I’ve forgotten to mention any yoga classes, please put them in the comment section below. I think I’ve covered all of the organized and consistent yoga classes, but I may have not known of some (gasp!).

Namaste.

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11 Responses to “Yoga on Ambergris Caye, Belize”

  1. Rebecca May 13, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    Love the “i did yoga here” picture.

    • Anna Williams May 13, 2012 at 8:23 am #

      Tara’s the instructor at Exotic Caye – she’s a wonderful teacher! You might also like to look up retreats run by Belize Yoga – http://www.belizeyoga.com, a company owned by Caye Caulker residents Jessie & Brad Wigh. Jessie also does daily yoga classes – see http://www.belizeyoga.com/random_yoga/index.html for details – it’s donation based so she does get a fair few local women AND men. She’s in the US right now but back in the fall. I have been on two of Jessie’s retreats – one with jessie as instructor, the other with a St Louis Missouri based studio instructor (Urban Breath), Jessie sure knows how to run retreats to perfection!

  2. carrie May 13, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    You are so sweet. I am going to miss your presence in class and having my model of “this is what you can look forward to” student. Have a wonderful journey. Love to you and your family.

  3. Emily May 13, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    Wonderful post! I had no idea Kirsten (of Ak’Bol) had only been here for three years. Our first trip to AC was in two years ago, and they were here then, so I figured she and Milio had been here a lot longer. Thanks for the island yoga roundup!

  4. Rachelle Wintzen May 13, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

    Such a pleasure to have you in class. Thank you so much for including me in your yoga blog post! I wish you all the best in your next journey to your new destination! What a beautiful life to lead.

  5. Jennifer Pearce May 14, 2012 at 12:19 am #

    Brandon and I visited the Yoga Barn here in Ubud today and couldn’t help but think of you!!
    http://www.theyogabarn.com/

    • S King May 14, 2012 at 6:36 am #

      As you might have guessed, I’ve already checked it out online 🙂 I’m thrilled that we’ll be doing yoga together soon!

  6. Marilyn May 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    I’ll second the recommendation of Exotic Caye yoga with Tara..she is fantastic and offers several classes a day. Worth the 1/2+ hour bike ride, even in the rain.

  7. Honey May 22, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    Hope you are well and you have a great time at “home” in the States.

  8. Julie March 15, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    Hi there! Has The Hotel closed down? I can’t seem to find the website to the actual studio.
    Thanks!

  9. ChenZu June 15, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    Does are usefull comments ! I’m ready to start traveling from Tulum to costa rica (driving), so I will definitely take some yoga!!!
    Gracias

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