Solstice Yoga Center - Hatha Yoga Classes in Zipolite, Oaxaca

Healing Myself


News from Solstice Yoga Center

February 2012

Solstice Yoga Center - Vacations, Workshops and Retreats in Mexico Greetings!

Happily after two and a half months of hard work, including two intensive yoga retreats, I managed to go a 24-hour period without painkillers. That in itself is a fantastic achievement, but since then going forward two more months, I have managed to be free from painkillers for over four weeks now which totally eliminates the harmful effects of painkillers from my system.

Marcel van Vliet
Marcel van Vliet

24 Hours is not a very long time, but for the longest time I have needed painkillers to help me get through any given 24-hour period. About eight years ago, I had an unhealthy job with long hours of work, too much stress and lots of time hunched over my laptop. What started as a regular headache,

developed into blinding migraines and muscle inflammation, all centered on my right jaw joint.


In an effort to combat this problem, I moved to a healthier job and began to

search for a solution to my health problem. Chiropractors, acupuncturists and jaw specialists all had their go. Personal trainers, swimming in the pool, running laps and alkaline diets also received their chance. Finally the Chronic Pain Clinic diagnosed me with stress and a breathing disorder, and referred me to their psychologist. After many sessions we ironically deduced that I was stressed due to the pain, but also in pain due to the stress, however this realization did not come prepackaged with a breakthrough solution.


After fighting my health off and on over the last eight years I took a leave of absence from New Zealand with my wife and during our travels in Mexico we stumbled across Brigitte's yoga practice. To transform my health while here was an opportunity not to be missed, and through Brigitte and her friends we have managed to form a team of experts in their respective field's right here in Zipolite.

Brigitte is helping me to repair my body through restorative yoga,
Aldo Fogazza (centro Nijo ) predominantly through acupuncture has been working on the inflammation in my jaw joints and Katia Trautwein (La Loma Linda) has been assisting in reprogramming my body's natural movement processes through Feldenkrais treatment. My practice with yoga has been a daily process, where Aldo and Katia have featured two to three times a week each.


The amount of change in my body during these four months of daily yoga practice continue to amaze me and I still look forward to seeing how far I can get in rehabilitating my health. Although my time in Zipolite is drawing to a close, a lifetime of opportunity of good health has now opened up before me and I fully intend to support the existing changes in my body and to continue to seek new changes for the improvement of my health.




Marcel van Vliet   



200-hour Yoga Alliance registered Teacher Training

July 22 - August 24, 2012

October 28 - November 30, 2012



"Begin the adventure of a lifetime when you immerse yourself in the practice, study and teachings of yoga at the Solstice Teacher Training, for five weeks in the summer or fall of


using the headstander for safe headstand (sirsasana)
Restorative yoga using the headstander

This highly recommended teacher training is a certified 200-hour Yoga Alliance Course (RYT200). It brings world-renowned teachers to Zipolite with students from around the world. It is designed for those that want to teach with confidence, enhance their teaching or simply deepen their personal practice.    


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The heart of the program is daily instruction and practice of meditation, pranayama and asanas. This is complemented with in-depth teaching of ten integral aspects of yoga teaching:Book Now 




- Yoga Philosophy / Lifestyle / Ethics

- Asana Practice

- Pranayama

- Meditation

- Kriyas

- Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga

- Anatomy / Physiology

- Teaching Methodology

- Personal Teaching Experience

- Yoga as a Business


Rafael Cervantes will re-enforce the 2012 Solstice Yoga Center's faculty!


Rafael Cervantes
Rafael Cervantes

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"Experience the heart of yoga
to teach the joy of yoga."


Yoga Vacation Retreats

Treat yourself to a relaxing yoga vacation on a warm sunny beach on the Mexican Pacific coast...


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February  28 - March 4
March 31 - April 5
December 18 - 23 and 26 - 31

Prices include:
  • 25 Hours of Yoga practice (asana, pranayama and meditation).
  • 1 Massage
  • 2 'Awareness thru Movement' classes.
  • 1 Afternoon trip.
  • Lodging & meals.


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after yoga activity
Important after-yoga activity...

Restorative Yoga Workshop

Valle de Bravo, Mexico

March 16 - 19Book Now

"¡Recibe la primavera lleno de salud y energía!"


Una buena oportunidad de darte el tiempo para ti mism@ que tanto necesitas. Con una mente y cuerpo cansados la vida no fluye naturalmente. Ven a encontrar la relajación, soltar la mente y fortalecer el cuerpo.

Práctica diaria de PRANAYAMA (Respiración Consciente) Al permitir...

 Siga leyendo... 
Vision Quest - Valle de Bravo, Mexico
Sunset in at Valle de Bravo
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Golden-cheeked Woodpecker (Melanerpes Chrysogenys)
Golden-cheeked Woodpecker
(Melanerpes Chrysogenys)


Free Fun Yoga Class!

Free Fun Yoga Class - Wednesday -
Free Fun Yoga Class
 "Same but Different"


We are looking forward to seeing you!



The Solstice Yoga Center Team.



view of Zipolite Beach
View of Zipolite Beach

Photos by Brett Johnson.

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