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February 23, 2009

Tides Zihuatanejo Expands Yoga Program

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Zihuatanejo, Mexico — Mindful of the idyllic tranquility of its coastal setting, The Tides Zihuatanejo has expanded its yoga offerings with a collection of innovative and healthful retreats. A new partnership with Escape to Shape launches this year with 11 yoga and wellness getaways scheduled at the property for 2009 alone. The highly regarded traveling fitness spa has designated the Pacific coast resort as its official beach-chic location for luxury yoga, fitness and surf lessons. And in April and May, The Tides continues its celebrity instructor & series with a Yoga/Surf Retreat hosted by Diana and Stefan Storace April 25th to 29th, and its second annual Celebrate Life Through Yoga retreat with Tom Morley May 15th to 19th. Surrounded by enchanting tropical gardens, cool waterfalls, and private beaches, The Tides exudes a sublime serenity ideal for inner contemplation.

Escape to Shape Partnership and Retreats
Escape To Shape offers luxury vacations that combine comfort, culture and fitness at some of the world’s most unique locations. Through exclusive luxury accommodations, total body workouts, local excursions, organic cuisine and, or course, spa treatments, guests discover the history, people, and natural wonders of each area while toning the body, nourishing the mind, exploring new cultures and building new friendships.

The retreat package includes:
Six (6) nights luxury accommodations based on double occupancy. (Guests will be paired with a roommate.) 

Vinyasa yoga (unless otherwise stated) taught in the beach side yoga pavilion. 

Beach power walks and Pilates-based body sculpting classes. 

Cooking class of traditional Mexican cuisine. 

Surf lessons for all levels: beginner, intermediate and surf adventures for the advanced. 

Sea kayaking and hiking offered for those not interested in surfing. 

Salsa dancing lessons. 

Day trip to Petatlan and nearby lagoon for a cultural and ecological tour, as well as a private lunch prepared by a local family. 

Beach bonfire night. 

Movie night on the beach, in an outdoor screening room under the stars. 

One (1) Restoring Massage per person at The Tides Spa. 

Three delicious, healthy meals reflective of the region each day. The tasty low-fat meal plan consists of chemical-free food, fresh-catch fish, lean meats, creative salads, healthy whole grains, lots of exotic fruits and juices, even yummy light desserts. 

Round-trip transfers to/from Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo airport. 

Celebrity Instructor Yoga Retreats
Celebrity instructor-led yoga retreats at The Tides uniquely combine a variety of joyous, musical elements with daily yoga and healthy cuisine to deliver experiences both entertaining and transformational. These five-day retreats will delight guests with sun-kissed days of spiritual awakening, and celebratory nights filled with fun and dance. Each Tides Zihuatanejo Yoga Retreat includes:
Four nights accommodations. 

Two beachside yoga classes, am/pm daily (Private sessions available upon request). 

One (1) 60-minute Restoring Massage per person at the Tides Spa. 

Healthy meal plan, including yoga breakfast bar and group dinner . 

“Sense of the Night” – Yoga meets Dance Celebration with DJ-spins of trance/dance music, live bongo players plus food and libations. 

Round-trip transfers to/from Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo airport. 

Yoga/Surf Retreat hosted by Diana and Stefan Storace, April 25th – 29th
This retreat will feature five days of inner exploration and adventure. As an enticing counterpoint to the serenity of yoga practice, the retreat includes a four-hour surfing excursion with The Tides expert instructors to get circulation and adrenaline pumping. L.A. natives Diana and Stefan Storace teach in a style reflective of their eclectic studies, which include Kundalini, philosophy, mantra, meditation, even pre-natal.

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