Mhai Yoga Retreat Cuba

Mhai Yoga Retreat Cuba


“Yoga in Cuba has been an excellent alternative solution to face the different situations that arise from the lack of essentials for basic living. It is growing more and more, thanks to the labor of our Cuban Yoga Association and our yoga community.”

— Eduardo Pimentel of Havana, Cuba.
President of the Cuban Yoga Association

Mhai Yoga Retreat Cuba
Join Melanie and Megan in Cuba at Mhai Yoga Retreat Cuba!
It’s the LAST DAY of our tank/tee pre-order! Visit - proceed go to the artist and to our friends at Mhai Yoga Retreat Cuba.
So many gorgeous people in our gorgeous Nova Yoga tanks designed by Rosbel Alpi García. And here’s some great news: we’ll doing another round of printing!

Visit to pre-order (ends July 15).

A portion of the sales will go to the artist and to our friends at Mhai Yoga Retreat Cuba.
Pre-order ends Friday! Check out these limited edition Nova Yoga tanks with proceeds going to Cuban artist, Alpi, and the fine folks at Mhai Yoga Retreat Cuba 🇨🇺

Place your order here:
It's Fun Food Friday 🍋🥭🥑🍅🥦

This sunny day has us craving fresh, colourful food and all those yummy veggies and fruits that the warmer months bring.

We’ve been inspired by our friends at Mhai Yoga Retreat Cuba to create a colourful Buddha Bowl. The meals served at their retreat are organic, colourful, fresh, creative, and delicious, and their Buddha Bowls are one of our favourites!

Gather the most colourful veggies from your crisper to begin! Choose some of them to cook (roasting sweet potatoes and sautéing peppers), leave the rest raw (like grated carrots, shredded lettuce, and chopped beets), and throw them on top on a bowl of warm rice, quinoa, or whatever grain you have in the pantry. Black beans, chickpeas, or tofu would be yummy as well.

Get creative with your sauce - something sweet (maple syrup, honey, or agave), something savoury or tangy (soy sauce, vinegar, or lemon juice) and something creamy (peanut butter, nut butter, or tahini) and voila, a bowl of rainbow goodness is yours to enjoy 🌈🌈🌈
Last call for our NYE in Cuba Retreat with Melanie and Mhai Yoga! This trip was sold out but we’ve opened up 2 more rooms. Cuban magic, organic food, beach time, pool hangs, and Havana adventures. And of course yoga & meditation twice a day 🙌. It’s going to be an amazing way to flow into 2020. WE CANNOT WAIT!
Escape from the cold 🥶 join me for a week of yoga 🧘🏽‍♀️ and sun ☀️🏝😊 at Mhai Yoga Retreat Cuba 🇨🇺 x

30 Nov - 6 Dec 2019 book your place for some winter sunshine ☀️
Escape from the cold 🥶 join me for a week of yoga 🧘🏽‍♀️ and sun ☀️🏝😊 at Mhai Yoga Retreat Cuba 🇨🇺 x

30 Nov - 6 Dec 2019 book your place for some winter sunshine ☀️
Escape from the cold 🥶 join me for a week of yoga 🧘🏽‍♀️ and sun ☀️🏝😊 at Mhai Yoga Retreat Cuba 🇨🇺 x

30 Nov - 6 Dec 2019 book your place for some winter sunshine ☀️
Escape from the cold 🥶 join me for a week of yoga 🧘🏽‍♀️ and sun ☀️🏝😊 at Mhai Yoga Retreat Cuba 🇨🇺 x

30 Nov - 6 Dec 2019 book your place for some winter sunshine ☀️

Hosting yoga retreat center in beautiful Havana, Cuba 🇨🇺 with Eduardo Pimentel. Culture + Yoga + Organic Cuisine! #cubayoga #mhaiyoga Rewind to a time and place of simplicity.

Havana is a time capsule, capturing the essence of a place where life was about living, time was about enjoying and there is nothing but the present moment. We are pleased to bring you a retreat where you can experience yoga in a way you’ve never seen before. This 7 day retreat will take you through a journey discovering your 7 chakras, exploring Havana city, deepening your yoga practice while nou

Funcionando como de costumbre


Feliz día del amor y amistad a todos

Happy day of love and friendship to everyone


Havana afternoons


Oh this view 💚

It never gets old, and we are daydreaming about seeing it again

If you are ready to travel this winter, send us a DM and we can let you know which retreat is perfect for you.

Join us, it will be life changing


Eduardo Pimentel Vazquez has completed his masterpiece of a book: The Matrix

The Matrix is 460 pages long and covers everything from the first Cuban sanskritist in 1878, the creation of the Raja Yoga academy in Santiago de Cuba and Pinar del Rio; the founding of the Self-Realization Association, the classes of Ramon Ariates and the founding of the Cuban Yoga Association. Yoga in the provinces and many other anecdotes, my trips to India and Nepal. And a chapter dedicated to my practices with Hatha Yoga techniques. It is a private edition of excellent quality with only 50 copies at a price of $1500 cup. or 20 euros The proceeds will be used to publish my commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras. Sorry for a small edition.
Shanti 🌈🙏🕉️

If anyone is interested in getting a copy, please contact us


The sun rises, and your practice calls

Are you coming?




Ten years

a decade

It feels like just yesterday we were running around trying to do the impossible:

run the first yoga retreat in Cuba

We are so grateful to each and everyone of of you who has been by our side, year after year, and we are counting down the days to open up our doors again this February.

We had so deeply wished that we could celebrate all together with Eduardo & Ernesto who have been with us since day one, but there are other plans waiting for us.

We have faith that the next ten years will be even better

Can’t wait to share them with you.


It's Sunday

Time to




Feliz Día Internacional de Yoga

Oh how we miss yoga with all of YOU

wherever you are, we hope you roll out your mat and feel the connection 💛


The magic of Cuba is that you never know what's around the corner, but the thrill of it, pushes you to explore & find out.

Waiting to explore with all of you 🧡


Can you feel it?

Retreat season finally feels within our reach.

How do you feel about yoga in Cuba this winter?



The Silver lining of Cuba... Disconnecting





Where do you dream of traveling to next...


Gosh we miss these yoga shoots in the old abandoned movie theatre

Who has had a shoot here by @edahdouh ??


We somehow made it to the holiday season, and although uncertainty lies ahead, the spirit of giving remains strong. This year, we hope that you are taking the time to focus on health and mental well-being.

For many, yoga is an exercise for both the mind and body. We hope that some of the online courses being offered by our teachers can continue to do just that.

A gift that supports the yoga community, like one of your favourite teachers, would mean so much more to everyone involved.
Check our story highlight: Gift of Yoga for links to some truly great online resources.

Gracias gracias gracias


Es Viernes y el cuerpo lo sabe

Ha sido una semana heavy!!!
Nosotros seguro vamos a tomar tiempo este fin de semana para relajar y descansar la mente y el cuerpo. Quizás con una piña colada 🍍
Y ustedes?


It's Friday and the body know it

Wow has it been a heavy week or what?
We will definitely be taking some time to calm the mind & body this weekend,
Maybe with a piña colada🍍
What about you?


So grateful to the Nova Yoga community

Our next round of Nova Yoga pre-order shirts designed by Alpi (Blk Box Design) are in! Proceeds go to the artist in Cuba and my friends at Mhai Yoga Retreat Cuba ♥️♥️♥️


How you nourish your body, helps you nourish your mind

Hard times can make staying healthy really difficult

After a hard day, getting through emotional ups and downs, its so easy to grab a bag of chips, or order in something fast and easy.

And that's ok sometimes, when you need it.

But taking the time to prepare something with love, patience, using locally sourced food, is like giving a gift to your body.

Next time you open by our fridge, take a look inside and see what you've got.
Take your time and create something delicious, fresh, nourishing and hydrating.

Be mindful as your hands move to prepare it, be mindful as you savour each bite.

Tú cuerpo, tu hogar


Sunrise beach meditation

Our favorite way to wake up at Mhai Yoga

Mouna, the only sounds are from nature

Your breath matches the rolling in and out of the waves

No to do lists, no scrolling

Just at the beach, watching the sun keep its promise of another day


Who misses Cuba?

We are happy to report that Cuba has been doing great in controlling the spread of covid-19 across the Island. With a total of 2315 cases since the beginning and only 200 active cases today.

We are really looking forward to re-opening and seeing you all again.

Cuba has announced a 3 phase reopening plan and we will keep you posted for any updates on International travel allowed into Havana.

If you are looking to get away this winter, then a yoga retreat in Havana is the perfect vacation. Sunshine, open spaces, big beach, and an outdoor yoga rooftop shala, not to mention all the delicious organic food.

We are hoping to reopen in at the end of October and we hope to see you there :)

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IDY 2020, Yoga protocol by Prof. Eduardo Pimemtel, President Cuban Yoga Association

June 21st

First Day of summer & International Yoga Day

Did you have a good day?
Did you practice?

Usually on this day Prof Eduardo Pimentel joins hundreds of yogis & the Indian Embassy in Havana and practice together.

This year, we couldn't all physically be together, but nothing stops community from uniting.

Here is a short practice from Eduardo for all of you.

Enjoy :)


Today is not a day to be silent.

Today and everyday, is a day to speak up and speak out.

Muting the rest of our lives for 24hrs to highlight, share, learn and promote about what is happening is not a sacrifice to our feeds, it is our duty.

We all have a responsibility to listen.
We all have a responsibility to learn and unlearn.
We all have a responsibility to stop racism.

It starts at home, in our hearts, with our families, friends, circles, and businesses.

We stand against racism, we stand against oppression.


Who's craving a fresh guava ginger smoothie?

Guava (Guayaba un Spanish) is a Cuban fruit loaded with vitamin C, helps with tummy aches and absolutely delicious.

We promise to make you one next time you visit 😘

📸 @edahdouh


10 students were supposed to graduate as new yoga teachers today with @melaniecaines & @helenacbutler's YTT in Cuba

When we opened Mhai Yoga in 2011 we never even dreamed of being a space where people chose to come and become yoga teachers.

Today we are sad and it's ok to grieve this, but we know that YTT will happen again eventually.

When that day happens we will be even more excited and throw an even bigger graduation party.



Who misses Eduardo Pimentel's classes?

Here is a short video on his rooftop in Havana. A little movement video done for Unicef Cuba.

‪El yoga 🧘‍♀️ 🧘‍♂️ es una disciplina oriental que tiene un montón de beneficios y puede sacar muchas cosas buenas de los niños y niñas. ‬
‪Llegando al final de la semana compartimos con Eduardo Pimentel, un amigo que nos trae técnicas y ejercicios para proteger nuestro cuerpo y mente‬


Remember yoga in Viñales?



Remember yoga in Viñales?




"we are all in the same storm, but not in the same boats"

We are all under the same sun, but today the sun in Cuba was shining extra strong.

A beautiful positive sign
Although we can't be together, and each country, city, community is facing different burdens, all we need to do is look up at the sun or moon to know we are all connected.

We received these beautiful photos from our team in Havana, hope they put a smile on your face.

@ Mhai Yoga Retreat Cuba


30 year anniversary of the Cuban Yoga Association

We are so happy to celebrate 30 years of the Cuban Yoga Association.
Bravo Eduardo Pimentel for this amazing milestone. The community is so grateful for having this space that you created.

"Today, alongside with all the teachers, I want to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of the Cuban Yoga Association.
Our first class was May 3rd 1990.

Today, we can feel satisfied, and we continue to work & provide for our students.
They have been, and continue to be the reason that we do this work.

I would also like to remember Mari Isabell, Kindelan and Lissete Cruz that have passed in recent years.

Let’s keep taking care of each other, loving each other, and soon we can meet again physically to return to our practice together.



@novayoga is selling Tees and Tanks online to help support our Mhai Yoga Staff who aren’t able to work due to COVID-19 (L)⁣

Thank you our good friend and amazing yoga teacher @melaniecaines from @novayoga for creating these t-shirts using graphic designs from talented graphic artist @rosbel_alpi from @blkboxdesign ⁣

Rosbel Alpi is a great friend of ours, and for those of you who don’t don’t know him, he’s one of the funniest, kindest and most knowledgeable people we know and loves to share his art with the world. He’s created 3 beautiful designs featured on the tank tops and tees. If you’d like to see more of his work, please check him out at @blkboxdesign design⁣

These beautiful limited editions tees and tanks are available through pre-order and will be printed by @livingplanetstudio in St-Johns, Newfoundland. A portion of the sales will be donated to our staff in Cuba as well as Alpi for his beautiful designs.⁣

For more info and in order to make a purchase, please visit⁣

Thank you Mel for the beautiful gift you’ve given us!


We miss seeing the smiles of our retreat groups and showing them beautiful new sides of Cuba they’ve never seen

Nothing makes us happier than meeting new people and providing them new and exciting experiences

Looking forward to meeting you all soon ❤️


We’re definitely missing our Lebanese lunches at Mhai Yoga.. could use one of those right now 😍

Posted @withregram • @mintandzaatar In Lebanon Mjadarah is called the “poor man's dish”, but in today’s society it is considered a healthy vegetarian dish high in protein and fibre. ⁣

Yesterday, I taught Live how to make this dish. I talked about my mom, about her hands squeezing the lemons, stirring the pot, her cooking with love to feed her family. The simplicity of the ingredients yet so rich in flavour and memories. ⁣

Talked about the authenticity of the recipe and respecting its history and origin but yet evolving in this big world we’re all connected more so now. Virtually. Talked about preserving the recipe but yet make it your own to suit your taste and your family’s needs and likes. ⁣

Thank you to all who joined and watched and cooked along. Check my recipe below. Go ahead cook it and start...⁣

...𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘢𝘵 𝘢 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 ❤️ 📸@edahdouh


Who else has been enjoying their practice at home?

Thank you to everyone who has been dedicating their time to launch online classes

We aren’t physically together, but we remain connected ❤️


Happy Earth Day 🌎 ❤️⁣

Mother Earth is getting some much needed rest right now⁣

Let us continue to treat her with respect and educate ourselves and the generations to come⁣

There is no Planet B!⁣

Shared from @babyanmlpic⁣
Photos by: @marcel_vn_luit ⁣
Share this with a friend 💙⁣


Dear Playa⁣

We miss you so much⁣
We miss the salt water⁣
We miss sand between our toes⁣
We miss the sunshine on our faces⁣

Waiting for the day we can jump into the ocean again⁣

Hasta pronto Cuba ❤️




Hosting yoga retreat center in beautiful Havana, Cuba 🇨🇺 with Eduardo Pimentel. Culture + Yoga + Organic Cuisine! #cubayoga #mhaiyoga


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