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Yoga With Jim Gallas in Sayulita Mexico

Yoga with Jim Gallas, Relaxed Focus Massage, Improvisational Laughter

Certified in 1990
All levels of Yoga & Qi Gong
Zen Tai Shiatsu Massage
Deep Pacific Massage
Improvisational Laughter

Jim Gallas was first certified to teach Yoga in 1990 in Santa Cruz California. He has taught regular classes since and more than 100 workshops. Over these 25 years, Jim has continued to study with some of the world's finest teachers. For 20 years he has enjoyed studying with senior Iyengar instructor Kofi Busia.

In 1993, Jim was certified by Dr. Chu Nan Lai to teach Qi Gong. As an anatomy instructor at 2 massage schools, Jim incorporates both western anatomy and eastern energetics, and plenty of humor in his classes. All are very welcome to the Friday 9:30 - 11:00 classes at the incredible Don Pedro's Palapa. Jim also Loves teaching private Yoga classes in your space or at his house in the jungle. Corazon is a beautiful Yoga Palapa conveniently located on the main northside road Palmar, 2 doors past the corner of Isla Maria's.

- Yoga all levels, Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 -11:00 at Don Pedro's Palapa ( just past Villa Amor )
December 15 - April 15

Jim was first certified to do massage in 1988. Within a few years, he was teaching anatomy and Shiatsu. Jim has studied at 4 schools in California and in Chang Mai Thailand.

In 2007 his instructional DVD "Zen Tai Shiatsu - Deep Effective Bodywork with Ease" was released. Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, is one of Jim's favorite places to teach and offer massage. He is also one of the original members of the Haramara Spa here in Sayulita.

At his home office in the jungle, a 10-minute taxi ride from the plaza, you have a choice of 2 modalities: Zen Tai Shiatsu done comfortably clothed, profoundly relaxing and energizing; or Deep Pacific Massage with coconut oil, a combination of Shiatsu, deep tissue, and the flowing strokes of Esalen Massage.

Create a laughing party with 8 folks or more at your place or even out on the beach.

Jim has been in the performing theater improv troupe "Loose Cannon " for 20 years.
In a supportive and playful environment, you will learn to create a character, location, and simple often hilarious scenes. The games we will play are very inclusive, great for strengthening your connection with the community by getting to know each other in a uniquely creative way. Spontaneous and non-competitive, EVERYBODY WINS WITH LAUGHTER!


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Highly Recommend, great body work!
I had an amazing Shiatsu experience with Jim Gallas. I am usually hesitant to allow anyone to work on my back due to an old injury and Jim did an amazing job of working on and around my lower spine. Almost 1 week later and I still feel great. The bodywork was really enjoyable and comfortable that left me with a great, long lasting feeling after. Thank you Jim!
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Experienced: December, 2020
Excellent and professional
Jim's massage was great- I left afterwards feeling light, airy, and like a pancake! He listened to what my problem areas were and where I usually have the most stiffness/knots in my back, and he really took that into consideration and care during my massage. It was relaxing and healing. I would highly recommend!
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Experienced: February, 2019
Relaxing Shiatsu massage! Highly recommended!
Had a incredible massage from Jim, can't remember when felt so relaxed! Was the first time I've ever tried Shiatsu massage, but this definitely will not be the last. Jim is very professional and experienced, I would highly recommend him if you looking for a relaxing while energizing massage!
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Experienced: February, 2019
Wonderful Massage Experience
I had an awesome Shiatsu massage with Jim Gallas and would highly recommend him, he is very professional, he comes to you and his experience shows!
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Experienced: January, 2019
Fantastic yoga experience with a great teacher and view
Jim is a fabulous yoga instructor. He teaches alignment based yoga which is a hybrid that he has developed over many years of study and teaching. The class is wonderful, his manner is calm and you learn a great deal. I used to avoid yoga at all costs, but thanks to Jim I am now a practioner and an advocate for the practice. Check it out...a huge bonus of his class is the spectacular views from the palapa over the beautiful Sayulita bay!
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Experienced: January, 2019
Great Yoga Class in an incrediable location
I have been to many yoga classes in Sayulita with many different instructors, and Jim Gallas is one of my all time favorites! I have been spending the winters here for over 13 years, and have gone to many different studios around town. Jim's classes at the beautiful Don Pedro's palapa overlooking the ocean, is stunningly beautiful. His approach to teaching is not a standard "cookie cutter" vinyasa style, instead he really explains the poses and the best alignments. The classes are still challenging without killing your shoulders with too many chaturanga's, as many instructors do today. Whether you are an experienced yoga practitioner or just want to try a class while here on vacation, you can't go wrong with a class with Jim. He has a good sense of humor, and keeps it light and fun. The classes start at 9;30 so you don't have to get up too early, and you leave feeling stretched, alive and ready to start the day.
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Experienced: January, 2019
Best yoga class!
Every year I look forward to Jim’s classes under the palapa. He is the best. He accommodates all levels and focuses on alignment. He is serious about yoga but had a sense of humor toward life.
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Experienced: March, 2018
Great Private Class!
I absolutely recommend a class with Jim. He was very accommodating and booked a beautiful studio right next to our rental house for our private class of 6. He was also very responsive and easy to coordinate with.

Man is he flexible! He's a very experienced yogi who was able to adapt the class to match our intermediate skill level.

Thanks Jim!
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Experienced: January, 2018
Bless you Jim
We only discovered Jim on our second last day, and it was my biggest regret.

His yoga class in Don Pedros palapa was the highlight of my vacation. Sublime pratice, divine location❤️
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Experienced: December, 2016
An awesome experience!!!
I've been living in Sayulita , in the winter months, for five years and I am probably one of Jim's most dedicated students.
I attend almost every class that he instructs in the palapa and throughly enjoy every minute of it.
The view is so amazing with the breeze usually picking up just as we begin.To do yoga in this space with an instructor like Jim is so awesome and I feel privileged and so lucky to have this experience. His vast knowledge and individual attention is unbelievable and there is nothing that comprares to it. What more.can I say, a very special instructor in a very special place.
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Experienced: April, 2016
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