Traveling to Cuba
Here are some suggestions:
If you want to meet our yoga family, and are a serious yoga practitioner with some Spanish, you may want to come on our trip with Altruvistas - Yoga in Cuba - December 1-11, 2017.
More info at this link:
- Find a reputable agency or Travel Service Provider (TSP) with many years of experience working in Cuba. This is especially important at a time like now when legislation and travel policies are in transition. A good TSP can provide an ethical, sustainable trip with accommodations and excursions that will not only create an interesting educational adventure for your yoga group, but will also support the Cubans and the yoga population there.
Altruvistas is an organization that supports our programs and teachers and we have worked with Malia at Altruvistas for almost 2 decades. If you do request their services, please let them know that you found their name here! You may want to read a recent article about their politically sensitive travel work in other countries.
- Meet our Cuban yoga family by checking out the 'Teachers' page and consider including teachers in your schedule. On this page you can find classes, blogs and a list of teachers in Cuba who are available to teach. The Cuban teachers earn very very little as much of yoga is taught through donation. Supporting Cuban teachers not only is good for them economically, but they are extremely well educated, have deep practices and bring a unique cultural flavor to their yoga classes.
- Include some space for Cuban teachers/yogis to come to your workshop for free. It's not possible for yogis there to pay for classes at the international market rate.
- Consider taking props such as blocks, blankets, straps and mats that can be left behind. We can help connect you to where they are most needed.
- Inform yourself as much as possible about Cuba and what is occuring now, and the impact of the long term embargo. Most international visitors are much better educated than US visitors - because the embargo has worked in making Americans very ignorant of what has been happening there!
- Learn some Spanish.
- Think of what you can bring to the Cubans and not only what you can get from being in Cuba.
- And finally ... When in Cuba, be patient. Cuba is experiencing an overwhelming influx of tourism and your schedule may change at the last minute or there may be some miscommunications. Contact your TSP with issues and practice kindness as the Cuban tourism community adjusts to these demands.
Planning a trip to Cuba? We have a few tips to help you get there mindfully and sustainably.
Check out the blog post written in March 2016 to avoid being just "traffic" in Cuba whether going individually or as a group.