Jamaica Yoga Vacation

Negril, Jamaica is renowned as a small, relaxed resort on one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands. Negril itself has a spectacular coastline including a world famous seven mile white sand beach. It is a wonderful place to unwind and restore the soul. Negril is vibrant, brought alive by the Jamaican people, their music and a sultry climate that invites a leisurely way of life.

For 36 years Barbara Benagh and John Schumacher have welcomed yoga students to join them for one or two weeks of yoga on the Cliffs of Negril. The yoga vacation they have created offers students the opportunity to explore in depth two distinctly different approaches to yoga. But the vacation is more than that.

It is an occasion for people who enjoy yoga and the exotic rhythm of Jamaica to get together with old friends (we have a 50-70% return rate each year), make new ones and simply have a good time.

Both weeks are for students who have previous Hatha Yoga experience.


Yoga classes, meals and most accommodations are at a small, comfortable cliffside hotel located at the water’s edge. Rooms have either a king or two double beds, an ocean-facing balcony, air conditioning and TV. There is cliffside swimming and a pool. The sandy beach is a short drive away. The vacation includes a vegetarian buffet breakfast daily, Monday evening appetizers and a dinner party on Saturday. Other meals are available at many local restaurants, which offer a wide range of cuisine including vegetarian and excellent fresh seafood.


Barbara Benagh’s innovative teaching style draws from many traditions. A teacher since 1974, she employs evocative language and conscious breathing to encourage an internal approach to yoga. She teaches patience and faith in creating a yoga practice that is economical, energizing and elegant. Barbara lives in Durham, NC and teaches regularly in the Boston area.

John Schumacher is one of the most prominent and respected teachers in The United States. He is a long time pupil of B.K.S. Iyengar and a senior certified teacher in that method. He is the director of Unity Woods Yoga Center, the largest Iyengar yoga center in the country. John is a contributing editor for Yoga Journal Magazine. The clarity, humor and directness that John incorporates in his teaching help to guide students toward experiencing the richness and vitality that are possible through the practice of yoga. 

Barbara and John demonstrate how diverse interpretations of Hatha Yoga can be respectful and complimentary in a way that inspires students to create a self-expressive practice.

For more information, call 617-803-0918

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