A Message from Bruce Kessler, Founder/Director of Hot Yoga Bliss
I found this place as a refuge from my corporate and entertainment catering business in 2000. I then returned in 2006 following the passing of my beloved Mom, Elisa. I was depressed and slowly letting my catering business slip away because the joy had disappeared – the flame had died out. I just wanted peace
We all have encountered a period of anxiety and depression. That was mine. It is part of the turbulence of life. I have dealt with the passing of both my parents and my only sibling, Dr. Theodore Kessler. He was born with Muscular Dystrophy and lived most of his life in a wheelchair. When at the beginning I embraced yoga it was not like anything else. It calmed me down from all of the the drive and determination. Having a disabled sibling always made me feel somewhat embarrassed when I was with him to talk about anything physical.
But he understood what the yoga was doing for me and told me that when I decided to become an instructor of Bikram’s Hot Yoga … “the best decision you have ever made.” So this is why I do these retreats: to try and somehow project the influence and the importance of my brother’s life to people who didn’t know him – and sort of connect with him.
Yoga helps correct two different states of being: rajasic: (restless or anxious) and/or tamasic (lethargic or depressed). Hot Yoga I believe can help with both by combining vigorous (standing series) with relaxing and calming (the floor series). Our retreats of Hot Yoga Bliss also offer the additional elements that you may not find at other retreats… The Temazcal Ceremony is one of them. The photos of the Temazcal ceremony on this site are before (mud exfoliation) and after (newly reborn in flowing robes with tea). Mmassage also plays an amazing role. We think we have the world’s greatest massage therapist in Rodrigo Palacio. If you are not sure scroll through our reviews and see what people say about his mastery. Finally, please watch this video of another great teacher and friend Dr. Mithu Storoni, who is part of the video series the Science of Yoga….It’s Awesome
So, I have decided to spend my life to help people. Combining a life in hospitality and a love of teaching yoga, Hot Yoga Bliss is my journey. And finding Punta Serena on Mexico’s Pacific Coast has proven to be the perfect spot. I hope I can share it with you.