FAQ 2017-09-05T15:25:24+00:00

Interested in attending a retreat?

Why Mhai?

Mhai is not what people expect when traveling. It won’t be your marble floor, silk sheet and bamboo bedspread retreat, but, we provide an authentic experience that truly connects yogis with the island life. Mhai Yoga is the first yoga retreat hosting centre in Cuba and the only centre with a partnership with the Cuban Yoga Association. Our network with local entrepreneurs, yogis from coast to coast, and the people of Tarará are what make up the fabric that we are so happy to be a part of. Our goal has always been to provide yogis the opportunity to see and experience Cuba with a yoga lens.

Transport to and from retreat

We are located in Tarará, Playas del Este, Havana. Villa Harmonia, Casa 309 There are plenty of taxis waiting outside of the terminal, please find one and give them this address: Tarará, Playas Del Este, Casa #309 Yoga. Once you arrive to the gate of Tarará please let the guard know you are attending the yoga retreat.

Directions from the gate

Turn Right Second Left All the way down, pass the roundabout At the end of the road, where you are now beachfront, turn right Half a block down you will see the big green villa!

Prices to expect

Taxi from Havana airport $35 CUC for a regular car (up to 4 passengers per car

Taxi from Varadero airport $75 CUC for a regular car (up to 4 passengers per car)

Check In/Check out Time

The check-in time is 3:00pm and check-out is 11:00am

How to make a booking

If you are interested in booking a retreat, check what is listed on the website through this link: MhaiYoga Retreats. If there is a specific retreat or timeframe you have questions on, send an e-mail to info@mhaiyoga.com and we will do our best to get back to you quickly!

Drop in classes

If you are in Cuba and would like to check out our space, please send us an e-mail to let us know when you are planning on stopping by. We’d love for you to come by for a practice, and to stick around for a locally prepared, organic meal. The cost is CUC $20. Our address is Tarará in Playas del Este. It is around 20k from Havana and should cost CUC $15 to get here by taxi. However, we can arrange transport for you if you’d like – so give us a call and come on by. Please send us an e-mail at info@mhaiyoga.com to plan your visit as our schedule is always changing.


Booking classes with Eduardo

Eduardo Pimentel, is the founder of the Cuban Yoga Association and the co-founder of Mhai Yoga. Connecting with the local community while traveling is an integral part to creating and expanding community. Practicing with Eduardo Pimentel and his students really creates an authentic experience, and it is where our passion and focus lies; yogis and fellow travellers are able to experience Cuba through the lens of yoga.

We find it important to connect with the local scene here – in fact, it is why we started Mhai yoga!

If you are interested in learning more about Eduardo, you can read up on him here

https:// www.globalmindbody.org/eduardo-pimentel-godfather-cuban-yoga/ 


Can I come to Cuba as an American citizen?

To put it simply, yes! However, there are some rules to be followed to ensure that your trip

is legally compliant with US law. As of June 16, 2017, Americans wishing to travel to Cuba must do so on a licensed and legally compliant trip. Thus, Americans who wish to attend a retreat can only attend retreats led by an American teacher through Cuba Candela.

We have teamed up with Cuba Candela, which serves as the middle person between Mhai Yoga and the U.S. government, to ensure that Americans can legally travel to Cuba. We have a variety of retreats being led by American teachers that have been approved as legal and compliant, please visit our Retreats section to see which one is best for you.

Where can I stay before or after the retreat?

We are usually booked back to back throughout the season! We recommend travellers that will be in Cuba before and or after the retreat to book a place to stay through Air BNB or Casa Particulares. This is a great way to experience Cuba on a more local level.

How to take out money/ Exchange USD

The easiest thing to do is arrive with your cash at the airport and do an exchange there. You will use CUC while in Cuba. Additionally, you can withdraw money (CUC) from an ATM or bank. However, if you are an American citizen, it is requested that you arrive with the cash you will need for the trip as you are currently UNABLE to withdraw money with American credit or debit cards. You can use USD or Euros to pay for activities at Mhai. Check out the below website as it provides an overview of the convertible peso, national currency, and some exchange rates. It’ll also provide a brief history on howmoney works in Cuba.




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What to donate?

Firstly, what a fantastic question! Whatever you have in good condition that can be of use is much appreciated! The below is a list of some items that are difficult to come by in Cuba

• Brand name chocolate

• Gum (this is a huge hit!)

  • • Magazines in Spanish and English
  • • Kids toys
  • • Batteries
  • • Sanitary towels
  • • Clothing
  • • Music
  • • Cd’s
  • • Papers
  • • Lighters or matches
  • • Pens/pencils/markers/ crayons
  • • Plan cotton underwear for women
  • • Calculators
  • • Yoga mats
  • • Yoga straps
  • • Yoga blocks
  • • Yoga literature

Interested in hosting a retreat?

Hosting a retreat

Mhai Yoga is available from November to April for one week long yoga retreats.

From May to August we run Teacher Training, there are only 4 slots available so inquire early.

Contact info@mhaiyoga.com to receive an info pack with pricing.

Interested in an a la carte approach to selecting activities?

You’re in the right place! Over the years, we have built a network of local connections that provide an authentic experience. My goal over the years has been to foster a network with locals to ensure that my work in Cuba is meaningful. There are a variety of activities your students can partake in while at a retreat. From salsa to the spa and anything in between, you can craft your retreat to suit your students.

How many students can you bring?

Our max is 24 people, including the teacher and their partners; this is so that we can maintain the harmony of the group and the quality of the service we provide.

How do rooms work?

We have a network of villas that are used for our students. There are a total of 16 bedrooms that can be arranged according to your needs. We can set up singles, doubles, or triples. Each bedroom has its own private en suite bathroom. While each villa has its own common space, green space, terrace, and of course – is steps away from the beach!


Over the years we have worked out a schedule that allows for balance, culture and practice. We believe this schedule works best – however we work with you side by side to create your dream week.