6 Must Resorts for National Yoga Month

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September is National Yoga Month, and here is a list of the 6 relaxing destinations to enjoy and channel your inner yogi. From Mexico to New England, here are 6 must resorts to put on your list!

 Tower23 in Pacific Beach, California is a luxury boutique, oceanfront property in San Diego, is excited to announce a brand new partnership with lululemon athletica, La Jolla for National Yoga Month. Throughout the month of September, Tower23 will host Sunset Yoga Sessions every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on the boutique hotel’s Tower Deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean. After achieving yogi bliss, guests are invited to enjoy healthy cocktails while mingling and watching the sunset at the hotel’s signature restaurant, JRDN. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. Donations are encouraged, with each session sponsoring a different cause:

For more information on Sunset Yoga Sessions, visit: http://www.t23hotel.com/events.

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Keystone Resort , Keystone, CO offers mountaintop yoga with spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains. The mind-body practice begins with a scenic gondola ride to the top of Dercum Mountain with breathtaking views of the 10-mile mountain range and clean, clear air. Then, a certified yoga instructor leads the discussion of the benefits of yoga along with an hour-long class for an unforgettable experience that refreshes and rejuvenates the spirit, body and mind. Good through September 13, 2014; beginning at $25 / person

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Vanderbilt Grace, the historical mansion turned luxe boutique property in Newport, RI, offers Full MoonYoga on the roof of the property. The class will be offered at midnight during each full moon for $15 on September 8th. The experience of yoga in the open air and under the full moon helps guest deepen their breath and connect to nature. Vanderbilt Grace includes 33 rooms and suites, and sumptuous spa and two restaurants including Muse by Jonathan Cartwright.

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Mayflower Grace, a Relais & Cheateaux New England Getaway nestled on 58 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and woodlands in Washington, CT, offers full moon guided meditation and yoga on full moon days from April to October. The property includes an award-winning 20,000 sq. ft. spa, newly refreshed rooms and two restaurants including the new fine dining restaurant by Chef Jonathan Cartwright, Muse.

  • Full Moon Guided Meditation:  Let us take you on a restful journey as we welcome Grandmother Moon.  Surround yourself with the scents and sounds of the night world in this totally unique, deeply relaxing, multi-sensory journey.  Comfortable clothing suggested. Complimentary to in-house guests on night of full moon.  Private session available for $110, plus tax and service charge. 45 minutes. From 7pm.
  • Moon Salutation Yoga: Please join us in welcoming the full moon with Chandra Namaskar, the Moon Salutation.  This beautiful, rejuvenating  ritual is appropriate for all levels. Complimentary to in-house guests on night of full moon.

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Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, MX is the original “fitness resort” and spa welcomes some 140 guests each week to its 3,000 private acres of gardens, mountains and meadows in Baja California, Mexico. All facilities and land are for the exclusive use of guests who come for an entire week, Saturday to Saturday, or partial-week stays of three or four nights. It’s a unique escape for women and men offering over 80 fitness classes including TRX, yoga, pilates and advanced hiking trails as well as spa treatments and therapeutic sessions. In addition to fitness and spa experiences, the Ranch offers daily lectures and workshops to inspire guests. Yoga first soared in popularity at Rancho La Puerta and throughout North America almost simultaneously. Although there were many sources of new yoga programs in the United States in the mid-20th century, leader Indra Devi (whom many credit as being the most influential yoga teacher of the time) was at the Ranch as well as their sister spa, the Golden Door. She even opened her own yoga retreat center next door to Rancho La Puerta. Rancho La Puerta offers a variety of yoga classes including Restorative Yoga, Yoga/Fundamentals Level One and Two, and Yoga Sculpt.  In addition, Specialty Weeks at the Ranch are offered year-round, featuring visiting guest speakers, talented performers and workshop leaders—authors, politicians, musicians, artists, MDs and other leaders in their fields — to present afternoon learning experiences and evening lectures. The Ranch also offers unique fitness retreats covering a wide range of exercise specialties led by fitness enthusiasts from all over the world. Examples include:

Yoga for Health and Wellness in September 2014 – A series of yoga classes offering yoga for insomnia, low back pain, digestion and more. Guests will learn about the common tips for a better night sleep, increase mobility and manage pain, and how to keep the body flowing.

Iyengar Yoga in October 2014 – The series will start at the guest’s level of ability and build from there. Through a systematic progression of poses guests’ abilities will develop over time, encouraging confidence and commitment.

Yoga for Every B.O.D.Y. in November 2014 – This dynamic mother and daughter have been co-teaching yoga, meditation, and guided hikes in Aspen, Colorado, where both reside, for the past 10 years. They have been featured in Forbes Magazine, Aspen Peak Magazine, Yoga Journal, Gaiam Catalogues, Healthy Planet, and Elephant Magazineamong other publications. River (ERYT-500) is a third generation yogini, who blends her dance, GYROKINESIS® exercise and somatic therapy with an alignment-based vinyasa flow that caters to all levels of practitioners. She has been teaching dance and yoga for over 18 years.  Shayne has a background in Rolfing, massage therapy and Iyengar Yoga, in which she has integrated a therapeutic approach that makes yoga accessible to all ages and body types. Join Yoga for Every B.O.D.Y. and witness your practice flourish and evolve no matter what your level of experience is.

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THE MODERN HONOLULU, Honolulu, HI  just announced their next date for their Glow Flow Yoga event as part of the hotel’s Modern Yogi series. This is the event that took place in the hotel’s popular nightclub (frequented by the likes of RiRi) which features a ceiling covered in 40,000 lightbulbs. Aside from the black lights, the venue will be packed with neon painted yogis doing their best asanas.

Inside THE MODERN HONOLULU’s exclusive ADDICTION Nightclub, yogis can experience a modern take on the traditional yoga class with Glow Flow Yoga Event on Saturday, September 13, beginning at 6 p.m. with a welcome reception followed by yoga at 7 p.m. Glow Flow Yoga hosted by THE MODERN in partnership with Power Yoga Hawaii is a black light yoga class where yogis get zen by painting their faces with in glow-in-the-dark paint for a yoga experience unlike any other. Tickets to the event are $30 and are available for pre-sale only at: www.poweryogahawaii.com.

6 Mothers Day Spa Getaways

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With Mother’s Day around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of the most relaxing Mother’s Day spa getaways to indulge and treat herself to the ultimate spa treatments to celebrate her special day. From Mexico to Vermont, please find suggestions below.

1. Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa  San Diego, CA

This Mother’s Day, moms can get pampered at The Spa at Rancho Valencia with a unique spa treatment, The Sixth Sense Ritual, the resort’s signature body ritual beginning with a soothing bath soak to relax the body and mind, muscles and joints. A massage of mom’s choice follows including a Harmonizing Scalp Massage with organic Mediterranean Myrtle, Juniper, and organic Jojoba, Avocado and Olive Oils. The experience culminates with a hand and foot paraffin treatment, providing softer, more youthful skin.

In addition, Moms can also get pampered at Rancho Valencia with a special spa treatment offered throughout the month of May. The Spa at Rancho Valencia is offering a Essential Summer Prefix

Detoxifying back treatment facial (60 min), a Ladies bikini wax (30 min), and complete with Rancho Valencia’s signature Pedicure (60 min). As moms are getting ready for summer, this back treatment gives instant radiant-looking skin tone and finished with a soft hydrated foot treatment ready for sandal season.

2. Rancho La Puerta Tecate, MX

Rancho La Puerta is the original “fitness resort” and spa welcomes some 140 guests each week to its 3,000 private acres of gardens, mountains and meadows in Baja California, Mexico. All facilities and land are for the exclusive use of guests who come for an entire week, Saturday to Saturday, or partial-week stays of three or four nights. It’s a unique romantic escape for women and men offering over 80 fitness classes including TRX, yoga, pilates and advanced hiking trails as well as spa treatments and therapeutic sessions. In addition to fitness and spa experiences, the Ranch offers daily lectures and workshops to inspire guests. Each week the Ranch has visiting guest speakers, talented performers and workshop leaders—authors, politicians, musicians, artists, MDs and other leaders in their fields — to present afternoon learning experiences and evening lectures. This Mother’s Day, moms can relax and rejuvenate with Rancho La Puerta’s special Head-to-Toe Candle Oil Massage, which uses the warm, scented oil from a just extinguished massage-oil candle, then employs a gentle form of massage that involves long strokes from scalp to toes, administered with a deep, caring awareness of comfort. Soon, moms will unwind, de-stress, and feel warm and revitalized by improved blood circulation.  

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3. The MODERN Honolulu is a lifestyle hotel conveniently located at the edge of Waikiki where polished sophistication and laid-back luxury combine to create an ideal resort getaway for Mother’s Day. The 353-room urban resort is noted for its chic not overdone design, friendly service and unparalleled guest experiences near Hawaii’s most popular destination, Waikiki. The Modern Honolulu provides a relaxing island getaway for mom with a special spring spa treatment that will provide ultimate relaxation. The Spa at The Modern Honolulu is offering a unique Spring Retreat Package, which features a special 80 minute Enzymatic Facial and 50 minute rejuvenating massage package. This dynamic duo offers the best of both worlds and puts the mind and body in a renewed state for a new season ahead.

4. Topnotch Resort  Stowe, Vermont

Located in the charming village of Stowe, VT, Topnotch Resort, which boasts an award-winning 35,000 square foot spa with over 100 treatments is the perfect retreat for mothers who do it all! Mothers can fully relax and unwind at this peaceful and iconic New England resort. In celebration of Mother’s Day, Topnotch will be offering complimentary decleor hydrating eye treatments with all facials reserved on that Sunday and offering a complimentary keratase deep conditioning hair treatments at the end of all massage services scheduled.

5. Rancho Bernardo Inn  San Diego, CA

The award-winning Spa at Rancho Bernardo features an outdoor spa garden and patio area with treatment casitas in which guests can receive treatments outdoors. A saline Spa Pool is adjacent to the garden area and features seven cabanas for relaxation. In 2008, readers of Condé Nast Traveler voted it the best resort spa in North America. This Mother’s Day, guests can indulge in the bounty of spring with the seasonal “Citrus Cherry Bliss” Made Fresh Daily Treatment, which incorporates specially selected scents and ingredients that complement the seasons of the year. Each Made Fresh Daily experience includes a body wrap, scrub and massage as well as a food and beverage offering and a take home recipe to recreate the spa experience at home.

6. Laniwai, the Spa at Aulani  Ko Olina on Oahu, Hawaii 

Laniwai is a place where moms can experience wellness along with their family. One of the only true luxury, family wellness retreats, Laniwai offers spa, relaxation and spectacular Hawaiian experiences for ages newborn and up. The Hawaiian word laniwai (lah-nee-vai) means “freshwater heaven,” and the spa lives up to its name with more than 150 treatments, including the only outdoor hydrotherapy garden on the island of Oahu. With 18,000 square feet indoors and 5,000 square feet outdoors, the area includes a 2,000-square-foot Lift Fitness Cardiovascular Center, 15 treatment rooms and a full-service salon for hair, makeup and nail services.

Laniwai offers 15 treatment rooms including a couples room and a flex room for treatments for two-plus guests, including families. Treatments include body polish, vitality baths, massage, body treatments, facials, outdoor treatments. Signature therapies include Lomilomi massage incorporating lomilomi “pressure point” sticks and warm river stones; and Kilikili, including exfoliation and massage with coconut oil under streaming jets of warm waters.

Experiences that children can delight in include the ‘Ohana: Designed for 3 to 6 family members, this experience utilizes the healing touches of lomilomi (ages 5 and up) and The Makana: During this soothing therapy for parents and their infants (one-year-olds and under), one parent enjoys a treatment while the other learns the art of baby massage from a certified practitioner.

Moms and their and children will also enjoy the The Pulu Bar, which allows guests to create their own signature body polishes and scrubs by blending authentic Hawaiian fragrances, sugar cane sugar, sea salt and oils, like macadamia, kukui, and jojoba.Parents can relax in O’ahu’s only outdoor hydrotherapy garden – Kula Wai at Laniwai. Kula Wai features herbal pools, reflexology path, six rain showers, cold and hot whirlpools, as well as “Nature’s Soaks,” 25-minute vitality baths infused with flowers, fruits, herbs and oils. Let’s go!

Modern Honolulu Yoga Event: Tuesday Travel

Yoga in Hawaii this weekend? Take me please! Located at the gateway to Waikiki on the island of Oahu, The Modern Honolulu sets a new standard for lifestyle hotels with an innovative urban resort design that reflects sophistication and style. With amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and city skyline surround the hotel’s 353 guest rooms and suites, The Modern Honolulu offers the perfect destination. I am putting it on my Hawaii travel list!

The Modern Honolulu has partnered up with Power Yoga Hawaii to host a great Honolulu yoga event! Poses emPOWER, a Wanderlust inspired, all-day, yoga benefit at the stylish and sleek hotel. From 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, the event will be held at the resort’s Sunset Pool, offering seven yoga classes taught by the best yoga instructors and studio owners on Oahu. Each teacher will be paired with either a local musician or DJ. Access to each class will be granted with a $30 donation to Mental Health America of Hawaii to raise funds to stop youth suicide and bullying program. There will be a special raffle at the end of each class where one lucky winner will win a gift bag worth $100 filled with a variety of top items from Sephora, Victoria’s Secret, lululemon, and more. Following the event, there will be an extended happy hour and “Yoga Menu” with drink and healthy bite specials for guests to enjoy, including Homemade Granola Parfait, Egg White Scramble, Organic Chicken Breast Sandwich with Quinoa Salad, Ahi Tostada Salad, and more. This is calling my name. Can you tell?
In addition, The Modern Honolulu is pleased to offer participants “THE MODERN YOGI” room package, which includes:
  • 50-minute massage or facial
  • One time pass for a yoga class at Power Yoga Hawaii
  • Starting room rate is $425 for a City View Room
Space is limited and reservations are a must. To make a reservation, email poweryogahawaii@gmail.com. For a complete list of class schedule and package details, visit poweryogahawaii.com. Let me know if you go!!