September is National Yoga Month, so here are some of my top picks for the best places to get your namaste on:
1. Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, San Diego, California
Spanning 45 lush acres of gardens, nature trails, meticulous olive groves, and casitas, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is ideal for the premier active lifestyle and healthy retreats for even the most discerning travelers. Seeking to inspire resort guests, wellness was a major initiative during Rancho Valencia’s recent $30 million renovation. In addition to resurfacing all 18 on-property tennis courts, The Spa at Rancho Valencia and fitness center were expanded with a new line-up of fitness classes, spa treatments and wellness programs. The resort’s fitness center was further expanded with the addition of a 1,000-square-foot Serenity Yoga Pavilion that now hosts numerous Yoga sessions, fitness classes, exercise programs and retreats hosted by top-tier fitness and wellness professionals. Rancho Valencia’s fitness offerings include Spin, Pilates, Tennis, TRX and Yoga in the new Serenity Yoga Pavilion. Fitness classes are complimentary for spa and resort guests and are all concluded with a fresh cold-pressed juice or protein shake.
In addition, Rancho Valencia offers monthly yoga workshops focusing on different topics each month. Throughout each workshop, Yoga Director Anna Spalding, will offer various tips on yoga, mind and body. The workshop is open to all levels and is complimentary to spa members and $40 for non-members.
2. Twin Farms, Barnard, VT
Twin Farms is an all-inclusive Relais & Chateaux property and the only five-star resort in Vermont situated on lush meadowlands in Barnard, VT. Each accommodation is unique and the culinary program is incomparable to anywhere else in the Northeast. Set amidst 300 acres of meadows and woodlands, Twin Farms just unveiled a new yoga deck and programming that is perfect to visit this fall to witness stunning New England fall foliage. The new programming includes a variety of yoga practices including Sunrise yoga, Gentle Flow Yoga, Restorative Yoga and yoga hikes. In addition to yoga, TRX Suspension Training, SMR Foam Rolling, Core-Balance-Stretch and Strength Training are now offered on property. The TRX Suspension Training uses a suspension apparatus as well as calisthenics to induce a complete body workout and incorporates light to moderate strength training couples with various core and balance exercises.
In addition to the new yoga deck, Twin Farms offers an incredible wellness program with its Spa Facility, which is for the exclusive use of Twin Farms’ male and female guests. Custom designed treatments include hydrotherapy, luxuriant facials, rejuvenating manicures, pedicures and exquisite multi-layered body treatments. The signature line of Out of the Woods spa products are handcrafted in Bath, England. These botanical preparations are made with plant-based extracts, organic herbal infusions and pure essential oils.
Park City, Utah is the ideal destination for the adventurous traveler looking for activities other than skiing. Washington School House, the hip town’s newest luxury boutique hotel, offers guests one of the most unusual winter activities with Park City Yoga Adventures with yoga deep inside the 10,000-year-old crater at The Homestead Resort. The instructor demonstrates yoga poses from the dock while guests move and bend on paddleboards that float in the 90-plus-degree natural therapeutic pool.
Washington School House is an exclusive Park City boutique hotel where you can expect… well, the unexpected. As one of the last surviving schoolhouses built in 1889, the hotel graduated to a new level of luxury in December 2011 with the completion of a stunning renovation.
Known for its award winning 20,000 sq. ft. spa, Mayflower Grace offers a variety of yoga classes for guests including Power Yoga Basics, Mayflower Yoga Flow and Gentle Yoga Flow. The Mayflower Spa offers highly personalized destination wellness programs, a la carte spa services, classes and activities for guests in the spa building as well as throughout the 58 acre estate. Located in the idyllic town of Washington, CT, Mayflower Grace is an exquisite country retreat nestled on beautifully landscaped gardens and woodland, just 2 hours from New York City. The 30-room luxury hotel is surrounded by 3,000 acres of nature preserve, boasts an award winning 20,000 sq. ft. spa and two restaurants.
Find your center of balance and peace this National Yoga Month, at the beautiful Mulia & Villas in Bali. The award winning resort provides guests with Hatha yoga, Sun Salutation yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Ashtanga yoga, and Savasana yoga complimentary with their stay. Guests can experience classes each day throughout their stay at the Mulia. For the more experienced guest, private classes are available at the Mulia for a fee. The stunning coastline of Nusa Dua provides the perfect setting for your yoga experience.
6. Luna y Mar Spa’s Brand New Yoga Getaway at The Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, MX
Release your mind and connect your body and spirit with the moon and sea energies on this unique yoga retreat. Luna y Mar Spa’s Yoga Getaway includes the following: Two private yoga classes at the beach palapa – 60 minutes each and One moon meditation and night yoga at the beach palapa – 90 minutes
Moon mediation is a healing and regenerative process, and utilizes a specific breathing pattern that clears the mind, revitalizes the physical body, and balances emotions with the lunar and sea energies. Maximum physical and emotional benefits, along with expanded states of awareness, are the natural products of increased oxygenation that Moon Meditation breathing and yoga on the beach brings.
7. Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, MX
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. 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:
Gentle Yoga in November 2015 – The teachings and time tested practices of Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda and Vipassana Meditation to create a dynamic and integrated practice, that help us lead healthy, happy and effective lives. Each class is unique, based on a theme related to body, mind and spirit.
Bar Method in November 2015 – The Bar Method™ integrates the fat burning format of interval training, the muscle shaping technique of isometrics, the elongating principles of dance conditioning, and the science of physical therapy to create a revolutionary new workout that quickly and safely reshapes your entire body.