With September National Yoga Month just days away, try ramping up your own Zen routine with a change of scenery. Whether beachfront, oceanfront, fireside or mountainside is your cup of tea, these hotels and resorts from Arizona all the way to the High Peaks offer a variety of packages, classes and wellness retreats for yogis (or those looking to try something new).
· Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, the Southwest’s premier resort, offers an array of unique yoga experiences and retreats in its inspiring desert setting of Scottsdale, Arizona:
o Indoor classes including Flow Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Restorative Yoga are available throughout the week for all hotel and spa guests
o For those looking to upgrade their yoga practice, Sanctuary offers Zennis – a unique hybrid of yoga and tennis. Sanctuary’s tennis pros instruct a movement-based tennis clinic, emphasizing the principles of sport-specific yoga along with functional stretches. Participants focus on body awareness, movement and mechanics, heightening their sense of balance and allowing dormant skills to naturally emerge through the program. The Zen portion of Zennis helps promote relaxation, proper alignment and the fluidity necessary for the athletic portion of tennis. Zennis is $50 per person.
o Travelers seeking a yoga-centric escape can customize their getaway to meet their wellness goals with Sanctuary’s Satori Wellness Retreat. Satori Wellness includes four or five days of activities custom-designed by a certified personal trainer who will personally guide the spa-goer through an individualized health and fitness program. Activities include an automated weight management plan (based on lifestyle information provided by the guest in advance), a fitness assessment conducted upon arrival, guest’s choice of wellness classes, a selection of spa treatments, and spa pampering at the world-renowned Sanctuary Spa. About two weeks after departure, the trainer will follow up with each participant to provide further motivation and adjust the guest’s personal plan as needed.
· Fireside, lakeside, poolside? Take your pick. The award-winning all-suite Whiteface Lodge tucked away in the High Peaks of Lake Placid offers a variety of yoga classes that are complemented by its rustic, woodland setting. In addition to traditional yoga, guests can participate in Yogilates, a style that combines the practices of yoga and Pilates. The Lodge is also home to Yoga instructor Mim Frantz, who discovered the gifts of yoga while training the U.S. Figure Skating Team. She’s been practicing with master teachers for the past two decades. Classes are offered daily and are complimentary to resort guests.
· Two of Florida’s premier beachfront resorts, Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa and Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, are offering yoga classes overlooking the glistening Atlantic Ocean. Marriott Singer Island takes yogis to the beach with daily yoga and meditation classes led by instructor Elsa Granja on the resort’s own private beach. Classes are $20. Situated on the ocean terrace overlooking the beach, Marriott Pompano Beach offers yoga classes every Friday at 9 a.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. Classes are complimentary for resort guests. Local residents can join in on the fun for just $15 per class.
· North Carolina’s northeastern Piedmont region is an area rich in beauty, and the inspiration for The Umstead Hotel and Spa’s new nature-focused programming. The AAA Five Diamond, Forbes Five Star retreat is offering a Wellness in the Woods Retreat, focusing on the abundant natural beauty that surrounds The Umstead and its serene woodland setting. This spa-minded escape includes a private outdoor yoga session, guided hike through neighboring William B. Umstead State Park, and a “Walk in the Woods” four-hour spa day at The Umstead Spa, which includes guests’ choice of full body Babassu Sugar Scrub or Swedish Massage plus a European Facial, a classic Manicure and Classic Pedicure, and Champagne. With daily breakfast of farm-fresh cuisine and Lake View Suite accommodations, the two-night package is available in spring and summer, starting at $4,500 based on double occupancy.