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Five Yoga Hotels to Do Your Downward Dog

June 21, 2010 at 1:45 PM | by | ()

Can’t join the 10,000 people expected to turn out for Yoga at the Great Lawn in Central Park on June 22 to help yogi-to-the-stars Elena Brower set the U.S. record for the largest yoga class ever? You can opt instead to team up with yoga enthusiasts on both coasts at the Standard Spa, Miami Beach, and at the Standard, Hollywood to participate simultaneously in free yoga classes that will stream live from the main event in New York.

Looking for more than just one day of yoga? You're in luck as hotels have been implementing yoga into their spa and fitness offerings for quite some time now. Here are our five picks for alternative places to get a good yoga workout.

· 1. La Réserve Ramatuelle
Set on a sundrenched hillside near St. Tropez with views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, La Réserve has put together a five-day, four-night bootcamp that includes early morning yoga classes, hiking, spa treatments and healthy meals from chef Eric Canino. Here's a look at your daily schedule:

Example of a Typical Day's Activities
6:30am: Yoga session (one hour)
7:30am: Breakfast
8:30am: Leave for walk
1pm: Lunch at the hotel
2:30pm: Balneotherapy
3pm: Body wrap
3:30pm: Jet shower
4pm: La Réserve Better Aging body treatment (50 minutes)
6:30pm: Relaxation session (one hour)

The bootcamp is available September 15-19 and September 27-October 1. The price is steep at €3,600, which includes accommodations and full board. The program is also designed for a group from four to eight people, so bring along some friends.

· 2. Fairmont Miramar
Exhale Spas are known for their kick-butt core fusion classes. At this Santa Monica hotel spa, get a yoga version of the same class. It’s designed to raise your metabolic rate through continuous poses, and it’ll also help with balance and muscle strength. To get your own yoga getaway, go for the hotel’s Staycation Retreat package, which gives you bungalow accommodations, complimentary overnight valet parking, breakfast for two at the hotel's FIG Restaurant and a $100 spa credit that you can put toward the core fusion yoga classes. Rates start at $599 a night, and the package is available through September.

· 3. Miraval Resort
Stay four nights at this Tucson resort in the Sonoran desert by July 31 and Miraval will reimburse you up to $500 on your flight, when you provide a receipt, of course. It’ll also throw in a $130 resort credit that you can use to try out the hotel’s new Native American yoga class, which blends hatha yoga with Native American rituals through a series of yoga poses that celebrate the circle of life. You’ll strike your poses to live Native American music.

Rates start at $375 per person, per night (double occupancy) and include round-trip airport transfers from the Tucson International Airport, casita-style accommodations, a welcome amenity and three meals a day. Stays must be completed by October 1.

· 4. Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove
Yoga is a mainstay at this Ritz, where a morning outdoor class is offered daily. You can breathe in the fresh Miami air at hourlong Iyengar yoga sessions that start at 9:30am. For something a little different, drop by on Saturdays for the 9:30am yogalates class, a hybrid of yoga and Pilates. The $20-per-class fee includes valet parking and access to the pool and sauna, a deal that makes us want to chant, "Om."

· 5. Gansevoort Turks + Caicos
If you prefer more showy workouts, give the Gansevoort’s AcroYoga class a try. A combination of acrobatics and yoga, AcroYoga focuses on seven main practices: a circle ceremony, asanas, partner flow, Thai massage, therapeutic flying, inversions and spotting, and partner acrobatics. Though you needn’t have a partner to join in. This hotel has an Exhale Spa, which means you can also take core fusion yoga here. Single classes go for $20.

[Photos: lululemon athletica, HotelChatter, Miraval Resorts, Gansevoort Turks + Caicos]

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