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You know “downward dog.” You know “warrior,” “tree,” and “lotus.” Now here’s a new yoga position for you: “Mime stuck in traffic.”
On Wednesday, May 28, W Hotels will host a roving promotion for its “FIT with Tara Stiles” program. Stiles, a yoga guru with her own burgeoning mini-empire, will truck around town inside a glass box, demonstrating for passerby and easily distracted Manhattan cabbies the in-room poses and workouts she designed for W travelers. (Think: twists for hangover detox, and the hip-opening pigeon pose to put a jetlag-defeating sashay in your step.)
Departing from the W New York at 11 AM, Stiles' glass-encased effort is described by the W as “one part performance art and one part yoga instruction,” and thus finally sheds some light on the meaning of Tilda Swinton’s MoMA show: She was just in shavasana, guys.
Obviously this is a sight you’d want to snap and upload to your social media (caption: WTF?) anyway. But W is also rewarding amateur shutterbugs like so: snap a photo of Stiles or yourself doing a yoga pose in a unique location, then upload it to Instagram (@WHotels) with the hashtag #POSEWHENEVER. You’ll get a chance to win a spot at the “FIT with Tara Stiles” retreat at the W Bali, which includes — who cares, it’s Bali, baby.
To help you cheat, they’ve shared with us the truck’s schedule, below. Even if we don’t make it to Bali, we always appreciate a head-turning promotional idea. If nothing else, it makes for a good neck stretch.
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A rooftop yoga class is making waves in New York, and it's taking place at none other than The James Hotel. Led by a local NYC yoga teacher, the class was launched last year and has been slowly gaining momentum, no thanks to the jaw-dropping views seen from the top of the hotel.
Another reason the class stands out? It's women-only.
Twice a week, on Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 8am, ladies gather up on arguably the most scenic rooftop in the city and breathe and stretch and go 'ohm' in the company of other ladies. As in, all the mamas without the papas. As in, girls not guys. As in, the rooftop is called Jimmy, but he's the only dude allowed to the party.
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How's this for a yoga studio?
Los Angeles is a mecca for the yoga community, so it's no wonder there’s a heaping sun salutation's worth of glamorous hotels available for nomad yogis. Below, we've tracked down 5 of the hippest, most yoga-friendly hotels in LA for your next visit. Now, take a big breath, and let's begin!
Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica, CA (pictured): How about an hour of yoga amidst lapping waves on the warm Santa Monica sand? Shutters offers yoga on the beach every Thursday morning at 8am, free to hotel guests. To participate, simply reserve your spot with the concierge desk by 6pm the evening prior. The next morning, meet in front of the hotel and saunter down to the sandy beach, stopping just in front of the water to embark on an hour of stretchy, sandy serenity. Yoga mats and towels are provided. Guests can also book personal sessions if it’s just too embarrassing to face plant in the sand while trying to balance on one leg.
Fall is coming, but don't put away your bikini just yet. Perfect beach weather still prevails at the 24-room luxury retreat Lumeria Maui. It's after Labor Day, but as with most things in Hawaii, the calendar doesn't much matter here. At Lumeria there are still many beach days to celebrate your well-being with yoga, renew your relationship to nature, and experience true Hawaiian culture.
Lumeria is located on six-acres between that little sparkler of a beach town Paia, one of the best surfing and windsurfing spots on the island, and Makawao on Maui's North Shore. Situated near the slopes of Haleakala, the Hawaiian name for House of the Rising Run, Lumeria is a great spot to practice your sun salutations each morning as the sun rises up over the crater.
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Loews Santa Monica isn't about to let kids get away with saying "I'm booooored" during their stay. Through its brand new Fit For Fun wellness program, families wanting to get in a little exercise during their stay can choose from over a dozen outdoor activities offered at the iconic beachfront hotel.
Kids age five and up can try doing yoga on the beach, surfing in the Pacific Ocean, or hiking through the Santa Monica Mountains—they'll even get a taste for celebrity life in the "run from the paparazzi" jogging tour. Parents are of course encouraged to join in on the fun too, but the bulk of the activities are geared towards keeping kids fit and healthy.
As the hotel puts it, "Muscle Beach’s newest body builders are four-feet tall and weigh in at 46 lbs," which is probably true ever since word got out that one of the Jonas brothers likes to work out here too.
Though there are certainly other fun ways to exercise and enjoy Thompston Toronto's beautiful spaces, yoga is becoming practically an institution here. Guests can take their pick from over 30 classes per week offered at the hotel's sunlit, third-floor yoga studio, 889 Yoga.
Having launched in another neighborhood in Toronto in 2007, 889 Yoga opened inside the hotel last September as a way to "bring yoga, wellness and connection to people, inspiring happier and healthier living from the inside out."
Not only has membership increased ($18.50 for a single class; $80 for five classes), but the need for even more of a wellness community is tangible: this year, 889 Yoga is scheduled to open a new spa in the hotel featuring massages, facials, and special treatments for soon-to-be moms.
We've heard of htoels hosting a doggie "yappy hour" before but when we were checking out the W Scottsdale on Friday, we did a double take when our host told us the hotel's courtyard space was open for doggie yoga every first Tuesday of the month.
Yes, doggie yoga.
The event starts off at 7pm and owners and their dogs get to socialize for the first half-hour or so (There's an open bar available for humans too) Then it's time to get stretching. The yoga poses aren't that difficult (indeed downward-facing dog is one of the "doga" poses), although they are modified so that your pup can do them too.
The event is free but if you want to spend the night, the W Scottsdale, of course, takes pets thanks to their P.A.W.S. program.
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When we first learned that The Mirage was offering yoga classes inside their underwater dolphin viewing area, we wondered just how productive those classes would actually be. Isn't yoga supposed to be about focus and self-discipline? Last time we visited an aquarium, we were so excited we literally ran from tank to tank.
The unconventional yoga space has multiple windows looking into the "habitat," so students will be more likely to be spying on the dolphin families than fine-tuning their poses. As for the dolphins? They see people every day—whether sitting in rows on the bleachers, or twisted into a pretzel on the floor, an audience is an audience. This is nothing new for them.
If you can't head to India for a yoga retreat this summer, an alternative could be waiting for you in South Carolina. The Inn at Palmetto Bluff may be more known for its golf course, but it's offering a Lotus on the River wellness weekend that will get yogis all twisted—in a good way—outdoors. The hotel claims that South Carolina's naturally warm air and moisture will detoxify you as you strike a pose alongside the May River.
The three-day yoga getaway will include plenty of time for you to practice your flying crow pose. But the weekend will also include meditation, lectures from guest speakers and a full-moon kayak expedition.
Last week, a small sign planted on a sidewalk called our attention to a new health-centric eatery located inside a boutique hotel. No, there was no hipster scene-y appeal, nor did the eatery have some hot celebrity chef's name attached to it. But we like to think of the Juicy Naam—a popular Long Island-based raw food and juice bar that quietly opened inside the Upper East Side's Hotel Wales last month—as Madison Avenue's answer to The Donut Plant.
Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving company's dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway; at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.
Everyone's sick of snow right about now whether you're actually living in it or just watching the news reports. Which is why we're dreaming of a sunny getaway to Mexico right now. And we've got the place all picked out--Rancho Pescadero.
Located an hour north of Cabo San Lucas on the beach in Todos Santos, Rancho Pescadero boldly declares its "got a spanking new approach to what a luxury boutique hotel experience can be." But in looking at these website pictures, we don't think this spot should mention the term boutique hotel, which in our minds means tiny rooms with arty decor in a slim building in a big city.
Instead, Rancho Pescadero, which has doubled in size just a year after opening to add 15 new suites to the original 12, seems more like a private estate on the beach, except it has two pools and poolside bars, cabana beds, a spa, a seasonal organic restaurant and a brand-new 2,000-sq.ft. yoga and Pilates pavilion.
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We already gave you the lowdown on some top spots for hotels with om-inducing yoga offerings. But yoga is becoming such a popular amenity that we had to scope our some more places where you can do your lotus pose. We found five additional hotel yoga sessions that will infuse you with prana, or life force.
Check out our top five picks for hotel yoga after the jump.