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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.
If you want a vacation that's good for your body and soul (and probably doesn't involve too many fancy cocktails), the yoga packages that the COMO Hotels are putting on might be the thing. With four more week-long retreats scheduled for 2009, it's just a matter of picking which corner of the world you want to jet to in order to practice yoga for five hours a day with experts, of course, in a romantically relaxing setting.
The exact details of the yoga retreats depend on which destination you choose, but they all include six nights' accommodation, the yoga training, various meals and airport transfers, plus several include some cultural excursions as well. You can choose from the Parrot Cay on Turks and Caicos (an October course), Uma Paro in Bhutan (July 12-18) or COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali (mid-December).
Package prices range from $3,515 in Bali to $5, 681 at Parrot Cay. And while the yoga idea does sound like a great getaway vacation, we are a little concerned that there may be a bit too much emphasis on the whole health thing they even want you to eat healthy organic food the whole time. That's fine for some, but we still think a proper beachside vacation should include a few indulgences.
Since this week is American Heart Month, we here at HotelChatter are profiling Fitness Hotels--hotels that make it feasible for you to keep up with your fitness regime, or start a new one, while you are on the road or on vacation. Know of any fitness hotels to spotlight? Get physical with our tipline.
Years ago, yoga aficionado and hip hop mogul Russell Simmons once said he first got into yoga at the Jivamukti Center in Manhattan because he liked admiring the tushies in front of him during downward dog.
"I would first go to yoga because there were so many hot girls. It is so typical when you are in downward dog to have some cute girl in front when you gotta keep your mind on god," Simmons said.
Men with a similar fondness for derriere will be delighted to learn that The Standard Miami is hosting a soul-searching weekend of bootie and beans.
February 24th to 26th, The Standard is hosting author and Jivamukti yoga co-founder Sharon Gannon for a workshop discussing vegetarianism and the art of far east body movement. Gannon will lead a yoga class as well as have a book signing for her newly penned Yoga and Vegetarianism: The Diet for Enlightenment. Yep, another celebrity book hawking! Donna Karan is a fan and so is Sting! But do note: This book pimping is all in the name of low impact planet destruction.
Guests can enter into a transcendental reality starting at $225 a night for a missionary room and climax starting $925 a night for the full spread room. The book is $14.95. Consider the better sex and good karma your instant rebate.
Do you love Mexico? Do you love Yoga? Then maybe you should consider signing up for the Yoga Retreat series at the Tides Zihuatanejo which is taking place from October 3-7, 2008. (Or if you can't stand yoga and its yoginis, then you may want to hit up the resort another week.)
The retreat is being led by celebrity instructor Tom Morley, one of LA's hottest yoga instructors who has taught such celebs like Reese Witherspoon and Helen Hunt.
For over 10 years, Morley has redefined the traditional approach to yoga by adapting the practice to individual preferences. Morley draws from a range of yoga styles (such as vinyasa and yin), breathing exercises, meditation, partner yoga and dance to bring a vibrant sense of joy, humor and ease to each session.
Now he's taking his teachings to Playa la Ropa beach at the Tides Zihuatanejo.