Yoga Vacations Offer Internal, External Retreats
If the recession is tying you up in knots, loosen up with a yoga retreat. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
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These days, people need to find a little balance in their lives, so that might account for the increased interest in yoga retreats. Whether you're an accomplished yogi or new to the mat, there are retreats to fit a variety of budgets and skill levels.
Mexico is a popular place to practice your downward dog, and the upwardly mobile can splurge for a four-day retreat at the new Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya.
The retreat offers by-the-book instruction from a teacher who is the second-generation in a prominent Indian yoga family. Besides yoga, Rishi Bharadwaj is big on guided meditations, as well as diet and nutrition sessions. The retreat includes a fabulous breakfast daily and one group dinner. Spa treatment compliment the serious asanas.
Upcoming retreats are set for March, May and June. Visit www.mandarinoriental.com/rivieramaya for more information.
For more of a bare bones experience, yoga teacher Julia Tindall leads her classes through sun salutations at Yelapa, a tiny beachfront village with no cars just south of Puerto Vallarta.
Tindall's week-long class takes place in January and include meals and lodging in palapas. Besides yoga, there's lots of outdoor activities.
When she's not in Mexico, Tindall leads leading yoga classes all over the world. Visit www.juliatindall.com for more details.
Now here's a D'Elia's Deal you don't want to miss to keep your yoga mat closer to home.
A three-day Bikram Yoga Retreat is scheduled for late June in Pittsfield, Vt. The yoga program with meals is $400 and dorm style lodging is $75 a night. Visit www.peakcamps.comfor more details.
For more travel information, visit www.travelwithval.com.