Yoga & Fitness

By Well + Good NYC On Erica Gragg’s Escape to Shape fitness vacations, you’ll want to pay attention to the bell. It will ring when it’s time to go stand-up paddleboarding, to eat quinoa-stuffed roasted red peppers with cashew cream, and to meditate. No, it’s not automated. If you peek

By No one does bathing like the Japanese. And no one does laid-back like Santa Feans. Put them together and you get Ten Thousand Waves, the adobe-ryokan resort in the foothills of the Sangre de Christo Mountains of New Mexico. For a lot less than the cost of airfare

By Melisse Gelula and Alexia Brue   This Relais & Châteaux inn gets most of its buzz for its famous owners—Bedford residents Richard Gere and his wife, Carey Lowell—and Martha Stewart–endorsed farm-to-table restaurants, but it wins our hearts for its outstanding yoga. The classes—at least two each day, in styles

By Melisse Gelula and Alexia Brue Considering that diet books, programs, and products are a several billion dollar industry, it’s impressive to see a spa shirking all that for a program called Never Diet Again. The program is the brainchild of Nina Smilely, who has a Phd in psychology and

By Melisse Gelula and Alexia Brue Let’s just come out and say it: Pretty yoga studios matter. Sure, it’s really all about inner reflection, but when a space feels sacred, so does your practice. Design details, after all—like the amount of light in a room or a deep, warm wall

  By Melisse Gelula and Alexia Brue of Well+GoodNYC A fact that hardly needs verifying: New Year’s resolutions are often broken not long after they’re set. Don’t be a statistic. So before the ball drops, block out time for soul-searching and intention-setting with an early 2012 retreat that’s focused on

By Melisse Gelula and Alexia Brue of Well+GoodNYC India is the promised land of yoga retreats. And a trip with a top teacher is almost a rite of passage for American yogis serious about their practice or curious about the culture. There are lots of ways to do yoga in

  By Melisse Gelula and Alexia Brue of Well+GoodNYC This fall, many of the best boutique fitness studios, personal trainers, and boot camp instructors are following in the footsteps of yoga teachers by hosting calorie-burning getaways. With your fitness vacation, expect beautiful destinations, muscle-melting spa treatments, and healthy cuisine.  Here

By Melisse Gelula and Alexia Brue of 1. Test-drive the teacher It might sound obvious, but the most important aspect of a yoga retreat is the teacher—not the exotic location. So if you can, take a class with him or her first. Spending $2500, plus a flight to the

  By Melisse Gelula and Alexia Brue of Well & Good NYC The Catskills and the Berkshires might be yoga retreat central for New York City yogis. But this fall, many top yoga instructors are taking their retreats to travel hot spots around the world—and pairing yoga classes with wine