Alright yogis, it’s the month you’ve all been waiting for. August is National Yoga Month! That means it’s time to get your zen on, and only you know which setting is the right place to do that. Lucky for you, there are several options .
1.) If you’re a mountainside type of yogi, check out Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. This place offers an array of unique yoga experiences and retreats in its inspiring desert setting of Scottsdale, Arizona.
- Indoor classes including Flow Yoga,Hatha Yoga and Restorative Yoga are available throughout the week for all hotel and spa guests.
- For those looking to upgrade their yoga practice, Sanctuary offers Zennis – a unique hybrid of yoga and tennis. Sanctuary’s tennis pros instruct a movement-based tennis clinic, emphasizing the principles of sport-specific yoga along with functional stretches. Participants focus on body awareness, movement and mechanics, heightening their sense of balance and allowing dormant skills to naturally emerge through the program. The Zen portion of Zennis helps promote relaxation, proper alignment and the fluidity necessary for the athletic portion of tennis. Zennis is $50 per person.
- Travelers seeking a yoga-centric escape can customize their getaway to meet their wellness goals with Sanctuary’s Satori Wellness Retreat. Satori Wellness includes four or five days of activities custom-designed by a certified personal trainer who will personally guide the spa-goer through an individualized health and fitness program. Activities include an automated weight management plan (based on lifestyle information provided by the guest in advance), a fitness assessment conducted upon arrival, guest’s choice of wellness classes, a selection of spa treatments, and spa pampering at the world-renowned Sanctuary Spa. About two weeks after departure, the trainer will follow up with each participant to provide further motivation and adjust the guest’s personal plan as needed.
2.) For a fireside, lakeside or poolside experience, check out Whiteface Lodge. Tucked away in the High Peaks of Lake Placid, the lodge offers a variety of yoga classes that are complemented by its rustic, woodland setting. In addition to traditional yoga, guests can participate in Yogilates, a style that combines the practices of yoga and Pilates. The Lodge is also home to Yoga instructor Mim Frantz, who discovered the gifts of yoga while training the U.S. Figure Skating Team. She’s been practicing with master teachers for the past two decades. Classes are offered daily and are complimentary to resort guests.
Photo courtesy of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain.
-By Taylor Seely