Adventure Never Felt So Good

New Age Health Spa

Jan 1, 2004
Outside Magazine

Number of degrees that Buddhist monks in northern India can raise the temperature of their fingers and toes by using meditation

Sixty-two-year-old tai chi instructor Anne Walsemann at the New Age Health Spa

3. New Age Health Spa
Neversink, New York

THE VIBE: A giant golden Buddha may seem out of place on a New York farm, but the one peering out of the New Age Health Spa's 1,500-square-foot Cayuga Yoga and Meditation Center looks more than content among the resort's green-shuttered lodges and 280 acres of rolling pastoral paradise. The place draws quite a few nirvana-seeking humans, too—it offers one of the Northeast's widest arrays of yoga instruction, including the deep breathing of Vini yoga, the heart-oriented Anusara yoga, and the gentle movements of restorative yoga. Sun-salutation novices can warm up their joints with beginner classes, and advanced yogis can get a full flex workout with private instruction. New Age emphasizes a core "spirit" program built around chi kung and tai chi, which marry breathing techniques with highly controlled movement. Don't let the tarot readings and Vedic astrology lessons scare you off; some of the spa's 70 guests are there to simply watch bald eagles soar along the Atlantic Flyway. GUEST LIST: Expect lots of New Agey New Yorkers making the 2.5-hour trip from the city.
AWE FACTOR: Three greenhouses grow fresh herbs and salad greens on-site.
TO-DIE-FOR TREATMENT: Try the hour-and-40-minute healing-stone therapy, which includes a hot-rock massage combined with aromatherapy and chakra-balancing with gemstones. If you're feeling adventurous, sign up for the hydro colon therapy—we'll let you visualize that one.
MENU: Dinner alternates nightly between fish, like seared orange roughy, and poultry, like chicken breast with polenta.
HE-MAN RATING: One grunt—the yoga can be tough, but the outdoor fun is mild.
PRICE: From $1,096 per person per week, double occupancy, meals included
CONTACT: 800-682-4348,

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