New Year's Destinations: Surf Into Yoga

No one said your New Year’s resolutions had to feel like punishment. Jump-start 2013 with one of these seven spirit-recharging escapes.

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Loosening the kinks, Oahu style.     Photo: Fancy/Veer/Corbis

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Meditative. Physical. Few sports require as much soul as surfing. No wonder the pros love yoga, and combining the two is what this trip is all about. Yoga instructor Rochelle Ballard surfed professionally for 17 years before starting Surf Into Yoga, a wellness retreat a few barefoot steps from Sunset Beach on Oahu’s North Shore. A stunt double in the film Blue Crush, Ballard designs packages to fit your skills. Never caught a wave? Learn to time your takeoff on friendly swells at Puaena Point. More advanced riders can join her on a surf safari to 30-plus local breaks. Stay off-site if you like, but Ballard’s palm-shaded, 1.3-acre property has three bungalows for rent, including the Beach Loft, a cedar abode with ocean views. Walk out your door for daily sessions of YogAlign, a style of stretching that lessens fatigue and fosters quick-twitch muscle memory. On flat days, paddle a stand-up board with sea turtles along the Anahulu River, or take a five-mile hike up into the Pupukea hills. Five-day E Komo Mai Surf package, $1,000; bungalows from $145.

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