A:If you're looking to get zen in the USA with some sun salutations and downward dogs, here are a few places you should try.
White Lotus Foundation Retreat Center
Santa Barbara, California
For the yogi looking to hone his or her practice
Every year, the White Lotus Foundation Retreat Center runs several yoga retreats from its mountain perch just outside of sunny Santa Barbara, California. In addition to classes on asana (poses), pranayama (yoga breathing), and meditation, these retreats include vegetarian meals and talks on yoga philosophies, among other topics. You'll also have opportunities to hike in the Santa Ynez Mountains, relax your muscles in the hot tub, and enjoy various types of bodywork and massage.
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
For the yogi looking for R&R
Located in the rolling hills of Western Massachusetts' Berkshires, the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health offers a customizable retreat. You get to choose what's on your agenda from a host of activities, including yoga classes, kayak trips, long hikes, healing arts sessions, and more. You can choose a slow and leisurely itinerary with lots of time for meditation or you can pick a jam-packed retreat filled with activity. You can also decide as you go; all classes and outdoors pursuits, as well as your accommodations and all-natural meals, are included in your retreat price.
Rhineback, New York
For the yogi looking for a holistic experience
The Omega Institute has several locations, but the campus in Rhineback, New York, is situated in the idyllic Hudson Valley. Yoga is the focal point of a retreat here, but you also practice Tai Chi, meditation, and other movement. Meandering one of the Institute's wooden paths or kayaking on its Long Pond Lake are other ways to exercise while enjoying the outdoors. If you're interested in learning more about holistic living, you'll find Omega's library shelves to be a fount of wisdom. And if you're hoping to sweat out toxins, you'll enjoy the dry heat of the retreat's sauna. When it comes time to refuel your body, you'll most likely be excited to sit down at the community table: Past visitors give the mostly vegetarian menu at Omega especially high marks.
For the yogi looking for a little luxury
Tucson's Miraval is a resort and spa that also features a host of "self-discovery activities," which range from soul ceremonies, breathwalking and yoga classes to horseback riding, culinary courses and tennis classes. Miraval's spa also contains a full menu of services that include reiki, a Japanese stress reduction therapy; Thai massage and several different Ayurvedic treatments, among others. The accommodations are decadent and feature views of Tucson's desert landscape.
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