Need a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine? Yoga centers offer a new twist on the standard spa. Try a weekend or longer at one of these five, located across the country, and return home rejuvenated.
Omega Institute for Holistic Studies
Rhinebeck, New York
Omega's 140-acre lakeside campus offers more than 250 workshops, retreats, and wellness vacations from May through October. The center includes gardens and hiking trails, as well as basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts. Meals are primarily vegetarian, and massages and holistic health therapies are available.
Cost: From $110 per night for two nights
Location: Two hours north of New York City; three and one-half hours from Boston
Contact: 800.944.1001; www.eomega.org
Inner Harmony Yoga Retreat Center
Brian Head, Utah
Inner Harmony is in a rustic mountain locale at 9,300 feet, providing a secluded, country experience. Visits include yoga instruction, three gourmet meals daily, lodging, skiing and snowshoeing, hot tubs, saunas, and massage.
Cost: From $625 per week
Location: 200 miles northeast of Las Vegas; 250 miles south of Salt Lake City
Contact: 800.214.0174; www.innerharmonyyoga.com
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
Tucked in Massachusetts' Berkshire Hills, Kripalu offers year-round yoga retreats. First-timers might want to opt for the Retreat and Renewal program, which allows you to create your own schedule, including yoga classes, workshops, hiking, swimming, saunas, and vegetarian meals. Massages and other luxury services are available by appointment.
Cost: From $89 a night
Location: Two and one-half hours west of Boston; three and one-half hours north of New York City
Contact: 800.741.7353; www.kripalu.org
Shoshoni Yoga Retreat
Shoshoni offers a quiet Rocky Mountain getaway with meadows, a spring-fed pond, and mountain views. The daily schedule includes yoga, breathing workshops, meditation, hiking, and vegetarian meals.
Cost: From $50 a night
Location: Two hours from Denver, just east of the Continental Divide
Contact: 303.642.0116; www.shoshoni.org
White Lotus Foundation
Santa Barbara, California
Overlooking Santa Barbara, the Pacific Ocean, and the Channel Islands, White Lotus boasts hiking trails, swimming holes, and natural springs. The center hosts several yoga retreats throughout the year; the most popular occur during the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. The schedule includes two yoga classes daily, breathing workshops, meditation, massage, and vegetarian meals.
Cost: From $375 per weekend
Location: 15 minutes from Santa Barbara Airport; 90 minutes from Los Angeles
Contact: 805.964.1944; www.whitelotus.org
—Jennifer L.M. Gunn