YOGA VACATIONS 101
Just Say Ommmmm . . .
Sunday, July 18, 2004; Page P02
Yogis: If you can't bear the thought of a day without your cobra, downward facing dog or camel, don't leave them behind. Here are three ways to take your practice on the road, plus resources. -- Kim O'Donnel
• WEEK-LONG RETREATS
WHAT: These are package tours geared toward yoga buffs, with classes interspersed with vacation stuff like naps in a hammock. Yoga instructors frequently host trips to yoga-centric resorts, or the resorts promote retreats with in-house and guest instructors.
WHY: Because all you do is eat, practice yoga and sleep -- over and over.
* At the Maya Tulum yoga resort in Tulum, Mexico -- 80 miles south of Cancun -- the wind blows sand inside your thatched-roof palapa whether you like it or not. Sorry, no TV, phones or A/C. Prices start at $995 per person double for a week and include lodging, mostly vegetarian meals and ground transportation. Details: 888-515-4580, www.mayatulum.com.
* Set in a rain forest, Yoga Oasis on Hawaii's Big Island limits guests to 18 at a time and hosts only a few retreats each month. Visitors can stay in a cabin or the main house. Weeklong rates start at $800 double and include lodging, mostly vegetarian meals and ground transportation. Details: 800-274-4446, www.yogaoasis.org.
* At Yoga Thailand, on the island of Ko Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, enthusiasts stay in bungalows with private decks. One- and two-week retreats are available in September, October and December; rates start at $525 per person double and include yoga, vegetarian meals and lodging. Details: www.yoga-thailand.com.
• WEEKEND WORKSHOPS
WHAT: These two- or three-day getaways provide intense time on the mat. Workshops often have a particular focus and can be all-inclusive trips or special events that cover only the cost of instruction.
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