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


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.


{scheck} 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.

{scheck} 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.

{scheck} 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.


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.

WHY: You can study with a particular instructor with no regular-life distractions -- and prices are often reasonable.


{scheck} Tranquil Space, a studio in Dupont Circle, is leading a workshop Nov. 5-7 in Yogaville, an ashram in Buckingham, Va. The trip costs $275 per person double and includes lodging, vegetarian meals and instruction. Details: 202-223-YOGA, www.tranquilspace.com.

{scheck} D.C.'s Inward Bound has a workshop in Harpers Ferry, W. Va., on Oct. 15-17. The event will be at the Hilltop House Hotel and costs $380 per person double, including lodging, vegetarian meals and instruction. Details: 800-760-5099, www.inwardboundadventures.com.

{scheck} At One Yoga, a Phoenix studio, has weekend workshops with renowned teachers Seane Corn (October) and Steve Ross (November). Classes are $35 to $50 each, with an average of three classes per workshop. Details: 602-954-YOGA, www.atoneyoga.com.


WHAT: Search for yoga studios convenient to your hotel/cottage/RV camp using the Internet, guidebooks or other resources. Then buy a daily or weekly pass at the yoga studio. To find a studio, see the resources listed below.

WHY: Whether you're on the road for a wedding or visiting with the in-laws, you may need to take the edge off the stress.

EXAMPLE: Say you're going to Miami. You can buy a pass to Synergy, a studio on Espanola Way, a pedestrian thoroughfare in South Beach filled with cafes. The studio offers different classes each day, from "sweaty" (the instruction room is heated to 90-plus degrees) to gentle (soothing and slower paced). Day passes are $14, one-week passes $50. Details: 305-538-7073, www.synergyyoga.org.

For more information or to track down retreats, workshops or studios, check these resources.

* Yoga Journal is a magazine published seven times a year. Its Web site (www.yogajournal.com) has a section devoted to traveling with your mat.

* Web sites with directories of studios and retreats include Yogafinder.com, Yogadirectory.com, Yoga411.com and Yoga-age.com.

* Other local yoga studios that sponsor retreats and/or offer workshops include 18th & Yoga (202-462-1800, www.18thandyoga.com) in Adams Morgan; Potomac Yoga (301-738-3384, www.potomacyoga.com) in Potomac; Sun and Moon Studio (703-525-YOGA, www.sunandmoonstudio.com) in Arlington and Fairfax: and Unity Woods (301-656-8992, www.unitywoods.com) in Tenleytown.