Yoga with a twist

Need extra incentive to try a yoga retreat? These energizing spring getaways add another element to the practice.



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  • Photograph: Tim Stepien Photography


    Christy Nones, Wanderlust at The Standard

  • Photograph: courtesy of The Standard


    Wanderlust at The Standard

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    CircusYoga Community Retreat

  • Photograph: courtesy of Omega Institute


    Omega Institute

  • Photograph: courtesy of Omega Institute


    Omega Institute

Photograph: Tim Stepien Photography


Christy Nones, Wanderlust at The Standard

Yoga and DJs: Wanderlust at the Standard

"Yoga and music are the main threads tying together all the Wanderlust festivals," says cofounder Jeff Krasno, who has recruited a wide range of performers—from Broken Social Scene and Girl Talk to hip-hop artist Common—since Wanderlust Festival began in North Lake Tahoe in 2009. This year, Krasno and his team debut Wanderlust at the Standard, a more low-key, spa-style retreat featuring celebrity NYC- and Miami-based instructors like Elena Brower, Christy Nones and Schuyler Grant, unconventional classes (yoga in a sauna, kirtan in the pool), and live performances by ambient yogic groovers like Bonobo, Garth Stevenson, and Shaman's Dream Music Collective. Lodging at the Standard Spa—a sprawling spa complex with Chinese herbal baths, a mud lounge and a traditional Turkish hammam—is optional (and more expensive). But those who can make do at a nearby motel will still get plenty out of this otherworldly, eclectic gathering. Other, larger Wanderlust festivals take place in North Lake Tahoe, CA, and Bondville, VT, this summer, so check the website for more info.
When March 17--20
Where The Standard Spa, 40 Island Ave, Miami Beach, FL (305-673-1717,
Price day pass $145, entire event $475 (both include yoga, music, and access to hammam and pool), event plus lodging at the Standard Spa and breakfast $1,530--$3,180

Yoga and juggling: CircusYoga Community Retreat

Ever feel like ditching your hectic schedule and running off to join the circus? During this weekend retreat, intended for novices, students get to try out CircusYoga, a hybrid practice that blends partner yoga and traditional circus tricks like juggling, poi and devil sticks. Yoga instructor Erin Maile O'Keefe, who has been developing the practice with husband and circus teacher Kevin O'Keefe over the past 13 years, explains, "We're not trying to teach some dogmatic approach; we're creating opportunities for others to discover their own sense of play." In addition to group yoga, weekend activities revolve around partner acrobatics, circus skills, and plenty of free play time—all of which are intended "to promote empathy and connectedness." Located in pastoral Stockbridge, MA, Kripalu is a nonprofit educational yoga center that offers hundreds of workshops and retreats each year, so if juggling doesn't appeal, check their website for segregated men's and women's retreats, shamanic healing, and even a "Zen and the Art of Harmonica" workshop.
When April 22--24
Where Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, 57 Interlaken Rd at West St and Richmond Mountain Rd, Stockbridge, MA (866-200-5203,
Price tuition $200, lodging starts at $95 a night for dorm-style accommodations up to $336 a night for a private lake-view room (all include three vegetarian or nonvegetarian meals a day)

Yoga and bonding: Partner Yoga Retreat

Guest cottages at the Omega Institute, near the quaint Hudson Valley town of Rhinebeck, are simple, but this beginners-friendly three-day Partner Yoga workshop, taught by YogaWorks senior instructors Charles and Lisa Matkin, will literally bring you closer together. "This workshop is accessible to anyone, but definitely more involved than a regular yoga class," explains Lisa Matkin. "We work on deepening intimacy, and becoming more aware of the touch." Eye-gazing, leaning-against-each-other poses and Thai yoga massage (partner-assisted stretching) encourage serious bonding—not to mention increased flexibility and endurance. Guests of the 200-acre spiritual retreat center can enjoy a meditation sanctuary and sauna, tennis, kayaking on the lake, impromptu evening concerts by resident musicians and tasty vegetarian fare.
When May 27--30
Where 150 Lake Dr, Rhinebeck, NY (877-944-2002,
Price tuition $325, lodging starts at $176 for camping up to $612 for a private room (all include three meals a day and use of all facilities)

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