Zen-cation: A spa vacation and yoga retreat staycation

You look stressed. Chill out with this spa vacation in NYC and yoga-retreat staycation. You'll feel Zen in no time.



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  • Ishta Yoga

  • Bliss Spa

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    Yoga on the Hudson

Ishta Yoga

Relax and revive with our Zen-cation staycation. Take a mini-spa vacation at Bliss Spa, or practice yoga in the great outdoors.

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Meditate at Ishta Yoga

  • Price band: 2/4

Master yogi Alan Finger recommends decompressing from city life by “brushing out your mind” to rid yourself of mental clutter. In this open-level meditation class, Finger leads you through a series of restorative asana poses, repetitive mantras, pranayama breathing techniques and visualization practices that will help you to become calm and centered. While your glimpse of nirvana may have dissipated by the time you step back onto the crowded sidewalk, Finger’s techniques will still leave you mentally serene and physically in tune. • $30.

  1. 56 E 11th St between Broadway and University Pl • 1026 Third Ave at 61st St
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Indulge in a rubdown at Bliss Spa

Kick off your summer with a pampering session fit for an audiophile at one of Bliss’s upscale urban retreats: The spa’s new music-themed massage, Rhythm and Bliss, involves being kneaded to the pulse of one of four different playlists: classical, chill lounge, rock & roll or world music. Once you’ve chosen your soundtrack, you’ll slip on a pair of noise-canceling headphones and focus on your masseuse’s strokes, which are subtly choreographed to the tempo. Afterward, extend the relaxation session inside the spa’s snack-, tea- and magazine-loaded lounge; you’ll also have access to the steam room, sauna and rainwater-shower rooms. • 60 mins $155.

  1. Various location throughout the city, (go to blissworld.com for info)
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Practice warrior one at West Harlem Piers Park

Twice-weekly outdoor yoga classes from Summer on the Hudson and Shape Up NYC allow you to get toned in a gorgeous location, so slap on some sunscreen and work on your tan while you perfect your sun salutation. Bring your own mat to Harlem’s sprawling uptown oasis and let Pure Yoga instructor Jan O’Connell guide you through an hour of vinyasa poses; if the fresh air and tranquil workout don’t trigger your endorphins, the fact that you didn’t damage your wallet surely will. • riversideparkfund.org. Free.

  1. 125th St at Marginal St
  2. Tue 5:30pm, Fri 2:30pm; Through Aug 31.

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