The Art of a Truly Restorative Vacation

  “I need a vacation from my vacation.” We’ve all said it; we’ve all felt it: the blanket of exhaustion that unfurls upon our return from what was supposed to be a relaxing vacation, the disorientation tinged with melancholy that always seems to take us by surprise. Imagining and fantasizing about a trip is energizing. [...]

By | December 16th, 2014|Travel|0 Comments

Yoga on the Road

Preparing for a retreat, organizing your bag, incorporating chanting in the car, planning ahead to maintain balance, and packing a warm scarf can help you cultivate equilibrium on your many adventures, wherever your travels take you. Top 10 Tips for Staying Balanced While Traveling By Gigi Yogini 1. Pack Consciously to Lighten Your Load When [...]

By | May 30th, 2013|Travel|1 Comment

On The Road: A Perfect Retreat

Dive Deep Into The Jungles And Beaches Of Costa Rica Unplug and unwind. These two words influence many a plane ticket purchase. My dream journey checklist includes plenty of sunshine, an expansive lush jungle, big waves and gorgeous Yoga retreat centers. Most importantly, there must be such a minimal number of tourists so I can [...]

By | August 28th, 2010|Travel|0 Comments

Postcard from the Kumbha Mela

It is believed that bathing in the Ganges River, the Ganga, during Kumbha Mela cures the bather of all sins and evils and grants the bather salvation. Sweet deal, right? In 2012, I attended the second royal bathing day of the Kumbha Mela in Haridwar, India. It is unknown exactly how many people attend this auspicious [...]

By | May 27th, 2010|Travel|0 Comments

Prayers From The Navel Of The World

The drought-ridden Indian state of Bihar is achingly poor, chronically dusty and famous for its corrupt politicians and gun-toting bandits. But Bihar has another, quite contrasting distinction, as the place where 2,500 years ago the thirty-five-year-old Guatama Buddha realized the innermost potential of the human mind under the Bodhi tree in the present-day city of [...]

By | February 19th, 2010|Travel|0 Comments

Eat, Chant, Practice

Paradise Found Yoga: Retreating For The Soul When I walked into my room at Sat Guru Nomi Lyons’s Paradise Found, there was a spray of orchids waiting for me. They’re my favorite flower. Lyons knew because it was one of the questions asked in the pre-retreat questionnaire, designed to facilitate a personalized experience in Paradise. [...]

By | August 24th, 2008|Travel|0 Comments

Postcards From Rishikesh

Namaste And Other Traditions With A Future Rishikesh, Northern India. The stories Paramahansa Yogananda tells about running around in these hills in his youth are filled with miracles of higher consciousness: levitating swamis, meditators who could subdue man-eating tigers through the power of the mind, saints who appear and disappear at will and mystics with [...]

By | July 26th, 2008|Travel|0 Comments

Under The Sycamores: Couples Yoga at Sycamore Hot Springs

A simple sentence grabbed our attention: “Sometimes our most profound, life-changing experiences happen far away from home.” This was the introduction for Billy and Patti Asad’s YogaWorks Couples Retreat at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort. Under the Couple’s empathetic guidance, the program offered four yoga sessions interspersed with socializing, hiking, cycling and hot-tubbing. Sycamore [...]

By | July 23rd, 2008|Travel|0 Comments

Making the Sacred Fun: Couples Yoga at Sycamore Hot Springs

Playing With Flight. When Brett and I arrived at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort after four days camping in Yosemite, we were covered in dust and nursing tired, cold bodies from miles of hiking. I was not only excited about my first yoga retreat, but also having a decent shower. While a bit unsure [...]

By | July 23rd, 2008|Travel|0 Comments

A Couple Goes on Retreat

Remembering To Breathe. Two hurdles prevent my giving yoga the consideration it deserves: time and my brain. In juggling work and deadlines, my personal time often suffers. As a result, the Wednesday night and Saturday morning yoga sessions my friend teaches never quite eventuate. So my LA YOGA editor and partner Natalie joined forces to [...]

By | July 23rd, 2008|Travel|0 Comments