The holiday season is near. And most of us—against our conscious will, meditation practice, and money spent on therapy—still spend the last month of the year in a semi-constant state of stress and flitting from holiday party to holiday buffet, spreading, eating, and drinking good cheer. That’s why it’s crucial to take January to focus on yours truly. Plus the New England Journal of Medicine reports that most people never shed their holiday weight gain. Don’t be a statistic. Instead, plan your January carefully now. Whether that’s zeroing in on weight loss, tuning up your yoga practice, or focusing on your inner life.
We’ve rounded up the best January retreats from coast to coast:
Mexico: Deeper Core Strength Retreat with Sadie Nardini
Head south to Tulum and Mexico’s Amansala Beach Retreat for seven days of beachfront yoga with Sadie Nardini. Her signature Core Strength Vinyasa yoga focuses on using your core in the flow practice and building strength. (By the way, Sadie says she loses 5 pounds each time she visits Amansala.) There’s a two-hour beachfront yoga class every morning, and several evening slow-flow sessions. The price includes a Mayan massage, a clay treatment, and fresh, detoxifying meals. Most rooms are shared.
When: January 16-22, 2011
Where: Amansala Beach Retreat in Tulum, Mexico (an hour south of Cancun)
Who: Strong beginners and up
How much: $1,825 (includes everything except airfare and alcohol)
For more info: www.sadienardini.com
Bahamas: Physique 57 Retreat at the One & Only Ocean Club
Lately, Physique 57’s been taking the ballet barre on the road, with luxe retreats at both Canyon Ranch and One & Only. In mid-January, Tanya Becker, Physique 57’s charismatic co-founder and ever-popular NYC instructor, sets up studio at One & Only’s Ocean Club in the Bahamas for four nights. In addition to two daily classes of the barre workout—done in a swoony outdoor beachfront pavilion—you get $100 of credit at the Balinese-style spa and $300 of food and beverage credit (ask to see menus before you book, as meals can get pricey.) The guest rooms are gorgeous.
When: January 13-17, 2011
Where: One & Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas
Who: For those who want to get isometrically toned with beach views and don’t want to sleep under a thatched roof
How much: Starts at $1,450 per person, based on double occupancy
For more info: oceanclub.oneandonlyresorts.com
California: Resolve to Evolve with Ashley Turner at the Montage Laguna Beach
Acclaimed Left Coast yoga teacher Ashley Turner is known for her dynamic vinyasa practice, with meditation and psychotherapy layered in. In fact, Turner’s pioneered her own speciality—Yoga Psychology, a blend of yoga (including Tantra and Shamanism), spirituality, psychology, and modern science. You can experience this potent combination of mind-body modalities during a one-day workshop focused on setting intentions for 2011. The day includes dynamic and slow flow yoga, journaling, group work, and meditation.
When: January 8, 2011, from 11:00 to 1:00 pm and 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Where: Montage Laguna Beach, one of the most beautifully set California spas
Who: You’re part of the new New Age: interested in the spiritual side of yoga and the merits of a stunning cliffside spa resort
How much: $65, and open to non-hotel guests
For more info: www.spamontage.com