Monday, April 22, 2013

Santa Fe: Where to go for Yoga, Spas and Rejuvenation



Relaxing garden at the Inn of the Alameda

For centuries, Santa Fe has been known as a uniquely tranquil and inspiring place. Whether it’s the clear blue skies, the soft golden light that washes the landscape, the gorgeous mountain views, or the rich cultural history, people have long loved Santa Fe for the sense of renewal and well-being it brings them. It’s no wonder that the city is also a center for spiritual and healthy practices. In 2012, the American Lung Association named Santa Fe as the city with the cleanest air in all categories in the entire nation. The city is abound with yoga studios and spiritual havens that give locals and visitors’ alike a chance to truly get away from it all.  
  
Santa Fe Tranquil Retreats
  • Upaya Zen Center (www.upaya.org): an established Buddhist center for both practice and education. The center offers many workshops and retreats with daily meditation open to all.
  • Body (www.bodyofsantafe.com): located near downtown Santa Fe, Body is known for its popular classes, its shopping, its serene spa and its stylish café that serves organic, raw and vegetarian dishes and beverages.
  • YogaSource (www.yogasource-santafe.com): located in Ironstone Gardens, a hip area of studios and businesses set in a zen-like stone garden, YogaSource specializes in Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga systems and has a large teaching staff with a  full schedule of classes. In addition, Midtown Bistro, a newly opened restaurant located steps away, offers a cool, industrial vibe for visitors’ to stop in for a snack after class.
  • Dahn Yoga (www.dahnyoga.com): Dahn Yoga is a system based on Korean yoga that incorporates elements of tai chi and meditation. The Dahn Yoga studio is located in a strip mall near-downtown and offers a variety of businesses and restaurants in addition to Pharmaca, which sells many natural and homeopathic products.
  • Yoga Santa Fe (www.yogasantafe.com): a non-profit that teaches Kundalini yoga as it was taught by Yogi Bajan. Yogi tea is served after practice and the GRD Health Clinic in the same building has chiropractic, yogic health services and acupuncture. The Cleanse, just next door, offers a vegan detox program designed to restore vitality.
  • YogiHiker (www.yogihiker.com): for something entirely different, yoga fans can take their practice outdoors on a hike through the beautiful scenery that surrounds Santa Fe. YogiHiker takes small groups on hikes through the foothills and mountains near the city. The hikes combine walking, yoga and the experience of being in a place of natural beauty.
    Peaceful courtyard at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe
Many Santa Fe spas feature treatments that are inspired by Native American healing and ingredients:
  • In Hotel Santa Fe’s Spa (www.hotelsantafe.com), the only Native American owned hotel in the city, every treatment is based in native ideas and ingredients. There’s the Mountain Rain moisturizing treatment, the Cloud Dance Herbal Wrap, and especially the Moccasin Dance, a reflexology foot massage guaranteed to revive a spring in anyone’s step.
  • The Shanah Spa at Bishop’s Lodge at Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa (www.bishopslodge.com) has an outdoor teepee where soothing hot stone massages are offered. Other treatments include a wrap made of local clay or the Purification Polish with northern New Mexico blue corn, mineral salts and aloe vera.
  • The spa at La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa (www.laposadadesantafe.com) has a luxurious Spirit of Santa Fe 80 minute treatment that also uses blue corn, in addition to healing plants, herbs and oils.
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  Nidah spa at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa (www.eldoradohotel.com) has a variety of treatments based on native ingredients.

More ways to rejuvenate and relax can be found on www.santafe.org along with everything to do and ways to save in Santa Fe. 

Information courtesy: Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau