Escape To A Yoga Retreat
If getting away sans family is out of the question, bring them along, but negotiate a few hours of solo time each day as part of the deal. While you're practicing handstands and chatturangas, your husband can play golf or tennis and the kids can enjoy their own day camp (for 3- to 12-year-olds).
Lesson plan To call this a pure yoga retreat is a bit of a misnomer. Each day you'll work both mind and body with anusara and restorative yoga, Pilates, meditation and, every other day, NIA (neuromuscular integrative action, a mix of dance, yoga and martial arts). Inward Bound founders Jane Fryer and Jennifer Harvey promise to push participants to new levels, both physically and mentally. The retreat is divided into two daily sessions (two hours in the morning and 90 minutes in late afternoon), leaving plenty of leisure and family time in between.
After hours First, there's the infinity pool, complete with mini waterfalls. Then there's the spa: Located in a restored plantation house, it boasts an indoor/outdoor gym and all-natural products made from local ingredients. Other activities include sailing, jogging the mile-long path encircling the property, windsurfing, kayaking or lounging on the beach.
What about your guy? He's not banned from participating, but few do.
Burn it off Yoga erases 164 calories an hour.
Details This retreat runs Jan. 24-28, 2007 (Inward Bound offers similar programs throughout the year). For five days and four nights, prices start at $1,892 per person (for two yoga campers sharing a room); add $1,052 for your husband ($1,472 if he wants to participate in one class a day). Call (800) 760-5099 or go to inwardbound.com.
*All calorie counts are estimates for a 145-pound woman.
** Rates are in Canadian dollars.