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Yoga Retreats Around the Country

EASTERN MYSTICISM

ANANDA
Narendra Nadar, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Once a royal palace of the maharajah of Tehri Garhwal, Ananda has a full-service spa offering yoga classes between Ayurvedic treatments. This is where it all started, of course: Look down and you'll see the holy river Ganges; look up and you'll see the Himalayas; look to your navel and you may find transcendence.

WHAT TO WEAR
Ethnic chic—slip-ons, oh-so-light fabrics, splashes of color.

WHO GOES
Those who want to experience the culture in which yoga originated.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
What it feels like to have a real Ayurvedic treatment.

THE FACTS
91-1378/27500; www.anandaspa.com; rooms from $250 a night, including breakfast, a fitness evaluation, classes, and hiking trips.

WILDFLOWER HALL
Mashroba, Himachal Pradesh, India.
The former residence of Lord Kitchener is now a newly opened Oberoi resort in the Himalayas. Choose between hatha or Ashtanga at sunrise—8,250 feet above sea level. Kurta pajamas are laid out every evening for the next morning's practice. 800/562-3764; www.oberoihotels.com; doubles from $220.

EXPANDING LIGHT RETREAT
Ananda Village, Nevada City, California.
The village was founded in 1968 (when else?), and 200 devotees of Ananda yoga live here year-round. Ananda is a relatively gentle form of yoga. The emphasis here is on finding your own true path. 14618 Tyler Foote Rd.; 800/346-5350 or 530/478-7518; www.expandinglight.org; from $116 per person for a private room, including all classes and meals.

THE SPA TREATMENT

RANCHO LA PUERTA
Tecate, Mexico.
The founders, Edmond and Deborah Szekely, modeled this retreat around the habits of the Essenes, the ancient brotherhood that left us the Dead Sea Scrolls (and that, some say, included Jesus Christ among its members). The Szekelys' intentions gave rise to something more sybaritic than the Essenes may have expected: 12 gyms, four tennis courts, three saunas, two styles of yoga, and a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet, enhanced with the occasional exquisite fish. A stay at this Baja spa is in many ways an extension of the California grooviness and luxury to the north: you can sunbathe in the nude, wrap yourself in seaweed, or explore Feldenkrais (if you have to ask . . .), Pilates, and tai chi.

WHAT TO WEAR
Sweats, Reeboks, polar fleece, sunblock.

WHO GOES Stressed-out CEO's and their spouses.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
Your daily routine will range from introductory yoga to challenging classes in Ashtanga and Iyengar. And you may even get to study with a master.

WHERE YOU'LL STAY
A private cottage with its own garden. 800/443-7565 or 011-526-654-1155; www.rancholapuerta.com; from $1,727 a week, including classes; spa treatments are extra.

MIRAVAL LIFE IN BALANCE
Catalina, Arizona.
With up to five yoga classes a day among a bewildering array of activities, the overarching theme here is the Buddhist concept of "mindfulness." Be mindful of your credit card as you shell out close to $1,000 a night for the most enlightened week of your life. 5000 E. Via Estancia Miraval; 800/232-3969 or 520/825-4000; www.miravalresort.com; doubles from $840.

CANYON RANCH
Lenox, Massachusetts.
Luxury-starved at Kripalu?Check into Canyon Ranch. This opulent spa offers yoga classes as well as programs in Qigong (a Chinese practice of meditation and movement). 165 Kenble St.; 800/742-9000 or 413/637-4100; www.canyonranch.com; from $1,150 per person for three days.

QUICK FIXES

JIVAMUKTI YOGA CENTER
New York.
Okay, so you're not ready to leave the urban sphere. Not to worry—some of the world's great yoga centers can be found in the heart of the megalopolis. You can easily finesse a retreat in Manhattan, for instance: book a room at the SoHo Grand and spend your days at nearby Jivamukti, boot camp for celebrities.

WHAT TO WEAR
You'll probably get approving looks if you're wearing Nuala, Christy Turlington's new line of yoga wear, which she came up with while attending class here.

WHO GOES
Lots of famous people. Look for Willem Dafoe, Madonna, and—needless to say—Turlington.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
Jivamukti is its own style of yoga. It's fast, gymnastic, and demanding: as much aerobic workout as meditative stretch. 404 Lafayette St.; 800/295-6814 or 212/353-0214; www.jivamuktiyoga.com; $17 per class.

SYNERGY
Miami Beach.
Transcendence among the fashion set in South Beach. Synergy offers hatha, Ashtanga, and Vikram yoga, and is favored by models. 435 Espanola Way; 305/538-7073; $12 per class.

GOLDEN BRIDGE
Los Angeles.
Kundalini is taught by the hospitable Gurmuk Kaur Khalasa. She appears regularly on Good Morning America, but fame hasn't gone to her head: she still takes students into her home for dinners on Friday nights. 5901 W. Third St.; 323/936-4172; www.goldenbridgeyoga.com; $15 per class.

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