Healthy Practice

As I visit more spas and meet more of you, I realize how vital a fitness program is as a complement to spa services for a total mind-body healing experience. There's no better example of that than yoga, which many luxe spas offer with their own creative spin (on a paddleboard and more). I'm no yogi myself, though some of my poses aren't too shabby. Here are a few more ways you and guests alike can benefit from yoga and the wellness-focused lifestyle it offers.

  • Starting the day on a positive note, such as a 5-minute meditation, hydrating, and going for a run.
  • Incorporating helping habits in addition to healthy ones to do and feel good. Volunteering and giving back to the community is a big part of overall wellness. Happiness research by Sonja Lyubomirsky supports it.
  • Yoga stimulates a healthier body image. With regular practice, yoga prioritizes what the body is capable of and not just what it looks like.
  • Yoga can lead to weight loss in a holistic way without obsessing over counting calories burned. Colleen Saidman Yee released the DVD, Yoga for Weight Loss, and says the connection with the body and mindfulness are beneficial for effective weight loss.

It may not be yoga month, but the health benefits extend all year round.