Let yoga festivals and wellness vacations enhance your New Year’s resolutions
By Aimee Markwardt
So you want to be healthier. This year, you’re going to treat your body with kindness — maybe lose a few pounds through healthy eating and exercise. You have resolved to make lifelong changes that will bring your body into balance, and with it, your mind and your spirit.
But seriously. Can you imagine running on a stationary, revolving belt, longingly looking out the gym windows at the big, breathing, pulsing world out there — every day? For. The. Rest. Of. Your. Life?
Of course not. So don’t vow to do that. This year, don’t set yourself up to fail.
Too many people treat exercise like it’s punishment or a chore, and that’s why many of us can’t keep it up long term. Getting in better shape is consistently the top New Year’s resolution, yet less than 10 percent of us ever keep our resolutions.
Shape magazine lists 10 reasons why people don’t stick to their resolutions, and among them: Going at it alone, not having a plan and going at it from the wrong (negative) perspective.
We’ve got a solution to help you improve your health this year. It’s fun. It’s a vacation. It has tons of community support. You can start planning for it and preparing for it now — something to look forward to on those days when you need extra motivation to get up and move your body.
This year, resolve to take one health-related trip for yourself. Yoga festivals, which combine yoga classes with renowned teaches, live music, shopping, social events and sometimes even nightlife and dancing, are on the rise right now.
Here are a few yoga festivals and health trips to consider adding to your 2013 calendar:
Hanuman Festival — hanumanfestival.com, in Boulder, Colo., June 14-16., features yoga, inspirational talks, live music and ways to give back to the global community.
Wanderlust — wanderlustfestival.com, a giant yoga festival at different locations, including Colorado, California, Vermont and Hawaii, that features big name musicians, like Michael Franti and Girl Talk. Wanderlust in California attracts more than 3,000 yogis per day. This year, the festival is adding a stop in Chile (Feb. 15-17).
Evolve Fest — evolvefest.com, in Phillipsburg, NJ, has been called one of the top 10 yoga fests in the world. Check the website for events throughout the year.
For a list of more yoga festivals, visit yogafestival.com.
Bonus: If you’re looking for great deals on a new yoga mat or gear for your vacation, check out the coupons for Gaiam’s Yoga Club.
Yoga not your thing? There are endless wellness vacations and “healing holidays” available.
When deciding what kind of wellness vacation you want to go on, Traveltowellness.com recommends asking yourself a variety of questions, such as:
What do you want to achieve?
How much do you want to spend?
What kind of accommodations do you want?
What do you want to eat?
One idea might be a Caribbean cruise, a Holistic Holiday at Sea. National Geographic named this health-centered cruise one of the top 100 vacations worldwide to enrich your life.
Now that’s a resolution you can get excited for, benefit from and stick to.