GREAT AMER­I­CAN 5 YOGA ES­CAPES

Want a mind-body re­boot closer to home? Dan Wilf, co­founder of Yo­gas­capes, a com­pany that cu­rates 50 world­wide re­treats an­nu­ally, rec­om­mends these yogi hot spots in the States.

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1. Moab, Utah

An ad­ven­turer’s par­adise that will in­spire you to get present, Moab is also the per­fect jump­ing-off point to ex­plore some of Amer­ica’s most iconic na­tional parks.

Where to Stay: Un­der Can­vas of­fers glamp­ing tents min­utes from the en­trances of Arches and Cany­on­lands na­tional parks.

Where to Eat: Jail­house Café is a homey break­fast spot beloved by lo­cals. Don’t miss the ginger pan­cakes with Dutch ap­ple but­ter.

Where to Prac­tice: Moab Yoga of­fers yoga and Pi­lates classes as well. Or check out one of the Yo­gas­capes re­treats hap­pen­ing in Moab this year.

What to Do: Tackle the chal­leng­ing, 7.8-mile Devil’s Gar­den Trail in Arches Na­tional Park.

2. Napa Val­ley, Cal­i­for­nia

This re­gion may be bet­ter known for cult cabs and star-chef restau­rants than health and well­ness, yet it’s easy to bal­ance out daily in­dul­gences with hik­ing, bik­ing, and asana—em­body­ing mind­ful­ness in ac­tion.

Where to Stay: So­lage re­sort in Cal­is­toga of­fers yoga and fit­ness classes, plus free bikes for cruis­ing around wine coun­try.

Where to Eat: The Char­ter Oak serves wood-fired dishes fam­ily style, in a cozy space with ex­posed brick walls and rus­tic wood ta­bles.

Where to Prac­tice: Yoga Pas­sion has a strong com­mu­nity vibe and of­fers a mix of styles from Yin and Kun­dalini to vinyasa and power flow.

What to Do: The tast­ing room at St. He­lena’s Clif Fam­ily win­ery of­fers cy­cling tours that end with a food-and-wine pair­ing.

3. The Berk­shires, Mas­sachusetts

The west­ern­most re­gion of Mas­sachusetts oozes with New Eng­land charm (think a patch­work of bu­colic farms, sleepy vil­lages, and trail-lined forests), help­ing vis­i­tors ef­fort­lessly quiet down and look in­ward.

Where to Stay: Lo­cated in Stock­bridge, the Kri­palu Cen­ter for Yoga & Health of­fers serene pri­vate rooms and dorm-style ac­com­mo­da­tions on its 150-acre cam­pus.

Where to Eat: The el­e­vated farm-to-table menu at Nudel, in down­town Lenox, in­cludes dishes like grilled por­to­bello with einkorn “risotto” and lo­cal ar­tisi­nal cheese. Where to Prac­tice: Kri­palu of­fers more than 700 pro­grams a year, taught by renowned in­struc­tors like Rod­ney Yee and Ra­jashree Choud­hury. Choose from teacher train­ings and re­treats or work­shops and drop-in classes. What to Do: Get your cul­ture fix at the Nor­man Rock­well Mu­seum or the Tan­gle­wood Mu­sic Cen­ter, an out­door con­cert venue and the sum­mer home of the Bos­ton Sym­phony Or­ches­tra.

4. Charleston, South Car­olina

Oak tree–lined cob­ble­stone streets, amaz­ing beaches, and gen­uine South­ern hos­pi­tal­ity make Charleston one of Amer­ica’s most ir­re­sistible des­ti­na­tions. It’s also ru­mored to have more yo­gis per capita than any place out­side of New York City.

Where to Stay: The 16 rooms at Zero Ge­orge Street are spread among a se­ries of his­toric homes and car­riage houses.

Where to Eat: There’s no short­age of com­fort food in this city. For some­thing lighter, head to The Or­di­nary, a hip oys­ter bar from renowned chef Mike Lata.

Where to Prac­tice: Charleston Power Yoga is home to some of the city’s top teach­ers. Ad­ven­tur­ous yo­gis can Om on the wa­ter at Charleston SUP Sa­faris or get up­side down in silks at Aerial Fit.

What to Do: Re­flect on Amer­ica’s somber and com­pli­cated his­tory dur­ing a tour of Mag­no­lia Plan­ta­tion and Gar­dens.

5. Marfa, Texas

Perched on the high plains of the Chi­huahuan Desert, this small West Texas town has be­come a mecca for artists and cre­atives.

Where to Stay: Ac­com­mo­da­tions at El Cos­mico, a funky ho­tel and camp­ground, in­clude vin­tage trail­ers, safari tents, Mon­go­lian yurts, Sioux-style te­pees, and var­i­ous camp­sites.

Where to Eat: Food Shark, a vin­tage food truck that has earned a loyal fol­low­ing for its unique Mid­dle East­ern dishes.

Where to Prac­tice: The Well fea­tures a ro­tat­ing cast of yoga and med­i­ta­tion in­struc­tors, and it also hosts classes dur­ing the an­nual Tran­sPe­cos Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic and Love.

What to Do: Tour min­i­mal­ist artist Don­ald Judd’s home while tak­ing in his re­mark­able work at La Mansana de Chi­nati, in­for­mally known as The Block. —JM

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