Health & Fitness

By Danielle Belopotosky

Chances are you have attended at least one yoga class, so you know that yoga is like a massage from the inside out. And, it’s a great way to ease your mind and energize your body. So why not take your yoga practice on the road for a weekend?

Thanks to Practice Yoga, a studio in the heart of the Upper West Side, students can escape the humidity and the hustle of the city in exchange for peace of mind. From July 30 through August 1st, Practice Yoga will host a weekend workshop at the Menla Mountain Retreat. Nestled in the Catskill Mountains in Phoenicia, New York, Menla’s tranquil setting is perfect for a weekend getaway.

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“You get the beauty of he Catskill mountains, the peace and the fresh air. The minute you get there, the serenity of the space just calms you. It is that stunning,” said Jennifer Walker, owner of Practice Yoga.

Practice Yoga instructors Pam Reece and Jessica Phillips will teach four workshops over the weekend. They will lead focused and intense restorative yoga and meditation, inversions, hip openers and twists, and back-bending classes. “Jessica and Pam will teach students how to go deeper in their practice,” said Walker.

But there’s no need to be intimidated by the ten hours of yoga. Walker described the retreat as a “welcome all-comers retreat” – for newcomers and seasoned yoga students. The instructors will be able to modify for those who want to be more challenged or less, as well as for those who are pregnant. They both have a nice, easy-going sensibility, said Walker of Pam and Jessica. They are not intimidating, and “that is Practice Yoga’s trademark.”

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When not in a twist, or bend, students can relax by the pool, go hiking, play tennis, or nap in a hammock. This will be Practice Yoga’s fourth retreat and the second one at Menla. “We’d like it to become our home-base for weekend retreats,” said Walker.

So, get out of the city and wake up your inner beauty. Your body will thank you.

“It is about the inner beauty,” said Walker. “If you are not beautiful on the inside, it’s harder to be on the outside.”

Check out the space at http://www.tibethouse.org/menla/ and find more details about the weekend workshop at http://www.practiceyoga.com. Call 212-724-4884 to sign up.

Originally published July 2004
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