Yoga Retreats: getting away from it all

Mon May 11, 2009 6:04am EDT
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK, May 11 (Reuter Life!) - When the going gets tough, the tough get centered, preferably in paradise.

Retailers may be shutting their doors, banks may be taking stress tests, but yoga retreats are surprisingly popular now even, or especially, among the unemployed, the soon-to-be unemployed, and the fearing-to-be unemployed.

"Several people I've spoken to in the last few weeks have said, 'You know, I just lost my job and I really shouldn't be doing this, but I need this retreat so-o-o badly,'" Wesleigh Roeca, who runs the retreat program at YogaWorks, said in an interview.

"We were in Ojai, California, in March, and we're going to Hawaii in June," said Roeca of the approximately week-long getaways conducted by the California-based national chain.

She also had a sold out retreat planned for Mexico this week, but was forced to cancel it due to the swine flu.

"Just about all of our retreats sell out," she explained, "It's a healing vacation. And in times of economic uncertainty, healing vacations offer people rejuvenation."

Another plus, according to Roeca, is that the retreats are typically all-inclusive one price that includes accommodations, meals, days filled with yoga, and even some excursions.

"A lot of bang for your buck!" she said.   Continued...

<p>Yogaworks retreat on the beach at Bali, 2009. REUTERS/YogaWorks</p>