The Coeur d’Alene Resort’s Lakeside Yoga Retreat promises a weekend of yoga, meditation, fresh kombucha, guided hikes and spa time.
The very word “retreat” causes my breathing slow down and my mind to skip away to a calmer, gentler place. Add the word “yoga” and I think about stretching the kinks out of my back, strengthening every fiber and muscle in my body and connecting on a spiritual level a tad higher than the one I now inhabit. (The one called chaos.) But, truth be told, add “kombucha” and my brow furrows. I need some educating on what it is, why it is, and how to add it to my lifestyle.
A yoga retreat has been on my bucket list since my first downward facing dog, but I always thought I would have to travel miles away to experience such a treat.
Not so. The Lakeside Yoga Retreat at the Coeur d’Alene Resort October 19 through 21 will combine all of those happy, healthy elements into a weekend of revitalization and renewal on the shores of gorgeous Lake Coeur d’Alene.
If you’re new to yoga or a seasoned pro, you’ll benefit from this educational, relaxing weekend. The Union Yoga instructors will teach yoga poses and the philosophy, guide you through meditation and help you understand how yoga will improve your strength, flexibility, heart health and more.
The Union Yoga’s fast-paced vinyasa classes focus on the flow between movements and can be modified for beginner or advanced students, depending on the student’s experience and strength. Chretienne Yalung, manager of The Union Yoga, says her instructors stress safety, encouraging students to be aware of what works for their body at this time of their life.
Yoga has long been established as an awesome anecdote for mind and body, but it’s also a significant calorie burner. In one hour, it’s possible to whittle away 500 to 600 calories. I’d call that a win-win.
About kombucha. I tried it once. I was not impressed. Kombucha in its most natural form is a cultured, fermented tea with an acidic flavor. It originated in Asia, has been around for centuries and is well respected as a powerhouse health drink. It contains probiotics and increasing evidence indicates it aids digestion and strengthens the immune system. It’s also said to prevent disease and reverse aging. With creds like that, I’m open to giving kombucha another try.
At the Resort’s retreat, we’ll sample concoctions created by Heather Threadgill, owner of Bare Culture Kombucha. With drink names like Sassy Apple and Lychee Passion, this is sounding better already.
Heather opened Bare Culture Kombucha in 2013 in Coeur d’Alene where she enthusiastically creates this “elixir of life” and infuses it with fresh, locally-sourced organic fruit, herbs and vegetables, all which mitigate the acidic taste. After this weekend, it’s entirely possible I will become a kombucha convert.
The Lakeside Yoga Retreat package is $199* per person based ondouble occupancy (add an additional night for $175*) and includes overnight accommodations, massage or facial at The Coeur d’Alene Resort Spa, a $30 Cafe Espresso & Juice Bar credit and all of these events:
Friday check in and proceed to The Resort’s Lobby Café to meet your fellow yogis for a Bare Culture Kombucha social.
On Saturday, Resort vans will transport you to the lakeside Hagadone Event Center where you will welcome the day with sunrise yoga followed by a hike on Tubbs Hill, then a guided meditation class.
Afternoon is your spa time. Choose between a massage or facial at the gorgeous Coeur d’Alene Resort Spa. Be sure to book your spa appoints in advance. End the day with sunset yoga at the Resort.
Welcome Sunday with a sunrise yoga session from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM, then roll up your yoga mat and head home refreshed and energized. Namaste, my friend.
Make your reservation today! https://www.cdaresort.com/discover/activities/yoga_retreat
*You must book an overnight room to attend events. Spa selections and appointments must be made in advance. Yoga mats will be provided or you can bring your own.