Yoga Worth Traveling For Last Updated 9/19
When visitors think of traveling to Connecticut, the first thing that comes to mind most likely isn’t yoga. However, there are a lot of unique and unexpected yoga practices that are offered throughout the state that may just change your thinking. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert yogi, you'll find an experience for everyone to enjoy.
Salutation in a Salt Cave
Practice your salutation stance in a room built of Himalayan salt at Rain Wellness Spa which offers Yin Yoga classes that primarily focus on meditation or Salt Cave of Darien which offers over three kinds of yoga classes. Taking these classes inside of a salt cave is a form of salt therapy also known as “Halotherapy” which has a number of health benefits.
Happy Baby with a Baby Goat
Don’t leave your smartphone at home for this yoga experience—goat yoga allows participants to take a traditional yoga class while enjoying the company of adorable baby goats. There are a few farms in Connecticut where you can have this experience including Nadeau Farm in Hamden and Bradley Mountain Farm in Southington or Kingdom Kids Farm in Danielson.
Find a New Balance
Suspend into air while wrapped in a circus-fabric hammock at Connecticut Aerial Yoga, which offers a variety of aerial yoga classes for all different skill levels. Or take a class while you’re standing up on a paddleboard in the water at Black Hall Outfitters in Old Lyme or Westbrook and Collinsville Canoe and Kayak in Canton.
Pint & Pose
Have you ever had a beer in a fitness class? Well now’s your chance—Connecticut Valley Brewing’s Brewery Boot Camp in South Windsor offers yoga, Zumba or Barre classes taught by local instructors each Sunday at the brewery. And don’t forget to reward your hard work with a refreshing glass of beer.
Namaste by the Sea
Get more than a moment of zen by the ocean at Life Path Yoga in Norwalk, which offers weekly yoga classes on the beach. Or head to Hammonasset Beach in Madison for its weekly fitness series which features free classes from Body Karma studios on Sundays throughout the summer. Want more cardio? Try WalkaboutYoga on Milford’s Silver Sands Beach.
Unwind with Wine
There’s certainly nothing to complain about when your yoga practice happens at a vineyard. Lost Acres Vineyard in Granby offers monthly yoga classes outdoors on grounds of their beautiful vineyard and Stonington Vineyards in Stonington hosts yoga classes in their tasting room every Monday night.
Move your spirit
Extend your yoga practice into meditation and beyond, with a visit to one of Connecticut’s well-known mindfulness destinations, such as Wisdom House in Litchfield, The Conduit Center in East Hartford, Still Waters Retreat in Voluntown and Copper Beech Institute in West Hartford. And in towns like New Canaan, you will find the daily practice in yoga studios such as Sama Yoga Center, and Oxygen caters to fitness and spiritual needs alike.
Be a Luxury Warrior
Of course, Connecticut is also home to a few amazing, world-class luxury spa destinations as well, many of which also offer yoga classes. The highly acclaimed Mayflower Inn & Spa has its own outdoor yoga and meditation garden for visitors to enjoy. Also the Relais & Chateaux property, Winvian Farm in Morris, offers yoga in its spa lounge large windows overlooking the property’s grounds. And the award-winning Spa at Norwich Inn features 37 treatment rooms within its spa and fitness classes that include yoga, meditation, mindfulness and body balance plus, complimentary morning mediation for overnight guests.
Practice For a Cause
Be sure to watch the calendar for the annual Newtown Yoga Festival in August, supporting The Avielle Foundation, a local, Newtown, CT non-profit, started by the parents of Avielle Richman who was one of the twenty first graders killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.
As always, you’ll find more places to unwind and find peace in Connecticut, here.