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Best Yoga Retreats Near OC

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Polish off a shinier version of yourself this spring and plan a yoga retreat for your next vacation. Forget the piña colada buzz poolside and instead trade for a carrot juice high under a tree. Just a short road trip away for Southern Californians, take advantage of one of these top five yoga retreats designed for a super-charged reset of mind and body. Warning: yoga retreats have been known to give participants signs of deep inner calm, increased energy levels and weight loss.

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Rancho La Puerta
11722 Sorrento Valley Road
San Diego, CA 92121
(800) 443-7565

Just three miles from the U.S. border and 25 miles from San Diego, find the "#1 Rated Resort in Mexico," according to Condé Nast Traveler Magazine 2013's Gold List. Enjoy leisurely walks around its lush 3,000-acre property and discover an organic farm, head out on dozens of mountainside hiking trails and enjoy an internationally-known cooking school. Known for its "destination spa" and commitment to vacations that inspire total wellness for mind, body and spirit, Rancho La Puerta will leave you with a recharged sense of being. With yoga and other fitness classes happening on the hour, every hour, it's possible to customize your experience. In partnership with CorePower Yoga, The Rancho offers Specialty Weeks with visiting CorePower Yoga instructors. The week of April 20, join Jennifer Fox and Paul Gould as they teach The Joy of Anusara Yoga.

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Spa Montage
30801 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 715-6010

For a five-star coastal yoga retreat that's a stone's throw away for many OC locals, join the fabulous Spa Montage, March 23-24, for Yin-Yang: A Spring Equinox Yoga Retreat. Start the weekend with a Yin-Yang Flow, designed to be in sync with the mark of the Spring Equinox. Known as a time for renewal, the Yin-Yang Flow aims to clear away congested energies accumulated during winter months. On day two, take part in Align + Create, intended to focus on listening to your inner voice, cultivating new intentions for the change of season.

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Glen Ivy Hot Springs
25000 Glen Ivy Road
Corona, CA 92883
(888) 453-6489
Dates: April 4 to 7

Historical Glen Ivy Hot Springs is known for its unique water experience, central to its nurturing effect on the body and skin. From geothermal hot springs to calming mineral bath soaks, explore a labyrinth of 17 pools, baths and spas. Exclusive to Glen Ivy is Club Mud, the region's only red clay mineral bath. Cloud Nine Yoga will host a four-day retreat, Yoga, Wine & Shine: Four Days of Luxuriating. Welcome in the springtime sunshine with hot spring soaks, yoga, fresh fare dining and local California wines.

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Chopra Center For Wellbeing
La Costa Resort & Spa
2013 Costa del Mar Road
Carlsbad, CA 92009
(760) 494-1608
Dates: April 21 to 27

Founded by Deepak Chopra, M.D., and David Simon, M.D., the Chopra Center for Wellbeing has served as a sacred place of healing for more than a decade. On the coastal grounds of La Costa Resort & Spa, guests experience mind-body healing classes and restorative ayurvedic massage treatments. The center will host Seduction of Spirit: Signature Meditation & Yoga Retreat. Designed to help you release stress and tap into your hidden potential, this retreat sets the stage needed for a more mindful standard of living.

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Esalen Institute
55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-3000
Dates: May 10-12

Nature's perfection meets a picture of health at Big Sur's Esalen Institute. Take a road trip up the coast and ignite a personal makeover with your choice of more than 400 personal growth workshops ranging from yoga to visual arts. In between workshops, soak in its natural hot springs or volunteer in its organic garden. For those in need of a mood reset, try LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood, with Amy Weintraub. Learn tools including guided meditation, breathing exercises and experiential yogic practices to help release what's no longer serving you.

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Jessica Blotter has 10 years experience in the advertising industry and is founder of Publicly Loved - at the heart of brands, causes and events. As an author of two regional travel blogs with CBS Local and, she has produced more than 30 published articles covering regional getaway destinations and charitable events. Follow her onTwitter @publiclyloved.


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