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by Danielle Contray

Practicing Yoga in India

On your quest to achieve the perfect tree pose, the last thing you need to see is your partner looking more like a weeping willow (or, worse, executing it perfectly while you're still wobbly). That's why the path to enlightenment is one that's best traveled alone. SwaSwara, a yoga resort with 24 villas in Karnataka (south of Goa, on the Arabian Sea), is happy to take novices, but you'll be better off if you already know the difference between downward dog and warrior pose. On arrival, you'll meet with a resident yoga guru to design a personalized holistic regimen, so be ready to open up. Three hours of yoga and four hours of meditation classes are scheduled each day, ranging from quiet contemplation to laughing yoga, which is said to reduce stress hormones. Meals are strictly meat-free and are prepared with produce picked from the resort's farm and seafood plucked from the surrounding waters. Unlike at many health retreats, wine is available (Indian vintages only), although you might find that settling down on Om Beach to meditate on the pleasures of balancing your inner self—without worrying about anyone else's—to be equally relaxing.

Om Beach, Gokarna
Karnataka, India
Tel: 91 484 266 8221
$1,900 for a seven-night stay, including meals

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