Has the arrival of another active-wear catalogue in your mail got you pumped to get back on the fitness wagon? Well, here’s a little extra incentive for you: September is National Yoga Month. And it’s officially endorsed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, so it’s not one of those made-up observations like National Blueberry Popsicle Month. Of course, September is also National Courtesy Month so we really shouldn’t say anything.
During National Yoga Month there are hundreds of community events taking place at yoga studios around the country. But if you’re on the road and on the go, you can celebrate and motivate with us. Just give us the word and we’ll roll out our custom-designed Gaiam yoga mat for you, put out some extra towels, flavored water and healthful power snacks, and tune your TV to our free on-demand yoga or Pilates channel. And for the record, that’s not just this month, that’s year-round.
We’ll also be dropping some yoga-themed surprise and delight on lucky guests who post about their Kimpton yoga experience on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram throughout the month. Or if you’re in the Philadelphia area, you can take part in Hotel Monaco and Hotel Palomar’s #OmAroundTown contest. Strike a pose in your fave Philly location, post it to Instagram and tag it @KimptoninPHL with the hashtag #OmAroundTown, and you could win anything from lululemon gear to overnight stays in the City of Brotherly Love.
And here are a few (and by no means all) of the yoga offerings you’ll find at our hotels, long after the blueberry popsicles have melted.
Hotel Palomar, Chicago
The Workout: Hotel Palomar will be offering guests complimentary Barre Code classes every Wednesday in September at 6:30 a.m.
The “Om Factor”: Classes are held on the 17th-floor roof deck so you can get a peek of the famous Chicago skyline to take your mind off the burn of that hold.
Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City
The Workout: On Sept. 19, Monaco SLC will be participating in PARK(ing) Day, creating a temporary park out of their on-street parking with sod, landscaping, benches and more. Yoga starts around 8 a.m. and mats will be provided to anyone who wants to join in.
The “Om Factor”: Be part of the global movement to reclaim public space … and get some exercise at the same time.
The Grand Hotel, Minneapolis
The Workout: The Grand Hotel will be hosting a yoga-and-brunch event for guests and members of Lifetime Fitness in the Grand Ballroom on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 8 a.m. Spend the morning practicing an hour of invigorating vinyasa flow.
The “Om Factor”: Following the class, guests are invited to refuel with a healthy brunch prepared by Chef Kris Koch of SIX15 Room. What better way to spend a Sunday morning?
Canary Hotel, Santa Barbara, CA
The Workout: Saturday morning yoga classes from 8 to 9 a.m. taught by professionals in partnership with Spectrum Fitness.
The “Om Factor”: Classes are held on the hotel rooftop overlooking scenic Santa Barbara.
Sky Hotel, Aspen, CO
The Workout: Saturday morning classes combine downward dog with hip hop music for a high-energy class on the beautiful pool deck.
The “Om Factor”: Aspen Brewing Company beer is available for an after-class treat.
RiverPlace Hotel, Portland, OR
The Workout: Two Sunday morning yoga classes taught by a certified instructor: 8:30 a.m. class for all levels and 10:30 a.m. intermediate flow class.
The “Om Factor”: Weather permitting, classes are held in the courtyard with an amazing view overlooking the Willamette River.
Surfcomber Hotel, Miami
The Workout: Saturday morning yoga classes by V Art of Wellness.
The “Om Factor”: Classes are held on the beach — there’s nothing like the sound of surf to help transport you to your Zen zone.
Hotel Triton, Hotel Palomar, Harbor Court, Sir Francis Drake, San Francisco
The Workout: Free one-hour yoga classes for hotel guests. Mondays at Triton’s Creative Zone, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesdays at Palomar’s Dirty Habit, 6 to 7 a.m.; Wednesdays in Harbor Court’s Living Room, 6 to 7 a.m.; Thursdays in the Drake’s Starlight Room, 6 to 7 a.m.
The “Om Factor”: The Bay Area is reportedly 60 percent more likely to practice yoga than the general population, making it the country’s no. 1 place to get your om on.