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De-Stress

Destination: International Yoga Retreat at Lumeria in Maui, Hawaii

It's 9 a.m. and I'm lying in shavasana after a flow yoga class, trying to focus on my breathing, when I'm startled by a "cock-a-doodle-doo!" It's a wild rooster passing through the property of Lumeria, a yoga resort on Maui's north shore, and really the only reminder that I'm not actually in heaven. I've picked this beachy paradise from a host of far-flung six-day retreats run by International Yoga to help my type-A personality turn type-Bliss.

Each day, our group of a dozen women meets for a light breakfast (house-baked muffins, slices of local pineapple and papaya), a quick Tabata workout, and then an hour of flow yoga. Maybe I am relaxed, or maybe it's the 85-degree temps, but I swear I'm more flexible here. After class ends, we have the whole day to ourselves to hit the beach, try surfing or stand-up paddleboarding, get a massage, soak in the hot tub or saltwater pool, or take one of a half-dozen other daily classes in yoga, meditation and aromatherapy. I opt for long walks on the white beaches, where I spot sea turtles sunning themselves on the sand. Then the group reassembles at Lumeria for a predinner restorative yoga class, often held outdoors on the hotel's lush grounds, surrounded by guava and banana trees, scurrying geckos, and aloe plants. We even spot a rainbow behind the lei-laden stone Buddha on our last day! I'm not sure if it's from the three hours a day of yoga or just the magic of Maui, but I head home definitely as chill as the lolling sea turtles.
-- Sarah Z. Wexler

Book it: November 2 to 8; $2,095 and up, FITNESS readers who register by September 1 with the discount code FITNESS receive 10 percent off; internationalyoga.com

More Fab Trips to Try

Yogascapes' Soak & Soar: Reach for the sky during this three- to seven-day acroyoga retreat in northern California's Avalon Springs. Also enjoy a dip in the hot springs, healthy meals and massages. (August 1 to 7, starting at $499; yogascapes.com)

Wanderlust festival: When you're not doing down dog with hundreds of other yogis or listening to musical acts like DJ Chakra Khan, try meditative hikes or runs in this scenic Squaw Valley slice of Lake Tahoe, California. (July 17 to 20, $200 for up to four nights of camping, ticket packages and hotel accommodations vary; wanderlust.com)

Big Sky Yoga Retreats: Find your Zen in Montana with an all-level luxe yoga and hiking vacation. Start your day with a mat session, learn new meditation techniques and go on breathtaking hikes; then nestle down in your cabin. (August 29 to September 1, $1,595 and up; bigskyyogaretreats.com)

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