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What do you get when you combine a hotel chain with a yoga superstar? FIT, W's new health minded concept. The hotel chain has partnered with Strala Yoga founder Tara Stiles to revamp its approach to fitness, which includes swanky new hotel gyms, in-room yoga programming, and retreats at exotic W locations like Bali and Vieques. We met up with Tara at the W in San Francisco (shortly after she returned from her most recent W retreat in Bali) to learn more about the collab and which yoga poses we should be incorporating into everyday life.
Tara says the first element of the W partnership was the in-room video, a way for guests to do yoga on their own. (Outside the hotel, you can watch the video here on the W's YouTube channel.) The hotel chain is also placing yoga postcards in guest rooms with quick tips on yoga poses covering everything from an energy boost to a post-partying detox stretch. The final piece of the partnership: Yoga retreats. There's one remaining this year in Maldives in December. (We can certainly think of worse ways to pass a weekend.)
If you're not quite ready to succumb to your yoga wanderlust, Tara has a few suggestions to help you feel better right here, right now. To recover from a long day, whether behind your desk or on a plane, Tara suggests lying down next to a wall and throwing your legs against the wall so that your body forms a 90 degree angle that traces the corner where the floor meets the wall. She says the restorative inversion will help improve your circulation and mood. Additional recommended moves? Pigeon pose, to release the tension in your hips, and a warrior II for an energy boost.
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