Yoga Tour: Washington Island, WI

Recently I spent a week on Washington Island, a 5×5-square-mile island north of Door County, Wisconsin.

While the Island is mostly rural and sparsely inhabited throughout the year, in July and August it is flooded with summer residents and visitors … and there is plenty to do, including excellent yoga.

I practiced two times with Sarah at the yoga studio at the Washington Hotel. Sarah taught a slow flow which was quite challenging. And while the poses and sequences were comfortably familiar, Sarah offered some fresh cues too — I especially enjoyed being reminded to “fold right into your lap.”

In addition to yoga, our family spent time on stand-up paddleboards; attended musical events, including a classical concert and a songwriters festival; cheered on the local baseball team; and ate a lot of farm-to-table food (some at the Hotel, some at the excellent Island Cafe, and some at our own kitchen table).

Someday I’d love to help host a yoga retreat on the Island. A challenge is that it’s pretty far — about a five-hour drive to the Northport pier, and then a half-hour ferry ride. Definitely worth it for four days or longer. What do you think? Would Reach Yoga students sign up for a trip like that? If there’s enough interest, maybe next fall would be a good time.

In the meantime, have you scheduled your yoga for the coming week? If you are out of town, the MindBody app can help find great classes. If you’re in town, please check our schedule. Namaste.

xo, Dani

Retreat, Rejuvenate, Restore

Looking for a getaway that is salve to body, mind, and spirit? Several Reach Yoga instructors are offering yoga retreats.

For yogis seeking a close-by luxury retreat, join Mia Cutler & Laura Merlo at the fabulous Geneva Grand Resort, October 19-21. Activities will include yoga (of course), meditation, a guided hike, and optional spa treatments. The chosen weekend features the height of the fall colors in Wisconsin. And the weekend is accessible and affordable: one hour from the north shore, and $700 including four yoga offerings, a guided hike, two dinners, two breakfasts, and a s’mores night by the fire.

Mia says, “I’m excited just to get away, teach some yoga (my favorite thing to do) and hang with current students/friends, and the opportunity to make new friends!” For more information or to hold your spot, email Mia ( or Laura (

The following week, October 25-28, Deb Wineman & Zoe Nitsun will escort a lucky group of yogis to Sun Mountain Resort in Colorado (an hour outside of Denver). It’s a beautiful setting for hiking, and the retreat will include various yoga classes suited to all different levels from beginner to more seasoned.

Additionally, participants will enjoy meditation classes and amazing organic farm-to-table cuisine. Mineral soaks and a healing spa round out the program.

Deb says, “When I visited Sun Mountain I knew the setting was perfect for a spiritual and wellness getaway.” A Retreat that’s a Real Treat! Learn more or register here.

For something sooner, shorter, and closer, Pam Gross is offering a mini-retreat at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, on Friday, 9/14, 10:30am – 2:30pm. Reconnect to the earth the way nature intended using natural healing practices to support our wellbeing. Activities to include soulful yoga, nature bathing, earthing, harvesting and cooking with healing herbs. Learn about Pam’s “Four Food Path” while creating and enjoying a healthy lunch from The Bread & Buddha Kitchen.

Pam says, “My mini wellness retreats are designed to help make soulful connections to self, to others and to nature. Unplugging and enjoying the outside is so healing. I tell people to plan to stay late, because no one wants to leave!” Sign up



Yoga Tour: Yoga at the 45th Parallel

This guest blog post offered by Sara Lanser, Reach Yoga teacher training graduate, substitute teacher, and communications lead.

Yoga at 45_cover photoEvery July, my family and I set off on a long journey to Northport, Michigan, about a half hour north of Traverse City to spend the week with my husband’s family. The trip is all about tradition … the same house in the same town with the same menu and the same activities … OK for some, but I prefer a little escape from the routine while on vacation. After spending some time in June researching the yoga options in the area, I was thrilled to learn of two new options in the area.

On a Sunday morning, I ventured out early for a class called Lunar Flow at a brand new studio called Yoga4. The lunar flow practice focuses on side-body-opening movements, and doesn’t include any forward-body-opening poses such as standard sun salutations. While the speed of the flow wasn’t particularly fast, the challenge came in the balancing and opening of the variations of common poses. For example, stretching the arms up and deeply to each side while balancing in high lunge, or reaching the top arm up and over the head while in side plank. Overall, despite all the familiar poses, I really enjoyed the challenge and change in focus through the side body work. (For more information on this class, and to learn more about the studio, click here:

Yoga at 45_article photo 2The following morning, I again enjoyed a beautiful quiet morning practice at a local winery (the area is famous for its many wineries, including one run by Madonna’s father!). While I love to practice outside, I’m usually thrown by the uneven surface of my mat on grass or sand. The winery patio setting was perfect as it provided a solid surface to practice on and a tent roof for some coverage from the summer sun. The class format was a level 1-2 vinyasa flow, and realizing the different levels of students on the patio, the teacher offered many variations of the poses, which was great for slowing down or going deeper throughout the practice.

The class ended with a relaxing almost meditative-like cool down before savasana. The combination of the flow format and gorgeous scenery provided one of the best yoga “highs” I’ve had in quite a long time … perfect for heading back to a crowded house and spending time with family. (To learn more about yoga at the Aurora winery, and classes at the sponsoring local yoga studio, click here:

While enjoying your vacation this August, I encourage you to find a studio (or winery) to reconnect with your practice…and yourself.

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