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Northshore March 2019

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Weekapaug Inn Since 1983, the nonprofit educational institution Kripalu has taught multilevel classes featuring yoga, which has been proven to increase strength, flexibility, and balance and reduce stress through mental focus and deep breathing. The school also offers hundreds of other programs to stimulate the mind, body, and spirit, including Ayurveda programs, such as Introduction to Ayurveda, and Creative Expression programs, like chanting and singing, drawing and painting, and Anxiety Management Through Yoga, Writing, and Learning to Embrace Your Weird. For Health, Fitness, and Wellness options, you'll find Fit Soul, Fit Body, while among the Self-Discovery and Psychology programs you'll find Uncovering Blind Spots with Presence and Love. Spiritual Practice and Meditation offerings include Living a Mindful Life. Should you decide to stay at Kripalu, the center has classic and premier rooms, both of which have queen or twin beds, private bathrooms, and a simple, Swedish-inspired décor. Alternatively, the dormitory option has bunk beds and hall bathrooms. Buffet breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are served daily; they focus on veggies, legumes, whole grains, fish, poultry, and dairy products and can be enjoyed with others or in silence. Research has found that tuning in to nature can calm and promote a positive mood, which is why the elegant 31-room Weekapaug Inn is an ideal place to unwind. Located steps from Weekapaug Beach and Quonochontaug Pond, the inn also has its own in-house naturalist, Mark Bullinger. Depending upon the day you visit, Bullinger will offer some sort of nature program, such as an hour-long beach walk, where you might see harbor seals via Bullinger's spotting scope. The ocean-view guided walk takes you to Weekapaug Point, where you can view Block Island, Montauk Point, Watch Hill, and Fishers Island. Bullinger leads birding tours using the inn's van, which also can transport you to Watch Hill to view the sun sinking into the horizon; he hosts outings to the Kettle Pond Visitor Center, where you'll see lifelike dioramas displaying the different plants and wildlife found throughout area refuges; and he also leads a solar viewing activity on Sunday mornings and stargazing after dark. On March 20, he'll be hosting a Supermoon Viewing Party, complete with sparkling wine. Of course, the inn has other wellness options, including yoga classes, a 24-hour fitness center, an outdoor lap pool to enjoy during warm weather, and all sorts of watercraft—motor- ized boats, sailboats, pedal boats, kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. Then there is the OH! Spa at nearby sister property Ocean House on Watch Hill, where you can indulge in treatments like a Detox Marine Mud Wrap and Beach Stone Massage. Finally, the Weekapaug Inn's restaurant offers local, farm-driven coastal cuisine, while the brasserie has more casual fare. Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health 57 Interlaken Road, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 25 Spray Rock Road, Westerly, Rhode Island, PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDREAS ENGEL/COURTESY OF KRIPALU CENTER FOR YOGA & HEALTH (LEFT), BY CHIP RIEGEL/COURTESY OF WEEKAPAUG INN 103 Above, Take in a nature walk at while staying at Weekapaug Inn in Rhode Island. Left, Kripalu offers more than 700 yoga programs in the Berkshires.

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