Holiday Gift Guide: For the Yogi

Need to find the perfect gift for the person on your list who loves everything Zen? Here are a few ideas that are sure to make their inner chi smile.

  • Smart Yoga Mat – How cool is this? An interactive, smartphone/tablet friendly yoga mat that helps you through your practices.
  • Ipanema Ana Crochet Flip Flops – Fresh, colorful footwear that will get anyone to the studio in style.
  • Bluma Project Weekender Bag – Stylish and functional, these artisan-made bags have room for all essential yoga items.
  • bkr Water Bottles – These trendy bottles are great for mid-pose sips.

 Most items available at the Travaasa Austin Spa Boutique.

5 Yoga Poses to Prep for Your Surfing Vacation

Work these yoga poses into your daily workout routine to build strength, endurance and flexibility:

Plank:  Increase muscular strength and endurance for arms, wrists, spine, quads and abdominals.

Warrior II:  Improves balance and stability as well as increasing muscular strength and endurance in the lower body.  Stretches hips, groin and shoulders.  Opens chest and lungs.  Builds stamina and concentration and energizes tired limbs.

Child’s pose:  Stretch for lower back and hips.  Release tension in the back, shoulders and chest.  Calms the mind and body, encourages strong, steady breathing.

Bow:  Heat and strengthen the entire body, mostly legs, back and buttocks.

Tree pose:  Strengthens the ligaments and tendon of the feet.  Assists the body in establishing pelvic stability.  Builds self-confidence and esteem!


5 Stress Relieving Activities to Get You Through the Holidays


Yoga remains one of the most sought after stress reducing activities in Resorts and Spa around the world.   Studies have shown that consistent yoga practice improves sense of well-being, increases strength and flexibility, while lowering blood sugar and blood pressure.


Increased immunity, improves emotional balance and sense of well being, lowers blood pressure, calms the nervous system, reduces stress, improves sleep.

Hula Hooping

Hula Hooping is a fun, exciting way to get a whole body workout.  You can utilize the hoop as a tool for exercise, dance and self-expression.  Maybe even learn a trick or two?  Hooping is great for beginners or anyone looking to dive into learning something new!

Aqua Aerobics

A fun way to kick off your day!  Whether at Travaasa Hana or your local gym, you can get wet while enjoying the standard benefits of any exercise. The enhanced weightlessness of aqua aerobics protects the body and reduces the risk of muscle or joint injury, placing less stress on the joints when stretching, and can allow a greater range of motion. Aqua aerobics is safe for individuals who prefer to keep their heads out of water. You do not even have to be a strong swimmer to participate in aqua aerobics!

Morning Walk/Jog & Stretch

Start your day with a walk/jog in the great outdoors (whether its your neighborhood, city park, the beach or the mountains). Stop along the way to take in the natural features around you as you wake up your body for the day ahead. This non-static technique known as active isolated stretching helps improve circulation, increase the elasticity of muscle and fascia, develop joint range of motion, and reduce stress.


Holiday Gift Ideas for Gals

 With so many gifts to choose from how do you decide what to get your gal pal or significant other for the holidays? Here are five gift ideas that any girl is sure to love!

  1. Spa gift baskets or certificates—These are perfect for any girl in your life whether it be your daughter, friend or significant other. Put together a basket of her favorite smelling soaps, body wash and bubble baths or give her a certificate for a facial or manicure. Give the gift that’s sure to satisfy.
  2. Flowers of the Month Club—Great for reminding her how much you care each month. With twelve deliveries throughout the year, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
  3. Jewelry—You can never go wrong with jewelry because as everyone knows, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Make sure you pay attention to what type of style she likes to wear—is it big and bulky? Simple and elegant? Get a piece that matches her style, and it’s sure to be a hit.
  4. A Big, Comfy Robe—This may not seem like a big gift but it is certainly a great one. She will be sure to enjoy it year-round and different patterns and fabrics make them customizable.
  5. Cook Book or Cooking Set—This is great because there are such a wide variety of options with this gift. For the woman who loves to cook infused olive oil sets, cooking classes and recipe books are available online and easily customizable to her favorite style of cuisine.

5 Adventurous Workouts

It’s easy enough finding an adventurous workout when you stay at Travaasa Hana or Travaasa Austin (after all, we offer everything from kayaking to horseback riding), but what about when you need a dose of adventure in your everyday life? Just try one of these adrenaline-pumping workouts, which are available in cities across the country and are sure to spice up your routine.


Aerial Yoga

“Flying crow pose” takes on a whole new meaning when you’re actually suspended in the air. In an aerial yoga class, you’ll be working your way into traditional yoga poses with the help of a circus hammock. Although it sounds more complicated than a traditional class, the hammock actually helps students achieve optimal alignment, while simultaneously relieving areas of chronic tension.


Indoor Rock Climbing

Get a whole new perspective—literally—when you traverse your way to the top of an indoor climbing wall. This adventurous activity is a great way to improve balance and flexibility, all while toning arm, back, chest and leg muscles.


Krav Maga

This non-competitive form of martial arts initially was developed as an easy-to-learn method of self-defense, but it’s also an exciting, heart-pounding workout. Krav Maga borrows from a variety of combat systems, such as boxing, Jujutsu and karate, so you can boost self-confidence, while simultaneously toning arms, strengthening core muscles and improving cardiovascular health.



If you’ve ever dreamt of being a ninja (and come on, who hasn’t?), you’ve got to try this new samurai-style workout. No, it doesn’t use sharp blades—more like a dull stick, actually—but during this fat-blasting class, you’ll learn basic swordsmanship moves while sculpting abs, arms, back and legs.



A bit like walking on a tightrope, slacklining involves balancing and walking across a tensioned line. Yes, it’s challenging (and fun!), but more importantly, this unusual pastime is a great way to improve balance and strengthen core muscles. For a truly adventurous workout, find a class that combines yoga and slacklining.

Cure Your #HolidayProblems with an Escape to Travaasa

This holiday season Travaasa’s experts are making sure you don’t get stuck in a rut with the most common #HolidayProblems, but we’re also looking to take it a step further with our #HolidayProblems Sweepstakes.

  • GRAND PRIZE: A three-night stay (for two) Vitality package at Travaasa Austin for a fresh, healthy start to the New Year and two $300 American Express gift card to apply towards travel expenses.
  • Weekly giveaways of two $50 Travaasa gift cards.

Share your #HolidayProblems with us and enter to win!